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

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Very Good
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
pDev:
11.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Purchased a growler yesterday which has remained unopened until the time of review. Aggressive pour into a nonic pint glass produced a modest head that quickly dissipated into a thin layer of tan bubbles, lacing present. Dark and rusty in color with hints of ruby where light strikes the glass.

Burnt molasses, caramelized sugars are prominent in the nose. The stale smell that a campfire leaves on your clothing. Leather? Mesquite-esque.

Bitter char is heavy on the palate, distracting. Bittersweet chocolate. Faint booze in the background. Dark fruit and tobacco.

Not as full bodied as I'd like, adequate carbonation. After two glasses my mouth feels fatigued.

This would be great in a marinade. I'm not crazy about it, perhaps I should shy away from smoked beers. If you can't find this in your area, eat some BBQ Lays, smoke a cigarette and wash it all down with an Edmund Fitzgerald.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Bell's snifter from growler filled at Weiland's Gourmet Market in Columbus, OH. This was the last growler-fill of the keg.

A - Pours a lighter brown in color, small, .5 finger, off white head.

S - Certainly a good amount of smoke up front. Note of coffee, bready malt, a faint hint of chocolate.

T - Very good blend present of that burnt, smoke taste, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and even some vanilla. A little sweet in the beginning before fading to that smokiness. Good blend here.

M - Very smooth, a little light, but still a full taste. Amazing this is 9%

Overall - A solid brew here. I can't say it's better than either of their standout porters on their own, but they did a good job here with blend and adding a rich smokiness. Glad I got to try it.

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4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

@ Tasty Beverage

Served in a small snifter, appears a dark brown color - nearly black in fact, until about half way through, when a deep chestnut comes through. A slim, creamy covering settles on top. Mellow, pleasant smoky aromas greet the nose along with roasty grain, chocolate, and fruity wood notes...clean overall. Meaty, smoky malt flavor, though not as nearly intense as some smoked beers. Lightly sweet raisin bread, roasted malts, with a little finishing bite. Comes across simple, but quite tasty and satisfying. Medium bodied, solid carbonation and some dryness. There's a little heat, but otherwise this is super easy to drink for 9%. A great job, coming from two of America's most respected porter brewers.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The Class of ‘88 Imperial Smoked Porter pours a darker mahogany brown color. It’s not opaque. Burgundy highlights are noted throughout when held to light. It’s capped with a tan head that rises to nearly a finger in height. It quickly falls back to a surface covering. Lacing was rather light and spotty. Not bad.

The nose kicks off with a fairly strong smoky scent. It blends nicely with the chocolate and roasted malts that follow. The malt varieties seem to be present in roughly equal proportions. Smells like there’s a healthy amount of coffee present. I like that a lot. There might be some light dark fruit notes buried in there. Tough to tell. Alcohol is noted, but doesn’t seem too strong. Doesn’t smell like 9%. It’s rather straight forward, but it smells good. Everything works together nicely.

The flavor is very consistent with the nose. This one isn’t incredibly deep or complex, but it is tasty. Roasted and chocolate malts are the base. Bittersweet dark chocolate and cocoa flavors are noted. Roasted coffee is definitely in the mix and complements the malts well. The smoky flavor is really nice and works extremely well. It really drives the flavor. There is a touch of tangy dark fruit on the tail. Alcohol doesn’t seem to be much of a factor. I am surprised it’s 9%. Doesn’t seem that strong at all. Finishes malty and smoky.

The body feels light and a bit watery. It’s too thin. Needs more body. Carbonation is active, but doesn’t seem buzzy or overbearing. For what it’s worth, it’s easy drinking. It’s tasty and disappearing fast.

Rogue and Great Lakes Brewing Company did a nice job with this one. It’s an interesting release for a 25th Anniversary collaboration, but I like the left of center approach. The fact that it’s good beer is even better. My only complaint is that the body is too thin. Good stuff otherwise. Certainly worth checking out.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Pours a very deep ruby red with a thin tan head. The head lingers, taking its time dissipating.

Smell is mainly chocolate and coffee, and a little bit of roasted malt.

Starts out with some chocolate notes, there's hints of fruit, maybe raisin. Has a very light smoke flavor at the end, as well as a bit of a hop bite. The flavor is a bit like a dark chocolate bar with raisins, in liquid form.

Very nice smooth feel to it, with just a little tingle from the carbonation.

I am a big fan of Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, and this is a nice variation on it. Very drinkable, and flavorful. The alcohol is well hidden, so treat it with respect. Glad I took a chance on this one, I enjoyed it.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is for the Deshutes version since there is not a beer review set up for it yet and it would not let me unless I have reviewed 20 beers.

A- Pours dark brown, almost non existent head.

S- Chocolate, A little heavy on the smokiness (may subside with aging).

T- Chocolate, lightly roasted malts, and balanced on the front. On the finish the smokiness comes through. Overall well balanced, tasty.

M- Medium bodied, slightly silky, very drinkable, decent carbonation on the mouth not in the visual.

O- This was a pretty nice beer from Deschutes and definitely did not disappoint. It had the qualities of a decently solid porter with a unique twist with the addition smokiness. Overall this was a very drinkable Porter, I did buy (8) 22's for the Cellar.

Serving type: Tap (Deschutes (Portland) Brew Pub)

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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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Great Lakes / Deschutes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 198 ratings
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