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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3.83/5
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391 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by SanFranJake on 04-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
391
pDev:
11.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
76
Trade:
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Ratings: 391 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of tedho21
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alan_Z
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snaotheus
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015-09-22
750ml corked/caged bottle split between a pair of snifters. Don't see any dates or anything like that, but I think it was a one-off, so it's probably obvious. I kept most of the sediment in the bottle, but some of it made it into the glass.

Pours fairly clear orange-amber with a moderate amount of fairly fine particulate drifting around. Head is small but persistent, in the form of a ring with a few small islands. Small amount of carbonation. Smell is boozy and rich. Something fruity about it. Maybe like overripe pears and bananas.

Taste is super boozy, wood, vanilla, so much alcohol. But, there's something bright in there. Maybe it's maple? Maybe it's citrus sweetness?

Mouthfeel is dry, moderate. Overall, pretty good beer.

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Photo of Beercellar92
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of afewdrinksdeep
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikemitchell12
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of briancathy
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of PatrickBeebe
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Seems kind of light/thin for a barleywine. It pours a very clear golden amber color. Not very malty or hoppy. None the less, still taste good. Just not very barleywine-ish.

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Photo of pat61
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. L: Pours brilliant golden amber under a 1”clingy white foam collar.
S: Grain, fresh barley, light fruit, faint compost.
T: Rich malt flavors, caramel, a suggestion of bourbon, alcohol, with bitter hop accent.
F: Extraordinarily creamy and smooth with a rich, full body, slight alcohol burn.
O: Marvelously balanced between big malt, alcohol and hops. Almost like a mixed drink.

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Photo of dabear85
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of James_Michaud91
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

opened 7/9/15. Very nicely dry and still very drinkable for it's age. Tried next to the deschutes bottling of the same beer and preferred this iteration.

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Photo of Corburk
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maz
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pagriley
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought September 5, 2014. Best before June 2019.

Hazy deep orange beer with a two finger high, beige head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Orange, butter, marmelade, honey, caramel malt, dried fruit and fruity hops.
Taste: Sweet malt, a lot of hops, citrus, pine, brown sugar and grapefruit.
Body: Medium to full body. Oily texture. Creamy and thick with a great balance of sweetness and bitterness. Soft carbonation.

Soo good!

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Photo of BradExtreme
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AndreasDif
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dddddddd
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of admonster00
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ohiovania
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Cellar aged since release.

Looks nice and smells pretty decent. Sweet with a tiny bit of hops still lingering. Taste is not so great. It kinda starts a little sweet then quickly moves to hops with alcohol heat and then drops off very quickly.

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Photo of Durge
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 391 ratings