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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 4/29/14.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, smoked malt, smoked meat, campfire, and slight adhesive bandage aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt, smoke, and adhesive bandage flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer but the adhesive bandage quality in the flavor makes this beer hard to drink very much of.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

I had a bottle; VDubb had a bottle; we were at his place, so we went with his bottle. Whatevs. This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, smoke (strong, but still mild), and a dash or two of dark chocolate powder. Simple and effective. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slightly stronger vein of smoke, more chocolate, and a small addition of mild molasses. The smoke weaves effortlessly with the roast, neither one overpowering the other. Balance is the name of the game here, people. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a damn fine smoked porter. 'Nuff said.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a collaboration with great lakes I think, this is a really unique beer. it pours a dark brown with a faint rust color in light, a fading cream head slowly relaxes. the nose on this is real intense, every bit as smoky as the rauchbiers of Germany, heavy heavy smoke is obvious. tobacco too, and there is a pronounced meat character, like curing bacon or something, not gross, but strange in a beer. flavor is bitter from the real dark barley malts, and there is a coffee hint as well. the smoke is most dominant, really permeating my taste buds and distracting me from any more subtle flavors. I love a good smoke beer now and then, especially in the fall, and this really hit the spot, but may perhaps be overdone in that regard. peat in the finish gives it some richness, and the alcohol is real well disguised, I would have guessed 6% abv in a blind tasting. thin body for the style makes it more approachable, and I can taste this long after the swallow. not a great beer to stuff into the middle of a session, as it sort of ruins the palate for awhile, but a bold and delicious beer I am glad to have been able to enjoy. Deschutes can do no wrong in my eyes.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent scarlet/brown with a pinky of tan head. Viscious look to this, faint lacing & even less head retention

S: Beechwood, juicy fruit/taffy

T: Follows the nose, big time smokeyness, some charred grain & little bit of figs up front. Figs & smokeyness along with some carob & jammyness as this warms, dryness too. Finishes woody, smokey, with some charcoal, figgyness, slight dryness & a bit of banana taffy

MF: Medium bodied, dry, subtle carbonation, somewhat warming. Thins out as this warms

This is a sipper, not a bad Smoked Porter, but a bit too over stated for my liking; give me Alaskan Smoked Porter any day, but well worth a try. Maybe just a little too complex for me, maybe a Winter release would've worked better for me? Was hoping for a little more maltyness

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of kojevergas
2.46/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

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.

High D+

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Halcyondays
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

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.

Photo of Gavage
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: light roasted malt aroma with a hint of smoke and chocolate.

Taste: roasted malt, chocolate, raisins, mild smokiness, moderate bitterness, and a hint of alcohol warming are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste as the mild smokiness lingers on the tongue.

Overall: an easy drinking porter that goes well with BBQ. Very enjoyable as the smoked flavor is complimentary, not overwhelming.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 4/29/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, brown bread, wood smoke, peat, herbal, raisin, plum, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with solid balance and complexity of dark/roasted/smoked malt and moderate yeast ester fruitiness; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, brown bread, wood smoke, peat, herbal, raisin, plum, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, roast, wood smoke, peat, herbal, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor robustness and solid complexity of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate yeast ester fruitiness; with a nice smoke flavor balance and zero cloying after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial smoked porter. Good balance/robustness and solid complexity of dark, roast, and smoked malt flavors with light-moderate yeast ester fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of mothman
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Color is a dark black. Tan head. Decent retention.

I am going to keep my review short to highlight on the important stuff. This beef is pure smoke. Sure it has your typical porter flavors, but the smoke dominates this beer. I could not drink a lot of it because of this.

Mouthfeel: Smokey and roasty. Ends very dry.

Overall, I didn't want more than a few ounces. Just not drinkable. Tone back the smoke a tad and this would be a great beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of John_M
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.