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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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380 Ratings
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 37 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: John_M on 04-27-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

rab53, Jul 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

egrace84, Jul 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Duff27, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

sweemzander, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of MickeyD
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

MickeyD, Jul 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Sparky44, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of flexabull
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

flexabull, Jul 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Kenai4, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

CoryR, Jun 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

CCutch, Jun 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

jbaakko, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Bighuge
4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

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.

Bighuge, Jun 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Hopstout, Jun 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

MNBeerGeek, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Hoptometrist, Jun 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Mattco, Jun 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

beerhawk41, Jun 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

grittybrews, Jun 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

powdersoldier, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of vkv822
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

vkv822, Jun 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

pottergator, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

aflies, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of TheSSG
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

TheSSG, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

TheSixthRing, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Florida9, Jun 23, 2013
Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.