Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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3.75/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
FInally this bear has arrived in NorCal! Best by 4/29/14.
A: Pours a translucent brown, manifesting as an almost opaque deep brown in the body. Minimal light shows through the body against a strong light source -- this is about as close to opaque as you can get without being opaque. 1/2 finger of flimsy khaki head that quickly dissipates.
S: Clean, sweet, maltiness. Less smoky than I had expected, but it's there. Hint's of dry baker's chocolate give the nose a sweet chalky chocolatey character that dominates the profile. A little fruitiness shows.
T/M: Ok, there's the smokiness. A strong wave of smoke hits at the front of the sip and lingers through the finish. The rest of the body is malt sweetness with a little acidity and some fruity character... it's possibly a little diacetyl, but I'm honestly not sure and it fades with more sips. Mouthfeel is light to medium (much lighter than I had expected) and is lightly carbonated. Carbonation feels a little light, but is still enough.
O: Now that I read the bottle more closely... "a rich chocolate aroma and a subtle smoky flavor." Minus "subtle" I'd say they nailed it. Not a bad beer, but not what I had hoped to get from the makers of Black Butte Porter and its imperial reimaginations, Black Butte [#]. Can I really hold a brewery's fantastic beer against its lesser beers? It may not be fair, but I think that's what I'm doing here. I'd drink it again, but I'd probably not buy it again.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2013 06:21:16 | More by jdhowe
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