Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
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).
04-24-2014 01:29:46 | More by deschutes_fan
3.76/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
03-20-2014 03:37:52 | More by draheim
3.79/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
03-16-2014 15:04:52 | More by DIM
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
03-14-2014 05:14:47 | More by SHODriver
Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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