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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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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 4
Gots: 38 | FT: 2
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

Deschutes Brewery & Great Lakes Brewing collaboration brew 'Class of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter' @ 9.1% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $11

A-pour is a dark brown from the bottle to glass with a medium size tan head leaving a streaky lace along the pint glass

S-hint of smoke and Black Butte Porter

T-smooth mellow and creamy , easy drinkin , not too much smoke

MF-medium carbonation , full bodied , carefull easy drinking/sipping beer

Ov-good beer , yes I'd buy again and I did , looking forward to try Great Lakes half of this fine collaboration brew

prost LampertLand

09-21-2013 18:13:06 | More by LampertLand
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

09-21-2013 01:48:44 | More by brotherloco
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

09-20-2013 01:14:12 | More by TheBishopco
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

09-17-2013 02:36:09 | More by stuart3368
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

09-16-2013 14:12:51 | More by linnymtu
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

09-13-2013 00:04:42 | More by ZepHead80
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

09-12-2013 22:08:52 | More by bbeane
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3.66/5  rDev -1.9%

22oz bottle split into tulips with the bros.

A: Dark brown with transparent edges and thin wispy off-white lace.

S: Smoke; charred, smoldering wood & earth, brown sugar, a bit of salt which pushes this beer towards 'fishy', some dark fruitiness. Faint dark chocolate maltiness.

T: More of the same, moderate strong smokiness, well-executed smoked malt, reminiscent of alder-wood smoked. Damp earth with a touch of saltiness and some fruity sweetness, hints of brown sugar again.

MF: Medium-full bodied but thinner. Smoke lingers a bit.

O: Decent for a smoked porter, not overwhelming or off-putting but certainly not a great offering for bombers...split this 3 ways and had plenty left.

09-12-2013 13:44:27 | More by Scotchboy
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

09-12-2013 04:49:28 | More by oline73
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

22 oz bottle best by 4/29/14. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet roasted chocolate malts and some leathery smoke and a little dark fruit.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt with some roast and peaty liquid smoke. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a little sweet but nice roast and peaty liquid smoke.

09-10-2013 05:09:30 | More by Beaver13
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

09-08-2013 21:35:57 | More by mikeburd1128
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-08-2013 06:01:21 | More by twelveinches
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

09-07-2013 23:43:45 | More by jpd7374
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

09-07-2013 21:15:59 | More by chickenm
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-07-2013 16:35:21 | More by DoubleJ
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

09-07-2013 07:54:14 | More by InfernoBoss
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

09-06-2013 21:35:45 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

It's quite dark brown, though with a surprisingly opaque quality in the edges. Considering that both of these brewers know porters so well, and can brew huge beers, this looks lighter than I'd expect given the status. A tan head is bubbly, about one finger high, with good retention and lacing.
Smoke! This beer's got it, and in such a way that it's strong enough wiothout subverting the maltier base, the roast, or the light sweetness. It's almost meaty but not too much, with a woody sort of campfire essence to it. There's a nice char that doesn't go astringent, which I've found key to this sort of beer.
It's got the body of a porter, about medium, but it's just shy of the depth and richness I'd expect from a porter brewed by either of these two.

09-06-2013 17:49:18 | More by Brenden
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3.08/5  rDev -17.4%

Bottle opened on 8.12.13

A - Pours a dark to medium brown with a more tan head with good retention.

S - Smokey, almost fishy.

T - Smokey, mesquite. Not very tasty at all. Seems to fake.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body.

O - Not my favorite style, but still very fakey and unappealing.

09-06-2013 05:07:24 | More by HuskyinPDX
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

09-05-2013 03:01:25 | More by Lare453
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-05-2013 02:32:19 | More by Beerenauslese
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

09-03-2013 02:33:33 | More by Blaze5445
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3.71/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Pours cola brown, about what I'd expect from a porter body wise. Has a creamy one finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - The smoke is there. Not peat bog smoke, but a gentle mix of charred wood &/or smoldering wood. Behind that is some bakers chocolate along with dark fruits.

T - Smoked malt comes through on the taste in spades. Has a sweeter side with raisins and plums. It settles in with cocoa powder and a bready taste.

M - Medium bodied/carbonation. Very smooth and the smoke is not cloying to me at all.

O - Very drinkable and it pretty much delivers on the style it claims to be. Can't knock it for what it was all along.

09-02-2013 17:20:36 | More by cvm4
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-01-2013 22:17:23 | More by jwat
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3.74/5  rDev +0.3%

This beer, I had such high hopes for, let me down.
This beer pours a ruby brown and with a smallish mocha head.
The aroma is dominated by a robust roasted malt aroma. The smoke is quite lean and sutle. Hints of chocolate can be smell with a deep inhale.
The taste is dominated by a big and aggressive alcohol burn which bullies all the other flavors aside. The smokiness is different then I was expecting too. I was expecting something like a rauchbier with beech smoked malts.. this smoke was like clean and lacking of character.
I didn't like the smoke flavor but could adjust to it but the alcohol was just to bold and agressive for me.

09-01-2013 14:51:49 | More by micromaniac129
Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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