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North Coast Class of ’88 Barley Wine

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RATINGS: 130   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamTheBarrel (447) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2014
750ml corked and caked brown bottle, poured into a snifter glass. Appearance is opaque dark orange with a medium sized beige head that reduced quickly, leaving a little lacing on the glass. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, caramel and dried apricots. Flavours of grapefruit, caramel, dried apricots and a hint of syrup loaf. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Palate is medium bodied, smooth texture and average carbonation. Overall a good beer but for a Barley Wine it somewhat lacks character and complexity.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
abergdahl (43) - SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
Ok this is the last one for tonight.. Aroma is very pleasant but hard to describe. Somewhat hazy, thin top and amber towards orange color. TASTE .. Real good apricot, hints of wine, not much booze taste, which is good, balance between booze and sweet is almost perfect.. Nice feel when you drink it, sparkles bait in mouth and throat. Barley wine often goes well with cheese and this one delivers on that as well.. Almost can’t stop drinking it, good stuff!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5608) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
Bottled from Systembolaget Amber with a white head. Nuts, apricots, grassy hops in both aroma and flavour. Sweet and vinous.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VictorStr (1287) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
Kraftfull och aromatisk barley wine. Väldigt balanserad i smaken trots ABVn. Fyllig kropp.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wihlan (257) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
Flaska hamnmästaren - klar bärnstensfärgad. Med en härlig maltig doft med en hint av parfym. Underbar smak. Tydlig beska och maltig sötma. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (1869) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Shared 750 l bottle. Slightly hazy deep amber with a good head. Modestly strong aroma followed by a much richer and more complex flavor. Great balance, as barrel aging effects meld with a generous load of mostly medium roast malts and a precise level of hopping. O: highly recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (1879) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2014
750. I dug it. 4.2-4.3 range. Still more citric than usual for a barleywine, but not as IPA like as the Deschutes version was fresh. A little mustier aroma, still ample citrus and pine. Caramel backdrop. Lighter in color and body still, but drank super smooth. As good as it was, North Coast makes Old Stock, a world beater, for less...so most likely a one timer."

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nakedwhendrunk (2095) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a deep hazy orange to amber color with a one and a half finger white head with a decent soapy lacing clinging around the glass. The smell had an earthy golden raisin, orange peel, apricot, light caramel, toasted bread with a florally grassy pine. The taste took those flavors to combine enthusiastically to make a fruity sweet and a somewhat boozy sweet. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with more of a sessionable quality about it. There is a light lingering bitter citrus hoppy finish. Overall, good blonde barleywine that I would have again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2014
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 03/2013. Pours slightly cloudy deep orange amber color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of golden raisin, pineapple, orange peel, apricot, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, yeast fruitiness, and pale malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of golden raisin, pineapple, orange peel, apricot, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of golden raisin, pineapple, orange peel, apricot, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted bread, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, yeast fruitiness, and pale malt sweetness; with a great sweetness/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice blonde barleywine style. All around good complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops, yeast fruitiness, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1077) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2014
750 corked and caged Clear orange amber color, off white head that falls to a thick collar. Some spotty lacing. Nose is soft orange cake, golden syrup and soft citrus. Some soft booze as well. Taste is orange citrus, pine, golden syrup, sponge cake, and toffee. Booze is there but soft and reserved. Slightly sweet and sticky and quite resinous. Light carbonation but prickly enough to lift this. Reasonable but rather have old stock


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