Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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3.95/5 rDev +5.9%
Best by 4/30/14, poured into a snifter
A- pours a dark brown color with some ruby hue creeping through when held to the light, small foamy and sudsy light-tan head has good retention and leaves a bit of lace behind upon settling
S- big smoky aromas up front with notes of peat, cured meat, campfire and roasted chocolate malt. Smells similar to Edmund Fitz, but more smoke
T- lots of smoke up front with notes of peat, smoked wood, and roasted chocolate malt. The finish gives more peat, on a dry chocolaty smoked finish
M- medium-light body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish. Only downside is the mouthfeel is a bit watery for a 9% abv beer, it does have high drinkability though
O- a good smoked porter, I think many people had higher expectations, given that is was a collar from the makers of two of the best porters out there. I enjoyed it, but I didn't like it as much as Edmund Fitz or Black Butte.
05-18-2014 00:36:03 | More by Treyliff
3.45/5 rDev -7.5%
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Black color. One finger of frothy/creamy tan head. Retention is lacing and just a few wisps of lacing are left.
3.5 S: Hmmm. This is interesting, but I can't decide if I like it or not. Sweet caramel is at odds with the smoke forming a "sweet smokiness" like smoked pork with sweet sauce. Chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, and a light nondescript fruitiness.
3.5 T: The taste is like the nose and again I'm not sure what to make of it. Sweet smokiness, chocolate, roasted malt, licorice.
3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation and reasonably creamy. Good enough here.
3.25 D: This seems to have more Deschutes influence than Great Lakes and I think I'd like it more if it was the other way around. It's no bad, it's just not for me.
05-09-2014 23:36:26 | More by DavoleBomb
3.35/5 rDev -10.2%
Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought yesterday from Reider's in Painesville for $2.99 (normal price of $14.99) probably since the stamp on the side of the label says: "BEST BY: 04/29/14." I believe that it is just fine though, in part since it is 9.1 ABV. Poured into a clean, clear glass.
A Brief but light brown head over a dark but not completely black body (it glows a mahogany in front of direct light). Good look. 3.5
S Distant smell, more porter than anything smoked. Not earth shattering. 3.0
T Edmund Fitzgerald porter with a bit of smoke. That's it. Don't get me wrong. I love some good "Ed Fitz" as we Clevelanders call it. For that, the taste is really strong. I am just disappointed that it is pretty much that great beer with a bit of smoke as if it were laid on top. Not improving Ed Fitz in my opinion. 3.5
M Dark Roast malt from the Ed Fitz with a bit of a harsh kick from the "smoke" but the feel is just alright. 3.0
D/O Drinkability is really not that good. Overall this is a lateral move from an already great Porter, the Edmund Fitzgerald. If anything it makes me want to go to the brewery (Great Lakes) and have a fresh Ed Fitz on tap. 3.5
05-05-2014 03:16:52 | More by adamette
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
05-01-2014 03:56:08 | More by superspak
3.23/5 rDev -13.4%
Bottle picked up when it was on shelves in Chicago.
a - brew pours a watery brown with a thin foamy off white beige head that fizzed away quick. Spotty oily lacing if any.
s - dat peat. Soft smoked malt over roasted chocolate coffee.
t - taste is way more peat forward. Behind the peat is that same roasted chocolate coffee.
m - light. Watery even. Smoke aftertaste.
o - overall I remember enjoying this one a lot more several months ago, fairly meh right now. Mostly just smoke on an a watery imperial porter. Nothing too special, but far from a drain pour.
05-01-2014 00:54:16 | More by cosmicevan
3.96/5 rDev +6.2%
Appearance - The porter was a blackish brown color with a modest white head. Varying hues alternated in the glass making the overall color tough to label.
Smell - Obviously, it smelled like smoke. The smoke was not overwhelming, being balanced with a certain measure of malt.
Taste - In the beginning , I detect sweet dark fruits which are balance with the smoked malts. I have to admit that this was sweeter than I would have expected. The smoke is not overpowering, but somewhat understated. The acidity of the smoke comes through in the aftertaste with the sweetness fading.
Mouthfeel - I thought the mouthfeel was a little more emblematic of a stout. It was a little thick for the style, but that is not a big deal.
Overall - I think this was the winner at a recent bottle share since it was the only bottle to have been completely emptied. Personally, I thought it was pretty solid.
04-19-2014 16:04:43 | More by JohnnyHopps
Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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