Brigadier (2745) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle (?)
Thanks to malrubius for sharing this at a tasting. An interesting contrast to some of the other Class of ’88 releases, this one is a bit more hop forward. A fine example of what North Coast is capable of it shows that you do not always have to be the biggest or boldest to succeed.
Aroma / Appearance - A bronze carbonated body shimmers with life underneath a crisp ivory head. Clear icy legs crawl down the sides like sheets of rain. The fresh nose is a mixture of malts, nuttiness, and boozy although somehow very low key for a barleywine.
Flavor / Palate - Sweet sugar esters, yeast, and lemon custard are carried along on a foundation of iced tea and hops. Filling without that rich creaminess which comes from a huge body it manages to please. I think the Great Lakes Class of ’88 beer might be marginally better but this is definitely worth trying if the price is right.
swanmann (561) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A gentle controlled pour from the big bottle into a snifter, it’s lightly hazy amber orange with small, tan, quickly diminished tan head. Smells like toffee, booze, apricot, honey...The flavor is sweet and malty, not overly sweet for the style, with nice toasty bitterness and some warmth. The palate is full, a bit syrupy, with carbonation serving well to counterbalance.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/17/14. Bottle shared by a generous soul at Proof during a visit with the old gang. Dark brown pour with a small khaki head, some rubies in there. Nutty caramel and dark fruit aroma, reminds of earth and wood. Sweet flavor, nutty, dark fruits, brown sugar. Tasty enough.
Terminus (3087) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at flying saucer in st louis
pours deep orange with a soapy white head and great lacing. Nosebis very floral and fruity. Flavors are very fruity floral no alcohol heat.. Not very complex but not very exciting. Long floral finish lots of sweetness. Decent yet not all that exciting.
jimhilt (2372) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a five finger, off-white head that fades slowly and leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation, medium bodied. Tart fruit nose and flavor is sweet, spicy/tart fruit, high ABV is hidden, smooth finish. Pricey at $14.00 for a caged & corked 750ml bottle from Tully’s Beer and Wine Wells, Me.
rbrazell (1415) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at Proof.Ruby colored our with a small white head. Sweet caramel, nutty and toffee aroma with touches of dark fruits and cherry. Flavor is similar and sticky sweet with some resiny hops in the back end. Not bad.
brenn79 (1414) - Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml corked n’ caged bottle- Pours hazy deep golden with a one finger white head. Aroma is sweet malt, cherries, hops, nice not overbearing. The taste is pretty much the same, there is a peach or mango flavor that really sweetens things up, fairly smooth for a barley wine. Body is medium high and carbonation is prickly and higher than usual for the style. I did enjoy this, this really isn’t my style though.
Tortman18 (171) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
daknole (8333) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color with a sticky tan head. A mix of sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar had then some good strong hops. Resinous notes.
addison87 (3) - dallas, USA - JAN 20, 2014 does not count
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
I am sure that I just tasted a bad keg, because everything I have heard about this beer made it sound amazing but I had a glass of it at the Flying Saucer in Addison, TX and it tasted so normal that I thought they had tapped the wrong beer. They had not. It was sitting back there for about 6 months aging and I guess it just doesn’t age well? It went down very smooth, though and it was strong, I will give it that much. I will try to find a bottle of it to give it another shot. Hopefully I just got a dud keg.soft carbonation,