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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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very good

302 Ratings
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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Kurmaraja, Feb 27, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

jdhilt, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Resuin, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

smakawhat, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

lacqueredmouse, Feb 15, 2014
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Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.