North Coast Class of ’88 Barley Wine

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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (2856) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olsvammel (6791) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2017
Bottle from Systembolaget. Malty smell with caramel and toasted sugar. Similar taste. A bit boozy. Slight rough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
murran (608) - - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (777) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2516) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pilsnertest (203) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (18428) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SvanteL (437) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5379) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 20, 2016
Bottle in a tulip. Pours brownish amber with an off-white head. Aroma of sweetness and toffee from the malts, floral and bitter hops, and dough and light booze. Flavor the same. Average texture. Decent but boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (7622) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2016
July 2016 - Bottle share at Craft Beer Co Islington as ’North Coast Class of ’88’. Many thanks to Kenny. Pours dark amber orange, hazy with a foamy tan head. Aroma is bready, light tangerine, musty. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is piney, resinous, boozy, toffee. Boozy and sweet. A bit unrefined, but quite tasty. (3.3)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Banksiz (125) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 13, 2016
Bready-malty nose, a touch of spritziness. Figgy-toffee-rasin notes as it warms up and breaths. Nicely-balanced sweetness and bitterness. Medium-heavy oily body. Warming as it goes down. Lingering finish, no harshness. Very good barley wine, but not quite one of the all-time greats.

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