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Great Lakes / Deschutes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes / Deschutes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked PorterGreat Lakes / Deschutes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%


Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MikeCactusGordon on 05-20-2013)
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WesMantooth

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

With all due respect, not good. Someone else mentioned something about being brewed with old rubber. That is spot on. Smells like a ball of rubber bands. I admit, my expectations were high given that these 2 breweries make some of the best porters in existence, but this is a big miss in my opinion. It does taste better than it smells (thank God) but nothing that would make me buy it again. In fact, I would probably turn it down for free. I am being objective when I say that it is a stretch to rate this as "OK", which is shocking. Looks like I am being harder on it than everyone else maybe? Just baffled. Maybe I had a bad bottle...

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 02:25:19 | More by WesMantooth
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BrewUSA

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great Lakes Smoked Porter

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 29/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 15/20

Overall 77/100

Wasn't a big fan of this... While it had a perfect amount of smoke taste, there's was an unusual 'band aid smell' type taste' like old rubber was used to brew it. Drinkable and all... However, I may keep a bottle unopened just cause I would almost rather have the keepsake than the sub par taste~

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 04:35:51 | More by BrewUSA
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great Lakes/Deschutes Class of '88: Imperial Smoked Porter, 9% ABV.

Nearly solid black, peeking out crimson edges, under a lush, creamy coco-toned head.

Smoked malt pops out into the nose first. Someone's frying up the bacon. Hearty malt aromatics hold on to the bottom. Cocoa, caramel, toffee delights at the tip of this cornucopia.

Taste: rich and roasty malt flavor holds court, a big blend of dark malt flavors, with the smoked malt as cream on top. Full bodied. Low hop bitterness. Long, luxurious finish. Creamy and smooth, despite would could be perceived as an extreme flavor. Alcohol isn't felt until…whoop, there it is.

This was one of the porters among the line-up for the StoutFest 2013 event we held back in early November, and once again, I'm grabbing a glass before it's gone. This is one style that divides people. A lot of folks loved, others found it way too smokey for them. If that's the case, probably any smoke is too much. I think it's just right. I like this one big time.

Go ahead and get yourself a bomber. You deserve it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2013 04:01:30 | More by feloniousmonk
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MrBoz21

Colorado

3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured brown-amber with ribbons of amber showing through – not opaque. Tan head quickly settled and dissipated. Very bubbly with loads of sediment floating.
Aroma: Campfire and leather.
Taste: more smoke, more leather. Balanced and bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Slick and heavy.
Overall: While many brewers would appreciate nuance and complexity, I feel it would be the half full pitcher at the end of the pizza party.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 01:34:29 | More by MrBoz21
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cherry wood highlights are clearly visible when its root beer brown body is held to the light. Judging by the highlights, this looks like it would be quite clear if it wasn't for its deep brown hue. A small cap of off-white fizzy head doesn't waste much time lessening itself to a ring. Some alcohol film is left behind after a few swirls.

Immediately you get a dose of meaty and woody smoke. Bamberg's famous beechwood smoked malt must be used in this. its usual boldness is dampened by its hefty and sweet nutty core made up of boozy hazelnuts and chestnuts. Cocoa and dry dark chocolate are in the mix as well. Its smokiness and nuttiness however are really what define the nose.

The smoked malt is made much more prominent in the taste. Sweet meaty goodness and campfire make for a stern base. Like the smoke, the chocolate also comes through in a more decisive fashion. It has a cake like richness with dark chocolate and some fudgey nuances. There's a hint of nuttiness as well but its presence is largely replaced by its chocolate character, which I enjoy more and more with each sip. And in the end, chocolate cake with plenty of depth is what we're left with without the smoke.

This is medium bodied and clean with a sticky dry finish. Its alcohol content is well hidden throughout.

From the makers of Black Butte and Edmund Fitzgerald, I wanted more. I found the nose to be a bit weak for the style and its alcohol content. It wasn't until the taste where it picked up the slack, amping up both the smokiness and chocolate. This is a very drinkable and flavourful Porter and one that I'm glad I was able to get my hands on.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 01:16:10 | More by ludachris
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

1 PINT, 6 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours like used motor oil. It is thick and black. I got less than an inch of mocha head.

S - The aroma consists of chocolate and smoke.

T - The initial taste was loaded with smoke, but it gave way to the chocolate flavor. Subsequent tastes where more on the chocolate side. The smoke was still there but more subtle than that initial blast.

M - Velvety smooth

O - I had this fresh on tap at the brewery when I bought it. After a few months the bottle has less smoke than the fresh draft had. I like this more subtle bottled version better. This is a delicious porter from some guys who know how to make porters.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 20:17:13 | More by buschbeer
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mikeg67

New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler from Joe Canal. Pours dark brown with a long lasting, foamy, beige head. Aroma is of smoked malt with hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Body is full and smooth. Taste is of smoked malt, chocolate, vanilla, wood and some dry fruit. Finish is long, bitter-sweet. Delicious brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2013 21:03:43 | More by mikeg67
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CloudStrife

New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11 oz pour into a goblet. From last nights notes.

A: Pours a clear dark brown appearing almost black in the glass. White head on top that is somewhat quick to dissipate. Leaves spots of lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Smokiness comes through well dominating the aroma. Bit of dark fruits and roastiness from the malt.

T: As with the aroma, there is a strong smokiness to this beer. Roasted malts really compliment the smoke. Chocolate malts are in there too and come out nicely as it warms.

M: Medium body with a bit more creaminess than your average porter. Finish is smooth and alcohol well hidden.

Overall I'm glad I've been able to have this porter a couple times now. Two of the best porter brewers collaborated on an excellent beer here. With the added complexity of the smoke flavor, this is a great blend.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 14:42:08 | More by CloudStrife
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another growler, clean Turbinator style glass.

A: This is quite dark and almost non-see-thru. Has very slight legs. Head drops into thin disk. slight wispy lacing.

S: As expected, smoke, meat, salty. Kinda reminds me of Seltzer's Lebanon Bologna. Similar to rauchbier. Smoke notes include smoked sardines, smoked high-oil fish. Roasted nuts, maybe pecans? Campfire, creosote, the malt must be very strong malt...it tries and fails to overcome the smoke notes. No hop to speak of. Slight bacon/smoked pig fat notes.

T: It brings the smoked notes of how it smells. The campfire is there. The fishy nose notes are muted the taste, chocolate notes start to come out.

M: slightly over medium in body, carbonation tries to help but there's just not much there. slick finish. The smoke makes the finish feel like a faux hop dryness. Interesting. Slight acrid ashy note on ultimate finish as it warms. There's a little booze heat on ultimate out-breath.

O: I think it should be reclassified as a rauchbier. I like it. Not something I would seek out regularly, but it is good for an occasional quaff.

Serving type: growler

09-06-2013 23:04:51 | More by Scrapss
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appears a dark black and opaque. Collar of head retains nicely. Smell strongly of campfire with chocolate and roasted barley. Smoke is front and center and nearly leans towards the overwhelming side. Taste feature heavy smoke with a slight astringency. Mouthfeel is thin and well carbonated. Overall, very heavy smoke almost bordering on artificial.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2013 02:53:50 | More by homebrew311
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: a deep brown/ black. opaque and a thin tan head that leaves a side lacing

Smell: smoked maple bacon. not much works its way around that

Taste: some notes of roasted malts and chocolate but i am mostly getting bacon in liquid form. not very drinkable to me

Mouthfeel: leaves a smoky taste behind. other wise of good body

Overall: loved black butte and edmund fitzgerald but this bordered on the wrong side of undrinkable for me. smoked beers just aren't me i guess

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2013 14:06:40 | More by SportsandJorts
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Bung

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Duckworths. Just a darkish brown pour, not as dark as one might expect, with a frothy layer of cream head. Laced quite well.

Aroma, some smoke and toasted malt. Light milk chocolate.

Taste, kind of sweeter malt up front, caramel, with some dark chocolate and honey roast peanut. Beechwood barbeque takes over from there, heavy smoke.

Creamy and not real heavy. Coats well enough though. A nice drinker if you are ready for it. This is the best part of this brew for sure. No alcohol.

If you're going to advertise smoke it better be there and it is with this one. The porter behind it is fairly average, which is Extreamely surprising considering the porters these two brewers put out.

Worth trying once for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2013 01:22:30 | More by Bung
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a cervoise.

A: Pours black with brownish tinges with an (oddly) off-white head.

S: Meaty smoked grain dominates the nose, with hints of cherry and coffee roast and soft cocoa.

T: The smoke is prevalent but more restrained in the taste. Pleasant woodfire smoke, mild roasted grain, residual malty sweetness, chocolate.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Could be a bit thicker.

O: A nice smoked porter, with the smoke being assertive yet pleasant. Mouthfeel could be a bit better but overall very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 04:19:40 | More by Etan
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dakotaben

North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Does not appear very carbonated and a thick tan head shows on pour. A hazy, chocolaty brown look.

S - It has the nice aroma of a malty smoked chocolate. Smoke is evident in the scent.

F - A sweet, malty flavor for sure and once again the smoke is apparent, but not overbearing. There is a faint chocolate taste and low hops. Light alcohol burn finishes off my pull

M - Medium to medium heavy mouth feel. Low carbonation

O - This is a nice heavy beer and I really liked that I could taste the smoke, but it was not overpowering. The twinges of chocolaty sweetness marry the punch of alcohol and heavy malt quite nicely. I am somewhat new to porters and I really like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 01:36:48 | More by dakotaben
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Dark brown with a white head and plenty of lace. Perfect clarity, and has amber hues in the right shade of light.

SMELL: Roast, dirty smoke, meat, coal.

TASTE: Roasted malt, good bit of smoke, then some malty sugars and coffee notes emerge from the smoke making for a fine, smooth drinking stout. Fire roasted marshmallow notes. Like drinking a campfire for sure, this has a little of everything roasted.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated, thick feel.

OVERALL: A great beer. Smokey and delicious, worth getting a chance to try. Great collaboration.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 17:18:31 | More by Stinkypuss
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This porter poured a deep brown to one shade off black. The head was strangely off white an collared to a froth.

The scent was relatively mild with with roasted coffee notes, smoke or char and a toasted malt.

The taste was quite subtle at first but delving deeper in, the smoke appears at the forefront. I began to catch glimpses of chocolate malt, caramel and coffee roast. Nothing overwhelming but a nice smooth tasteful ride through a lightly carbonated drink.

Overall, this is good and worthy of another try but could use the Imperial treatment.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 00:35:21 | More by KYGunner
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Class of '88 has become a tremendous way to re-introduce new flavors, new friendships and new flavors from these world-class brewers- in case you have forgotten about them. Its also a tremendous opportunity to crash the new-wave brewing scene with an old school approach and tenancy. But how much is too much.

Upon the pour, the Porter delivers a lighter-than-expected brown hue. Soft coffee in its appearance, there's a lot of gold, chestnut, and amber colors that suggest something lighter. Its murky haze also seems elevated and causes the beer to look a tad unappealing. But when it comes to its head character, the ale is solid! Ivory in color, the ale retains with a creamy mid-statured head and laces with classic Belgian rings.

Strong smoke aromas set the stage and never lets go. Pure smoke takes the mind directly to campfires, mesquite, and barbecue joints. Its dry and toasted character reveals the scents of kona coffees, dry cocoa, burnt wood and pecans.

When tasting smoke beers, the element of "smoke" usually takes a back seat to the aromas. Not so much here. The early sweetness of burnt caramel and toast is quickly layered upon by the taste of burnt embers, mesquite-smoked meat, and ash. With all those coffee, nutty and savory tastes setting in, that dry smoke character is equally as distracting as it is rewarding.

Medium in body, the beer should feel fuller, but its dry sense delivers a lighter tone. After early toasted sweetness fades, the beer nose dives into a feel of powdery ash, roast-derived roughness and coffee ground astringency. Mild warmth greets the finish and then fades with echoes of ash and more ash.

While celebrating the "smoke" character of their Imperial Smoke Porter, I was hoping for a better recipe for introducing our Kentucky market to the Deschutes brand. Where I applaud their experimental nature, I was hoping for better recipe formulations.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2013 06:40:19 | More by BEERchitect
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red-black beer in color. Quarter-inch of bubbles. Looks unlike many porters.

Chewy smoke, chocolate-covered bacon, smoked salt, hefty roast, toffee, barley, and a sweeter earthiness. Nice aroma.

Smokiness has the booty, but there's a nice chocolate and toffee flavor going on here, too. Burnt sugars, some coffee, and more unmistakable saltiness and minerality. Alcohol is a little imperialistic. Not as sweet as I expected. Pretty delicious stuff, especially for the smoke lover in me.

Carbonation has a little peck as it goes down. Opening mouth is smooth enough for an imperial porter. Alcohol has nice bite; almost a positive. Body is a little sluggish.

Nice porter. Taste really repped for the style. Smoky, but not hugely so. Has great umami.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2013 16:15:15 | More by thecheapies
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured this from a growler, it has a very nice dark color body with a small tan head on it. The aroma has a smokey, malty aroma. The taste has a very smokey taste and a roasted malt flavor. It leaves a smokey flavor on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is smooth, and has a medium body. Overall this is a good version of the beer.

Serving type: growler

07-05-2013 01:09:26 | More by chefhatt
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep black with one full finger of dark khaki colored head. The foam takes awhile to settle, leaving a film across the top of the beer.

S: The nose is super smoky with roasted malt, bacon, ham, and campfire. Awesome.

T: The beer starts out with a good bit of smoke right up front, but it is balanced well by a sweet milk chocolate base. As it moves to the middle the smoke and chocolate mingle well, with the sweeter aspects of the brew shining through. The finish is smooth and sweet with less smoke than the start.

M: Full bodied beer. It’s smooth and rich to start. The beer coats the palate, but slides off nicely. The finish is like silk, with some mild smoke lingering on the back end.

O: I really enjoyed this brew. If you like smoked brews, then this is a must try. Great mouthfeel, and the flavors were spot on. Time to go buy another growler of this one.

Serving type: growler

07-02-2013 14:50:14 | More by trxxpaxxs
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lighthabit

Oregon

3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

deep garnet red. weak head quickly dies to very minimal layer. no lacing to speak of.
smoke smell evokes sense of old world, hints of peat, malt, leather. taste mirrors nose, a bit thin. smoke is strong, yet fleeting. smoked beers aren't my thing, but this one is at least interesting. for someone wanting to sample a smoked brew, i think this would be a nice one to try before leaping into the crazy strong types. i would've liked to have a bit more complexity, some other flavors to work with the smoke. i tried to grade it based on what i think they were going for.

recommended and appreciated, even if it isn't necessarily one of my preferred styles.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 06:45:09 | More by lighthabit
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neenerzig

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22 oz bomber bottle into one of my pint glasses. This beer pours a clear medium to dark brown color with lots of ruby highlights when held to the light. Has a slightly tan/off white head that is initially a good solid 1/2-2/3 inch thick when first poured, but settles way too quickly to a nice foam layer covering the beer's surface along with a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass and some nice lacing. Needs better head retention. Aromas of some smokey caramel malt along with cocoa and vanilla and perhaps a bit of clove and dark fruit. Also a bit meaty. Has a nice roasted caramel malt sweetness upfront flavor wise that gives way to vanilla and cocoa flavors, bacon-esque meatyness, and some bitter coffee notes rounding it out. Don't really taste any hints of clove of dark fruits, even though I think I can smell them. A bit of a strange mix of flavors for a porter with that meatyness going on. I didn't detect any hop presence at all. Needs a bit of hop bitterness to balance out all the sweetness from the chocolate and caramel. Tasty though. Has a slightly crisp, sort of sticky, chewy, maple syrupy, creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation, as evidenced by the burping that ensued for me. A good beer, but not a great beer, and I didn't feel it lived up to the hype to be honest. Glad I picked up a bottle to try, but I won't feel deprived if I never drink this again. I am a bit disappointed though. Not one of the better smoked porters I have had in my day. I am a fan of smoked beers. This one just didn't quite hit the mark for me.

Eric

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 05:10:46 | More by neenerzig
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beergoot

Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany red, almost brownish body color coupled with a thick, foamy off-white head. Good smokey aroma infused with hints of cocoa and vanilla. Powerful smoke taste, very barbeque-like, swirling about with strong touches of alcohol and dark, dry-roasted malt grains. Relatively light body, clean and semi-sweet finish.

A well-done smoked beer collaboration from two of my favorite breweries. This should delight fans of both rauchbiers/smoked beers and porters though the smoked beer lovers will probably get the best satisfaction out of this offering. I will be hunting for some more bottles of this one...!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 02:26:12 | More by beergoot
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This brew was served from the tap at MacGregor’s Grill and Tap Room in Canandaigua, NY. It arrived in a generic goblet glowing a deep brown coloring, letting up cherry wood hues around the edges. It held a one finger head of creamy café au lait colored bubbles, showing nice retention. A thin sheet of lacing was left around the glass, but it fully covering. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma gave chocolate malt roast, bread pudding sweetness, tobacco leafiness, and huge ashtray smokiness right from the start. Mixing in were notes of coppery metallics, soured yeast bite, chlorine chemicals, bacon meatiness, and big Band Aid phenols. With warmth came clovey spice, wax, and booze. Our first impression was that the flavoring showed huge, huge smoke and pork meatiness, both floating across a silky smooth and dark malt base. As we sipped, syrupy caramel and chocolate porter malts, white sugar, light maple woodiness, charred barley, massive campfire smokiness, and green grass bite started things off. Pushing to the peak were almond oils, coffee and chocolate malt roast, mossy bark, vanilla frosting, pumpernickel breadiness, chalked chocolates, and drying cocoa powder bitterness. The end came washing through with continued grit of smoke, maple sugars, sesame and fennel seed, black pepper, booze, ham meatiness, and light spruce freshness. The aftertaste breathed of continued onslaught of sweating hickory woodiness and smoke, bitterly charred chocolate malts, oily leathers, surprisingly raw barley, graphite, chalk, and rumbles of licorice. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip showed silky smooth slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with nice finishing pop. The mouth was left coated and slicked, with eventually very light crisp dryness to the tip of the tongue. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its overt smoky flavoring, of course. This rode high over a nice base porter, helping to mix things up a bit, but to also help keep things drinking interestingly. The sweetness was there, and so was the roast, with syrupy smack to the lips to round out the feel and balance. Otherwise the smoke was a bit of a novelty in its bigness, but it certainly gives the beer credibility and earns it the prefix of “imperial”. We are very glad to have finally been able to track this one down, and for those who are on the fence, it tastes pretty much like you would expect from the description, but just expect a big, bold beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 21:55:28 | More by TheBrewo
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Opaque black pour with a rich, thick, creamy light toffee colored head...very, very thick in appearance.

S - Smoke, dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, light leather.

T - Smokey dark roasted chocolate malt, tobacco, and ends with a bitter coffee bean-like lingering bitter finish.

M - Medium body with a creamy finish on the tongue.

O - Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 00:57:00 | More by jzeilinger
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Great Lakes / Deschutes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.