Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter | Deschutes Brewery

Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked PorterClass Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter
399 Ratings
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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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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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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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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Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 399 ratings
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