Old Foghorn | Anchor Brewing Company

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Old FoghornOld 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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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay goblet glass.

Pours a dark brown colour with a decent head that sticks around.

Smells strongly of alcohol, dark and rich fruits too. Very nice.

Tastes strongly of alcohol too, bollocks to anyone who says its hidden well. It's nice but to an extent hard to taste anything else.

Overall a decent beer but in the end good for no more than sipping on, and to me that's not a good quality in a beer.

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Photo of jkane101
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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

From notes...

A - Pours a crystal clear copper amber colour, two fingers of head, solid retention and nice hcunky lacing.

S - Spicey leafy hops, citrus undertones, rich caramel and toffee, peppery cedar and pine, celery seed and a hint of clamato.

T - Unique peppery caramel, a green celery root type flavour, sugary birch syrop, hint of sweet alcohol and some leafy greens on the finish.

M - A tad thin and could use a carbonation lift, smooth going down and surprisingly wet on the finish.

O - A uniquely flavoured barleywine with the greeny/leafy notes adding a new twist to the traditional style I'm used to. ABV is nicely hidden and offers only a bit of heat and sweetness. Tasty and quite drinkable, though not my favourite of the style that I've tried.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - With an aggressive pour, yields a two finger light tan head. Dissipates quickly into a nice ring of foam. Reddish amber in color.

S - Big malt aroma mixed with dark fruits, alcohol, and not a whole lot of hops.

T - I get a lot of dark fruits and a few sweeter ones. The sweetness definitely starts to come through more strongly as the beer warms toward room temperature. The malt is definitely there as well. There's a touch of heat from the alcohol on the finish, but I suppose that's to be expected.

M - on the full side of medium bodied, fairly well carbonated.

O - Overall, I enjoyed htis. There are a lot of different flavors going on here, but I enjoyed sipping on it after dinner.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Dogfish Head large snifter glass. unique date code seems to hint Sept 2011 bottling? I can barely read it, also a braille like 1DE is dotted on the back.

A real nice creamy light caramel head is presented with some staying power. Body is a nice ruby and very crystal clear. Pretty nice looking barleywine here.

Really nice nose here. Dark fruits, jam and pectin. Cinnammon dry spices, sweet candies and brown sugar, just a touch of sweetness. Very impressive with just a hint of heat.

Palate is a real nice mix of the nose with some great touches. Mellow banana, mixing in with brown cinnamon spices. Rich and spicy finish, mixes nicely with the carbonation here. It's a little carbonated/prickly in feel which is playful, not so velvety or silky. Not even boozy tasting or feeling either.

Overall, why in the heck have I never had this barleywine before it's great!

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Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JRod1969
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Redglimmer
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of growlerpower9
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of bcal16
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of davey101
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 01/08/1996. Old school 7 oz bottle stamped: 6JH. Surprisingly it opened with a faint fizz.

A - Dark brown/red murky body. Non existant head, just some dark khaki colored edging. Swirling yields some lacing and retention. There is a lot of dark "stuff" floating around in the beer.

S - Predominantly sweet dark candied fruits. Plums, raisins, figs, etc. Some roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. The finish is burnt and alcoholic. The smell is very unique. Although its not the most pleasant, its not all that bad.

T - Similar to the nose. Caramelized figs and raisins followed by roasted malts and some dark chocolate notes. The alcohol is a tad noticeable and there is some oxidation. The finish is cloyingly sweet. Complex and flavorful.

M - Obviously its a flat beer. The mouth feel is medium to thick and coats the tongue.

O - I'm struggling to get through 7 oz. of this beer. At 16 years old it does have some redeeming qualities. Lots of robust barley wine aromas and tastes. This beer aged well.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled served in a pint glass

A - Light amber with 1 finger off white head with good retention and minimal lacing.

S - Sweet malt and caramel and a little booze.

T - Super sweet barley and malt with caramel and an alcohol finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation

O - A nice barleywine but a tad too sweet for me.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 12 oz bottle (~6 month old)

S: Ripe red fruits (cherries, berries) that give the impression of sweetness. Floral and lightly citrus hops notes (lillies, oranges, guava). Slightly earthy/stemmy, but bright. Hints of melon. As it warms the citrus and alcohol play off each other.

T:Not a ton of flavor at first, just a mellow hint of red fruits and balanced bitterness, but there is a solid impression of richness given by the moderately-high mouthfeel. Towards the middle, flavors brighten into complex red fruits balanced by a moderate, well integrated, stemmy bitterness. Right on the edge of the sweet/bitter balance, vacillating between the two. A touch of a citric bite brightens things up. Floral, herbal hops flavor is there, but in the background. Carbonation is moderate, but impeccably smooth and elegant. The finish goes a bit towards the bitter side, but its smooth with a soft, powdery character that is unique. The finish also has a blast of smooth, clean ethanol, like a good vodka. Lingers long with pleasantly soft, powdery bitterness, and lip sticking berries/cherries plus vodka that is reminiscent of a cosmopolitan.

Notes: The bittering on this beer is fantastic and has an incredible softness. Very Deft. Smooth, rich, elegant, mellow, and subtle. Complexity could be a bit more for me, but whats there is really well done.

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Photo of Cariadmum
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of ardy007
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of velosuds
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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Photo of JohnXVII
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
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