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
Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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 ODYSEYY
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.01/5  rDev -23%
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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Photo of speedvagen
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JMS1512
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Duckworths. Just a darkish brown pour, not as dark as one might expect, with a frothy layer of cream head. Laced quite well.

Aroma, some smoke and toasted malt. Light milk chocolate.

Taste, kind of sweeter malt up front, caramel, with some dark chocolate and honey roast peanut. Beechwood barbeque takes over from there, heavy smoke.

Creamy and not real heavy. Coats well enough though. A nice drinker if you are ready for it. This is the best part of this brew for sure. No alcohol.

If you're going to advertise smoke it better be there and it is with this one. The porter behind it is fairly average, which is Extreamely surprising considering the porters these two brewers put out.

Worth trying once for sure.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Etan
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a cervoise.

A: Pours black with brownish tinges with an (oddly) off-white head.

S: Meaty smoked grain dominates the nose, with hints of cherry and coffee roast and soft cocoa.

T: The smoke is prevalent but more restrained in the taste. Pleasant woodfire smoke, mild roasted grain, residual malty sweetness, chocolate.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Could be a bit thicker.

O: A nice smoked porter, with the smoke being assertive yet pleasant. Mouthfeel could be a bit better but overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of smekermann
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of dakotaben
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Does not appear very carbonated and a thick tan head shows on pour. A hazy, chocolaty brown look.

S - It has the nice aroma of a malty smoked chocolate. Smoke is evident in the scent.

F - A sweet, malty flavor for sure and once again the smoke is apparent, but not overbearing. There is a faint chocolate taste and low hops. Light alcohol burn finishes off my pull

M - Medium to medium heavy mouth feel. Low carbonation

O - This is a nice heavy beer and I really liked that I could taste the smoke, but it was not overpowering. The twinges of chocolaty sweetness marry the punch of alcohol and heavy malt quite nicely. I am somewhat new to porters and I really like this beer.

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Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JorSince88
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of throwback
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of thegodfather1076
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jmtpi
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Dark brown with a white head and plenty of lace. Perfect clarity, and has amber hues in the right shade of light.

SMELL: Roast, dirty smoke, meat, coal.

TASTE: Roasted malt, good bit of smoke, then some malty sugars and coffee notes emerge from the smoke making for a fine, smooth drinking stout. Fire roasted marshmallow notes. Like drinking a campfire for sure, this has a little of everything roasted.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated, thick feel.

OVERALL: A great beer. Smokey and delicious, worth getting a chance to try. Great collaboration.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of KYGunner
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This porter poured a deep brown to one shade off black. The head was strangely off white an collared to a froth.

The scent was relatively mild with with roasted coffee notes, smoke or char and a toasted malt.

The taste was quite subtle at first but delving deeper in, the smoke appears at the forefront. I began to catch glimpses of chocolate malt, caramel and coffee roast. Nothing overwhelming but a nice smooth tasteful ride through a lightly carbonated drink.

Overall, this is good and worthy of another try but could use the Imperial treatment.

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Photo of MattPfeifer
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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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