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North Coast Class of ’88 Barley Wine

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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (2582) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Pours translucent burnt sienna. Yeah, whipping out my box of crayolla crayons on this one, minimal head. Toffee and nutty nose. Taste is sweet malt, more caramel, toffee. Big full chewy body. Mild booze burn on finish. This is an old school barley wine. Like pre TI-82 calculator old school.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18030) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (21549) - , 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (8494) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teorn88 (6038) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (15904) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 7, 2016
Bottle at RB London Meet. Amber color, small off-white head. Aroma has malts, toffee and fruits. Medium-bodied. Very fruity, a bit toffeish. Easy bw. Probably somewhat aged for this easy sippable bw.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (9521) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Bottle thanks to Chow. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is candy sugar, toffee, booze. Medium mouth, similar flavors to nose, nice dark fruit, boozy finish, very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (4630) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2016
(North Coast Class of ’88 Barley Wine) Bottle 750 ml at home, corked and caged. Gotten from a trade wth a swedish guy it seems, but can’t remember whom. Thanks anyway! Served into a snifter, ABV 10% Deep orange to red colour on the body, mostly clear, with a good sized and thick enough off-white head on top, with average retention. Aroma has still strong hops, caramel, alcohol,tropical fruits, apricot. Taste is sweet, nice caramel notes, notable alcohol, hops, red fruits, apricot, peach, light orange peel, some pine even. Medium thick body, biting carbonation, quite dry on the palate. Very good and not your usual barleywine, this still tastes like a fresh DIPA with Hopslam coming to mind. 10% but so easy to drink, great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Pours a hazy reddish brown. Aromas of hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a dark fruit taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (18577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2016
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver, corked
if it was released in March 2013, it’s 2 years old

Hazy amber color with creamy and persistent head. The aroma is very nice, more fruity than the usual American Barley Wine, adding a dimension; there is also a delicate Bourbon vanilla touch. Good body strength, moderate sweetness, but expect less thickness and sugars than usual; instead this Barley Wine has a remarkable spicy character, like rye; good bitterness level, the hop participates with some fruity resins, more was expected.
Even if it’s a Barley Wine, I suspect it was better when fresher; good brew, a bit different, but not mind blowing.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtclockwork (14586) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2016
Bottle - pours orange gold white head - nose/taste of old hops, orange peel, toffee, metallic notes and resin - medium body.


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