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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
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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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

jaydoc, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Etan
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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.

Etan, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of smekermann
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

smekermann, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of dakotaben
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

dakotaben, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Morey, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of JorSince88
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

JorSince88, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of throwback
4/5  rDev +2.3%

throwback, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +2.3%

WOLFGANG, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of thegodfather1076
4/5  rDev +2.3%

thegodfather1076, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of jmtpi
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

jmtpi, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Stinkypuss, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of ChrisMon02
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

ChrisMon02, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

KYGunner, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of MattPfeifer
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

MattPfeifer, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

CaptainNomihodai, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Honus1, Jul 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Beer_Slayer, Jul 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Rhettroactive, Jul 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

ebenicr, Jul 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

pathman, Jul 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Gonzoillini, Jul 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

n00blar, Jul 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

goblue3509, Jul 10, 2013
Great Lakes / Deschutes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.