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Class Of '88 Barley WineClass Of '88 Barley Wine

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by duceswild on 04-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 299 |  Reviews: 69
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Brown derby in Springfield MO. Hope this is better than the North Coast version; BBD of 03/7/14

Pours an effervescent orange/amber with a pinky of pearl colored head. Pretty decent lacing & average head retention

S: Leafy hops, figs, fusel alcohol

T: Follows the nose,, plus raisins & a touch treacle up front, a touch of bubble gum too. Orange marmalade & doughyness as this warms, a touch of banana taffy as well. Finishes with woody hops, dryness, more treacle & bit more banana taffy & some grapefruit finally shows up way too late

MF: Chewy, light carbonation, fairly warming. Carbonation turns a tad prickly as it warms

This is another letdown in this series. Almost drinks like a Quad; would've rated higher in fact... Not horrid, just not to style, American Hops are MIA. Would love to see how this ages, but this is never turning into an American BW

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Photo of draheim
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle (best by 3/7/2014) into a tulip. Pours a murky copper color w/ a thin off-white head, minimal lacing. Lazy carbonation.

Aroma is a blend of fermented stone fruits (peaches and apricots mostly, maybe some mango), citrusy hops, and booze. Not your typical barley wine; reminds me more of a very old imperial IPA although the hop presence is still definitely there. Unique but not sure I like it. Maybe it will grow on me.

Taste follows nose. Strong pale fruity malt and citrusy hops. Copious alcohol warmth. I'm actually liking the balance here and I like the grapefruit, although I wasn't expecting it in a barleywine. Rating to style I would give this lower marks (kind of like The Stoic in that regard), but it's an interesting interpretation and I'm enjoying it at least as much as I expected.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied, coating and sticky, as it should be. Carbonation is about where it should be. Nice lingering aftertaste, just mildly bitter.

Overall, I actually like this beer. It doesn't hide the booze particularly well and it's not really a tradtional American barleywine. I see why other reviewers dinged it a little bit. But I'm enjoying it. Not outstanding and nowhere near Deschutes' best, but it's still a good beer.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of ADZA
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed orange amber hue with a one finger wispy head and a swirl of lacing around the sides,the smell is piney hops,caramel,toffee,candy and booze,the mouthfeel is full bodied with above moderate carbonation and has tastes of caramel candy,burnt toffee,boozy raisins and finished with a hoppy piney bitterness and overall this is a hoppy as hell barleywine and I for one will be buying it again as will age well cheers.

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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with of some notes of toffee.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel and toffee malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and slightly sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This barleywine is lighter compared to some of the other beers in the style so it is a little more drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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

On tap at the Rogue Public house on my recent US road trip.

Appearance- Pours a light copper with a thin white head.

Smell- caramalts, touch of grapefruit and tropical fruits (hops). Sweet aromas overall.

Taste- Very heavy on the caramalts followed by hint of tropical fruits and light hop bitterness. Finishes on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel- Medium boded with light carbonation.

Overall- A more malt heavy American Barleywine. Although its more malt dominated, it is still enjoyable and is easy to drink considering the ABV.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of rlee1390
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear/cloudy orange, one finger head with some lacing.

S-Lots of caramel, toffee and malt, grass, wood, alcohol, citrus.

T-Caramel, grass, pine, balance isn't there due to alcohol head, good bit of bitterness. Some citrus.

M-Medium bodied, alcohol heat is the main culprit.

O-Had side by side with the NC version, this was noticeably worse, alcohol was not masked at all.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of srandycarter
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer was a little disappointing. Nice honey, apricot, a little murky, some off white lace and head. Then it goes down hill. Smell is overripe fruit, sweet, a little cloying. Hops try to contend but fail. Taste is definately on the sweet cloying side, thick and overripe fruity. Hops again try to balance. and fail. Good carb, balance is off and I won't be having this one again.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.8%

Photo of CHickman
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy dark orange/amber color with a 1 finger foamy off white head that had a ton of microscopic bubbles in it, fading on the quicker side, leaving good rings of lace and a layer on top around the edge of the glass.

Smells of malt, sweet dark fruit like a red apple or cherry, caramel, light toffee, herbal hop notes and booze; it’s sweet overall with no major aroma dominating except the alcohol.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit like pear, red apple and/or cherry, light toffee, tea leaf, herbs, floral hops, spices like cinnamon, sharp citrus hop notes and bitterness and then the booze; the booze hits hard and each swallow brought heat, seemingly getting stronger as the beer warmed up. The aftertaste has some yeast funk, flowers and brown sugar, but it all goes back to the booze eventually. The ABV is not that high, but the balance is off; Yoda would proclaim a disturbance in The Force after sipping this one.

Mouthfeel is slick, thick and watery at the same time, with a medium to thick body, very mild carbonation and a sweet and slightly bitter aftertaste that trails off with an alcohol burn. The bottle states “Finished Pleasantly Warm Without Overpowering”…I would debate that claim as the 10.2% ABV is very present in every aspect of this brew.

Happy 25th Anniversary to all 3 breweries in this collaboration, I am a fan of all 3 outfits and their beers. However, my conclusion is that as much as I wanted to like this beer more than I did, I just couldn’t as it was just too one sided and hot. Perhaps I should have aged it longer, but at this stage I was pretty disappointed with this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Class Of '88 Barley Wine from Deschutes Brewery
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