Anchor Old Foghorn - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by kbuzz:
3.45/5 rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler glass. Bottle is stamped with "1JE"...??
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark amber/rusted red color. A frothy, eggshell, two-finger head sits beautifully atop the beer. This is a pretty looking brew for sure. Over three decades of brewing this recipe has certainly perfected its appearance.
S: Raisins mixed with soapy, grapefruit hops at first. Soft, faint notes of brown sugar and figs and various confectionary sweets. Not the biggest nose whallop I've received from a Barleywine...but fairly nice.
T/M: Big plum notes and more raisins. Figs. The hops don't really enter into the taste other than to provide a nice balancing bitterness for the dominant sweetness. Plenty of sweet caramel malts and brown sugar. The flavor as a whole is fleeting however...leaving an ever-so-slight stickiness. It's not quite as robust and heavy as I like. Thinner and less chewy than most Barleywines...but not in a bad way, just not as I'd prefer. Moderately carbonated.
O: So this is debatably the oldest American-style Barleywine on the market, but it seems the style has evolved quite a bit since this recipe took shape...because I don't think that's what I would consider this. It's not as big and hoppy as I've become accustomed to when drinking a Barleywine. But just like rock n roll has evolved into a bigger, badder "hoppier" version of it's original form, does that mean that Dr. Dog are a better rock band than the Beatles? Please.
This is a damn good beer!
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2012 01:25:32 | More by kbuzz
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3.89/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a Lagunitas pint glass.
A- Pours a reddish dark amber with a 1/2 inch light tan had that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.
S- Sweet smelling with some notes of dark fruit, caramel and a touch of brown sugar.
T- Big hits of Bready malt, booze and more dark fruit. Everything melds together to make for a drinkable barleywine, there's just not a lot of complexity. Bitter aftertaste.
M- Somewhat syrupy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.
O- Definitely a sweeter barleywine with a lot of residual sugars but still quite drinkable if not very complex.
Serving type: on-tap
07-08-2014 21:35:00 | More by Immortale25
Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,625 ratings.