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

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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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Ratings: 400 |  Reviews: 89
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear amber/brown when pouring, deep ruby in the glass, one finger off white head.

S-Rather smoky, beef jerky, roasted malt, very slight chocolate.

T-Smoke is present, maybe too much, roasted malt and some chocolate, tad bit of vanilla and mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied and creamy.

O-Both the regular Black Butte and Edmund Fitzgerald are better on their own. This combo-smoked version was a nice idea but nothing special.

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3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ST: Bottle poured into a glass

A: Dark brown pour; decent head, and lacing

S: Nutty and aroma of raisins; little hints of smoke (as in if you burned your marshmallow a little too much

T: Well balanced; definitely has a good smoky flavor; hints of roasted malt

MF: Light body on the palate; Little bit of hops on the sides of the tongue; mostly get the roasted malt; flavor sticks to the mouth

O: This is a great smoked porter to have; kind of curious to may splurge on a couple bottles to use for cooking.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Photo of beagle75
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A: Clear, dark brown color with less than one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Crisp roasted grain, mild woodsmoke, and a trace of spirituous nuttiness that reminds of amaretto. Very savory overall. No raw alcohol is detected, apart from the spirituous complexity previously described.

T: Begins off-dry, with intense nuttiness and relatively restrained dark roast. The flavor is infused with recently-milled hard wood, that seems more clean than smoky. Early acidity seems to drive a momentary thread of bright fruit, but resists becoming overpowering. Late fruit qualities, by contrast, appear dark as some smoke-derived umami serves a complementary function. Alcohol presence is mild, peaking into the middle.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This strong porter is fairly intricate, yet to refer to it as nuanced unfortunately suggests a lack of intensity that this beer does not suffer from. It represents a worthy effort that does not overstep into messy territory.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark brown with plenty of ruby highlights; body is basically haze-free and there appears to be a strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam with moderate retention. Reminds me a lot of an English-style porter.

Smell: nice smoky character with a little bit of fruitiness mixed in the works. There is also a hint of chocolate, which I like. The intensity and complexity are both a little bit wanting, though, for a beer this size.

Taste: the smoke is a lot stronger on the palate than in the aroma, which I happen to like. After the smoke, there's a nice caramelly maltiness which complements the smoke pretty well; and, again, a hint of chocolate. All of that said, there's a kind of off-putting astringency or sharpness which doesn't 100% work for me. Could be extra acidity from the smoking process? I don't know.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a great level of well-integrated carbonation. This beer is creamy and smooth as you please; I love it.

Overall: aside from its velvet texture, this beer doesn't really live up to its potential, I think. I like smoky porters, but the rest of the recipe is lacking something to support the smoke here. This beer is good, and definitely worth a try if you like the smoke, but it isn't among my favorites.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

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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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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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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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 400 ratings
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