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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald PorterGreat Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

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1,935 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,935
Hads: 6,016
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 569
Gots: 921 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001

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Photo of slusk
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a clear, dark garnet with a thin tan head.

S: A bit of woody hop, Dark fruit and raisin. Some coffee and bread crust

T: Big flavor. Woody, almost hickory smoke flavor with some burnt sugar and coffee. Dark fruits in the background, mostly prune or raisin. The bitterness is well balanced by the sweet malt. Many layers of flavor here. Nice bread crust in a semi dry finish.

F: A bit chewier than the typical porter I think. Medium body and Low carbonation.

O: The flavor surprised me. The smell doesn't compare to the explosion of big flavor in this beer. Everything balances well and it has a brilliant complexity. There's a bit of warming in the finish. Quickly becoming one of my favorite porters. Well done. (726 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an opaque brown with a thin off-white head. A wonderful Carmel, chocolate, nut smell. A very sweet malt right off the back. Mid has just a touch of coffee and hop that slides into chocolate nut goodness. A wonderful porter! (233 characters)

Photo of Srs5768
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Few breweries have a year-round porter in their portfolio and even fewer would dare to launch with one now. Roasty, nutty, malty and fuller-bodied than one might expect of a Porter -- a style which at times can tend toward the watery -- this is a true world-class example of the style and worthy of your fridge. (311 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks Ozzylizzard for a great trade!

A : The body is chocolate brown and 100% opaque. The head pours 1 finger, retaining a beige/pink color and leaving small hills of lace like coffee froth on the sides of the pint glass. Soon the head is reduced to a creamy lid simply capping off the dense body.

S : Chocolate and black licorice both tag team and fight for dominance, behind that a sweet aromatic vanilla cream and some slight blended coffee and malts. A solid aroma that remains simple and sweet...but for me it's just not loud enough and lacks depth.

T : It's strong off the bat with alcohol and lots of charred barley, but I'm lacking some serious wow factor here. The off-note seems to be from fresh peeled and eaten snap peas, it's just very vegetal. Beyond that I'm tasting vanilla bean, dark coffee, cacao nibs, and graham cracker. There's a hint of bubble gum behind it as well, and while I like those yeasty flavors, in a Porter style it doesn't belong.

For some reason I just think of a piano when I'm tasting this. It's a mental picture. I'm not sure why. It's classy, glassy, elegant, with ivory and ebony notes (vanilla and chocolate respectively). It sits heavy in the belly and fills me up more than I'd like to be.

F : It's sticky, thick, rich, and sappy. I like it, it's the proper thickness, and ends with roasted coffee dryness and slight wet parchment paper.

O : It's a solid beer but in my opinion, far from the "world class" rating it gets. I've had much better porters and I don't think I'll be going back to this one again. (1,559 characters)

Photo of jaxray8
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not porter guy per SE. I think most breweries make them too sweet or too dark so when I have a good one I appreciate it... And this is one is awesome. It's better on tap then in a bottle but still fantastic. (207 characters)

Photo of puck1225
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a creamy light brown head. Tastes of coffee, caramel, and toast. Smooth feel on the tongue. Very enjoyable. Bought some on a recent trip to PA. Will buy more when back that way, (205 characters)

Photo of dd43
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a fantastic porter, I'd put this up there with Founders Porter as one of my favorites in the style category with a slight edge going towards founders.

Tan foamy head of a finger or two depending on the pour, laces well. Aromas of toasty bread, a light coffee note, and dark chocolate. Flavors are more toasted wheat bread crust and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, which I feel is something that separates porters from stouts (especially imperial) even though there really isn't a textbook definition of what delineates these beer styles.

So happy to have finally procured this in NJ, sadly my home state of CT doesn't carry Great Lakes. Worth seeking out, I can only imagine what this is like on tap. (723 characters)

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the best porters readily available- may be the best available tbh. Pours black, nice coffee on the nose with a little cocoa and an almost licorice scent. Thin, but that is to be expected as this ABV. A masterpiece in every way for the style. (254 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to tulip. Dark, rich brown color with two fingers tan head that settles to a solid finger of creamy head with exceptional retention and lacing. Aroma is roast coffee and bittersweet cocoa. Tastes follows, but not overly roasted or bitter. Smooth, medium feel. Highly drinkable. Something to have again and again. (331 characters)

Photo of Zonk
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown allowing only a bit of light through it. Thick creamy tan head.

Roasty caramelish aromas. Definitely get cocoa and a bit of coffee.

On the palate lots of cocoa, a bit of burnt sugar (think roasted marshmellow), and some coffee.

Medium mouthfeel. Remains crisp, not too thick. (305 characters)

Photo of jmasher85
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A perfectly good porter and a regular at the local bar I used to frequent in DC. Nothing mindblowing here, but better than most flagship, tap-standard porters out there. Nice balance - not too sweet or bitter, and no flavors that try to blast out at you, which is nice. (271 characters)

Photo of FrancisM12
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dark pour, but not black. Head is OK. Only avg thing about this beer. Chocolatey, creamy, coffee taste with nice hops in there. Smells just like it taste. Crisp feel. Everything you would want in a porter. I'm a big fan. (220 characters)

Photo of MichaelProcton
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Velvety, chocolaty, rich and delicious. Also very satisfying on the mouth, full and creamy. I was surprised, though, that it wasn't prettier. Decent lacing, but not a great head or a particularly dark color, even on tap. Still, a delicious beer I'd have again and again. (273 characters)

Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really a big porter fan but I thought I should at least try and expand my horizons. Pours a nice dark red/chocolate brown color. Little to no carbonation with thin creamy caramel color head. Taste immediately like coffee and toffee with a milder coffee finish. Lacing is very good. Overall, I think this is a good solid brew for anyone whom enjoys porters. (365 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brownish but not quite black under a solid one-inch thick tan head which slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves spots of lace. Aromas of roasted malt and flavors of dark chocolate. Well balanced and smooth finish. (225 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have probably had this porter several hundred times. Time to rate it, but critically, because I've been thinking for a while that our local favorites at great lakes need to look at doing a v2 of some of these venerable brews.

Its dark and has a great head and nice small bubbles. The aroma is clean, roastyand malty.

The taste is a great balance of roast, sweet malts, and a bit of hops. Very drinkable and refreshing for an American Porter. The aftertaste lingers perfectly. It is a great Porter but ....

I would like to see the raising of the Edmund Fitzgerald. A slightly bigger version. I loved Alberta Clipper, with its fruity overtones. A new version of this, like the Stone 2.0 versions, is due (and a new label does not count). (741 characters)

Photo of Phoneguy
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a "Nonic" pint glass with a deep reddish-brown hue and a thick 3/4" head that left nice lacing on the glass.Coffee & chocolate in the aroma. Smoky, chocolate, vanilla, coffee notes in flavor. Creamy, firm mouth feel with just the right amount of carbonation and a slightly dry finish. One of the best porters I have tried! I think I'll pour the next one into a tulip glass to really let it breathe. (411 characters)

Photo of PhillyJay1701
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Look: Deep brown color with light-robbing qualities; tan head that tastes as good as it looks.

Smell: cocoa, vanilla, smoky coffee notes, a sweetness that I can't quite place... exquisitely smelling beer.

Taste: I'm not sure I can adequately convey how awesome this tastes. There is a smoky coffee flavor pervading throughout. Choco-vanilla and some dark fruit notes (dates?) are also present. The coffee flavor gives it a bitterness that rounds out the swallow and leaves you with a pleasant smoky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: low fizziness and a creamy, somewhat heavy feel, almost stout-like.

Just an intense, beautiful drinking experience. Honestly.

Link to my YouTube review of this beer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuU-td5fOXU (781 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, with a full tan head.....it has a roasty, coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Lots of dark malt. The taste is bitter, roasty, and intense. Full in body and very satisfying. (184 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a deep dark brown/amber with 1/2" tan head that recedes pretty quickly. Retention is pretty good. Lacing is not really present.

S: Cocoa & vanilla jump out of the glass. Almost some pitted fruit/dark berry undertones. Brown sugar. Smells great.

T: Following the nose this is a bit of a disappointment. Milk chocolate & raspberry are the two components that seem to dominate the palate. A skootch of hop-bitterness toward the finish. Not as complex as I'd hoped.

M: Lowish carb & perfectly, silkily creamy feel. Just heavy enough on the palate to remind you that you're drinking a porter.

O: There are high notes & there are average notes. Nothing about this brew is sub-par. (729 characters)

Photo of Cheeseboo
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Nothing like the shipwreck it is named after. :-) It pours very nice with a good head. The taste is just a tiny bit bitter, but doesn't ruin the experience. It's so smooth! (190 characters)

Photo of Gear54
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass

Beer is pitch black with 1/2 finger of thin kaki head with little retention.

Smell is coffee, coco, and roasted malts. Classic porter aroma

Taste follows smell exactly! Again very classic porter flavor profile. Roasted malts and coco sweetness followed by coffee and black licorice.

Overall this is a craft beer classic and should be enjoyed by every beer enthusiast at least once. (419 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2-16-15. Threshold glass. BB 5-18-15.

Appearance: Extremely dark with ruby highlights at the edges - light barely gets through. 1 finger tan head. Rocky, with very nice lacing.

Aroma: Very earthy/roasty; "dirty" smell (in a good way). A little duller than usual.

Taste: Slightly tart, dry arrival. Clean, slightly sweet, earthy, roasty mid-palate. Damp leaves. Bitter, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Good weight without being heavy. Solid carbonation. Not slick.

Overall: A real winner. I will buy this every winter, without fail, because it is consistently excellent. (588 characters)

Photo of mozart4898
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - 12 oz bottle, poured to pint glass. 1 1/2 finger of slightly off white head that slowly dwindles to a very persistent foamy ring . Near black appearance but when held to light shows beautiful clarity - dark brown with a dark red tint. Looks awesome.
S - Coffee, unsweetened cocoa. A hint of spice. Robust. Rich aroma.
T - Rich malt, roasty character that stays with you after each sip. Bittersweet chocolate/cocoa is the primary flavor. Perhaps the slightest hint of spicy hop character comes through as well, along with an equally slight hint of alcohol. Amazing perfect combination of flavors.
F - For me perhaps the only place I'd want a little more - wish this was just the slightest bit "chewier." Not thin and watery by any means but I'd like just a little more body. Carbonation spot on.
O - I'm still relatively new to rating beers (although several of those I've rated are beers I've had a number of times). Still when actually breaking it down and analyzing what I'm tasting, it seems I can still be surprised by familiar beers. This is one of those - I've always liked this beer but never quite realized how good it really is. I will probably never give a 5 in any category just to leave room for something unexpected so for me this beer makes a very close run at "perfection." Amazing job on this one GLBC.

*** As a chef, one of my "signature dishes" is a coffee rubbed, porter braised short rib. Guess what beer is the secret ingredient? *** (1,475 characters)

Photo of Jonoesh5
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chocolate brown body with minimal khaki head. A sweet, smokey nose similar to tobacco. Very pleasant. Tastes of sweet tobacco, toasty malts, and bitter hops. Bitter notes prevail, and tobacco lingers in the aftertaste, but no flavor is pronounced. Mouthfeel is dryish and lightly carbonated. Overall, a very sessionable porter with an accessible flavor profile. I wish there was more of a statement from this brew, as nothing makes this beer excellent, but definitely well-crafted and enjoyable. (495 characters)

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,935 ratings.