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

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
88
very good

187 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | FT: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MikeCactusGordon on 05-20-2013)
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Skillz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-30-2014 01:52:58 | More by Skillz
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MichPaul

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-18-2014 03:36:13 | More by MichPaul
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esktime

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-29-2014 02:04:02 | More by esktime
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ackeeper

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.3%

06-24-2014 23:17:12 | More by ackeeper
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.15/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Thanks to fiver29 for this bottle, which has been hanging around in my cellar for quite some time in a (I've not found) vain attempt to calm the smoke taste enough for my campfire hating wife. 22 oz. bottle that I (tried to) split with my wife.

Poured expertly by my youngest daughter, the pour is black like butte; I'm waiting for someone to make a clear porter (anyone remember Pepsi Clear?). Nose is heavy on the chocolate & smoke with an eau de toilette of sweet malts. Hershey Campfire.

Class of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter is indeed a 'bacon beer', as my wife would say. Smoke remains overwhelming even after a year in the bottle, like sticking your face into a smoker that's smoking smoke. Chocolate that's prominent in the nose retreats to virtual irrelevance, sitting right next to the malts. Light cream & an echo of bitterness barely show. Thick. Half of a bomber is going to be too much.

All smoke, all the time, there no subtlety, no complexity, nothing but a faceful of musty smoke. On the positive side, you could wave this beer around & frighten away mosquitoes for a good ten feet around. Too great breweries: one drain pour. Not good.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2014 03:11:16 | More by maximum12
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Ohiovania

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

06-15-2014 16:09:39 | More by Ohiovania
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

06-03-2014 01:06:04 | More by Zachtheporter
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-31-2014 17:27:40 | More by Latarnik
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Sweffin

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

05-22-2014 05:47:03 | More by Sweffin
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paulys55

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-15-2014 03:42:14 | More by paulys55
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-10-2014 07:51:15 | More by zestar
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass, just past its best by date of 4/29/14
A: Very dark brown with a one-finger head
S: Smoky, chocolate, grilled meats
T: Again smoke up front, definitely reminds me of smoked pork/turkey, along with some cocoa. The finish takes a somewhat burnt turn
M: Medium-bodied but an astringent finish
O: This has a lot going for it and it's definitely unique compared to anything else I've had from these two breweries. Worth a try though a bit pricey... that being said I think a higher hop profile with the hops' associated flavors and bitterness would add quite a bit to what's there as is

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2014 03:14:40 | More by ONUMello
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Dicers

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-09-2014 17:52:35 | More by Dicers
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

04-18-2014 01:38:56 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-28-2014 02:07:13 | More by rolltide8425
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WesMantooth

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
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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monkeybeerbelly

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

03-19-2014 21:20:25 | More by monkeybeerbelly
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Matthew607

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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thelung

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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Evarigan

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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masterofsparks

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.3%

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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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Great Lakes / Deschutes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.