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

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Great Lakes / Deschutes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked PorterGreat Lakes / Deschutes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BT_Bobandy on 05-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
198
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.98%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
12
For Trade:
2
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2.53/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Very tasting porter. Not as smoky as I would have liked.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.8/5  rDev +25%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of maximum12
2.2/5  rDev -42.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.8/5  rDev -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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Great Lakes / Deschutes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 198 ratings.
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