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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

1,647 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,647
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 62
Gots: 78 | 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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4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just found this today, and discovered that it's the 8.8% 2008 vintage! Yeah, we get some old beers around here sometimes, but damn. So it's 5~6 years old. Good thing it's a barleywine. Served in a snifter at cellar temperature.

An two-finger beige head fizzed up and receded to a thin ring over a beautiful clear garnet or ruby barleywine. A bigger head than I expected from such an old barleywine.

It smells fruity, with cherries being the specific fruit that stands out the most. I also get prunes, red apples, a hint of citrus, a bit of maple syrup... maybe even a dash of some type of brighter fruit like peaches.

Tart fruits take effect initially, like cherries, nectarines, peaches, and then red apples toward the middle. The finish has a nice breadiness and some bitter, slightly astringent hops that give off noticeable notes of pine and citrus. Kind of a dry aftertaste like highly hopped American barleywines and DIPAs, which surprises me since this has aged for so long.

The carbonation is fairly high, once again despite the old age, and the feel is substantially thick, viscous, and full.

I didn't know what to expect since this is the oldest beer I've ever tried up to this point, but it's really held up well. While it does fit the more malt-forward profile of an English barleywine, I also think it walks a nice line between the English and American barleywine styles, with a little bit of American hoppiness to balance the sweet English maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2014 04:21:51 | More by Kuaff
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml bottle with a BB of May 2014. ABV is stated as 9.4%. Picked up a while back from the York Beer & Wine shop. An American classic that I've had before but not got round to reviewing - here goes....

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very deep reddish-amber hue with tons of chunky floating sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of exceptionally sweet, fruity malt with hints of prunes, dried fruit, port/sherry, brown sugar, caramel, yeast esters, mild pine, faint roasted grain and stewed hops. A warming whiff of booze in the background - very rich and fruity.

Tastes of very sweet, fruity malt with a lingering finish. Notes of prunes, dried fruit, port/sherry, brown sugar, caramel, yeast esters, mild pine resin, subtle roasted grain and stewed hops. A significant hint of alcohol in the background, followed by a restrained hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and a lovely creamy body. Faint hop oils on the tongue. Faintly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sweet, fruity malt, piny hops and yeast esters.

Rather nice, though I feel that attenuating the sweetness and booze slightly would be beneficial. Looks alright, in spite of the floating yeast/protein. The aroma and flavour are similar, with a backbone of sweet, fruity malt and subtle hop notes. Fantastic body - borders on unctuous. Very sweet but a pleasant sipper. Would be perfect for winter; worth sampling if you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2014 00:08:16 | More by jazzyjeff13
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4.66/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

a: beautiful brown body with ruby highlights; great fluffy off-white head that lasts like none i have seen--i poured it as i made dinner to give it a little bit of time to warm up and it lasted for at least 20 minutes thick and creamy as ever; leaves light sticky lacing; light movement glistens in glass

s: darker caramel and toffee malts; light chocolate and sweet apples; spicy kick; really nice warm fragrance; alcohol

t: warm toffee; nice nuttiness; some grain; light alcohol/brandy; fruity apple malts; butter; light citrus hops

m: creamy and smooth but medium body and medium carb so a good mix of the heavier side and the refreshing side

d: i think that this is an amazingly good beer and the pour was one of the best i've seen period; strong flavors and a smooth finish; i'm interested to see how it ages
ok, from the same six pack, has been in the cellar for almost exactly 2 years

a: insanely beautiful; deep purple brown body with a 1/2-1/4 inch of tan-yellow foam that is thick and has great retention; eventually it fades leaving light traces f foam on the glass and a light coating of foam on top

s: mellow sweet abv; whiskey; light bitter tinge; grapes; warm

t: first sip abv is strong followed by a slow fading in of beautiful toffee and light chocolate flavors; abv slowy fades and rich toffee really fills the mouth with hints of piny hops in the back of the sip; buttery quality; quite good

m: smooth and creamy; mild carb

d: really good beer; at least as good as the two years ago taste and a little diffrent from what i remember
Excited to taste this beer after 6 years in the cellar:

A: beautiful cafe au lait head made up of tight distinct tiny bubbles, like fish roe, with a deep, lush brown/ruby body; some small columns of quickly moving bubbles; foam leaves beautiful lace on the glass and lasts for the duration

S: caramel, sweetness, light brandy in the back of nose, toffee, some brown sugar, light raisins

T: the taste has smoothed out immensely; almost no abv (a little bit at the back end); toffee, light hop twinge still present in the finish;

M: the mouthfeel has become basically perfect; light carb; buttery medium body; so smooth; maybe a teeny teeny bit of cloy, but I've never had a barley wine with no cloy at all

O: i already thought that this was a great beer, but the age has really mellowed out the flavor and made the abv disappear; great beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
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