Class Of '88 Barley Wine | Deschutes Brewery

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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
Ratings:
299
Reviews:
69
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.64%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
43
For Trade:
3
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden blond with a weak white head/collar that is easily revived.
S: Aroma is sweet with very prominent fruity esters. Orange and pineapple - odd (to me) for the style but nice just the same.
T: Opens with loads of sweet caramel malt, balanced by citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit a little pine and eventually orange showing. Finishes with a mild bitterness, slightly dry and resinous. Alcohol is not overly apparent. Almost a touch too sweet.
M: Mouthfeel is smooth, with full carbonation. Body is on the lighter side for the style.

This is a lighter version of the style, and much more fruit forward. I enjoyed it much more than I expected to, though I am not a fan of many of the massive, rough, overly bitter and hot American barleywines out there. For $8/22oz, I’d happily buy this again.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This Barleywine is a thick but bright orange with moderate hazing leading to translucency. Its lightly tinted head achieves half a finger of head with consistent retention and a modicum of patchy and spotty lacing.
Lots of citrus is the main focus in the nose over some malty backbone, semi-sweet overall. Orange pith, peel and flesh blend with caramel and dark fruits. Alcohol, though strong, is integrated fairly well but the fusel notes ultimately end up coming off a little strong.
Where the fusel notes are strong in the aroma, they seem to build up to a somewhat medicinal quality in the flavor that has the overall effect of marring it in the whole. It's more doughy and sweet up front, with the caramel, citrus and dark fruits still coming on strong but after a dose of thick breads and molasses that continue through. Some leaf comes out and ends up with a woody sort of pith.
The body is nice and full, almost "chunky" and certainly what could be called chewy. It's got some heat but doesn't thin too much at the end. Crispness adds a tingly nip all the way through. It strives for smoothness, but something keeps it from reaching it fully.

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Class Of '88 Barley Wine from Deschutes Brewery
3.64 out of 5 based on 299 ratings.
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