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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: 361
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 4
Gots: 35 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

08-26-2013 18:42:13 | More by prock180
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-23-2013 04:22:58 | More by ShemRahBoo
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber courtesy of Dana pours a medium brown color with a fine-bubbled tan head. Moderate retention and lace.

Nose is more porter than smoke, but it does have a few licks of heavenly campfire smoke. Sweeter than I thought it would be and has a faint black licorice aroma.

Has a fair amount of smoke, but its not a salty smoke...if that makes any sense. Not like a BBQ type of smokiness...to my chagrin actually. The black licorice flavors are still there and not really all that welcome to be honest. Its refined, and pretty good to boot...I just wish it was a little more robust. The closest comparison I can think of is Alaskan Smoked Porter and this is not on the same plane as that, unfortunately. Good beer, but could be better.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 02:21:26 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-22-2013 04:25:57 | More by detrockcitey
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Alberta (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into tulip 21/8/13

A dark cola with two fingers of loose mocha foam that has hangs around for a few sips and leaves two partial tings before completely vanishing

S smokey chocolate and I can't shake banana bread and it seems out of place but works, a little booze, raisins, molasses and burnt wood with a faint nutty aspect

T more of the same with some fruity notes of bruised plum, still lots of chocolate and smoking wood, booze is well hidden

M could use some more body but not thin, bubbles are there but just give it some life, a little sticky on the lips and smokey chocolate on the finish

O tastes and smells good so that's most important but there's room for improvement in other areas, easy to drink for over 9%

when I saw a big dark colab between Great Lakes and Deschutes I grabbed a few bottles on instinct, decent beer but I had higher expectations

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:41:55 | More by wordemupg
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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.6%

08-21-2013 23:26:57 | More by zduerr
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-19-2013 02:59:03 | More by lsummers
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-18-2013 18:49:39 | More by Tom-Peters
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

08-16-2013 02:49:40 | More by PopnLoads
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-15-2013 04:17:01 | More by matjack85
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz (best by 4/29/2014) into a snifter. Pours a dark brown w/ a thin mocha head that settles to a narrow ring around the glass.

Aroma is equal parts bitter roast and semi-acrid wood smoke. It also has an almost medicinal, sweet quality I tend to pick up in rauchbiers.

Taste is less smoky than the nose. It's actually a little more fruity, of course along with the roasty character. Kind of a mess, really. It's just a little all over the place with no real focus.

Mouthfeel is moderately light with not much of an aftertaste. A little thin but still kind of sticky.

Overall this just isn't my kind of beer. The smoke gives it an interesting twist but it doesn't have enough going on to hold my interest. It's fine for what it is, but there just isn't anything great about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 04:07:25 | More by draheim
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-15-2013 00:41:58 | More by schopenhauerale
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-12-2013 20:41:38 | More by Derek
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

08-12-2013 15:45:17 | More by Eriktheipaman
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-12-2013 04:49:23 | More by ste5venla
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3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear amber/brown when pouring, deep ruby in the glass, one finger off white head.

S-Rather smoky, beef jerky, roasted malt, very slight chocolate.

T-Smoke is present, maybe too much, roasted malt and some chocolate, tad bit of vanilla and mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied and creamy.

O-Both the regular Black Butte and Edmund Fitzgerald are better on their own. This combo-smoked version was a nice idea but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 15:38:11 | More by rlee1390
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-11-2013 04:09:28 | More by aquazr1
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-08-2013 01:27:23 | More by Sparty55
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3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ST: Bottle poured into a glass

A: Dark brown pour; decent head, and lacing

S: Nutty and aroma of raisins; little hints of smoke (as in if you burned your marshmallow a little too much

T: Well balanced; definitely has a good smoky flavor; hints of roasted malt

MF: Light body on the palate; Little bit of hops on the sides of the tongue; mostly get the roasted malt; flavor sticks to the mouth

O: This is a great smoked porter to have; kind of curious to may splurge on a couple bottles to use for cooking.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 17:15:28 | More by powerss13
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-06-2013 21:27:48 | More by Dhamma73
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

08-06-2013 03:35:12 | More by ncsutton
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3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A: Clear, dark brown color with less than one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Crisp roasted grain, mild woodsmoke, and a trace of spirituous nuttiness that reminds of amaretto. Very savory overall. No raw alcohol is detected, apart from the spirituous complexity previously described.

T: Begins off-dry, with intense nuttiness and relatively restrained dark roast. The flavor is infused with recently-milled hard wood, that seems more clean than smoky. Early acidity seems to drive a momentary thread of bright fruit, but resists becoming overpowering. Late fruit qualities, by contrast, appear dark as some smoke-derived umami serves a complementary function. Alcohol presence is mild, peaking into the middle.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This strong porter is fairly intricate, yet to refer to it as nuanced unfortunately suggests a lack of intensity that this beer does not suffer from. It represents a worthy effort that does not overstep into messy territory.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 21:18:14 | More by beagle75
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

08-04-2013 23:05:01 | More by Segelstrom
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-04-2013 15:09:48 | More by marct
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2/5  rDev -46.4%

08-04-2013 11:13:34 | More by Nayr
Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.