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RATINGS: 141   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2013
On tap at the Latona pub in Seattle. Pours a clear orange color with a medium off white head that leaves good lacing. Smells of pine, citrus, resin and dark fruit. Tastes of all the same things in the smell with a good hop bite. Mouthfeel is oily and slightly chewy with good carbonation and a dry finish. I really liked this version. It was the last of the 3 I tried Which I’m glad I did because it was the most hop forward. I don’t know how this got such mediocre reviews. I thought it was great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2246) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
Orange body nice lacing. Hops and marmalade in the aroma. Slightly bitter taste. Some booze. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (1803) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
Beauty of a beer. Nice hoppy and soapy aromas with caramel and toffee eventually coming through. Very hoppy flavors. Almost dipa like. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirLimpsalot (2249) - SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
@ Basunen oktober 2014: mycket fin doft med tydliga gula frukter. Smaken är något lättare men med en fin munnkänsla och en god balans. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cool_Bond (1491) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2014
Fruity and light citrus in the aroma. The taste is fruity but not overly much. Heavy bitterness that fills the mouth a long time. Could have been better, it feels like. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gaultier (384) - SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
@ Havregatan 19/9-14. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Toffee, caramel. Taste: Dito + sweet. Body is full, caramel, toffee and bitterness in the finish. A really nice barley wine!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4252) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2014
Big bottle from SB cons 2014-10-03 Göteborg AR: first some viola, caramel melas, tutti frutti, AP: lovely amber orange clear, cream orange tall fluffy cream orange steady head, complex curtains F:caramel fudge, Cointreu, dry, soft sugar cake, fairly bitter, wee bubbly rich carbonation, warming feeling, long and lasting flavors, , finishes Cointreu

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (172) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jorn69 (991) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sunevdj (3201) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13521) - 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.

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