Home >

North Coast Class of ’88 Barley Wine

Serve in Snifter


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Share this beer with friends!
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 15/20
smith4498 (2980) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Pours slightly hazy copper color with off white head. Aromas of caramel and bread dough. Sweet caramel flavor with some pine and dough. Medium to full body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2590) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2014
At Brewery taphouse. Good aroma. Sweet malty. Fruity. Apricot peach. Clove. Tad hazed golden orange color. Sweet flavor. Medium body creamy oily mouthfeel sweet dry finish. Nice good yeasty on the finish. Flavor real good too. Nice somewhat liter barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (1591) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Pours translucent burnt sienna. Yeah, whipping out my box of crayolla crayons on this one, minimal head. Toffee and nutty nose. Taste is sweet malt, more caramel, toffee. Big full chewy body. Mild booze burn on finish. This is an old school barley wine. Like pre TI-82 calculator old school.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (1939) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Corked and caged bottle poured a light orange amber color with a coating of tan head. Aroma has malt, caramel sweetness, aged hops, and a touch of fruit. Mouth feel is average and the carbonation on the low side. Flavor again has a nicely malted core, resinous hops, wet herbs, caramel, and mild heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OscarFalls (36) - excelsior, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Wow this is a great beer. Smooth flavor and easy drinking, I like this beer after a hard day of working on the lake with my family and friends. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3272) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2014
25.4 oz bottle. Hazy amber with off-white froth. Nose is caramel, faint grass, applesauce and plum. Oily medium body with a soft tingle. Taste is grassy caramel, aluminum and apple; a bit washed out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1497) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2014
Golden-yellow in color, this ale smells almost nothing like a barleywine. Nearly no caramelized malts are apparent. Hops and alcohol really dominate this beer, and the flavor is really controlled by the hop and alcohol content, with a touch of fermented grain. It’s really nice… different for the style, and does a great job of showcasing barley - especially for a barley wine. Why hide a barleywine behind roasted or caramelized malts? Let it shine! Great job, satisfying, and hoppy. There’s a touch of green hop bitterness in the finish that really tops the cake. I wish I had another bottle of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chuckaduck (624) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - APR 14, 2014
Bottle. 4/14/14. Pours translucent gold-amber with a fluffy, but fast fading off-white head. Aroma is dark fruits, vanilla, grassy, citrus, caramel, touch of alcohol and a hint of leather. Taste is surprisingly dry; earthy, dry dark fruits, biscuit, leather, lemon rind, caramel, warming; finish is long on fruit rind and some resin. Spotty lacing throughout. Medium carbonation. Full, coating mouthfeel. A bit short in the malt department but not unenjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DialSquare (2497) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle shared at Proof. Sparse note: caramel, brown sugar, nutty, sweet, slight candy. OK. 6.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2014
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a cloudy amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of toffee, sherry, fruitiness and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, sherry and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering sherry finish.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50