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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

1,808 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,808
Reviews: 1,023
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 72
Gots: 123 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

ABV varies slightly over the years.
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Ratings: 1,808 | Reviews: 1,023
Photo of deNerval
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of williahd
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mickeyp2814
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice Barleywine ale. Smell: Banana and orange peel (slight). Taste: banana, molasses, some orange and other citrus notes with some floral, I assume from the hops. The finish has a brown sugar finish. There is a very slight alcohol taste. Feel: Smooth and full Overall: a nice ale and unlike the traditional Barleywines it doesn't have that really sweet taste. Very drinkable.

Photo of maedhros09
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Transluscent ruby-amber with big tan frothy head
Smell: Sweet dried banana
Taste: Dried banana chips, caramel, slight citrus with some moderate herbal hops towards the finish. Alcohol is nicely disguised.
Feel: Thick, smooth
Overall: Tasted this together with the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. While they are both barleywines, the nose and palate are very different between the two. Whereas Bigfoot has a big resinous hop balance to the sweet caramel malt, the Foghorn is dominated by rich banana malt with a moderate herbal hops balance. My first reaction was that I preferred the Bigfoot, but the Foghorn grew on me as I continued to sip. A rich and complex brew.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle.

Reddish-brown with a large, creamy, tan head that dies down after a couple of minutes. Spotty lacing as it goes down. A bit of chill haze at the beginning but clears up as the beer warms. Rich caramel malts in the aroma initially, followed by a wave of ripened fruit, hops, and alcohol. Malty and bitter on the palate. Full bodied with a thick texture.

More of an American Barleywine than English, as the hop presence is strong, but not as intense as something like Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. A nice sipping beer, great for a nightcap.

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rderedin
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of HardyA
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of outoffocus
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Miller9410
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JanusHoi
4.84/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic Barley Wine!
I think it's the test beer I've ever tasted..

Photo of cjgiant
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap:
Appearance is ruby-brown with a very sustaining head. Nose on a cold beer is almost non-existent. Nose on a quite warm beer is dominated by alcohol. In between I get a light darker fruit scent, but nothing definitive.

Taste is pretty much on par with a balanced (neither English or American) barleywine. There are dark cherry candy and some cola notes on the malty side, and a definite drying woody draw on the back end. The body is actually pretty full, the taste coating the palate. However, in the end, there is a slight medicine-like taste/feel.

I enjoyed this enough to have a couple of them. I feel there is a common malty/pine taste that I get in some sips that is off-putting, but I am willing to discount a bit based on other ambient factors. Definitely one OG the better Anchor beers I've had.

Photo of Dilbert65
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Dogfish Head IPA glass.
A - Pours a hazy amber with a large bubbly head with some lacing.
S - Aroma is malty and bready.
T - Malty and sweet with some toffee or caramel tones. Slightly bitter on the finish.
M - A little sticky and chewy. Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - This is my first time tasting and I'm on my second bottle. This my be the best barleywine for those new to the style. Very good!

Photo of OrangeMen
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a amber-red, brighter mahogony. Glistens in the glass and is quite transparent and clear. Finger and a half slight off-white, frothy and creamy head. Moderate lacing on sides of glass.
Aroma- Brighter winter fruits, cherries and sugar plums. Certain fruitcake quality, some pineapple and raisin. Sugary bread, toasted caramel malt and toffees.
Taste- Toasted malts, caramel and sweet brown sugar. Forward fruitiness, cherries, berries, sugar plums, along with some dark winter fruits, dates, raisins. Slight, bright hop bitterness on back end.
Feel- Very smooth, slightly sticky. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.
Overall- Very enjoyable, very sweet, malts and fruits combine for a fruitcake-like quality to this beer. This teeters more towards an american style barleywine, as there is a slight hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. But lots of toasted malts, lots of bright fruits, fairly warming for the lower abv on the 2014 vintage of 8.8%.

Photo of skyheart
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.87/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came in a chalice....Perhaps a shot glass would have been more appropriate!?

Photo of CycleHops
2.43/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer had all kinds of stuff floating in my glass. Not sure what happened.

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Black tea like colouration in fact it is almost ruby ale like. Tight off white foam head. This head dies to a lace cover in around 5-10 minutes and sticks to the side of the glass. There is only slight evidence of CO2 in this one.

Smell – Brown sugar notes are very evident in here as is an almost red wine like boozy aroma. Lots of red and dark/dried fruit such as prune, raisin and grape. Some solvent and biscuit like a very strong fruit cake soaked in booze.

Taste – A sweet solvent mix in the first punch. This beer has an almost whisky like back end to it. The middle section is dominated by the sweet prune and raisin flavours and also some banana and grape present themselves in here too. The way the flavour rides from sweet to bitter to solvent makes this one almost like a symphony on the tongue and it is the first barley wine I have ever tried but it has convinced me of the style.

MF – Very smooth, silky even! This beer had great boozy warmth although it was fairly cloying in the after taste. The linger was simply superb and it had a great tingle on the tongue with full body. Points only lost for the cloying element.

Overall – Sharp and flavourful this beer is damned fine and packs a punch. A great sipping beer for a movie or a long game of cricket.

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

Photo of BerBen
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,808 ratings.