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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

alostplot, Apr 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

vermilcj, Apr 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

KevinL, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

jwerner23, Apr 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

devilfluff, Apr 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Uhler, Mar 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Matthew607, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

DrJones, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

BA_Berto, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of alphagnome
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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

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.

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

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.

alphagnome, Mar 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Knoxrb12, Mar 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

mudboneINla, Mar 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Ginepiece, Mar 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

carlmoberg, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of bluejacket74
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.

bluejacket74, Mar 02, 2014
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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.

05Harley, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

cwxc818, Feb 28, 2014
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Erik-P, Feb 23, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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dtomes, Feb 20, 2014
Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.