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

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SanFranJake on 04-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque light copper with thick white head.
S: It smelled like sweet candied oranges with wild honey and golden raisins.
T: It tasted like sweet candied oranges and copper hops, with some wild honey and vanilla. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was oily with smooth natural carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a solid barleywine with enjoyable scent and taste and body. Nothing really unique about it, but still nice to drink. The finish was a little hot, so it will likely improve with age.

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Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottfrie
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arizcards
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 750 ml caged and corked at BevMo back in late June for $11.99.

Beer poured an amber orange with a beautiful white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is bready with a light floral and citrus hop.

Taste is pretty clean, bready malts are big up front, floral and piney malts linger in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decently carbonated, not overly smooth.

Overall this is a pretty good beer but nothing special especially at the price point. I have sampled offerings from the three breweries, They are decent beers but nothing great.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Excited to have gotten my hands on this bottle. Keeping my expectations clear and unbiased. Hoping for a better beer than the Deschutes / Great Lakes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours two fingers of khaki colored head on top of a coppery burnt sienna orange colored body. Has more of the appearance of a DIPA than it does an American barleywine. No sediment, and hardly any noticeable carbonation. Still, it looks very nice.

S - Smell is nice. Bready biscuit malts, grapefruit hops, pineapple, alcohol fumes, mild earthiness, some cinnamon, & some cream.

T - Taste follows suit of the nose: bitter grapefruit hops, mango, pineapple, oranges, bready malts, some sugary candied sweetness, bit of soapiness, hint of spice, and alcohol heat on the finish.

M - Feel finishes off cleaner than expected with only minimal hop bitterness lingering on the palate. Alcohol heat phenols are noticeable on the finish.

Overall, nothing overly complex or extraordinary, but drinkable. Reminds me more of what a DIPA might be instead of a barleywine, but that's just me. Not a beer I would go out of my way to get again, but it was worth the try, and was better than the Deschutes / Great Lakes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter. Worth trying once, but that's about it. Happy 25 years to us.

North Coast Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale ---4/5.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.85 out of 5 based on 386 ratings.
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