Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
Located on a local shelf & snapped up; seems like there wasn't much of this around & barleywines aren't common in MN despite the maniacal winters. C&C 750ML bottle split with my wife as a nightcap...morningcap. Whatever.
Pour is a lovely clear orange that has a fake ID for an IPA. Crystal-clear orange, if there are orange crystals. Nose is like a slightly hoppy beer with a metric ton of hard sugar tossed in; not very complex, but inviting.
Class of '88 Barleywine (Rogue version) hits that spot that fuels my joy. Citric hops blow fuses in my palate before anything blarneywinesqueish is anywhere near my taste buds. Floral, too. Then there's a walleye chop of malts that's instantly crushed by more hops... barleywine, or 4XIPA? Alcohol slinks through my optic nerves. Heavily appropriate, but the hops are lovely & beckoning my lips towards another rendevous...rendex...fucking meeting the damn glass again.
Shocked at the low scores for this beer, because it's a really good barleywine. Great way to end a night.
10-06-2013 23:49:40 | More by maximum12
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
4.21/5 rDev +10.5%
I picked this up at Stateline, enjoyed chilled form the corked and caged 750ml with Drew and JC, sampled from a teku.
The color of autum, tinges of gold and amber with light haze and a thick cream capping iwth average bead and good retention. The smell is very enjoyable, fruity yeast with a mix of floral and dank herbal hops with some caramel complimenting and a light alcohol ester. The feel is very good mostly dry with semi-bitter and mild caramel texture which verges on sweet with a medium level of carbonation and well balanced presence in the general sense with low alcohol influence.
The taste brings a light pine hop element up front with cherry and other stone fruit from the malt and yeast with some light citrus interplay and a generally toasted grain flavor which also carries a mild sweetness in the malt. The light vanilla and gentle yeast flavor is enjoyable with a light alcohol warmth in the finish which also provides some bitter herbal qualities.
Overall it was a pleasure to sip and share this, I consider this a beer that shows the talents of all the brewer's involved it is better than the sum of the parts as it works in the style, yet has a complexity that makes it stand out from most I have had recently. No heavy handed alcohol or hops, just a great collaboration-Cheers!
09-24-2013 13:54:20 | More by Slatetank
3.58/5 rDev -6%
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.
09-19-2013 02:42:59 | More by ONovoMexicano
4.04/5 rDev +6%
Poured into a Maudite snifter. Part of horizontal tasting of all three versions (North Coast, Deschutes and Rogue) of this interesting project to revisit a classic 1980s recipe. Pours a clear coppery golden amber with a fine half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, light fruit, pineapple, mild piney hops, light ethanol. Flavor is sweet caramel, well melded stone and light fruit juice, mild citrus, slightly floral. Finishes with sweet caramel and a hint of grassy hops and citurs. Alcohol is well covered. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Like the others in this series, seems to take the basic form of an English barleywine, but with less of the dark fruit elements and adding an almost Belgian fruit component, without the Belgian yeast and also slightly more intense hopping of the American style. Nicely balanced and interesting to drink, but lacking the intensity of most English or American barleywines. This came the closest to the English barleywine style (and I would personally list it under that style), it has the mildest hopping of the three '88s. This one was my favorite of this series, well balanced and enjoyable. Like the others, I think the lighter flavors do not promise a long, successful aging, although this is the best candidate for aging and if I see another bottle, I would consider it; possibly interesting in a few years. North Coast's experience with Old Stock Ale served them well in brewing this English influenced barleywine, in my opinion. Glad to have participated in this walk down memory lane.
09-10-2013 04:33:38 | More by LiquidAmber
Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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