Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by chanokokoro:
4.35/5 rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Deschutes Brewery Public House branded short stemmed tulip/snifter
Pours a very dark cola brown capped by a one and half finger beige fluffy head. Average retention as the head slowly dissipates and forms a thin foam ring. Threads of sticky lacing cling to the glass here and there. The nose is a mixture of smoky, charred roasted malt and bakers chocolate. Dark chocolate notes, charred malt, robust roastiness, with big molasses notes midpalate. Finishes with unsweetened cocoa powder, some warming alcohol, and a pleasant smoky finish. Smooth, silky medium body that seems slightly heavier at times, moderate carbonation. This is an absolutely fantastic brew. All of the flavors are distinct, but are well-integrated and expertly balanced. This brew exceeded my expectations, and they were very high from the start. Paired perfectly with a grilled beef burger and beef kabobs.
Serving type: bottle
05-29-2013 04:52:07 | More by chanokokoro
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Best by 4/30/14, poured into a snifter
A- pours a dark brown color with some ruby hue creeping through when held to the light, small foamy and sudsy light-tan head has good retention and leaves a bit of lace behind upon settling
S- big smoky aromas up front with notes of peat, cured meat, campfire and roasted chocolate malt. Smells similar to Edmund Fitz, but more smoke
T- lots of smoke up front with notes of peat, smoked wood, and roasted chocolate malt. The finish gives more peat, on a dry chocolaty smoked finish
M- medium-light body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish. Only downside is the mouthfeel is a bit watery for a 9% abv beer, it does have high drinkability though
O- a good smoked porter, I think many people had higher expectations, given that is was a collar from the makers of two of the best porters out there. I enjoyed it, but I didn't like it as much as Edmund Fitz or Black Butte.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2014 00:36:03 | More by Treyliff
Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.