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Great Lakes Class of ’88 Imperial Smoked Porter

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Deschutes is well-known for their award-winning Black Butte Porter, and because our Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is also a well-loved and decorated beer, it made perfect sense for us to combine our forces to create a kind of super-porter. And so, the Class of ’88 Imperial Smoked Porter was born. We both opted to use our house yeast, and of course local water makes a huge difference in the flavor, but otherwise both beers utilized the same recipe, which includes a mix of several roasted and smoked malts and muscovado sugar.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beese (1540) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2014
Draught at the Deschutes Brewpub in Portland, OR on 23 May 2013. Poured a very dark brown with a dense tan head. Aroma of cocoa nibs, smoked malt and molasses. Smoked peat in the initial flavour with notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Good, thick mouth feel. Finish was nice and bitter with roasted malt and some liquorice sweetness.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
OPIE788 (315) - Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle. smoke is the first thing I taste. Then a second of porter then smoke again. Not what I expected.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joshwoodward (565) - - JAN 3, 2014
Had a glass on tap at stones throw. Wow, delicious, big but balanced, medium smoke, quite round, slightly sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1331) - - DEC 15, 2013
Draft. Cola colored with an off white head. Aroma is leathery and smoky. Taste follows suit and adds some nice cherry and chocolate notes. Thick oily palate that sticks in the mouth. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1897) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
slight smoke but not overwhelming. malty sweetness. nice chocolate maybe some coffee notes. well done interesting beer

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2013
On tap at Stubby’s. Dark ruby brown thin brown head gone. Aroma is very smoky and roasty with some salty notes. Taste picks up plenty of smoked malts with light chocolate and finishes up sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (1999) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Off White Head, Some Lacing S: Dark Roasted Malts, Nutty, Mild Coffee T: Nutty, Dark Roasted Malts, Mild Coffee M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Filling Overall, a nice blend of two great beers, characteristics of both beers coming through.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3376) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2013
(draft @ MacGregor’s - Henrietta, NY) Dark black pour with a thick tan head. Smokey aroma with a mild roasted chocolate and burnt malt undertone. Smokey flavor at the start that moves to a roasted malt and coffee finish. Some sugar sweetness and roasted chocolate at the end.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AWISLguy (1196) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Sampled on tap at Timothy O’Toole’s in Gurnee as part of the birthday extravaganza with ck1, thanks bro! Pours a dark brown with little head. Aroma has heavy peat with caramel and smoke. Taste follows. Very scotch ale-y and not very porter-y, which is a shame as Edmund is world class as one of the components. ck1 said 12 as well.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
keanex (1401) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2013
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Black-Chestnut body, opaque, with a dense light tan head.
Aroma: Smokey with peat, hickory and campfire, along with burnt malts, big cocoa, and caramel. Sweet and smokey. Wow.
Taste: Perfect blend of dark syrupy chocolate, caramel and hickory smoke. Just an excellent beer.
Palate: Medium to thick, with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is near perfection. I was lucky enough to sample this many times over 3 kegs and it was spot on every time. Excellent beer.


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