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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: 384
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 39 | 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:
Beer added by: John_M on 04-27-2013

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.
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Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Blaze5445
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of cvm4
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of jwat
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 8/29/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Dark brown, with some medium brown around the edges, some clarity - creamy off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice spots of lacing

Smell: Dark malts with some really noticeable smoke - cooked and chocolate malts - roasty and notably smoky - roasty coffee and some nuts - more smoke and charcoal - some dark chocolate and baker's chocolate - some malty sweetness

Taste: Chocolate and smoke - nice malt profile, with some caramel malts, caramelized malts, chocolate malts, and roasted malts - nicely roasty, very smoky - some sweetness akin to semisweet chocolate - touch of coffee, some nuts - some herbal malts - lingering smoke in the finish, which works well

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nice carbonation

Overall: Not particularly imperial, but definitely smoked

I was two years old in '88. I'm not sure if I could have appreciated this beer then. But definitely do now. The smoke is is very well done here, not too much, but not too subtle, either. Definitely try this if you can.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to beachstrength49 for the bottle.

Appearance: Straight brown. Looks darker in the glass than the pour. Head is light tan and drops to a tiny cap. Wispy with no lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Beef jerky and raisins. Smoked malt coupled with a rich roasted sweetness. Dark fruit pushes some fig and raisins. Peat. Cocoa and some chocolate. Slightly meaty with some caramel. Touches of char. Sweeter than anticipated. Very lightly hopped with a clean yeast profile.

Taste: Solid smoked malt. Peat with some backing char. Nicely roasted with some caramelized malt sweetness. Some lingering raisin and dark fruit, but it's all very balanced. Warming pushes the sweetness up a bit high. Some earthy hop elements. Very minor pushes of cocoa and dark chocolate. Teriyaki beef jerky. Caramel and some bready elements.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, on par, carbonation. Lingering smoke, but clean and smooth otherwise.

Overall: Two breweries known for balance created a balanced porter....LIES!

Nicely balanced, if a bit sweet. A solid intro to smoked beer. Not aggressive...big surprise.

Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of hermit990
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of nkeckhar
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of barnzy78
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, Best By 04/30/14
A - deep mahogany, thinner creamy khaki colored head slowly fades to a foam
S - smoked malt, chocolate, caramel
T - sweet & smoky, roasty, milk chocolate, caramel, cocoa, faint pepper
M - exceptionally creamy, alcohol tingles the tongue and is warming but not hot
O - Very drinkable with a nice amount of smoke; very well done from two of my favorite breweries!

Photo of prock180
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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