Great Lakes Class of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter

Great Lakes Class of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter

Rated 3.513 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Company

Cleveland, OH, United States

Style:  Imperial Porter

9% Alcohol by Volume

50 International Bittering Units

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Bold and robust with a rich chocolate aroma and subtle smoky flavor. Collaboration with Deschutes Brewery.

ID: 52967 Last updated 9 years ago Added to database 9 years ago

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Overall Rank2998
Overall Percentile94
Style Rank62 of 310
Style Percentile80
Lowest Score3.5
Highest Score4.1
Average Score3.820
Weighted Score3.513
Standard Deviation0.217

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  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 3.8 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    22 oz bottle best by 4/29/14. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

    The aroma is sweet roasted chocolate malts and some leathery smoke and a little dark fruit.

    The flavor is sweet chocolate malt with some roast and peaty liquid smoke. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

    Overall, a little sweet but nice roast and peaty liquid smoke.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.1 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A little sweeter chocolate and caramel character than expected and a little less roasted barley and coffee. The smoke is done very well. Medium bodied and smooth, especially at 9%.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.8 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    On tap at Sugar Maple, surprised to find it on tap so late in the year. I have to believe there is a strong Big Butte influence here and then you throw the smoked malt on it and its a winner.

  • QATFISH 430 reviews
    rated 3.5 9 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Warning: the appearance and aroma ratings skew the average! Incredibly dark with ruby highlights, served with no head. Aroma reminds me of delicious sweet lotus tea. Disappointing flavor, though: very mild smoke, a little bitterness, some sugar and alcohol, and something like camphor. Everyone at the table had a glass, and no one came away satisfied. It's decent, but there are much better.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.9 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Hearty smoked malt content wrapped around a chewy leathery richness. All malt with hops only providing a balance. More assertive than I thought it would be, very smoke forward. Rich and robust, hearty and filling. Dark brown body with a collapsing tan head.

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