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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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5,347 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,347
Reviews: 1,872
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 483
Gots: 502 | FT: 21
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 Grohnke
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Legend (BA / BJCP)

Light tan, well-forming and creamy head holds well, slowly dissipates. Leaves a thin film, with some light lace etching on the glass. Very dark brown, very clear. (5 / 3)

Smells of heavy roast, with supporting bittersweet chocolate and a light background note of caramel. Light to low earthy/spicy hop aroma, and low to no esters. (4 / 10)

Heavy roasted malt, lightly burnt, and lightly smoky. Background notes of baker's chocolate and light coffee. Balance is malt forward, as the hop flavor is little to none. Finishes dry with a firm hop bitterness, and with a roasty/sweet, aftertaste. Clean. (4.5 / 18)

Medium body, medium carbonation. Slight roast astringency. (4 / 4)

Quality porter with some bright roast and chocolate characteristics. Background note of caramel coupled with the subtle hints of smoke and coffee add to an already complex beer. Highly enjoyable. ( 4 / 8)

Total: 4.28 / 43

Grohnke, May 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Carmen, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

rjl910953, May 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

adxss, May 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

chrispoint, May 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Romulux, May 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

rderedin, May 20, 2012
Photo of MaddGeneral
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

MaddGeneral, May 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

TruaxMJ, May 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

runwild99, May 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ZachRusk, May 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

callahwj, May 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

fdig23, May 19, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Williamsburg Winery wine glass.

A: Pours a dark brown body betrayed by its ruby red edges near the glass. It also features a three finger light mocha colored head with a nice frothy texture and spots of decent lacing.

S: Chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee, brown sugar, and a touch of earth. Really fantastic; proof that an excellent smelling beer doesn't need to be in your face to impress.

T: This is a porter that eschews boldness for subtlety, and it's all the better for it. An initial wave of chocolate hits the tongue, followed by notes of coffee, roast, smoke, raisin, hazelnut; while the finish sees a return of the coffee notes along with a slight noble hop component. Finish lasts a long time, as well. One of the more complex porters I've had, yet all of the notes in the flavor profile are balanced with one another. Only real flaw is that mine was served a bit too warm, and it negatively affected the flavor slightly; 'course it's not like it really matters...

M: Has a medium body, with a dry, long lasting, bittersweet finish and decent carbonation. A textbook porter in this regard.

O: If you want proof that a light(er) beer can satisfy as well as some of the big, bruising behemoths in the beer world, look no further than this bad boy. Not only that, it's hella drinkable, to boot! I'll definitely be on the look for this one in the future.

ThisWangsChung, May 18, 2012
Photo of nstroup
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

nstroup, May 18, 2012
Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Yuengling Bock glass, Edmund Fitzgerald is blackish brown with a light tan head leaving nice lace rings.

Smell is sweet, chocolate syrup and lactose, with a touch of licorice

Taste is also sweeter, dark chocolate and sugar, like robust milk stout, but with firm citric hop bite provide depth of flavor and balanced bitterness. Definitely on the sweet enough to be a definitive porter, but with just a pleasant touch of roast.

Mouthfeel is crisp, but with full, soft carbonation and a medium-heavy body.

Drinkability is good, a very solid American porter. Flavorful, stronger yet smooth. Classic, and well deserved of the reputation it earned for Great Lakes.

ccrida, May 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Hanzo, May 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Irish7r, May 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Nate, May 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Mack2012, May 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

pearljam118, May 16, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Cork City in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a semi opaque extremely dark amber bordering on dark brown in color with some garnet highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall creamy dark beige head that reduces but has good retention qualities leaving more than 70% of the original head intact. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Overall the aroma of this beer was quite mild, not as intense as I would have liked. There is pleasant roasted malt body with some nice chocolate hints. Subtle coffee hints are present as well.

T: A wonderfully robust, complex, and well balanced to the flavor of this beer. Strong roasted malt flavors with notes of bittersweet chocolate and subtle coffee hints.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is very enjoyable and very sessionable, I could and would have more than one of these in a session. I really enjoyed the flavor and it just looked delicious, though I was hoping for a slightly stronger aroma.

dbrauneis, May 15, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/14/12
*From notes

A: Dark molasses brown in color. A solid pour yields a frothy three finger mocha head. It lingers around for some time. The lacing around the glass as it falls is really impressive. A massive collar rims the beer.

S: Grass, coffee, chocolate malt and a touch of authentic pit smoke.

T: Not too far of a stretch from the nose. Lots of medium roast black coffee, milk chocolate, buttered toast and char. What really stands out is the control: I don't get even a trace of that green quality that has become so prevalent in a lot of mid to low grade stouts and porters.

M: A bit bubbly at first. Letting this sit and warm helps, as does a few swirls in my glass. Within 15-20 minutes, this opens up and as the carbonation falls, the viscosity rises.

O: Searching for a great everyday Porter? Look no further. This is textbook stuff, folks. It's a classic for a reason - it's well priced, easy enough to find, and most of all it's God damn delicious. A cornerstone of the craft movement.

Rhettroactive, May 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

michaelmgio, May 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

K-Andrews, May 15, 2012
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,347 ratings.