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Anchor Old Foghorn - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,692 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,692
Reviews: 1,001
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 65
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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factoide, Sep 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Nose: caramel, dried fruit, alcohol,
Pours brilliant deep orange amber with a brown tint under an off-white to lightly tan tinted 1" foam cap that drops to a thick film but is easily roused. Has some legs.
Palate: A lovely development of malt flavors, rich, dark and creamy suggesting a rich fruit bread or bready cake, fruit suggests plum joined by dark caramelly toffee sugars with fig and dates. Citrusy hop accent on the finish.
Very creamy, chewy, medium carbonation, some warming.

pat61, Sep 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ChrisinRI, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

mikerieder, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, completely opaque, deep, dark mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of pleasant, delicious-smelling aromas of bready, toasted malt and dried stone fruits such as apricots, dates, figs, prunes and raisins. There are also lots of strong aromas of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and all-spice, and a hint of Belgian yeast.

Taste: Wow! Great flavors of toasted malt, brown sugar-like sweetness and dried stone fruit! I get lots of flavors of dates, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg, as well as a hint of Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 9.4%, there is a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a very, very good, very delicious barleywine. It has great, bready, fruity, sweet flavors wrapped up in a very pleasant chewy and smooth mouthfeel. While there are stronger, more flavorful barleywines out there now, this one must’ve been revolutionary back in 1975 when it was first brewed and released! Definitely worth a drink!

Jeffreysan, Sep 11, 2014
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2/5  rDev -48.8%

I've enjoyed different beers from the same brewery, but I found 9.4% too strong for this particular type of ale.

kofukasho, Sep 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

A bit too sweet. Something's just amiss. I'd drink it again, just not sure I'd run to buy it.

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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,692 ratings.