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North Coast Class of ’88 Barley Wine

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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (148) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle (750ml $11): Pours a cloudy golden with 1 finger white head that most disappears. Taste is fruity (pineapple and lemon) and sweet (Carmel). Medium carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jorn69 (960) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2014
@ Fille. Bottle (750 ml) from Systembolaget (100:-). Fruity and sweet caramely, toffee with some light alcoholic notes, medium to full body. The finish is dry and caramely. Really nice barley.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sunevdj (3176) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle at T & M’s. Pours a clear golden with a small white head. Sweet with some dryness. Aromas hay and hints of Belgian yeasts. Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Sweet and dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13437) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle at home - Tasting with Mette, Sune & Jørgen. Clear dark amber - white head. Bitterness. Amber malts. Fruity. Barley. Ok light sweetness. Tea. Herbal. Citrus. Marzipan. Light tobacco. Lovely.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20861) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle at Theis & Mette. Hazy amber colored with a medium sized white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, bread and hops with notes of dried fruits. Fruity flavor of caramel, dried fruits, hops and grass. Hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamTheBarrel (458) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2014
750ml corked and caked brown bottle, poured into a snifter glass. 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. Overall a good beer but for a Barley Wine it somewhat lacks character and complexity.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
abergdahl (43) - SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
Ok this is the last one for tonight.. Aroma is very pleasant but hard to describe. Somewhat hazy, thin top and amber towards orange color. TASTE .. Real good apricot, hints of wine, not much booze taste, which is good, balance between booze and sweet is almost perfect.. Nice feel when you drink it, sparkles bait in mouth and throat. Barley wine often goes well with cheese and this one delivers on that as well.. Almost can’t stop drinking it, good stuff!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5621) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
Bottled from Systembolaget Amber with a white head. Nuts, apricots, grassy hops in both aroma and flavour. Sweet and vinous.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VictorStr (1310) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
Kraftfull och aromatisk barley wine. Väldigt balanserad i smaken trots ABVn. Fyllig kropp.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wihlan (261) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
Flaska hamnmästaren - klar bärnstensfärgad. Med en härlig maltig doft med en hint av parfym. Underbar smak. Tydlig beska och maltig sötma. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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