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North Coast Class of ’88 Barley Wine

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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 152   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
bluejacket74 (1361) - 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 (19797) - 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 (730) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (4004) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Vegetal aroma of pencil shavings. Cloudy amber, thin head. Orange peel and lemon zest. Medium body, fizzy. Disappointing.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tia (1004) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ RG 21. Amber with floaters. Smells a little caramelly A little metallic.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jackl (4797) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Light amber pour with a small head. Nose of marmalade. A bit of brown bread. Earth. Slight dirty hoppiness. Taste is sort of oxidized. Cardboard. Melon. Hop grassy hops. Quite boozy. Full body, soft carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Travlr (12975) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle. Hazy light amber color. Aroma of boozy butterscotch. Taste is pretty similar.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (4647) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle@HWT’14: Thanks Hackobock: Served in a taster: Creamy head/lacing. Clear amber colored beer. Aroma is hoppy, loads of fruits, tropical fruits, some malts, like a fresh DIPA. Flavours of malts, cream, bitters, fruit, herbs, yeast, citrus, exotic fruits... Aftertaste is a mix of fruits, hops, malts, herbs and some yeast. Cliche but good! Low carbo, creamy silky mouthfeel, medium to more fulller bodied and a creamy texture.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (8747) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle shared by Countbeer. Thanks! Hazy orange to amber color, small to average to medium sized white head that diminishes fairly quickly but leaves fair lacing. Aroma is malts, hops, sweetness, sweet hops. Taste malts, hops, sweet hops, bitter, overripe fruits, resin, pine. Lightly sticky texture, medium body and carbonation. Very nice!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (1545) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
750ml->snifter. Orange-gold with small white head. Citrus zest, caramel, toffee. Some cardboard notes here. Expected much more.


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