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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 4/30/14, poured into a snifter

A- pours a dark brown color with some ruby hue creeping through when held to the light, small foamy and sudsy light-tan head has good retention and leaves a bit of lace behind upon settling

S- big smoky aromas up front with notes of peat, cured meat, campfire and roasted chocolate malt. Smells similar to Edmund Fitz, but more smoke

T- lots of smoke up front with notes of peat, smoked wood, and roasted chocolate malt. The finish gives more peat, on a dry chocolaty smoked finish

M- medium-light body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish. Only downside is the mouthfeel is a bit watery for a 9% abv beer, it does have high drinkability though

O- a good smoked porter, I think many people had higher expectations, given that is was a collar from the makers of two of the best porters out there. I enjoyed it, but I didn't like it as much as Edmund Fitz or Black Butte.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of frothy/creamy tan head. Retention is lacing and just a few wisps of lacing are left.

3.5 S: Hmmm. This is interesting, but I can't decide if I like it or not. Sweet caramel is at odds with the smoke forming a "sweet smokiness" like smoked pork with sweet sauce. Chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, and a light nondescript fruitiness.

3.5 T: The taste is like the nose and again I'm not sure what to make of it. Sweet smokiness, chocolate, roasted malt, licorice.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation and reasonably creamy. Good enough here.

3.25 D: This seems to have more Deschutes influence than Great Lakes and I think I'd like it more if it was the other way around. It's no bad, it's just not for me.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought yesterday from Reider's in Painesville for $2.99 (normal price of $14.99) probably since the stamp on the side of the label says: "BEST BY: 04/29/14." I believe that it is just fine though, in part since it is 9.1 ABV. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Brief but light brown head over a dark but not completely black body (it glows a mahogany in front of direct light). Good look. 3.5

S Distant smell, more porter than anything smoked. Not earth shattering. 3.0

T Edmund Fitzgerald porter with a bit of smoke. That's it. Don't get me wrong. I love some good "Ed Fitz" as we Clevelanders call it. For that, the taste is really strong. I am just disappointed that it is pretty much that great beer with a bit of smoke as if it were laid on top. Not improving Ed Fitz in my opinion. 3.5

M Dark Roast malt from the Ed Fitz with a bit of a harsh kick from the "smoke" but the feel is just alright. 3.0

D/O Drinkability is really not that good. Overall this is a lateral move from an already great Porter, the Edmund Fitzgerald. If anything it makes me want to go to the brewery (Great Lakes) and have a fresh Ed Fitz on tap. 3.5

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