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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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5,736 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,736
Reviews: 1,929
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 523
Gots: 732 | FT: 22
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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Ratings: 5,736 | Reviews: 1,929
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A buddy of mine got this for me and many thanks for that.

Appearance: A very dark and opaque brown body, a 1/2in cream colored head. A thick look and great retention.

Smell: Smells of chocolate, dark smoky coffee and some evergreen scent as well.

Taste: Dark chocolate surrounds this brew, the smoky coffee notes follow through the initial hit. The roasted earthiness (nuts, and coffee) are fantastic. It finishes with a piney hops and slight vanilla smoothness. A very good tasting porter.

Mouthfeel: Medium to rich bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A great porter, possibly the best I’ve had to date. So rich well mixed and earthy.

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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle a few weeks back from Charlotte. Not distributed in GA. Happy day! Poured into a Duvel snifter.

A - Very dark brown with a thick tan head. Sticks beautifully around the the glass.

S - Rich aroma filled with oak and light roasted malts. Coffee, chocolate and a touch of vanilla rounds it out. Superb.

T - Follows the nose with an earthy feel. A touch of hops finishes the brew. The flavors are complex and tie together beautifully.

M - Lightly carbonated and irresistibly smooth. Not very bold but perfect for a porter.

O - Truly a fantastic porter. Might be the best I have had to date. Others that come to mind are the Taddy porter and the London porter. Worthy of the praise.

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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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4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown pour, decent lacing. Excellent scents of chocolate, malt, and licorice. Reminds me why I love porters. A little more charasmatic than Bell's porter, but a bit more acidic too. Fantastic coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt flavors. A marvelous porter, would never hesitate to recommend this to anyone searching for a good porter.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into CBS snifter.

A) Black with a nice khaki colored head. The head settles to a thin dusting. Some light lacing. Looks tasty.

S) A nice rich aroma. Oak, quite woody, light roast. There is some chocolate and a little vanilla bean. It all blends together perfectly.

T) Dark malt, some sweetness, light coffee roast, cocoa powder. This is oaky, earthy, very light hops on the finish. This has flavors heading in several directions, but ultimately meeting right where they need to.

M) Medium body, lightly carbonated. Very smooth, it just has a soft comfort to it. Good earthy aftertaste. Nearly perfect...

O) This one deserves all the praise it gets. A fantastic Porter that any craft beer enthusiast should try. Highly recommended...

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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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A finger of light tan and mocha head. Body is black but shows light at about 1.5cm to reveal some brown. Just light lacing.

S - A slight sourness to it, but then some vanilla and cocoa. Tons of licorice.

T - Very nice flavors of licorice, chocolate, and vanilla. The licorice gives the impression of sour, but not quite there.

M - Good carbonation and solid body make this thicker than most porters. Very good.

O - Pleasant beer all around. Fairly simple, yet a little different from most and good.

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4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is easily one of the best brews i have had in my lifetime. Sitting around a campfire on a chilly summer day, and this beer warmed my stomach. The mouthfeel of this beer was dark chocolate and coffee. It was the original taste of this brew which initially made me fall in love with it. The deep taste which consists almost strictly of a darker coffee flavor and aroma strikes me as the type of beer that i would legitimately consider drinking for breakfast as a pick-me-up (i say that without feeling like an alcoholic). And being from Ohio, i feel a strange attachment to this Cleveland spawned porter, I have pride that Ohio has created one of the greatest beer i have ever had.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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