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Rogue Class of ’88 Barley Wine

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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The Class of ’88 Barley Wine was based on the guidelines published in renowned beer connoisseur Fred Eckhardt’s The Essentials of Beer Style, which was originally published in 1988. Each of the three breweries working on the project brewed their own interpretation of that original recipe. The three resulting barley wines have a common heritage and ingredients, and brewers from Deschutes Brewery, North Coast Brewing Company and Rogue Ales teamed up at each respective location to brew the beer(s).

“Working collaboratively to create this barley wine has been an adventure for all of us,” said Cam O’Connor, brewmaster for Deschutes Brewery. He spent time at both Rogue and North Coast as they brewed their versions of the beer together. “Sharing ideas and partnering to celebrate this landmark date in our shared histories promises to result in some extraordinary beer. The best part of the process, for me, was the camaraderie experienced spending time at each other’s facilities.”

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bpreo (1426) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2014
The better of the two "Class of ’88" beers that I have tried. So strong, and so full of flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
junon (388) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Been avoiding barlywines for some reason. This thing changed my mind. Smooth. Fruit hints. Slight bitterness with a kiss of sweet. Balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3295) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Hazy apricot body, modest, hopped head. Dried fruit, peach schnapps, and cherry alcohol nose that veers into candied fruit land. Powerful, fruit-filled body with buzzy peach fuzz, screwdriver, pineapple and more. A fermented, morning cocktail.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1754) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Hazy honey colored with an inch of white head. Aroma is sweet pineapple, and taste is the same with pithy bitterness and alcohol warming and bitterness into the finish. $7/22oz

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9034) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Bomber poured a clear amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of toffee, sherry, earthiness and light fruitiness. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, sherry, earthiness and a hint of fruitiness with a smooth lingering sherry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bomber - label states 11.5% - turbid glowing orange - pour seems thick, kindof viscous - nose is sweet and citric (smelling kind of like orange marmalade), with some bright acidity cutting through, earthy whiskey-ish notes, slight peppery/spicy character - low carbonation - soft in the mouth - quite sweet, with a lot of candied citrus character - however, there is a nice complex earthiness to it that cuts the sweetness, as does a strong warming sensation on the tail end - the warmth is clearly from alcohol, but it is not burning nor abrasive and does not make the beer boozy - some hop bitterness on the tail end - solid American barleywine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (2682) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2013
From a74 cl bottle shared at Ryan’s. Pours a clear copper with a thick off white head. Malty nose. Flavors of caramel and toffee with some melon notes. Somewhat thin mouthfeel for a barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice aroma and a decent malt build this beer falls off in the flavor as it is just not filled with deep barley wine flavors. Perhaps brewed and aged too fast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stantheman (566) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2013
Bomber from Central City Liquor Store in Surrey. An orange-amber color with a bit of head and a fruity nose. Taste is bready, fruity, vinous, with a grapefruit bitter finish. Yowza!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Bottle:   Orangish golden, some haze, moderate frothy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Bready nose, sweet, a bit like the strong Blonde or Strong Goldens like the others.   Very faint banana cream on this one.... strange.   As it warms I can smell the alcohol.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, albeit a touch sticky.   Finishes bready, sweet, some honeysuckle and melon.   Like the others, this one is good in only small doses.   Needs more citrus, caramel, or something else other than this sticky bready malts and nearly cloying sweetness.   Tiz okay tho.   Think BIG Golden or Blonde.

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