Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by troysoy2:
4.25/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
I've always seen Great Lakes around, going to college in Pittsburgh, but never tried any of their beers until now. Now I'm sad to have waited this long.
Wow, this was beautiful. Poured it into a pint glass, and I saw two fingers of light tan head. The body of the beer is black, but when held up to the light, you can actually see through it, which is interesting for a porter. The lacing covers the glass, minus the random "swiss cheese holes".
The smell is exciting. Slight coffee equally mixed with bittersweet chocolate, a little smoky. Not the strongest scent I've smelled from a beer, but it's big and bold, yet laid back.
The taste lives up to the aroma, and then some. There's an interesting sweetness on the front, the chocolate comes through in the middle, the coffee of the back end, and then a smoky aftertaste brings up the rear.
The mouthfeel may be just a little too foamy for my liking. But maybe it helps the taste come out, so I don't really mind it.
Overall, this is a great beer, and I think I would put it up there on with the best, despite what some people may say. I was a skeptic at first, but I am pleased to say the least.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2011 07:27:10 | More by troysoy2
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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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