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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Reviews: 1,917
Hads: 5,940
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 4.45%
Wants: 558
Gots: 874 | FT: 25
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001

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

Poured into a poboy's pint at the Cardinal Bar in Madison.

Deep coffee color and thick khaki head. Absolutely delicious. Charred coffee, rich mocha, chocolate, and caramelized sugars make up the aromas and taste. Texture is chewy and rich. The hops add the necessary bitterness to balance the malty sweetness. Finish is dry and leaves you thirsty for more. Uber drinkable. (375 characters)

Photo of macpapi
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As one would expect from a porter, E.F. pours a dark-brown, almost black color, with a slight tannish head. It is very dense and opaque looking. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate. Toffee and nut are also present. Not terribly strong on the nose though. Very full flavor. Malt is strong on the tongue. Chocolate and a slight hop presence are also there. Very bold and sweet. In the mouth it is full, sweet and pleasant. There is a bit of post-swallow bitterness. Holds well. Although I am not a huge porter fan, this beer impresses. Nice full and sweet flavor that remains pleasant in the throat. One or two are enough for me. Porter drinkers will probably love this one. (673 characters)

Photo of UDbeernut
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: traditional porter color with brown highlights. Creamy head that disapates quickly

Smell: hint of coffee aroma

Taste: very good with a hint of malt and hops. Nothing un settling here.

Mouthfeel: excellent, very smooth.

Drinkability: I personally don't find many porters to be session beers... but this one is (332 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with a fluffy tan colored head. The head draped casually on the side of the glass as I drink. This beer poured, and looks closer to a cask beer than any other I’ve seen. The nose has espresso and milk chocolate notes. The flavor has the espresso and chocolate along with more roast malt overtones. There is a lot of alcohol heat on the finish. The mouth feel is very full and rich. The drinakbility is only medium due to the heat. (451 characters)

Photo of ClearDog
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Poured midnight black into my imperial pint glass. One finger of creamy khaki head. It just looks awesome in my glass! Great lacing.

Smell -- Smells like chocolate with hints of coffee. I can also smell hops. Very nice balance! I'm very impressed.

Taste -- More chocolate than coffee, but both are definitely there. Absolutely brilliant dessert drink!

Mouthfeel -- Medium and creamy. Very light carbonation.

Drinkability -- This is a porter to savor. It's excellent after dinner. I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting. I think I'm going to try to have this one on hand at all times. (621 characters)

Photo of burnstar
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a very thin tan head. Smell is very nice- chocolate and berries. Taste has a lot of roasted malt with bittersweet chocolate, espresso, and berry flavors. Some tastey hops kick in for the finish. This is a very good beer. Mouthfeel is full and this is very drinkable. A wonderful porter. (303 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a bottle at room temperature and poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark chocolate color w/ very little light shining through the glass, while a nice cocoa powder 1 1/2" head springs atop of the body. Spongy, but not so dense head.

Aroma is of lots of toffee malts and some chocolate and slight coffee notes. Grassy hops come through as well as I expected considering the style. Nice.

Taste is much more mellow and more bitter than I originally expected. Not as sweet as most porters, however, the finish leaves a nice chocolate aftertaste in my mouth. Also some grassy hops help this one out a bit.

Very well balanced; the carbonation is light and the body is medium and a bit more creamy than most porters I've had previous.

This one turns out being super-easy to drink. Tasty and fun! I recommend to ANYONE! (836 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (673 characters)

Photo of numenor1
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Wisconsin...

Very dark brown with a very fluffy khaki head that doesn't seem at all intent on disappearing. Smells of roasted barley and hops. Starts off smooth and very slightly sweet on then goes very roasty with some slight dark chocolate then is very earthy espresso beans and some grassy hops in the finish. Taste of deep dark roasty espresso lingers on my tongue. The roasted character is lovely, not at all aggressive or overpowering but present and superbly dry. Low carbonation creates a viscous mouthfeel out of the medium low body. This would be a great session brew if i could get it regularly.

Hands down best porter i've had to date...which isn't exactly saying a whole lot, but nonetheless it's damn good. (731 characters)

Photo of dfuller
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown with a barely detectable reddish tint. Very little head, (even after a hard pour) with lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Roasty, with some coffee and a bit of chocolatey sweetness.

Taste: A strong, sweet start that rapidly moves toward roasted grain and coffee. Hops are detectable throughout, superbly balancing out the sweetness in the taste. This is a very well balanced brew, with the strong taste you'd expect from an excellent porter. The aftertaste is long and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and creamy. Doesn't bite too hard, but you can definitely feel it. Superb.

Drinkability: Very drinkable considering the strong taste and weight of the brew. I could go through several of these in a sitting. (757 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brewery makes so many fine beers and their porter is also worthy of recognition. The beer has a deep brown body, with ample thickness and a clump of dark tan head. The smell immediately lends itself notes of molasses and cocoa powder, mixed with some assertive hop bitterness. Flavorwise, the astringency of the roasted malt is balanced by a sweet toffee flavor and the beer stays firmly within the porter style, although it has whispers of Baltic porter strength and substance. The hops are outstanding and give it just enough life to keep it irresistibly drinkable. Reminds me of Storm King, with a little more finesse and a little more class. Even better as it warms to room temp. A great sipper. (704 characters)

Photo of bahumutx
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber color with a small head and lacing

Smell: Roasted coffee with a slight chocolate smell. I can also pick out some hop smell.

Taste: At first a slight chocolate taste is present which then turns into a roasted coffee taste. At the very end you get hit by a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A very full mouth feel with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could have about two of these in a row. Not a session beer in my opinion.

A great example of the porter style of beer. Keep up the great work Great Lake Brewing!!! (581 characters)

Photo of sopor
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first porter, I'm finally warming up to this world of Stout and Porter!

This looks like rootbeer! Brown black shows red with direct light. Thick creamy tan head is dissipating slowly to a tan film w/some lacing. Very light bitter roast smell.

Bitter acrid flavor grows then comes roast coffe with a slight hoppiness.

Creamy thick body, light carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, not as heavy as I expected, went great with my steak! (441 characters)

Photo of nota
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was not going to rate this beer because I'm not fond of the taste of porters or stouts so it would not be fair to rate those style beers. After drinking this beer and liking it which that in its self tells you just how good this beer is. This beer after every swollow left me wanting more. Good mouthfeel and drinkablity outstanding. I wish I could put my finger on the reason this porter did something for me whereas other porters did not. (442 characters)

Photo of crzyd12
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark color, near black
good smokey aromas
smokey flavors with good balance and smooth finish
some nuttiness
full body, filling like most other porters and stouts.
drinkablitiy increases as the beer warms up

side note. great brewing company motto, "beer first, earth a very close second" (295 characters)

Photo of tsmthrs
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fine example of a porter.
Poured a deep dark redish black with a nicely carbonated laced head.
Aroma is of coffee, slight chololate and roasted malts.
Taste holds up to the aroma and is every bit as bold, finishes with a hint of smoked taste.
Mouthfeel is just as expected from a porter.
Can't wait to have another. Actually, I did have another on reserve but used it to marinade my pork chops for the grill. Excellent... just with I had a third. (457 characters)

Photo of niknar
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I knew this one was a winner from the minute it poured out of the bottle. A wonderful black color with a milk-chocolate head that seems to last forever. The aroma smells strongly of roasted barley, but some other sweet malt notes sneak through as well. The flavor backs-up the strong roasted smell with an immediate assault on your tongue. At the same instant, tons of coffee and caramel flavors arrive. However, the roasted malt is the dominant factor by far. The mouthfeel is outstanding. Substantial, but not quite so thick as to confuse it with a stout. Overall, I'd say it is perfect for the style. This is a very drinkable beer, but only for those who are fans of the roasted malts. Otherwise, it will likely be over-powering. (732 characters)

Photo of benmiliron
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best out there. Black with fringes of ruby. Smells of coffee, burnt caramel. Tastes divine. Bitter, strong malt clobbering you up front with subtle sweetness backing it all up. Mouthfeel is amazing, almost like it was nitro-poured out of a bottle. Foams up if you swish it around. I could drink this all day. (327 characters)

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black, dark mahogany highlights. Tan, three finger head retains well and will leave patchy lace. Roasted chocolate malt, caramel, and american hop aromas. Light carbonation and medium body give it an ultra-smooth mouthfeel. Burnt chocolate sweetness and black patent burnt flavor, followed by coffee, and a dry hop leaf aftertaste that leaves the finish residual sweet yet perfectly balanced. (398 characters)

Photo of Illini5596
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As a note, I've had this both in the bottle and on-tap. Either way it stands up proud and represents itself very well.

Great Lakes could not brew a bad beer if they tried. This is a true beer drinkers beer. Be forewarned if you aren't a fan of strong beers though, this one will kick you in the pants if you aren't prepared for it. The taste is at the same time both smooth and full, with a strong aftertaste of hoppy goodness. It's a beer that begs to be savored at the same time as it begs to be emptied so you can order up another. Deep and dark in color, with a decent frothy head, other porters aspire to be so good. (624 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque black color with a large tan head. Big coffee aroma with subtle chocloate tones The taste is huge with coffee and chocolate everywhere. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer. Too bad it is not available in my area. (278 characters)

Photo of fretlessman71
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Heard so many things about this beer, and finally I get to try it. Great Lakes has produced many beers that I’m a big fan of, namely the Dortmunder Gold and the Holy Moses White Ale. Also, this has one of the highest ratings on both Beer Advocate and Ratebeer – it’s gotta be good, right?

APPEARANCE: Translucent “cherry coke” reddish-brown. Tight, yet rocky beige head has huge gaps that somehow hold together. Lacing looks as if I’m going to have to scrape it off with a dremel tool!

AROMA: Chocolate malt – anyone for some Ovaltine? Light hop detection, but malt is the big player here – VERY strong aroma. Have very happy nosehairs right now.

FLAVOR: Reasonably strong alcohol kick right off (strange for 5.8% ABV), but immediately followed by toasted chocolate malt with a pretty strong hop profile. Very good balance. Bitter cocoa in the finish, but all that does is make me want to take another sip. Good stuff! Simple, yet exquisite. This didn’t last long at all.

MOUTHFEEL: Remarkably light for such a full-flavored brew. Carbonation just right.

DRINKABILITY: A beer that was gone all too soon. I could see having more than a few of these watching the river burn on a lazy afternoon.

OVERALL COMMENTS: Another outstanding brew from Great Lakes – it’s everything you ever wanted in a porter… and less (mouthfeel!). (1,384 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown with a 1/2 inch rocky tan head. Lots of thick lacing. Smells of sweet dark malt with an underlying light milky bitterness.

Alternately dry and sweet maltiness up front. Morphs into strong roasted coffee bean flavors. This is like porter's greatest hits. Smoky, sweet, creamy and bitter. Coffee and chocolate and damn smooth. It has it all. Really like this creamy mouthfeel. Easy drinker and this one was well worth my trip to Cleveland all by itself. (476 characters)

Photo of battlekow
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We're having a porter-off, featuring Rogue Mocha Porter, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Sierra Nevada Porter, Tyranena Chief BlackHawk, Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter, and Watch City Welcome Back Porter.

Typical porter appearance, black and lightly carbonated, but that's the only way in which the Fitz can be described as less than exceptional. Easily the best scent, managing to smell like actual coffee, not burnt coffee. Taste is the same, coffeeish but in a sweet way as well as bitter, very smooth, nice finish. It has the second-highest ABV of the six, but you'd never know. One of the very best beers of any kind, and easily champion of the porter-off. (661 characters)

Photo of quasimoto
3.31/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a nice dark dark brown with a head that resembles a thick and creamy root beer and not the normal dark ale heads. Aromas of nutty chocolate, and an ever so slight charcoal smoke. So slight I had a hard time finding it, but it's there. The flavor comes with malt, chocoalte, bbq grill and corn flakes. I know I know, "CORN FLAKES?!" So help me god they were there. The mouth feel was very pleasant, light and smooth very enjoyable. (439 characters)

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,917 ratings.