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Class Of 88 - Rogue Ales

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82
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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.76%


Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
75 IBU

(Beer added by: watermelonman on 06-26-2013)
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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 9 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by drrone:
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drrone

Utah

3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an amber color and not the darker color you would expect from a traditional barley wine. It produces 1 finger of white head that slowly fades and leaves a little lacing.

S- Smell is quite hoppy, almost resembles an IPA more than a barley wine, but that malt backbone is definitely there. Slightly bready/biscuity. Nice scents of caramel and possibly apricot to accent it.

T- Still that strong hop presence. Resin, pine and a good malt balance. It has that sweetness that you would expect, but not excessively. The hop bitterness sticks around at the end and the alcohol also become a bit more prevalent.

M- It is a little heavy on the Alcohol, which I myself don't mind, but some people might not like. The carbonation is on the high side and it feels strange in a Barley wine.

O - I do like this beer, but it is very different from what I expected. I had the Descutes version on tap at the brewery and it was was more in line from what I would expect from a Barley Wine. I have had this bottle for a couple of months now and it would have been interesting to see what it was like fresh. It must have been a hop bomb. I have a second bottle that I am going to hang on to for a year or two and see how it goes. It will be interesting to see how this ages and what other favors come out when the hops mellow. I would saw it is worth trying, but I would not expect a traditional Barley Wine. I had read in a thread that it resembled a Pils, which I could remotely appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 03:16:47 | More by drrone
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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S - Candy and oranges. Malt in the back.

T - Sweet, thick malt center, probably not enough bitter to balance. The end had a very bitter feel but the segue is not smooth. Something about it reminds me of Christmas.

M - Medium carb, medium to full body, fair balance finish at first cloying then super bitter.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Elysian 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 hazy orange amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a thick ring with slippery lacing. Mild aroma of piney hops, light biscuit and bready malt, light fruit and moderate ethanol. Flavor is neutral stone fruit, fairly intense grassy hops, citrus rind. Finishes with a somewhat stark grassy hop bitterness combined with an unidentifiable root herbal bitterness. The strong ethanol detectable in the aroma is muted, but noticeable in the dry, hoppy finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Like the others in this series, seems to take the basic form of an English barleywine, but without the dark fruit elements and adding an almost Belgian fruit component, without the Belgian yeast and also the more intense hopping of the American style. This Rogue '88 had the most hopping and was most similar to an American barleywine, but the lighter fruit flavors caused it to be somewhat unbalanced with a starker bitter finish.This one was in third place among the '88s. Pleasant enough to drink, but lighter in flavor and not quite as interesting. Like the others, I think the lighter flavors do not promise a long, successful aging. It was almost impossible to get a bottle of this, probably one of the most poorly distributed beers of this type I've ever seen. Forgiveable in a "rare" release, but not very understandable for a highly hyped release extolling the joint release of the same historical recipe by three breweries that openly invites comparision. If a local beer store owner hadn't personally driven across the lake to pick some of this up directly from Deschutes' Issaquah pub, I don't think any would have seen the light of day in Seattle, a big Rogue market. Glad it doesn't look like a candidate for aging, because the chance of finding another bottle is zero. Still glad to have participated in this walk down memory lane.

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09-10-2013 04:31:52 | More by LiquidAmber
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Mom and Dad got this one in North Carolina this past winter. Cheers guys!

From a cork and caged 750 into a sinfter
OG: 1.093
FG: 1.022
IBU: 75

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, slightly looser, foamy, off-white head with half decent retention. Perfectly clear burnt orange in color with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a thin wisp with lots of carbonation decorating the top of the glass. A good wisp remains but leaves no real lacing.

SMELL: Sweet malts, pale malts, some melon notes, grain aromas, as well as some light floral hops on the nose. A strain of perfume-like alcohol runs though the whole thing as well. Medium strength.

TASTE: Some pale malts and perfume-like alcohol up front. Melon sweetness accompanies the perfume flavors through the middle into a grainy, floral bitter and perfume boozy aftertaste that's bold and lingers. A little too much hair spray here, and the bitterness is somewhat harsh. Way worse than the nose had led on.

PALATE: Medium-thin body and higher levels of carbonation. Lighter on the palate, goes down okay with a scratch after the swallow and finishes slightly astringent. Too light and carbonated for the style, and the astringency is off-putting.

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Serving type: bottle

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle says 11.5% abv.

Certainly some similarity to the Old and New crustacean.

A: Deep copper with a slightly off-white head, thin ring of retention shows a little leg. (A bit darker than Deschutes version).

S: Lots of orange & grapefruit rind with some underlying pine.

T: Piny resin and marmalade, some sponge toffee & biscuit, hints of nuts, solid bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Moderate to full body has a light acidity.

O: I think they're yeast is tamer than Deschutes, so although it is stronger, it comes across as a bit cleaner. It's actually not as much of a brute and it's a very pleasant sipper.

I've been enjoying Rogue for at least 10 years (whenever the LCBO first had them in). I've been to both places in Newport, as well as their Ale house in Portland. Initially, some of their brews seemed fairly crazy, but they've always been great. Sure some of the newer brewers are pushing the envelope further, but they continue to focus on making great beer!

Happy Anniversary!
(I'm looking forward to MANY more).

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4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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Large initial head. Settles quickly but in a rocky fashion. Plenty of ring lace after each sip. The liquid is crystal clear with a light amber/dark gold color.

Sweet caramel aroma. There's a touch of raisin and almond in background. Mild alcohol warmth to the nose.

Stronger alcohol burn on the tongue. The malty caramel is far more muted in the taste. I'm surprised by the sudden appearance of some hop bitterness. Smooth, nearly oily, body with a low carbonation even for a Barleywine. Other flavors include some nuttiness (closer to hazelnut than almond this time) and stone fruit, like apricot.

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07-13-2013 20:43:50 | More by smcolw
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Class Of 88 from Rogue Ales
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