Anchor Old Foghorn | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,982 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:
1,982
Reviews:
1,065
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.94%
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
182
For Trade:
1
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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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Photo of Dsimenson
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really like the ruby and amber colors coming out of this one, thin 1/5" head on the top, off white. Aroma was like belgian candy sugar, sweet caramel coming out of this one.

Taste, smooth, rich, burnt caramel, brown sugar, small c hops. Doesn't change as much as say Bigfoot when you age them, but they're always nice.

This is one of the more classic English barleywine recipes out there, this is time tested. Not sugary sweet, but it has sweetness. Does that make sense?

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
2.83/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

**
AROMA:Lemon, but very faint. Some Grains.
LOOK: Dark Copper. No head.
TASTE: Cherry, blueberry, wheat, some interesting things going on that I did not sense in the aroma
FEEL: Thin Body, and a little flat.

Not bad, but not something I'll go out seeking.
**

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevem1206
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tschnab
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MHJeff06
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aufie
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire123
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Zuidman
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of szarom1992
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,982 ratings.
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