Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Stevedore:
3.8/5 rDev +1.9%
22oz bomber from the 2013 Class of '88 release. This one is from Deschutes. Poured into Russian River snifters with a friend and quaffed 6/14/2013.
Aroma: Mostly dark chocolates with a little bit of dark fruit, like figs. But the dominant scent is smoke. Not quite cigarette smoke, but not quite meat on a BBQ grill smoke either. It's something in between, and it's not the most interesting aroma. But to give it some credit, it brings a LOT of the smokiness. (3.75)
Colour: Dark black body, looked pretty opaque. Poured with a thick 2cm tan head that stuck around for quite a while, impressively so before fading into a thin film and collar. The lacing is quite excellent on this beer. The appearance definitely carries its weight in this beer, but seeing as that is its best characteristic, that's not saying much. (4.25)
Flavour: Lots of roast malt sweetness reminding me of chocolate, coffee along with some fig and licorise. Then the rest of it is smoke, smoke, smoke. It doesn't feel like I smoked a cigarette nor does it feel like I inhaled a crapload of smoke while grilling brats, but its definitely very smoky. I can't quite describe an analogous real world experience. I guess I'm just not impressed by this particular smoky characteristic. Still beyond average for smoked porters.. but given that I LOVE Edmund Fitzgerald and Black Butte, I can't help but feel let down by this collaboration. (3.75)
Mouthfeel: Very good carbonation on a medium-thick bodied beer. The finish is a bit dry and smoky, and the aftertaste is primarily some bitter subtle hoppiness along with more smoke. It actually all comes together fairly well. (4)
Overall: An interesting smoked porter that I'm glad to have had the chance to try, but I think the underlying beer would have done better without the smoky characteristic and perhaps an infusion of vanilla and/or coffee. Won't buy this collab again, but still a nice bottle to have opened up. (3.75)
Edit: I also managed to have some of the GLBC version on tap at Jerry's Sandwiches in Wicker Park (Chicago). That basically smelled like campfire, but in a better way if that makes sense. It was a more pungent, intense smokiness that really went over well and complemented the rest of the beer well compared to the Deschutes version.
06-15-2013 04:59:55 | More by Stevedore
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
22 oz bottle best by 4/29/14. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet roasted chocolate malts and some leathery smoke and a little dark fruit.
The flavor is sweet chocolate malt with some roast and peaty liquid smoke. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, a little sweet but nice roast and peaty liquid smoke.
09-10-2013 05:09:30 | More by Beaver13
4/5 rDev +7.2%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.
Appearance: Very dark brown with light tan head that settles gently around the top.
Smell: Quite chocolaty, with light molasses and smoke.
Taste: Surprisingly subtle, with chocolate, smoke, molasses and dark fruit. The smoke is also noticeable on the finish, but nothing really lingers on the aftertaste.
Feel: Medium bodied, which is much lighter than expected. Low carbonation, somewhat creamy body, with a semi-dry finish.
Overall: Nice Smoked Porter, but definitely expected more from these brewers. This is a time where a 4 is a disappointment.
05-27-2013 21:02:47 | More by bsp77
4.26/5 rDev +14.2%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Label says best by 04/30/14.
Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with hints of amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and about two fingers of beige head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.
Smell: A very roasty and smokey dark malt driven aroma. Dark roasted malts with a big scent of smoke. Hints of burnt caramel, biscuit, grains, burnt toast, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Sweet scent of molasses and burnt sugars. Also a little hint of anise spice. Subtle earthy hops in the background with hints of grass. Very out front with the smoked malt. A pretty good smokey aroma.
Taste: Like the smell previews, a very smoke forward big dark porter taste with lots of burnt and roasty notes. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of smoke and notes of biscuit, grains, burnt caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, coffee, nut, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and other burnt sugars. A little taste of licorice anise spice. Earthy hops come in towards the finish with some notes of grass. A very smoke driven taste, but it isn't overwhelming. Taste is pretty good.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and fairly slick. Finishes dry. Alcohol heat is masked very well.
Overall: A very good smoked up imperial version of a porter. Both of the breweries involved make their own world class porters and as expected this turned out good.
06-16-2013 07:07:25 | More by MattyG85
3.73/5 rDev 0%
Best by 04/29/14
Estimated calories - 270/12oz
Purchased through Lets Pour
Price - $12.00/bomber
Pours a very dark amber color with a creamy lite tan head. Foam bergs decorate my Firestone Walker snifter glass and leave me with a milk mustache, wow. After several minutes just a soapy covering is all that remains from the head experience, yessaahh ;)
The aroma for me is the low point. I'm not getting a big nose of smoke like some reviewers have pointed out which is a shame. Certainly not Rauchbier status but pleasent never the less. Peat, roasted malt and vanilla dominate.
The flavor is dark chocolate, dried fruit and a boat load of roasted malt. The smokiness comes in late and is surprisingly light which again, is dissapointing. The beer finishes with a sweet vanila aftertaste.
The mouthfeel rocks and is the highlight for me at 9.1%, really?? Pretty damn smooth for the octane. Has a slight bitter start draped over a medium body and finishes moderately warm and dry as I tip the bottle upside down.
Overall pretty good but didn't blow my socks off. I anticipated much more of a smokey flavor and for this, I was a bit dissapointed. The beer did make up for it in mouthfeel which put a smile on my face.
03-01-2014 21:46:09 | More by 05Harley
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
It's quite dark brown, though with a surprisingly opaque quality in the edges. Considering that both of these brewers know porters so well, and can brew huge beers, this looks lighter than I'd expect given the status. A tan head is bubbly, about one finger high, with good retention and lacing.
Smoke! This beer's got it, and in such a way that it's strong enough wiothout subverting the maltier base, the roast, or the light sweetness. It's almost meaty but not too much, with a woody sort of campfire essence to it. There's a nice char that doesn't go astringent, which I've found key to this sort of beer.
It's got the body of a porter, about medium, but it's just shy of the depth and richness I'd expect from a porter brewed by either of these two.
09-06-2013 17:49:18 | More by Brenden
2.7/5 rDev -27.6%
Appearance - Pours a deep, near black ruby with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of microbubbles across the surface. No lacing.
Smell - Smoky, with slightly sweet, slightly sour notes. Smoked green olives, anyone? Roasted malts come through sparse and faint.
Taste - Follows the nose. Predominant smoke flavor, with light sweetness, sourness and acidity. Honestly reminds me almost exclusively of smoked green olives, especially near the finish. Any roasted malt flavor is pretty well hidden behind the vast smokiness, and has very little impact on the overall flavor profile. Subtle anise and fragmented notes of chocolate.
Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Smooth. Easy drinking at a hefty 9.1%
Overall - A rare miss from Deschutes, in my opinion. That it comes in collaboration from a brewery that's also renowned for it's great porter makes this one a head scratcher. I dug deeply for the chocolate, but couldn't get the impression of smoked olives out of my mind and off my tongue. Subtle hints did pop in as the beer reached room temperature, but it was far too little to have any real impact on my overall perception. This wasn't undrinkable, but I didn't find it enjoyable. Based on the reputation of the two breweries here, I'd be willing to give this one another go, but I fear the result will be the same.
06-23-2013 01:25:44 | More by TheSixthRing
Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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