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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HULK777 (448) - - MAR 17, 2015
Sweet aroma, containing candy, syrup, and peppermint. Taste of vegetables, peppermint candy cane, and tea with rubarb and cream. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopmaestro (327) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2015
Aroma is sweet and grapefruity with some stingy alcohol in the back. The taste isn’t really what I expected, it’s pretty sweet and caramel-ish. There is light alcohol and pine that blends well with the grapefruity touch. For some reason I start to think about a tea flavor I can’t really put my finger on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4046) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Shared bottle. Pours clear amber/copper with creamy off-white head. Aroma is bready malts, caramel, fresh fruit, floral hops, and light toast. Flavor is balanced dry malts and sharp hop character with some great citrus esters, light spice, and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (1979) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2015
February 7, 2015. Bottle at home.
Clear reddish amber with a white head. Aroma is caramel, apricots, citrus and pine. Taste is sweet malty and fruity (peaches and apricots) with a crisp caramel note along with grapefruit and pine. Finish is sweet apricot notes, light bitter and some warming alcohol. Medium to full bodied, soft to averaga carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Weezel (223) - Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Pours an orange gold color with little head. Smell is of piney hops that have faded and some sweet biscuit malt. A little bubbly on the tongue with more bitter hops up front. Very little malt. Have the feeling this was a very hop forward american Barleywine or big IPA that I missed out on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ekstedt (5711) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget. Hazy amber, medium white head. Intense fruity aroma with apricots and some peaches, some dank notes and bready malt in the background. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry with high bitterness. More like a malty double IPA, but darn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1453) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Pine, wildflower, sticky honey, light caramel. Slightly astringent, but really complex and shows the esters of the alcohol well. Not too long on the finish. Slick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (6601) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle - Vintage 2013 - Sweet caramel malts with a decent hop presence. Clear gold with a decent white head. Stone fruit and caramel with some nice hops. Sweet but surprisingly light on the palate with only a slight bit of booze in the finish. Not bad but a bit light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rossta (16) - Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Very nice barley wine. Good special edition. Well balanced hops and malts. Nice copper color. All around great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3922) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours an orange copper with a thick off white head. Aroma of tropical fruit. Flavors of caramel and bitter citrus peel. Luscious mouthfeel. Bitter finish.

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