Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

1,988 Reviews
For Trade:
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald PorterGreat Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Robust and complex, our Porter is a bittersweet tribute to the legendary freighter's fallen crew--taken too soon when the gales of November came early.

37 IBUs

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 1,988 | Ratings: 6,273
Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. What a terrific porter with a malty coffee flavor. There may be some chocolate listed in this, but I couldn't taste it. This beer is a great nice and full that pairs with just about anything. I can't wait to have this beer again from Great Lakes!

 290 characters

Photo of ksimons
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-color is a very dark brown with ruby highlights in the light and two fingers worth of khaki colored head

S-smell is of chocolate, dark malt, and light coffee

T-taste is similar to the smell with a roasted malt backbone, chocolate, and roasted coffee

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, dry and roasted finish

Overall a great example for the style, very drinkable and great tasting

 388 characters

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was pretty "meh" for me. Based on prior reviews I might have gotten an off bottle or something. It was really thin and very little roast from the malts that I expected.

 177 characters

Photo of 88caprice
3.47/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

Look is deep dark brown. Nice creamy layer on top and respectable lacing.
Smell is 58% dark malts, 34% coffee, 6% sweet cigar, and a fleeting 2% dried cherries or generic acidic fruitiness.

Beautiful malts in the nose set expectations.
Taste has initial (albeit lesser) roasted malt and burnt sugar. By mid swallow malts are gone and you're left with char. The aftertaste goes to the hop end of the seesaw with an herbal, grassy bitterness.

Overall, I feel like the malts walked out and left me holding the charred herb check.

 569 characters

Photo of Owlish1
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I really wanted to like this, but ... I couldn't quite make it work. It poured a lovely, rich, dark mahogany with a smallish head. The aroma was full of promise - roasted coffee, toasty malts - but the delivery started out more bitter than smooth and mellow. As the glass warmed in my hand, it improved, but not enough to redeem it.

 332 characters

Photo of Lagerlivesmatter
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Porters are sort of hard to pinpoint. Kind of a blurry line between them and stouts. Be that as it may, as a beer this is certainly great whatever you want to call it.

Pours a very dark brown with an amberish hue. Smells like what you would expect, coffee, roasted malts, subtle fruits. Taste follows, strong malty coffee/espresso, hints of fruits (i find this to be highly subjective as what you will pick out, to me raisins/prunes and cherry) and a balancing earthy bitterness.

Maybe a bit thin on the mouth? But like I said porters are a strange beast so I wont knock it too much for that. Otherwise, probably the best Porter i've had.

 643 characters

Photo of Sconnie25
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a bottle of this from the France 44 liquor store in Minneapolis, MN. Edmund Fitzgerald Porter pours a dark hue with a decent head and a bit of lacing. The aroma is of a sweet roasted malt. The taste actually brings out a good amount of cocoa with hints of roast malt. The finish is very smooth. This is a great Porter and a fantastic beer to enjoy while relaxing in the evening.

 390 characters

Photo of jaypaul522
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a dark brown head that slowly dissipated. Smell is a warm malty note with other undertones. Taste is full, big, and very complex and nice, with a smooth aftertaste of the malt. Almost sweet. This porter has good body, and is an excellent drink.

 261 characters

Photo of Raidersox
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spotted this in the single bottle area and added to my pick six. Only a "Best By" date of 7/4/16 to go by. Chilled to 39 degrees, allowed to sit for 10 minutes unopened, poured into oversize wine glass.

Look: Poured a dark ebony brown/black color with a 1/2" dark khaki color head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a thin ring of foam. Swirling the glass produced a modest bit of lacing.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate, caramel malt, maybe a hint of nuttiness.

Taste: Bold coffee and roasted/burnt malt, chocolate, cola, a hint almost of wine or champagne flavors. A slight but not unpleasant grassy aftertaste. Hop flavors balance nicely, with a smokey touch.

Mouthfeel: Creaminess despite the lack of a bigger head at the pour, carbonation is light but noticeable early on dropping off later as it warmed. I felt a little tingle on the lips, again not unpleasant.

Overall: I've only tried a few porters since getting deeper into craft beers so I'm no expert but I feel this beer certainly represents the style very well and I look forward to trying this one again (and again!). One of the best I have tasted.

 1,129 characters

Photo of catastrophy
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

this is the cream of the crop of porters...must be bought by the case and never refrigerated. .the hops in this beer is very delicate and precariously balanced. the fresher the better. please don't review if you bought from a supermarket. it's probably been ruined. all porters should have this hop flavor. strongly carbonated and "thick" to drink two days later after opening. other beer, I have found I can do this. (still carbonated). ..don't like to describe as chocolate, but most certainly has that attribute. smooth, smooth, smooth, with the only bite coming from the bubbles. multi layered across the spectrum of flavors. ..but all complimentary. not sweet..and not TOO bitter.

 701 characters

Photo of dditto2
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark coffee color with off white decent head. Smells sweet, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Taste is robust, has more bitterness too it, roasted malts, mild chocolate and coffee flavors. Has moderate carbonation, somewhat smooth and creamy. Overall it is a great beer, one of my favorite styles. Seems more on the bitter side than I prefer for this style but, still very drinkable.I am from Ohio and I always seem to rate GL beers lower than average, I am not sure what it is about them, they all have a specific flavor I find less desirable.

 549 characters

Photo of HamdenHector
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

crystal clear when held to a light; cola brown with ruby accents; 1 finger light tan head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; sheets of lace;

S: bittersweet chocolate and roasted grain;

T: bittersweet chocolate and roasted grain; a little black coffee from the middle through the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: not all that complex, but enjoyable;

 419 characters

Photo of TLogan
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this for so long, it's what I compare other porters to. The flavor is mellow, pleasant, and not overly sweet or artificial. Nice "weight" and finish. Enough alcohol to do the job with out knocking you on your @$$ if you decide to finish the 6 pack after grilling dinner for the fam.

 301 characters

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

by far one of the best porters out there. Growing up and living in Ohio the Edmund Fitzgerald is legend. This beer too is legendary. Not too dark smooth and silky taste

 169 characters

Photo of NickSMpls
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great dark pour, not the motor-oil stout thick. Nice head, good retention Color is clear, deep deep mahogany. Good carbonation. Aroma of roasted grain and rye bread toast. A very smooth and highly drinkable taste of toffee, expresso and anise. This is a very well done, year round beer. Serve at room temperature. Good for a winter night or one of those not-so-warm late spring days.

 391 characters

Photo of tedvr
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with a medium white head. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Taste is coffee with the chocolate in the background. Nicely balanced with mild carbonation and a nice finish. Overall, a nice porter at a vary reasonable price.

 234 characters

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

Look - Sits damn near black in the glass (super dark brown).
Smell - coffee/espresso, chocolate, sweetness, burnt roasty malts
Taste - chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, a cola type sweetness, hints of a jerky type smokiness

Overall - One of my favorite shelf/everyday porters. Very enjoyable.

 296 characters

Photo of Beers-es
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a dark reddish brown with about a finger of beige head. Smell may be the best thing about this to me, though it's on the subtle side--chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and roasty malt. Taste is heavier on the roasty (somewhat burned tasting) malts. Doesn't really have the complexity hinted at by the smell. Feel is thin and watery to me. Overall a decent porter, but not really a standout.

 401 characters

Photo of EMH73
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown with a one inch, poorly retained head. Tastes of bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Excellent porter from a very consistent brewery.

 191 characters

Photo of GuitarIPA
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - a very attractive beer, black, with a bit of a red halo around the glass, foamy head that stays clumped up in middle
A - espresso, burnt sugar, feint hint of dark chocolate
T - follows nose, roasted malt/burnt sugar coat me through, but not sweet
F - nice and dry, but a little thin to me (other reviews have it medium to full body - maybe my palate is off)

 362 characters

Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Brewing Co. - Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. 6% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into stout glass. Best by 12/20/15.

Look: Pours a deep caramel color, and settles a very rich dark brown, retaining caramel highlights. A fair sized finger white head remained shortly, before disappearing completely.

Smell: Rich coffee notes, and some dark cocoa, accompanied by a nice smoky/charred aspect. Some faint caramel, dark malts, brown sugar, and dark fruits are present, although not as profound.

Feel: Medium bodied, and heavily carbonated.

Taste: Rich bitter coffee, engulfed by charred smokiness, followed by some dark cocoa. About midway through, the coffee mellows out, and some of the caramel, malts, and dark fruits appear, but are soon drowned by the coffee returning into the back end.

Overall: I had heard a lot of good things about this, so I finally decided to pick up a bottle, albeit it was about a week past its BB date. It seemed as good as it should, with a nice bold aroma and taste.

 1,008 characters

Photo of ViciousFishes
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The slightly bittersweet chocolate notes make it seem more bitter than the IBUs suggest. The roasted barley lends a roasted coffee bean note that makes it a bit harsh on the mid-palate. Fades to really nice aftertaste that demands another sip. Dark malts on the nose, little hop aroma

 284 characters

Photo of Telcocoffeedad
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate on the nose
Thick creamy head
Lots of lacing
On the palate there are notes of chocolate and grain with a hint of raisen burnt toast on the finish.

 158 characters

Photo of Ksmoove27
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look - dark coffee with a red tint, a two finger tan head that dissipated to one finger quickly; ok lacing

Aroma - good roasted coffee and cocoa beans

Taste - the malty, sour taste upfront with a slight chocolate, strong coffer follow through

Feel - a little lighter more session feel than I normally like my porter and a little more carbonation than I like.

Overall - it's a good American porter...not as good as Founders.

 428 characters

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Delicate lace weaves around the glass.
The smell started off with a big roasty coffee bean balancing into delicate cocoa bean tones.
The taste was basically the same with a lingering dry roasty aftertaste running into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fairly nice sessionable feel about it. Carbonation seems to run nicely.
Overall, a really good American Porter that I know I would have again.

 589 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,988 ratings.