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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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356 Ratings
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 3
Gots: 36 | 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:
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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alphagnome

Iowa

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

Appearance:
Pours a red-tinted, incredibly brown body with a very disappointing brown head. Retention is poor, fading to nothing in minutes. No lacing (how could there be when no head is present?) but light streams of carbonation can be seen.

Aroma:
Makes me long for the campfires of summer. Smoked wood and cocoa are dominant, reminding me of s'mores. Vague notes of leather.

Taste:
Right away, you can't miss the smokiness of this one; it's in your face and powerful. Smoked oak character plays host to heavy, bitter chocolates and light toffee. Sweet malts provide a bit of backbone and a hint of licorice and plenty of booze can be found on the tail end. Aftertaste is sweet with crystallized brown sugar.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied but somewhat watery. Light carbonation. Clean, semi-sweet finish.

Overall:
This is a very tasty smoked porter, but truth be told, I'd probably take a run-of-the-mill Black Butte over it. That's not to say I didn't enjoy this, I certainly did... HOWEVER, for the steep price of admission, I could have had 2 sixers of Black Butte and I would enjoyed it just the same.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 23:50:42 | More by alphagnome
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Knoxrb12

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

03-04-2014 20:43:47 | More by Knoxrb12
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mudboneINla

California

3/5  rDev -19.6%

03-04-2014 06:19:21 | More by mudboneINla
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Ginepiece

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

03-03-2014 19:41:36 | More by Ginepiece
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carlmoberg

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-02-2014 20:21:57 | More by carlmoberg
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, best by 4/29/14, 9.1% ABV. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch light tan head that sticked around a little while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like smoked malt, chocolate, roasted malt, butterscotch and some peat. It tastes like smoked malt, peat, coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit (plums). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little creamy and has low/moderate carbonation. I think it's a tasty brew, and would buy it again. Definitely worth trying at $6.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 01:30:22 | More by bluejacket74
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05Harley

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 04/29/14
Estimated calories - 270/12oz

Purchased through Lets Pour
Price - $12.00/bomber

Pours a very dark amber color with a creamy lite tan head. Foam bergs decorate my Firestone Walker snifter glass and leave me with a milk mustache, wow. After several minutes just a soapy covering is all that remains from the head experience, yessaahh ;)

The aroma for me is the low point. I'm not getting a big nose of smoke like some reviewers have pointed out which is a shame. Certainly not Rauchbier status but pleasent never the less. Peat, roasted malt and vanilla dominate.

The flavor is dark chocolate, dried fruit and a boat load of roasted malt. The smokiness comes in late and is surprisingly light which again, is dissapointing. The beer finishes with a sweet vanila aftertaste.

The mouthfeel rocks and is the highlight for me at 9.1%, really?? Pretty damn smooth for the octane. Has a slight bitter start draped over a medium body and finishes moderately warm and dry as I tip the bottle upside down.

Overall pretty good but didn't blow my socks off. I anticipated much more of a smokey flavor and for this, I was a bit dissapointed. The beer did make up for it in mouthfeel which put a smile on my face.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 21:46:09 | More by 05Harley
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bdelonj13

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-01-2014 02:51:04 | More by bdelonj13
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cwxc818

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-28-2014 02:53:26 | More by cwxc818
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

02-23-2014 07:31:09 | More by Erik-P
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JohnF51

California

2.5/5  rDev -33%

02-22-2014 15:17:22 | More by JohnF51
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dtomes

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

02-20-2014 16:35:08 | More by dtomes
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farrago

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Does not pour much of a head, an aggressive pour down the middle yields a half finger of more larger bubbles then woven foam, dark tan in color, bubbles off rapidly, the lacing is likewise close to nonexistent. The liquid is clean and surprisingly transparent, only a few visible bubbles, the hue changes to a more orange to yellow cast near the surface and rims. In the nose the smokiness is very direct and upfront, close to Rauchbier quality, but overlaid with caramel, butterscotch, molasses notes as well as chocolate, oats, charred game and peaty earth accents, perhaps some plum but not especially fruity, overall its presence is light of touch and tends more to lift and drift off and settle in. Light-bodied, the smokiness and general fire camp roast seems to mask the other elements rather than support them. Chocolate, vanilla bean, toffee and a light breadiness but one would be hard pressed to call it sweet. The shyly efficient carbonation does not give it pep, the mouth feel is smooth if unmemorable. Smattering of banana among the plum, cherry fruit base. You can’t call it understated due to the smokiness, so conversely it leaves you wished it had more desire to rock out with gusto.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 02:47:12 | More by farrago
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Beerbuddy21

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-16-2014 20:04:12 | More by Beerbuddy21
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KFrank729

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

02-16-2014 17:35:58 | More by KFrank729
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510a

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

02-15-2014 19:21:41 | More by 510a
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dannycohen62

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

02-11-2014 03:16:58 | More by dannycohen62
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-04-2014 16:03:02 | More by Kmlund
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

02-03-2014 01:13:13 | More by nrbw23
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mikerieder

South Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

01-31-2014 02:47:12 | More by mikerieder
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

01-26-2014 22:13:21 | More by kvgomps
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scottfrie

California

3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into snifter. Best by 4/29/2014.

A: Pours a clear cola brown with a finger of light tan head that quickly faded into a faint collar.
S: Smoke and anise dominate with notes of burnt campfire wood, peat, char and licorice. Roasted malt, faint chocolate, and mild spice poke through as well.
T: Smoke dominates the taste as expected with a bit more chocolate than the nose, especially in the aftertaste. Anise and vanilla poke through the smoke, and I get notes of slight caramel, dark fruits, and toasted grains. Finishes sweet.
M: Medium body, tingly carbonation, mild alcohol warmth, lightly bitter mouthfeel.
O: Decent smoked beer but not the best. I felt the dark fruit, chocolate, and smoke hindered each other rather than worked together. Wasn't my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 18:34:41 | More by scottfrie
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Kurmaraja

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-26-2014 06:43:50 | More by Kurmaraja
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

01-26-2014 01:52:57 | More by WVbeergeek
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Artjsantos

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -33%

01-26-2014 00:18:58 | More by Artjsantos
Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.