Class Of '88 Barley Wine - Deschutes Brewery
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2.73/5 rDev -25.4%
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.
05-07-2013 02:38:13 | More by ArrogantB
3.81/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
05-03-2013 04:50:50 | More by n2185
3.43/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
05-01-2013 02:36:12 | More by Rizalini
3.96/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
04-30-2013 04:19:17 | More by StonedTrippin
4.06/5 rDev +10.9%
It's not hard to understand why some have knocked this creation.
High expectations, barleywine-mindset, etc. But, taken simply as a malt - hop - water - yeast product I think it provides a fascinating look (and taste) of what is possible, outside of the mainstream of brewed creations. It has a subtle sweetness, an interesting bitter finish and - overall, a very enjoyable quaffing experience. I was a bit surprised (to say the least when I was in an American Barleywine frame of mind....but thoroughly delighted when I sipped it simple as an alcohol-based creation. I'd buy it again, esp. at the $7.75 price tag.
04-29-2013 00:19:21 | More by ricke49
3.66/5 rDev 0%
Picked up at the COOP for $7.... Seen it as much as $9 at a couple other stores. Pours with a 2 finger sorta yellow tinged head... nice retention and spotty lacing... the brew is a lightly hazed orange.
Nose is sweet and with a light citrus hoppiness... pretty floral and fruity with warmth... something there reminds me of apricot esters.
Flavor is a bit odd... almost like a Belgian yeast was used... sorta spicy and something floral that makes me think of dandelions. Perfumy... heavier residual malty sweetness is unfortunately not balanced by enough hop bitterness.
Really reminds me of HotD Fred which is a compliment.
Many people are going to bash this because it doesn't fall in line with what modern American Barleywines taste/smell like... But I honestly think it is okay as long as you don't compare it to the hopped monsters that weren't even imagined 25 years ago.
04-26-2013 03:32:47 | More by JohnGalt1
3.4/5 rDev -7.1%
750ml bottle into tulip. had this big boy at a party where a friend surprised us. review is from notes.
look is a deep ruby amber with little head. smell is sweet apples and alcohol. taste is big an chewy, as expected, with some herbal/earthy hop bitterness and loads of dark fruity malts. then there is the overriding presence of alcohol and oak. little carbonation, good amount of alcohol heat.
04-24-2013 00:23:20 | More by jimmah120
Class Of '88 Barley Wine from Deschutes Brewery
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