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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: 377
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 36 | 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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

beersdmf17, May 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

tsauce2, May 04, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 4/29/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, brown bread, wood smoke, peat, herbal, raisin, plum, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with solid balance and complexity of dark/roasted/smoked malt and moderate yeast ester fruitiness; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, brown bread, wood smoke, peat, herbal, raisin, plum, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, roast, wood smoke, peat, herbal, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor robustness and solid complexity of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate yeast ester fruitiness; with a nice smoke flavor balance and zero cloying after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial smoked porter. Good balance/robustness and solid complexity of dark, roast, and smoked malt flavors with light-moderate yeast ester fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, May 01, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle picked up when it was on shelves in Chicago.

a - brew pours a watery brown with a thin foamy off white beige head that fizzed away quick. Spotty oily lacing if any.

s - dat peat. Soft smoked malt over roasted chocolate coffee.

t - taste is way more peat forward. Behind the peat is that same roasted chocolate coffee.

m - light. Watery even. Smoke aftertaste.

o - overall I remember enjoying this one a lot more several months ago, fairly meh right now. Mostly just smoke on an a watery imperial porter. Nothing too special, but far from a drain pour.

cosmicevan, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

BlazedNug, Apr 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

mmulebarn, Apr 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

robotiks, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - The porter was a blackish brown color with a modest white head. Varying hues alternated in the glass making the overall color tough to label.

Smell - Obviously, it smelled like smoke. The smoke was not overwhelming, being balanced with a certain measure of malt.

Taste - In the beginning , I detect sweet dark fruits which are balance with the smoked malts. I have to admit that this was sweeter than I would have expected. The smoke is not overpowering, but somewhat understated. The acidity of the smoke comes through in the aftertaste with the sweetness fading.

Mouthfeel - I thought the mouthfeel was a little more emblematic of a stout. It was a little thick for the style, but that is not a big deal.

Overall - I think this was the winner at a recent bottle share since it was the only bottle to have been completely emptied. Personally, I thought it was pretty solid.

JohnnyHopps, Apr 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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

afsdan, Apr 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

marmstrong1212, Apr 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Global_Hawk_Bob, Apr 09, 2014
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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
Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.