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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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5,541 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,541
Reviews: 1,890
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 500
Gots: 586 | FT: 22
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of JamesMN
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown and with relatively good clarity. Tan soapy head.

Aroma: Typical porter. Malt forward with molasses, toffee, and dark chocolate.

Taste: Lots of roasted dark chocolate throughout and a nice coffee bitterness in the finish. The definition of a classic porter. It's great in it's simplicity. Nice roasted malt character and pretty straightforward.

Mouthfeel: A tad below medium bodied and slightly over carbonated for my taste. Easily drinkable.

Final Thoughts: Definitely worth a try if it's distributed in your area. The aftertaste is reminiscent of a mocha and lingers for a while. Would I drink it again? Maybe, it's not first on my list of go-to porters.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Mavigo
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured two bottles into my new stein, playing gordon lightfoot, the mood is set

A: pours black, but not totally opaque, some light shows through, with a short tan head with good amounts of lacing.

S: smells strong of coffee, chocolate, caramel, malts, vanilla, very aromatic, gives me the sensation of morning, wakes me up

T: coffee, dark chocolate, some hops, smokey, wood, very bold

M: it is wonderful, good carbonation, very bold and thick, gives the feeling of actually drinking coffee, that sort of thickness, the after taste leaves with the temptation for more.

O: A wonderful beer, the atmosphere that I had created, the gordon lightfoot song was perfect, might have made it taste better, but it is a great porter and its wonderful that its in tribute of the late Edmund Firtzgerald. I love Michigan even though this is made in Ohio. Have one nao.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into ribbed pint

Jet black with four finger head that quickly faded into a half finger, but remained throughout the course of consumption.

Smells: coffee, chocolate, roasted malt

Taste: Smoky, coffee bean, cocoa, roasted malt, and alcohol at the finish

Mouthfeel: Typical of the style

Overall, I liked Eliot Ness more!!

But, its still a good beer from a good brewery.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -47.1%

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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's not often I rush to beeradvocate to rate a beer while trying it, but this is a pretty awesome brew.
A: I always find it difficult to rate stouts/porters on appearance...it's black...they're all black...but the head is a beautiful, light-brown that hangs on throughout the whole beer, which makes me give it a few more points.

S: Almost like a stout, a lot of roasted notes....and I mean A LOT....very enticing aroma with a hint of caramel and chocolate.

T: Only reason I don't give this a 5 is, as some fellow advocates have pointed out, it has a slight metal taste...could just be my bottle or taste buds though.

M: Velvety. Very clean.

O: Definitely a high recommendation. I don't drink Porter often, but it's the best I've had. Really anxious to try it on tap.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black with a thick one finger head. Really amazing head retention and lacing it just sticks around forever.

Aroma of dark chocolate and espresso. Tons of roast character and just a little bit of spicy hops.

Flavor is really where this beer stands out. Ridiculous amount of roast, chocolate, and coffee without a bitter, astringent mouthfeel which is hard to do. A real nice balance between chocolate and coffee with some hints of caramel thrown in. Mouthfeel is just a little on the thin side which is about the only drawback.

Really a world-class beer here. Just an amazing aroma and flavor without crazy amount of alcohol or bitterness. Everyone should try this beer at least once.

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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