Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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4.7/5 rDev +26%
Deep dark hue of crimson. Clarity is good. Thin wispy cap of beige froth. Lacing is full and intricate. Aroma fills the nostrils with smoky, meaty goodness. Flavor follows suit. This is really, really good. Great jerky like smoked malt flavor, big and meaty, with a nice roasted malt compliment and chocolate as well. Cocoa dust coats the tongue long after.... Could drink a lot of this, no alcohol is perceptible. Body just a titch light...checks in around medium-light to medium. Lightly and appropriately carbonated. Highly flavorful and drinkable. Gives Alaskan Smoked Porter a run for its money. Would be a great side by side blind.
06-27-2013 04:13:53 | More by Bighuge
4.5/5 rDev +20.6%
Off-white head, deep ruby brown hue, strong smoky aroma (almost reminiscent of Lapsang Souchong tea) with nice chocolate underpinnings. Taste is similar, and the body is silky, and almost creamy, particularly for a porter. The finish is lengthy and the smoke clings to the palate much like the lovely lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Despite the definite smoky leanings, this never crosses over into campfire or ashtray territory, but reminds me more of Schlenkerla Rauchbier. Highly recommended.
06-02-2013 21:14:13 | More by Impfan
4.48/5 rDev +20.1%
A left over keg from the Holiday Ale Festival, this was on offer along with lots of other tasty goodies for the Belmont Station "badass black" fest.
The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The beer looks attactive enough, but then I stuck my beak in the glass. This beer smells just great, as I pick up considerable smoked meats and smoke salmon, but with condsierable black cherry, vanilla, light coffee and chocolate as well. The beer smells as if it will be a bit on the sweet side (which it is), but the smoke aroma counters and blends in so well with everything else I'm picking up. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and I love how the black cherry flavor seems to dominate the flavor profile. There's still plenty of smoke, coffee and light licorice as well, but it all comes togethere to make one exceptionally fine porter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, the beer has a wonderful soft, almost creamy consistency. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile; the beer is not the least bit heavy, tiring or hot on the palate.
Just an all around excellent beer from Deschutes, and one I hope they make again at some point. My only criticism is that it's just a bit on the sweet side, but that's a minor quibble in this excellent beer.
04-27-2013 14:59:54 | More by John_M
4.35/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
05-29-2013 04:52:07 | More by chanokokoro
4.29/5 rDev +15%
Best by April 29, 2014 on this bottle of Deschutes Class of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter, collaboration brew with Great Lakes.
A- a very dark brown pour, fluffy 1" head of foam that shrinks fairly quickly but leaves nice lacing behind.
S- very malty nose, roasted malt and sweet malt, big dose of smoke. More whiffs give me a fruity character...like semi tart fruitiness. Some alcohol as well.
T- very big smoke taste, roasted malt, a bit of fruit tartness, big sweet notes in the finish, almost like cough syrup but it didn't quite cross the fence to go there. There's lots of warming after the swallow.
M- a pretty big body on this fella with lightish carbonation.
O- I'm really digging this brew. All sorts of flavours going on and to me, they are working fine. A much better collab effort than the Class of '88 Barleywine that I had a while ago. Highly recommended.
05-26-2013 13:48:03 | More by Bitterbill
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
4.26/5 rDev +14.2%
Pours a dark and clear cola brown color with a nice off white head, looks very good.
Aromas are quite nice. A great mixture of chocolate and campfire, some brown sugar notes, almost reminds me of s'mores.
Taste is quite complex. Bacon, smoke, light peat, and a charred wood character up front. Background is creamy, with a brown sugar sweetness and cocoa notes. Finish is crisp, with some warmth from the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is smooth, feels a tad light for my liking, but the subtle smooth quality is nice.
Overall, a top notch smoked porter. The first class of 88 beer (barleywine) was a bit of a let down, this one on the other hand is excellent. I am not really all that surprised since this was made by two of the best American porter brewers collaborating.
07-01-2013 02:14:28 | More by flexabull
Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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