North Coast Class of '88 Barley Wine

 
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RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, 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.


3
Klimaet (3020) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2017
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a small offwhite head. Aromas of caramel, hops, earthy notes, malty bready notes. Taste is sweet, malty, hoppy bitter, earthy.

3.7
Nische (2523) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2017
Bottled. Clear dark amber with a white lacing. Earthy aroma with dark caramel, vanilla and dark fruits. Slightly bitter taste with dark caramel, light vanilla and a touch of wet paper.

3.7
BuckeyeBoy (8476) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 9, 2017
On tap at bier thirty. Pours out amber orange topped with a small head. Nose is toffee some burnt caramel malt sweetness and little wet paper. Taste is more of the caramel malts a sweet bitter note and some spice.

3.6
olsvammel (7289) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2017
Bottle from Systembolaget. Malty smell with caramel and toasted sugar. Similar taste. A bit boozy. Slight rough.

4
murran (689) - - JAN 5, 2017
Pours a dark amber body with a medium head. Very nice typical barley wine aroma of malts. Complex malty taste with a very nice balance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
mikeyo1 (871) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle @ de klomp. Pours an almost clear orange to amber liquid and a small head. Aroma is sweet and vinous with rich caramel, toffee, Red fruits, raisins, vanilla. Big body medium carbonation. Taste of toffee, caramel, plums, raisins, vanilla and oak. Long duration and balanced bitterness.

3.5
ryanfolty (2604) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2016
November 11, 2016 - bottle at home. Orange pour with some head that faded quickly. Aroma was caramel, hops and malt. Taste was sweet initially and then a mild cirtrus and piney bitterness.

3.9
Pilsnertest (296) - SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2016
Bottle at home. 2014 vintage. Taste of malt, liquorice, butterscotch and roasted nuts. Bitter ending. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
Theydon_Bois (20632) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2016
Bottle split at CBC Islo, thanks to me Kenny, 07/07/16. Rich amber to orange with a well appointed off white head. Nose is fruit cake, light spice, caramel, almond croissant, rich dark fruit vibes. Taste comprises caramel melt, sweet malts, bitter orange, faint tropical fruit esters, light candied fruits. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a little warming alcohol. Decent well balanced BW.

3.8
SvanteL (644) - SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2016
Bärnstensfärgad, grumlig. I doften finns torkad frukt och apelsinskal plus lite kryddor. Smaken har en söt fruktighet och en liten grapebeska plus viss alkoholhetta. När den kommer upp i temperatur blir det mer av fruktjuice. De Klomp: Barley Wine-provning


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