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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

246 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 246
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.

(Beer added by: duceswild on 04-07-2013)
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flexabull

California

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer, pours a bright and clear dark orange/gold color with a nice sturdy white head.

Aromas of cereal grains, hard candies, and apricots.

Taste starts out creamy, soft and sweet. Cereal grains, malts, and some general fruitiness through the middle of the sip. Finish is slightly warm, slightly bitter and dry with some pine. Taste is a bit odd for a barleywine, not bad, but almost more like a wheatwine or something else.

Mouthfeel is full, pretty smooth, with nice carbonation.

Overall, an interesting and tasty enough beer. Not sure it fits the style really well, as I mentioned, it's tasted more along the lines of a wheatwine. But I still kinda like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:39:35 | More by flexabull
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a snifter

A- Poured a very clear and bright orange color with soapy white head that left splashy lace

S- Big juicy candied madarin oranges, citrus, and tropical hops. Rich caramel and bready notes

T- Very juicy and bright citrus notes, candy sweetness, some tropical hops, rich caramel and toffee, bready notes

M- Medium body, probably a little light for the style which I liked. Very smooth with nice warming on the finish

O- A really nice hopped up barleywine, that may not be traditional for the style but I really liked it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2013 23:09:37 | More by Hoptometrist
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Halcyondays

California

2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a lightly hazy orange with a small white head, fair head retention, some lace.

S: Medicinal notes with booze and some pear, banana and orange.

T: Sweet bready malt with a heavy ethanol phenol play. Estery at times, some nice notes of sugar cane, but in the end not really doing it for me.

M: Full-bodied, boozy, oily slick feel. Soft carbonation.

O: While this beer isn't horrendous, it's incredibly boring and not really fun to drink. Too expensive as well. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 20:26:09 | More by Halcyondays
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harrymel

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 07MAR14

Warm copper colored with a thin sheet of light cream foam atop. Excellent clarity. Smells like artificial cherry, alcohol, sweet malt, some bits of vanilla and maybe a touch of metal. Flavor is sweet and grainy. Some malt, some floral character, some booze, a little bit of oatmeal (like cream of banana maybe) and a bit of bitterness. Much sweeter than I had anticipated. Medium bodied on simple syrup with a bit of tight carb and a wet finish. Meh, it's sweet, and something I would expect from Rogue quality wise, it reminds me of a more approachable fresh Old Stock. Less boozy, more sweet and drinkable. Not a particularly bad beer per se, but doesn't follow the standards of an American BW, more like and Old Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 07:45:47 | More by harrymel
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

2.56/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by March 7, 2014. An unusual stance to take with a Barley Wine Ale.

A- A very very clear copper colour, 1" head of foam, nice lacing.

S- Served at room temp and it's still tough for me to get the aromas. Lightly hoppy, lightly malty, some fruitiness? Man, I swear, I don't have a cold.

T- Whoah, horsy. This is a Barleywine? Some decent notes of wet like hops followed by a lot caramel malt sweetness, followed by a burnt flavour of what? If that burnt note was supposed to be hop bitterness, imho, it failed. Oodles of alcohol coming through now with a note or 3 of bubblegum. Good grief, will I be able to finish the bottle?

M- Adequate carbonation with a sticky, kind of sickly mouthfeel overall.

O- Not for me. 'nuff said. Or actually, I'll say more. It's cool for breweries to collaborate but not when the end product turns out this way.

PS: And I did get some aromas from the brew after I started drinking it. Almost as disappointing as the taste. Medicinal, big time.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 00:38:19 | More by Bitterbill
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chugalug06

Colorado

2.2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Holy foamy head...overflow for sure. Brew is nicely clear with lots of orange and some light yellow and red. lacing is sloppy and sparse.

Smells like rusty bottle caps and dead hops... sweaty gym shoes.

Flavor is very bland and sweaty. Rather unremarkable. Sweet and sugary. Dry, bland, unfinished... Low carbonation.

I had very high hopes since Deschutes and Rogue brew nice B-wine, North Coast brews great beer, so naturally I figured it would be dynamite. Wrong. Very unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 00:54:07 | More by chugalug06
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vkv822

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz : Teku

Pours and amber orange with a foamy, slightly off white head.

Hop notes consist of herbal, spicy, resiny with citric kick in the finish, blended into light toffee, biscuit malts.

Herbal, spicy pine hops upfront blend into bready, light caramel malts with a pleasant citric finish.

Medium+ body, with foamy carbonation.

A well done collaboration on an American Barleywine. I was surprised at first with the prominent herbal, piney hops, but quickly came to enjoy them. And there is just enough citrus in the end to keep them from becoming overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 05:53:33 | More by vkv822
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imperialbeerdude

Colorado

1.59/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

I had some hope that this beer would be decent, Deschuttes makes good stuff, but it was plain nasty. I poured this sucker out and thought it looked pretty interesting in the glass, orange hues, good carbonation and a decent looking head. The nose followed and once again not too bad, citrus, caramel. Then I tasted this atrocity, cough medicine, faint hops and a gross alcohol taste. One of the nastiest beers I've had in a while and a huge waste of money. It's nasty I'm really hoping the rest of these colabs aren't this vile. Drain pour for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 10:32:15 | More by imperialbeerdude
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TheSixthRing

California

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

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear, bright golden orange with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention, leaving spotty botches of microbubbles on the surface and a ring around the edge. Strong lacing with good stick.

Smell - Sweet, sugared caramel, banana, orange and slight grainy notes round out the aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Sugary caramel and modest banana character upfront, while moderate citrus notes come through mid-taste, leading to a mild to moderate bitter orange pith finish with a touch of grain. Subtle hints of heat, but at an even 10%, it's does well to conceal.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with a touch of syrupy character. Moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth, especially considering the ABV.

Overall - A really odd, but unique and delicious barleywine. Taste wise, basically comes across as what I'd describe as an 'Imperial Hefeweizen' without the wheat. Sorry, it's just the best way I can describe it. Excellent balance. Don't get your head wrapped around the fact that this isn't a dark, put 'hair on your chest' type of BW. It's a solid, enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 05:13:09 | More by TheSixthRing
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Duomatic

Arizona

1.9/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Whoa! With this pedigree, I expected something "phenomenal." Instead, I got something "phenol."

Sure, the flavors were relatively smooth at first, and hid the alcohol somewhat, but an odd butterscotch and banana flavor was there from the start. The aftertaste was immediately and overwhelmingly "banana taffy." I'm no master brewer, but perhaps it was fermented at too high a temperature, or maybe the yeast was under-aerated? Whatever the problem, such high levels of banana-flavored phenols and/or esters (Isoalmyl Acetate?) make this brew hard to swallow, and I drink more Barley Wine than any other style of beer (and this habit goes back to 1983).

I can't imagine that a group of brewers with these chops intended to create an over-the-top "barrel full of monkeys" banana-flavored Barley Wine, so I can only assume it is a quality control issue.

I am a big fan of all breweries involved, particularly Deschutes. Very disappointing, and my hopes were really high. This was the first beer in a long time that I actually poured down the drain after consuming less than half the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 02:33:32 | More by Duomatic
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra left over from the Craft Brewers Conference in DC. This is collaboration between Deschutes, North Coast, and Rogue.

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a golden orange color, with a minimal amount of head. Smell is of light hops, orange and slight citrus. Taste is similar with maltyness to it. I don't get much sweetness from this like some barleywines. For a 10% beer it seems subdued and well hidden. Overall decent beer, and I'd be interested in trying the over versions.

The label lists this beer as:
A hoppy, citrus aroma radiates from this pale amber brew. Its sturdy malt backbone is balances with a clear bitterness. Finishes pleasantly warm without overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 14:36:28 | More by duceswild
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Class Of '88 Barley Wine from Deschutes Brewery
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