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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald PorterGreat Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

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4,626 Ratings

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Ratings: 4626
Reviews: 1824
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%

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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Photo of Stu_Grimson


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a- pours a nice head almost 2 fingers, and looks almost black but allows light to get through making it more of a mahogany color

s- didn't get too much smell other than some roasted malts with a little smokey character to them and finishing with a bit of a floral aroma

t- roasted taste followed by some hoppy bitterness but not too much and ending with a nice smokey finish

m- medium bodied, not too thick making it a nice drinking porter

o- enjoyable porter that is very drinkable and flavorful

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 17:18:36 | More by Stu_Grimson
Photo of reebtaerG


4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz enjoy by 4/3/14 bottle into Chimay glass

A -Black body, with 1 finger of creamy tan head.

S -Coffee, creamy chocolate, roasted malts, and bread

T-Follows the nose with creamy chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Some hops are tasted in the finish.

M - Very creamy feel, good carbonation, dry bitter finish.

O-Great porter from Great Lakes. I like how they worked in the coffee, chocolate, malt and hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 02:52:17 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Very dark brown with a 1f mocha tan colored head. Super sticky lacing.

S- Roasted dry coffee aroma, dark bitter chocolate malts.

T- Roasted malt flavor of coffee and dark chocolate.

M- Light and tingly. Clean finish, a touch of mineral smokiness. Chocolate.

O- Top notch porter. I hope that the mineral aspect is missing from future takes on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 02:32:53 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of Bosoxfan20


3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown with amber accents with a 1 finger light tan head that doesn't hang around too long. Looks kinda thin for the style. Lacing is very sticky though.

S- Roasted malts and slight dark chocolate. I am actually picking up an interesting, earthy character that seems almost salty to a degree. Certainly some coffee aroma.

T- Additional notes of coffee (primary) and chocolate (secondary). Rich, smooth, and nutty. Roasted level never becomes harsh. Some caramel and maybe hints of toffee.

M- It may not look rich and creamy, but it sure fooled me. Coats well, and becomes almost chewy to a degree.

O- Uncanny how similar this beer is to Black Butte. And fortunately, I love Black Butte. This is a very traditional, yet bold porter. Damn fine beer

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 05:04:52 | More by Bosoxfan20
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New Jersey

4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled: Unknown, but enjoy by 5/20/14
Drinking: 1/11/14 @ 6:00 PM
Setting: Living room couch, watching New Orleans @ Seattle. Seattle up 16-0 at the half.

A: Poured pretty aggressively and got a beautiful 2 finger, tan, vanilla/chocolate milk head. The head sticks around on this one for sure! As it drops (albeit, slowly) the beer leaves really nice lacing on the side of the glass. The beer is very dark in the glass...Not quite black, but almost a really deep ruby red. Great looking beer. After a few minutes, the head falls to a nice, rich, half-finger cap. Great lacing throughout as the beer sinks to the bottom of the glass, just like the Edmund Fitzgerallld (Gordon Lightfoot)!

S: I immediately get a note of creamy chocolate milk mixed with some roasted coffee and vanilla bean. Some undertones of char and dark cherries. This beer has a great nose and smells absolutely delicious.

T: Dark roasted coffee with all sorts of vanilla and chocolate throughout. Sweetness, then bitterness, followed by a small hint of metallic/tannins. Baltic Porter I'm assuming. Fantastic flavor throughout the drink. Absolutely delicious.

MF: This beer has a fantastic creamy mouthfeel from beginning to end. It's thick without being chewy, cloying, or overly rich. The beer coats throughout and sticks around for just the right amount of time. I love how the flavors develop as you enjoy each sip. The bit of tannin/metalic taste finishes each sip on a dry note, readying the palate for the next taste.

O: This is one of the best porters I've ever had. Not really a go-to style for me, as I'll usually choose a stout over a porter, even though there's not much difference, but I'd drink this at any time. A fail-safe option at any time, and readily available. If you're a porter fan and haven't had this bad boy, what are you waiting for?

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 23:31:12 | More by JeffoC6
Photo of Maxwell


3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark, coffee brown with a small head of medium sized, tan bubbles and a middling retention. In body, the beer appears clear but nearly opaque from its darkness, slight hints of ruby and garnet can be seen when held to the light, but no particles seem to be present. On the nose, the beer smells of toasted oatmeal bread, rich caramel sauce, soft burnt popcorn, and fresh coffee beans moving into instant coffee mix. Light dark chocolate can be sensed from time to time in the nose, but the overall impression is of instant coffee, toast, and caramel sauce. On the tongue, the beer tastes smoothly sweet with a nice roasted bitter finish. Just a touch of acidity and a little hop bitters can be sensed in the beer towards the finish. In flavor, the beer begins as burning caramel sauce, working into light roast coffee, caramel malt, and a touch of herbal bitter hops. Light burnt popcorn flavors can also be sensed. The finish is of a middling length and is herbal bitters mingling with burnt black malt, touches of coffee, and just a hint of dark chocolate. The aftertaste is nearly non-existent. In the mouth, the beer feel on the light side of full-bodied, with a very smooth, silky mouthfeel that is just gently chewy. Carbonation is middling with a soft prickly scrub on the palate. The mouth is left a little wet with saliva but only a soft astringency on the tongue, and little else. Overall, this is a nice porter. I could put a couple of these back on a cold winter’s day and be happy, and this would pair very nicely with a thick stew or shepherd’s pie. It’s not my favorite in the style, honestly, but I think that is because it is so classically “a porter” that it doesn’t stand out much to me. I would have this again for sure, but I don’t know if I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 21:14:15 | More by Maxwell
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3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Smell%3A Sweetness%2C chocolate%2C coffee beans%2C roasted nuts. The smell gets better as the beer warms. Taste%3A Sweet dark chocolate%2C slight coffee flavor. Not as smokey of a flavor as I had hoped. It's a solid beer. Glad I bought a six pack. I feel like I'm missing something that might take another beer or two to pick up

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 01:41:01 | More by bryangb
Photo of rjp217


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 12-12-13. Poured into a 12oz tulip glass

A - Dark brown/black, tight half finger head that dissipates quickly. Nice lace left after each sip

S - Dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, maybe a little espresso. Pretty typical for a Porter, pleasant

T - Follows the nose, a little nutty, slightly bitter. Chocolate dominant.

M - Very smooth, minor carbonation, a little watery

O - Outstanding representation of the style. Very easy to drink but complex enough to sip and enjoy. This is how a Porter should taste. Well played indeed!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 21:27:01 | More by rjp217
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Seeing that Edmund Fitzgerald is not available in NY. I was able to snag a 6 pack as I was in NJ for the holidays. It did not disappoint.

Pours a dark brown with a rather large head that dissipated fairly quickly. There was not much lacing left behind.

The smell was delicious. Fresh brewed coffee house meets cacao nibs plus a small hint of espresso.

The taste was exactly like the smell but with a added bonus. It was nutty chocolate and roasted coffee upfront which eventually led to a caramel profile. There was not much hops but that didn't stop the beer from packing a delicious taste punch.

The finish was not dry nor bitter (even with the heavy coffee flavor). A beautifully well crafted porter that is worthy of its reputation.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 01:18:28 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of Nugganooch


4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at World of Beers in New Brunswick, NJ
12/11/13 – Standard pint glass

A: Black coffee colored body with a slight reddish brown as it thins out towards the edge. Thick layer of perfectly still khaki cream rests over the top and leaves some soft streamers of lace behind with a few dots mixed in as well. Looks magnificent really with a nice shiny gloss to it.

S: Smells of light coffee roast with equal parts cocoa nib coming together in unison. Mostly dark grains here with a touch of dark caramelized fruit sweetness and just a whisper of smoky char. Nice subtle and balanced roast character overall.

T: Again just a perfect marriage between some nutty bakers chocolate and a house blend coffee roast. Neither of which compete only compliment. Roasted grains are pronounced with a slight chocolate crème sweetness and a relatively low amount of bitterness to the beer. Hints of stone fruit in there and a dry earthy char at the finish. The alcohol is completely disguised making this entirely sessionable. Not getting any harsh notes at all. Very smooth, well balanced, robust, and delicious.

M: Moderate to lightly filling with a great creamy texture. Very clean overall. A touch watery on the finish but nothing to detract from the enjoyment.

D: This is the ideal porter. Epitomic. I can see why so many tout the flag for this one. It has great balance and perfect harmony of roasty flavors. One of the best Porters I have come across to date.
Well palyed Mr. Fitzgerald.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2013 23:51:27 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours very dark, nearly black, with some mahogany highlights when held up to the light. Respectably sized beige rocky head eventually fades down to a nice frothy cap, leaving beige lacing down the glass.

S: A bit of caramel and rich chocolate. A few roasted, coffee notes underneath. Not a whole lot of bitterness in the nose. Not overly complex, but very satisfying.

T: Lots of caramel and chocolate notes upfront with some sweetened dark roast coffee underneath. A very slight instance of hop bitterness cuts through at the very end, but is quickly squelched by a lingering mild sweetness combined with a sort of nutty character.

M: Slightly above medium body with exceptional creaminess throughout. Mild, controlled carbonation lets this one roll smoothly through your mouth.

O: This one is definitely towards the top of the list for best American Porters. Exceptional flavors, nearly unmatched drinkability makes this one a prime choice for sessioning! I'll be revisiting this bad boy without a doubt.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 18:31:48 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of NeedBeerHere


4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark as night with a finger, beige head with pretty good retention. Smell is a little malty, seems to be some coffee in there, and I think I sense a TINY bit of sweetness. Taste is dark fruits, nice coffee, and a little bit of hops in the background. Mouthfeel is light as is to be expected for a low ABV beer like this so it seems to be right on target. Overall this is a very well put together beer and is a great example of a low ABV porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 03:15:58 | More by NeedBeerHere
Photo of bubseymour


3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For a standard porter, this beer looks perfect in the glass. Dark in color with nice brown head that has incredible retention and lacing.

Smell - Lots of dry roasty smells with a touch of sweetness.

Taste - A decent porter, like the nose is dry roasted flavor with a dry finish and slight hop notice. Something taste a little like oyster (is this an oyster stout?). Nothing sweet or rich here.

Mouthfeel - A tad watery but its a light ABV so its about what you'd expect.

Overall - An enjoyable porter but I've had several are are in this same flavor zone so it doesn't really stand out from the crowd to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 20:28:15 | More by bubseymour
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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After my last tour in Afghanistan, I was stationed in Ft Knox, KY. A friend of mine lived close by in Dayton, Ohio. It was there that I first found Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. This beer is why people die of alcoholism. It is totally addictive and a tribute to American ingenuity. On my way back to New England, I bought 5 cases to take home. WITHOUT A DOUBT, this is the best porter in the world! Thank you Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 04:09:53 | More by muffiewolf
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark, carbonated, with a Pepsi like appearance
S - Chocolate and coffe
T - Robust, Dark, chocolate and coffee taste. Very smooth, with late bitterness
M - lovely
O - I wasn't expecting that much, but was pleasantly surprised by the total package. This beers satisfies almost all categories.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 02:07:06 | More by BSK_ONE
Photo of JJKBeerLvr


3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark almost black, with nice dark head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a nice balance. Can smell both the hops and roasted malts, but neither dominates the other.

Taste: A nice mix of hops and malts, and the hops are a little more prominent than other stouts. There are hints of some sweetness from the malt, with a little chocolate flavor. There is a nice mix of hop and malt influence in the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and with an average body.

Overall: This is an interesting stout, and I would buy another case.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 21:27:42 | More by JJKBeerLvr
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4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent brew, not my favorite of the GLBC year-rounds but solid nonetheless. Pours a rich, dark brown verging on black with fluffy tan head that's quick to dissipate. Sweeter on the nose than one might expect, with milk chocolate and caramel malts giving way quickly to lightly roasted coffee. Not a terribly strong aroma. The taste follows the nose more or less: chocolate, caramel, roast malts with a slightly bitter coffee aftertaste that does quite linger as long as I want it to. It's nuanced and complex, but I'll agree with a previous review who called the flavors "muted" somewhat. It just doesn't have that big punch that I want in a porter. Still, a well-balanced and very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 02:08:57 | More by xabyss
Photo of Mojo


4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head glass

A - deep brown, almost obsidian black with luscious two finger caramel colored head. Retention is good and lacing is great. It is a beautiful beer.

S - Roasted nuts, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee are the predominant notes.

T - The taste is almost indescribably good. As close to porter perfection as I've ever tasted. My other favorite porter, Smuttynose is a little more roasty, but this one is a little more well balanced.

M - full and delightful with no real aftertaste.

O - world class and very affordable.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 04:18:21 | More by Mojo
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost black but has an edge allows you to observe a crimson hue. The beer has impeccable clarity and when held to the light you can see the stream of bubbles rising in the center of the glass. Fat tan head of foam that falls well and leaves sheets of lace to fall back down into the beer as you drink. The suds refresh with each tip of the glass.

Nose is brilliant. Sophisticated roasted malt. Blackened, bready, but not crusted or burned. Toasted perfectly smooth. It has a the light scent of creamy caramel. A light touch of brown sugar, bold espresso that is smoothed out by dark bittersweet chocolate. It has a cookie like dryness even on the nose and a light and delicate hop herbal.

Taste is sensational. The malt rolls out of the glass, supple, creamy, like velvet. Soft and graceful. The caramel stays light and lightly sweet with a bit of nut to it and that sweet little bit of cream to fill up the palate. The coffee and the dark chocolate gives it oomf and a burly quality that is very dynamic. It finishes dry and with an endless grain. The hop herbal balances this perfectly for an aftertaste that is filled with soft dark bread. The body of the beer is medium and it approaches chewy but stays just shy of it. It has a little bit of thickness and it feels great on the palate.

This beer has a radiant and strikingly handsome appearance. The nose is dapper and full of rich deep scents. The taste is smart and it dazzles with it's depths and with it's light sweetness. Engaging. Simply one of the best porters.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 18:54:54 | More by utopiajane
Photo of bobhartman

New York

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

True to style, complex with hints of chocolate and coffee, but no flavors overly dominate.
The malt is more noticeable than the hops, but this is a good thing.
Alcohol also true to style, too much to chug after sliding home with the winning run, but not too much, to thoroughly enjoy drinking by a fireplace, recanting your winning run.
In any case this beer is a home run.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2013 01:29:48 | More by bobhartman
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Alpena Michigan. Review from notes

A - Black body, with 1 finger of creamy tan head.

S - Coffee, creamy chocolate, roasted malts, dark bread, yeasty

T - Follows the nose with creamy chocolate, cold coffee, roasted and roasted malts. Hops are there to support but stay in the shadows of the chocolate and coffee duo. The chocolate turns to to a more bitter bakers chocolate toward the dry finish.

M - Very creamy feel, lushes sudsy carbonation, dry bitter finish.

My 1st beer from Great Lakes and it will not be my last. There's not alot going on, the chocolate and coffee are the stars and the are showcased very well.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 02:39:18 | More by StaveHooks
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4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought at a soutwestern PA Giant Eagle grocery store. Poured from 12oz bottle into a chilled, but not frosted pint glass. Near black body. Medium head that subsided fairly slow. Left a mixture of streaks and lacing on the glass.

Smells smokey and/or toasted, more so than most of the other porters Ive had. Well rounded smell.

Toast, malt, chocolate, toffee. Not overly powerful. Its not a double, so I guess that should be expected. Well rounded and soft. Dry. A session porter perhaps.

Little creamy. Light to medium carbonation. Super smooth. I could drink this anytime.

Similar to Founder's Porter, but perhaps a little more intricate. Outstanding. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 22:19:54 | More by turbotype
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Quebec (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, best before 04/03/14.

Pours a dark body, light tan head. Retention and lacing is good but expected a little bit more. Aroma of wood & bitter-sweet chocolate. Flavor has a nice smoky, roasted taste with some burnt malt. Finish is strong on the mix of bitter-sweet and dark chocolate. Well balanced and well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 18:50:34 | More by papat444
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4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A very, very dark brown body, just a drop away from being black, sits under an off-white head. The head gives way to fantastic quantities of lacing throughout.

Smell: Mocha-like scent dominates the nose.

Taste: Medium body full of malts hit the tongue first. Great notes of semi-sweet chocolate start to come through. Mild hops come in and level out the heavy malts. This is nearly a perfectly balanced porter.

Mouthfeel: Dry and bittersweet finish. Low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: For many, this seems to be considered "THE" porter. There is a great variety of Porters out there but this seemed to live up to the hype. Despite the rather heavy flavor, this brew is easy to throw down, perhaps a session porter? I think yes.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 23:24:47 | More by Chiefy770
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with tints of red. Creamy mocha head that leaves spotty lacing and survives during the whole drink.

S - Malt, caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee beans.

T - Heavy malt load - caramel, chocolate, balanced nicely with dry bitterness and a hint of licorice (anise), velvety mouth feel, medium bodied. Easy as hell to quaff this one down.

O - Outstanding porter - one of the best there is. This brew is in the beer of fame for a reason.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 01:29:54 | More by andrewjraab
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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