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Anchor Old Foghorn | Anchor Brewing Company

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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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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of acevenom
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. Pours dark copper with a small off-white head that dissipates slowly. The smell of sweet roasted malt dominates. There alcohol is present in the aroma. The flavor up front is sweet from the abundant malt. There are also some notes of raisin, spice, and I can definitely taste the alcohol. There is some hop bitterness, but it's not a very strong flavor. It's full bodied, but still crisp due to the carbonation. It's a sipper, but a very pleasing sipper. Overall, this is a fantastic English style barleywine. This is definitely worth trying and it's one of the best offerings from the Anchor catalog.

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Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of MaximalC
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark honey color bordering on burnt orange with ruby highlights and an ample tan head to match. The aroma is a pleasing combination of sweet malt and crisp hop working in harmony. The flavors here are huge and unabashed. A sweet, toasted, almost bock-like malt lays the foundation (brown sugar comes to mind). This is accompanied by just enough hop flavor to keep the sweetness from getting out of control. Raisin is easily ascertainable. Nutty flavors are also present, as is a hint of chocolate that manages to sneak through the boozy fog that asserts itself on the back end, along with a more noticeable hop bitterness. Another reviewer noted cinammon, and while I wouldn't have identified it myself, I can recognize it in retrospect. There's more than enough going on here to keep your tastebuds interested for the entire glass. The alcoholic taste may be a little abrasive for some, but it doesn't seem out of place amidst the other bold flavors. I have neglible experience with barleywines, but I like what I'm seeing here from Anchor. I'd go so far as to say this is one of their best brews, easily better than their more widely acclaimed offerings. Definitely worth trying if you've never had.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jimelee108
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of RebornStussy
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Etan
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a brandy snifter. 2010 bottle.

A: Pours a solid light reddish brown with a full head of tan bubbles. Relatively long retention, with a good amount of lacing.

S: Strong nose of spicy raisins, cinnamon, fig, brown sugar, a bit of brownish bread.

T: Follows the nose. Sweet bread, raisins and prune, caramel, fig, some spiciness thrown in from the alcohol, faint hint of cinnamon. A bit of solvent alcohol in the finish to round out the profile nicely.

M: Not very thick-bodied, but lively carbonation.

O: I'm not sure if it's like this fresh, or if it's the aging, but this bottle was very smooth and moderate, to style. Tasty.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper color with a thin tan head that doesn't stick around. No lacing to speak of and overall it looks dead.

The aroma is sweet, syrupy and boozy. It smells like thick alcoholic honey, caramel,toffee and sweet bread dough.

The flavor is much like the aroma. It's definitely a sipping beer with a very thick heavy body, and flavors of honey, dark cherries, figs, and a peppery alcohol heat.

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Photo of dominic4beer
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BillH200174
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber with a thin, white head and fine bubbles. The aroma is heavy with hints of honey, dough, barley and light hops. The palate is full with a rich, honeyed texture and nuances of dusty grain, golden raisin and yeast. The finish is nice and light on the palate. Nicely done.

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Photo of DCgolfpro
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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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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%

Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,999 ratings
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