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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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Reviews: 88
Hads: 395
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 26.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 04-27-2013

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.
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Photo of harrymel
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Best by 29APR14 -doubt it.

Pours black with a central cap and rim of light tan foam. Smells of campfire, char, leather, some cocoa and a bit of soil. Flavor is nice and malty with cocoa, coffee grounds, raisin, leather, smoke and a sweet milk character. Body on this is really perfect in my opinion, full bodied with velvety carb makes the beer feel light and fluffy on the palate, finishes slightly dry. Really, really great mouthfeel to it. Overall, I'd just as soon stick with the standard black butte porter.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola color with a small, off-white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of moderate smoky notes with some roasted malts underneath.

Tastes of the roasted malts with some slight smoke underneath. Roasted malt notes lead off with chocolate and toffee. This leads to a dark fruit note with figs mostly and a little molasses. Smoke is present throughout, but does not come through as much as the nose. Finishes with a little woody note.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice smoked porter that uses the smoke in a complimentary role.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass with a one finger light brown head that dissipates slowly to a thin film and thick ring around the glass. Light aroma of toasted malt and milk chocolate, only a faint hint of smoke. Initial flavor follows, light toasted malt and chocolate with a pleasant smokiness, finishing with more assertive charred malt, chocolate and campfire smoke. Light to medium bodied. Somewhat subdued in flavor for a smoked porter, and a bit light initially, but I liked the finish and lingering bacon smokiness. A decent, enjoyable smoked porter.

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Photo of jdhowe
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

FInally this bear has arrived in NorCal! Best by 4/29/14.

A: Pours a translucent brown, manifesting as an almost opaque deep brown in the body. Minimal light shows through the body against a strong light source -- this is about as close to opaque as you can get without being opaque. 1/2 finger of flimsy khaki head that quickly dissipates.

S: Clean, sweet, maltiness. Less smoky than I had expected, but it's there. Hint's of dry baker's chocolate give the nose a sweet chalky chocolatey character that dominates the profile. A little fruitiness shows.

T/M: Ok, there's the smokiness. A strong wave of smoke hits at the front of the sip and lingers through the finish. The rest of the body is malt sweetness with a little acidity and some fruity character... it's possibly a little diacetyl, but I'm honestly not sure and it fades with more sips. Mouthfeel is light to medium (much lighter than I had expected) and is lightly carbonated. Carbonation feels a little light, but is still enough.

O: Now that I read the bottle more closely... "a rich chocolate aroma and a subtle smoky flavor." Minus "subtle" I'd say they nailed it. Not a bad beer, but not what I had hoped to get from the makers of Black Butte Porter and its imperial reimaginations, Black Butte [#]. Can I really hold a brewery's fantastic beer against its lesser beers? It may not be fair, but I think that's what I'm doing here. I'd drink it again, but I'd probably not buy it again.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.45/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Oh boy. The two best brewers of American Porters come together for a collaboration; I'm definitely excited to try this one. 9.1% ABV confirmed. Best by: 04/29/14. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with straightforward label art and branded pry-off cap acquired at a local bottle shop for $7.99 and served into a Samuel Smith nonic glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given the style and the two breweries involved.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger wide head of khaki colour. Decent creaminess. Low frothiness. Retention is fairly bad; maybe two minutes? Hrm. No lacing as the head recedes. Okay thickness. Not a great head by any means - especially in an ideal glass for the style.

Body colour is a dull dark cola amber-black. Opaque. Hm. This really isn't looking good. Looks like a crappy schwarzbier, to be honest.

No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Sweet caramalts and middling smoke; execution seems poor indeed. Dark malts. No hop profile is noticeable. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. It's just a thin weak aroma with no balls. I'm shocked at how underwhelming this beer is so far. Not getting any roasty or toasty character. The label describes a "rich chocolate aroma"; that's just nowhere to be found here. A light pathetic aroma for a porter. Hopefully it picks up in the flavour profile?

T: It does pick up a bit, but it's still fairly embarrassing. Weak smoke and some light bacon notes. What happened? No roast. Cola. Almond. Sasparilla. A light vague hint of chocolate malt, but no actual evocative chocolate. Some char. The finish is pretty garbage. The body is pathetic, comprised entirely of weak middling dark malts. I do get some sort of fruit or berry, which is unexpected - and out of place. Flavour duration and intensity are below average. Depth of flavour is poor. Not complex or subtle by any means. Wow, is this a disappointment. On the sweeter side.

Mf: Thin and weak. Doesn't support the flavour profile all that well. Lacks legs to stand on. I'd almost call it lightly watery. Undercarbonated. Not oily, harsh, or gushing, but not approachable either. Smooth and wet. Doesn't suit the style well at all. Really poor execution. Sticky.

Dr: Hugely disappointed given the breweries involved. Definitely not worth the price. I wouldn't buy this again if it were half the price. Quite a poor brew from Deschutes/Great Lakes. I never would have expected that. Some reviewers have compared this unfavorably to Alaskan Smoked Porter; I think drawing a comparison at all is an insult to Alaskan Smoked Porter. It's downable; there's just nothing going on here. And the execution of the smoke feels amateur. It seems like a homebrew smoked schwarzbier.

Swing and a miss from Deschutes.

High D+

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Photo of mothman
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Color is a dark black. Tan head. Decent retention.

I am going to keep my review short to highlight on the important stuff. This beef is pure smoke. Sure it has your typical porter flavors, but the smoke dominates this beer. I could not drink a lot of it because of this.

Mouthfeel: Smokey and roasty. Ends very dry.

Overall, I didn't want more than a few ounces. Just not drinkable. Tone back the smoke a tad and this would be a great beer.

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Photo of popery
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown, just light enough to see the color. Medium beige head. Very little lacing. Moderate retention. The aroma is pretty well dominated by a meaty smoke flavor. Underneath that, there is a dark malt cola note. There's a little bit of roast and some soy sauce. Maybe, a touch of chocolate. The taste is rather sweet. It's a big cola sweetness. There's also some chocolate and more of that meaty smoke. The finish is all cola and smoke with some light bitterness. Carbonation is pretty average. A touch slick. Kinda light for the abv. This was fairly disappointing. It's just too simple and sweet. Good level of smoke, but there's just not much dark malt depth. It's almost all cola sweetness.

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Photo of n2185
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown with faint highlights and two fingers of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Roasted malts with sweet chocolate up front before the smokiness hits with notes of campfire and smoked meats.

T: Roasted malts here as well with dark chocolate flavors and a much more present smokey flavor. Char, smoked meats, and campfire flavors come through before a lightly bitter and slightly alcoholic finish.

M: Medium-thick body with mid-low carbonation, this beer avoids being watery and too thick and heavy.

O: An enjoyable beer overall. I'd like a little more depth, but the smokey flavors and aromas are nice without being overwhelming.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. (1 pint 6 fl oz.) bottle, with best by date of 04/29/2014. My fourth review of a collaboration beer on BeerAdvocate. Excited to try this out, commemorating the year of my birth. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark black looking color, but bright ruby when held to the light. Two fingers of frothy tan head on top.

S - Smell is of nice smokiness, bacon bits, roasted malts, & some chocolate. The campfire smoke aroma steals the show here, but it is not overdone.

T - Taste follows the nose: roasted smoked malt, chocolate, cream, & some alcohol. There's something here that doesn't quite do it for me, though. Some fruitiness present, almost banana-like, with some latex glove like aftertaste.

M - Feel is creamy and smooth, with somewhat of a dry finish. Heavy & full-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, this isn't a beer I would have again, but I'm glad to have gotten to try it. Smoked beers aren't really my thing, and even though this one takes the light and subtle route, it still doesn't sit well with me. The high 9.10% abv is hidden well, and the beer drinks smoothly, but this beer is really not doing it for me. I'll stick to the Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, which was excellent, and I'm looking forward to trying out the Deschutes Black Butte Porter, which I anticipate liking more than this.

Deschutes / Great Lakes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter ---3.5/5

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Photo of MickeyD
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a clean tulip

Appearance: very dark brown, two fingers of head, thick.

Smell: faint smell of smoked malt, caramel no discernible hops.

Taste: dark roasted malt but not burnt and not too sweet.

Mouth feel: very smooth and light for a porter and a smoked beer.

Overall: very true to a traditional porter with a slight smokey flavor. Personally I would have liked more of that smoked flavor but it was better than having it too smokey like I have with others.

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Photo of flexabull
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark and clear cola brown color with a nice off white head, looks very good.

Aromas are quite nice. A great mixture of chocolate and campfire, some brown sugar notes, almost reminds me of s'mores.

Taste is quite complex. Bacon, smoke, light peat, and a charred wood character up front. Background is creamy, with a brown sugar sweetness and cocoa notes. Finish is crisp, with some warmth from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth, feels a tad light for my liking, but the subtle smooth quality is nice.

Overall, a top notch smoked porter. The first class of 88 beer (barleywine) was a bit of a let down, this one on the other hand is excellent. I am not really all that surprised since this was made by two of the best American porter brewers collaborating.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.69/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Deep dark hue of crimson. Clarity is good. Thin wispy cap of beige froth. Lacing is full and intricate. Aroma fills the nostrils with smoky, meaty goodness. Flavor follows suit. This is really, really good. Great jerky like smoked malt flavor, big and meaty, with a nice roasted malt compliment and chocolate as well. Cocoa dust coats the tongue long after.... Could drink a lot of this, no alcohol is perceptible. Body just a titch light...checks in around medium-light to medium. Lightly and appropriately carbonated. Highly flavorful and drinkable. Gives Alaskan Smoked Porter a run for its money. Would be a great side by side blind.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a globed glass

A- Poured a very dark brown with some reddish hues shining through, big frothy off-white head with lots of big bubbles that left splashy lace

S- Very dominant meaty and smoky aroma, not much else.

T- Pretty big meaty and smoky taste like bacon, some sweet vanilla and caramel notes on the finish to cut the smokiness some. Lots of smokiness and sweetness, not much in the way of roastiness.

M- Medium body, the mouthfeel feels more substantial on the frontend and a little lighter on the finish, finished dry, soft carbonation

O- Deschutes and Great Lakes are probably my two favorite breweries. Edmund Fitzgerald and Black Butte are two of the best porters around. This beer does not quite live up to those porters for me, but it is pretty good. The smokiness is definitely up front in this beer, some of the traditional porter notes like chocolate and coffee are not really prominent. I would never guess this is as high as 9% ABV, it drinks lighter than that. Better than other the few other smoked beers I have had, but a full bomber of this was a bit much and I would have been ok with a 12 oz. bottle.

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Photo of vkv822
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz : Teku

Pours black, with just a hint of deep, espresso brown edges when held to light. Thin, sudsy, foamy off white head.

Smoked meats and oak upfront with a cocoa, roast backing. Really nice.

More smokey goodness. Great blend of sweet, smokey notes with a faint cocoa and roasted malt backing.

Medium+ body, with mild, foamy carbonation.

A great smoked porter. Big smokey flavor followed by just enough of the base porter to keep it from becoming overwhelming.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big, soapy, tan head chock-a-block with resin. Good persistence. Toasted malt aroma is dominated by smoke. Deep, deep burnt umber is mostly black. Starts acidic and tart with metallic and notes of smoke. Builds into a medium-high bitterness as the acidity builds and the smokiness becomes more dominant. Finish is smoke a top of notes of coffee.

Overall, this is okay. I think with some aging, it could be great. Right now it feels a bit raw and is too acidic.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.72/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, near black ruby with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of microbubbles across the surface. No lacing.

Smell - Smoky, with slightly sweet, slightly sour notes. Smoked green olives, anyone? Roasted malts come through sparse and faint.

Taste - Follows the nose. Predominant smoke flavor, with light sweetness, sourness and acidity. Honestly reminds me almost exclusively of smoked green olives, especially near the finish. Any roasted malt flavor is pretty well hidden behind the vast smokiness, and has very little impact on the overall flavor profile. Subtle anise and fragmented notes of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Smooth. Easy drinking at a hefty 9.1%

Overall - A rare miss from Deschutes, in my opinion. That it comes in collaboration from a brewery that's also renowned for it's great porter makes this one a head scratcher. I dug deeply for the chocolate, but couldn't get the impression of smoked olives out of my mind and off my tongue. Subtle hints did pop in as the beer reached room temperature, but it was far too little to have any real impact on my overall perception. This wasn't undrinkable, but I didn't find it enjoyable. Based on the reputation of the two breweries here, I'd be willing to give this one another go, but I fear the result will be the same.

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Photo of Florida9
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is dark brown approaching black, but still fairly translucent. Seved with a modest light tan colored head. Some moderate lacing. Aroma is smoke, char, dark malts and even more smoke. Taste is, well, smokey. There are some dark fruits, well roasted malts, and a modest amount of sweet cola, but damn there is a
Lot of smoke on this one. Medium bodied; a bit thin for the style. Mild astringent bitterness. Overall not a bad porter, bug there is something to be said for restraint, of which the smoke on this beer has none of.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Label says best by 04/30/14.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with hints of amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and about two fingers of beige head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A very roasty and smokey dark malt driven aroma. Dark roasted malts with a big scent of smoke. Hints of burnt caramel, biscuit, grains, burnt toast, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Sweet scent of molasses and burnt sugars. Also a little hint of anise spice. Subtle earthy hops in the background with hints of grass. Very out front with the smoked malt. A pretty good smokey aroma.

Taste: Like the smell previews, a very smoke forward big dark porter taste with lots of burnt and roasty notes. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of smoke and notes of biscuit, grains, burnt caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, coffee, nut, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and other burnt sugars. A little taste of licorice anise spice. Earthy hops come in towards the finish with some notes of grass. A very smoke driven taste, but it isn't overwhelming. Taste is pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and fairly slick. Finishes dry. Alcohol heat is masked very well.

Overall: A very good smoked up imperial version of a porter. Both of the breweries involved make their own world class porters and as expected this turned out good.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a very dark ruby brown with a medium off-white head with average retention, some spotty lace.

S: Smoke and soy sauce, a lot of molasses.

T: Smoke at the back end, but overall with a lot of cloying sweet malt. Has its good points, but just doesn't taste very good in the end.

M: Full-bodied, again cloyingly sweet sticking on the tongue for a long time.

O: The 2nd Class of '88 beer to disappoint me. I love Deschutes, but this series is not a winner so far.

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Photo of RhyminBelmont
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smoky, meaty, coffee, chocolate, looks and drinks beautifully. A bit strong on the smoke, which could alienate the less adventurous. Not the best imperial porter I have ever had, but a very strong showing. Great effort in this collaboration. Booze is barely noticeable for such high abv, which plays to the strengths of the brew. A little extreme, but very pleasant to drink.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber from the 2013 Class of '88 release. This one is from Deschutes. Poured into Russian River snifters with a friend and quaffed 6/14/2013.

Aroma: Mostly dark chocolates with a little bit of dark fruit, like figs. But the dominant scent is smoke. Not quite cigarette smoke, but not quite meat on a BBQ grill smoke either. It's something in between, and it's not the most interesting aroma. But to give it some credit, it brings a LOT of the smokiness. (3.75)

Colour: Dark black body, looked pretty opaque. Poured with a thick 2cm tan head that stuck around for quite a while, impressively so before fading into a thin film and collar. The lacing is quite excellent on this beer. The appearance definitely carries its weight in this beer, but seeing as that is its best characteristic, that's not saying much. (4.25)

Flavour: Lots of roast malt sweetness reminding me of chocolate, coffee along with some fig and licorise. Then the rest of it is smoke, smoke, smoke. It doesn't feel like I smoked a cigarette nor does it feel like I inhaled a crapload of smoke while grilling brats, but its definitely very smoky. I can't quite describe an analogous real world experience. I guess I'm just not impressed by this particular smoky characteristic. Still beyond average for smoked porters.. but given that I LOVE Edmund Fitzgerald and Black Butte, I can't help but feel let down by this collaboration. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Very good carbonation on a medium-thick bodied beer. The finish is a bit dry and smoky, and the aftertaste is primarily some bitter subtle hoppiness along with more smoke. It actually all comes together fairly well. (4)

Overall: An interesting smoked porter that I'm glad to have had the chance to try, but I think the underlying beer would have done better without the smoky characteristic and perhaps an infusion of vanilla and/or coffee. Won't buy this collab again, but still a nice bottle to have opened up. (3.75)

Edit: I also managed to have some of the GLBC version on tap at Jerry's Sandwiches in Wicker Park (Chicago). That basically smelled like campfire, but in a better way if that makes sense. It was a more pungent, intense smokiness that really went over well and complemented the rest of the beer well compared to the Deschutes version.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, very minimal head, dissipates to nothing. Second pour from the bottle, straight down the middle produced a good finger, still dissipating quickly. Tip: don't be gently. Aroma is a bit of smokiness, roast and chocolate, with a touch of fruitiness. Nice smoke and chocolate taste with roast and plums. Hides alcohol well, full bodied, creamy. Drinks easy.

It's a bit disjointed, even bland at times and never really impressed me. Just seemed messy...

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Photo of Rosanne
3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

malt smokey ?bourbon alcohol aroma, mid to high carbonation, powerful taste, smoky undertones, sweet bitter well balanced, smoky a little overpowering.

Shared a taster on-tap as past of a flight at the brewery; Deschutes Brewery & Public House, Bend, USA. As part of a six-week West Coast beer tour. I rate to taste, not to style. See my blog for more details: carbeers.wordpress.com

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Photo of jegross2
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery out of Bend, Oregon.

Score: 90

2013 vintage bottle served in a Doom glass and enjoyed on 06/12/13.

Appearance: Pours a dark soda color with nice ruby tones and a thin layer of off-white/tan head. Good lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Sweet chocolate, hint of smoke, caramel and brown sugar. A little roast. Real nice mix, not intense. The chocolate stands out most. Touch of "fizzy cola" in nose too as it hits room temp. 4/5

Taste: More roast and smoke in nose, which hits you up front, but it is not "smoke intense" (especially not side by side with La Muerta). Then comes the chocolate, fizzy caramel and brown sugar flavors. A little hoppiness mixed in well in the finish. Nothing overly complex or earth shattering, but really appealing and nice. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-minus bodied, medium-light bodied. Dry finish. Par for the course for a porter. 3.75/5

Overall: A really nice roasty porter with a light smokiness and lots of chocolate. Definitely one I would order again if I saw it. Thanks for the chance to tick Mike.

Cost: $7.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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