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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5,877 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,877
Reviews: 1,957
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 544
Gots: 841 | FT: 23
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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Ratings: 5,877 | Reviews: 1,957
Reviews by RichieS2:
Photo of RichieS2
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Czech pils glass.

A- Opaque black that turns dark red when held up to the light. Creamy amber head.

S - Plenty of roasted malts greet the palate, very promising.

T - Pleasingly think and perfectly bittersweet. Chocolate notes and licorice are there as well, I am impressed. Must admit though that there is a weird aftertaste.

M - Nice and thick.

D - Would definitely have another.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of timontheroad
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of DavidGross
4.25/5  rDev 0%

great beer. had on tap and was good.

Photo of DaveBar
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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


Photo of CraigP83
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smoky, chocolate, smooth excellent porter

Photo of pgrose
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of maedhros09
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of sgoodship
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my second review of this fine brew. An old favorite of mine but this was the first chance I had to sample it on-tap at the Great Lakes Brewery - doesn't get better than that.

Old Bottle Review. I said:
Pours a very dark brown - almost black with nice mahogany brown colors visible at the edges. It has a nice coffee stained inch high head that stays with you a good part of the way. Exceptional lacing - really sticks to the glass.
Much the same. Fine looking porter.

Old Bottle Review. I said:
The smell is roasted malt, coffee and a little chocolatey but it is subtler than many porters. It really doesn't overpower you - just a nice dry smell. Becomes more hoppy toward the end.
I'd say that the smell had a lot more oomph - more character.

Old Bottle Review. I said:
The taste is what you would expect but you get some fruitiness followed by a very good hoppy bitterness that is sour and dry - very fulfilling. The great sour end dissipates back to a more coffee aftertaste. Just feels right - great taste progression.
Great malt. Blackcurrant that I didn't pinpoint in the bottle. Amazingly well balanced.

Old Bottle Review. I said:
Light medium body. I always expect it to be heavier in body but it may be less drinkable if it was. The carbonation is light and that seems to suit it just fine. Feels smooth and creamy on the palette and as it slips down the throat.
More of the same - maybe more creamy.

Old Bottle Review. I said:
Very enjoyable and exceptionally easy to drink. I think it is because it is subtle - not too complex a porter.
Has more bold character but still amazingly drinkable. They served it too cold at the brewery. This beer really doesn't start delivering the goods until it warms up nicely. Enjoy!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

Brewed in memory of the sunken freighter Edmund Fitzgerald.

Nearly all the way black with some ruby highlights. Smells of one of those $5 iced chocolaty espresso concoctions. Rolling smoothness adds to the drinkability. Medium, chewy body with rich tones of caramels, creamed coffee and dark chocolate. Hops keep an even keel with the malt, yet never become too sharp, with an herbal flavor that fades to citrus. Dry, chocolate-cookie finish.

It's a split decision whether it would go better with a rich German chocolate cake or a crock of braised short ribs; either way, this is one choice American Porter.

Photo of skybluewater
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, I get to try this one, which I've heard a lot about. Bottle says "Enjoy by Jul 22 /04"-Oops! Pours what appears to be black, but is really dark mahogany. In fact, I can actually see through this beer. Big, big head recedes, leaving a tiny bit of lace. Smells like a chocolate coffee bar, very nice. Taste is of bitter coffee and chocolate.

Very quaffable porter here (the fact that it's past due really didn't affect the taste, although I'd love to try a fresh sample), but I probably wouldn't travel long distances for it again (I got this in Wisconsin). But if you see it somewhere, don't hesitate to grab a sixer or two for those cold days ahead. Just be sure to check the date!

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've finally got around to try this one. Pours a deep dark black with a nice finger of tan head on top. Brown comes through when held to the light. A nice vibrant mix of aromas...big roastiness, bittersweet chocolate, hints of coffee and a nice hop nose. Very nice.

First sip brings a wonderful roasty, burnt maltiness along with a nice mix of bittersweet chocolate, ground coffee and a nice piney, floral hop bitterness that plays along with the sweetness. This is a wonderfully well balanced porter and just so damn tasty. Yum.

Mouthfeel is damn near perfect for the style...a nice medium body with small bubbly carbonation. I'd have to say this brew is incredibly drinkable...easily sessionable. Yet another super tasty, enjoyable brew from Great of my favorite midwest brewers!

Photo of blitz134
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What more could you ask for in a porter, nearly pitch black with some crimson highlights through the body. A solid inch thick tan head formed on the pour, reduced to a foam cap that holds on nicely. Lacing clings randomly about my pint glass.

Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a bit of sweetness prevail in the aroma. A touch of floral hops come through as well.

Taste is loaded with flavors, this is not your one-dimensional typical porter, this one has some actual complexity. Taste is initially a tiny bit sweet but then some of the carbonation comes in and strips that away, the transition after that is of chocolate and mild coffee. Finish is a bit of bitterness. Nicely done overall.

Good medium mouthfeel, typical to style. Fair amount of carbonation makes it light on the tongue, but this one still coats the mouth well. Drinkability is really good. This one is too easy to put back with its complex flavor and crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel.

Well done, a must porter I have had, period...

Photo of nickadams2
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours dark brown with reddish brown hue. Thick white head. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Coffee ,roasted malt,and dark chocolate.

T_Rich coffee up front. Roasted malt and dark chocolate. Hops present in the finish goes great with the coffee and balances out the sweetness from the chocolate malt.

M_Full bodied but not too heavy. Lots of carbonation which in my opinion seperates most porters from stouts.

D_Easy drinker.

This is easily my favorite porter. Good go too beer.

Photo of NWer
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown into my tulip. Nice brown head leaves foamy rim around the glass. A beautiful pour.
Milky smooth front end with a very slight cloying at the finish. Coffee, caramel, chocolate notes.
This is a very good representation of the style. Just a little thin at the back end that leaves it a little lacking.

Photo of grynder33
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small head on the pour,aroma was faint, really had to dig but there was a little chocolate there,taste however was very bold,nice chocolate taste fills the palate with a coffee aftertaste, little bit of a chewy texture, distinct currant taste comes on to mix with the always present mocha flavor,towards middle it gets sweeter, almost like hershey syrup. This is really good stuff. Would have rated it higher if there had been a fuller aroma.

Photo of Beaver13
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours an almost opaque dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a mellow, slightly metallic, chocolate with notes of coffee and hops.

The flavor is big on chocolate malts intially, some dark fuits, and a decent hop finish. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. The aftertaste is sticky and slightly metallic bitterness.

Overall, a fine porter. Chocolately with a nice hop balance.

Photo of shapudding
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dated August 26, 2004. Dark and clear chestnut, but held to the light you can catch a bit of ruby. Khaki dusting in a ring. Wonderful aroma, thick chocolate and coffee with a bit of hops shooting through. Nice and dark! Smooth and silky, barely feel the carbonation, but not flat at all. Chocolate and hoppy flavors, bit with a snap in there... but yet smooth. Very nice and highly enjoyable! Thanks to Brandon/Pissky for this gifted brew!

Photo of generallee
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It appears dark and opaque. It has a dark black color with deep crimson highlights when held up to light. The head is tan, thick and foamy with good retention. Some light tan lace slowly sides down the glass, chasing the head, as I drink.

Smell: The aroma is full and rich. It has notes of caramel with a strong dark roasted malt presence that has a deep roasted espresso character.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has deep chocolate roasted malts with flavor notes of coffee and cream with bittersweet chocolate. The hops play well off the malt and further develop the bittersweet chocolaty flavors before slowly fading out into the finish. The palate is smooth, creamy and slightly slick with mild carbonation and a medium to full body.

Notes: Outstanding. This porter is one of my personal favorites, with a wonderful balance of flavors and drirkability. I would highly recommend this as a stand alone drink or even pairing it with your favorite chocolate.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - 1-finger head that's a light tan pillow of fine foam. Dissipates rather slowly, leaving a solid film ringed on the glass. Dark chocolate brown and quite opaque.

S - Hops jump right up into the nose. As it warms in the glass, freshly-ground medium roast coffee with a touch of well-done caramel and toffee emerge.

T - Dark 75% chocolate right up front accompanied by morning roast coffee and malt, followed by roasted nut mix on the sides of the tongue. Bittering hops push most of that aside and take over for the finish.

M - Medium carbonation, neither creamy or fizzy. Decent structure. Body tastes a tad thin for the style and level of roasting. Finish really cleans off the palate, leaving it on the dry side.

D - With the trend of American porters being hopped-up almost-stouts in disguise, this is a good example of that, especially with all the hops in the finish. That's fine if that's what you're looking for, but I like to see less roasting and sweeter/maltier tastes throughout with only enough hops for balance in my porters. Even so, I could drink two or three of these and be happy.

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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