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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
Brewed by:
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-27-2013 04:02:55 | More by Hopstout
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-26-2013 17:50:30 | More by MNBeerGeek
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Served from the bottle into a globed glass

A- Poured a very dark brown with some reddish hues shining through, big frothy off-white head with lots of big bubbles that left splashy lace

S- Very dominant meaty and smoky aroma, not much else.

T- Pretty big meaty and smoky taste like bacon, some sweet vanilla and caramel notes on the finish to cut the smokiness some. Lots of smokiness and sweetness, not much in the way of roastiness.

M- Medium body, the mouthfeel feels more substantial on the frontend and a little lighter on the finish, finished dry, soft carbonation

O- Deschutes and Great Lakes are probably my two favorite breweries. Edmund Fitzgerald and Black Butte are two of the best porters around. This beer does not quite live up to those porters for me, but it is pretty good. The smokiness is definitely up front in this beer, some of the traditional porter notes like chocolate and coffee are not really prominent. I would never guess this is as high as 9% ABV, it drinks lighter than that. Better than other the few other smoked beers I have had, but a full bomber of this was a bit much and I would have been ok with a 12 oz. bottle.

06-26-2013 03:37:06 | More by Hoptometrist
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-24-2013 12:58:43 | More by Mattco
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-23-2013 23:34:02 | More by beerhawk41
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-23-2013 20:54:46 | More by grittybrews
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-23-2013 18:28:30 | More by powdersoldier
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4.19/5  rDev +12.3%

22oz : Teku

Pours black, with just a hint of deep, espresso brown edges when held to light. Thin, sudsy, foamy off white head.

Smoked meats and oak upfront with a cocoa, roast backing. Really nice.

More smokey goodness. Great blend of sweet, smokey notes with a faint cocoa and roasted malt backing.

Medium+ body, with mild, foamy carbonation.

A great smoked porter. Big smokey flavor followed by just enough of the base porter to keep it from becoming overwhelming.

06-23-2013 06:36:27 | More by vkv822
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

06-23-2013 04:10:02 | More by pottergator
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-23-2013 04:07:44 | More by aflies
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3.28/5  rDev -12.1%

Pours a big, soapy, tan head chock-a-block with resin. Good persistence. Toasted malt aroma is dominated by smoke. Deep, deep burnt umber is mostly black. Starts acidic and tart with metallic and notes of smoke. Builds into a medium-high bitterness as the acidity builds and the smokiness becomes more dominant. Finish is smoke a top of notes of coffee.

Overall, this is okay. I think with some aging, it could be great. Right now it feels a bit raw and is too acidic.

06-23-2013 03:49:15 | More by TheSSG
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2.7/5  rDev -27.6%

Appearance - Pours a deep, near black ruby with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of microbubbles across the surface. No lacing.

Smell - Smoky, with slightly sweet, slightly sour notes. Smoked green olives, anyone? Roasted malts come through sparse and faint.

Taste - Follows the nose. Predominant smoke flavor, with light sweetness, sourness and acidity. Honestly reminds me almost exclusively of smoked green olives, especially near the finish. Any roasted malt flavor is pretty well hidden behind the vast smokiness, and has very little impact on the overall flavor profile. Subtle anise and fragmented notes of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Smooth. Easy drinking at a hefty 9.1%

Overall - A rare miss from Deschutes, in my opinion. That it comes in collaboration from a brewery that's also renowned for it's great porter makes this one a head scratcher. I dug deeply for the chocolate, but couldn't get the impression of smoked olives out of my mind and off my tongue. Subtle hints did pop in as the beer reached room temperature, but it was far too little to have any real impact on my overall perception. This wasn't undrinkable, but I didn't find it enjoyable. Based on the reputation of the two breweries here, I'd be willing to give this one another go, but I fear the result will be the same.

06-23-2013 01:25:44 | More by TheSixthRing
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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Color is dark brown approaching black, but still fairly translucent. Seved with a modest light tan colored head. Some moderate lacing. Aroma is smoke, char, dark malts and even more smoke. Taste is, well, smokey. There are some dark fruits, well roasted malts, and a modest amount of sweet cola, but damn there is a
Lot of smoke on this one. Medium bodied; a bit thin for the style. Mild astringent bitterness. Overall not a bad porter, bug there is something to be said for restraint, of which the smoke on this beer has none of.

06-22-2013 23:43:58 | More by Florida9
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-22-2013 17:36:45 | More by Jasonrm72
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-22-2013 14:22:44 | More by AngusOg
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-20-2013 03:41:50 | More by CaptDavyJones
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-20-2013 01:30:33 | More by BJasny
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

06-19-2013 02:07:22 | More by b-one
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-18-2013 04:34:42 | More by Fuzzy1179
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-17-2013 01:23:21 | More by RobinLee
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-16-2013 22:24:54 | More by rfreed
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4.26/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Label says best by 04/30/14.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with hints of amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and about two fingers of beige head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A very roasty and smokey dark malt driven aroma. Dark roasted malts with a big scent of smoke. Hints of burnt caramel, biscuit, grains, burnt toast, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Sweet scent of molasses and burnt sugars. Also a little hint of anise spice. Subtle earthy hops in the background with hints of grass. Very out front with the smoked malt. A pretty good smokey aroma.

Taste: Like the smell previews, a very smoke forward big dark porter taste with lots of burnt and roasty notes. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of smoke and notes of biscuit, grains, burnt caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, coffee, nut, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and other burnt sugars. A little taste of licorice anise spice. Earthy hops come in towards the finish with some notes of grass. A very smoke driven taste, but it isn't overwhelming. Taste is pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and fairly slick. Finishes dry. Alcohol heat is masked very well.

Overall: A very good smoked up imperial version of a porter. Both of the breweries involved make their own world class porters and as expected this turned out good.

06-16-2013 07:07:25 | More by MattyG85
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-16-2013 06:45:13 | More by ambruns1979
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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.

06-16-2013 03:32:16 | More by Halcyondays
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4.14/5  rDev +11%

Smoky, meaty, coffee, chocolate, looks and drinks beautifully. A bit strong on the smoke, which could alienate the less adventurous. Not the best imperial porter I have ever had, but a very strong showing. Great effort in this collaboration. Booze is barely noticeable for such high abv, which plays to the strengths of the brew. A little extreme, but very pleasant to drink.

06-16-2013 02:08:43 | More by RhyminBelmont
Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.