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North Coast Class of ’88 Barley Wine

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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3652) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours an orange copper with a thick off white head. Aroma of tropical fruit. Flavors of caramel and bitter citrus peel. Luscious mouthfeel. Bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kambei70 (681) - - DEC 26, 2014
Appearance is opaque dark orange with a medium sized beige head that reduced quickly, leaving a little lacing on the glass. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, caramel and dried apricots. Flavours of grapefruit, caramel, dried apricots and a hint of syrup loaf. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Palate is medium bodied, smooth texture and average carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4104) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Tasting at omhper.
Appearance: Hazy golden colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Malt, grapefruit, caramel.
Body: Full body, low to medium carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, malt, grapefruit, fruit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3356) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2014
Large creamy head lovely salmon like pink pour soft carbonation aromas boozy toffee caramel nut honey ginger bread spice fruits the flavours honey toffee ginger bread note dried fruit caramel boozy taste like brandy cinnamon brown sugar treacle candy taste nice and malty rich this Barley wine the finish best tastes spices malts lovely sweetness backing fruit top stylish Barley Wine

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pilsnerrogge (2538) - Finspång, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2014
Bottled:
Hazy amber with a low but thick head.
Aroma is vanilla, toffee and alcohol.
Oily mouthfeel.
Taste is pine needles, toffee and alcohol. Long bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BazookaJoe (259) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Pours dark orange with a fluffy white head. Aroma of sweet citrus fruit that has a hint of booze. Body is full of caramel flavors that finishes with some hops that give a citrus finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (9012) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2014
750 mL bottle shared by ogbuthr at the 21st Richmond Gathering, 11/1/14. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized frothy off-white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toffee, crackery malts, potatoes, citrus, mild oxidation. The taste is toffee, citrus, salty notes, biscuit malts. Medium bodied. Odd.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1398) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2014
750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about an inch light tan head. The head stuck around a little while, and there’s a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy hops (grapefruit, orange peel), caramel and bready malt, candied oranges and some raisins. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some pine hops, brown sugar and some general fruitiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall I liked this brew. Maybe I should have drank this one fresher, but it’s still good now. $10.99 a bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19985) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2014
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Hazy deep golden, small head. Grapefruity nose with cane sugar and caramel. Sweet with full body and rounded mouthfeel. Ripe fruits, grass, grapefruit. long bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (752) - örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2014
Klar, bärnstens färgad med ett orange-ljus brunt skum. Doft: Kola, tamarind dadlar, malt, "barley wine", lite kaka med torkad fruk, alkoholt. Smak: Samma som doft + humle, lite cognac.


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