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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Reviews: 1,917
Hads: 5,940
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 4.45%
Wants: 558
Gots: 873 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001

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Reviews by Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark, coffee brown with a small head of medium sized, tan bubbles and a middling retention. In body, the beer appears clear but nearly opaque from its darkness, slight hints of ruby and garnet can be seen when held to the light, but no particles seem to be present. On the nose, the beer smells of toasted oatmeal bread, rich caramel sauce, soft burnt popcorn, and fresh coffee beans moving into instant coffee mix. Light dark chocolate can be sensed from time to time in the nose, but the overall impression is of instant coffee, toast, and caramel sauce. On the tongue, the beer tastes smoothly sweet with a nice roasted bitter finish. Just a touch of acidity and a little hop bitters can be sensed in the beer towards the finish. In flavor, the beer begins as burning caramel sauce, working into light roast coffee, caramel malt, and a touch of herbal bitter hops. Light burnt popcorn flavors can also be sensed. The finish is of a middling length and is herbal bitters mingling with burnt black malt, touches of coffee, and just a hint of dark chocolate. The aftertaste is nearly non-existent. In the mouth, the beer feel on the light side of full-bodied, with a very smooth, silky mouthfeel that is just gently chewy. Carbonation is middling with a soft prickly scrub on the palate. The mouth is left a little wet with saliva but only a soft astringency on the tongue, and little else. Overall, this is a nice porter. I could put a couple of these back on a cold winter’s day and be happy, and this would pair very nicely with a thick stew or shepherd’s pie. It’s not my favorite in the style, honestly, but I think that is because it is so classically “a porter” that it doesn’t stand out much to me. I would have this again for sure, but I don’t know if I would buy it again. (1,813 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a very faint hit of dark brown along the edges. Tan colored head that mellows out to a thin span across the top of the beer leaving very little lacing on the way down. Initial smell is heavy chocolate and roasted malts, kind of had to coax it out. After the beer warmed up a bit and the glass was swirled, I started to get heavier notes of sweetness from the malts as well as some rich and milky smells. Incredible.

The taste is wonderful. First sip gives a huge roasted malt flavor up front, with a bit of a carbonation snap to it. After a little bit, more flavors start to develop: burnt campfire wood, nuttiness, sweet coffee beans, roasted grains. At the end of the sip, out comes an ever-so-slight yet still very noticeable bite from the hops, to finish the beer off with a nice floral touch. Honestly, the bitterness from the hops at the end, along with the malts and the sweetness of the chocolate is incredible - very nearly perfect in balance. Slightly creamy, but a little thin for what I was expecting.

Lovely porter, here. Great balance, great drinkability, and overall just a great beer. Anyone looking for a top-of-the-line porter should look no further (unless they haven't already had Founders Porter). Great price, easy to find, and more than enough to fulfill your dark and roasted malty needs. Give this one a shot and thank me later. (1,379 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown color, nice three finger head that slowly receded to about a quarter inch of foam that left some nice lacing.
Smell: The aroma was coffee, dark chocolate and dark roast malt, with a bit of a caramel note.
Taste: Very close to the smell, coffee and chocolate flavors were dominant, with some slight caramel flavors
Mouthfeel: Rather thin for such a robust flavor.
Overall: This was a very good beer, I'll seek this one out again. (465 characters)

Photo of DavidGross
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

great beer. had on tap and was good. (37 characters)

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

Got as a gift from a friend. Served at 10deg C in a tulip

A- Opens really well and pours a nice light brown head that stays for a bit before settling to a film. VERY dark. Almost black. Unheard of in a porter

S- Pretty good. Good coffee and smoke

T- A touch of smokiness. Good coffee and some chocolate. Nice brew all around.

M- Thin and dry as a porter should be.

O- I like this one. Best porter I ever had. Will buy again

Food Pairing

This wonderful brew went fantastic with...... BBQ'd T bone steak with baked beans on the side and buttered bread

Enjoy!! (567 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smoky, chocolate, smooth excellent porter (41 characters)

Photo of pgrose
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Buffalo, NY
L: dark Amber brown, some lacing
S: coffee/espresso
T: starts sweet, tangy middle, coffee finish
F: smooth, light carbonation
O: excellent porter style, very flavorful (190 characters)

Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I think I'll sink a few more of these. (38 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown but transparent enough that you can see ruby highlights through the glass. Pours with light tan head that settles to a film, leaving some minor lacing.
Smell: Dark roasted and caramelized aromas
Taste: Big caramel roasted malt but not over-sweet. Very lager-like balance with mild herbal hops.
Feel: Medium body, nice carbonation.

Overall: A classic porter for me. This one is robust yet very drinkable and notable for its clean lager-like caramel flavor that blends nicely with the roasted notes. (522 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Along with Kalamazoo my favorite midwestern micro beers,this beer is one of the reasons why.Pours a deep creamy brown with a very creamy off white head.The aroma is very coffee-like with some bitter chocolate notes.The taste is also very coffeeish with some slight earthiness, very creamy tasting.A smoky backbone to this makes this a great complex example of the style. (370 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Dark, muddy, almost black in color with a gorgeous head that came up with ease and down with much protest. It left some cool pits on top of the liquid and some nice lacing as well.

Smell – The chocolate came across the room at the pour. Like LBB said, it’s more of a cakey kind of chocolate than anything else. The coffee grounds are very sharp and forward as well. I can pick up some darkish malt but it is mostly trumped by the coffee and chocolate notes.

Taste – There’s an interesting bitterness that comes out at the taste, but otherwise the tongue follows the nose.

Mouthfeel – Close to medium-bodied with some very slight carbonation. The flavor profile here really sets off the taste buds in the front part of your tongue.

Drinkability – This is a terrific, easy-drinking session porter, if there is such a thing.

Comments – Thanks to garthwaite for sending me not one, but two of these babies. (938 characters)

Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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

Poured into a poboy's pint at the Cardinal Bar in Madison.

Deep coffee color and thick khaki head. Absolutely delicious. Charred coffee, rich mocha, chocolate, and caramelized sugars make up the aromas and taste. Texture is chewy and rich. The hops add the necessary bitterness to balance the malty sweetness. Finish is dry and leaves you thirsty for more. Uber drinkable. (375 characters)

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Turbo
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of brownbeer
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle gotten in trade-Cmsiley I think.

A-Black body, small white head, no ruby edges
S-Mild roasted malt, cocoa, light on smell
T-Better and Bigger than aroma, bigger coca flavor and some roasted coffe flavors, a little nutty, few hops but decent bitter finish, some sweetness, reminded me a little of a malted milkshake
M-Creamy, med-full body, some carbonation
D-I wouldn't mind having a fewe more of these. Very nice porter. (435 characters)

Photo of cjn40277
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of GBfan75
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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