Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MJR:
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with some red highlights. Above it's clear body, forms a creamy tan head. It quickly shrinks down to a small cap and leaves a bit of lace.
Smell: The aroma is full of roasted barley and coffee. I detect a bit of chocolate, but it's a distant second. There's a faint hop aroma present as well.
Taste: Bittersweet, with a huge shot of roasted malts and coffee. Once it opens up, some chocolate and burnt caramel are noticable. There's a good, firm bitterness that gets stronger towards the end, where a Cascade hop flavor washes it all down. Finishes dry, roasted, and bitter.
Mouthfeel: This is this beer's only weak point: it's a bit too thin. I'll be the first to admit that I like my porters thick and chewy, so I'd like to see some more residual sugars in the body. The finish is quite nice though, as it's nice and dry.
Drinkability: This is a damn good porter, but I can't help but wish the body was a bit thicker. None-the-less, I could put back a few of these anytime.
Many thanks to 'Realale' for lugging this brew back from Michigan for me!
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2003 13:39:28 | More by MJR
More User Reviews:
3.89/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle poured into goblet glass
A: Big sticky lookin’ body, rich shade of coal. Little bit’a carbonation can be seen sneaking up the sides of the goblet. Completely opaque, sporting almost no head. Agitation brings about a silver toned froth.
S: Dark chocolate, bitter, coffee, a lot of anise, big roasted-chocolate malts with notes of caramel, very robust nose, some wood/rooty profile, wet earth, a refined musty aroma, polished mahogany.
T: Big roasted malt right upfront, forward mouth fluctuates between roasty and hoppy, with bitterness accentuated by the tingle of the carbonation. Caramel is in attendance with subtle notes of fig and date. Earthy birch flanks the smoky malt, which is dank. Picking up a cola syrupy-sweet outline, could be the malt or a combination of multiple elements. Middle dark-chocolate filling is juxtaposed to a coffee bean bitter finish.
M: Lighter than it looks, still with medium body – not as crewy as the appearance lets on. Little bit of a coating on the mouth afterwards, sweet and smoky, stout-y.
O: Ehhh, pretty good. Not my favorite porter, but a combination of some pleasing properties. Nice ability to drink, doesn’t strike me as too heavy or filling. Reminds me of a double, without the fruity funk. I guess I’m more of a stout guy, I just wish it were chewier and bigger. Very enjoyable overall.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 03:26:52 | More by ZagZagg
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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