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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 (515) - 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
dnstone (3524) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2017
Pale amber color with solid head. Sweet but with a nice hop balance, strong not overpowering. A nice barleywine. Notes: Denver Rare Beer Tasting ' 13

3.6
tmoreau (4631) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2017
Shared 750 ml. bottle poured to a fest glass showing a cloudy amber color, with some fluffy, soft white foam, and spots & strands of lacing. The nose was caramel sweetness, fruit, spice, some greenery, and ready alcohol. Medium bodied, with modest carbonation, the taste fairly mimicked the aroma notes, included a pronounced, earthy & rind-like astringency, and some warmth. Not entirely a fan of the strong hop presence in this collaborative BW, although some cellaring would probably take the edge off.

3.2
BeerViking (5041) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2016
RB bottle share, hazy brown with a thin ring, musty nose, dry-sweet and warming, hints of pineapple and toffee but also old yeast.

3.8
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2016
Pours a hazy reddish brown. Aromas of hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a dark fruit taste.

3.5
Cybercat (6142) - Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2015
Taps translucent chestnut with a nice buff head. Aroma presents fruity and fresh-cut wood tones. Flavor features woody, fruity, malt and caramel tones, not too sweet, a touch bitter, enough to stand up to the alcohol nip. Mouthfeel features average fizz and body. A barleywine with good class, if not the valedictorian.

3.4
Travlr (26071) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle. hazy orange amber color, white head. Aroma of pine, citrus. Taste is biscuit, pine. Hoppier than most barleywines.

3.7
wxman (1847) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Pours a hazy pale orange with a full off white head. Laces the glass. Hop flower aroma. Taste is sweet caramel malt, rock candy, grass and an assertive, but not dominant bitterness. A decent brew to be sure, but more like an Imperial IPA than a Barleywine.

3.8
Tmoney99 (14964) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle. Poured clear dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with very good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex west coast hop and malt aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy complex bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.

4.3
tderoeck (10195) - 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
sebletitje (10293) - 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%


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