Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter | Deschutes Brewery

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Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked PorterClass Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
401
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
35
Trade:
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User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 401
Reviews by kojevergas:
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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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More User Reviews:
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer was not what I expected considering the brewers make Black Butte and Edmund Fitz.

The beer was thin, lacked character, and really didn't have a lot of smokey character. I was also surprised that the color was so light (copper/brown) and the body was nothing to speak of. What happened?

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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 Beerasaurus
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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 Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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2/5  rDev -46.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of DrJones
4/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of farrago
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of camartin27
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Jimmys
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

/bomber into small tulip. concentrated rim is great for a beer with this smokey aspect to it. best by: 4/29/14.

A: pours a solid brown hue. opaque. head is slightly brown and has good retention. spotted lacing.

S: a toasted, young smoke smell. slightly acrid. a little bit of chocolate and a little bit of roast. both very dry.

T: dry chocolate, dry roast, even dry smoke. not nearly as smokey as I hoped (importatnt to note that I am a smoked beer junkie). similar to the nose, the smoke is slightly Band-Aid/acrid.

M: average carb on a medium body. definitely not full imo.

D: really doesn't drink like a porter of this size, abv wise. really dry, smoke character is unique. not my favorite smoked porter, but not a bad beer. sort of at a loss regarding a real opinionated feeling on this brew one way or the other.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 401 ratings