Anchor Old Foghorn | Anchor Brewing Company

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88
very good
1,981 Ratings
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84
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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:
1,981
Reviews:
1,064
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.94%
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
182
For Trade:
1
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5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

good barley wine style from the u.s. dark color
sweet alcoholic taste you can taste the alchohol
one of the first u.s. brewers that was avalible in holland and still is one of the good us brewerys.
color: copper
noise: butterscotch/alc. sweet
taste: alc. sweet like serup
good beer for the winter that i like a lot

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

amazing beer!

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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.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Faint orange taste, along with belgian yeast. Sweet and not overly hoppy, but has a slight bitter finish. Very tasty. One of the best barleywines I have had.

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4.95/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Previously had this beer on-tap at the flying saucer. Saw it at the store and had to try it in the bottle. Poured this into my pint glass, It poured a brownish/amber color, with a thin white head that went away as quickly as it started. It left no lacing on the glass. The first smell of this beer opened up my senses with a mixture of hots and malts. But upon another sniff, I detected a hint of fruit. The taste of this beer is a good even mix of hops and malts, but once agian i detect a faint taste of fruit in the aftertaste. Also, there is a bit of an alcohol flavor that hits you right at the start, but it smooths out as you get towards the middle of your glass.The mouthfeel of this beer is very light and crisp, leaves no coating and goes down smooth. Overall this is a very enjoyable beer, but it is definatly more is a sipping beer, towards the end of the glass, you can feel the 8% abv coming thorugh. I Could enjoy this beer on a nightly basis as a nice desert beer. Recomended to anyone who likes a good barleywine.This is probably the best one I have had yet.

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4.94/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I just LOVE barleywine! To me it is the non plus ultra of anything "imperial", so a step beyond a Double IPA would be Barley Wine for me. Although in the most cases it is much more the malt that is dominant, not the hops.
However, Anchor has made this in the Ale tradition, as they say it on the bottleneck, it has been dry hopped just like ales would be. This is great! Perhaps they didn't brew it as high on ABV as other barley wines would be, but it is great nevertheless!
It is very thick, extremely smooth and has a hint of a cherry-brandy-esque thing going on, as if you took Golden Pride from Fullers and made it "Double Golden Pride". What does it mean? It means awesomeness squared. It means that this Old Foghorn is relatively easy, pleasant to drink but at the same time feels just like a barley wine would. This one is very low on booziness, and slightly drier in finish than a full-on barleywine would be, but all of these seem to enhance its quality even further.
Anchor is no wonder the oldest craft brewery in the States - and if it is true what they say on the bottle, they were the first ones not only to brew IPA after the Prohibition but to introduce Barleywine into the USA as well. Hats off to Anchor, hats off to the Old Foghorn!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured 12 ounce bottle into my favorite Trappist glass.

Head was 3 fingers immediately after pour then settled to half finger to nearly no head. Beer is a nice dark amber color. The smell is the sweet dark smell of moldering apples under my Grandmama's apple tree. The taste starts out a mildly bitter caramel with deep and sweet cider hints, a little hoppy, but more malty, with hints of prune and raisins, then it finishes with a kind of waxy honeycomb flavor with the presence of alcohol but not overpowering by any means. Truly remarkable beer!

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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,981 ratings.
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