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Anchor Old Foghorn - Anchor Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,031
Hads: 1,863
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 7.63%
Wants: 73
Gots: 144 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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Photo of Jim_Benz
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

After a vigorous pour in a snifter at cellar temp:

appearance: Almost two inches of cream-colored head, a dark amber body. Very clear, very pretty.

smell: At first sniff, indistinct hops and sweetness, but after a moment the sweetness swallows the hops and begins to reveal subtle notes of honey, biscuit, fig and apricot. Interesting.

taste: Sweet, practically begging for oxidation to bring out some sherry; very little bitterness to offset the sweetness but good all the same. Rich malt, bisquit, honey, apricot, a little dark fruit. Marachino cherry? Odd--the sweet cherry starts to dominate when I think of it.

mouthfeel: perfectly carbonated, a little sticky due to the overt sweetness, medium to thick.

overall: Could be better, especially with some oxidation. More bitterness would help too, but only if it accentuated the existing flavors which are promising. I'll have another bottle soon but then let it sit for a few months and try it again. (958 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Single bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, as part of a Christmas haul. Enjoyed on one of the coldest evenings so far this winter.

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass. Dark caramel-ruby, with a half inch of head that settles into a thick ring. A few flecks and streaks of lacing as well.

Nose is very malty and quite pleasant - bit of cherry, grape, oak and faint piney hops. Has that large malt and booze smell that is unmistakably 'barleywine'.

If you're like me, and you like your barleywines a bit on the sweeter, maltier side, this one is just the ticket. Sweetness is quite noticeable, but has a nice puckery hop finish to it that is quite refreshing and makes me want to come back for more. Same fruit, oak and mild pine notes to it as in the nose, as well as some English hopping.

Sticky, medium thickness, carbonation is mild but assertive enough. Very easy to sip.

Tasty barleywine, sweeter than most, which lets the malt get its full billing. Great evening sipper. (991 characters)

Photo of Spikester
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown but looking through it against my computer screen it is ruby red. Nice two finger light tan head that sticks around to the half way mark Nice clumps of lacing.
Smell is big malty molasses with some cherries and plums.
Taste is similar very sweet with lots of plum and dark cherry flavors.
Mouthfeel is full close to chewy. Carbonation is adequete. Finish sticky sweet with just a hint of bitterness at the very end.
Very tasty desert beer wish they would bump up the hops a touch. (498 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 12-29-2013
Freshness: Bottled 08-21-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

This is a beer I've wanted to try for some time. We just recently started getting more of Anchor's offerings in Nashville, so I was delighted to pick some bottles up...

The beer pours with a reddish-brown color that is semi-clear. The off-white head starts out at about a head high, but fades pretty quickly (OK for a beer of this ABV). Lacing is good.

Aromas let you know this is a malt-dominated ale, with rich notes of dark fruits and some woodiness. The fruits that come to mind are raisins, dark cherries and figs.

The taste matches the nose well, with sweetness of caramel malts chiming in first and foremost. The thickness and richness make me think of molasses. There is an earthly bitterness of hops too, but this is of low strength. Full-bodied on the mouthfeel, the finish leaves you with more of the same as in the taste; woodiness, dark sweet fruit and caramels.

Overall I really like this barleywine. I think I prefer American versions with their higher hop levels than the English kind such as this, but this is an excellent brew and I'd have it again. I think it would be wonderful with a cigar or pipe, sipping slowly. (1,300 characters)

Photo of soju6
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a nice ruby red color with a small tan head. Aroma of malt and barley, bit of citrus and fruity. There is just a hint of alcohol. Taste of Malt and Barley with some caramel sweetness, fruity with a bit of citrus. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Has a moderate body, smooth with no real hint of the 8.8% ABV. Very well balanced. great sipper to kick back and relax with. (373 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Due date Jan-15.
Dark amber color with one finger head with low retention.
Intense aroma of pine resin, caramels, toasted malts and spices. I was expecting more from its aroma.
Sweet fruity flavor with lots of red fruits, citrus hops, caramels, plums, apple juice, raisins, toasted malts, molasses, tangerine, cherries, rum, licorice and finishing with oak. You really have to stop looking for more fruity esters because they will keep coming. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Full body with appropriate carbonation. Slightly citric and sticky. Alcohol of 9.4% abv is relatively well hidden.
A sweet fruity Barley wine, very complex. Worth trying. (641 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I just chanced across a 2005 vintage at my local bottle store for $2.99 USD and snapped it up. Date code: "5J7" (2005 January 27th). Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I have a great respect for Anchor Brewing. I love Anchor's bottles and the label art here is no exception. Then again, it's rare I enjoy a beer that's been aged more than 5 years. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded classy twist-off pressure cap served into a Glenmorangie whisky tumbler glass. Reviewed at low altitude in Austin, Texas.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with a little extra vigor as carbonation issues are anticipated given its age.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger khaki colour headd of above average thickness. Recedes to a ring within 20 seconds, but the ring is strong and thick and holds for an additional 3 minutes - not too shabby for a beer with nearly 9 years on it. Good consistency and complexion.

Body colour is rich and dark; a very dark auburn or copper perhaps. Quasitranslucent if you count the reflection lighting on the bottom of the glass. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's looking pretty standard for the style and quite good for its age. It's impressive it's held up this well; if I didn't know in advance it wasn't fresh I doubt I'd suspect anything based on the appearance alone.

Sm: The powerful aromatics were the first thing I noticed upon opening. The aroma fills the room - wonderfully rich toffee and caramel notes, plentiful residual sugars, and an indistinct fruitiness. When I bring the glass a bit closer, I pick up faint traces of the beginnings of oxidation - a hint of cardboard and a dab of stale malts. Somewhat tannic. A kiss of port wine. There's still plenty of sweetness too - I get a lot of English brown malt and biscuit malt. Toasty character. Faded brown sugar. Any hop profile has melded into the malts. The fruit is half exquisite, half muted. Faint cherries, grape, and hints of stonefruit. Sticky rum. Sugarcane. Bread crust and bready malts.

No yeast character is detectable. Some alcohol warmth is noticeable.

It's a good aroma for a barleywine, but I fear oxidation may hold it back. I also suspect the balance has fallen apart a bit. It seems a bit off-peak, but I'll find out once I taste it. Certainly English in character.

A rich aroma of deceptively high strength.

T: Oxidation has definitely begun, but it hasn't deteriorated all that much - especially compared to other barleywines I've had at or around this age (see my reviews for Sierra Nevada Bigfoot). It has come apart a bit, but it's still fairly approachable for an aged barleywine. Faint hints of wet cardboard and stale malts are present throughout.

It's got a syrupy brown malt body with lots of sweet English biscuit malt. Toffee and caramel are strong here. Bready malts. Crust. Vague fruit - stonefruit, depleted cherry, over-fermented plum skin. Some light sugarcane/rum notes. A bit of marshmallow. Molasses. Raisin. Brandy notes.

No (dead) yeast character or hop character comes through. Alcohol is noticeable but not distracting.

No, the balance isn't ideal. It's a bit past-peak, but still enjoyable. Not cloying, but too sweet. Good depth of flavour. Above average duration and intensity of flavour. Once this warms up a bit, its nuance really emerges. Nice complexity and some pretty good subtlety. A cohesive build, but not a gestalt one.

Mf: The mouthfeel of an aged barleywine can ruin it. Luckily, this isn't too syrupy, dry, stale, rough, or astringent. It is a bit too thick, and is slightly rubbery on the backend. Good carbonation - especially for its age. Thank God it's not flat. A bit dry to style. Good smoothness/coarseness. Has some alcohol warmth. It's done well with time.

Not oily, gushed, or boozy.

Dr: I stand by my general rule of not aging a beer more than 5 years, but this was a nice treat for the night. I won't go back to the store for the 3 or 4 other bottles they have at $2.99, but I'm glad I tried this once. I'd like to try it fresh, and I do think I'd like it better fresh. I'm not sure what that says about aging it. In any case, I definitely prefer it to Bigfoot and I'd like to try it with less than 5 years on it - ideally 3. Anchor's brought out an interesting barleywine with a build that is now seemingly the standard. Definitely a heavy brew to bring out during the cold winter months. This sipper will take some time for me to take down alone. I certainly wouldn't want a second in the same night (or even the same week) - it's an acquired taste. Barleywine newcomers should look elsewhere for an introduction to the style.

Serve chilled and let warm.

The soaky rum was a standout note for me, and the marshmallow was a pleasant surprise.

Drinks quite well from a whisky tumbler.

High C+ cold. Low B- at room temperature. (4,949 characters)

Photo of DC_St_Johns
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I finished the last bottle of this beer that I could find. I've had this beer for years and over the past two it has become increasingly difficult to find.

Store managers have complained that they've been unable to get it. The last six-pack I found was clearly older, stored in the back of their cooler.

The flavors of the last few six packs (batches) that I've purchased do not remind me at all of the beer I once loved. I'm going to summarize what I remember vs. what I've experienced with this last batch from 2012, had during October/November of 2013.

Nose: Used to be an "American style" aroma of citrus and small flowering plants. I believe that they dry-hop it with Cascade, and that was what I remember, the old grapfruit aroma. However, I personally always thought this beer had another aroma in addition to the grapefruit - perhaps a bit of lavender. There were definitely malt aromas as well, with a bit of toffee and I know I used to think of a spice, but it escapes me now. The aroma of the latest batch: the aroma is very flat, not very citrus or floral. Granted, hop aroma diminishes, but the beer was not a year old yet. The malt aromas came through a bit, but has a tinge more of a sour smell than sweet citrus, if that even makes sense.

Appearance: A nice unfiltered look to it, not quite cloudy, but not translucent either. A brown that reminds me of an autumn leaf, not dark, but lighter brown with reddish accents. There was very little head to the beer. The appearance is much as I remember.

Taste and feel: This beer used to have plenty of hop flavor, with the grapefruit flavors and flavors of caramel sweetness. I don't know what malt they used, but it always made me think of a nuttier style of malt. Had a decent amount of residual sweetness, almost too much, but not quite, as I recall. Not bready in the malt, but not crisp like some very malt forward British beers. Not very acidic either, was what I recall. I let the beer warm to at least 55 degrees F before opening. I prefer a "cellar temperature" or warmer Barleywine and this had been in the fridge. The malt still did not shine through, so I let it warm further, but I did not experience an improvement. It had a definite acidity to it, and the bitterness was not very apparent. I was surprised how low it was, but still didn't taste incredibly malty. It did not taste infected, per se. I tasted a Fuller's ESB, just to compare how bitter the flavor was, and Fullers' was much more apparent. Mouthfeel did seem a bit more astringent than I remember, with the "fat" or "round" sugar profile feeling more biting. I didn't pucker, but it felt a little a little drier in some way I couldn't place.

I just don't think I'll be going back to this, which is sad, because it was one of my favorites. I was excited to see it, but "the thrill is gone". Luckily, there are many more out there to try. (2,881 characters)

Photo of MistahBeah
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear chestnut. Small amount of carbonation. Creamed coffee-colored head with minimal retention. Permanent ring of tiny bubbles with swirls of lace in the center

Smells of dark stone fruits - notably plums and sweet cherries. Rich caramel and toffee. Oak and vanilla. Traces of booze. Floral notes

Taste follows the nose. Big fruity esters - plums, cherries, pears. Darker figs and prunes. Additional sweetness comes from caramel and toffee. Faint traces of vanilla but woody oak comes through nicely. Boozy warmth

Feels warming. Rich and smooth. Very full

Overall a nice readily-available barleywine. Nice for sipping as dessert or for warming up on a cold night (675 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Luekens (Dunedin, FL). 1.99. Bottled 8/31/2010. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours a deep chestnut red with a finger and a half manilla head. A fair amount of sediment. Head fades to a thin but consistant cap and leaves dots of lace.

Smells rich. Stone fruits, toffee and caramel but with bizzarre faint almost rubbery notes in the background.

Taste delivers on the nose. Plums, prunes, raisins, dates, caramel and toffee. Just a soft hint of alcohol underneath. Nice blend of flavors that mix and mingle well.

Creamy medium body with light carbonation. Coats the tongue for a long rich finish.

This is my first experience with Old Foghorn and it has exceeded all of my expectations. To varying degrees, it hits all the notes I like in an English barleywine. Seeing as this bottle is over 3 years old apparently this also ages like a champ. I'll need grab a six pack this winter to try some fresh. If I don't like it fresh I at least know I'll like it later. (990 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pulled from a tap into a standard pint.

a: medium brown. half finger foamy white head. slight beer ring lacing.

s: roasted malt and caramel.

t: caramel, licorice, pecan shells.

m: thick and syrupy. earthy. bittersweet finish.

d: sip and enjoy.

atmosphere is pretty good. fair head and some slight yet persistent lacing. nose is candied roasted malts. earthy combo of caramel, pecan, and roasted malt. overall this is a really good quaff. (449 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a murky reddish amber with two fingers of khaki head that fades quickly, very little lacing.

Smell: Raisins, dark fruit, booze and some pine. Decent for a barleywine, but not amazing. Touches of oak as well.

Taste: Some pine, a good dose of alcohol, maybe some banana and a lot of spice. well rounded overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation for the style and definite hints of alcohol. A sipper for sure.

Overall: A good barleywine, while not my favorite, certainly worth a try. (517 characters)

Photo of BergBeer
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Caramel brown with a vanilla head. Nice head for a barley wine with some lacing.

S: Toffee, caramel, green apple, sweet malt, earthy bread tones, slight bananas, honey, and a bit of booze. Smells Great!

T: Banana bread, sweet malt, honey , spices, green apple, clove, tangerine, oats, and whole grain.

M: Sweet but not too sweet. Sticky on the tongue and goes down with a bit of heat on the back. Really drinkable for a barley wine but still a sipper. Sticks to the side of your mouth almost like eating a lollipop.

O: Really enjoyed this brew. One of the most drinkable barely wines I've had with out losing it's complexity. Lots of really nice tastes in this one that almost changes sip to sip! Try it out! (752 characters)

Photo of dowen17
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange hue with a nice two finger burnt caramel head. Decent retention. Holds around a pinkies worth.

On the nose is some tartness. Alcohol. Definite grainy sweetness. Sourdough bready malts. Nice.

Taste mirrors the nose. Very refreshing bready flavors. A little tartness up front but faint. A bit of alcohol but not overpowering at all. Very very refreshing and easily drinkable.

Great carbonation and body. Again, super refreshing. (458 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a medium amber color with a slight, off-white head. There is a lot of malted barley in the aroma. The taste is very bold with a heavy barley flavor that delivers a little bit of bitterness in end. A lot of barley wines drink very similar to an iipa, but this one has a much different characteristic. (310 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint (not by choice, here at the restaurant).

Appearance: deep cloudy copper color, heavy bubbles on the body with a slightly orange tinted head riding pretty high...maybe 1/2" off the body.

Smell: Lightt toffee scent, doesn't really impress.

Taste: Slightly sweet honey and caramel followed by a hit of malts coming off ever so complex. A toffee hit that makes you want to eat up the brew.

Mouth: Sticky, medium carbonation. You taste almost like a rum finish at the end which is quite impressive.

Overall: Definitely a quality brew, and easily surprised me. If I see the bottle at my local spot I would definitely love to grab again. Hope you all have a enjoyed as much as I did. Salud! (710 characters)

Photo of PieOhMy
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter.

A Rich mahogany. Some fizz rising to the thick tan, slow fading head.

S At first, a cactus like pungency. Sweet, rich malt. Hops. The aroma is quite powerful. Hit me right at the opening.

T Rich and sweet. Sugar candy. Chocolate. Dark fruit. Plum. A second wave of flavor brings greasy hops and bitterness. A boozy heat follows everything and burns deep.

M Full. Thick and creamy. Finishes with the aforementioned warming booziness.

O I love this beer. I love barleywines and this is one of my favorites. Definitely my favorite that comes in under 10%. So rich and full. The balance is nice. Steady as she goes. Awesome. (648 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

definitely not my favorite barleywine, even of the English blood. this one is a little too sweet and fruity, more like a jammy desert than a beer, but it is still expertly crafted, I just personally don't care a whole lot for the flavor, especially compared to other anchor brews. a little haze to the deep amber bodied liquid. an inch of tan head dies in a minute or so, and a still, intimidating glass remains. aromatics of dried apples, fresh apples, and a certain nutty vibe, underneath English ale yeast. molasses notes on the flavor, with a whole truckload of grain, thick an sticky sweet. the apples are there too on the first half, and as I wait and wait for the dry hopping the label tells me to expect, it never comes. sweetness is never cut by hops, and the aftertaste is real odd as a result. the alcohol is hidden well enough, but this is a dense brew that demands persistence and patience. I like the carbonation, and I like the body, I just don't really care for the taste. well made though, and sturdy for anchor. fall would be its most appropriate season. (1,072 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really like the deep auburn coloring but the head was gone in a instant with loud fizzing.

The aromas are soft dried fruit such as prune and date with a sweet caramel malt. Not a ton of diversity but the scent is nice and sweet.

The tastes are very smooth with prune, raisin and date. I catch a brownie or fudge but it's a fruity sticky brownie like cherry laden fruit cake.

The smoothness of the dried fruit certainly comes to light in the feel. Despite the overwhelming carbonation that fizzled away the feel is slightly thick and nicely smooth. (553 characters)

Photo of karengarys
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4





what am I reviewing?....

Okay, I'm not a barleywine person, and not real famailiar what to expect. Found this for so cheap I couldn't pass it up (end of season blowout).

I'll approach it from the point of view of a person who drinks beer, likes RIS and Scottish ales, and now is trying some new real malty thing on the opposite side of the IPAs...

Pours crystal clear mahogany, but leaves little head. There is a ring of super fine froth around the edge of the glass. It seems to stick a little, but follows the liquid down without sticking.

smells spicey, like, anice and nutmeg and brown sugar - a spice from a bakery, not a spice from an Indian restaurant. Rasins? Mango? Canteloupe? I don't know if I can put my finger on it, but it sure seems like a mellow dark overripe fruit (which I like).

A sip. It's got a lot, but, how to decipher. It is wierd. Alcapop? No. ...beer.... ...barleywine... ...beer... ....barleywine.... what is this stuff? Well, there aren't any bittering hops, that's for sure. It is smooth, though, that is pretty amazing for a heavily acoloholic, um beer? Okay. Rasins. Nutmeg. Hint of molassis. Pepper? I have to figure this out like a wine, not a beer, sipping it slowly and letting it swirl in my mouth. This is a strange drink to try and figure out. ...but I'm really liking it.... So there you go: Brown sugar, cantelope, molassis, nutmeg and an ever so slight hint of pepper.

Mouthfeel is quite rich. Creamy. drink. fizz. blanket with bubbles. gone. nice.

This is a really cool drink. I recommend it highly. I know this review is getting dinged for appearance. What can I say, the fizzy ring is gone and now it looks like a glass of mahogany water. ooh, but it is so delightful, and I'm glad the carbonation is locked in there somehow making it continue to be very drinkable. ....it is losing some of the fizzy impact, well, 10-20 minutes have gone by... sip. keep on sipping keep on sipping keep on sipping keep on sipping... I recommend this! (2,047 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Maybe this was a classic years ago, but it seems undrinkable without Sir Thomas More warming it up with a hot poker. Strong, peculiar smell. Musty, camphor, burnt butter. Nice copper color with a long-lasting low foam. Some bubbles and plenty of carbonation in the mouth.

There is a funny oxidized taste, like cheap sweet vermouth. The odd fruitiness is raisins and something else. Now I remember-- dried jujube fruit. This would put me off Barleywines if I thought this was a new trend. I can only think of a Chinese medicinal wine I regret tasting.

Tastes so alcoholic you'd think it was stronger. The bottle seems OK, this must be the way they like it. Maybe the monk who copied this recipe onto vellum made a mistake somewhere. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego. (794 characters)

Photo of asteroidgalaxy
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (429 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very hazy, reddish copper brown. Almost looks like liquid rust in the glass. Small, 1 finger head forms and retains fairly well down to a lace on the top. Laces a little.

S- Really big caramel malt tones and booze hit the nose first. A somewhat candy-sugar like scent also is fairly strong, reminding me of some Belgian beers. A little hops bitterness is detectable, but mostly a very forward, deep malt profile in the smell.

T- Starts with a slight hint of hops bitterness, before moving into a mostly sweet taste profile. The sweet caramel malts are hidden somewhat by the candy-sugar flavor. Sweet most of the way through with a slight bitterness from the alcohol. Ends with a lingering sweetness that melds into a slight hops bitterness.

M- Smooth and fairly low in carbonation, this is somewhere between a sipper and a fairly drinkable barleywine. This one doesn't have much alcohol heat at all, but it will catch up with you. Goes down real smooth.

Overall, I'm pleasantly surprised by this barleywine. I didn't have really high expectations for this beer, but it was very good, especially considering the bottle I got was packaged in 2011. This one truly stands up over time, and I need to try one that's a little fresher soon. (1,249 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (8LB (or 8L8), so it is from 7/2/08 or 7/28/13, but I feel like those can't be right).

A: Nice dark amber brown with a slight head and a fair amount of sediment in suspension along the bottom.

S: Sweet roasted malts, that's all I got here.

T: Quite sweet, almost like licorice with an alcoholic tinge to it. I get no hops in there at all. If they are there, then they are melded heavily by the malts and taste odd, with a bit of spice that tastes a bit like cinnamon, nutmeg or cloves. It has a weird aftertaste, its not sweet but a weird kind of spice.

M: Very smooth with a nice massage-y slight carbonation that tickles the tongue.

O: Not bad, but not my cup of tea for a barleywine. The sweetness and spice all taste a bit odd. It's not super sweet, but like a sticky spicy (not hot) sweetness. (850 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 7/1/13

Appearance: Deep amber, with some dark garnet and light brown - pours with a creamy beige head, and retains it pretty well, leaves some nice spots of lacing

Smell: Cooked, caramelized malt, and a ton of straight-up caramel - rich, dark caramel malts - caramel candies - rich and sweet, kind of like a dessert wine, smells more alcoholic than 8.2% ABV - lots of dark fruits, raisins, plums, maybe some fig -

Taste: Big, rich, and sweet - caramel malts, rich, deep, caramelized - caramel candy, with a lot of cooked sugar (but not a particularly excessive amount for the style) - dark fruits aplenty, with raisins, plums, and cherries - lots of booze, but it mostly works with the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, very smooth, nicely carbonated, a bit syrupy

Overall: Old is good, I'm interested in Older

This is a curious beer. It's supposedly about 8% ABV, but it drinks more like a dessert wine with twice the booze. It has some nice depth, but it's a bit heavy on the caramel (and the booze). It tastes a little young. Maybe it would get better with age? (1,101 characters)

Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
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