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

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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

302 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
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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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.

elNopalero, Dec 04, 2013
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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.

roblowther, Sep 25, 2013
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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.

Derek, Oct 19, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Midnight Sun Brewing Stem glass.
A: lighter in color that I anticipate from a Barleywine. Head dissipates quickly, but the lacing along the glass lingers.

S: Sweet-smelling, hints of honey and flowers, and perhaps a touch of butterscotch.

T: hints of dried apricot and dried peach, and perhaps a bit of raisin.

M: lots of carbonation on this one. A dry finish.
O: I expected to like this a lot, but it isn't as robust as other barleywines I've enjoyed before. I would have liked a fuller flavor profile, and less dryness from the high carbonation.

smerrell, May 12, 2013
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Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.