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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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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3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tortman18 (188) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Pours a dark ruby/amber with a very thin cap of mocha head. A lot of sticky lacing and some carbonation. Nose is very typical of a barley wine. A lot of dark fruits and caramel with some hops and bread. Mouth is identical. Very pungent but also slightly sweet. Some roast was present. Nothing special here.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (4574) - 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 (8588) - 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 (1509) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16948) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy pale amber color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma with weak hoppy hints. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor with hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty caramel hoppy bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2259) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
Orange body nice lacing. Hops and marmalade in the aroma. Slightly bitter taste. Some booze. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (1813) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirLimpsalot (2255) - 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

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cool_Bond (1522) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gaultier (410) - 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4288) - 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


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