Its got a lighter body, almost Baltic Porter style, though containing a big imperial flavor: it has a good lingering taste of bitter hops build in it that we all have come to enjoy from dark beers.
As it says on the bottle, its "subtle" smokey flavor gives it justice. It doesn't have an overpowering smokiness to it, but a pleasant one; not as abrasive as a typical Rauchbier or Smoked Porter that one might expect. No glass lacing either. It's a clever downplay on 2 beer archetypes. That's OK with us though!
It has a touch of sweetness in the malt character. The lingering flavors consist of milk chocolate, smoked meats, and a rye peppery taste on the tongue.
One would say it's a very approachable for an Imperial, higher ABV (9.1%) and a Smoked Porter for any craft drinker to enjoy.
Though it finishes bravely on a heavy smoked and alcoholy note, we give 2 votes for a quite tasty, and very approachable smoked porter collab for Deschutes and Great Lakes. Enjoy this beer with a summer Bratwurst a la sauerkraut and baked beans, or just on its own, next to a campfire at dusk with some friends.
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