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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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.”


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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2013
On tap at the Latona pub in Seattle, pours a hazy amber color with a medium offwhite head that left great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pine, caramel, dark fruit and light citrus. Mouthfeel was thick and heavy with medium carbonation. This was my least favorite out of the 3 but it doesn’t mean it was bad by any means. Pretty good use of malts and hops. I got to meet John Maier the head brewer from Rogue so that was cool. It was cool to hear his story of the brewing process and experience brewing 3 different barleywines in 3 different breweries.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4555) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2014
5/VII/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBSG III (Gent) - BB: n/a (2014-750) Thanks to Sebletitje for sharing the bottle!

Clear deep orange to golden honey coloured beer, creamy off-white head, little stable, adhesive. aroma: sweet, vanilla, sugary, caramel, bit soapy, lemony, alcohol. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, honey, bitter hops, some caramel, vanilla, little fruity, alcohol, some bitter hops. Aftertaste: sweet, caramel, lots of vanilla, bitter hops, nice beer!!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6641) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2014
Bouteille 75cl @ RBBSG III, courtesy of Ibrew2or3. De couleur orangée, col léger blanc cassé. Arôme est houblonné avec des notes agréables de malts arrivant par dessus avec une belle dose de houblons ajoutant ce côté résineux caractéristique. Note un fruité modéré portant sur un subtil bouquet agrumes. Palais est malté, caramel avec la signature type de barley wine américain. Le tout conserve un léger côté sucré avec une amertume qui vient donner une certaine balance à la bière, aidant à faire passer les 10%

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (1759) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle at RBSG 2014. Thx to everyone for sharing today’s bottles! APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small unstable white head. NOSE: sweet, alcohol, aged hops. TASTE: caramel, aged hops, alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (1275) - BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle @ RBBSG, 2014, tahks Sebletitje! Orange/amber colour, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Fruity aroma with notes of caramel, citrus, dark fruit and pine. Well balanced. Sweet, bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (3692) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2014
655 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBSG III. Thanks to Sebletitje! Light amber with a tanned head. Nose is very hoppy, lots of bitter pine resin, herbal caramel, candy sugar, bitter pineapple. Taste is likewise very bitter pine resin hops upfront, touch bark, floral, bitter yeast followed by caramel & candy sugar. Bitter & raw, almost like a super-malty DIPA. Body is oddly a touch light for the style. I am not the biggest fan of hoppy barley wines but this is pretty nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (8140) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2014
Sampled @ RBBSG III. Clear orange golden color, medium sized beige head. Aroma is malts, hops, lightly alcohol. Taste malts, hops, alcohol, bitter. Maybe not really the classic barley wine features but I really love it. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Clear shiney copper under a foamy off-cream head. Big stone fruit and booze ester nose featuring dates and candy sugar and warm boozy toffee notes. Strong and boozy ester flavor with some phenols and light tones of sugarplum right after the warmth. There’s some date and fig action as well but it’s cut by the boozy cracker malt tones. Not terrible but not a great barleywine.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bpreo (1547) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
junon (411) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3335) - 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.


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