Anchor Old Foghorn | Anchor Brewing Company

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88
very good
1,982 Ratings
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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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Photo of BalancingBrooms
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbeer40
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakeScully
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
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 -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TheBrosy
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of classixIII
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of red94tt
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JaimeLondon
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of kiki3drt292
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of QuakeAttack
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dface
2.78/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MatthewWalters
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of elglueckert
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of radius129
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a stone glass.Smell is pairs plums apples.Taste is apple`s & Pairs.I like this.It has a really good tasted to it plus the fact that it`s got a pretty good kick to.ABV9.4.I would buy this again.Give it a try.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled March 2013, drank Leap Day 2016.

Appearance: pours a deep burnt orange with big red to garnet hues. a little less than a finger of a tannish head that fades pretty quickly and ends up being a ring around the glass with a decent sized lacing. almost opaque due to the darkness of the color but I am just able to see through it. some nice brightness pops through when held to the light.

Smell: nice mixture of malts and some dark fruits. light oxidation of hops is present but at a nice level to add a nice complexity. some notes of vanilla and a light alcohol holds on.

Taste: opens up with dark fruits, stewed plum and raisin with possibly some fig. malty depth develops, with toffee and a slight nuttiness, toasted grains, and a very light chocolate. notes of age show next with notes of sherry and amaretto, and some light hop degradation. light vanilla and some alcohol near the backend.

Mouthfeel: nice full body, slightly on the chewy side. bitterness is still hanging on a bit and balances any sweetness nicely. definitely some alcohol warmth.

Overall: 3 years has done this beer very well. I don't remember loving it fresh but it has certainly crossed over to that realm now. very nice barleywine taste with all the fruits and malts. oxidation has worked nicely in this beer adding some nice notes, even the old stale hops is at a nice level to add to the taste rather than subtract.

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