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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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Photo of Jeffo
1.93/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Mom and Dad got this one in North Carolina this past winter. Cheers guys!

From a cork and caged 750 into a sinfter
OG: 1.093
FG: 1.022
IBU: 75

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, slightly looser, foamy, off-white head with half decent retention. Perfectly clear burnt orange in color with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a thin wisp with lots of carbonation decorating the top of the glass. A good wisp remains but leaves no real lacing.

SMELL: Sweet malts, pale malts, some melon notes, grain aromas, as well as some light floral hops on the nose. A strain of perfume-like alcohol runs though the whole thing as well. Medium strength.

TASTE: Some pale malts and perfume-like alcohol up front. Melon sweetness accompanies the perfume flavors through the middle into a grainy, floral bitter and perfume boozy aftertaste that's bold and lingers. A little too much hair spray here, and the bitterness is somewhat harsh. Way worse than the nose had led on.

PALATE: Medium-thin body and higher levels of carbonation. Lighter on the palate, goes down okay with a scratch after the swallow and finishes slightly astringent. Too light and carbonated for the style, and the astringency is off-putting.

OVERALL: Pretty lousy. Definitely not the sum of its parts. The feel was well off, while the perfume, hair spray-like alcohol flavors really made this a chore. The harsh, challenging bitterness didn't help either. Didn't bother finishing this; glad drain is a good sport. These guys do fantastic stuff on their own, so I'll assume this was a teenage wild night out. Thanks again mom and dad!

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of watermelonman
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My pint arrived in deep amber with a small head that stuck around nicely.

I am not certain that there was a smell. There definitely were no off oders, but whatever came to my nose was so wimpy that the entire flavor profile came out as lacking. Malt was the strongest of the flavors in taste, followed by a faint touch of hops and alcohol, but I was searching for flavor instead of struck with them, and strong beers should have striking strong flavors. The mouthfeel may have been the low point, washing away more like a light ale or macro lager.

No bad flavors, but what was there seriously needed to be pumped up.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Corked and caged brown 750ml bottle into shaker pint.

A: a pillowy cream colored head fell into a substantial cap with a thick ring around the glass. The beer is very cleclear amber with lots of tiny bubbles floating to the top.

S: slighty citric hops as though it has a good bit of the northwest standby, cascade, in it. A sweeter backbone of malt hides just beneath the hops. Smelling like a DIPA almost.

T: hoppy hoppy hoppy. First drink all I get is heavy floral hops. Not overwhelmingly bitter up front but the malt is VERY downplayed. It follows up with a whiskey like burn and some hop bitter. Second drink found a bit of the malt I wanted in a BARLEYWINE but it was tangeled in hop vines as it were. An almost astringent wash of hops in that second drink.

M: rich just like should be. No complaints on the mouthfeel.

O: maybe I should have let it age a year. But I am too impatient for that. So I dive face first into young northwest barleywines and expect something other than a DIPA-like beer. It is a bit harsh on the hops to counter the sweetness inherent in such a high abv beer. Age would do it well. As a young barleywine I would say it isn't bad but nothing to write home about. I had Deschutes' class of 88 and foufound it to be less of a hop tea than Rogues. I need toeget my hands on a bottle of the North Coast batch.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky copper, low off white head, leaves fast to disk. Some spotty lace.

S - Candy and oranges. Malt in the back.

T - Sweet, thick malt center, probably not enough bitter to balance. The end had a very bitter feel but the segue is not smooth. Something about it reminds me of Christmas.

M - Medium carb, medium to full body, fair balance finish at first cloying then super bitter.

D - Nice beer to try.

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3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Part of horizontal tasting of all three versions (North Coast, Deschutes and Rogue) of this interesting project to revisit a classic 1980s recipe. Pours a hazy orange amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a thick ring with slippery lacing. Mild aroma of piney hops, light biscuit and bready malt, light fruit and moderate ethanol. Flavor is neutral stone fruit, fairly intense grassy hops, citrus rind. Finishes with a somewhat stark grassy hop bitterness combined with an unidentifiable root herbal bitterness. The strong ethanol detectable in the aroma is muted, but noticeable in the dry, hoppy finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Like the others in this series, seems to take the basic form of an English barleywine, but without the dark fruit elements and adding an almost Belgian fruit component, without the Belgian yeast and also the more intense hopping of the American style. This Rogue '88 had the most hopping and was most similar to an American barleywine, but the lighter fruit flavors caused it to be somewhat unbalanced with a starker bitter finish.This one was in third place among the '88s. Pleasant enough to drink, but lighter in flavor and not quite as interesting. Like the others, I think the lighter flavors do not promise a long, successful aging. It was almost impossible to get a bottle of this, probably one of the most poorly distributed beers of this type I've ever seen. Forgiveable in a "rare" release, but not very understandable for a highly hyped release extolling the joint release of the same historical recipe by three breweries that openly invites comparision. If a local beer store owner hadn't personally driven across the lake to pick some of this up directly from Deschutes' Issaquah pub, I don't think any would have seen the light of day in Seattle, a big Rogue market. Glad it doesn't look like a candidate for aging, because the chance of finding another bottle is zero. Still glad to have participated in this walk down memory lane.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Class Of 88 from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 45 ratings
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