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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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5,679 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,679
Reviews: 1,915
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 522
Gots: 700 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001

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3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 08/21/12

Pours a dark amber with a small off-white head. Smell is roasted malty chocolate, very light. It is medium and crisp on the tongue, there are smokey, darker tones, but most of it is sweet cocoa powder and coffee beans. There are earthy hops but they are kept well in check.

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4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
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

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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,679 ratings.