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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

189 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 189
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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Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

02-23-2014 19:01:57 | More by beerme626
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little_star

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

02-22-2014 04:06:46 | More by little_star
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superdoopersauce

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

02-22-2014 03:44:58 | More by superdoopersauce
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CaptDavyJones

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

02-21-2014 23:45:08 | More by CaptDavyJones
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beersdmf17

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-18-2014 02:03:50 | More by beersdmf17
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QuakeAttack

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-10-2014 03:56:41 | More by QuakeAttack
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Lukass

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-10-2014 02:13:08 | More by Lukass
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jaqo4

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-09-2014 04:09:18 | More by jaqo4
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

02-03-2014 14:56:31 | More by Davepoolesque
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BamfBacon

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.3%

02-02-2014 15:59:47 | More by BamfBacon
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Porter

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-30-2014 01:07:17 | More by Porter
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BrewUSA

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%

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~

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

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

01-07-2014 01:45:41 | More by PatrickKlopfenstein
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Lynn

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-06-2014 21:02:58 | More by Lynn
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-29-2013 05:59:37 | More by smartassboiler
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

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

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-24-2013 17:20:04 | More by IvoryFoxhole
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

12-24-2013 16:46:13 | More by AndyAvalanche
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MrBoz21

Colorado

3.36/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

12-21-2013 01:34:29 | More by MrBoz21
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baconman91

Ohio

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-17-2013 17:25:05 | More by baconman91
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-11-2013 02:51:21 | More by tbeq00
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Spider889

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

12-07-2013 04:43:44 | More by Spider889
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

12-05-2013 01:16:10 | More by ludachris
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-05-2013 01:07:55 | More by XmnwildX12
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prdrums77

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

11-28-2013 07:01:41 | More by prdrums77
Great Lakes / Deschutes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.