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: 1,944
Hads: 6,050
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 576
Gots: 951 | 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 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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Photo of HardTarget
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Best by date (8/4/04- beat it by just a couple days) and serving temp suggested (45 degrees) and a note about the purity law.
Aroma: Cold coffee, toffee and a hint of cream in the nose. Inviting.
Appearance: Clear deep brown edges on a black body. It showed a collar of leathery tan small bubbles that laced lightly.
Flavor: A nice coffee porter. Has a lot of bitterness going on, bittersweet chocolate and a coffee bitter that lasted long into the aftertaste. Some minor floral hops noted on a deep roasted rich malt base.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with some fuzzy carbonation. A touch over carbonated for my tastes.
Overall Impression: A very high quality beer. I’m a new fan of Great Lakes Brewing. This is a rich tasting beer, so rich I don’t think I could make a session out of these, but I could see revisiting the old girl now and again. Recommended for foggy winter days.
Another big o'THANKS to mattcrill for the bottle!

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

Pouerd out dark brown in color... appeared black due to bar lighting. big and mean coffee colored head. 2-3 finger thick and creamy. lacing left rings down the side of the pint glass. smell was extremely roasty, nutty and slightly sweet (chocolate) Taste corresponded with smell. Big roasted malt character was the most noticible. Mouthfeel was thick, and creamy. Not a very bitter brew. a very delightful beer. i enjoyed it greatly.

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Photo of ramrod666
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this porter pours pitch-black with a dark brown loose head that lingered well. lacing was very little. smell is a chocolate-coffee assault. taste is of semi sweet chocolate and coffee with some buttery hints of toffee. dry finish. mouthfeel was slightly thick but not syrupy. very little carbonation. an awesome porter with a high drinkabilty. excellent example of the style. could drink a lot of these.

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

This fine beer looks like a good porter should - extremely dark. No way you can see through that glass. The smell is also excellent and typical of a good porter - a delicious roasted chocolatey aroma. The taste is also fantastic. All in all a superb brew.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Dark, muddy, almost black in color with a gorgeous head that came up with ease and down with much protest. It left some cool pits on top of the liquid and some nice lacing as well.

Smell – The chocolate came across the room at the pour. Like LBB said, it’s more of a cakey kind of chocolate than anything else. The coffee grounds are very sharp and forward as well. I can pick up some darkish malt but it is mostly trumped by the coffee and chocolate notes.

Taste – There’s an interesting bitterness that comes out at the taste, but otherwise the tongue follows the nose.

Mouthfeel – Close to medium-bodied with some very slight carbonation. The flavor profile here really sets off the taste buds in the front part of your tongue.

Drinkability – This is a terrific, easy-drinking session porter, if there is such a thing.

Comments – Thanks to garthwaite for sending me not one, but two of these babies.

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Photo of garthwaite
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at the brewery. This gorgeous brew is a deep dark brown that approaches black with a thin lasting, sticky tan head. Smeet aroma that immediately gives notice of the quantity of chocolate malt & roasted barley used in this brew. Additional hints of chocolate covered cherry, roasted coffee, & a touch of both floral hops & campfire ash. Once in the mouth, this is absolutely delicious. A brief initial wave of bitterness is devastated by a huge, complex dark malt portfolio. Roasted coffee & bittersweet chocolate balanced beautifully by flavors of dark fruit & English hops. Medium bodied with a pleasant velvety mouthfeel. Long lasting bittersweet dry finish. Fresh on tap, the drinkability on this one is through the roof.

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

This is without a doubt the best porter I have drank to date, and being that porter is one of my favorite styles, I've tried a good many. This beer came in a pint glass, through which I could just barely make out some translucency in the beer. It had a wonderful off white head and a rich, chocolaty aroma. The taste starts out with a tease of sweetness, which then becomes a complex blend of chocolate, malt, and slightly roasted flavors. This is one beer that I absolutley cannot have just one of. I would bring my wife to the pub to be my DD, but she likes this as much as I do!

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Photo of wyllder
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off: Big thanks go out to matcrill for the chance to sample this!

Edmund pours a deep ruby, chocolate brown, leaving a fizzy 1/4 inch caramel head that eventually recedes and leaves a sticky lacing as you go.

Nose is a delicious chocolate cream with an almost thick, buttery backbone to the scent. Talk about piquing your interest! Unlike many beers, their is no hint of bitterness about smell, it's wonderful in the subdued chocolate creaminess of it.

The first hit on the palate is at once sweet, even tart, with a crisp carbonated feel. By the midsip a nice caramel malt plays in as the sweetness begins to recede. The fade out to the aftertaste is a blissful receding of sugary tartness that reveals a deep, creamy chocolate flavor with subtle hints of coffee blended in.

Mouthfeel is a bit too tart for my liking, though in a way this actually adds to the receding effect as the tartness backs off to reveal the creamy aftertaste.

Overall, this is terribly good stuff!


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

Cheers to Buckeyenation for the opportunity to try this brew.

Now this is a porter! Pours a deep black, light brown if held to the light. Good, lacy, long lasting, light off yellow head that clings to the side of the glass. Smells sweet, malty, and chocolaty. Taste delicious. Has that great porter taste, sweet and slightly hopped in the aftertaste. Malty and sharp flavor. Very drinkable and smooth, especially for a porter. A top notch brew.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

In terms of depth, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter's closest companion would be an imperial stout. Dark yet creamy chocolate from some place that isn't America or Britain introduces itself to you and then takes a nap on your tongue as if it had always lived there. And I'm welcoming him into my home.

The roasted nose hints at a lightly fruity hoppiness and the chocolate draws our attention away from it until the end when a natural bitterness adds complexity to the malt, as if we are moving through a tasting of different percent cocoas, and synergistically opens to bright, drying hops and a latent yeasty cream.

Despite all this and a finish that not only lingers but develops unabated for well over 2 minutes (I timed it), Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is as quaffable and liquid as a cold hefe on a mid-summer day.

The body of this beer is dynamic, apparently full because of the dark malt, but light from a healthy attenuation of sugars and frizzante carbonation that is just lively enough to dissect the roast flavors and make what could have been an overpowering beer accessible to the masses.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of noclue
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Very dark pour with slight hints of amber. A nice almost foamy head that stuck around until the last drink. The aroma was my favorite aspect of this fine porter. Almost overwhelming Chocolate/Espresso aromas with a hint of smoke.

This is an extremely strong porter, with a pleasing roasty, hoppy bitterness. The EF seemed to be heavier to me than most porters, almost stout-like, which complimented the taste very well.

I highly recommend this beer, but due to the intensity, I can hardly drink more than one. Easily my favorite porter!

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLBC. One of those breweries I simply didn't understand the fuss about until I hit upon the Burning River pale ale. I've seen the light now, so its about time to sample one of their most highly acclaimed, the EF porter. I quiver with anticipation.

Presented in a 20 oz. Imperial pint tumbler. Black with slight ruby translucence. Dirty-moon 1 1/2" head that leaves a slightly paper-bag like lace.

The nose is an amazing amalgam of roastiness and hoppiness, a tug of war that continues all the way through the beer. There are also huge hints of espresso and chocolate here.

The taste is nutty rich with a slightly smoky influence. They somehow figured to milk out the smoothness of nitro without the flavor-degredation. The hop characteristic cuts through the dark-night of major roastiness enough to make even Nick Floyd happy.

The drinkability is actually fairly low on this one. Such a complex and fine beer that only one is enough. Enough cannot be said for drinking this one just about cellar temperature, because a beautifully delicate sweetness appears that makes the package absolutely undeniable.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.69 for a 12oz. bottle

The appearence pours out a heavy dark brown, almost black base with a small-to-mid sized head that retains for the most part till the end. The aroma is like a dark-roasted coffee with hints of chocolate and a heavy hop thing going on as well.

The taste is a phenominal blend of what the aroma gave away, a heavier porter than most, almost a bit imperial stout like that has everything going for it. The mouthfeel is a little harsh on the palette but everything else goes down fine. The drinkability is well above par, wondering how this beer went down in only 10 minutes.

Final Thought: I love living in Ohio and having this beer available, clearly one of the best porters and beers available in Cincinnati.

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Photo of Foxman
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a deep, rick inky brown, but comes across as black, until you see flashes of ruby where light dares pass through. Two fingers of light brown head swell gently and settle, like chocolate mousse melting to a frothy puddle. Sticky, winding lacing roams the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers dark roasted malt, offering a melange of chocolate, coffee, and licorice. Cherry and berry notes lurk earthily in the mix. A sherry-like presence closes along with an outlying hops bitterness.

The first sip brings the dense, earthen bittersweet character of long-roasted malt, bearing espresso and dark chocolate. A cherry fruit tanginess tangles buoyantly with a vinous hint in the middle, this time more like port than sherry. The aura of well-cooked grain reasserts near the end, leaving black coffee across the palate. Hops bitter and malt sweet linger mellifluously at the finish. Artfully balanced and craftily blended, it brings Many together into a wonderfully unified One.

Medium bodied, it impresses the palate tangibly, coating and laying softly before a dry bitter glow lingers.

Like a master juggler keeping several balls in the air effortlessly, this splendid porter nimbly melds multiple elements into a fascinating progression of flavors. With nary a wrong turn, it meanders and winds from one tasty station to another. It's gutsy, but as full as it is, I defy anyone to drink just one, unless that's all you have on hand, which would be a real shame. The name is a memorial to a lost ship and its crew; the beer is a tribute to the artisans who crafted it.

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

Black as night with a beautiful tannish head that leaves a great lace clingingto the glass. A sweet caramel candy smell follows as a coffee like taste is amazing. I absolutely loves this beer, too bad it doesn't make it out this far East. Certainly a world classic in the making. If you can find definitely buy it.

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Photo of Lupe
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A creamy tan head sits atop the dark brown liquid. Garnet hues shine through when struck by the light, and stick lace is left behind as the glass is emptied. Chocolate, coffee, and roasted aroma. Starts sweet with some caramel, then leads to dark chocolate flavors followed by roasted coffee and bitterness. Light citrus hops make a brief suprise appearance and round things up. Full-bodied, creamy, and velvety smooth. Well balanced, highly drinkable, and complex. Very tastey!!

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Photo of chugamugofsud
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer had very little head but smelled of a traditional matly porter. It's appearance was relatively dark, although not stout depth. The taste is the real kicker with this great beer, it is deep with hints of chocolate and tobacco that remain in the background of the rich porter taste. Highly recommended as a porter, easily the best beer made by Great Lakes.

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

Appearance: A nice dark dark brown color with a nice tan head that lasted a while. There was some nice lacing on the glass that made this brew look very nice.

Smell: Smell was of roasted mocha coffee. A very nice aroma that made me excited to taste the brew.

Taste: Roasted malts and coffee upfront. Chocolate and hops came next. There was a decent hop presence that made this brew very interesting

A very rich and thick mouthfeel made this brew extra pleasant. Very nice beer. Go GLBC.

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Photo of rdailey76
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice deep dark brown with a twinge of "metallic" orange color. Creates a real nice head about a pinky's width that settles down after a couple minutes. Leaves some lacing on the side as I drink it down. The smell is what first brought me to this beer. The coffee aroma makes me think I can have this for breakfast. Fabulous taste and mouthfeel with a nice little kick of spice at the end from the hops. Mouthfeel I feel is kinda light, which adds to it's drinkability. Drinking just one leads me to want another. Well crafted porter that I will definitely get again. Not sure why it has been sitting in my beer fridge for two months.

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Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brownish color with some reddish highlights and a tall and creamy tan head with a nice retention. Nose is rich milk chocolate with some underlying aromas of fresh brewed coffee. Medium to full in body with a creamy and silky texture. Taste begins with sweet roasted malts along with a touch of dark caramel followed by a bit of a smoky and woody flavor. Some acidic coffee and a hint of citrusy bitter hops are present towards the finish. A marvelous porter. This was my first beer from Great Lakes, but hopefully not my last! Thanks to faernt for the sample!

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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