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North Coast Class of ’88 Barley Wine

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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2967) - 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 (151) - 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 (2668) - 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 (14691) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeersweden (390) - SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2015
Bought September 5, 2014. Best before June 2019.

Hazy deep orange beer with a two finger high, beige head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Orange, butter, marmelade, honey, caramel malt, dried fruit and fruity hops.
Taste: Sweet malt, a lot of hops, citrus, pine, brown sugar and grapefruit.
Body: Medium to full body. Oily texture. Creamy and thick with a great balance of sweetness and bitterness. Soft carbonation.

Soo good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Turtles (766) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2015
750ml Bottle from Systembolaget, purchased September 2014. Dark amber with a creamy white head. Sweet aroma of toffee and dark dried fruit. Medium/full bodied mild carbonated. Rich, creamy liquid.,beautiful balanced sweetness. Taste of caramel,sweet orange, ripe yellow fruit, toffee . The aftertaste is long, sweet and with pleasant heat. Refusing to share this bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (1446) - - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle shared. Very clear body. Dried apricot, fig, honey, alcohol, dry finish. Hmm not as exciting as expected, almost too smooth and simple, maybe I don’t get the "old style" aspect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cobaink2 (195) - seattle, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2015
Subtle hop notes with brown sugar aftertaste and a little star anise. It has a medium body with the alcohol lvery well hidden. Average barleywine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PartyFowle (707) - - APR 14, 2015
Perfectly clear, caramel-orange honey color. One finger of fizzy, cream-colored head. Unassuming -- you don’t see the alcohol lying in wait. In the nose:light cotton candy, caramel, toffee, soft graininess, subtle floral hops, a touch of earth. Cotton candy leads the flavor, followed by orange, almost floral, alcohol sweet finish. Not much to it, really -- caramel, toffee and cotton candy up front, a floral hop kick at the swallow, waves of alcohol at the finish. Alcohol seems to be the main flavor contributor. Creamy medium body, very high carbonation. Apparent alcohol numbs the tongue and warms the throat. A little light, in flavor anyway. Too easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HULK777 (503) - - 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

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