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Anchor Old Foghorn - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Old FoghornAnchor Old Foghorn

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very good

1,690 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,690
Reviews: 1,001
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 64
Gots: 88 | 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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5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

good barley wine style from the u.s. dark color
sweet alcoholic taste you can taste the alchohol
one of the first u.s. brewers that was avalible in holland and still is one of the good us brewerys.
color: copper
noise: butterscotch/alc. sweet
taste: alc. sweet like serup
good beer for the winter that i like a lot

redsonja, Dec 13, 2009
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5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say this is one of the best beers I've had recently. I never had a barely wine before in my life and I was amazed how good they are. This fits perfectly for an after dinner desert type beer. It is almost like wine but so much better. I could go on and on but you really have to try it. I am slightly disappointed that it is hard to get where I live in PA. One of my local bars had it but they stopped getting it sadly.

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4.95/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Previously had this beer on-tap at the flying saucer. Saw it at the store and had to try it in the bottle. Poured this into my pint glass, It poured a brownish/amber color, with a thin white head that went away as quickly as it started. It left no lacing on the glass. The first smell of this beer opened up my senses with a mixture of hots and malts. But upon another sniff, I detected a hint of fruit. The taste of this beer is a good even mix of hops and malts, but once agian i detect a faint taste of fruit in the aftertaste. Also, there is a bit of an alcohol flavor that hits you right at the start, but it smooths out as you get towards the middle of your glass.The mouthfeel of this beer is very light and crisp, leaves no coating and goes down smooth. Overall this is a very enjoyable beer, but it is definatly more is a sipping beer, towards the end of the glass, you can feel the 8% abv coming thorugh. I Could enjoy this beer on a nightly basis as a nice desert beer. Recomended to anyone who likes a good barleywine.This is probably the best one I have had yet.

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4.93/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured 12 ounce bottle into my favorite Trappist glass.

Head was 3 fingers immediately after pour then settled to half finger to nearly no head. Beer is a nice dark amber color. The smell is the sweet dark smell of moldering apples under my Grandmama's apple tree. The taste starts out a mildly bitter caramel with deep and sweet cider hints, a little hoppy, but more malty, with hints of prune and raisins, then it finishes with a kind of waxy honeycomb flavor with the presence of alcohol but not overpowering by any means. Truly remarkable beer!

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An excellent beer. Being a Barleywine it is very drinkable, having a strong and pleasing taste, but very little taste of hops despite the high amount used in brewing (again common for Barleywines). Out of all the Barleywines I have tasted this has the strongest taste of fruits, reminding one of grapes or cherries. By far one of the best beers I have tasted, it truly lives up to it's reputation as one of America's best beers.

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4.9/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a darkish red color with a one-finger head and appears to have subdued carbonation.

Aroma seems thick and chewy with malt sweetness and a bit of alcohol burn showing up in the nose.

Taste is nice and malty with hints of raisin and brown sugar upfront. Not too hoppy. More of an emphasis on the malt here. Smooth. A bit sweet.

Mouthfeel is sweet and chewy with some hop bitterness and the hint of raisin. Seems well-balanced.

Drinkability seems very high with this beer. It's not overwhelmingly hoppy like some barleywines can be. I don't see much room for improvement because this is already well done. I would recommend it even if you are not a fan of barleywines.

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4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This is the first time I have had this beer, by one of my favorite breweries. I poured the bottle into a tulip glass, revealing a dark earthy brown with hints of red where light can almost make it through. Little head appears, typical of a barleywine.

Smell: Potent and bold on the nose; heat and yeast esters, with sweet malts and dried fruits.

Taste: Complex with dried fruits (raisins), yeast esters and more malts giving way to mild hops. This is not as big of a beer as expected, but it comes in on the lesser ABV of the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium weight; it has character and it is mildly chewy.

Drinkability: Quite high for the style. This is a solid approachable example of American Barleywine that is tasty and satisfying.

Notes: A good barleywine that does not have to be enjoyed only in the heart of winter. This beer has legs and is awesome. Solid all around.

halo21, Jul 24, 2010
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4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Deep amber in color with a tan head.
Smell- Sweet- Banana and Clove Smell.
Taste- A medium bitter hops (similar to IPA), then flavor changes to brown sugar and cloves. Both flavors blend together and leave incredible aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- low water activity- full of flavor.
Drinkabiltiy- Something to Sip on and enjoy. Not for lager drinkers.

Initially, the first thing you taste is a medium bitter hop flavor, which is then followed by a malty brown sugar and clove ending. The hops and brown sugar/clove flavor lightens and blends together during the aftertaste. The beer has a slight warmth going down and there is a slight dryness that follows. You might want to try this if you like Belgian beer styles like Chimay blue. Overall Incredible beer.

huricrane47, Nov 29, 2009
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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
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