Anchor Old Foghorn Ale

Anchor Old Foghorn Ale

Rated 3.822 by BeerPals

Brewed by Anchor Brewing Company

San Francisco, CA, United States

Style:  American Barleywine

10% Alcohol by Volume

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Old Foghorn® Barleywine Style Ale is brewed strictly according to traditional brewing methods, using only natural ingredients — water, malted barley, fresh whole hops, and yeast. Old Foghorn is based on traditional English barley wines. Old Foghorn is highly hopped, using only Cascade hops. It is fermented with a true top-fermenting ale yeast. Carbonation is produced by an entirely natural process called "bunging," which produces champagne-like bubbles. Our "barleywine ale" is dry-hopped with additional Cascade hops while it ages in our cellars.

ID: 1099 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 23 years ago

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Overall Rank477
Overall Percentile99.1
Style Rank21 of 512
Style Percentile95.9
Lowest Score2.0
Highest Score5.0
Average Score3.855
Weighted Score3.822
Standard Deviation0.560

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  • TREBORIUS 308 reviews
    rated 3.7 4 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This beer pours a clear copper. The head is off-white, frothy, and lasts a while leaving decent lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, bread, molasses, earthy hops, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is full bodied. The flavor is similar to an IPA with extra alcohol. The malts are very sweet, and the finish is quite bitter.

  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pours a dark golden brown with a fast dissipating head. Aroma is of port wine and malt. The mouthfeel is good and thick. The flavor is not biter from hops but just a little bit from the alcohol.

  • THIRSTYONE 563 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Nice light brown in color, poured a decent carbonation. Smell was alcohol,taste was great at first-followed by bitter alcohol notes. Not that good overall, but worth a try once.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Strong, fruity aroma is rather sweet but not cloying, and has an overtone of molasses plus a firm hint of honey. It pours a beautiful clear mahogany-copper with a thick, fluffy, pale copper-tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Sweet, fruity flavor has tones of honey and caramel, as well as a noticeable, if not fierce, alcohol bite that nicely offsets the sweetness. Texture has good body and an OK amount of fizz. Sound the foghorn and pour this one down the hatch!

  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    12oz bottle. Pours a clear light ruby brown with a huge rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

    The aroma is a bit subdued - caramel malts, molasses, dark fruits with some resiny hops and a bit of wood and alcohol.

    The flavor is sweet fruity (plum) sugary/molasses malts with some bitterness and an alcoholic burn in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

    Overall, a very nice barley wine. It's a bit young with some big sweetness battling some harsh alcohol. But it's still good now. I'd love to try this aged.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Been hording this one since it was acquired in a fall 2009 trade with slowrunner77. Batch 9UY. It is time for the Foghorn. Amber pour with minimal head and sporadic lacing. Aromas of caramel and toffee, slight alcohol and a hint of clove or mint, earthy hops. Taste is caramelly sweet and hoppy with a nice bitter in the end. Nice - thanks Chris.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Malt forward barleywine. Plenty of sweetness along with mixed fruits, nuts, toffee and bread. Great aroma that's aromatic and inviting. Dark copper body with a good sized head and plenty of lacing. Lighter and drier than I was expecting, and it was exceptionally smooth and drinkable. I believe the bottle was aged somewhere around one year.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    8.8%- I found this to be a bit too sweet. They are calling it "barleywine-style ale"....on the lighter side for a true barleywine. Light brown reddish appearance. Not that much carbonation which gives it a smooth, flatter mouthfeel. Flavor has some potential if balanced a little better, but either way was tasty.....just thought the sweetness could be toned down a bit. Maybe adding a bit more hops to the recipe would help? I have been liking Anchors beers, but will be looking elsewhere for my "barleywines".

  • CHOPZ 7231 reviews
    rated 3.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Second American Barleywine rated that night (in Toronto - a while back)... Rogue Old Crustacean being the other. Pours a mild-hazy amber brown colour with a small head that is yellowish, with not much retention, a little ring around the glass and no lacing. The aromas are nutty and fruity. Very smooth mouthfeel with almost no alcohol felt. Very nice tiny bubble carbonation. Beautiful taste of malt and fruit with a mild bitter aftertaste. A very pleasant Barleywine from an American brewer I really enjoy.

  • JKBPILL 201 reviews
    rated 3.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    This was my first Barley wine. It smelled of hearty wine but the taste went another way. It appearance was nice with a burgundy and a pinkish head that went away quickly. The taste was alcoholic and malty. Most say it has a hoppy finish but I did not get this. Not a type that I think I will make a permanent fixture in my collection.

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