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North Coast Class of ’88 Barley Wine

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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (5567) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle. Pours hazy orange, small beige head, decent residual and lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee, pine. Flavor is medium sweet, light plus bitter, hints of orange zest, caramel and toffee with piney hops adding bitterness on the finish. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Pretty much right down the middle of the American barleywine fairway on this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (5411) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Light amber color. Also very thin palate like widmer. More hops, bitter, and lightly sweet. Dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1736) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2015
750 mL bottle from Jungle Jim’s International Market, Fairfield, OH. Cloudy dark orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of tangerine, pine needles, caramel, toffee, and booze. Citrus and piney hop taste with a sturdy sweet malt backbone. Mild bitter finish. Pairs well with stilton, sharp cheddar, and smoked nuts. A nicely done barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (1597) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 19, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting. Thanks Tim! Pours a fairly clear copper with a small off-white head. Fruit-filled aroma with some peach, pineapple and grape along with some honey and biscuits. Super clean for a barley wine with good fruitiness. Feels kind of light and dangerously drinkable. Finish is rather fruit forward and lingers for a bit. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (2551) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Clear amber pour from a 750 ml bomber. Solid hop-forward barleywine with the intense maltiness balanced by hop bitterness. This is fine, nothing special. Cellared for about 2 years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (3222) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle. Thanks Tim. Minerals, pineapple, booze, but very easy drinking. Tropical, peaches. Taste is good, minerals again, fruity. Nice stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (3645) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2015
Bottle. Almost clear amber liquid with small white head. Aroma of raw sugar, raisins, caramel, toffee, biscuit and vanilla. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, sweet alcohol, raisins and toffee. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsporrer (309) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Pours a deep straw yellow with very little foam. Nice grainy, hoppy aroma. Somewhat tart and slightly bitter but not unpleasant. Reminded me of Samuel Adam’s Rebel IPA. The bitterness gives it a nice bite but not too harsh. Smooth finish with a nice lingering taste. Hides the alcohol well. Not what I was expecting from the description but it was a pleasant surprise. I don’t like most bitter style beers but I enjoyed this a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomat (2915) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle @ Haket Pub. Hazy amber with a small tiny whit head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, fruit, caramel and hops. Full body with a long bitter / sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (15805) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2015
Bottle at Haket during Ölets Dag 2015. Clear copper/golden beer with a small offwhite head. Malty caramel aroma, raisins, figs, caramel notes, vinous, spicy notes, some caramel and some earthy notes. Malty caramel flavor, raisins, bready, earthy notes, some raisins and alcohol. Quite nice.

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