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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

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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.

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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Deschutes poured today 11 July 2013 into Russian River stemmed glasses with Benish.

Aroma: Faint grapefruit hues with a dominating toffee background. It smells sweet and dry. The hops are surprisingly complementary rather than dominant.

Colour: Clear hazy caramel body that pours with a 1cm white head. It is a very clean looking beer. A little bit of lacing but not much. The head is gone after a short time. Nothing special.

Flavour: The best part of this beer. It's surprisingly malty, but the hop contribution is just enough to balance it out and make it interesting. I think it is a little too one-dimensional, but it was definitely enjoyable to drink this one- a grapefruit mixed in with toffee, basically. Follows the nose.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin bodied for a barleywine. It's not dry though; and the aftertaste is mostly the toffee sweetness. The carbonation isn't anything special. There is no booziness in this beer.

Overall: Tasty example of an American barleywine that doesn't have the hops covering everything. It's not bad, not especially complex as it is fairly one dimensional, but it is a pleasantly surprising drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 04:33:13 | More by Stevedore
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kojevergas

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the Deschutes version - with the pry-off cap, not the hood-and-wire cap over a cork like the North Coast version. Label is classy and straightforward; I dig it. Pressure cap is branded and black in colour. Collaboration between Deschutes, North Coast, and Rogue. 10.2% ABV confirmed per my bottle's label. Best by: 03/07/14. Expectations are high; I really love both Deschutes and North Coast.

Served chilled, straight from the freezer; I don't like my barleywines too cold, so I'm letting this warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of healthy white-khaki colour. Fair creaminess. Nice thickness. Pretty good (~5+ minute) retention for the ABV. No bubble show. No notable lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a vibrant clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible.

A bit bright for the style, but overall above average for the ABV. I'm looking forward to trying it.

I was a bit weary given the current reviews - which are lower than you'd expect - but so far I don't see what could be wrong with it.

Sm: Pleasant. Pale malts, light floral hops, caramalt, some light toffee, citrus fruit, and even wheat (?). Actually comes off more as a wheatwine than a barleywine. Pear. Yeast-derived banana. There's not a great deal happening here, but it's appealing for what it is. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.

No alcohol comes through.

T: Pale malts, floral hops, some caramalt, and wheat. Light stale citrusy notes. Light pear. Much more phenol-forward than anticipated. Clove honey. Some sugarcane. Melon fruit. A biteen syrupy. Light cinnamon spice. Backgrounded alcohol; I wouldn't call it boozy or hot. It's certainly not balanced, but it's not offensive or horridly put together. I wouldn't say it's a mess, but it does need work. Definitely on the sweeter end, but not cloying. Apricot esters. Clean barley. Flowery. Caramel intensifies as it warms, but never to an exceeding degree. I can see where some may get bubblegum notes. Light peach.

It's definitely more estery than any barleywine I've had, and certainly has less of a pronounced malt focus. There's no toffee or butterscotch or apt-for-oxidation malts here.

Maybe honey or pollen. Cereals. Lightly grassy, lightly grainy.

Overall, it's got a lot going on, but to call it complex might be giving it too much credit. There is some subtlety here. In terms of style criticism, it has a lot more going for it as a wheatwine than it does as a barleywine; the character is out of wack but I do like it. I think some reviewers are being harsh on it purely because it doesn't meet their expectations about a barleywine; sometimes we get carried away with style conventions.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely thin for the style; it's not overbearing or offensive, and errs on the side of drinkability. Good body for the style. Nice presence on the palate; it facilitates full flavour delivery but doesn't feel heavy or obnoxious. Not oily, harsh, or biitng. Good carbonation. Unrefreshing, though one might call it refreshing for the style. Slides down easily enough. Suits the flavour profile well, though it won't match style expectations. Well-executed for what they're going for. Certainly lighter than most barleywines. Acidic.

Dr: Hides its ABV quite well for the style. I do like this brew, but I can see why it's divisive. It's certainly far from a traditional barleywine, but it brings some interesting notes to the table. Drinkable and enjoyable. Unrefreshing. Really comes off more as a wheatwine than a barleywine. I might get a smaller portion on-draught for the right price. These brewer(ie)s have created something interesting, and I applaud them for that. I do expect better from Deschutes and North Coast, however. Intriguing stuff that some have written off unfairly, but either way it's far from among the best beers I've had in the style (and cousin styles). Perhaps a failure as a barleywine if we're being strict, but it's not unworthy of a chance. I think many are being hard on it purely because it doesn't meet their expectations.

B-

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 04:57:05 | More by kojevergas
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a bright orange with moderate clarity. Thin layer of lace present upon pour, recedes to just a thin collar. The aroma features candied apricot, spicy hops, sweet malt character, and boozy heat. The taste is somewhat sloppy, very sweet up front with plenty of candied fruit. This gives way to herbal hop character that lends a bit of bitterness to the palate. This is finished with a stinging boozy burn on the finish. The flavors are all appropriate for the style, they just don't seem to meld that well. This honestly reminds me a bit of Bolt Cutter in terms of its sweetness and booziness. Too many other good barleywines out there to mess around with this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 07:03:30 | More by homebrew311
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Minimal head on a dark straw colored body.
The aroma is nice. Some fruit: oranges and mandarins. A good dose of grain and hay too.
The taste is great. The fruits follow here too. The mildest bitterness to balance it out.
The texture is crisp with a heaviness and moderate carbonation.
Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 21:09:59 | More by Fatehunter
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arizcards

Arizona

3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber at BevMo in early May for $7.49. Best by 3-7-14 - which is odd for a Barleywine.

Beer poured amber orange with a nice white head upon the initial pour.

Nose is primarily is a malt bomb perfumed with some citrus hops.

Taste is very well balanced. Hops are relatively light and leave a bit of citrus oil behind.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat smooth, and decently carbonated.

Overall this is a pretty decent brew. Not sure if the style is more of an English Barleywine so others may view this in a lesser light. It was fun to try and definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 01:37:25 | More by arizcards
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SHODriver

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pourd into a snifter to a deep orange with a half finger of off white head that quickly fades to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of caramel, pine and citrus
T: tastes of caramel malts, resinous pine, sweet citrus and citrus rind with a slight earthyness and herbal medicinalness. swallow brings more caramel and resinous hop goodness with a bit more citrus. maybe a slight estery banana flavor as well
M: thick and slightly syrupy with soft and slightly prickly carbonation and an oily hop finish
O: Drinks better than expected for a young American barleywine. Normally beers of this style are pretty abrasive due to a solid load of hops but this one is a bit more reasonable and quite drinkable when fresh. Good assertive hop profile without being over the top. It strikes a solid balance and the flavors are good so for me this beer is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 03:23:59 | More by SHODriver
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy gold, good long-lasting head.

Smell: Malty, fruity, boozy.

Taste: Fruity sweetness, big bready flavor. Sweet but not too sweet. Minimal hop bitterness.

Overall: Really reminds me of a big bready doppelbock more than a barleywine. They are somewhat similar in that they are both big sweet beers, but usually BW have a little more hop influence. This beer just seems to lean a little more towards the malty side for barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 22:54:25 | More by Mdog
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Zorro

California

3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Chill hazed orange colored beer with a small off-white head that just doesn't last. 10% beer so the weak head is sort of expected.

Smells strongly of malt melon and strong tea.

Starts out toffee and tea with a slight savory taste. Medium Bitterness. Slight butter taste. And that is it, not very complex.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall kind of disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 01:44:49 | More by Zorro
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ESPNman

California

3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium tremens snifter.

A - Pours a crystal clear amber. Really a nice looking beer. Lightly carbonated, slight head, little retention with surprisingly good lacing.

S - Some citrusy hops, a bit of floral up front. Sweet perfume-like malts with some caramel backbone to really bring a nice balanced nose to this beer. Also an odd bit of grassy smell in there that's a bit off to me. Otherwise good.

T - Lots of that hop bill up front. Citrus bite with a bit more of that grass. Finishes cleanly with a more classic barley wine maltiness. A bit of apricot and juicy pear in there as well.

M - Creamy and well carbonated. A bit more alcohol bite that dries the palate than I would normally like, although not out of character for the style. Decent.

O - This is a good beer that could use a little refining, and perhaps a little bit of time in the cellar. Not a must-try, but if you see it sitting on the shelves, it's not a bad bang-for-the-buck barley wine.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 06:02:44 | More by ESPNman
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mactrail

California

2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber in the snifter. Average head and carbonation. Fairly hoppy aroma but not distinctive. Very sweet and perfumey. Spicy and hot with alcohol. Leafy and a little dank, and tastes like some bitter French liqueur. So sweet, it's like sugar cane or a Mexican candy.

At the same time, it's really bitter for a Barley Wine. The aftertaste veers toward the medicinal even while the sugar lingers on the tongue. This is just not very drinkable. Maybe the brewers all had to get their favorite malt and hop in this mess. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 04:27:05 | More by mactrail
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Label says best by 03/07/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that settle into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy hop forward aroma with lots of caramel malt hints. Hoppy upfront with earthy hints of grass and hints of citrus grapefruit, orange, pineapple, tangerine, apricot, and lemon. Big balancing malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grain, and yeast. Some Belgian like yeast hints along with fruit esters of banana and apple. Some sugar sweetness as well. A decent aroma.

Taste: A balanced combination of hops and bready malts with subtle fruit esters. Hops upfront with earthy, grassy, and floral notes. Citrus fruit notes of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, apricot, tangerine, and lemon. Also some fruit notes of dried banana and apple. Big bready toasted malt presence with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, grains, and yeast. Some sweet burnt candy sugar is in the mix as well. A pretty decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and somewhat chewy. Alcohol heat is pretty tame for the style.

Overall: A pretty decent take on a Barley wine. Its a kind of laid back brew considering the style and breweries involved, but it is a nice balanced taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 06:52:13 | More by MattyG85
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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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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 03/07/14
ABV is a little different than above however, my bottle reads 10.2% vs a flat 10%

A= Pours a hazy dark golden color Almost like dirty blonde hair. The head is almost none existant. It rises to a little tiny cap then falls to nothing.

S= Smells pretty hoppy. A nice citrus character with a little malt. Not too much in the nose because the lack of active carbonation.

T= The taste is much sweeter than the nose. There is a certain sort of cloying sweetness that comes through for just a moment. After than the booze and a hop bite come in and wipe the sweetness away making it a relativly balanced barleywine.

M= Actually well carbonated despite the look.

O= This is far from the best barleywine I've ever had but it's not bad either. I would drink it again for sure but I wouldn't seek it out or try to get more to satisfy a craving.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 20:53:39 | More by jjanega08
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber purchased from Whole Foods SoMa in San Francisco. As far as I can tell, this is not a collaboration, but part of a series of Barleywines from Deschutes, Rogue and North Coast, celebrating 25 years in the craft beer industry.

Pours a lovely clear, bright orange colour, with a bright white, slightly creamy head. The forms exquisite lacing, and sticks around even as a film for quite some time. The body is silky and smooth, and holds carbonation so densely when tilted. It's a really lovely looking beer.

Nose is, in some senses, rather subdued. There's a sharp green hop presence, a definite suggestion of booziness and some sugary malt that comes through like golden syrup. But all up, it's faintly generic, and not at all particularly strong. Some cinnamon arrives slightly as it warms up, but it's not enough to add a great deal of interest.

Taste is certainly stronger, but the booze seems to pick up most of the slack, giving a heat and a bite that mingles with the hop bitterness to make it quite oppressive, especially towards the back. There's a shell of malt to it, but again it has a fragile sugar character to it: not a true sweet, wholesome richness. There are subtleties there, perhaps again like the cinnamon spice on the nose, but the booze and the intensity tend not to let them through.

No matter what I think of the flavours and their intensity, though, the feel is exquisite. Beautifully light, silky and smooth, but with a creamy richness accentuated by fine carbonation. Really, it's excellent, and only needs a better flavour profile to make it perfect.

Overall, though, this is not a beer that won me over, despite its good points. It's heavy, intransigent and somewhat frustrating. I found it needlessly big, without the payoff that a really heavy beer can bring. There are obviously things to love in this beer, but I was too conflicted to completely embrace it.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 05:00:16 | More by lacqueredmouse
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 5.7.13

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a reddish hue. A light tan foamy head with good retention.

S - Hoppy dark orange, carmel, bready-toast malt.

T - Bitter orange and sweet bready malt.

D - Thin body with medium carbonation.

O - Sweet, bitter and hoppy. Thin, odd, but I guess true to original form?

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 04:49:39 | More by HuskyinPDX
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 04:44:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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charlzm

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2013 20:09:01 | More by charlzm
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 02:38:13 | More by ArrogantB
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n2185

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 04:50:50 | More by n2185
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Rizalini

Nevada

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 02:36:12 | More by Rizalini
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 04:19:17 | More by StonedTrippin
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ricke49

Oregon

4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 00:19:21 | More by ricke49
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

3.75/3.75/3.5/4/3.75

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 03:32:47 | More by JohnGalt1
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 00:23:20 | More by jimmah120
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snaotheus

Washington

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a large snifter

Pours cloudy orange in color with little (almost no) head. Tiny amount of carbonation, very slow. Smell is mild (probably too cold), but floral with a little bit of spiciness. Alcohol is definitely noticeable in the aroma.

Taste is interesting. There's some mustiness, a slight amount of funk, more floral character, alcohol but mixed with some woodiness. Hoppy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and smooth. Overall, pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 22:53:21 | More by snaotheus
Class Of '88 Barley Wine from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.