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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald PorterGreat Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

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4,587 Ratings

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Ratings: 4587
Reviews: 1824
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001)
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Photo of ColdPoncho


4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First ever growler for me. Moderately exciting.

A - It's not opaque, but it's got a really beautiful deep red/brown color with head that never goes away and some of the nicest lacing I've seen from a not very hoppy beer.

S - No messing around here, just good roasted malts and a bit of chocolate and coffee.

T - It's light and full all at the same time, sweet and dry. It's really lovely tasting. It has the malt sweetness to it that you need, but it's not a sugar bomb. It's like toasted coffee bread in a glass...or something. Basically, this is the best porter I've ever had and can possibly imagine.

M - Fine feeling beer. Not too heavy, not particularly smooth or creamy, though. It's fine, but nothing to write home about.

D - Well, I'm almost done with this growler, and kind of wish i had more. Under 6% ABV, tasty, not too heavy. It's really fantastic. This beer stands the test of time. From the first time I sipped it to now, this remains one of my favorite beers and by being nearly perfect in every way, it holds up to every beer I've ever had.

Serving type: growler

12-05-2010 02:47:36 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of beerman207


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark as night. Great 2 finger head left behind which dissipates to a lacing that rivals the best of stouts. Wow.

S: This thing smells of smoke, caramel, coffee, malt, and chocolate. Amazing

T: The taste is malt, chocolate, smoke, and coffee.

M: The mouthfeel is so creamy and rich. For a porter, this is quite thick in my opinion. The draft style of this beer is amazing.

D: I am almost 3/4 of the way through a growler and I wish I had more. What an amazing beer!

Serving type: growler

03-07-2010 03:46:22 | More by beerman207
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby-tinged sable that is somewhat translucent with a decent pale tan head. Aroma is strong and smoky, mainly of fine roast coffee. Flavor is like a fine mocha, slightly sweet and with a firm molasses undertone. Texture is smooth, tingly and edgy. Definitely worthy.

Serving type: growler

03-06-2010 22:50:02 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark brown with a barely perceptible auburn tinge and a small dark head. The smell is mostly some deeply roasted malts with some melted chocolate and caramel notes. The taste starts off with some molasses that gives way to some mocha while avoiding some of the bitterness normally inherent in the style and making for a lighter beer than you would expect from the look of the beer. The mouthfeel is satisfyingly thick and chewy with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a great version of the style that doesn't necessarily stick to the strict formula but still manages to maintain enough hallmarks of the style to be a good interpretation of it.

Serving type: growler

08-17-2009 02:15:59 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of Sleepisforthewik


4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured dark with a thumb's width head. Head thins out to a layer of bubbles on top.

S- Smells of roasted malts with what I detect as some hops; the hops smell I feel is subtle.

T- Roasted Barley, with a slight coffee flavor. There is a slight hint of hops on the back of the tongue for a fleeting second.

M- I would call it thin, but it compliments the taste so that it doesn't feel like I am chewing on chocolate syrup.

D- I would pick up a growler of this whenever possible.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2009 18:56:56 | More by Sleepisforthewik
Photo of d0ggnate


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

A huge thanks to pwoods for sending me this tasty brew in GATM 2008. Damn this one is tasty!

A: Poured with a watery/light brown appearance into glass to become a rich milk chocolate brown color. A solid two-finger head sat atop my glass, but faded at a decent rate to nothing but an island of bubbles in the middle and a ring around the glass.
S: A nice spice aroma, nutmeg, cinnamon and a bit of cocoa popped out at me. With a deeper whiff, I find a little coffee and roasty toasty familiar smell.
T: Wow! This one is much more rich in flavor than I thought it would be. Roasted coffee and chocolate continues, but isn't as viscous as a stout might present. Very palatable and flavor-rich.
M: A watery charcteristic, but no loss of flavor or body here. A nice presentation of the style.
D: Soooo smooth and very drinkable. Flavor profile is incredible. I could see a wide variety of beer drinkers, from geek to guzzler, enjoying this one.

Serving type: growler

11-13-2008 03:14:15 | More by d0ggnate
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1//2 gallon growler filled at Pizza Plant Walker Center in Williamsville. Deep dark transparent blood red, crowning thick onion-skin froth. Roasted coffee and burnt sugar aromas, with a pale scent of dates. Perfect baker's chocolate and roasted espresso flavors wash over the palate at first with earthy, bitter hops clipping through the middle. Mild citrusy hops show at the finish and a lovely dark-roasted coffee taste lingers afterwards. Smooth mouthfeel; moderate carbonation and medium body. Utterly drinkable; my growler will be empty in no time. Outstanding porter.

Serving type: growler

03-12-2006 02:47:54 | More by orfeu
Photo of maggotbrain


4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a growler of this at the Party Source in Bellevue Kentucky. This is the only liquor store I know of where you can buy growlers of craft beer from a tap setup. A cool concept and something I'd like to see more frequently.

Being from Cleveland, the Edmund Fitzgerald is one of my favorite beers, and one that I've had on a number of occasions.

The beer poured essentially black with a bit of ruby showing at the bottom of the glass. A thick tan head formed and receded to form a thin cap. As I drank the beer a fine latticework of lace was left on the glass. Truly a looker.

The aroma reminded me a bit of powdered cocoa.

The taste was wonderful: bittersweet chocolate and coffee intertwined with hoppiness that is present, but doesn't over assert itself. Finish was dry, with a pleasant charred bitterness.

The mounthfeel was excellent. The body was medium, just what I would expect for the style, with a moderate level of carbonation.

The drinkability of this beer was unbelievable. I thought the balanced flavor was perfect and my glass was empty in no time.

Serving type: growler

06-02-2005 00:17:54 | More by maggotbrain
Photo of redearth329


3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured around 60 degrees (F) into a chilled Weissen glass.

A - Two fingers of sticky tan head that hung around for a couple minutes, before settling into about a half-finger's worth with some lacing of the glass. Very dark brown, although the tiniest bit of light shines through when held up to a lamp, revealing clarity and a slight ruby tinge. No evident carbonation (besides the head).

S - roasty malt notes on the nose, but not very forward. I'm finding a weak nose to be a trend with the Great Lakes stuff.

T - Nice roasty malt character, with some hints of chocolate, black cherry, cola, and maybe a touch of coffee. Sweetness of a cola balanced with bitterness of dark chocolate or coffee. No hop presence.

M - a bit flabby. Medium to full bodied like whole milk, but I'm getting an aqueous impression (as though water was added). Little to no noticeable carbonation.

Very good, but the flavors seem a little disjoint and the mouthfeel is just ok. Not the most mind-expanding porter I've had lately.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 23:54:42 | More by redearth329
Photo of fscottkey

New York

3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Dark black in color. 1 finger of head that recedes in a short time - but leaves lacing on the glass.

S: Delicious roasted coffee smell with some chocolate hints.

T: Follows the nose. Roasted coffee flavors with some malts mid palate then a tannin flavor late.

M: Smooth early with a semi dry finish.

I have had this on tap and I think I enjoyed that slightly more. I really like Great Lakes and their beer list. This one is definitely drinkable and I would not turn it down. It didn't knock my socks off - but still solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 01:37:34 | More by fscottkey
Photo of Skwsproul


3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good, not great. Would be a 5 except for the slight harshness. A good sit by the fire on a cold night when I'm stuck working out of town in Cleveland beer. After effects are tough with this one if ya know what I mean. Mildly hoppy and a strong finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 06:07:11 | More by Skwsproul
Photo of lochef81


4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

To say that this is one of the most beautiful pours I have ever seen is an understatement. This ale pours a very dark rich mahogany with a thin off white head that leaves a gorgeous silky lacing. The aroma is that of lightly brewed coffee, European dark chocolate, and toasted malts. The nose is lighter than expected but quite delicious none the less. The flavor follows the nose perfectly but with a greater intensity. It begins with coffee then gives way to sweeter chocolate and malty notes and finishes with a just slightly bitter coffee bite. My only complaint is that the body is so light. II'd love to have these flavors coat the palate and last far longer than they do. Great porter! Worth every accolade it has received.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 04:11:07 | More by lochef81
Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just had this brew. Pours deep, deep brown bordering on black. Light does make its way through the sides of the glass creating the glow of brown. Light tan head, this beer creates a beautiful sticky spotty sheating down the glass. Not really dark enough for my eye but the lacing makes up for this. The aroma brings scents of chocolate, bitter bakers cacao, roasty notes, and clean yeast. Does not really jump out of the glass. The flavor is fairly basic, but that is a strong point. Cocao, chalky notes, clean un-bitter roast, and coffee. Nice porter. The mouthfeel is basic, medium to full bodied, moderat carbonation. Overall the strength of this beer is that it is perfectly unremarkable. That sounds bad, but it isn't.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 01:13:59 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of Cory_Brown


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with about 1/2 inch of light tan creamy head that quickly dissipates.

S- Smell is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and smokiness. Smells so good but as soon as the head leaves the smell faints some.

T- Chocolatey coffe goodness! Roasted, smoky and robust. The chocolate and coffee lingers on the tongue with some bitterness. Finish leaves my mouth watering and wanting more.

M- Lighter than expected, but very easy to drink.

O- This is an awesome porter. I just turned 22 so haven't been in the craft game long, but I'm stoked to take a trip to Cleveland this year to watch the Indians and Browns. Definitely going to hit up GLBC's brewery, and if the Browns repeat history I'll probably be stumbling out of there. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 08:45:45 | More by Cory_Brown
Photo of Ohiolager


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Edmund Fitzgerald 6pk bottles $8.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass. freshest taste date clearly marked.

pours as dark maybe a shade lighter than Guinness. a two finger head that leaves great silk like lacing.

it smells like hints of coffee, chocolate and roasted/toasted malts.

the taste is much more robust than the aroma but what you smell is what you taste. at first you taste the toasted/roasted malts. then a splash of coffee and a bitter sweet finish of rich chocolate. simply great. its complex but tastes simply good.

mouth feel is rather light for a GLBC beverage but i think its brewed to a thin porter style. but the taste more than well makes up for any light/thin mouth feel.

overall this is one amazing porter! the smell invites you in. the taste says I am better than you thought. and you decide to stay a long, long time. long live Edmund Fitzgerald.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 06:20:01 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of gangstafaceclay


4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- black with a small tan head

S- nice roasted coffee, coco, roasted malts.

T- coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, some caramel, smokiness, Some good stuff.

M- mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I expected but it's a very easy drinkable porter with good carbonation.

O- a very good porter, and beer in general. I definitely enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 00:46:58 | More by gangstafaceclay
Photo of ZagZagg


3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
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
Photo of msquared36


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to Porter and one of my favorite beers.

Tried one today that has been aging just shy of two years. The smell and taste are more mellow. The usual rich taste of coffee and chocolate subsided into the flavor of toffee. There is also a dry, bitter aftertaste. But it lingers on the roof of my mouth not my tongue.

Probably won't intentionally age any more of these, as I prefer it fresh. Nevertheless, I wouldn't toss an older bottle. Still tasty and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 18:22:23 | More by msquared36
Photo of dank203

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured into mug. has the coffee chocolate and roasted malt aroma, some grassy hops. nice balance in flavor, roasty, sweet, creamy, hoppy finish. Smooth, well carbonated, a little bitter and actually very refreshing. can drink a couple in a row. definitely nice. another great great lakes brew

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 22:50:15 | More by dank203
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
5.8%, and best served at 55°F, For freshest taste, please enjoy by 02/09/14

A - Edmund Fitz pours clear brown in color but once in the glass it becomes nearly opaque. Topped by an ever-lasting light tan head, this porter has sheet after sheet of thick lacing left caked to the glass!

S - Large cubes of dark bitter-sweet chocolate are sprinkled with a dusting of dry cocoa, trailed by light smokiness and a suggestion of mildly roasted coffee, all attributed to heavily roasted malts. English hops give the beer a dried cedar humidor, dried cigar-like earthiness that briefly crosses the olfactory on the back end.

T - Chunks of cooled bittersweet chocolate retain the aroma's dusty cocoa powder dryness with a soft waft of smokiness and light iced coffee flavor to the finish, only briefly touching on hop earthiness along the finish.

M - Instantly noticeable as a bit over-carbonated to me, the beer almost fizzes over the tongue like soda. Edmund Fitzgerald remains a robust beer, however; falling around medium in body with a very dry, bittersweet finish.

O - Robust but incredibly drinkable, Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald has a delicious chocolatey malt profile that's complex and smooth with notes of smoke, cigar, and coffee resulting in a terrific porter and one of my go-to dark tap beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:04:01 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a tulip, produced a slight creamy tan head over a black dark brown body. Nice film and lacing.
S – roast malts, cocoa, coffee, dark cherry, smooth and complex, malty with some hints of smoky earthy bitterness. Smoke and woodchips, robust, with a graham cracker note.
T – follows closely from the smell, with maybe a bit more chocolateyness, dark malts, very roasty, chocolate malts, bittersweet to be sure, dark chocolate, getting lots of dark malts with a smoky character. Start is so inviting, then goes into a spectrum of complex flavours, some interesting hop character starts to emerge behind the strong malt profile. Some interesting fruit characters tie it together.
M – smooth, bittersweet cocoa, with a smooth light carbonation, light and maybe could be a bit more, then starts to dry out on the finish really well, on a pleasant malt note. Body is moderate, refreshingly drinkable for the quite generous dark malt and smokiness notes.
An interesting porter and a rollercoaster experience, goey chocolate, bittersweet cocoa, tons of dark roasty malt, intense aromas and taste, all work very nicely together, the nice hopping and assertive flavours mark it out as a standout for the style. I originally thought it needed more carb, but now I'm uncertain, the complete package of this beer is quite excellent. Really drinkable and inspiring, some sweetness to it, tied with a nice bittersweet complexity. Very glad I got to try this, lived up to expectations, but I don't believe this is perfection for the style, close maybe.

Have I mentioned that Gord Lightfoot is a legend...?

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 02:13:08 | More by mick303
Photo of arc3636


4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown color with 2 fingers of tan head. Aroma is very strong and sweet featuring molasses and brown sugar. Flavor is also very sweet like the aroma, with a hint of chocolate. On the lower end of the carbonation scale, but still has average mouthfeel. Overall an excellent porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 00:54:51 | More by arc3636
Photo of Bone53


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45°F

Appearance: Dark brown with a red tent when put up to the light. Two finger tan head with mild lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts with coffee and chocolate aromas. A hint of earthy hops and smoke for good measure.

Taste: Follows the smell with coffee, bakers chocolate, and some smoke. I also get a slight caramel flavor at the back end. I don't know if its just me, but I definitely pick up some sort of nut in there as well. The earthy bitterness keeps all the flavors in check. Extremely complex

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than I prefer, but the smoothness makes up for it with the perfect amount of bitterness.

Overall: This beer packs a ton of flavor for 5.8% abv. Not quite as robust as the Founder's or Smuttynose Porter's, but the flavors and aromas blend extremely well and it is a perfect session beer. If you're a fan of beer, regardless of style, I highly recommend this. Barley, hops, yeast, and water. World class indeed!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 05:35:19 | More by Bone53
Photo of rudzud


4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep dark brown with a thin one finger light mocha head that fades to leave a thin blanket and a fluffier halo.

S - Aromas of roasty toasty malts, dark black coffee, dark chocolate. Faint faint smoke. Super faint metallic aroma though.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Big roasted malts followed by strong coffee notes. Transitions in to nice lightly sweet dark chocolate and then some hoppy bitterness. The hops though are knocked back down by a nice lingering black coffee finish. Quite tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, prehaps slightly too carbonated. Easy drinking though.

O - Overall, this was a tasty porter. Can't believe its taken me this long to review this beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 20:35:55 | More by rudzud
Photo of M_C_Hampton


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, darker orange brown with a short tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: toasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, heavy on malt

T: toasted malt, earthy, dark bread, nutty, finish had a nice hop flavor, not too sweet, balanced, chocolate, coffee

M: medium to full with lower carbonation

O: an excellent porter, good balance, nice coffee and chocolate flavor

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 02:17:34 | More by M_C_Hampton
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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 4,587 ratings.