Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.54/5 rDev +19.2%
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.
12-04-2013 09:11:40 | More by elNopalero
4.51/5 rDev +18.4%
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.
09-25-2013 23:45:30 | More by roblowther
British Columbia (Canada)
4.34/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
10-19-2013 02:33:57 | More by Derek
4.33/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
05-12-2013 23:13:57 | More by smerrell
Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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