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Deschutes Class of ’88 Imperial Smoked Porter

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57
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Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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common

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common

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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This strong porter features a solid smoke presence, a rich malt character and a smooth, rounded mouthfeel. Additions of dark muscovado sugar, oats and wheat contribute to its complexity.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 26, 2014
22oz. bottle. Moderately smoky, roasty and mildly sweet dark malt presence, with notes of toffee, faint raisin, black cherry and chocolate. Mostly black in color, only some faint dark brown highlights showing around the edges, with a very fine, slight head. Flavor profile is similarly malt-driven, with plenty of chocolatey sweetness blending with the smoke throughout, some brown sugar, roast and light bitterness appearing towards the finish, which shows lingering hints of tobacco and coffee. Smooth with a low degree of effervescence and very gently warming on the palate with a relatively full body. Pleasant, certainly not overly smoked.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Busick (360) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Love the smokey smell followed by the smokiness finish! A perfect balance between malts, oats and smokiness.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
emacgee (3963) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Pours a very light and coppery brown with a muddy and reddish huge with one finger of tan head. Nose is odd, light smoke that comes as an earthy character with some alcohol. Weak aroma. Terrible flavor, kind of astringent and earthy character with a mildly goaty character. Dry and

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cory (295) - , California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is smoke, chocolate, molasses, nuts, and brown sugar. Full body, long lingering sweet taste with a little bit of a dry bitter bite at the end. Solid beer that is under-rated in my opinion.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjgmd (1364) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bomber with Zach and Brandon, pours a dark black pour with a java head. Nose is sweet, fruity and. Hoc oblate. Taste is smokey, malty and sweet, with a strong grainy prescience.Finish is bitter sweet, smokey and smokey. Quaff score 7 / 10 so so

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zgaier (1321) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Pours dark brown with a tan head and sweet aroma of roasted malt, smoke, and dark fruits. Taste is of sweet roasted malt, dark fruits, oats, caramel and smokey notes into the finish. Solid porter

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (998) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle pour opaque dark brown with purple hue. Moderate light tan head Nose sweet malt,dark fruit, and nice smoke character. Taste light roast, then dark fruit, and balancing smokiness. Late palate nice bitterness. Some smoke on finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshwoodward (561) - - MAY 9, 2014
From a bomber. This is so good. Big, but balanced. Excellent smoke flavor, delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuedmaster (197) - Vista, California, USA - MAY 5, 2014
22 oz. bomber, best by date is 4-29-14, poured into a shaker. Dark brown pour with a ruby red hue when held to the light, small beige head with no retention or lacing. Aroma of campfire, oak, cherry, chocolate, and peat. This stuff is seriously smoky but is actually pretty well balanced in the flavor. Mostly sweet flavors of brown sugar with little bitterness, and lots of smoke and peat, like a speyside whiskey. This is very good with creamy havarti and multigrain crisp bread. Not as rich as I thought it would be and the alcohol is well hidden, doesn’t seem like an imperial strength ale, but still very nice and easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2443) - Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 4/29/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, brown bread, wood smoke, peat, herbal, raisin, plum, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with solid balance and complexity of dark/roasted/smoked malt and moderate yeast ester fruitiness; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, brown bread, wood smoke, peat, herbal, raisin, plum, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, roast, wood smoke, peat, herbal, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor robustness and solid complexity of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate yeast ester fruitiness; with a nice smoke flavor balance and zero cloying after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial smoked porter. Good balance/robustness and solid complexity of dark, roast, and smoked malt flavors with light-moderate yeast ester fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.


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