1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Class Of '88 Barley Wine - Deschutes Brewery

Not Rated.
Class Of '88 Barley WineClass Of '88 Barley Wine

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

276 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 276
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Class Of '88 Barley Wine Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 276 | Reviews: 63 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Lucnifter
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Lucnifter, Today at 02:49 PM
Photo of cvalleskey
4/5  rDev +9.3%

cvalleskey, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of TooGood
4/5  rDev +9.3%

TooGood, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Big_Dave, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of JoelClark
4/5  rDev +9.3%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of 1424IpA
3/5  rDev -18%

1424IpA, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Ashinpaugh
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Ashinpaugh, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Walkerjgt
3/5  rDev -18%

Walkerjgt, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Roze
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Roze, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of MikeDAdams
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

MikeDAdams, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

jzlyo, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of scottfrie
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%

22oz bottle into imperial pint.

A: Pours a lightly opaque honey amber color with a thick, greasy, and dense light tan head that faded into a lasting thick and dense film that lasted the whole beer through. Wispy lace was left down the glass.
S: Spice, citrus, and bread crust dough, slight booze, orange zest, and something sugary sweet, maybe honey.
T: Follows the nose, sweet citrus juice, honey, bread crust, sugary malt, slight dried fruit, biscuit dough, and earthy finish. Sweet aftertaste toffee, woody, touch of apple juice. Toast.
M: Thick body, chewy mouthfeel, thick and greasy, slick, soft, and fluffy carb. Drinks very creamy and smooth. Very good. Hint of warming booze. Smooth overall.
O: Better than expected. Super smooth. Very easy to sip.

scottfrie, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of sammyg832
4/5  rDev +9.3%

sammyg832, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Minski405
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Minski405, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Screper
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Screper, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Getalegup
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Getalegup, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of apbaj
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

apbaj, May 31, 2014
Photo of StoutChaser7D
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

StoutChaser7D, May 31, 2014
Photo of iamcalledjason
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

iamcalledjason, May 25, 2014
Photo of PappyVans
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

PappyVans, May 17, 2014
Photo of DustinSWB
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

DustinSWB, May 17, 2014
Photo of neckbeered
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
Photo of woemad
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

22oz bottle purchased last fall at Total Wine on the northside of Spokane. I’m unable to reference the cost because of the death of the computer I had used to store that information. Apparently this beer was collaboration between Deschutes and their fellow brewers at North Coast and Rogue. I’m a fan (to differing extents) of all three of these breweries, so I have high hopes for this. According to the label, this is best by 03/07/14. I suspect it’s still good considering it’s strength.

Poured into a large new-model Sam Adams glass, this beer appeared a hazy, orangey amber color, taking on a more burnt orange shade when held up to light. A medium-sized, sudsy beige head was perched atop the beer, but subsided somewhat quickly, leaving some sticky lace on the sides of the glass while retaining a foamy collar.

The nose was floral, bitter and sweet. Lots of fruity esters with hop aromas. Both were mixed with what seemed to me to be a scent not unlike vanilla. Caramelish malts are present with the hops, but at a more subordinate degree.

Big fruity and hoppy flavors were at the forefront of the taste. There were also elements of pine sap and sugary fruit juice. This was like a fruit-forward take on a DIPA but with a big blast of sugary malts thrown in. There was some boozy heat in the background as well. Things ended with a dry zap. There was a lot going on in the taste of this beer, but I think it could have melded together a little better.

Full bodied, with a coating, sticky mouthfeel.

An interesting take on a barleywine – fruitier than most I have encountered. I wish I had another to lay down for a longer period of time to see if things might have melded together more satisfactorily over a longer period of time. For now, one is definitely enough, as I harbor hopes to be productive later on in the day, and a second bottle of this would probably prohibit that!

woemad, May 12, 2014
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Zachtheporter, May 07, 2014
Photo of whitenads
4/5  rDev +9.3%

whitenads, May 05, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Class Of '88 Barley Wine from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.