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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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5,217 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,217
Reviews: 1,857
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 482
Gots: 458 | 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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12oz bottle received via a trade with the outstanding ShroudOfDoom. Consumed while listening to the pre-game show for the UW-Illinois game. In that vein:
Pre-Game Show
This is a beer I’ve wanted for a long time, for its reputed excellence, for its rarity (at least where I live) and because I’m a history nerd and the Edmund Fitzgerald is a fascinating story. Interestingly, there’s boilerplate re: the Bavarian Purity Law, despite the fact that 1) it’s not Bavarian, but Clevelandian, 2) it’s a porter and 3) even in Bavaria, the Bavarian Purity Law is no longer a law, but an advertising gimmick. According to the label, this is best by September 14th, 2014 (i.e., tommorow!). I’m not sure I’ve ever had a beer so close to the day it expires. Sadly, I’ve had a number recently that were past such a date (Thanks again, Total Wine!). I don’t think a porter would be affected the same way an IPA would be, so I’m not too worried.
The Look
Poured into a Boundary Bay pint glass (The one received from BeerTunes - thanks, Terry!), this was a dark brown that took on a rubyish tint when held up to light. There was a thick, bubbly tan head that left sheets of foam on the sides of the glass when it receded. Most of the foam disappeared, leaving “beer neglige” type lace.
The Nose
Initially, I got a mild chocolate-type aroma. As it warmed, there was a coffeeish bitterness, but the sweetness seemed to stay in charge.
The Taste
Much more bitter in the taste than in the nose. Roasty malts upfront with notes of coffee and chocolate, in that order. The finish is dry, and there is a kind of lactic sourness thing happening, but not to a jarring degree. The lingering aftertaste is more chocolatey than anything else.
The Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot-on.
Post-Game Show
An outstanding porter. Is it the best I’ve ever had? I’m not sure. I’d have to go back through lots of reviews at this point, and I lack the motivation to do that right now! Right now, I can’t think of many others to put in its company. Big shout out to ShroudOf Doom for the opportunity to try this!

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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