1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Class Of '88 Barleywine Style AleClass Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

323 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 323
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 14
Gots: 58 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SanFranJake on 04-21-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 323 | Reviews: 64 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of brongladest
3/5  rDev -21.3%

brongladest, May 11, 2014
Photo of Smarty_Pints
4/5  rDev +5%

Smarty_Pints, May 11, 2014
Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +5%

ZEB89, May 09, 2014
Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Lovely85, May 08, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

kylehay2004, May 08, 2014
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

nickfl, May 08, 2014
Photo of DustinSWB
4/5  rDev +5%

DustinSWB, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +5%

sendbeer, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +5%

prototypic, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of deschutes_fan
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL Bottle, aged for a year

- Pours a deep golden orange with a thick frothy head.

- Smells of citrus/orange peel, some floral hops and malty aromas too.

- Taste consists of some nice caramel malts, sharp/bitter citrus hops. Mouthfeel is decent, but a little thin compared to some of the better barley wines. The 10% + ABV is well hidden.

- Overall a good summer barley wine because of the refreshing citrus notes and the lighter body for the style. Nothing too special here, but still enjoyable. The high ABV sneaks up you...

Side note: I had this side by side with the deschutes version of the same beer. Though similar, the flavors were a bit more rich on this one and I liked it better overall. It was also more expensive @ $11/bottle (vs $8 for Deschutes).

deschutes_fan, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of billhelm
4/5  rDev +5%

billhelm, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of mpenning13
4/5  rDev +5%

mpenning13, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Beefytits4
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Beefytits4, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of AScrambledEgg
4/5  rDev +5%

AScrambledEgg, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Rubalaca
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Rubalaca, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of draheim
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

draheim, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of Drknight
4/5  rDev +5%

Drknight, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

kscaldef, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of DIM
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

DIM, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

SHODriver, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of swierczt
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

swierczt, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of ToddHolder
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ToddHolder, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of VTBrewHound
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

VTBrewHound, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev +5%

DrStiffington, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of hayesjw
4/5  rDev +5%

hayesjw, Feb 27, 2014
Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.