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Anchor Old Foghorn | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Old FoghornAnchor Old Foghorn
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3.92/5
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1,997 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:
#6,142
Reviews:
1,071
Ratings:
1,997
pDev:
10.97%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
184
Trade:
1
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jodio
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
2.83/5  rDev -27.8%
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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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevem1206
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tschnab
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 Shanex
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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Photo of BdM
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,997 ratings
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