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Class Of '88 Barley Wine - Deschutes Brewery

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Class Of '88 Barley WineClass Of '88 Barley Wine

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283 Ratings

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 5
Gots: 43 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: duceswild on 04-07-2013)
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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

jason_nwx, May 14, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly medicinal flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the slight medicinal flavor is odd.

UCLABrewN84, May 13, 2013
Photo of leedorham
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

leedorham, May 11, 2013
Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

TonyTalon, May 11, 2013
Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

JRod1969, May 11, 2013
Photo of charlzm
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed April 27th, 2013 at 38 Degrees, Alhambra, CA.

Beer is a deceptively light yellow with a fine white foamy head that provides some lacing,

Aroma is more or less apple cider.

Flavor is white grapes and apple cider. Some cinnamon. Alcohol and warmth. Significantly bitter on the finish.

Effervescent and spritzy on the finish.

Unexpected flavors and an appealing lightness of flavor make this one an interesting beer. Not sure if aging would help this one, though. I say drink it fresh.

charlzm, May 10, 2013
Photo of leftoverburrito
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

leftoverburrito, May 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

BostonHops, May 09, 2013
Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +9.3%

ralphw56, May 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

zestd, May 08, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I grabbed a bottle of this without thinking since it was Deschutes. Bad idea. This really felt like a class of '88 in that it might have been something they would have brewed in '88. Orange color, decent head. Smells grainy. Flavor is very bitter but just not good at all. This seemed like a failed attempt at a barleywine you might find at your newest local brewery. Too bad.

ArrogantB, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

MASPuros, May 06, 2013
Photo of Amerikon
2/5  rDev -45.4%

Amerikon, May 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

blindpiggie, May 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

CEDAMA, May 03, 2013
Photo of roblund
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

roblund, May 03, 2013
Photo of n2185
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a clear orange with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: citrusy hop notes along with apricots and oranges followed by caramel, vanilla, and pine.

T: piney and grapefruit hop flavors with caramel and vanilla following. Light bitterness toward the finish.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is not too thick and sticky.

O: a solid barleywine overall. Not terribly complex, but enjoyable.

n2185, May 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Birdlegs, May 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

eawolff99, May 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Rand_ale_Thor, May 01, 2013
Photo of Rizalini
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber, dated "best by 03/07/14", and appropriately poured into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a crystal clear golden honey color, with a fluffy finger of off-white color head.

S - Smells of a strong caramel malt backbone, with some nice citrus hops. Has a little faint nose of banana and fig.

T/M - The flavor isn't terribly complex. Just like the nose, the flavor is very caramel/honey forward with some citrus hops trying to make their presence known. A little alcohol warmth as it goes down. Medium slick mouthfeel, maybe just a touch under carbonated.

O - This is a slightly above average barley wine. Nothing fancy, no bells or whistles. Having tried it once tho, I would probably avoid buying another.

Rizalini, May 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

joefc, Apr 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

PalatePilot, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I think probably not what people expected, certainly not what I had in mind, but I ended up really enjoying this one. it pours a way light color, almost like a lighter pale ale or something, definitely not like a big bad barleywine. it does have a honey glow to it, and a nice luxurious sudsy white head. the nose on it is pleasantly sweet, like honey or simple syrup. there is a floral hop profile, but this isn't a hoppy beast like averys hog heaven. it has some orchard fruits to it, maybe peaches or pears, very summer as barleywines go. the alcohol is also invisible, which is a challenge and an impressive feat for the genre. I was told this was made to 1988 barleywine specs. not sure what that means, I guess just that the style has evolved into what we know it as today (bolt cutter etc). this is a much more basic beer, bursting with flavors but absolutely not a kitchen sink operation. I think the lighter malt profile allows some subtleties to come through that might otherwise be lost in big beers of this genre. this is also one of the few beers where the residual sugar is actually right on, contributing something useful, even necessary to the process. I try to be an optimist (as much as I can) when reviewing beers. for that reason, I see only the good in this, more drinkable, more nuanced, more approachable, impressively different, unconventional beer that I really admire. I also however understand those that want the usual. I should grab another bottle and see how this ages, but I have a feeling fresh might be the ticket on this. a ton of nice floral and fruity pollen summer flavors that may not hold up perfectly. get it while you can, anything Deschutes touches is worth my money in my experience.

StonedTrippin, Apr 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

AApparel, Apr 30, 2013
Class Of '88 Barley Wine from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.