Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Class Of '88 Barleywine Style AleClass Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale
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Class Of '88 Barleywine Style AleClass Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
395
pDev:
11.49%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
75
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 395 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of sohearn
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a decent fizzy foamy head decent lacing and retention, hazy reddish orange color

Nose big sweet candy malt, candy reddish sweet candy apple, big caramel, hint of alcohol, big spicy hops, fruity esters apple raisin and touch pineapple

Taste big sweet candy malt, big caramel, reddish candy, toffee, little nutty, sweet candy apple, fruity esters little apple, raisin, pineapple, big spicy hops, fair bitterness, but balanced, finish mild sweet, not too sticky, hint of warming alcohol, big spicy hops

Mouth is fuller bod, decent although lighter carb, very light alcohol

Overall nice balance, big candy sweetness but balanced with big spicy hops, would like to see some barrel aging

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khargro2
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Deep amber, almost dark brown ale like, with a robust head. Good lacing.

S - Alcohol, funky basement, sweet grape-wine, honey.

T - Astringent stone fruits, caramel, molasses.

M - Hoping cleans the palate nicely.

O - A tasty treat after 5 years of aging. Wish I had a chance to try it fresh for comparison.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ochs0314
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bajdog
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MickeyHops
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This beefy little beast pours a nice lightly
cloudy deep amber with a nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin
pooling layer, and showcases some nice sticky lacing. Nose of hefty alcohol, subtle
cherry notes, brown sugars, woodsy hops, and dates. Flavors follow the nose with light
notes of dates and cherries layered with sticky woodsy pine laden hops dashed with brown sugars
wrangling in the moderately aggressive hop notes with subtle dark breaded notes that fade
away into a warming booze finish. Decent mouth feel; medium light searing carbonation,
medium body that is lightly sticky, and a warming lightly dry and hoppy finish.

Overall, a decent little barley wine.

Cheers

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Photo of Heeenrik
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RochefortChris
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crow
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aknalley
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beagleyx2
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gobuccos
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this after Thanksgiving dinner at Helen's. People liked it (a couple of people asked for seconds), and over I would say it was good. It was sweet, and smooth, but nothing about it stood out.

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Photo of Bammer21
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of justinm4bama
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottfrie
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from the release a few years ago.

A: Pours a fairly clear woody amber color with a finger of soft tan foam. A nice fuzzy lace a collar persisted and left a few spots of soapy lace down the glass.
S: Nose is full of rich scents of toasted malts, caramel, and hoppy spice, along with peppey scents and a touch of musty oxidization. Raisins, figs, and candied dates poke through, as well as a touch of warming alcohol.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of caramel malts and spicy and peppery hops up front, with nuances of raisin, toffee, leather, red grape skins, cocoa, and toasted bread crust near the finish. The finish itself is full of a leafy bitterness mixed with a touch of alcohol, and the aftertaste has notes of bread crust, toast, and a peppery herbal spiciness (maybe even rye?) that lingers long after the swallow. Oxidization is actually fairly unobtrusive, and there are some pleasant hints of sherry and musty cardboard.
M: Fuller, chewy body, very soft and easy carbonation, with a rounded and polished mouthfeel from the age. There is still quite a bit of hop bitterness, and this mixed with the spice give a clean spicy texture to the mouthfeel.
O: Flavors were very smoothed out and well-rounded in this bottle. A very easy to drink and pleasant sipper. The alcohol is hidden well, and the oxidization was at a pleasant level. This is drinking well.

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Photo of tbone1384
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of devilfluff
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jonbw
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JiminKY
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I think highly of North Coast, and enjoy their regular offerings. That, combined with the fact that I love Barleywine and was a member of the "Class of '88," had me hoping this would be one of the better Barleywines I'd ever had. Unfortunately, other than it's easy drinkability for a 10% brew, it registered rather mediocre in it's appeal to my other senses. Glad I got the opportunity to taste a reasonably-priced draft, rather than shelling out the big money for a bomber.

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Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 395 ratings