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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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95
world-class

5,533 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 5,533
Reviews: 1,889
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 500
Gots: 579 | 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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Photo of ruckus232
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Dark brown with a good amount of tan head leaving nice lacing

Smell: Sweet smell, almost like a plum/raisin scent

Taste: Slight roasted bitterness with a nice complimenting sweetness. Not the plum sweetness but more of a malty sweetness.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of spark3148857
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Edmund being the beer that introduced me to craft brewing, I figure I should review it:

Ap: Pours a deep brown verging on black with ruby edges. Thin tan to mocha head.

Ar: Roasted malts, faint chocolate and coffee. Some fuggles hops are perceptible.

Ts: Perhaps the best robust porter I've ever had. Dark chocolate, bitter coffee are balanced with roasted malts and a nice hop bitterness.

Mf: Fits the profile of a robust porter well. Best if on tap or fresh bottle. May be a little thin.

Ov: Truly the best example of an American robust porter. I haven't come across a porter that rivals this one. Closest challenger is Founder's Porter.

Photo of 5lat5ive
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a Great Lakes "Taster's" 12-pack. 4/4. Bottle into a pint glass.

A - About 90% opaque black. Thin, tan.

S - Small aroma, kind of flat. I think I may have had this too cold. It came straight from the fridge and into my glass. Sweet toffee smell.

T - The first thing I notice is the bitter bite. Nice for a porter. Strong toffee, coffee, and chocolate. Strong dry hop. Also, lemony aftertaste. But, I am also concerned with cross-contamination as this is the 4th beer in my session. I've been careful to drink water and light food between beers.

M - Sticky and dry

O - Decent porter. I've had this once before, and remember it being better the first time.

Photo of primrose54
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Brown in color with amber highlights when held up to the light. Nice tan head that provides very good lacing. Decent looking beer, not great, but good.

Smell is outstanding, lots of coffee and chocolate. In addition there are some nice additions of some dehydrated fruits. Not much of a hop presence in the nose. Really the big aromas are rich chocolate and darker roasted coffee, a little bit of caramel malts.

Taste is equally as good as the smell, maybe even a little better. Chocolate profile is a little different than the nose here. It's more of a bitter sweet than just sweet. Still a strong portion of coffee as well, dark roasted. Slightly weaker hints of dehydrated fruit again, really well balanced and well blended flavor. Can't really taste the hops but you can tell there present.

Mouthfeel is very good. For something that has really good flavor the feel is only medium which is nice, not too easy to do for a lot of porters I feel. The carbonation level is very good and there's a nice clean bitter finish from the hops. A really wonderful porter I'm glad I finally got the chance to try it. Great representation of what's probably my favorite style of beer. Top 5 for me, I wish it distributed to my area.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into an Adirondack brewpub pint glass.

A: Dark brown, nearly black in color with garnet hues and a frothy, two-finger head of espresso-like foam that leaves some good, chunky lacing.

S: Loads of roasted and fruity malts make for a complex aroma. Chocolate, coffee, dried fruit and pine trees create an inviting scent.

T: Bittersweet chocolate and roasted espresso fill the palate first before evening out with some additional, cookie-like sweetness. Dry, bitter and herbal hops throw some licorice into the mix before finishing a bit dry with some brownie-like cocoa sweetness.

M: Medium-full bodied porter with plenty of herbal hops top balance out the sweet roasted malts.

O: A very tasty and balanced American porter that show appreciation for the roasty sweetness of a larger porter but the relaxed 5.8% ABV to keep its drinkability rather high. More please!

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,533 ratings.