Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by GR_Rick:
4.53/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz bottle dated "enjoy by 11/22/12".
A: Pours very dark with a nice, thick tan colored head. A bit of transparency (red) through the light, but hard to see anything but dark brown/black without some effort. Beautiful small "wispy" foam sticks around on the top leading to very nice lacing as the beer is consumed. One of more appealing looking beers I've ever had.
S: Nice, clean roasty smell. Almost like burnt coffee, but not a bad smell at all. i could smell this beer all day.
T: Follows the nose almost exactly. A little bit of bitterness on the back end of the sip, which goes away rather quickly in favor of some fantastic dark, roasty notes, which linger for some time. I get a little bit of sweetness mid-palate, and kept thinking I was getting some metallic notes toward the back of the sip, but they never sustained, so I'm not knocking this beer for that.
M: Nice and thick (thicker than I expected) body, which I love. Thicker and more creamy than many stouts. Moderate carbonation, which fits well with the beer. I don't usually like carbonation in darker beers, but it really works well here.
O: Really, really nice beer. I can see why it's so highly regarded. Really nothing I can find here that I don't like. The only negative I can come up with, and i'm stretching for one, is the lack of flavor complexity. This is really more of a personal preference, as I really enjoy barrel aged beers that pull out hints of vanilla, bourbon, coffee, etc. I'm getting less complexity here, but the beer is spot on for what it's meant to be. For me, this will now be the Porter against which all others are judged. Excellent brew, and a fantastic way to end my night. I'll definitely be buying this again.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2012 04:24:50 | More by GR_Rick
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3.5/5 rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured around 60 degrees (F) into a chilled Weissen glass.
A - Two fingers of sticky tan head that hung around for a couple minutes, before settling into about a half-finger's worth with some lacing of the glass. Very dark brown, although the tiniest bit of light shines through when held up to a lamp, revealing clarity and a slight ruby tinge. No evident carbonation (besides the head).
S - roasty malt notes on the nose, but not very forward. I'm finding a weak nose to be a trend with the Great Lakes stuff.
T - Nice roasty malt character, with some hints of chocolate, black cherry, cola, and maybe a touch of coffee. Sweetness of a cola balanced with bitterness of dark chocolate or coffee. No hop presence.
M - a bit flabby. Medium to full bodied like whole milk, but I'm getting an aqueous impression (as though water was added). Little to no noticeable carbonation.
Very good, but the flavors seem a little disjoint and the mouthfeel is just ok. Not the most mind-expanding porter I've had lately.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 23:54:42 | More by redearth329
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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