Anchor Old Foghorn | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Old FoghornAnchor Old Foghorn
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Anchor Old FoghornAnchor Old Foghorn

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.Single purchased at LifeSource Natural Foods for $2.59.

A-Pours a dark pleasing burnt-orange amber with a one + finger, creamy tan head that recedes leaving little lace. Darker than expected.

S-Non-descript fruitiness, malt sweetness (caramel and brown sugar), and alcohol. Not as developed and complex as I expected.

T-Taste is predominantly sweet with some fruity esters, bitterness, and slight alcohol. Decent, but not great.

M-A bit too dry, as in not quite enough residual sweetness to give this a fuller body and mouthfeel.

O-Decent, but not great. A good value though.

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3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled sometime in December 2011

A: Tawny, milky tan head. Some spotty lacing after each swig.

S: Butterscotch, plums, alcohol, cherry, pie crust.

T: Sugary dried fruits, butterscotch candy, figs, brown sugar, even licorice.

M: Sort of cloying with the sweetness, and the hotness shows.

O: A good sipper, different from the rest of the barleywines on the local store shelves. Worth a try.

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3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.
ABV on the bottle says 8.8%

A- Clear copper brown amber one finger of off white head. Fair retention rather thin lacing

A- Sweet fruits cherry and tart apple and a big nose of alcohol

T- Some dark fruits maybe raisin and dark sugar and caramal a slight amount of bitterness from the hops and sweet malts

M- Well bodied with nice carbonation

Overall a solid English style barley wine very subtle in the nose and taste with light alcohol and fine finish

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3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip snifter.
Bottled 12.15.11. ABV on the bottle purports 9.4%, rather than the 8.2 noted above.

Look- Clear reddish amber-brown with two fingers of dense creamy-looking eggshell head. Pretty good retention, as well. Unfortunately, once the head fell, there were only about 9 oz. of beer in the tulip. I didn't check the level in the bottle beforehand and the rest look normal, so it might just be a mishap. Otherwise looks pretty darn good- the light that comes through throws ruby flecks all over the table, which I can't say I've noticed before. Very nice.

Smell- Not getting a lot, there's a vague sweet fruity aroma and a splash of fusel alcohol. It smells a bit like watermelon jolly ranchers, actually, if not as sticky-sweet. Sweet summer melon with a bit of peach and banana seems appropriate, but man do you have to dig for it. Pretty subtle behind the alcohol. Interesting, but the only punch it's got is booze.

Taste- Starts with a twinge of alcohol, followed by light cherry and pomegranate. Swallow brings out a hint of sweet, rich biscuit that comes off as charred French bread every few sips. Finishes with a bit of lemon, pear, and more than a little cheap rum or watered down West African bitters. For some reason, the aftertaste leaves me thinking of rice paper soaked in sake and soy sauce. Not that I've ever tried that, so my conceptualization might be off. I'll say that this beer has plenty of flavor, but there's as much dissuading me as enticing. It's not terrible, but compared to other barleywines I've had, it's not up to snuff.

Mouthfeel- Acrid on the sip, fading to a light alcohol burn before finishing dry and tannic. Distinctly warming. Body is on the lighter side for the style, and the moderate carbonation emphasizes the alcohol. Fairly clean, but it doesn’t have much else going for it in this department.

Overall- Maybe I opened this one too early. I ended up pouring it back and forth to get rid of some of the carbonation, and once it was nearly flat I finally got some of the more pleasing flavors and aromas to push past the prickly alcohol. Anyways, it was pretty cheap for the style (+0.5), and I’ll hold onto the other five in the pack for a while to see how it turns out. After reading some of the other posts, it seems like the brewers have changed things up in recent years, and I’m underwhelmed with what’s currently in my glass. As it is, I probably wouldn’t recommend it.

For those of you that think I’m rating this beer harshly, please remember that I’m comparing it to other examples of the style, of which I feel this is average at best.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear deep ruby, one finger head

S-Some malt, earthy hops and even some alcohol.

T-Sweet bread malts, still some alcohol ends with some earthy hops.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation, smooth despite the alcohol.

O-Expected better from Anchor, the beer has some redeeming qualities, I believe this on was aged a while so hopefully fresh the beer tastes better.

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