Anchor Old Foghorn | Anchor Brewing Company

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88
very good
1,977 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good
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Anchor Old FoghornAnchor Old Foghorn
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Old Foghorn® is brewed based on historic English barleywine methods. It is highly hopped, fermented with a true top-fermenting ale yeast, carbonated by a natural process called "bunging" to produce champagne-like bubbles, and dry-hopped with additional Cascade hops while it ages in our cellars. Made only from “first wort,” the rich first runnings of an all-malt mash, three mashes are required to produce just one barleywine brew.

ABV varies slightly over the years.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,977
Reviews:
1,060
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.94%
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
179
For Trade:
1
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Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SGR1220
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured from 0.33 bottle.
L: Dark black color with a no foam head.
S: Caramel, lacrice.
T: Wine,raisin, plums.
F: Pleasant, very good balanced.
O: Impressive.

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

Photo of swierczt
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeoClassicist
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, Anchor Old Foghorn 12oz bottled 2/5/14 8.8% ABV. Pour is muddled brown in color showing red highlights in brighter light. Head is light tan and lasts a minute receding into a fine ring around the glass. Smell is caramel and a hint of booze. Just a bit of oxidation creeping in due to my imperfect cellar conditions. Taste is more caramel, light raisin, some vague sweetness and just the start of oxidation. Mouthfeel is fantastic, full and rich wrapping the tongue but not overly sweet or sticky. Carbonation is still good. Overall, delightful. I am going to enjoy the rest of this now and check out what everyone else is drinking.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snulip has a bright amber body without foam. No head, no lacing, and barely a ring of bubbles.
Aroma in stone fruit, fresh leather, and noble hops.
Flavors match combined with sweet malt.
Mouthfeel leans thin, light, and clean. Not remotely chewy, and me likey.
An American classic.

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Photo of mancavebeercouch
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PMarcy78
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear deep amber with a very thin, almost non-existent whit head. No lacing. Smells of plum, raisin, sweet sugary malt, and spicy noble hops. Similar flavor, with the emphasis on the raisin and sweet sugary malt with a touch of toffee and the spicy hops almost as an afterthought. Feel is rich yet thin, very bitter yet very sweet. Interest feel for sure. Easier to take large mouthfuls compared to most sense and chewy barleywines. Overall, this is a classic and delicious American barleywines, and the original for the U.S. A true pioneer, and holds up to todays competition, at least for me. Cheers!

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber brown producing a 3 finger, beige, lasting head that settles thin cap with a mound-like island cap of foam & leaving a beautiful, Jack Frost coating of lacing. Aroma is fruity & sweet caramel malt, dark bread, raisin, fig, cherry, brown sugar, cinnamon, wood, alcohol, spiced & a hint of something ethyl acetate like. Taste is similar but sweeter with woody oak/vanilla & bourbon notes (I don't believe that this is oak aged) with bitter roast & earthy hop tones in the finish & aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, wet & juicy, prickly & lightly grainy with a drawing aftertaste.

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Photo of clarknova
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MacStinson
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of OnePuttBlunder
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Vader444
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle pour into tulip.

Looks gorgeous; a deep orange hue with a pale cream head.

Loads of fruity esters on the nose; red fruits as well as faint tropical notes. Taste follows the nose but perhaps a bit too boozy. A lovely beer but doubt I could enjoy more than one of these at a time. Cheers

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Photo of Buck89
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. A very hazy copper-brown color with a thin off-white head that settled briskly into a solid cap. Really enticing aromas of plums, cherries, figs, raisins, and caramel. The first sip brought the fruit, enveloped in a lush sweet malty cloud. Full-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a gentle warming on the finish.

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Photo of Muss42
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenBreeg
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Macamah
2.31/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 3/27/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a nice 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apricot, apple, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, light molasses, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apricot, apple, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, light molasses, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apricot, apple, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slightly slick/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English barleywine! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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

355ml bottle, Brewer's Droop, Bristol - Pours dark amber with a large creamy white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - sweet caramel, ripe fruits, light bready. Taste - sweet, caramel, ripe orchard fruits/berries, slight tartness at the back, crisp bitter finish with a nice light alcoholic feel. Very drinkable barley wine, one of the best that I have ever had. One to sip and linger on.

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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,977 ratings.
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