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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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5,456 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,456
Reviews: 1,881
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 492
Gots: 544 | 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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4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

tectactoe, Oct 18, 2012
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3.52/5  rDev -17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Bottle dated 10/20/14:
A:4.5 S: 4.5 T: 4.25 F: 4 O: 4.5 (4.34)
Pours a dark brown; looks black, but held up to the light yields it's a tad lighter, and probably fairly clear. Head is light tan, collects at the edges, and returns nice and foamy with some agitation. Lacing in my pour is minimal.

Nose has some toasted notes, and I get some coffee and chocolate, but I actually get a nice does of roasted nut. As the beer warms, I get a little more of the former, but the first sniffs reminded me of a nut spread (not having had a lot of Nutella, I fell back to peanut butter, but I could see it being a deeper or darker "nut butter").

The taste actually seems to border on the stout side. I get oily and bitter flavors up front,. coffee and nut, both perhaps sitting on the fire a tad long. I am presuming its the hops that actually bring in a very light citrus taste as the beer goes to middle and end, almost reversing the normal balancing act (the front is bitter and is reined in by the fruity hops).

I can see why the rating is what it is. There is a lot of interesting things going on here, and overall it's yet another solid beer from Great Lakes. There's just something about it in the end that made me downgrade it against the BA calculated score, and it has to do with the back end of the taste in offering I had. I definitely need to have this again to verify my thoughts on this review.

cjgiant, Saturday at 11:31 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

great beer. had on tap and was good.

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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