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Anchor Old Foghorn - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,625 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,625
Reviews: 995
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 61
Gots: 79 | 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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SerBennett

Michigan

1.75/5  rDev -55.4%

12-25-2013 01:19:35 | More by SerBennett
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Tjvan2

Iowa

2/5  rDev -49%

02-12-2013 19:02:19 | More by Tjvan2
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LSUPT

California

2/5  rDev -49%

11-18-2011 01:00:47 | More by LSUPT
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JEdmund

Kansas

2.25/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance
Ruby red to tobacco brown; 1/2" head; dissipates quickly! decent level of carbonation

Smell
Raisin/candied fruit sweetness; more sugary sweet than hoppy and malty

Taste & Mouth Feel
Sweet! Followed by more sweet. Noticeable alcohol burn; pretty thin body; lightest mouth feel I've ever experienced with a barley wine; pretty pronounced cherry flavor, a bit of chocolate, and not enough hops for my liking (needs more to provide balance); gets way too sweet to be enjoyable

Overall
Just not impressed with this one--way too sweet for me, like artificial sweetener. Not enough hops and cookie malts to make this my kind of barley wine; it's also way too thin and lacks back palate flavor. It was a chore to drink, and I bailed a third of the way through, dumping the rest.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 18:11:53 | More by JEdmund
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joecast

Australia

2.4/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

date code 7AB so this is a pretty fresh example.

poured into a glass that was just washed so may have been a bit wet. the beer poured with no head to speak of, but i wont mark it too harshly as it may have been my own fault. deep ruby/copper color, very little carbonation. it is a damn attractive color though.

swirling the beer to help the aroma. damn that is one sweet smelling beer. a whiff of alcohol and caramel or peanut brittle or toffee (something like that anyway). the neck label mentions dry hopping so there might be some floral hops in there, but they are hard to pick up.

taste is a bit less over powered by sweetness, but still not so good. surprised by the lack of bitterness, sweetness, and alcohol. only noticing some alcohol hints now because im drinking it so slow.

well, could be two things. its a bad bottle, or its way too young. its a big beer so im sure some age wouldnt hurt it. hopefully the bigfoot in the fridge is a bit older...

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 05:28:18 | More by joecast
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kernalklink

Arizona

2.42/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was excited about finding this brew, i knew anchor had some good beer out there in CA. The barleywine poured a off color brown, with some fizzy head, and aromas of medicinal alcohols and candied malts. Flavors were less than impressive- odd earthy malts, with an oily, burning ,syrupy, pharmaceutical essence. A few sips of this carbonated used bubble gum water and i was done. I love barleywines- they need to be balanced, have a pleasing flavor and hide their ABV with tongue pleasing ferocity. this brew misses the mark- try a weyerbacher and sleep well instead.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 03:32:04 | More by kernalklink
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germaniac

California

2.45/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy red-brown. Maybe the darkest BW I've had.

Smells all come across faintly, without much zest. Some sweet malt and tangy hops. Maybe a bit of cinnamon. Pretty unexciting, so far.

The taste doesn't do much for me. More alcohol burn than anything.
The astringency covers up all but a smidgen of malt. The barely there sweetness comes across as almost artificial tasting, though. Like it was originally a recipe for Lipton sweet tea. Don't think another visit to this beer is in the cards for me.

Anchor pretty much screwed the pooch on this one, I think.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 03:22:04 | More by germaniac
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charlesw

New York

2.48/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Beautiful deep amber, medium head of dark tan. Very tight bubbles. Unfortunately, they're gone very soon with no lacing at all.

Smells deep, rich, bitter. Like a BW, you know? Caramel malts, dry leaves...

Tastes. Sigh. Oh well. Tastes like a blend of EKU 28 and something bitter. Very weird. Sweet and thick caramel. Not lightly caramel and heavy on the malt like, say, Old Ruffian or Smutty BW. No, sweet caramel like EKU 28. And very little hop flavor or bitterness. I mean, whoa. I'll have to try this one again some other time, but to me it tastes like under-attenuated extract homebrew. Man, I hope it's just this bottle!

Great, thick mouth. That would make sense from the under-attenuated extract brew point of view, of course.

I can't finish the bottle. I can't even finish my 15cl glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 20:32:07 | More by charlesw
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

2.48/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed a newer vintage that from their website i deciphered as March 11 2003. I'm not sure if this is the brewdate or the date of bottling. Sampled in a snifter type glass for increased aroma. Strong alcohol aroma with a lot of fruity esters. Color of ruby red with a brownish tint. Sweet smell with no bitterness detectable. Very strong alcohol taste up front with sweetness and a complex hop flavor in the finish. Clean finish. For a barley wine it is kind of mild in terms of flavor and the body is light as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2003 21:54:44 | More by RenoZymurgist
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WritersBlock

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

06-03-2012 03:03:29 | More by WritersBlock
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granger10

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer just arrived at my local beer store much to my anticipation. I had to buy it even though the price seemed a bit high for such a little bottle. The appearance of this beer is light in color in comparison to most barleywines with a small fizzy lightly tan head. The smell is a little on the weak side but I noticed a toffee flavor mixed with a pinewood precense. Taste is strong on the malts with caramel being the main flavor. Surprisingly, considering this is an American barleywine, the hops were very weak and seemed to be dominated by the malts. This beer had a thin body and was a little buttery as well. Alcohol was not really too noticeable until the finish but it faded quickly and there was basically no finish. Maybe it was the Thomas Hardy's I had the night before, or maybe it was because the Pistons were losing, but I was really disappointed with this beer. Not complex, no depth of flavor, unbalanced, weak. Maybe it would improve with age but I don't think so. Definitely not worth the $3.19 for 7oz I paid.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 15:39:31 | More by granger10
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edwardkersh

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

02-04-2012 04:21:31 | More by edwardkersh
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jophish17

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

12-24-2011 12:19:57 | More by jophish17
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RWNewhouse

Montana

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

01-20-2012 22:26:22 | More by RWNewhouse
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schusterbauer

Michigan

2.53/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

deep and surprisingly red, with just about no head. if there were an "n/a" option for smell, i would choose that. it smells like water. initial flavor is overly sweet bottled iced tea, with some malts, caramel, and sugar coming as an afterthought. metallic and medicinal flavors also are present. robitussin. body is timid and limp. i guess it's drinkable enough, because it's not unpleasant, but it's just not really good, in any sense of the word.

am i missing something here? i definitely won't be finishing the six pack any time soon, so i guess i'll get to see what some age does to it.

this makes me think of the difference between orange soda, and orange drink. maybe this is barley wine drink, not barley wine ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 18:42:04 | More by schusterbauer
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Crosling

Colorado

2.55/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark orange leather in color with a head that was doomed from the beginning. Harshly alcoholic nose, yet it does have some appealing qualities, especially its caramel malty sweetness along with hints of red licorice, pancake batter, pit fruit, grapes and citrus fruits. The flavor is malt accented, light bodied and again, harshly alcoholic. I understand the rich history and tradition of this beer, but I have had it several times on draught and in the stubbie little bottles and it just plain sucks. They should consider changing the recipe.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 02:36:57 | More by Crosling
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

2.6/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just a bad experience all around. I ended up dumping out this beer 1/2 way in. Served at cellar temp.

A - Standard for the style, copperish brown in color, no head or lacing to speak of. Not impressed.

S - Typical Anchor profile smell along with lots of caramel and smells almost syrupy. Smells bigger than 8.8%

T - Little to no carbonation to speak of, lots of syrupy caramel malts and notes of fig and rotten plums but faint. A bit too sweet and off putting

M - Syrupy period.

D - Not bad if you like the flavor profile and a syrup consistency.

Bar far the worst barleywine I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 23:10:04 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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FrognutUnl

Michigan

2.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep copper in color with a very small off-white head. No lacing left behind, though it does cling to the glass a bit with a little swirl.

S - Caramel, alcohol, a subtle sourness, and a small amount of grapefruit.

T - The alcohol tastes a bit subdued compared to the nose. Tastes of caramel malt and citrus are about all I get from this with a mild alcohol taste in the finish. By the end of the glass I found the sweetness to be a bit cloying.

M - Fairly thin compared to others of the style.

D - While lacking in complexity when compare to other beers in the style, I still found this to be fairly enjoyable, but I probably won't purchase this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 13:51:58 | More by FrognutUnl
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a beige one finger head that subsided into surface skim that lingered, leaving no lacing. Color was red-brown copper.

Aroma - diacetyl, and more diacetyl. Hint of lemony hops. Hint of bready malt. Some ester.

Taste - dark dried fruit, apple juice, diacetyl. Some alcohol warmth.
Finishes with aftertaste of sweet bread.

Mouthfeel - full, a little chewy, smooth.

Drinkability - goes down easy, but the diacetyl ruins this for me. Will avoid this.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 19:39:25 | More by ultralarry2006
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ATXRyan

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

04-25-2012 21:43:24 | More by ATXRyan
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FrizWhiz

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

02-03-2014 04:03:20 | More by FrizWhiz
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codynevels

California

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

12-01-2011 03:28:39 | More by codynevels
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skyisland

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

07-27-2013 00:42:43 | More by skyisland
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

06-08-2014 00:09:13 | More by Jspriest
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Overlord

California

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Considering how much I've enjoyed other Anchor products, I have to chalk this up as a disappointment.

Overly sweet, huge malt flavoring, and that's about it. Not a lot of fruit, no real texture to speak of: just sickly sweet alcoholic liquid. I didn't enjoy finishing it.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 07:21:49 | More by Overlord
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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,625 ratings.