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:
No notes at this time.

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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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of brez8791
2/5  rDev -47.9%

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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Photo of bcm75
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
2.53/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of WesMantooth
2.92/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

With all due respect, not good. Someone else mentioned something about being brewed with old rubber. That is spot on. Smells like a ball of rubber bands. I admit, my expectations were high given that these 2 breweries make some of the best porters in existence, but this is a big miss in my opinion. It does taste better than it smells (thank God) but nothing that would make me buy it again. In fact, I would probably turn it down for free. I am being objective when I say that it is a stretch to rate this as "OK", which is shocking. Looks like I am being harder on it than everyone else maybe? Just baffled. Maybe I had a bad bottle...

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of CEDAMA
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of ackeeper
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of masterofsparks
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of ebenicr
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of PopnLoads
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: a deep brown/ black. opaque and a thin tan head that leaves a side lacing

Smell: smoked maple bacon. not much works its way around that

Taste: some notes of roasted malts and chocolate but i am mostly getting bacon in liquid form. not very drinkable to me

Mouthfeel: leaves a smoky taste behind. other wise of good body

Overall: loved black butte and edmund fitzgerald but this bordered on the wrong side of undrinkable for me. smoked beers just aren't me i guess

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of MrBoz21
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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.

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

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of deuce9259
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of ClePaul
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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~

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Photo of PieOhMy
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of moodyxc9
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Ohiovania
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.84 out of 5 based on 198 ratings.
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