Great Lakes / Deschutes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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3.96/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a very deep ruby red with a thin tan head. The head lingers, taking its time dissipating.
Smell is mainly chocolate and coffee, and a little bit of roasted malt.
Starts out with some chocolate notes, there's hints of fruit, maybe raisin. Has a very light smoke flavor at the end, as well as a bit of a hop bite. The flavor is a bit like a dark chocolate bar with raisins, in liquid form.
Very nice smooth feel to it, with just a little tingle from the carbonation.
I am a big fan of Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, and this is a nice variation on it. Very drinkable, and flavorful. The alcohol is well hidden, so treat it with respect. Glad I took a chance on this one, I enjoyed it.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2013 02:42:02 | More by Vixie
4.39/5 rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is for the Deshutes version since there is not a beer review set up for it yet and it would not let me unless I have reviewed 20 beers.
A- Pours dark brown, almost non existent head.
S- Chocolate, A little heavy on the smokiness (may subside with aging).
T- Chocolate, lightly roasted malts, and balanced on the front. On the finish the smokiness comes through. Overall well balanced, tasty.
M- Medium bodied, slightly silky, very drinkable, decent carbonation on the mouth not in the visual.
O- This was a pretty nice beer from Deschutes and definitely did not disappoint. It had the qualities of a decently solid porter with a unique twist with the addition smokiness. Overall this was a very drinkable Porter, I did buy (8) 22's for the Cellar.
Serving type: Tap (Deschutes (Portland) Brew Pub)
Serving type: on-tap
05-22-2013 17:34:57 | More by WelshBrewer
4.46/5 rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz. bottle
$9.88 at the GLBC Gift Shop
Hand bottled and labeled
Well balanced with what you would expect from an Imp Porter...vanilla/coff/choc with a nice toasty/nutty thing going on. Dangerously drinkable. Smoke flavor was just a tad strong for what I like, but it wasn't overly abusive or anything. I would put this up there with Ballast Point's Victory at Sea in terms of quality, but that beer really is more "stout-ish"...this guy was lighter and easier to drink. I would probably recommend letting it sit for a couple months.
Very well done. I would seek this one out. I'm going to buy a few more and really give this a few tries over the next year.
Cheers! And a big thank you to two of my favorite breweries for putting this collaboration beer out there. Thank you!
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2013 18:25:24 | More by MikeCactusGordon
Great Lakes / Deschutes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.