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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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95
world-class

5,151 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,151
Reviews: 1,851
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 478
Gots: 438 | FT: 21
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001)
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Reviews by busterthecat:
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busterthecat

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -18.3%

12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. Best by date of 11/30/11.

A- Pours a rich dark amber from bottle that sits a very dark brown hue. A very big light mocha head forms before residing to a good capping. Good filmy lacing.

S- Chocolate and coffee upfront. Pretty good aroma. Could be stronger and have more depth.

T- Bittersweet chocolate all over the palate. There is some bitter zest. A very light smoke on the back end. Good.

M- Starts medium bodied then thins out. Stays wet through entire taste and finish. There is a lingering tang on the palate.

O- A good porter overall. Could have more depth and a fuller feel. Glad I tried, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

09-05-2011 03:31:30 | More by busterthecat
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

10-18-2012 11:48:47 | More by tectactoe
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oberon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

08-04-2003 22:47:57 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

07-27-2004 02:25:00 | More by RoyalT
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-17-2012 22:59:01 | More by aszatk01
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

10-14-2005 17:06:38 | More by DaPeculierDane
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-27-2013 22:22:14 | More by DanGeo
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Turbo

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-24-2013 23:24:07 | More by Turbo
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

09-26-2013 00:38:32 | More by OhioBobcat
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Zakk

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-13-2013 20:19:15 | More by Zakk
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jono0101

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-11-2013 18:30:19 | More by jono0101
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

02-14-2014 01:57:39 | More by brownbeer
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

08-22-2008 14:10:42 | More by hopsleeroy
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Greenmosheen

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-14-2014 09:29:02 | More by Greenmosheen
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-27-2014 01:09:42 | More by tbryan5
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SanFranJake

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-03-2013 01:07:07 | More by SanFranJake
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ricksrealm

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-18-2012 01:05:06 | More by ricksrealm
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ajkiser12

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-27-2012 19:57:08 | More by ajkiser12
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sgoodship

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

A:
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.
On-Tap:
Much the same. Fine looking porter.

S:
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.
On-Tap:
I'd say that the smell had a lot more oomph - more character.

T:
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.
On-Tap:
Great malt. Blackcurrant that I didn't pinpoint in the bottle. Amazingly well balanced.

M:
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.
On-Tap:
More of the same - maybe more creamy.

D:
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.
On-Tap:
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!

11-12-2008 04:00:26 | More by sgoodship
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

09-28-2013 20:26:54 | More by SkiBum22
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

11-12-2010 19:05:36 | More by BeerAdvocate
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skybluewater

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

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!

09-16-2004 01:01:43 | More by skybluewater
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

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 Lakes..one of my favorite midwest brewers!

03-02-2005 03:00:31 | More by orbitalr0x
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blitz134

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

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 try...best porter I have had, period...

05-25-2006 02:23:07 | More by blitz134
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sabitu

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

04-14-2012 00:51:17 | More by sabitu
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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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