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Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked PorterClass Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter

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375 Ratings
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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A quarter century ago a passion for craft brewing ignited across the country. Today, the founding breweries of 1988 have united to commemorate that seminal year with a special selection of beers. Every bottle is a portal to the renaissance of craft brewing. Each steeped in heritage and expert craftmanship. Enjoy this tribute to the class of '88.

From the brewers of the celebrated 'Black Butte Porter' and 'Edmund Fitzgerald Porter' comes this limited-run collaboration. Brewed with roasted and smoked malt for a rich chocolate aroma and subtle smoky flavor.

(Beer added by: John_M on 04-27-2013)
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Reviews by Stevedore:
Photo of Stevedore
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Stevedore, Jun 15, 2013
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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.

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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.

bsp77, May 27, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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.

05Harley, Mar 01, 2014
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Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.