Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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2.18/5 rDev -41.6%
Appearance: Mocha colored head with limited retention. Nice lacing.
Nose: Smoked salmon, licorice, and malty sweetness. Nota whole lot of smoke, more toast.
Taste: Well balanced, not overly carbonated, nice level of malt sweetness. Some caramel and smoky oak chips. Raisins. Some cinnamon and nutmeg at the end.
Notes: Not very different than their regular porter, especially for an imperial.
01-21-2014 02:36:13 | More by travolta
2.46/5 rDev -34%
Oh boy. The two best brewers of American Porters come together for a collaboration; I'm definitely excited to try this one. 9.1% ABV confirmed. Best by: 04/29/14. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with straightforward label art and branded pry-off cap acquired at a local bottle shop for $7.99 and served into a Samuel Smith nonic glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given the style and the two breweries involved.
Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a one finger wide head of khaki colour. Decent creaminess. Low frothiness. Retention is fairly bad; maybe two minutes? Hrm. No lacing as the head recedes. Okay thickness. Not a great head by any means - especially in an ideal glass for the style.
Body colour is a dull dark cola amber-black. Opaque. Hm. This really isn't looking good. Looks like a crappy schwarzbier, to be honest.
No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Sweet caramalts and middling smoke; execution seems poor indeed. Dark malts. No hop profile is noticeable. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. It's just a thin weak aroma with no balls. I'm shocked at how underwhelming this beer is so far. Not getting any roasty or toasty character. The label describes a "rich chocolate aroma"; that's just nowhere to be found here. A light pathetic aroma for a porter. Hopefully it picks up in the flavour profile?
T: It does pick up a bit, but it's still fairly embarrassing. Weak smoke and some light bacon notes. What happened? No roast. Cola. Almond. Sasparilla. A light vague hint of chocolate malt, but no actual evocative chocolate. Some char. The finish is pretty garbage. The body is pathetic, comprised entirely of weak middling dark malts. I do get some sort of fruit or berry, which is unexpected - and out of place. Flavour duration and intensity are below average. Depth of flavour is poor. Not complex or subtle by any means. Wow, is this a disappointment. On the sweeter side.
Mf: Thin and weak. Doesn't support the flavour profile all that well. Lacks legs to stand on. I'd almost call it lightly watery. Undercarbonated. Not oily, harsh, or gushing, but not approachable either. Smooth and wet. Doesn't suit the style well at all. Really poor execution. Sticky.
Dr: Hugely disappointed given the breweries involved. Definitely not worth the price. I wouldn't buy this again if it were half the price. Quite a poor brew from Deschutes/Great Lakes. I never would have expected that. Some reviewers have compared this unfavorably to Alaskan Smoked Porter; I think drawing a comparison at all is an insult to Alaskan Smoked Porter. It's downable; there's just nothing going on here. And the execution of the smoke feels amateur. It seems like a homebrew smoked schwarzbier.
Swing and a miss from Deschutes.
07-22-2013 02:18:14 | More by kojevergas
2.5/5 rDev -33%
22 oz. bomber,
A: Pours a very dark ruby brown with a medium off-white head with average retention, some spotty lace.
S: Smoke and soy sauce, a lot of molasses.
T: Smoke at the back end, but overall with a lot of cloying sweet malt. Has its good points, but just doesn't taste very good in the end.
M: Full-bodied, again cloyingly sweet sticking on the tongue for a long time.
O: The 2nd Class of '88 beer to disappoint me. I love Deschutes, but this series is not a winner so far.
06-16-2013 03:32:16 | More by Halcyondays
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
2.86/5 rDev -23.3%
Pours a dark brown with light brown highlights. Small head that dissipates rather quickly.
Aroma of smoke and wood. That's about all I could get out of it.
Taste is smokey, wood, somewhat acrid. Like drinking burnt wood. Not pleasant.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.
Overall, taste is rather disappointing. One is plenty. Great brewery, sub-par beer.
12-30-2013 02:36:32 | More by atigerlife
Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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