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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
trujahwarrior (510) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (4515) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybercat (5480) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (23340) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1785) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14100) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (9029) - 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!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9706) - 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%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (3068) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (3165) - Oosterzele, 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.

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