Anchor Old Foghorn | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Old FoghornAnchor Old Foghorn
BA SCORE
75.4%
Liked This Beer
3.92 w/ 1,990 ratings
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
Ranking:
#5,756
Reviews:
1,068
Ratings:
1,990
Liked:
1,500
Avg:
3.92/5
pDev:
10.97%
Alströms:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
182
Trade:
1
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MHJeff06
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of aufie
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire123
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Zuidman
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of szarom1992
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BalancingBrooms
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbeer40
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" and listed in the "1001."
A pioneer became a classic. But that dry-hop, it's not for me.

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Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakeScully
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A pretty rare beer in Europe so I guess I was just lucky to put my hand on this one, pretty tasty and a good barley wine. . Worth a try especially with the warming weather.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TheBrosy
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Let warm to near room temps (58 F) before drinking.

Appearance: Copper and opaque. Pours with a small tan head that dissipates a bit quickly.

Smell: Alcohol. Alcohol. And for good measure, a bit more alcohol. Some earthy easter can be noticed in the fog of alcohol.

Taste: Very smooth. Nice maturity to this. The alcohol, while be very strong in the aroma, is beautifully balanced with caramel & chocolate malt taste. Some hop flavor can be detected as well.

Mouthful: Medium-low body. Low carbonation. A bit disappointing.

Overall: This is a nice English barleywine. With better carbonation this beer could go from quite good to excellent.

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4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of classixIII
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly iridescent dark brown to deep ruby color, very little tan head that disappeared quickly. Awesome aroma, got apple, and darker fruits - raisin, plum maybe fig with some malt. Feel is slightly viscous but not overly heavy. Taste follows through with the darker fruits and alcohol is just right - 8.2% on this label. I will defiinitly enjoy some more of these.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JaimeLondon
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Anchor's english barleywine is not surprising as I thought. Good, though.
Body is opaque, of a dark reddish-brown color and foam is persistant and beige, it can be quite big too.
Smell is rich in yeast and fruity notes; some liquorice and a malty character that reminds me of whisky, since it's also alcoholic.
Taste is also nice, alcohol is somewhat hidden, which is good. Notes of grapes, cherry, malts and oak; it's also slightly herbaceous.
Feel is interesting.. It warms you up; and sweetness balances the beer. Bitterness should be higher, though.

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4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter in the bath.

It has a beautiful golden-mango glow to start, with 1 finger of steady head, sticking around for quite some time. As it settles in the head becomes moss and the body turns to a crumpled raisin color. Impressive display. 70% opaque.

Smell is gigantic. This is a huge beer. Waves of alcohol-soaked citrus - orange, lime, lemon rind; heavy raisin. With agitation, a sublime freshly cut pineapple note just takes over everything. Wow.

Flavor starts off with a stinging snake bite of alcohol burn, but tapers off quickly to a total tropical assault : dried mangoes, papaya, guava, pineapple; fading into a dry hopped utopia with dark malts and bright fruits.

The feel is heavy, thick without being sappy, and provides ample carbonation to keep the boat afloat. Finish is dry, dry, dry.



Old Foghorn isn't a beer you just drink; it's a beer you sip and philosophize over. This is one deep, humongous, cavernous beer.

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3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75.4% out of 100 with 1,990 ratings
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