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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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5,603 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,603
Reviews: 1,901
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 512
Gots: 648 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with For freshest taste, please enjoy by JUN 19, 06 date.

Dark opaque brown with a large, lace producing tan head.

Sugary notes meld with chocolate with a whiff of sweet bread in the nose.

Full bodied with a round malty center, the bitter roasty tastes of this beer are well balanced by sweet caramel tinges and a spicy hop finish. Chocolate and coffee flavors intensify as the beer warms.

I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to write a review for Edmund Fitzgerald - probably because I don't have a hard time remembering how good it is.

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 oberon
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.76/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of sgoodship
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
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 SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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