Anchor Old Foghorn - Anchor Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 1,536 | Reviews: 987 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by rickyleepotts:
4/5 rDev +2%
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
More User Reviews:
4.29/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Some people in the US may laugh at the notion, but this beer has been one of my so-called "whales" for a long time. I had yet to find it in Canada, anywhere, and still have yet to see it in bottles. Alas, Beer Revolution here in Cowtown snagged a keg and I essentially teleported down there to sample a 12 oz. goblet. A unique brick red shading into brown hue that recalls autumn leaves (uh oh, finding this brew has brought out my whimsical artsy side ...), with some light tan bubbles draped over the matte bronze. Very hop forward aroma, with rich toffee, orchard fruit, cut flowers and pine resins intermingling but not clashing. Palate features licorice toffee, molasses, leather, candy apple, burnt pancakes, port wine, pine, and hazelnuts, with a lemon-lime hop garnish that becomes more perceptible as your palate habituates to the malts. Yeast esters galore and overall features a complex and robust yet refined flavor profile, less intense than many so-called American barley wines but still hoppy and vibrant. I get the English designation but the hops are American in my book. Less thick than many other barley wines, quite smooth on the mouth but finishes rather bitter, medicinal, and woody. Although allegedly this brew has changed over the years, it still tastes like a true classic to me. With any luck we'll get bottles in this province. I have to say, coming to craft beer at this relatively late stage in my life has made the whole ride quite fun ... Read about the iconic beers, wait for them to show up in this market, rejoice when they finally do ...
Serving type: on-tap
03-15-2014 18:56:03 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.73/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
Review from notes: February 7th, 2014.
A: Amber with off-white head which quickly disappears.
S: Citrus; lemon with slight hop aroma.
T: Somewhat bitter and boozy. It gets better as I drink.
M: Interesting. Slick and thick.
O: This is my first taste of this style. It's pretty interesting. The only negative with this brew is that it is expensive around here, around $3 a bottle.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 03:50:33 | More by ranger7
Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,536 ratings.