Class Of '88 Barley Wine - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Stevedore:
3.89/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
22oz bomber from Deschutes poured today 11 July 2013 into Russian River stemmed glasses with Benish.
Aroma: Faint grapefruit hues with a dominating toffee background. It smells sweet and dry. The hops are surprisingly complementary rather than dominant.
Colour: Clear hazy caramel body that pours with a 1cm white head. It is a very clean looking beer. A little bit of lacing but not much. The head is gone after a short time. Nothing special.
Flavour: The best part of this beer. It's surprisingly malty, but the hop contribution is just enough to balance it out and make it interesting. I think it is a little too one-dimensional, but it was definitely enjoyable to drink this one- a grapefruit mixed in with toffee, basically. Follows the nose.
Mouthfeel: A bit thin bodied for a barleywine. It's not dry though; and the aftertaste is mostly the toffee sweetness. The carbonation isn't anything special. There is no booziness in this beer.
Overall: Tasty example of an American barleywine that doesn't have the hops covering everything. It's not bad, not especially complex as it is fairly one dimensional, but it is a pleasantly surprising drinking experience.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2013 04:33:13 | More by Stevedore
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3.86/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
"Best by date: 03/07/14" noted on the mid to bottom left side of the bottle.
Into a chalice.
A: somewhat hazy golden colored body with a thin less than a half fingered white foamy head that barely leaves any lacing
S: juicy grapefruit hoppiness up front with a decent caramel malt bill backing that up fairly nice with some nice woody edges to balance it out just a tad, there's even a nice "honey" aroma coming nearing the end of the beer
T: mainly sweet through the combination of the sweet grapefruit hoppiness to the caramel malts, gee weez (boy she drinks like a DIPA), nice juicy grapefruit aftertaste and quick dry finish
M: she sits about a medium on the body, sessionable - hmmm... perhaps - weird for an American Barleywine that comes across as an DIPA to me, carbonation even has a decent harshness like a DIPA
O: hmmm....ok, I like it, I would have it again, I'm just trying to figure out how this thing really is an American Barleywine as it just seems more like a DIPA. Maybe I just need to try a fresher bottle. Oh well, until then....
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 10:15:01 | More by BeerKangaroo
Class Of '88 Barley Wine from Deschutes Brewery
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