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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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5,129 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,129
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 475
Gots: 427 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%

Coffeeness dissipated after a few days in fridge. Burnt grounds more pronounced after that. Fruity taste makes it drinkable. Dark color peaks interest.
Great taste, above average mouthfeel is noticeable a good 5.5 years later bottle. Great example of American porter, with good roast and chocolate malt,drying finish.

12-03-2003 14:02:48 | More by Sammy
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-08-2012 00:00:09 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.43/5  rDev +4%

Thanks to Kelly88 for sending me this one!

Pours a very dark but not opaque dark brown/crimson red with a small 1 inch tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Decent rings of lace on the drink down. Smells of roasted coffee beans, milk chocolate, roasted malt, and cinnamon. Absolutely amazing smells from this beer. Tastes of espresso, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, and cinnamon sticks. Very mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation with a slightly watery mouthfeel. Overall, a very good porter that I am happy I got to try. I would get this again in a heartbeat.

03-25-2011 04:25:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-04-2011 14:57:39 | More by djrn2
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

A: Very dark with some pretty good lacing as it goes down.

S: Caramel malt; slightly sweet with some chocolate.

T: Caramel and coffee tastes with some chocolate in there.

M: Fairly full and chewy.

D: Nothing really stands out about it, except that it all tends to meld together quite well creating a very drinkable porter.

05-01-2009 15:08:33 | More by Thorpe429
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District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

12-05-2011 00:53:57 | More by nmann08
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +4%

Bottle at RFD, Washington, DC

A: The beer poured very dark amber (near black) in color with a thin layer of tan bubbles covering the surface.
S: There is a very rich aroma of roasted malts in the nose along with some notes of chocolate and coffee.
T: The flavors are robust and well balanced--roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate and really stand out along with some notes of coffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with just a little bit of dryness in the finish.
D: This beer has an excellent level of drinkability; I could easily have more than one of these in a sitting.

06-10-2010 00:29:48 | More by metter98
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4.85/5  rDev +13.8%

"The captain wired in he had water comin' in
And the good ship and crew was in peril,
And later that night when his lights went outta sight
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."

--Gordon Lightfoot

Deep, dark brown (not quite black) with ruby highlights. The large, pale caramel colored crown has nice retention and gives up lots of sticky lace in the form of concentric rings marching down the pint glass.

The nose is spicy, with plenty of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is dark malty with, again, plenty of coffee and some chocolate. Simply delicious. Edmund Fitzgerald is one of the best (if not THE best) porters in the world. There's some hop bitterness present too, making its presence known on the finish.

The body/mouthfeel is what I've come to know as typical Great Lakes. That is, wonderful. Drinkability is sky high; this one goes down so easily that it's scary. In fact, it goes down about as fast as the Edmund Fitzgerald did.

This is my second Great Lakes beer and I am impressed. No wonder these guys finished so high on the "Top 50 American Breweries" list (#3), an honor that is well-deserved. If I was fortunate enough to still live in the GLBC distribution area, I would never be without a few bottles of this world-class porter.

Note: after many more bottles (and most of its serious competition), I still consider Edmund Fitzgerald to be the world's best American porter. 8-5-09.

01-03-2004 15:35:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark brown color and a mocha head that provides decent retention and lacing

Smell: Modest chocolate notes; surprisingly yeasty

Taste: Bitter chocolate up front; mid-palate, some sweet malted milk flavors emerge and are balanced by a bitter coffee aspect to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Great complexity to this porter

10-19-2006 02:02:10 | More by brentk56
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured a deep dark brown with a nice reddish ruby tint to it. Nearly opaque but enough light came through to show off the red tones to it. Hige pillow like cream colored head was very slow to recede and when it did left behind a large amount of gooey lace on the glass. The smell was very strong of roasted dark chocolate, which caught me a bit by suprise. As it warmed some more sugary, caramel like tones started to come through. The mouthfeel was a little thin, watery which is my only complaint, I expected a bit more of a robust feel to it. The taste itself was very nice. Suprisingly hoppy on the back and very well balanced with the roasted malts. Main flavors here were more of a roasted coffee and sugar, with a ever so slight hint of chocolate, nothing like the smell which was dominated by it. Overall this was a nice sessionable beer. At 5.8%abv very drinkable and very smooth. I would not turn it down if it were offered, but I still feel there is some room for improvement.

03-14-2007 22:57:04 | More by mikesgroove
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

A good example of what a Porter should be. Has all the dark colors and head retention that you'd expect. Aromas of chocolate and coffe abound. Balanced out with mild hop character and mild yeastiness or breadiness. Flavors of chocolate rise more than other flavors, but not to hide them. Has a nice creamy texture and finishes sweet, lightly bitter (from dark grains), and clean. A proper and simple beer.

...of course that's what is expected from a Porter that meet all of the criteria for the style. But does meeting the style mean that a perfect 5 is deserved? No. The beer needs that 'something extra' that it lacks; making it a very, very good beer. But, not a great.

09-09-2005 22:55:51 | More by BEERchitect
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New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Had a mini Porter tasting, first off: Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.
Dark with ruby highlights shining through. Nice tan head, faded away quickly, sticking to the glass. Mild aroma of carmel, roasted malt, chocolate. Aroma and taste got better after a few extra minutes of warming. Taste is smooth and exceptional. Not as thick and heavy as Founders but just as tasty. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and hops. Very carbonated and light on the tongue. High drinkability and tasty porter.

12-06-2010 22:02:01 | More by acurtis
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Quebec (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -24.2%

Bottle courtesy of Sammy: Poured a deep black color porter with a medium off-white foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of light coffee and roasted malt is less dominating then expected. Taste is also dominated by light coffee with some medium bitterness form the roasted malt. Body is about average with some creamy aspect. Not sure why this is rate so high, I can think of quite a few porter that are at least equal or better then this.

06-28-2006 20:08:55 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

I've been sitting on this one for awhile and just never got around to drinking it until now.

A: Edmund Fitzgerald pours black with a layer of tan foam.

S: An absolutely amazing chocolate aroma is the first sensation I experience. Excellent roasted malt aroma and some mild coffee come through as well. There is a sweetness that I generally find in milk stouts, but was quite a pleasant surprise.

T: The flavors are pretty much right on target with the nose. A great sweetness and tons of chocolate come through first. The roasted malt and coffee follow those up and provide a somewhat bitter finish.

M: The body is on the fuller side of medium, with moderate carbonation, and nice creamy mouthfeel.

D: I'm glad I was able to pick this one up. A great balance of flavors and a nice mouthfeel help this one out big time. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this one again.

10-31-2009 06:09:16 | More by womencantsail
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-16-2012 22:28:38 | More by kjkinsey
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-21-2013 06:35:18 | More by zestar
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-18-2012 18:36:52 | More by Texasfan549
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

01-18-2012 05:24:06 | More by ygtbsm94
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-10-2013 01:57:59 | More by spycow
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: Pours a not quite opaque, dark brown body with a small, fizzy light khaki-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of cold coffee and unsweetened chocolate with a faint whiff of acrid smoke and pine.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate flavor with some roasty coffee and a slight caramel sweetness. A teaspoon of cherry cordial comes and goes with a quickness. Hint of roasted nuts. Resinous pine hop presence provides a touch of balancing bitterness. Piney, mocha-ish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A quality, well-balanced porter that's full of flavor and easily drinkable.

01-21-2008 02:28:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-24-2013 16:29:43 | More by jaydoc
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

12-11-2011 19:49:11 | More by GRG1313
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

06-22-2013 21:29:52 | More by kylehay2004
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

This beer poured out as a dark brown color, not too much light getting through it either. The head was good looking, it was pretty thick with a tan color it it. The smell of the beer was roasted and musty. It's got a little fresh wood sweetness to it also. The taste of the beer was probably one of the better porters I've ever had. I was very impressed with the flavor for sure. The mouthfeel was smooth and had a medium body to it. Overall this was a very nice porter all around.

07-01-2011 18:15:31 | More by Knapp85
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Along with Kalamazoo my favorite midwestern micro beers,this beer is one of the reasons why.Pours a deep creamy brown with a very creamy off white head.The aroma is very coffee-like with some bitter chocolate notes.The taste is also very coffeeish with some slight earthiness, very creamy tasting.A smoky backbone to this makes this a great complex example of the style.

08-04-2003 22:47:57 | More by oberon
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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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