Anchor Old Foghorn | Anchor Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#6,313
Reviews:
1,075
Ratings:
2,008
pDev:
10.97%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
82
Gots:
185
Trade:
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Photo of bubseymour
4.74/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Quite exceptional.

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Photo of beaulabauve
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2013 vintage reviewed December 2017.

Aroma - syrupy sweet malt, insanely rich. Plum flesh ester is medium high, low creamy vanilla character, very faint herbal hop, slight hint of paper, not very complex but quite inviting.

Flavor - Fairly refined sherry character dominates, thin molasses malt character is medium high and allows just a touch of herbal\ blackcurrant hop to show through before a papery finish. A little solvent alcohol is discernible but very slight on the palate.

MF - medium-full, pleasantly grippy but undercut by oiliness from alcohol, and general thin oxidized character.

Overall- O2 was not very kind to this 4-5 year old beer and the alcohol still needles it slightly. Overall pretty pleasant to drink but not a memorable aged strong ale.

APP - deep ruby beer with slight haze and a low tan head the persists. Thick legs.

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Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of justintcoons
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a goblet.
Hazy copper colored body with a decent head and a bit of sediment.
Partially hidden alcohol.
Lightly sweet, Medium-light body and carbonation.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WunderLlama
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter

Two finger light brown creamy foam cap settles to islands of foam , dark tea appearance

Aroma of dark fruits , raisins, whiff of spiciness

Taste of dark fruit ,

Smooth but I feel the alcohol

Good beer

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Photo of janubio
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber - red colour, medium off white head with medium retention. Nice lace.
Aroma of raisins, red fruits, chocolate notes, dough,
Medium to full body, creamy nutty rexture. Medium carbonation..Dry finish, hops are noticed.
Taste of red fruits, chocolate, licorice, caramel, nuts, wine.
Good barley, though I'd like them stronger.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJSFS
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of drunkenmess
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gandres
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thursday, November 30, 2017 11:18 PM
12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass (no bottled on nor drink by: 7AG marking on bottle) Sight: dark brown, minimal medium tan head, very hazy
Smell: Malty, very fragrant
Taste: low bitterness, low sweetness, very good
Mouthfeel: lively carbonation, creamy, long follow through, sweet, then bitter aftertaste
Overall: Very good beer

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A:
Pours a clear, dark ruby-walnut with a tan foam rubber head that sticks around well before dropping to a fat, tight little cap. (4.25)

S:
Nutty, spicy, toasty malt layers; wood, white chocolate. (4)

T:
Wall of malt flavors. Wood, earthy with nutty and toasty roast flavors, light chocolate-like sweetness, berries. (4)

M:
A bit warming with a fullish body and medium carbonation slight malt astringency. (4)

O:
A tasty Barleywine as far as I am concerned.
There is a nice assertive malt flavor that is not overpowering (nor is the alcohol—though you can detect it). It has some light fruity and sweet character that offsets any astringency or bitterness and it is generally nice looking and easy drinking. I am not the biggest barleywine/old ale expert, but of the ones that I have liked this one seems like a very approachable, inoffensive take. Perhaps that explains it being “barleywine-style” and having a slightly lower ABV than some. Anyway, it was nice, I'd have it again. (4)

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: One finger white head, brown body.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Caramel, butterscotch pudding, and orange/mild resin from the hops.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation, sweet upfront but mildly dry in the finish. No hint of alcohol, and a hint of hop bitterness rounds it off.

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Photo of Silverhair39
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moundbz
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of josanguapo
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Decervecitas. In Teku glass. Playing Thats Mahjong, then Cannon Defenders. Toffee and figs. Good aroma but in mouth the alcohol is too much noticeable for such an ABV. Bbf this month (my fault). To repeat fresher

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Photo of Roberto11232
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Epiktetos
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bryan12345
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DispyDnb
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle expired in May 2017 drunk in August 2017. Dark mogany color, one finger ofwhite head. Smell and taste are all about oxidation but in a good way as you would expect from barley wine, sweet,complex, bitter. Midly carbonated, medium body. Enjoyed it quite a lot but i have to drink it fresh and then compare it

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrewh995
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with almost no head. Smells of barley, sweet caramel, toffee, and bourbon. Tastes of bourbon, toffee, caramel, some alcohol, and dark fruits. Medium in body and light in carbonation. Overall a stellar example of a barleywine.

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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,008 ratings
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