Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter | Deschutes Brewery

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

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American 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.

Added by John_M on 04-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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2/5  rDev -46.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TCMike
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color, and produced a finger, and a half of beige head.

The aroma is of , smoke, kalmata olives, and an earthy note.

The taste is similar, but with a light coffee, and alcohol. No real hop bitterness. Heavy body, and lowish carbonation.

Good sipping beer.

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4.24/5  rDev +13.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I was very excited to try this beer, but found there was just too much smoked packed into the beer. It was not very rich and dark like an imperial porter and most of the flavor came from the plasticy/liquid smoke taste. I have had some very good smoked beer before, but I didn't think this one was utilized well.

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3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights, and a one finger beige head, with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has caramel and smoke malt. The smoky aroma is nice, but it is too strong to pick up much of anything else. The bottle mentions roasted malt and chocolate, but I can't smell them at all.

I can taste the chocolate and roasted malt, along with the smoked malt and some caramel. I just don't think the flavors mesh very well. They seem to clash with each other. I like smoky beers in general. but thuis porter would have been better off without the smoke, or with the amount of smoke reduced.

Light to medium bodied with modest carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden, and there is a sweet smoky aftertaste. I like the flavors in this beer, but do not like them blended together this way very much. A decent beer, but not one I would buy again if I saw it on the shelf.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was my first smoked beer that I am reviewing. Quite an interesting flavor profile with a common porter disguise.

Appearance: The pour was thick, but didn't leave much of any lacing on the sides of the glass. Little carbonation gave this beer almost nothing of a foam topping. Head surface was smooth and flat due to the small height. Black coloring , but you could see some brownish light through the edges if head up to the light.

Smell: Roasted Malts and a bit of hops. Very typical porter smell. Very plain.

Taste: The brew starts with a bit of strong roasted malts to follow the nose. Than SMOKE!!! wow, I don't know if it hit me harder because this was the first of its kind that I had tried, but I sure as hell noticed the intensity of the smoke. The smoke also added a strange sensation. After that taste you feel that you should be thirsty, but you are not because you are drinking a beer. It was very odd getting used to this beer for that reason. Also, there was a bit of chocolate taste on the finish if you let the beer hit the back of your mouth. Overall, a very dynamic beverage.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than a swamp after a hurricane. Pretty smooth, partially resembling a oatmeal stout with the way it sits on your tongue: low carbonation, smooth, and thick.

Overall: Definitely, a beer that you should try out. I don;t know if this will be a class of beers that I will go into. I see this as a beer that is good for the masses to experience and for the few to continuously enjoy.

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Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
3.74 out of 5 based on 399 ratings.
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