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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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4,943 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,943
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 462
Gots: 366 | FT: 19
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001)
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Photo of Gtreid


4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Deep mahogany color. The pour dropped a two finger, light tan head, that retained extremely well and left tons of lace.

A: Complex aroma of both bittersweet and dark chocolate with notes of roast, small coffee, and caramel. A small hop presence shows its face as an earthy/dirty manner.

T: Follows the nose well. Notes of chocolate, coffee, dirt, and caramel. It's pretty bitter, probably from the combination of bittersweet chocolate and hops. Finishes dry and sweet with no hint of ABV.

M: Medium body, aggressive carbonation. I guess it's a bit light for my tastes here, but not all that bad.

O: Really enjoyable porter. Pretty complex flavor profile from a beer ringing in at 5.8%. Don't know if it's the best I've had, but it's right up near the top. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 21:42:27 | More by Gtreid
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, roasted coffee bean brown--a reddish amber at the edges where the light strikes through, making it look a lot like a cola. Had a healthy 1/2 inch taupe head that fell to a thin lace but stuck around and had some cling. Nice roasted caramel malts are prominent in the nose, with coffee and chocolate notes mingling nicely. There's also a pleasing nuttiness to the bouquet. Dark caramel malt flavor abounds at first taste, with coffee the most pronounced flavor note. There's also some good smokiness and nuttiness that follows, all very smooth and quite creamy. A bit of hop zest hits the tongue near the finish, but the malts persist the longest on the palate. This is a medium-bodied brew, quite effervescent and creamy--it maintains its smoothness without being overtly syrupy. Fairly clean-finishing.

This is a very enjoyable porter that has a very nice malt profile, good smoothness, and very solid balance. Edmund Fitzgerald does what a good porter should do on every front, and the coffee-leaning taste profile is a special treat for a coffee appreciator like me. Well worth the purchase.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 06:42:24 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
Photo of Tschnab

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Really dark brown and a mocha crown on top. Spotty lace checkers my glass.

S- burnt coffee, some dark choclate notes, roasty malts, some oaky smoke

T- just like the smell, and it goes down really smooth despite its full body and bitter finish.

O- It seems like everytime I have a Great Lakes brew I am blown away, and this certianly follows that train of thought. Awesome porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 01:48:54 | More by Tschnab
Photo of JayAre46


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - bIG thanks to forkandspoonOP for this 4pack here we go, 12oz bottle poured into a brooklyn snifter, a dark brown about as close to black as you can get, when held to the light you can see some rudy highlights. 2 finger cappuccino head that falls showing good lacing.

A - deep dark chocolate in the nose, fresh bold coffee beans, cooked aroma. oh how i wish this had some vanilla bean in it. very good aroma that is full throughout.

T - very strong roasted malt, burnt chocolate, espresso with a big intensity that lingers with some hops spriknled throughout the finish, no alcohol presence.

M - its a bit thin for my liking but not necessarily the style, the carbonation is present a gives a slight tingle on the back of the throat.

O - I am very appreciative of this beer i received in a trade and glad i have four but will most likely not seek this one out for the future, im not the biggest fan of the style unless they are much bigger. i really wanted to see what all the fuss was about, can't elaborate, get over it, loss of words.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 03:45:11 | More by JayAre46
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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to TheGordianKnot for the chance to taste this one. Its been a long time want, and I'm thrilled to taste it. Bottle dated "best by 7-15-11" holy smokes- I better get crackin!

Poured into my dfh snifter, pours a deep dark black/brown. Pretty much opaque, thin pour thickness, nice fluffy off white head and nice retention. Smell- milky mocha, some faint coffee grind. Taste- bittersweet chocolate, some bitter coffee flavors, a slight smokiness to the malt, overall just a really solid offering. Mouthfeel- nice tight carbonation that makes for a great finish. Drinkability- for a 5% beer, this has tremendous flavor and is just a really solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 22:30:41 | More by lnashsig
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown with a short tan head and minimal lacing.

S - Roasted malt and chocolate first, with coffee notes.

T - Dark chocolate on the front transitioning to a roasted finish of coffee and burnt wood flavors.

M - Medium-bodied with modest carbonation.

O - Highly recommend this beer! Great Lakes knows how to brew a great porter!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 05:04:38 | More by sdmvd6
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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer.

A - dark brown with a finger of light tan foam

S - roasty malts. Toffee?

T - great roasted malt flavor. Chocolate. Coffee . Could be a bit stronger, but thats just because its damn delicious!

M - medium, maybe a little too carbonated

O - delicious beer that I've loved again and again. Can't wait to down my next one!

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 22:41:18 | More by scones
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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A : pours black, and when held up to the light is a nice brownish red all the way through. A decent sized head of lovely tan. Dissipates slowly into minimal lacing. Freshness before 10/12/11
S : coffee with sweet cream and a bit of toffee. A tiny bit of milk chocolate and roasted malt. sweet slightly roasty and really reallly enticing.
T : starts dry with a coffee and toffee flavor. a bit of bitter hop blended with a sweet roasted flavor towards the end and a bit of astringent chocolate covered heath bar.
M : probably a little over carbonated, but that might just be the regular vibrancy of the beer. Full body, easy drinking, great clean and flavor filled finish.
A really great porter that any porter fan should try for sure. First time having it but I will seek this beer out again and again.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 20:35:03 | More by Thads324
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2.6/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours black with ruby highlights and 2 fingers of head that dissipate quickly. Decent lacing.

N: Coffee, toffee, dark chocolate and a hint of floral aroma.

T: Watery chocolate and coffee with a toffee base.

M: Light-Medium bodied, watery and dry.

O: I just can't understand the high ratings for such a mediocre Porter. This isn't the first time I've had this beer either. Very watery with almost artificial flavoring. On the plus side it is very easy drinking and probably a nice gateway beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 18:17:03 | More by justintcoons
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Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sparse cream-white head with a ring around the glass and some lacing. Opaque black body with root-beer edges.

The nose is of light molasses, nice minerals, roast malt, salted caramel, a little grain. Dark, powdery chocolate and a hint of smoke come out more as it warms. Quite malty and sweet.

This is one of those rare beers in which the flavours follow perfectly in sequence: up front is a lightly-incorperated though highly-roasted malt, bordering on smoky and presenting as a hint of dark-roast coffee. A distinctive mineral profile follows, which seems to be integral to all the best porters I've tried and definitely shines with this example. It then opens up into nearly perfectly balanced lightly-sweet caramel and dark soily hops, which themselves transition into a drying dark-chocolate finish, hanging on until the next sip.

Light-medium body and fairly low carbonation seem to fit this one well.

I'm not certain this is the best porter I've ever tried but it's definitely right up there with any of the others (top three for sure). The light body keeps it going down easy and the drying finish keeps you sipping. Well-balanced and flavourful; you can't expect much more out of a porter. This is the kind of beer I wish could always be in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 02:57:22 | More by eat
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut color under a thick, bubbly head of off-white foam. Nutty, chocolaty malt aromas along with roasted coffee, mollases, and a bit of earthy hops. Creamy, flavorful maltiness...chocolate and coffee bitterness, sweet in the middle, integrating a flash of citrus before finishing with some black malt dryness. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Not quite as amazing as I'd hoped, but a very nice porter overall. Smooth all around.

Edit: Bumping the score up a bit after my second encounter with this beer. More smokey char and a really nice, balanced flavor. If this ever makes it to the Triangle, it could very well become a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 00:43:12 | More by wedge
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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to misterhops for this
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Dark, dark brown with a three finger tan head.

S- Roasted malts, nuts, chocolate, hint of toffee and coffee.

T- Big roasted taste, bittersweet chocolate, a little nutty, hint of coffee, nice complexity, balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A very solid porter and just great. It says to serve at 55°F and I would really recommend drinking at that temperature. I did have it cold a few months ago and it was not nearly as good as it was warmed up.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 00:05:11 | More by larryi86
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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is THAT American Porter that I can lift-up proudly and say; By all means, This my friends, is an American Porter ! Perfect example of a great American porter.

A- Hue-black
N-rusty, roasty ,dusty
T-low gravity, high on the palate, amazing concocting of roast,cocoa dust, caramel,and light hazelnut

O- Perfect porter, would have only being better if it had been a little harder on the palate, but hey, there are Baltic porters and stouts for that !

High;ly recommended for anyone who is in the look for a good peorter

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 00:19:04 | More by dhvnu
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being a Columbus, Ohio native means being inundated with Greak Lakes beer, which, by all means, is not a bad thing in the slightest. To be honest, I often times over look most of their offerings in lieu of more exotic brewers. Exotic does not always mean better. Recently I've been on a porter binge so to speak and Edmund Fitzgerald has been consumed the most. I have partaken in it's libational eloquence via bottle and tap. It is after all, a fantastic beer.

A - Black as thick midnight hanging over a field, with subtle touches of chocoalte milk. Small white head appears after pouring and fades slightly, only to be restored after each sip. Lacing levels out nicely in turn.

S - Pungent of bittersweet chocolate with a bite of quite possibly anise? Roasted chocolate and toffee malt and a faint coffee reserve linger in the background.

T - The taste mirrors the aroma very nicely, swirling bittersweet chocolate and coffee in addition to roasted matlyness only as a complex and resoundingly simple stated porter should. Edmund Fitz finishes with truly rich chocolate that lingers satisfyingly.

M - Amazing. Enough said.

O - While the beer is named after a ship that sunk in Lake Superior, this porter will never bottom out in my opinion. From now on, I'll head straight to those black 6 packs with their odd violet label anytime I feel like a remarkably solid showing, probably.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 23:56:56 | More by Trystero
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty porter with a little bit of a red glow to it. Head isn't very large and once it fades, not much remains save a thin patchy layer and a ring. Aroma is deep. Smokey, malty, and roasty with some hops sneaking out from underneath. Notes of caramel, cocoa and yes, cream. Taste is yummy. Smokey hickory, malty goodness, sweet caramel, and lightly bitter with some chocolate. Mouthfeel is solid. Medium body, good drinkability, nice level of carbonation. All around a quality porter that I foresee getting again.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 21:33:09 | More by tastybeer
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4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big porter fan but this is phenomenal. It pours dark, as expected. And it smells of that chocolately coffee aroma. The taste and mouthful, though, is what sold it for me. It's a beer that doesn't taste like a beer. It has just the right amount of carbonation mixed with that dark, heavy and chocolate-coffee tastes. Top 5 beer for me for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 02:38:33 | More by yesthatguy
Photo of Knapp85


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a dark brown color, not too much light getting through it either. The head was good looking, it was pretty thick with a tan color it it. The smell of the beer was roasted and musty. It's got a little fresh wood sweetness to it also. The taste of the beer was probably one of the better porters I've ever had. I was very impressed with the flavor for sure. The mouthfeel was smooth and had a medium body to it. Overall this was a very nice porter all around.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 18:15:31 | More by Knapp85
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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark dark brown with ruby edges. Inch and a half of head,slowly vanishing. Off white khaki with tight bubbles.
S: coffee and chocolate front and center. Nice roasted malts.
T: smell and taste are holding hands in my glass
Classic porter. Dark malts And coffee are showing up when the party gets going.
M: moderate carbonation. Fluffy mouth feel. No huge bite just great creaminess . Does not over stay it's welcome.
O: an A porter. my first great lakes offering hopefully not my last.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 01:37:07 | More by steppnrazr
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - It pours a very dark black color and a full dark cloudy (rather appropriate) head forms and remains throughout leaving beautiful sheets of lace clinging to the glass. A little light escapes through the edges of the beer giving this a very nice appearance in the glass.

S - The aroma is strongly of roasted coffee, loads of sweet milk chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Very nice aroma!

T - The flavor is more of the same. Initially, it's all chocolate with hints of bitter coffee laced throughout. As the flavor develops, a caramel shows up bringing with it a wonderful hint of vanilla and dark fruit.

M - The beer has a very nice creamy feel to it and is rather smooth making this dangerously easy to drink.

O - Easily one of the better porters I’ve had and is one Great Lakes better brews. Fantastic beer!

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2011 14:29:32 | More by Eldalonde
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep brown with a very foamy 1.5 finger tan head on top. Amazing retention on this one, lasting for almost the entire time. Thick lacing left behind.

S: Nice chocolaty aroma, mostly bitter chocolate. Some roasted malt, a bit of coffee, and a nice sweetness.

T: A little heavier on the coffee on the flavor profile. Nice chocolate and roasted malt with a touch of floral hops in the middle.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth with a nice creaminess.

O: Really good, deserving as its status as one of the top American Porters. Nice chocolaty flavor with a bit of coffee. Great mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 01:48:04 | More by mdaschaf
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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a hand pump firkin into a nonic pint glass at TJs in Paoli. Am I the first to review this on hand pump?

A: A dark black color with a nice one finger light brown head. Full, full glass lacing sticks forever.

S: As with the CO2 version, heavy chocolate notes with roasted malt, some coffee and some hops.

T: Creamy smooth! Like smooth chocolate. Chocolate flavors are heavy and mix with the roasted malt flavors. Some slight coffee notes mix with some biscuit malt that never turns sweet. Nice earthy hops bitterness finishes with super creamy long lasting flavor. Bitterness is there, but less so than the CO2 version.

M: Creamy, smooth, no alcohol, enjoyable. Slightly bitter.

O: Again, a wonderful beer. One of the top notch porters made today. A true classic that I can't believe I got to try via firkin.

Great porter, but I think I actually liked it from the CO2 better as it has an edgier character to it. Still, a great, great beer that you can sit and drink all night.

Serving type: cask

06-27-2011 18:05:34 | More by Kadonny
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with best by date 4/19/11 printed on label, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 6/24/11.

A: Pours dark brown with tan head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Sweet dark malts, toffee with some chocolate and hints of coffee as well.

T: Just like the aroma, dark malts with chocolate, some alcohol, caramel and coffee as well.

M: Ridiculously smooth and creamy. Low-moderate carbonation, medium body and dry finish. As far as porters go, this is perfect.

O: Excellent porter, one of the best I have had for sure. Lots of flavor and really drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 04:40:45 | More by Azurescens
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a rich chocolate brown color with 2 cm of foamy, creamy head foaming up on a gentle pour. Head fades very slowly to a sturdy surface layer. Great tight lattice on the glass as I go through the sampling.
Aroma is rich and roasty with some dark cocoa notes and a bit of brown sugar to balance the roasty notes.
First sip is amazingly creamy texture with minimal gentle rolling carbonation. Velvety smooth beer.
Flavor is a little more mild than anticipated, but some chocolate bar mixes with roasted malt notes and a bit of brown sugar. Nicely crafted beer with no hints of ABV or actually any real hop profile either.
A very easy drinking example of a porter. I wish this was available in CT.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 03:12:01 | More by sulldaddy
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4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead when the skies of November turn gloomy." - Gordon Lightfoot, The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Deep, dark brown, almost black. Nice head, great retention, and some washy lace left behind.

S - Aroma of dark fruits, and sweet malt.

T - Bittersweet indeed. Delicious, complex flavor of fig, black coffee, and toasted malts. Bitterness is mild and balanced.

M - Light body, nice carbonation level and a dry finish.

D - Outstanding. This beer carries a high rating for a reason, it is one of the finest porters to ever grace my palate. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 17:22:37 | More by PhageLab
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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass at the Winking Lizard

A- Pours black with some ruby highlights shining through and a one finger mocha head

S- Strong roasty aroma, roasted malt, chocolate, and espresso

T- Very roasty, strong prominent bitter chocolate, espresso, some hop presence, and an almost mineral like quality.

M- Smooth and pretty creamy, chewy body

O- This is the beer that got me into craft beer three years ago and it is still a fantastic beer. I can never go wrong ordering this one. Such a roasty and robust porter, really an outstanding porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 02:20:11 | More by Hoptometrist
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 4,943 ratings.