Class Of 88 | Rogue Ales

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Class Of 88Class Of 88

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
75 IBU

Added by watermelonman on 06-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +40.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of Derek
4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle says 11.5% abv.

Certainly some similarity to the Old and New crustacean.

A: Deep copper with a slightly off-white head, thin ring of retention shows a little leg. (A bit darker than Deschutes version).

S: Lots of orange & grapefruit rind with some underlying pine.

T: Piny resin and marmalade, some sponge toffee & biscuit, hints of nuts, solid bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Moderate to full body has a light acidity.

O: I think they're yeast is tamer than Deschutes, so although it is stronger, it comes across as a bit cleaner. It's actually not as much of a brute and it's a very pleasant sipper.

I've been enjoying Rogue for at least 10 years (whenever the LCBO first had them in). I've been to both places in Newport, as well as their Ale house in Portland. Initially, some of their brews seemed fairly crazy, but they've always been great. Sure some of the newer brewers are pushing the envelope further, but they continue to focus on making great beer!

Happy Anniversary!
(I'm looking forward to MANY more).

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jondeelee
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Class of ’88 opens to a sugary, hoppy nose that still bears plenty of balancing breads and malts. Hops take the lead by a slim margin, bringing grapefruit rind, pine, lemon oil, and small touches of grass and anise. These are followed by a good sugary body, with orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters, as well as scads of caramel and brown sugar, with touches of vanilla for extra nuance. The base is a bready blend of toast, wheat dough, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal. Overall, the aromas are nice, and for Rogue, surprisingly tame—there’s no overwhelming smack of hops, or strange fruitiness or spiciness that overtakes everything else. Instead, this simply tastes like a nicely made IPA, full on hops, yes, but also well-balanced and mature, lacking only perhaps in strength.

On the tongue, the beer’s maturation and balance continues, with a smooth blend of hops, sugars, and breads. Much like on the nose, the hops are out in front, but only by a small margin, with grapefruit rind, pine, and here, bits of bitter dandelion stem and grass, as well as smidgens of lemon oil, pepper, and anise. The sugars add orange, white grape, berry, and even fig fruit esters, providing a nice light-dark profile that mixes well with caramel, brown sugar, and faint touches of heavily caramelized brown sugar. There’s also a layer of toast crust, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal that mixes with bits of toasted nut, forming a mild cola taste that blends well with the darker fruit esters, combining with the pepper and anise in the hops to somewhat imitate a light spiced rum. The 10% ABV adds to this spiced rum feel, adding a mild alcohol burn that, toward the end of the mouthful, can become a bit heavy and vodka-like. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, with slightly more emphasis on bitter hops and alcohol vapors. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, approaching champagne status.

Overall, this is in many ways a very nicely balanced beer, and a surprisingly mature entry from a company that brings us such experiments as Voodoo Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Ale, and such hop bombs as Double Dead Guy Ale. The hops are perhaps a bit strong here, but not by much, and the sugars could perhaps use a better fruit ester profile, but for the most part this is a fine beverage. The only detractors are the heavy alcohol presence, especially late in the mouthful, and the nose-burning carbonation. Still, this is worth trying.

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4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Large initial head. Settles quickly but in a rocky fashion. Plenty of ring lace after each sip. The liquid is crystal clear with a light amber/dark gold color.

Sweet caramel aroma. There's a touch of raisin and almond in background. Mild alcohol warmth to the nose.

Stronger alcohol burn on the tongue. The malty caramel is far more muted in the taste. I'm surprised by the sudden appearance of some hop bitterness. Smooth, nearly oily, body with a low carbonation even for a Barleywine. Other flavors include some nuttiness (closer to hazelnut than almond this time) and stone fruit, like apricot.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant amber with a light almond skin tint. 1” off white foam cap. Medium to medium full body, big alcohol punch on the end. Medium low carbonation, fruit, caramel, bourbon, alcohol. Good hop accent on the end that goes well with the alcohol, the fruit and the malt.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drrone
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an amber color and not the darker color you would expect from a traditional barley wine. It produces 1 finger of white head that slowly fades and leaves a little lacing.

S- Smell is quite hoppy, almost resembles an IPA more than a barley wine, but that malt backbone is definitely there. Slightly bready/biscuity. Nice scents of caramel and possibly apricot to accent it.

T- Still that strong hop presence. Resin, pine and a good malt balance. It has that sweetness that you would expect, but not excessively. The hop bitterness sticks around at the end and the alcohol also become a bit more prevalent.

M- It is a little heavy on the Alcohol, which I myself don't mind, but some people might not like. The carbonation is on the high side and it feels strange in a Barley wine.

O - I do like this beer, but it is very different from what I expected. I had the Descutes version on tap at the brewery and it was was more in line from what I would expect from a Barley Wine. I have had this bottle for a couple of months now and it would have been interesting to see what it was like fresh. It must have been a hop bomb. I have a second bottle that I am going to hang on to for a year or two and see how it goes. It will be interesting to see how this ages and what other favors come out when the hops mellow. I would saw it is worth trying, but I would not expect a traditional Barley Wine. I had read in a thread that it resembled a Pils, which I could remotely appreciate.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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