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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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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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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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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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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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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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,977 ratings.
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