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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5,873 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,873
Reviews: 1,955
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 544
Gots: 839 | FT: 23
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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Photo of skybluewater
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of frazbri
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of sabrills70
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of OhioBulldog
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
4.08/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of trancefishy
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of ken3c
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Ninjaworm
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of Ricochet
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of twilight
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of CSquared
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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...

Photo of HardTarget
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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!

Photo of jayb
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of ramrod666
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of profzoom
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of garthwaite
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of soilguy
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

Photo of wyllder
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
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!


Photo of RocketWidget
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of ngandhi
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of noclue
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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