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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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beercatbrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-13-2013 00:19:13 | More by beercatbrew
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ThreeKingdoms

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-11-2013 16:10:11 | More by ThreeKingdoms
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-11-2013 10:54:18 | More by tdmccarthy
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours brown with ruby highlights on the edges. Foamy two-finger beige head. Sticky ringlets of lacing.

S - Moderate strength aroma of chocolate, anise, smoke, and clean alcohol.

T - Wow. Much smokier than I was expecting. Damn near a Rauchbier. Meaty, campfire smoke and ash dominates the flavor profile, with hints of bakers chocolate, black licorice, burnt toast, and caramelized sugar. Rich and flavorful. Alcohol well hidden. Lingering finish.

M - Medium bodied, with a velvety feel. Low carbonation.

O - Very good, but I was wishing for a little more "porter" and a little less smoke. But overall, a robust porter with some really nice elements.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 04:54:39 | More by TempeBeerMan
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KBomb

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black body, with just a little transparency around the edges to let some light illuminate a dark cranberry color. Quiet little tan head that disappears and leaves no lacing.

Smell of smoke is pronounced, but not at all overpowering--its perfectly balanced with roasted sugary malt.

Again, a lovely act of balance is achieved with a little chocolate, some molasses sweetness, and a little bit of smokiness.

A little chewy for a porter, a little wet for a stout. It finds the middle ground it wants.

Good beer. It might crowd out my current favorite smoked porter...

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 03:04:47 | More by KBomb
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arizcards

Arizona

4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber today from BevMo for $7.49. Best before 4/29/14.

Beer poured a cola brown with a nice head upon the initial pour.

Nose is wonderfully smoked malts with some hints of chocolate.

Taste is smoked malts forward, some chocolate, and hints of dark fruit. Hopping is light but the smokiness keeps the sweetness at bay. Finish is dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall this is a pretty smackable beer. I was surprised at the degree of smokiness...it could almost be classified as ale version of a rauchbier. Definitely give it a shot if you like porters and or rauchbiers.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 23:05:11 | More by arizcards
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jakecattleco

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-09-2013 23:01:14 | More by jakecattleco
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Body is a dark shade of brown with a light white head. Not much retention.
S: Rauch-like wood smoke, black malt. Pretty straightforward.
T: Again, smoked malt dominates along with some underlying sweet chocolate maltiness. A little roasted, a little ashy. Smokeyness subdues the rest of the beer. Alcoholis pretty well hidden. Finishes roasted with a mild bitterness.
M: Medium-bodied, maybe a bit on the thin side, with moderate carbonation.

I have no idea which malts they used, but this seems to have a lot of rauch influence. I’ve been enjoying Black Butte for a long time and Edmond for a few years and this doesn’t remind me of either. Alaskan Smoked Porter would rank a little higher for me, but this is good enough to sit on another bottle or two and get a better idea of what lies under all that smoke.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 02:26:20 | More by GeezLynn
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stortore

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-08-2013 04:56:03 | More by stortore
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Nachos4two

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-08-2013 02:00:37 | More by Nachos4two
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Large flowing fluffy tan head, brew is thick and black. Missing much lacing...

Smoke, tons of smoke. Campfire, smoke, pork, salt, bacon. Mildly gross.

Thin, full bodied, smokey, roasty, deep, oily, tons of smoke... Mild sweetness, zero bitterness, low(er) carbonation.

A slight mess. Not sure If I can recommend... Deschutes and Great Lakes can do MUCH better!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 01:07:15 | More by chugalug06
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Petrofessor

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-07-2013 14:30:18 | More by Petrofessor
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-07-2013 14:27:24 | More by MN_Beerticker
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent scarlet/brown with a pinky of tan head. Viscious look to this, faint lacing & even less head retention

S: Beechwood, juicy fruit/taffy

T: Follows the nose, big time smokeyness, some charred grain & little bit of figs up front. Figs & smokeyness along with some carob & jammyness as this warms, dryness too. Finishes woody, smokey, with some charcoal, figgyness, slight dryness & a bit of banana taffy

MF: Medium bodied, dry, subtle carbonation, somewhat warming. Thins out as this warms

This is a sipper, not a bad Smoked Porter, but a bit too over stated for my liking; give me Alaskan Smoked Porter any day, but well worth a try. Maybe just a little too complex for me, maybe a Winter release would've worked better for me? Was hoping for a little more maltyness

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 05:49:09 | More by russpowell
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PieOhMy

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-06-2013 00:18:33 | More by PieOhMy
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Eric908

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-04-2013 21:48:22 | More by Eric908
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stript

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-03-2013 03:24:11 | More by stript
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Impfan

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off-white head, deep ruby brown hue, strong smoky aroma (almost reminiscent of Lapsang Souchong tea) with nice chocolate underpinnings. Taste is similar, and the body is silky, and almost creamy, particularly for a porter. The finish is lengthy and the smoke clings to the palate much like the lovely lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Despite the definite smoky leanings, this never crosses over into campfire or ashtray territory, but reminds me more of Schlenkerla Rauchbier. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 21:14:13 | More by Impfan
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark coffee brown with a creamy khaki head. Thick lace.

I'm not typically a big fan of smoked beers but this one is mellow enough to endure with a smile. Mild smoke with giant roasty chocolate malt.

Great porter base... unsurprisingly. Two of the great porter brewers coming together, I would expect nothing less. The smoke addition is tasteful, even for someone like me. Milk chocolate, toasted grain... not much of an alcohol presence.

Glad I got to try this one on for size.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 01:48:49 | More by yamar68
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elec

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.2%

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Ohio

3/5  rDev -19.6%

06-01-2013 22:23:00 | More by ohiobeer29
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%

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Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

05-31-2013 02:47:03 | More by DarrenStory
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PHBoiler

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -33%

05-30-2013 22:57:03 | More by PHBoiler
Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.