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Class Of '88 Barley Wine - Deschutes Brewery

Class Of '88 Barley WineClass Of '88 Barley Wine

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BA SCORE
83
good

247 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 247
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%


Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: duceswild on 04-07-2013)
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Reviews by lighthabit:
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lighthabit

Oregon

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

good head, dies down to thin layer, then to none. color of honey. banana, clove on the nose, with banana, clove, leather and honey for taste. finishes sweet, almost a bit sticky, but i think it'll be one to set aside for a while. this is my second bomber, and i believe it's better that the first.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 06:00:57 | More by lighthabit
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This Barleywine is a thick but bright orange with moderate hazing leading to translucency. Its lightly tinted head achieves half a finger of head with consistent retention and a modicum of patchy and spotty lacing.
Lots of citrus is the main focus in the nose over some malty backbone, semi-sweet overall. Orange pith, peel and flesh blend with caramel and dark fruits. Alcohol, though strong, is integrated fairly well but the fusel notes ultimately end up coming off a little strong.
Where the fusel notes are strong in the aroma, they seem to build up to a somewhat medicinal quality in the flavor that has the overall effect of marring it in the whole. It's more doughy and sweet up front, with the caramel, citrus and dark fruits still coming on strong but after a dose of thick breads and molasses that continue through. Some leaf comes out and ends up with a woody sort of pith.
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"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

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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....

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Class Of '88 Barley Wine from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.