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Anchor Old Foghorn - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Old FoghornAnchor Old Foghorn

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,647 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,647
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 62
Gots: 78 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies slightly over the years.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
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rickyleepotts

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It’s been a while… seems like we always say that. Well tonight, we are drinking TWO beers! I feel bad that we haven’t been drinking that much. But hey, my travel season is over and we are going to hit 2012 running… or stumbling, depending on how many beers we drink before the new year!

Tonight we are sipping on a beer from Anchor Steam. I LOVE pretty much every beer they make. I have even been to the brewery. Maybe that’s why I like them so much. Anyway, I am starting to find a new appreciation for barleywine too. I wasn’t aware that Anchor Steam even did a barleywine. Let’s give it a shot!

In the Glass: In the glass, it looks like a typical barleywine. It’s thick, with little head, and has a deep dark amber color. I am pretty sure EVERY single barleywine I have had looks the same in the glass. Must just be something about the style.

Nose: The nose starts off like any barleywine… then you are hit with the hops. I didn’t expect those to jump out like they did, but the hops made a big difference in my thoughts on this beer before the first sip. I’m a big IPA guy, so when hops get thrown into the mix, watch out!

Flavor: At first, it’s smooth and has a very subtle barleywine flavor. But then… THEN it hits you. Holy cow, where did that come from? We drank this beer right out of the fridge, and I know it would open up as it sits there. But man, what a punch in the throat (literally) when you swallow this bad boy. Maybe they should change the name to “Bad Boy Barleywine”.

Mouthfeel: In the mouth, it’s barely there. You don’t feel it until the beer is pretty much gone. The front of the tongue gets nothing, while the back of the tongue, after you swallow, is hit with the hop character. For a beer that is supposed to be thick (like most barleywines are), I expected more from this one. But hey, the taste is what counts.

Aftertaste: There isn’t much of an aftertaste here. That, for a barleywine, surprises me. There is a BIG ABV, coming in just shy of 9%, but you would never know it. What aftertaste there is reminds me of a good double IPA.

The beer is really good. Most barleywines leave you with that “I can’t stand to drink too much of this”, but this one doesn’t. It’s not filling, and the subtle aftertaste makes it a refreshing change from the norm. I really like it. Anchor Steam, you have done it again! Bottoms up people.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 02:48:30 | More by rickyleepotts
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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,647 ratings.