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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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86
very good

69 Reviews
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Reviews: 69
Hads: 357
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 17
Gots: 72 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: SanFranJake on 04-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml brown glass bottle with straightforward stylish label art and hood-and-wire cap over a cork acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery, but I wasn't a huge fan of Deschutes' version. 10% ABV confirmed. 75 IBUs.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork is difficult to get out. I resorted to pliers.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of greyish khaki colour head (that's 'ecru', for the pretentious). Nice smooth soft complexion. Okay frothiness. Light creaminess. Even consistent lacing as the head recedes. Retention is pretty good, about 4-5 minutes. Supple.

Body colour is a glowing vibrant copper. Translucent, transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's not looking great for the style, but there are no overt flaws. Not unique or special.

Sm: Some tropical hop ester notes: peach, mango, grapefruit. Getting some resins and pine as well. Clean malt build, with biscuit and light caramalt. Somewhat grainy. Honey. Lightly herbal. An even pairing of hops and malts, but it really isn't to style. Not finding any of the rich notes I look for in great barleywines. No toffee, oak, dark malts, etc. I also don't detect any yeast. Maybe some warm alcohol. A strange build for a barleywine, but I'm optimistic. Mild in strength.

T: Weird, with misplaced tropical hop notes meeting some warm booze - all over a middling clean malt body comprised of biscuit malt, caramalt, and generic malted barley. Grainy. Maybe some pils malts? Definitely not English in character. I get mango, pineapple, peach...what are these notes doing in a barleywine? No rich dark malts, refined toffee, or oak here. Pretty tepid. Sappy. Vague apricot. Green grape with a pleasant grapeskin note. Flavour depth is below average for style. Flavour intensity and duration are about average, I guess. Low complexity and subtlety. Imbalanced as well, with evident booziness. Honey. Salt. Nowhere near as toasty as I'd like. Way too much hop bitterness for the style; direly overhopped. Meh.

Mf: Smooth, wet, salty. Overcarbonated, almost biting. Boozy and tepid. Not a great texture for a beer of this style. Poor presence on the palate. Overbearing and unnecessarily heavy. Burdening. Body is too full for the lack of flavour depth and diversity. Not big on this one.

Dr: Pretty mundane; a disappointment especially for the brewery (and price for that matter). Wouldn't touch this stuff again. Not sure what they were thinking bringing this one to market. Doesn't hide its ABV well at all, and there's not much to enjoy flavour-wise. Quite difficult to quaff as a result. Really misses the mark. Definitely below average for the style. But hey, it'll get you drunk. I appreciate their reverence for history, but reviewers please note that just because you're taking their word that this is what a barleywine tasted like way back when doesn't mean you have to instantly defend it for being mediocre. Last I checked no one needed to defend Rochefort for putting out beer that's bad now but that was considered good in 1600 AD; the beer speaks for itself regardless of the times. I love Deschutes and North Coast as much as the next guy, but let's get a little reality check, people. Let's not hop on the apologist bandwagon, eh?

Low C-

It'll definitely get better with age, but I can't see it getting good with age. (3,630 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
2.85/5  rDev -26%
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. (1,081 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Clear honey, good white head slow to leave, lots of cling.

S - Not that cold, but not much aroma coming off. Like a pale ale.

T - This is NOT a standard barleywine. It barely makes the IPA mark.

M - Good carb, balance and medium bodied.

D - Expensive and disappointing. (277 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Red-orange in color. Good clarity. Creamy off-white head holds fast at a quarter inch. Lacing is spotty and scraggly.

S: Prominent hop aromas of mango and clementine. Strong sense of pineapple juice too. Very tropical. Malty underpinnings of runny caramel, graham cracker, and honeyed granola.

T: Earthy pine, grassy, slightly herbal. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit character. Crushed mango, tangerine, pineapple. Warming spike of alcohol on the mid palate brings its own spiciness and stops just shy of being solventy. Pleanty of tropical esters. Malt base tastes of graham cracker, toasted bread, honeyed granola, and perhaps a touch of brown sugar just for good measure. Fading alcohol and citrusy hops on the finish.

M: Medium-heavy in body. Slight weight and heft, a bit of a syrupy texture. Plenty of aggressive, scrubbing carbonation. It lifts the syrupy texture and weight right off of the palate, making the beer seem fairly light-bodied for the style.

O: This was a dud, and that surprises the hell out of me. Given the pedigree of these three breweries, I figured it would be a shoe-in that they could make a great barleywine. I don't know what this even is though. What we have is a hoppy, boozy, and fairly well attenuated/lighter bodied big beer. It seems stuck in no-mans land between DIPA and American barleywine. It's too hot, and just not very well put together. I can't imagine it improving at all with age either. The heat will mellow a bit, but so will the hops. At that point there's just nothing left. (1,574 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into full goblet. Poured a lightly hazy copper honey color (very different from the vast majority of the style, but very pretty) with just a thin cap of khaki colored head that had OK retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was very sweet, lots of malts, and had a very low hop presence. There was certainly a sharp alcohol scent, that did detract slightly. The taste was virtually identical, sweet malts, low hops, and a big alcohol taste.

The body was very light and clean, for the style. Drinkability was very good for such a big beer, even factoring in the harsh alcohol taste. Overall, a pretty good beer. Different in a couple of ways from the norm, but worth grabbing if you see. (694 characters)

Photo of kaufmaal
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper, honey orange with a 1/4" head that disappeared into a thin, white layer. It looked beautiful. There's not much of a smell at all: a tiny bit of maple syrup sweetness, but that's all, which is odd. The taste is full of intense flavors: an initial heavy sweetness of cane sugar, dark rum, ginger, orange marmalade. Then, a second wave of bitters, orange and grapefruit zest, hoppy. The mouth-feel doesn't remind me of a barleywine - too full-bodied, creamy, lactose feel. Some decent lacing, and the alcohol is not in-your-face. (548 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very clear light amber yellow with 1 finger of very fine white suds. Some lacing.
Smell is malt and alcohol with just a hint of spice. Slight breadyness.
Taste is malt and alcohol. Very strong phenol qualities. Not a lot going on here but the bitterness does shine through the high abv.
Mouthfeel is slightly sticky and with a slight hop resin left on the palate.
Overall this is decent but I think it needs more flavors. (433 characters)

Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Appearance: Lush opaque amber with an off-white head. Tiny, tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Head recedes to a moderately thin rim, leaving behind sine-wave like lacing.

Smell: Bright citrus, perhaps oranges. Most likely from the hop choice. 75 IBUs? Check.

Taste: Lots of hops, plus citrusy, floral wave. 75 IBUs? Double Check. A touch of sweetness. I don’t taste any roasted notes, or caramel, nor did I smell them at the outset. I do get a sugary finish as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat coating, medium bodied. Not sure where people are getting “sticky” as a descriptor. I can however, feel the bubbles.

Overall: Enjoyable for an American, though I still prefer English. A tasty collaboration. (737 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden/orange with about 2 fingers of an off-white head.

The aroma has some citrus hop notes along with mango, peach and a bit of caramel and bready malt. There is also somewhat of a wheat type of note.

The taste is very hop forward and it has huge amounts of sweet orange followed by peach and mango too. There is some wheat/grain type of taste on the middle of the tongue and there are some caramel malt notes in the background.

The body is on the lighter side of medium and the mouthfeel is decently creamy. The ABV is evident in the taste and as it goes down, but it's not overly unpleasant.

This really doesn't look, smell or even taste like a Barleywine. It's more like a hopped up wheat ale at this point. The body is too thin, the malt backbone is too weak and the color is too bright. Not a bad beer, but definitely not along the lines of an English or American Barleywine. Above average, but not great. (933 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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 (394 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the aromas and flavors are subdued in my opinion. (544 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very light in color for a barelywine with a golden orange amber color. Pours barely a finger worth of head.

Aroma- Sweet malts and a surprising amount of fruity hop notes.

Taste- Once again those hops are very prevalent in taste as they are in the aroma. Hop flavors lean on the fruitier side with citrus,pineapple, and oranges. A lighter malt balance than I would expect for the style with more a paler dry malt than caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Medium, carbonation, full bodied, and a clean dry finish.

Overall- Add a little more hops to this and I could have confused for a malt DIPA. Its a good beer with solid flavors, but I want more richness and sweetness from by barleywines. Solid pickup, but not worth repurchasing. (749 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Think about your review... This one has history.. Tastes change... 25 years ago is a looong time ago.

750 picked up at Bier Thirty over the weekend for about $12... poured into my slim tulip with a nice 1" white head.. the brew is fairly clear orange. good lacing drapes the glass.

Aromas show citrus hops and some lesser fruity esters... light apricot and green grape... The nose is honestly pretty light given the big ABV... maltiness is light and only delivers the hops and yeasty notes.

Flavor is pale maltiness with an EtOH bite then a hoppiness comes out swinging... light citrus with a clean malt bill.. no real esters are there.. hops and malts fight very well and nobody wins.

Body is light for the BW style ... carbonation is high for a BW...

Overall, I beg folks to "THINK" about what 'barleywines' were 25 years ago. This is NOT a modern BW... North Coast pulled out a decent pale malt centric DIPA.. but a couple decades ago, this would be a game-changer.

3.75/3.75/3.5/3.5/3.5 (997 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of seand
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (1,653 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Three badass brothers-in-brewing in one big bottle of barleywine – bitchin’. Bottoms up.

A: Phenomenally bubbly. As I pour, the copper-colored body is overtaken by a bold white head of fizzy foam. It pops and falls with speed, but an incredible rush of bubbles from the nucleation site keeps it up indefinitely – seriously, it looks like someone turned on constant stream of air at the bottom of my glass. It’s quite a show.

S: A nose with a surprising amount of fruit, melding bright hop scents of lemon and cherry candy with a thicker, residual sugar aroma of grape jam and stone fruit. Herbal zest, with scents of toasted grain, fresh-cut grass, and pepper show to a lesser extent. Get close enough and you can sense the well-hidden booze note, merely peeking through the cracks of an otherwise sweet nose with a drying woodiness.

T: Beer to clear the sinuses! Opens with a fiery hop note of crackling pepper, pine, and chili powder, lead to a bitter high point in a flash. At the same time, a sticky syrup quality builds, adding cola, artificial vanilla, and a little bit of butterscotch to the thickening hop profile; the sweet syrups help contain the bitters, but never come close to matching their instant intensity. A taste of actual grain – odd for an American barleywine, though not unwelcome – and a touch of maple-aged booze bring this beer to a well-balanced finish.

M: Feels as frothy and foamy as the head implied, though not a crisp bubble in sight. Goes down like a 7% beer, maybe less, with only a moderately thick body.

O: A one-dimensional barleywine, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t well-crafted; there’s a lot of balance in that one dimension, that peppery hop character on a bed of (plain) sugar. This isn’t mixing the best from all the breweries, but it’s as palatable as the Rogue/Deschutes/North Coast flagships – which still makes a pretty good beer. (1,907 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml C&C : tulip

Clear copper color with a foamy, slightly off white head.

Herbal, resinous hops upfront. Some citrus notes in the backing. Pale, bready malt backing.

Medium body, with fairly standard, foamy carbonation.

A well done barleywine. The herbal, resinous hops are a pleasant, if slight, deviation from the typical American barleywine profile. (358 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,061 characters)

Photo of PatrickBeebe
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Seems kind of light/thin for a barleywine. It pours a very clear golden amber color. Not very malty or hoppy. None the less, still taste good. Just not very barleywine-ish. (172 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a snifter
This one is fairly fresh. Lets call it: Vintage 2013

A - Pours a clear, light amber with 2 fingers of tightly knit white foam. Good retention melts into a solid cap of micro bubbles.

S - Soft and clean green hops, doughy biscuity malt, strawberries, alcohol, honey, cereal grains

T - Leafy green/citrus hops and a sweet candy fruitiness upfront. There's a honey tea-like quality that sticks to the tongue. Sweet pale malts are simple and are surrounded by pine and orange peel bitterness. Papaya and apricot fruit come to mind. Some peppery bitterness comes out toward the finish. The bitterness is pronounced but in a thin, oily way. The sweet tries to emerge but the hops do a nice job of balancing out the malts. Finishes with citrus, perfume, and leafy green overtones.

M - Light side of medium body, well carbonated, lush feel, semi-dry finish.

I like seeing the breweries paying respect to old recipes. Going back to some of the founding recipes of certain styles. That being said, I have know idea that this recipe even remotely resembles recipes of 1988. But, I'd like to think it does. I doubt it was as moderately hopped as this, but maybe it was. I enjoyed drinking this but the flavors seemed raw and young. I wonder how this would taste in 5 years? (1,302 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about an inch light tan head. The head stuck around a little while, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy hops (grapefruit, orange peel), caramel and bready malt, candied oranges and some raisins. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some pine hops, brown sugar and some general fruitiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall I liked this brew. Maybe I should have drank this one fresher, but it's still good now. $10.99 a bottle. (630 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant/effervescent orange/copper with a thumb of tan head. Better than average lacing & head retention

S: Pine, tangerines, both fade as this warms

T: Follows the nose, pineapple, leafy hops, figs & pears up front. Some dryness, a touch of cakeyness & slight boozeyness, leafy & woody hops as this warms, plus a touch of winesap apple. Finishes dry, fruity, with leafy & woody hops, backed by some grapefruit & tangerine

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, good balance

A solid barleywine, doesn't totally thrill me, but nails the style & will knock the chill off of you, provided you wait for some cold... (625 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%

Have had this one for a while...750ml corked and caged bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Pours a somewhat hazy deep amber-orange color with one and a half fingers of fluffy light tan head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Lot more hops to it than I was expecting. Citrus hops, fruity malts, caramel malts, breads malts, dough, burnt malts, floral notes, and dark fruits. Taste has more malt than hops. Medium body and low carbonation. No alcohol bite, easy to drink.

Overall a decent barleywine but hoppier than I was expecting...wonder what it was like fresh. Nose is quite hoppy but the taste gives way to more malts. Worth checking out but wouldn't go too far to seek it out. (689 characters)

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Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.