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I agree with those who say it's a matter of context.

After a noon class about a decade ago, a friend and I walked through the snow to a basement bar. We were the only ones inside that early in the day, but it was warm in there. They had just tapped a keg of Anchor Steam's Old Foghorn Barleywine.

We enjoyed the best beer we had ever had.

I've had Old Foghorn again several times, and it really isn't as good as I remembered it that day, but that drink certainly sticks in my memory. Maybe because they poured it into a frothy cold mug, whereas Barleywine is regularly poured into what looks like a Cognac glass when I order it now.

by Upstate NY on Mon Mar 4th, 2013 at 10:29:19 AM EST

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