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Anchor Old Foghorn - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,630 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,630
Reviews: 996
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 61
Gots: 77 | 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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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11 March 2011. Tasted 16 September 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours medium-dark auburn. A lovely red-infused brown, deep and bright at the same time. One finger of yellowish head, not much lacing, drops off rather quickly to reveal a glassy surface.

Smell is probably the low point, but it's still enjoyable. Sugary, with a noticeable alcohol presence in the back that rounds it out and makes my nose tingle. Some medium-dark fruit like ripe figs.

Taste is pleasurably deep, almost soulful, with sweet surprises lurking deeper and deeper in its cavern-like flavor. I can feel more down there, even if I can only get hints that they're there. Layers of fruit, sweetness, alcohol. I really like this. Not overly sweet, but with enough oomph that I'm constantly finding new tastes in it.

Mouthfeel is spot-on. Sticky, full, and moderately chewy. Carbonation medium-low, right where I want it.

This beer is good all around, but it's even more than the sum of its parts. Everything about it works so well together. Very much on the sweet side of the barleywine world, balanced more by alcohol bite than by hops. But I'm digging it, and I have a hard time thinking of a readily-available barleywine I like more. Sure to become a staple for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 18:14:01 | More by zeledonia
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A: Dark brown filtered with lots of carbonation, even bubbles cling to the inside of the glass. There are 2 fingers of creamy beige head.

S: Malt, toffee, butter scotch, crème brulee, apple candy.

T: Butter scotch, candy, alcohol on the end, caramelized sugar like crème brulee, apple candy comes in as well.

M: Thick syrupy body is balanced by the heavy carbonation so much so that its smooth with a light bitter aftertaste.

O: Considered a standard by many in the beer world for a Barleywine, I was glad to finally find this on the east coast at Brawley’s Beverage in Charlotte. Drank in Boca Raton July 12th, 2014.

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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,630 ratings.