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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

320 Ratings
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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 14
Gots: 57 | 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)
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

MacStinson, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Excited to have gotten my hands on this bottle. Keeping my expectations clear and unbiased. Hoping for a better beer than the Deschutes / Great Lakes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours two fingers of khaki colored head on top of a coppery burnt sienna orange colored body. Has more of the appearance of a DIPA than it does an American barleywine. No sediment, and hardly any noticeable carbonation. Still, it looks very nice.

S - Smell is nice. Bready biscuit malts, grapefruit hops, pineapple, alcohol fumes, mild earthiness, some cinnamon, & some cream.

T - Taste follows suit of the nose: bitter grapefruit hops, mango, pineapple, oranges, bready malts, some sugary candied sweetness, bit of soapiness, hint of spice, and alcohol heat on the finish.

M - Feel finishes off cleaner than expected with only minimal hop bitterness lingering on the palate. Alcohol heat phenols are noticeable on the finish.

Overall, nothing overly complex or extraordinary, but drinkable. Reminds me more of what a DIPA might be instead of a barleywine, but that's just me. Not a beer I would go out of my way to get again, but it was worth the try, and was better than the Deschutes / Great Lakes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter. Worth trying once, but that's about it. Happy 25 years to us.

North Coast Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale ---4/5.

mfnmbvp, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of C_S
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

C_S, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of I_heart_beer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

I_heart_beer, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev +5.3%

BigJim5021, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

StrongAleSkeptic, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of gritz147
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

gritz147, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ste5venla, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

beertunes, Aug 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ChrisYager39, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with a good sized head, fades at a slow rate but leaves only a few small patches of lacing.

Smell is not overly complex with a strong sweet malt backing, nicely hopped though with the pine aspect shining through the most.

Taste starts out with a light sweetness on the tongue, carbonation explodes and fills the mouth, the sides of the mouth pick up a decent resiny pine in the aftertaste, body is a bit thing otherwise, strength is fairly well hidden outside the slight warming sensation.

deltatauhobbit, Aug 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Sarmartay, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

abex44, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Dbrag
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Dbrag, Aug 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Schlafly33, Aug 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

jaydoc, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

ryan1788a5, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 750ml bottle in a Belgian Tulip glass

A: Pours a copper hue with a white frothy head that slowly dissipates leaving a great trail and solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet barley wine malt aroma.

T: Very sweet malty flavor with an alcoholic burn and finishes on the dry side of sweet.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Pretty boozy.

O: Solid Barleywine – should have aged this longer.

ckollias, Aug 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

blmar311, Aug 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

lostandwandering, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter this beer was a cherry amber color with a small tan head. There was a smidgeon of lace.

Aroma of caramel and honey. Some dark fruit as well as a bit of citrus.

Caramel and toffee taste. Figs. Some grassy hops. Couldn't really appreciate the citrus noticed in the aroma.

Very smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol was not at all noticeable.

lordofthewiens, Jul 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

kaelingirl, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

neckbracesub, Jul 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Evan, Jul 28, 2013
Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.