Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 5,132 | Reviews: 1,850 | Display Reviews Only:
4.53/5 rDev +6.3%
12 oz bottle dated "enjoy by 11/22/12".
A: Pours very dark with a nice, thick tan colored head. A bit of transparency (red) through the light, but hard to see anything but dark brown/black without some effort. Beautiful small "wispy" foam sticks around on the top leading to very nice lacing as the beer is consumed. One of more appealing looking beers I've ever had.
S: Nice, clean roasty smell. Almost like burnt coffee, but not a bad smell at all. i could smell this beer all day.
T: Follows the nose almost exactly. A little bit of bitterness on the back end of the sip, which goes away rather quickly in favor of some fantastic dark, roasty notes, which linger for some time. I get a little bit of sweetness mid-palate, and kept thinking I was getting some metallic notes toward the back of the sip, but they never sustained, so I'm not knocking this beer for that.
M: Nice and thick (thicker than I expected) body, which I love. Thicker and more creamy than many stouts. Moderate carbonation, which fits well with the beer. I don't usually like carbonation in darker beers, but it really works well here.
O: Really, really nice beer. I can see why it's so highly regarded. Really nothing I can find here that I don't like. The only negative I can come up with, and i'm stretching for one, is the lack of flavor complexity. This is really more of a personal preference, as I really enjoy barrel aged beers that pull out hints of vanilla, bourbon, coffee, etc. I'm getting less complexity here, but the beer is spot on for what it's meant to be. For me, this will now be the Porter against which all others are judged. Excellent brew, and a fantastic way to end my night. I'll definitely be buying this again.
07-14-2012 04:24:50 | More by GR_Rick
3.9/5 rDev -8.5%
[Best served in a Nonic Pint Glass]
The pour was a deep dark pitch black with a huge (3-4 finger) medium tan frothy head that was fully lasting and possessed excellent streaky lacing.
The aroma was of roasted chocolate malt and leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses and a touch of smoke.
The taste was very malty with a mild sweet chocolate note at first, but then the taste shifted slightly to a mild bitterness with a good strong coffee presence and a light sweet molasses ending. The flavor hung on for a very long time proceeding the swallow with a nice bitter coffee taste left to linger on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was almost full in body with a dry oily texture and a medium carbonation.
Overall this is a great tasting Porter that was quite easy going down and had an exceptional bold robust flavor, making this one hek of an enjoyable drinking experience…
07-08-2012 14:46:45 | More by KajII
4.23/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color typical of a porter. Overall, a pretty typical porter, where there is nothing unique compared to others (like some porters have strong coffee tastes). However, this porter is very well done. Great malt taste with just a hint of hops and chocolate that all blends together very well. It is definitely one of the better porters I have had, and I would highly recommend it.
07-06-2012 02:41:18 | More by BeerNoobNC
4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a long lasting tanned head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, coffee, vanilla, cacao, chocolate and dark fruit. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of bready, toasted malt, some earthy hops, coffee, vanilla, chocolate and dark fruit. Not as good as on tap but still wonderful brew.
07-05-2012 13:38:51 | More by mikeg67
4.05/5 rDev -4.9%
12oz bottle (best by 9/19/2012) into a snifter. Pours a somewhat transparent brown w/ a 1-finger khaki head that settles to a thin film. Some garnet light shines through around the edges. Pretty vigorous carbonation visible around the side of the glass.
Aroma is sharply roasty and bitter. Has an almost acrid, burnt smell. There's also a hint of dried dark fruit here, mostly prunes and raisins. More earthy and nutty as it warms. Dark bitter chocolate too.
Taste is bitter chocolate and roasted malt with a dry finish. Cocoa, dark fruit, black coffee.
Mouthfeel is where this beer really shines. It slips effortlessly across the palate and finishes bone dry. Good carbonation. Slight bitter aftertaste.
Overall a solid American porter. Well-crafted and enjoyable.
07-05-2012 05:17:10 | More by draheim
4.43/5 rDev +4%
A - Pours a dark brown color with a big finger-plus of frothy brownish head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of coffee, roasted dark chocolate, with some vanilla sweetness and a touch of smoke character.
T - Starts off with a mix of dark chocolate with some like smoke and vanilla bean and a touch of licorice. Through the middle, come coffee comes through with some more roasted flavors and a bit of bitter cocoa. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate, vanilla bean, coffee, and licorice.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, roasty, and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nice balance of flavors and it really goes down smooth.
07-03-2012 04:30:39 | More by ngeunit1
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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