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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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85
very good

383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
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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Photo of TempeBeerMan
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.

Photo of KBomb
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...

Photo of arizcards
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.

Photo of jakecattleco
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of GeezLynn
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.

Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Nachos4two
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of chugalug06
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!!!

Photo of Petrofessor
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of russpowell
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

Photo of PieOhMy
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Eric908
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of stript
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

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.

Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of ahbithwabm
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of beersvh23
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of DarrenStory
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of PHBoiler
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of smitty5245
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Photo of jalepeno4
5/5  rDev +34%

Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.