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North Coast Class of ’88 Barley Wine

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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
1988 was a pivotal year for the emerging craft brewing industry on the west coast, marking the founding of some of America’s most influential breweries, North Coast Brewing Co. among them. It was also the year Fred Eckhardt published The Essentials of Beer Style—a book that quickly became an indispensable reference for aspiring brewers and critics. In recognition of the 25th anniversary of this milestone year, North Coast Brewing and two other west coast members of the pioneering “Class of ’88,”—Rogue Ales and Deschutes Brewery—have collaborated on a trio of commemorative beers evolving from Fred’s style guidelines. Each of the breweries has created its own distinctive interpretation of a barleywine. Brewers traveled to each other’s locations and teamed up to brew all three ales. Their common heritage, joint efforts and inherent camaraderie resulted in a cohesive set that allows beer aficionados to enjoy three examples of the style. These exceptional barleywines are being released in late March of 2013 and are available around the country for a limited time, distinctively packaged in either 22 oz. or 750 ml bottles, or on draft. The breweries are planning Class of ’88 celebrations in Bend and Portland, Oregon and San Francisco and Fort Bragg, California.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17220) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2016
Bottle split at CBC Islo, thanks to me Kenny, 07/07/16. Rich amber to orange with a well appointed off white head. Nose is fruit cake, light spice, caramel, almond croissant, rich dark fruit vibes. Taste comprises caramel melt, sweet malts, bitter orange, faint tropical fruit esters, light candied fruits. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a little warming alcohol. Decent well balanced BW.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SvanteL (306) - SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2016
Bärnstensfärgad, grumlig. I doften finns torkad frukt och apelsinskal plus lite kryddor. Smaken har en söt fruktighet och en liten grapebeska plus viss alkoholhetta. När den kommer upp i temperatur blir det mer av fruktjuice. De Klomp: Barley Wine-provning

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5292) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 20, 2016
Bottle in a tulip. Pours brownish amber with an off-white head. Aroma of sweetness and toffee from the malts, floral and bitter hops, and dough and light booze. Flavor the same. Average texture. Decent but boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (6556) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2016
July 2016 - Bottle share at Craft Beer Co Islington as ’North Coast Class of ’88’. Many thanks to Kenny. Pours dark amber orange, hazy with a foamy tan head. Aroma is bready, light tangerine, musty. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is piney, resinous, boozy, toffee. Boozy and sweet. A bit unrefined, but quite tasty. (3.3)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Banksiz (94) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 13, 2016
Bready-malty nose, a touch of spritziness. Figgy-toffee-rasin notes as it warms up and breaths. Nicely-balanced sweetness and bitterness. Medium-heavy oily body. Warming as it goes down. Lingering finish, no harshness. Very good barley wine, but not quite one of the all-time greats.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
monk191 (1773) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2016
A very nice, refined barleywine. Pours a bright red with a white head. Smells of caramel, sea salt, vanilla, strawberry. Taste is very smooth, with caramel and vanilla upfront, followed by banana. Bit of a spicy, dry finish. Paired with Sriracha shrimp and udon noodles, brings out more sea salt and tang. Had in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18669) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2016
Bottle shared at Craft Beer Co Islington - many thanks to Mitchy Mitch. Pours clear orange-gold with a creamy, white head. The nose holds toasted bread, orange rind, dry caramel, some toasted pine. Medium to big sweet flavour with hearty malts, more caramel and pine, some rind. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Warming finish, with notes of ripe citrus, subtle oily pine, lots of lightly toasted bread. Quite good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2016
7th July 2016
Big Bottleshare at Craft Islington. Hazy amber beer, tidy cream colour head. Palate is airy and semi dry, modest fine carbonation. Soft malts. modestly sweet. Spice. Alcohol spice. Tired dried fruits. Mild floralness. Light dry finish. It’s not bad but it’s one of those big beers that doesn’t seem to have aged that well. The punch is there but the flavours are a little tired.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (9514) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2016
Bottle shared at the CBC big bottle share. 7/7/2016. Many thanks to Kenny for this one. A hazed dark orange coloured pour with a lasting halo of white head. Aroma is fresh lemon pez sweet, strawberry jammy fruits. Flavour is composed of nutty sweet grains, strawberry, pale us medium sweet, sticky, moderate carbonation, . Nice jammy fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teorn88 (6724) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2016
75cl bottle shared at the July London Tasting @CBC Islington. Many thanks to Ken for this one. It pours a clean golden color with a small white head. Aroma is tangy and sweet fruity with persimmon and melon and some tangy lemon peel. Taste is also sweet fruity and tangy with notes of persimmon, lemon peel, orange marmalade. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, tasty

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