Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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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
4.75/5 rDev +11.5%
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle conveyed to me from a non BA-member. Sampled on August 15, 2014.
A deep dark brown-reddish pour greets my eyes with a lingering tan head up top.
That aroma is what a Porter should be all about with its milk chocolate and smoky malt quality and more subtle and mellow earthy hop note.
Medium body, which is better than many in its class.
Like the aroma the milk chocolate takes center stage in the flavor and a nice smoky goodness to enhance it further. Mildly dry finish. A highly recommended Porter.
08-15-2014 21:56:22 | More by puboflyons
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,129 ratings.