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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

281 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 11
Gots: 45 | FT: 3
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 -1.8%

06-16-2013 06:47:39 | More by ambruns1979
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its with a tremendous amount of refinement and class that the epic brewers of North Coast, Rogue and Deschutes put their heads together for a collaborative Barleywine that swirls 25 years of quality brewing into a singular bottle.

The godfather-type ale pours with a deep amber, copper color and deliberately releases its froth from the rich ale below. Capped with a sturdy column of off-white foam, its head structure is tight, creamy and looking somewhat of whipped topping. This appearance is even more impressive as it laces the glass evenly with intermittent rings with each sip taken from the glass.

Strong yet balanced- the aromas are chocked full of caramelized barley scents and in the intensity needed to push the beer to ten percent alcohol. Not to be outdone, the hop complements meet that intensity with grapefruit, orange peels, and a mild resinous pine note. Transitioning to taste, the malty-sweet upstart is straight up caramel with hints of honey and sweet toasted grains. The middle palate shows a formidable hop retribution of citrus, pine, and herbal grasses to balance the bulk of taste. Finishing bitter with those pine resin qualities, the beer retains a starchy malt taste and texture that keeps the beer from any hop command.

Full bodied, the ale is remarkably drinkable because of its smooth and balanced sensibilities. Somewhat salty to taste, this also adds to a rounded feel to the beer that accompanies an minerally finish. A late rise of alcohol warmth signals closure even as the hops and malt seem to linger deep on the after palate.

This is an absolutely classy Barleywine that pays respect to many of those early and more balanced versions of the style. Where many of today's Barleywines intend to overwhelm the palate, this one prefers a more gentlemanly approach- leading to its refinement, drinkability and class. It kinda reminds me of prom.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 05:43:55 | More by BEERchitect
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-12-2013 16:43:54 | More by Gotti311
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New Mexico

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-12-2013 03:27:16 | More by dylans
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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-12-2013 01:31:06 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-09-2013 16:55:21 | More by OregonGrown7
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-09-2013 06:06:36 | More by mkennedy119
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Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

06-09-2013 03:22:47 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-09-2013 03:21:49 | More by johnnnniee
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Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-08-2013 15:29:03 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-07-2013 23:09:49 | More by HattedClassic
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beerhan

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-04-2013 04:17:01 | More by beerhan
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meghmmm

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

06-04-2013 03:40:36 | More by meghmmm
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-04-2013 00:29:03 | More by ryanpj
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Impfan

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

So said a gent on that OTHER beer rating site.

To which I reply, BIGFOOT...it was extant in '84, and had major (syrupy) body, major fruitiness, and major hoppiness, even back then...so did Rogue's Old Crustacean, and that monster barleywine was introduced in...you guessed it, 1988.

Although this is a tasty brew, I maintain that it was NEVER the ideal palate for a barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 21:17:09 | More by Impfan
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Wamba

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-03-2013 02:47:05 | More by Wamba
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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diehl07

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-27-2013 12:16:23 | More by zeff80
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California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.