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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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1,964 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,964
Hads: 6,120
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 590
Gots: 988 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,964 | Hads: 6,120
Photo of karengarys
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I usually hide the ratings so I can rate beers unbiased. Unfortunately I knew ahead of time this was a top hitter - I hope that hasn't biased my review.

This pours transparent black, or deep deep brown. It poured up with a nice head, which remained to some extent throughout the drink. Towards the end there was a filming and ring around the edge. Some lacing was stuck to the glass. Quite nice.

Smells good, nice and unsweetened choclatey with a hop hint.

Tastes is very smooth chocolate with a nice hoppy balance. I don't know how they get a floral scent in the taste, but it is wonderful.

Mouthfeel is quite nice and creamy.

The finish (oops, I just finished it) - the finish is also creamy, with bitter almost coffee like notes at the back of the throat. It really is more chocolate like.

It does leave a slight bitter aftertaste.

This is a really good brew. Try it, even if you don't like porters.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very nice example of what a porter should taste like. This baby is pitch black and is dripping with roasted barley taste. I could pick up vanilla and coffee undertones. The only thing about this beer is that it is almost a little too intense for a porter. The flavors would not be appreciated by rookie porter and stout drinkers. All-in-all, this is a fabulous roasted, nutty, porter that is a fine example of the style.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really enjoy this porter. Leaves decent lacing on the glass, has a choclatey sweet aroma, slight roasty hint in the aroma as well. Taste is very well balanced between hoppiness and maltiness, almost like a struggle on your tounge. The Maltiness and roasty flavors come through in the finish. It's not as if I could taste hops, but I could tell they were there, ya know? I could see myself drinking this beer all night long...

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Photo of clvand0
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had some good brews from Great Lakes Company, so I had high hopes for this one. Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head that sticks around and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was very strong with roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. The flavor was just how I like it: thick body and extra malty. Has a nice chocolate and coffee flavor and is extremely smooth.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured clear brownish black with a ruby highlight. The head was brown, large, and in charge. It coated the glass as it fell and laced it as the beer was consumed.

The aroma was deep bittersweet chocolate and a strong expresso coffee presence. Some fruitiness developed as the beer warmed and was consumed. Caramel flavors were present but took a backseat to the chocolate and roastiness.

The flavor was bittersweet chocolate and expresso coffee with a substantial bittering component that added complexity. The flavors were well blended yet still maintained an individuality which added complexity to the flavor.

The finish was bitter chocolate and coffee lasting long into the aftertaste and drying out to bone dry in the final analysis. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. Add some oats and roasted barley, boost the body and this would stand as a well as a stout. Very well done.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Great Lakes restaurant this Tuesday night. Served at just the right temperature in an imperial pint glass. Since it was getting chilly out, I was looking for something hardy to wash down the spicy mustard coated barley pretzels. Our very nice waitress immediately suggested the porter.
Color was the shade of a roasted chestnut. It was flirting with opaqueness, but showed a deep, dark brownness when put to the light. There was dense tan foam that lasted through at least half of the pint. Even then, a gooey lacing was spaced well. Some nice carbonation was bubbling along the inside of the glass.
A cocoa and caramel smell was predominant with just a whiff of woodsy stuff on the backend.
All the tasty porter flavors are here, with a very complex mix of bitter and sweet malts. The bitter coffee and sweet toffee malts just ooze over your tongue. A very faint hop is in there somewhere, but not much. Given my choice of food and attitude this evening, the GL porter is exactly what I needed/wanted. The porter has a very full body. It finishes dry in your mouth, but leaves a bit of the clingy malts in there as well. Well worth a few, which is very difficult, given all the high quality taps at the restaurant.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a creamy looking head over a glass of dark brown beer. The aroma is roasty with a bit of alcohol sweetness to it. The taste is full of crisp roastiness with chocolate, toast, caramel, and ending with a touch of floral hop flavor. It has a medium body on the palate with a clean finish.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to WVbeergeek for this great bottle of brew.

Drank sample just under best by date.
Aroma shows nice raost malt with a hint of sweetness. Has a stout like quality. Little hints of butterscotch.
Pours black, but red hues in the light. Appears clear. Full head that recedes slowly. Sporadic lacing.
Wonderful roast flavors. Chocolate, a little coffee and bittersweet (as the label says). Pleasing longish dry finish.
May be a bit thin, otherwise great carbonation balance. Good softness both in feel and carbonation.
This is what I think of when I think of a porter. Gold standard status for me, just wish I could get this regularly.

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Photo of edchicma
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wyllder for this exceptional brew! Poured almost black with a beautiful light chocolate head taht lasts...nice lacing. Smell is rich...malt...coffee...chocolate. Taste likewise is malt, coffee, chocolate...balanced with a nice hop presence throughout. Mouthfeel is a tad chewy....with a dry casting produced by the hopping. Smoooth on the drinkability scale...road trip to Cleveland???? Great brew.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When the winters turn brutal in the Chicagoland area, I love a deep, dark, aromatic brew for those long winter nights by the fireplace. I search out the porters, stouts, Irish & Scotch ales that promise deep, rich flavor to warm your soul and relax your mind. Well EFP (Edmund Fitzgerald Porter) meets all these qualities in spades and keeps me ordering a case a month through those long winter nights even after the holidays. If you like porters this one is an excellent example of combining aroma, taste, and drinkability into one outstanding brew.

Deep garnet in color when held to the light, a strong toasty, chocolate/carmel aroma and a taste that always satisfies with multiple taste overtones (especially a subtle semi-sweet chocolate flavor) keeps me coming back for more. The mouthfeel is as close to velvet in your mouth that I could imagine. I can sip on these all night long, actually I have! Alcohol content is not too high to prevent quaffing a number of these beauties. An outstanding American porter. If you favor deep, dark, flavorful brews try EFP, you'll be glad you did.

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Photo of Crosling
3.31/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Moderately aromatic, with notes of currants, sweet malts, dark malts, chocolate, bold hops, onions and alcohol.

The malts provide notes of prunes, coffee and chocolate while other notes of brown sugar and molasses are present. The hops are bold and very prominent but in this porter it just didn't work. Too hoppy for its style in my opinion.

Not that good.

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Photo of skybluewater
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, I get to try this one, which I've heard a lot about. Bottle says "Enjoy by Jul 22 /04"-Oops! Pours what appears to be black, but is really dark mahogany. In fact, I can actually see through this beer. Big, big head recedes, leaving a tiny bit of lace. Smells like a chocolate coffee bar, very nice. Taste is of bitter coffee and chocolate.

Very quaffable porter here (the fact that it's past due really didn't affect the taste, although I'd love to try a fresh sample), but I probably wouldn't travel long distances for it again (I got this in Wisconsin). But if you see it somewhere, don't hesitate to grab a sixer or two for those cold days ahead. Just be sure to check the date!

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

Milk chocolate fluff of moderately coarse foam builds up to an inch or so, and presently sighs away. Dark chocolate resists the passage of light, letting through the barest ruby highlight.

Sweet winey, raisiny scent lingers all the way down the glass.

Fruity, plummy chocolate with hints of smoke and a lingering port-like finish which morphs into more smoke that licks around the lips. And meanwhile sticky sweet malt glues itself tingling to the tongue as a subtle piney resin slowly emerges. Whoa. This is getting interesting.

Light-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. A tasty, right down the middle and out of the park home run porter.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I waited a long time for this beer, and was not disappointed. It was black, sun blotting out dark. Nice choco head. It could easily pass for a stout, with a rich coffee taste. The hops sang out with each sip, which was a pleasant surprise. This was a great beer, porter or stout.

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Photo of frazbri
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black with ruby accents when held to the light. Chocolate aroma with minimal hop aroma. Thick moca head, long lasting with lots of lace. Chocolate with mild bitterness, a little bit of roasted flavor and a slightly tangy taste. Full body, almost chewy.
For a rich full bodied beer, it is extremely drinkable.

This beer stradles the border of stout and porter. I don't get too hung up on style. This is one of my favorites. A must try for lovers of porter and stout.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a nice 2 finger off white head and excellent lace. Reddish colors appear when held to the light. Smells of wonderful roasted malt with chocolate and coffee. Taste is very good. A nice sticky swet malt with nice coffee flavors. Nicely balanced with the hops. It's not heavy at all like I expected it to be. I could drink lots of this.

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Photo of OhioBulldog
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a medium tan/beige head. Head dispersed to leave a good lacing around the glass.
Nose is of a wonderful deep chocolate and caramal roasted malts, some sweet notes, and a small hop background.
Taste explodes with flavours of chocolate and sweet malts, then blends to a big roasted malt and coffee, and finishes dry with hops.
Very balanced and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is excellently creamy and smooth, perfect amout of carbonation.
Drinkability is great also, i could down quite a few of these on a night.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep mahogony brown in color with a moderate tan head, with thick, glass coating lace.

Aroma: Slight dark caramel and molasses notes with dominating coffee and bitter chocolate flavors.

Taste: Opens with sweet caramel malt notes which form the undercurrent of the taste throughout, quickly followed by warming alcohol, then coffee and bitter chocolate notes, which persist long past the finish. Throughout the taste there is a rather understated hop presence that moderates the rich malt character.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full with low carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A superb porter; it manages to distinguish itself in a style noted for excellence. Superb on a dark and cold afternoon. An elegant rememberance to those lost on that long ago day, November 10th, 1975, requiescat in pace.

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

i let this one sit for 30 minutes at room temp (not long enough), so that i could review it through it's full temp range, as it changes quite a bit.
pours out really dark, though, when held to the light, it comes through, and it's a really dark red.
the aroma is wonderful, and reeks of sticky sweet rich malts and dark chocolated. be sure to give this one some good whiffs.
taste is much like the aroma, but, with an unbalanced hop bitterness and a the sharp tang of a char taste somewhere. that is when it is first drank.
once it warms up a bit, the bitter all but disapears, and the char taste dissolves and balances itself out with the bittersweet chocolate and warm, sweet alcohol tones.
feels great in the mouth, a bit viscous, but good overall. mild carbonation present in the mouth.
i like this one, and it's what all porters should strive to be, although, they almost never are and so i generally avoid the style.

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Photo of ken3c
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1" creamy head, very dark. Opaque. Islands of foam leave beautiful lacing.

Roasted malt smell with chocalate.

Tastes of coffee, carmel, chocalate wonderfully blended. Dry finish.

Fairly carbonated and a little less than heavy.

Very drinkable; Very yummy.

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Photo of Ninjaworm
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Best by: 9/21/04

The color seems to be that of a very robust brown almost a light black. Does not seem to lace very much with a quickly eroding beech head.

Seems to be that of medium bodied burnt coffee aroma that it followed by hints of chocolate and toffee.

Surprisingly the alcohol in the beer is very present even though the some what low content. I find the coffee nature of the beer to be overshadowed by the burn tones as it spreads through my palate.

The carbonation helps spread the wonderful burnt flavor. At times the carbonation almost seems overwhelming as it causes a slight burning feeling as the gas departs the precious liquid. As I swallow all flavors are overshadowed by a sweet sensation.

I would not rank this beer as my top pick of porters but this would go wonderfully with a spicy seasoned London broil with some garlic mash potatoes.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearence: Dark but not completely black with just a hint of amber and poured intentially without a head. Good for porters.

Smell: Typical porter. A little chocolate, a little coffee. Average.

Mouthfeel: Again, typical. Foams a little, swallows with a traditional bitter note.

Drinkability: High! This beer goes down so easy and quickly, you could drink a 6 quickly before you realized what this 6 costs.

Taste: As advertised. A good porter with typical notes of most porters with nothing special that leaps out. This would probably be better from the tap.

All in all, good porter but not my favorite from the bottle. I'd buy this if I was thirsty for a darker beer and they did not have any other porters.

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Photo of twilight
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tikkigodxxx for the sample.

I'm drinking this blah porter thinking, 'I don't really like porters' or ' Yeah, this one is okay,' until I see my number ratings. Everything is in place. This is an exceptional porter. Then why am I not really into it? Dunno.

Pours black as night with a small head that gives way to a slight lace ring around the glass. Smell is slight burnt, roasty with a hint of powdered cocoa. Taste is. Well, taste is kind of plain. It has an exceedingly subtle flavor that even after a few sips I can barely name. Roasty malts, burnt chocolate with a lightly beautiful aftertaste just lingering on the palate. Mouthfeel is absolutely beautiful. What is it about most porters just going down smooth? Drinkability? Up there, you betcha. I could sip this one all night. Too bad I've only one bottle to keep me warm tonight.

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Photo of CSquared
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Dark black with a huge brown head that persists with great lacing

Aroma: Big aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate and cocoa

Taste/Mouthfeel: Loads of chocolatey flavors abound with coffee notes as well. Hops become mildly present at the end and a nice finish. Smooth and nicely carbonated with a full finish at the end. Picked up a slightly acrid bite at the end though.

Drinkability: The first Great Lakes offering I experienced back in high school over ten years ago, and probably what converted me to a GLBC lover. I drank loads of this growing up in Ohio and attending college there as well, and still would if only it was available in NC.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Skidz. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1 1/2" of tan head over the mahogany brew. Head was long-lived, and lacing was excellent. Aroma is deeply of coffee malts, with some sweetness and chocolate malts to soften the edges. Taste is follows the nose, with the coffee flavor lingering on the palate, but not in a bad way. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent. Man, these brews out MI way are almost worth a visit...

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,964 ratings.