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Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

Class Of '88 Barleywine Style AleClass Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

238 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%


Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SanFranJake on 04-21-2013)
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draheim

Washington

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750mL into a snifter. Pours a hazy honey amber (lighter in color than most barleywines) w/ a thin head that settles to a film, some sticky lace clings to the sides. Moderate carb.

Aroma is herbal and floral up front, with sweet dried apricots and dates in the background.

Taste is likewise dominated by floral NW hops and sweet fruity sugars, a soft lingering bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, thick and chewy but not syrupy.

Overall a decent, if not superlative, American barleywine with a good balance between the hops and malt.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 03:37:52 | More by draheim
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: Hazy amber peach color; poured with a decent sized fizzy head.

s: Sweet toffee, brown sugar, honey dew, some booziness.

t: Surprisingly sweet, given the ibu's and relative freshness of the bottle. Sugary toffee with hints of melon and pear; resinous heat at the end.

m: Pretty hefty and gently carbonated.

o: Pretty standard b-wine, but a good one. Hoping for a bit more to be honest.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 15:04:52 | More by DIM
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SHODriver

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear and vibrant golden orange with a finger and a half of eggshell colored dense head with good staying power that leaves a good amount of lacing
S: smells of caramel interwoven with some piney and citrusy hops
T: intense caramel sweetness on the front end with some piney, earthy and citrusy hop flavor. a bit of toffee on the back end and the swallow brings a good dose of oily piney hop flavor with some residual sweetness
M: silky and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation. neutral finish that coats the mouth well
O: I can't believe how well this beer drinks for being less than a year old. I'm not a fan of really abrasive hop profiles so this one works very well to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 05:14:47 | More by SHODriver
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger, off-white head that fades slowly and leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation, medium bodied. Tart fruit nose and flavor is sweet, spicy/tart fruit, high ABV is hidden, smooth finish. Pricey at $14.00 for a caged & corked 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 23:35:10 | More by jdhilt
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A creamy white easily two finger and thick whipped almost fluffy top of a head is presented. Sits on a real nice deep orange, with a decent amount of clarity but still has a nice opaque character. Thick ring whipped up lace to match, real good looker.

Creamy hints of malt on the nose, and citrus subdued warmth. Hints of melon and orange fruit with some slight candy brown sugar. Fruit comes more forward on a nice hop bent aromatic. Fairly solid.

Light bodied presence, but with easy drinkability. A slightly wet feel with an emphasis on the fruit and hop character. An interesting aroma and palate of apricots, nectarines and yellow stoned pitted fruits. Slightly peach warmth and a nice easy mouthfeel but with not much malt depth here. Some fizzy carbonation, but luckily subdued and not distracting.

Overall a decent barleywine, but nothing earth shattering either.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 22:30:33 | More by smakawhat
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml caged and corked bottle picked up from Whole Foods in SoMa, San Francisco. Shared with @tobeerornottobe in Sydney.

Pours a relatively clear golden-bronze colour, with a filmy, but very fine head of pure white, like snow on the top of a cake. Lacing forms in spritzy strips across the glass. Body actually looks fairly fluid and light, but the carbonation is quite fine and very languid, indicating that it's thicker than I think it is. Looks good.

Smell is barley-heavy, giving a light, sugary malt character above all else. Slight twinges of booze extend it slightly, but also add an eye-watering strength to the brew as a whole. Hops are definitely muted, but there's still something relatively pleasant about it as a whole, even though the complexity isn't really there.

Taste is similar. Smooth, barley-heavy sweetness gives a cleanness to the palate on the front, while the back is peppered by a faint astringency and a slinging heat of booze. Enlivened perks of hops do come forward on the finish, resulting in a slight bitterness to attempt to dry out the beer and add some complexity. It's not bad.

Feel is fairly rich and broad, and with a slickness that is very pleasant. The booze heat harms it a little, but it's surprisingly balanced.

Probably remarkably drinkable for the ABV. It's certainly well-made and with a balance that puts other similar beers to shame. But it perhaps doesn't justify its strength. It's remarkably mild in many ways: that's almost certainly a good thing—a testament to the quality and balance of the brew—but it didn't make me jump up in excitement, and that's what I really want beers to make me do.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 07:30:53 | More by lacqueredmouse
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Impressive head that settles very slowly. Dirty gold color.

Sweet with a raisin aroma. A bit yeastiness in the background. Good hop balance for the style.

Very smooth but less sweet than the aroma. In fact, it's a bit dry. There's a spicy element to this--licorice? The aftertaste is very dry. Thin for the style but still holds up to the carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 20:01:26 | More by smcolw
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chanokokoro

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a formerly corked and caged bottle into an unbranded snifter

Pours a light amber accented by significant golden highlights. Off-white, one and a half finger head. Average retention, reduces to a thin foam ring. Lacing is present here and there, however it doesn't stick around long. Citrus, pine sap, caramel, clean alcohol, and hints of maple syrup on the nose. Opens with spruce and pine sap with underlying pineapple and mixed citrus notes joining in. Slight hints of brown sugar combined with toffee-tinged malt midpalate. Finishes with caramel covered grapefruit rind both bitter and sweet and pleasant alcohol warmth. Smooth and syrupy while soapy on the finish. Moderate carbonation, on the heaviest end of medium bodied. This is very definitely an American barleywine. A bit lighter bodied than some others, however still a fairly solid representation of the style. Except for the very generous amount of hops used in the brewing, there are little to no aspects of this brew that are more consistent with a DIPA than an American barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 04:39:52 | More by chanokokoro
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Burnt orange color with a one-finger head
S: Sweet, fruity, spicy. No distinct notes coming through
T: Again a bit sweet with some tropical fruit notes, a bit boozy, some herbs & malt
M: Full but boozy/sweet
O: Not a barleywine style in my opinion but also not a DIPA as others have suggested. Just a sweet, alcoholic brew... not bad but nothing special

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 06:16:32 | More by ONUMello
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Lawl3ss

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled 25.4 oz C&C bomber into 33 cl snifters.

Look- Not-quite-clear deep amber with a finger of dense off-white head, minimal lace but 5 mm or so of suds sticks around for quite a while.

Smell- Fruity, spicy, loads of bubblegum and just a hint of pine. Boozier as it warms, but never really takes on the warmer, rounded malty notes you'd expect.

Taste- Straight off the bat this is definitely an American Double/Triple IPA fermented with English or blended yeast. Light cracker and honey, pine and mild citrus. Vague notion of fruitiness, but the bracing but nondescript bitterness washes it away pretty quickly.

Mouthfeel- Light, crisp carbonation. Just a little sticky on the finish, some booze and warming afterwards. Far too clean for a barleywine.

Overall- Barleywine "style" indeed. An American Barleywine is one thing, but this is barely recognizable as such. Kind of a mixed-up American strong golden ale that succeeds at being inoffensive and uninspiring. Not worth revisiting, particularly at $11/bottle. There are far cheaper and tastier ways to fill a glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 01:46:57 | More by Lawl3ss
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elNopalero

Texas

4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours an amber tan color with light foaming. There’s a pleasing aroma with a piney, almost herbaceous character comingled with a touch of toasted coconut. I found flavors of orange peel, caramel and orange pith, toasted coconut and a hint of vanilla. Full flavored but light bodied for a barleywine. Fun to share.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 09:11:40 | More by elNopalero
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colforbin73

California

4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i agree with the previous reviewer (seand)... this drinks a little more like a DIPA or maybe an IESB?

the pour is excellent with a nice off-white head, a copper colored ale, very clear looking.

the smell is a little boozy with bourbon and maple overtones.... the drink is outstanding.. for 10% abv this is an amazingly refined ale. not aggressive at all... the malts are sweet and welcoming... with a good bite of piney hops. the alcohol is warm on the palate but not hot.

a great beer to pair with food. DRINK at just below Room Temp. this ale is no good if too cold... at room temp (65-68) it really opens up and is delicious.

off style but it's great - hence barleywine style. a good value at $10 for the quality of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 03:38:40 | More by colforbin73
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seand

California

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light amber with a fair amount of off-white head. A solid film retains, along with a ring around the surface of the glass, leaving good lacing.

S: Highly malty and hoppy sweetness. This is not subtle; lots of hops, lots of malt, and the booze isn't exactly absent either.

T: Medium high sweetness leading into medium hoppiness. It's hoppy, but balanced by the strong malt flavors. This is almost closer to a double IPA.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, decent, but not exactly representative of the barleywine style; it's more a double IPA with mild barleywine influences.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 01:21:16 | More by seand
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Ancora New Orleans. Served in a New Belgium goblet.

A- Pours a orangeish medium amber with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing trickles slowly down the glass leaving a jagged ring behind.

S- Abundant notes of sugary cereal grain malt plus some mild hop fume.

T- The sweetness continues in the flavor as it sets the stage for the pithy, slightly citrusy hop presence. Notes of black pepper and orange. Insanely drinkable for the ABV.

M- A bit sharp from the hops. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Nothing amazing but damn is it a smooth barleywine. Could knock em back all day.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2013 00:44:19 | More by Immortale25
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 10/31/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and fruit. Then a good hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice stronger beer to drink for as long as you can handle it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2013 13:39:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
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arizcards

Arizona

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 750 ml caged and corked at BevMo back in late June for $11.99.

Beer poured an amber orange with a beautiful white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is bready with a light floral and citrus hop.

Taste is pretty clean, bready malts are big up front, floral and piney malts linger in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decently carbonated, not overly smooth.

Overall this is a pretty good beer but nothing special especially at the price point. I have sampled offerings from the three breweries, They are decent beers but nothing great.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:32:00 | More by arizcards
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bronze with a white head, light retention, shows a little leg.

S: Sponge toffee, mango, candied pineapple and marmalade, quite lovely & enticing.

T: A bunch of sweetness up front (candied pineapple, mango, sponge toffee), which is nicely balanced by a slightly resiny bitterness through the middle. As it warms, you really notice the alcohol in the finish.

M: Moderate body is well carbonated with a slightly prickly acidity and the light residual sweetness fades to a lightly drying alcohol finish.

O: This does not seem like a 10% ale, and I've probably put more hops in a 5% ale, but this an exquisitely balanced, seriously drinkable, warming brew! It's surprising how every mouthful stimulates from start to finish. Well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 02:33:57 | More by Derek
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ThatFatBeerGuy

California

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend brought a bottle over and was kind enough to pour me a tumbler glass as a sampler.

A: Cloudy with a medium head. Almost reminds me of a hefe with a bit more amber color.

S: Very fruity with some earthy wood smell I couldn't quite make out. The fruit is the main attraction here anyway.

T: The fruity aroma supported by an almost tropical mix of fruit flavor. Lots of citrus flavors chased perfectly by a wave of hops.

M: Smooth with low carbonation and a near-perfect amount of lingering hop flavor. There is a touch of alcohol burn, but not nearly what I expected from a 10%. This one could be dangerous.

O: "Barleywine Style Ale" represents this one perfectly. It's not what I expected from the "Barleywine" label, but it's a very worthwhile detour if you're looking for a bit of a curveball. If I encountered a bottle on the shelf, I'd grab it without a second thought.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 03:47:11 | More by ThatFatBeerGuy
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked & caged 750ml, a gift from my wife when I found out we were having our second child, split into tulips with my brother.

A: Crystal clear gold with white head that leaves good lace.

S: Wasn't ready for this one to be so hop-forward; impressive citrus notes and some pine as well, big orange/orange peel character with plenty of sugary tones and a sweeter bready malt base...caramel maybe too?

T: Big sweet sugary malt and clean grain, mixed with citrusy hops and some earthy notes. Big bready body with decent bitterness. Finishes nicely.

MF: Remarkably creamy, moderately bitter medium/full body.

O: Impressed, wasn't expecting such a pleasant barleywine with the way the reviews seemed to downplay this collaboration. This was enjoyable; big, sweet malt presence and a good dose of juicy American hops - just what an American Barleywine should be.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 15:00:32 | More by Scotchboy
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Located on a local shelf & snapped up; seems like there wasn't much of this around & barleywines aren't common in MN despite the maniacal winters. C&C 750ML bottle split with my wife as a nightcap...morningcap. Whatever.

Pour is a lovely clear orange that has a fake ID for an IPA. Crystal-clear orange, if there are orange crystals. Nose is like a slightly hoppy beer with a metric ton of hard sugar tossed in; not very complex, but inviting.

Class of '88 Barleywine (Rogue version) hits that spot that fuels my joy. Citric hops blow fuses in my palate before anything blarneywinesqueish is anywhere near my taste buds. Floral, too. Then there's a walleye chop of malts that's instantly crushed by more hops... barleywine, or 4XIPA? Alcohol slinks through my optic nerves. Heavily appropriate, but the hops are lovely & beckoning my lips towards another rendevous...rendex...fucking meeting the damn glass again.

Shocked at the low scores for this beer, because it's a really good barleywine. Great way to end a night.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 23:49:40 | More by maximum12
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roblowther

Texas

4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 corked and caged. A perfect evening plan. The cork pops, which says there is more carbonation than I would expect for a barleywine. And I like it! It is a hazy gold with a frothy offwhite head that leaves a bit of nice lace. The smell is like a candy shop, with oranges, sugar, mint and a nice bready base. It has a nice slightly hoppy aftertaste that balances the sweetness really well. Mouthfeel is slick but with nice carbonation, really fantastic. Overall I really, really like this. Really really, really really. For real.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 23:45:30 | More by roblowther
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at Stateline, enjoyed chilled form the corked and caged 750ml with Drew and JC, sampled from a teku.

The color of autum, tinges of gold and amber with light haze and a thick cream capping iwth average bead and good retention. The smell is very enjoyable, fruity yeast with a mix of floral and dank herbal hops with some caramel complimenting and a light alcohol ester. The feel is very good mostly dry with semi-bitter and mild caramel texture which verges on sweet with a medium level of carbonation and well balanced presence in the general sense with low alcohol influence.

The taste brings a light pine hop element up front with cherry and other stone fruit from the malt and yeast with some light citrus interplay and a generally toasted grain flavor which also carries a mild sweetness in the malt. The light vanilla and gentle yeast flavor is enjoyable with a light alcohol warmth in the finish which also provides some bitter herbal qualities.
Overall it was a pleasure to sip and share this, I consider this a beer that shows the talents of all the brewer's involved it is better than the sum of the parts as it works in the style, yet has a complexity that makes it stand out from most I have had recently. No heavy handed alcohol or hops, just a great collaboration-Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 13:54:20 | More by Slatetank
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A- This beer pours a beautiful amber color and leaves a considerable head and beautiful lacing on the glass's sides. In the glass, it looks like a dark amber beer.

S- A very fruity profile, something like earthy fruits like prunes and pears. A mild hop and malt profile is present as well.

T- Very similar to the smell, prominent citrus notes give way to piney, earthy hop resins and hints of spice. The booze emerges on the finish, but is not overbearing.

M- A bit more carbonated than would be expected. A bit of burn from the booze at the backend.

O- A good barleywine, but one with some noticeable flaws. Certainly could mellow out a bit and I'm sure aging would do this, so I'd revisit a few years down the line.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 02:42:59 | More by ONovoMexicano
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Part of horizontal tasting of all three versions (North Coast, Deschutes and Rogue) of this interesting project to revisit a classic 1980s recipe. Pours a clear coppery golden amber with a fine half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, light fruit, pineapple, mild piney hops, light ethanol. Flavor is sweet caramel, well melded stone and light fruit juice, mild citrus, slightly floral. Finishes with sweet caramel and a hint of grassy hops and citurs. Alcohol is well covered. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Like the others in this series, seems to take the basic form of an English barleywine, but with less of the dark fruit elements and adding an almost Belgian fruit component, without the Belgian yeast and also slightly more intense hopping of the American style. Nicely balanced and interesting to drink, but lacking the intensity of most English or American barleywines. This came the closest to the English barleywine style (and I would personally list it under that style), it has the mildest hopping of the three '88s. This one was my favorite of this series, well balanced and enjoyable. Like the others, I think the lighter flavors do not promise a long, successful aging, although this is the best candidate for aging and if I see another bottle, I would consider it; possibly interesting in a few years. North Coast's experience with Old Stock Ale served them well in brewing this English influenced barleywine, in my opinion. Glad to have participated in this walk down memory lane.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 04:33:38 | More by LiquidAmber
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Excited to have gotten my hands on this bottle. Keeping my expectations clear and unbiased. Hoping for a better beer than the Deschutes / Great Lakes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours two fingers of khaki colored head on top of a coppery burnt sienna orange colored body. Has more of the appearance of a DIPA than it does an American barleywine. No sediment, and hardly any noticeable carbonation. Still, it looks very nice.

S - Smell is nice. Bready biscuit malts, grapefruit hops, pineapple, alcohol fumes, mild earthiness, some cinnamon, & some cream.

T - Taste follows suit of the nose: bitter grapefruit hops, mango, pineapple, oranges, bready malts, some sugary candied sweetness, bit of soapiness, hint of spice, and alcohol heat on the finish.

M - Feel finishes off cleaner than expected with only minimal hop bitterness lingering on the palate. Alcohol heat phenols are noticeable on the finish.

Overall, nothing overly complex or extraordinary, but drinkable. Reminds me more of what a DIPA might be instead of a barleywine, but that's just me. Not a beer I would go out of my way to get again, but it was worth the try, and was better than the Deschutes / Great Lakes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter. Worth trying once, but that's about it. Happy 25 years to us.

North Coast Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 04:18:33 | More by mfnmbvp
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Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.