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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

1,757 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,757
Reviews: 1,006
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 69
Gots: 98 | 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:
ABV varies slightly over the years.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Brown Bottle with pry-off cap and no date. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear deep mahogany with 1 finger of off-white head

Smell: Toffee and and dark fruits

Taste: Dark fruits and raisin with hop flavors in the middle with some cherry and chocolate notes and a malty finish with some fruity esters

Mouthfeel: full-bodied and just right

Overall: A great english style barleywine. Lots of malt complexity without getting too muddled and provides much depth. Im curious as to how some age will affect it.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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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.

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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!

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

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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,757 ratings.