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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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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

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

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

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
Photo of woemad
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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

whitenads, May 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Smarty_Pints, May 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

MonkeyBread, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

eulerthegrape, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of GeezLynn
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden blond with a weak white head/collar that is easily revived.
S: Aroma is sweet with very prominent fruity esters. Orange and pineapple - odd (to me) for the style but nice just the same.
T: Opens with loads of sweet caramel malt, balanced by citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit a little pine and eventually orange showing. Finishes with a mild bitterness, slightly dry and resinous. Alcohol is not overly apparent. Almost a touch too sweet.
M: Mouthfeel is smooth, with full carbonation. Body is on the lighter side for the style.

This is a lighter version of the style, and much more fruit forward. I enjoyed it much more than I expected to, though I am not a fan of many of the massive, rough, overly bitter and hot American barleywines out there. For $8/22oz, I’d happily buy this again.

GeezLynn, Apr 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

mpenning13, Apr 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

afsdan, Apr 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

gratefulbeerhead, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

JoshNLFTW, Mar 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

dunlap926, Mar 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

zestar, Mar 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

oso, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Fern13, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.
The body is nice and full, almost "chunky" and certainly what could be called chewy. It's got some heat but doesn't thin too much at the end. Crispness adds a tingly nip all the way through. It strives for smoothness, but something keeps it from reaching it fully.

Brenden, Mar 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

TaborTime, Mar 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ToddHolder, Mar 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Williaar, Mar 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

DaftPatrick, Mar 01, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

vinny21bal, Feb 28, 2014
Class Of '88 Barley Wine from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.