Class Of '88 Barley Wine | Deschutes Brewery

Class Of '88 Barley WineClass Of '88 Barley Wine
BA SCORE
3.66/5
299 Ratings
Class Of '88 Barley WineClass Of '88 Barley Wine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by duceswild on 04-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
299
pDev:
12.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
41
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 299 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of ESPNman
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium tremens snifter.

A - Pours a crystal clear amber. Really a nice looking beer. Lightly carbonated, slight head, little retention with surprisingly good lacing.

S - Some citrusy hops, a bit of floral up front. Sweet perfume-like malts with some caramel backbone to really bring a nice balanced nose to this beer. Also an odd bit of grassy smell in there that's a bit off to me. Otherwise good.

T - Lots of that hop bill up front. Citrus bite with a bit more of that grass. Finishes cleanly with a more classic barley wine maltiness. A bit of apricot and juicy pear in there as well.

M - Creamy and well carbonated. A bit more alcohol bite that dries the palate than I would normally like, although not out of character for the style. Decent.

O - This is a good beer that could use a little refining, and perhaps a little bit of time in the cellar. Not a must-try, but if you see it sitting on the shelves, it's not a bad bang-for-the-buck barley wine.

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Photo of bigbeers84
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of mactrail
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber in the snifter. Average head and carbonation. Fairly hoppy aroma but not distinctive. Very sweet and perfumey. Spicy and hot with alcohol. Leafy and a little dank, and tastes like some bitter French liqueur. So sweet, it's like sugar cane or a Mexican candy.

At the same time, it's really bitter for a Barley Wine. The aftertaste veers toward the medicinal even while the sugar lingers on the tongue. This is just not very drinkable. Maybe the brewers all had to get their favorite malt and hop in this mess. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace in San Diego.

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Photo of Rosquin
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Label says best by 03/07/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that settle into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy hop forward aroma with lots of caramel malt hints. Hoppy upfront with earthy hints of grass and hints of citrus grapefruit, orange, pineapple, tangerine, apricot, and lemon. Big balancing malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grain, and yeast. Some Belgian like yeast hints along with fruit esters of banana and apple. Some sugar sweetness as well. A decent aroma.

Taste: A balanced combination of hops and bready malts with subtle fruit esters. Hops upfront with earthy, grassy, and floral notes. Citrus fruit notes of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, apricot, tangerine, and lemon. Also some fruit notes of dried banana and apple. Big bready toasted malt presence with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, grains, and yeast. Some sweet burnt candy sugar is in the mix as well. A pretty decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and somewhat chewy. Alcohol heat is pretty tame for the style.

Overall: A pretty decent take on a Barley wine. Its a kind of laid back brew considering the style and breweries involved, but it is a nice balanced taste.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

good head, dies down to thin layer, then to none. color of honey. banana, clove on the nose, with banana, clove, leather and honey for taste. finishes sweet, almost a bit sticky, but i think it'll be one to set aside for a while. this is my second bomber, and i believe it's better that the first.

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Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of jjanega08
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 03/07/14
ABV is a little different than above however, my bottle reads 10.2% vs a flat 10%

A= Pours a hazy dark golden color Almost like dirty blonde hair. The head is almost none existant. It rises to a little tiny cap then falls to nothing.

S= Smells pretty hoppy. A nice citrus character with a little malt. Not too much in the nose because the lack of active carbonation.

T= The taste is much sweeter than the nose. There is a certain sort of cloying sweetness that comes through for just a moment. After than the booze and a hop bite come in and wipe the sweetness away making it a relativly balanced barleywine.

M= Actually well carbonated despite the look.

O= This is far from the best barleywine I've ever had but it's not bad either. I would drink it again for sure but I wouldn't seek it out or try to get more to satisfy a craving.

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Photo of jmccullough108
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber purchased from Whole Foods SoMa in San Francisco. As far as I can tell, this is not a collaboration, but part of a series of Barleywines from Deschutes, Rogue and North Coast, celebrating 25 years in the craft beer industry.

Pours a lovely clear, bright orange colour, with a bright white, slightly creamy head. The forms exquisite lacing, and sticks around even as a film for quite some time. The body is silky and smooth, and holds carbonation so densely when tilted. It's a really lovely looking beer.

Nose is, in some senses, rather subdued. There's a sharp green hop presence, a definite suggestion of booziness and some sugary malt that comes through like golden syrup. But all up, it's faintly generic, and not at all particularly strong. Some cinnamon arrives slightly as it warms up, but it's not enough to add a great deal of interest.

Taste is certainly stronger, but the booze seems to pick up most of the slack, giving a heat and a bite that mingles with the hop bitterness to make it quite oppressive, especially towards the back. There's a shell of malt to it, but again it has a fragile sugar character to it: not a true sweet, wholesome richness. There are subtleties there, perhaps again like the cinnamon spice on the nose, but the booze and the intensity tend not to let them through.

No matter what I think of the flavours and their intensity, though, the feel is exquisite. Beautifully light, silky and smooth, but with a creamy richness accentuated by fine carbonation. Really, it's excellent, and only needs a better flavour profile to make it perfect.

Overall, though, this is not a beer that won me over, despite its good points. It's heavy, intransigent and somewhat frustrating. I found it needlessly big, without the payoff that a really heavy beer can bring. There are obviously things to love in this beer, but I was too conflicted to completely embrace it.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 5.7.13

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a reddish hue. A light tan foamy head with good retention.

S - Hoppy dark orange, carmel, bready-toast malt.

T - Bitter orange and sweet bready malt.

D - Thin body with medium carbonation.

O - Sweet, bitter and hoppy. Thin, odd, but I guess true to original form?

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Photo of Swervine44
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of jason_nwx
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly medicinal flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the slight medicinal flavor is odd.

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Photo of leedorham
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of charlzm
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed April 27th, 2013 at 38 Degrees, Alhambra, CA.

Beer is a deceptively light yellow with a fine white foamy head that provides some lacing,

Aroma is more or less apple cider.

Flavor is white grapes and apple cider. Some cinnamon. Alcohol and warmth. Significantly bitter on the finish.

Effervescent and spritzy on the finish.

Unexpected flavors and an appealing lightness of flavor make this one an interesting beer. Not sure if aging would help this one, though. I say drink it fresh.

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Photo of leftoverburrito
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of BostonHops
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Class Of '88 Barley Wine from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 299 ratings
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