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Anchor Old Foghorn - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,668 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,668
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 64
Gots: 82 | 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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Riverared

Alabama

5/5  rDev +27.9%

02-05-2012 01:27:35 | More by Riverared
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-15-2011 04:07:12 | More by Beertracker
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +27.9%

07-22-2012 06:58:55 | More by CEDAMA
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Florida

5/5  rDev +27.9%

02-02-2012 22:11:09 | More by Tumble
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tbizzle0

California

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-03-2011 03:56:33 | More by tbizzle0
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billybrownsolo

Texas

5/5  rDev +27.9%

01-25-2012 08:41:15 | More by billybrownsolo
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kielaf

Florida

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-22-2011 12:57:12 | More by kielaf
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redsonja

Netherlands

5/5  rDev +27.9%

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

12-13-2009 14:13:19 | More by redsonja
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dan027

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.9%

01-28-2013 21:44:16 | More by dan027
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +27.9%

06-19-2012 17:31:13 | More by HamGlade10
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +27.9%

03-31-2013 02:22:50 | More by RochefortChris
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asteroidgalaxy

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.9%

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.

08-12-2013 18:03:36 | More by asteroidgalaxy
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bstevens736

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +27.9%

04-02-2012 18:17:04 | More by bstevens736
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BrandonPope


5/5  rDev +27.9%

01-28-2014 21:20:28 | More by BrandonPope
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Rocketman8911

California

5/5  rDev +27.9%

02-21-2012 06:10:21 | More by Rocketman8911
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mhjets

Colorado

5/5  rDev +27.9%

01-23-2012 19:04:33 | More by mhjets
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RViator325

Washington

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-29-2011 04:08:30 | More by RViator325
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GrindFatherBob

New York

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-14-2011 02:16:21 | More by GrindFatherBob
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KodyBrannon

Texas

4.95/5  rDev +26.6%

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.

01-28-2008 21:07:35 | More by KodyBrannon
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baos

Indiana

4.93/5  rDev +26.1%

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!

07-23-2007 02:26:39 | More by baos
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Illini5596

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +26.1%

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.

01-11-2005 04:24:29 | More by Illini5596
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Brad007

Vermont

4.9/5  rDev +25.3%

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.

09-22-2008 20:17:21 | More by Brad007
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halo21

New York

4.88/5  rDev +24.8%

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.

07-24-2010 22:33:56 | More by halo21
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huricrane47

Oklahoma

4.88/5  rDev +24.8%

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.

11-29-2009 22:48:12 | More by huricrane47
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filabrazilia

Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +24%

Pours a semi-hazy copper orange with a small off-white head. Great lace decorates the glass.

Exceptionally malty nose balanced with the spicy citrusy character of the hops. There is a slight presence of alcohol.

The taste is absolutely wonderful. Subtle fruits dance in the mouth with the rich malt sweetness. The maple like malts are finished off by the slightly bitter hops. As the beer warmed, the flavors became more complex. Carmel and chocolate were present.

This is a medium bodied beer that blankets the mouth with layers of flavor and character. It is simultaneously subtle and rich.

This is a fantastic beer that comes close to liquid perfection. I could drink these by the dozen. I loved it.

02-25-2004 04:50:38 | More by filabrazilia
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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,668 ratings.