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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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361 Ratings
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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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vkv822

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 06:36:27 | More by vkv822
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pottergator

New York

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

06-23-2013 04:10:02 | More by pottergator
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aflies

Arizona

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-23-2013 04:07:44 | More by aflies
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TheSSG

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 03:49:15 | More by TheSSG
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TheSixthRing

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 01:25:44 | More by TheSixthRing
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Florida9

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 23:43:58 | More by Florida9
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Jasonrm72

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-22-2013 14:22:44 | More by AngusOg
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CaptDavyJones

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-20-2013 03:41:50 | More by CaptDavyJones
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BJasny

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-20-2013 01:30:33 | More by BJasny
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b-one

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

06-19-2013 02:07:22 | More by b-one
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Fuzzy1179

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-18-2013 04:34:42 | More by Fuzzy1179
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RobinLee

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-17-2013 01:23:21 | More by RobinLee
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rfreed

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-16-2013 22:24:54 | More by rfreed
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 07:07:25 | More by MattyG85
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ambruns1979

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-16-2013 06:45:13 | More by ambruns1979
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Halcyondays

California

2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 03:32:16 | More by Halcyondays
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RhyminBelmont

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 02:08:43 | More by RhyminBelmont
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber from the 2013 Class of '88 release. This one is from Deschutes. Poured into Russian River snifters with a friend and quaffed 6/14/2013.

Aroma: Mostly dark chocolates with a little bit of dark fruit, like figs. But the dominant scent is smoke. Not quite cigarette smoke, but not quite meat on a BBQ grill smoke either. It's something in between, and it's not the most interesting aroma. But to give it some credit, it brings a LOT of the smokiness. (3.75)

Colour: Dark black body, looked pretty opaque. Poured with a thick 2cm tan head that stuck around for quite a while, impressively so before fading into a thin film and collar. The lacing is quite excellent on this beer. The appearance definitely carries its weight in this beer, but seeing as that is its best characteristic, that's not saying much. (4.25)

Flavour: Lots of roast malt sweetness reminding me of chocolate, coffee along with some fig and licorise. Then the rest of it is smoke, smoke, smoke. It doesn't feel like I smoked a cigarette nor does it feel like I inhaled a crapload of smoke while grilling brats, but its definitely very smoky. I can't quite describe an analogous real world experience. I guess I'm just not impressed by this particular smoky characteristic. Still beyond average for smoked porters.. but given that I LOVE Edmund Fitzgerald and Black Butte, I can't help but feel let down by this collaboration. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Very good carbonation on a medium-thick bodied beer. The finish is a bit dry and smoky, and the aftertaste is primarily some bitter subtle hoppiness along with more smoke. It actually all comes together fairly well. (4)

Overall: An interesting smoked porter that I'm glad to have had the chance to try, but I think the underlying beer would have done better without the smoky characteristic and perhaps an infusion of vanilla and/or coffee. Won't buy this collab again, but still a nice bottle to have opened up. (3.75)

Edit: I also managed to have some of the GLBC version on tap at Jerry's Sandwiches in Wicker Park (Chicago). That basically smelled like campfire, but in a better way if that makes sense. It was a more pungent, intense smokiness that really went over well and complemented the rest of the beer well compared to the Deschutes version.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 04:59:55 | More by Stevedore
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, very minimal head, dissipates to nothing. Second pour from the bottle, straight down the middle produced a good finger, still dissipating quickly. Tip: don't be gently. Aroma is a bit of smokiness, roast and chocolate, with a touch of fruitiness. Nice smoke and chocolate taste with roast and plums. Hides alcohol well, full bodied, creamy. Drinks easy.

It's a bit disjointed, even bland at times and never really impressed me. Just seemed messy...

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:51:45 | More by EgadBananas
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Rosanne

California

3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

malt smokey ?bourbon alcohol aroma, mid to high carbonation, powerful taste, smoky undertones, sweet bitter well balanced, smoky a little overpowering.

Shared a taster on-tap as past of a flight at the brewery; Deschutes Brewery & Public House, Bend, USA. As part of a six-week West Coast beer tour. I rate to taste, not to style. See my blog for more details: carbeers.wordpress.com

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2013 07:23:12 | More by Rosanne
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jabo134

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-14-2013 02:57:04 | More by jabo134
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-14-2013 02:51:02 | More by jera1350
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jegross2

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery out of Bend, Oregon.

Score: 90

2013 vintage bottle served in a Doom glass and enjoyed on 06/12/13.

Appearance: Pours a dark soda color with nice ruby tones and a thin layer of off-white/tan head. Good lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Sweet chocolate, hint of smoke, caramel and brown sugar. A little roast. Real nice mix, not intense. The chocolate stands out most. Touch of "fizzy cola" in nose too as it hits room temp. 4/5

Taste: More roast and smoke in nose, which hits you up front, but it is not "smoke intense" (especially not side by side with La Muerta). Then comes the chocolate, fizzy caramel and brown sugar flavors. A little hoppiness mixed in well in the finish. Nothing overly complex or earth shattering, but really appealing and nice. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-minus bodied, medium-light bodied. Dry finish. Par for the course for a porter. 3.75/5

Overall: A really nice roasty porter with a light smokiness and lots of chocolate. Definitely one I would order again if I saw it. Thanks for the chance to tick Mike.

Cost: $7.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 02:00:36 | More by jegross2
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-13-2013 01:01:17 | More by Stevie_Janowski
Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.