Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The Edmund Fitzgerald has an ABV of 5.8% and has an amazing drinkability factor to it. Though some porters might be better off as being a single offering, the smooth yet flavorful complexity of this offering make the Edmund Fitzgerald an ideal session beer.
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle, Edmund Fitzgerald pours a very deep and dark brown to almost black color. There is a very nice amount of a creamy tan head that stays with the pour for a while and then lends way to a similar tan to off-white lacing that holds true throughout the tasting.
There is a perfectly balanced amount of carbonation to this beer which for a porter sort of impressed me. Some porters strike me as being too flat in nature, but this offering had the right amount of carbonation to really work the beer across the palate.
The smell is a bit faint for this offering but there is certainly enough to be taken away from the smell. Immediately what you notice is a roasted malt barley characteristic with a hint of coffee mixed in, as well. Malts seem to be the predominant theme in the smell, and the taste can quickly be imagined.
The taste is certainly what makes the Edmund Fitzgerald a true winner. There is simply put an Ideal roasted malt flavor with nice additions of coffee and chocolate present. This beer has a very rich and dark complex flavor to it but stays away from being too burnt or overdone when it comes to the roasted coffee highlights. There is a symbiosis to the flavor that truly works and the malted characteristics present in the nose certainly are all that you were hoping for in the taste.
The taste then leads into a balanced mouthfeel that is interesting to say the least. There are times when you almost forget that you are drinking a porter and note a stout because the complex pairing of the malt and the coffee notes often bring to mind a nice coffee stout. However, there is a bit less creaminess to this porter than might be present in a stout and there is a smoothness that will keep you coming back.
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2008 13:28:15 | More by Bounty628
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