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

Great Lakes / Deschutes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked PorterGreat Lakes / Deschutes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter
BA SCORE
78.3%
Liked This Beer
3.91 w/ 198 ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
198
Liked:
155
Avg:
3.91/5
pDev:
11.51%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
12
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 38
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of homebrew311
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appears a dark black and opaque. Collar of head retains nicely. Smell strongly of campfire with chocolate and roasted barley. Smoke is front and center and nearly leans towards the overwhelming side. Taste feature heavy smoke with a slight astringency. Mouthfeel is thin and well carbonated. Overall, very heavy smoke almost bordering on artificial.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red-black beer in color. Quarter-inch of bubbles. Looks unlike many porters.

Chewy smoke, chocolate-covered bacon, smoked salt, hefty roast, toffee, barley, and a sweeter earthiness. Nice aroma.

Smokiness has the booty, but there's a nice chocolate and toffee flavor going on here, too. Burnt sugars, some coffee, and more unmistakable saltiness and minerality. Alcohol is a little imperialistic. Not as sweet as I expected. Pretty delicious stuff, especially for the smoke lover in me.

Carbonation has a little peck as it goes down. Opening mouth is smooth enough for an imperial porter. Alcohol has nice bite; almost a positive. Body is a little sluggish.

Nice porter. Taste really repped for the style. Smoky, but not hugely so. Has great umami.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of WesMantooth
2.92/5  rDev -25.3%
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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Photo of BT_Bobandy
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle
snifter
$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!

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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2/5  rDev -48.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ONUMello
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Great Lakes / Deschutes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 78.3% out of 100 with 198 ratings
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