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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: 390
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. (1 pint 6 fl oz.) bottle, with best by date of 04/29/2014. My fourth review of a collaboration beer on BeerAdvocate. Excited to try this out, commemorating the year of my birth. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark black looking color, but bright ruby when held to the light. Two fingers of frothy tan head on top.

S - Smell is of nice smokiness, bacon bits, roasted malts, & some chocolate. The campfire smoke aroma steals the show here, but it is not overdone.

T - Taste follows the nose: roasted smoked malt, chocolate, cream, & some alcohol. There's something here that doesn't quite do it for me, though. Some fruitiness present, almost banana-like, with some latex glove like aftertaste.

M - Feel is creamy and smooth, with somewhat of a dry finish. Heavy & full-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, this isn't a beer I would have again, but I'm glad to have gotten to try it. Smoked beers aren't really my thing, and even though this one takes the light and subtle route, it still doesn't sit well with me. The high 9.10% abv is hidden well, and the beer drinks smoothly, but this beer is really not doing it for me. I'll stick to the Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, which was excellent, and I'm looking forward to trying out the Deschutes Black Butte Porter, which I anticipate liking more than this.

Deschutes / Great Lakes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter ---3.5/5

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a clean tulip

Appearance: very dark brown, two fingers of head, thick.

Smell: faint smell of smoked malt, caramel no discernible hops.

Taste: dark roasted malt but not burnt and not too sweet.

Mouth feel: very smooth and light for a porter and a smoked beer.

Overall: very true to a traditional porter with a slight smokey flavor. Personally I would have liked more of that smoked flavor but it was better than having it too smokey like I have with others.

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Pours a dark and clear cola brown color with a nice off white head, looks very good.

Aromas are quite nice. A great mixture of chocolate and campfire, some brown sugar notes, almost reminds me of s'mores.

Taste is quite complex. Bacon, smoke, light peat, and a charred wood character up front. Background is creamy, with a brown sugar sweetness and cocoa notes. Finish is crisp, with some warmth from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth, feels a tad light for my liking, but the subtle smooth quality is nice.

Overall, a top notch smoked porter. The first class of 88 beer (barleywine) was a bit of a let down, this one on the other hand is excellent. I am not really all that surprised since this was made by two of the best American porter brewers collaborating.

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Deep dark hue of crimson. Clarity is good. Thin wispy cap of beige froth. Lacing is full and intricate. Aroma fills the nostrils with smoky, meaty goodness. Flavor follows suit. This is really, really good. Great jerky like smoked malt flavor, big and meaty, with a nice roasted malt compliment and chocolate as well. Cocoa dust coats the tongue long after.... Could drink a lot of this, no alcohol is perceptible. Body just a titch light...checks in around medium-light to medium. Lightly and appropriately carbonated. Highly flavorful and drinkable. Gives Alaskan Smoked Porter a run for its money. Would be a great side by side blind.

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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.

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Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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