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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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369 Ratings
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 4
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Impfan
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.

Impfan, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of yamar68
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.

yamar68, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +7.2%

elec, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -19.6%

ohiobeer29, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of ahbithwabm
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

ahbithwabm, May 31, 2013
Photo of beersvh23
4/5  rDev +7.2%

beersvh23, May 31, 2013
Photo of DarrenStory
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

DarrenStory, May 31, 2013
Photo of PHBoiler
2.5/5  rDev -33%

PHBoiler, May 30, 2013
Photo of smitty5245
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

smitty5245, May 30, 2013
Photo of chanokokoro
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Deschutes Brewery Public House branded short stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a very dark cola brown capped by a one and half finger beige fluffy head. Average retention as the head slowly dissipates and forms a thin foam ring. Threads of sticky lacing cling to the glass here and there. The nose is a mixture of smoky, charred roasted malt and bakers chocolate. Dark chocolate notes, charred malt, robust roastiness, with big molasses notes midpalate. Finishes with unsweetened cocoa powder, some warming alcohol, and a pleasant smoky finish. Smooth, silky medium body that seems slightly heavier at times, moderate carbonation. This is an absolutely fantastic brew. All of the flavors are distinct, but are well-integrated and expertly balanced. This brew exceeded my expectations, and they were very high from the start. Paired perfectly with a grilled beef burger and beef kabobs.

chanokokoro, May 29, 2013
Photo of jalepeno4
5/5  rDev +34%

jalepeno4, May 28, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

I had a bottle; VDubb had a bottle; we were at his place, so we went with his bottle. Whatevs. This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, smoke (strong, but still mild), and a dash or two of dark chocolate powder. Simple and effective. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slightly stronger vein of smoke, more chocolate, and a small addition of mild molasses. The smoke weaves effortlessly with the roast, neither one overpowering the other. Balance is the name of the game here, people. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a damn fine smoked porter. 'Nuff said.

TMoney2591, May 28, 2013
Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

herman77, May 28, 2013
Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +7.2%

sbricker, May 27, 2013
Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Very dark brown with light tan head that settles gently around the top.

Smell: Quite chocolaty, with light molasses and smoke.

Taste: Surprisingly subtle, with chocolate, smoke, molasses and dark fruit. The smoke is also noticeable on the finish, but nothing really lingers on the aftertaste.

Feel: Medium bodied, which is much lighter than expected. Low carbonation, somewhat creamy body, with a semi-dry finish.

Overall: Nice Smoked Porter, but definitely expected more from these brewers. This is a time where a 4 is a disappointment.

bsp77, May 27, 2013
Photo of morimech
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown color with just over one finger of head that had excellent retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy sheets of lace is left down the glass.

More than subtle smoke aroma. Smoke actually dominates. Has the smoke character of the German smoked beers, just not as strong. Very subtle chocolate notes.

More balanced flavor but still pretty strong with the smoke. Some smoke beers remind the drinker of ham or bacon, this does not. More woody and not savory. Nice base of chocolate and slightly sweet malt. Does sort of taste like a blend of Black Butte and Edmund Fitz with smoke even though it is not actually a blend.

As usual for a Deschutes beer, awesome carbonation, body, and texture. Soft, even, and creamy.

Has smoke, but did not really marry well with the chocolate malt. Still a very good beer and this collab did not disappoint.

morimech, May 26, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by April 29, 2014 on this bottle of Deschutes Class of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter, collaboration brew with Great Lakes.

A- a very dark brown pour, fluffy 1" head of foam that shrinks fairly quickly but leaves nice lacing behind.

S- very malty nose, roasted malt and sweet malt, big dose of smoke. More whiffs give me a fruity character...like semi tart fruitiness. Some alcohol as well.

T- very big smoke taste, roasted malt, a bit of fruit tartness, big sweet notes in the finish, almost like cough syrup but it didn't quite cross the fence to go there. There's lots of warming after the swallow.

M- a pretty big body on this fella with lightish carbonation.

O- I'm really digging this brew. All sorts of flavours going on and to me, they are working fine. A much better collab effort than the Class of '88 Barleywine that I had a while ago. Highly recommended.

Bitterbill, May 26, 2013
Photo of oldvines
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

oldvines, May 18, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A left over keg from the Holiday Ale Festival, this was on offer along with lots of other tasty goodies for the Belmont Station "badass black" fest.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The beer looks attactive enough, but then I stuck my beak in the glass. This beer smells just great, as I pick up considerable smoked meats and smoke salmon, but with condsierable black cherry, vanilla, light coffee and chocolate as well. The beer smells as if it will be a bit on the sweet side (which it is), but the smoke aroma counters and blends in so well with everything else I'm picking up. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and I love how the black cherry flavor seems to dominate the flavor profile. There's still plenty of smoke, coffee and light licorice as well, but it all comes togethere to make one exceptionally fine porter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, the beer has a wonderful soft, almost creamy consistency. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile; the beer is not the least bit heavy, tiring or hot on the palate.

Just an all around excellent beer from Deschutes, and one I hope they make again at some point. My only criticism is that it's just a bit on the sweet side, but that's a minor quibble in this excellent beer.

John_M, Apr 27, 2013
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Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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