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

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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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3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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~

BrewUSA, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

PatrickKlopfenstein, Jan 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Lynn, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

smartassboiler, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

feloniousmonk, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

IvoryFoxhole, Dec 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

AndyAvalanche, Dec 24, 2013
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3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

MrBoz21, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

tbeq00, Dec 11, 2013
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Spider889, Dec 07, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

ludachris, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 05, 2013
Great Lakes / Deschutes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.