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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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5,134 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,134
Reviews: 1,851
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 475
Gots: 431 | 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:
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Photo of dcloeren


3.7/5  rDev -13.1%

Finally got to have an Eddie Fitz... so much hype on this beer I can hardly believe that I am in its presence and I havent burst into flames....

Poured a dark brown with foamy tan head. Slowly receded, no lacing

Smells of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Nothing that really stands out, just kind of average smell.

Taste follows the nose. Roasted malt, a little bit of coffee and some chocolate. Tasting like any random porter off the shelf would probably taste... trying to figure out why so many people put this beer up on a pedestal. I am starting to think that most of these people are like Steve Carell in 40 year old virgin. Puttin the "pussy" on a pedestal! "Is it true that if you don't use it, you lose it?"

Thin in body, very carbonated, semi drying finish.

Overall, just another run in the mill average porter... nothing more, nothing less. TOOOT TOOOT all aboard the Hype Train. Joke

09-18-2011 18:54:28 | More by dcloeren
Photo of dorianmarley


3.53/5  rDev -17.1%

The color is a deep black, with a creamy head.

The nose is nutty, with maple syrup.

The taste is nutty, with plenty of cocoa bean and coffee.

The mouthfeel is what sets it apart from many porters: it has a lot of carbonation and is not particularly smooth. It gives off a fizzy feeling, like a fountain soda.

It is a refreshing porter, but it did not provide enough smoothness to compliment the rich flavors.

09-18-2011 03:04:52 | More by dorianmarley
Photo of Bucknutty24


3.58/5  rDev -16%

A: This pours a solid black color with a tan colored head that fades kinda quick.

S: The smell is mostly malts,coffee and chocolate.

T: Real nice coffee and chocolate taste at first and a slight bitterness on the finish.

M: A creamy medium body feel.

O:I've not had many porters yet. This was part of a sampler pack and turned out to an excellent surprise. I will probably be drinking this agian soon.

09-17-2011 02:00:46 | More by Bucknutty24
Photo of soju6


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

A: Pours a virtual black with a deep ruby hue around the edges. Tan head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Roasted malt aroma with chocolate and a bit of coffee. Enticing without being overpowering.

T: Has a bittersweet chocolate taste with some roasted malt. A nice subtle bitterness and a clean, dry finish.

F: Medium body, very smooth and creamy excellent balance.

O: Excellent Porter to measure others by. Another delightfull beer from Great Lakes.

09-14-2011 02:15:28 | More by soju6
Photo of haywire77


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

Brew poured a very nice mahogany brown with only a hint of light coming through the glass. 2" of serious khaki colored head on top that faded fairly quickly to reveal a light brown cap that stared up at me with a few large, sporadic eye-like bubbles.

Smell is mostly sweet malts and a hint of bitter, dark chocolate. Smoke, toffee, and coffee kind of struggle to come through, but they are there.

The taste is very unique for a porter, in my opinion. Not all coffee and such, but the bitter chocolate is there and a touch of tartness. Mostly roasted malts and just a touch of dark roast coffee. Not overpowering, not very sweet or bitter, but balanced.

Mouthfeel is a little boring. Very thin and no sticky chocolaty goodness. Just a roasted smoke feeling, if there is such a thing.

Overall this is a solid porter that I keep going back to over and over. Very much available in my area, and a fridge staple. Low ABV makes it great to have several on those cool fall PA evenings while sitting around the fire telling stories, or eating smores.

09-12-2011 12:41:56 | More by haywire77
Photo of Dope


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

A: A watery black pour with an offwhite head that dies down pretty fast. Not quite black, you can see it's really a red/brown at the edges if you look closely enough. Amazing lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malt and some nice chocolate. A hint of coffee.

T: Same as the nose. Just a tiny bit bitter up front with some nice roasted malt, then the coffee and the dark chocolate sorta follows it through to a nice smooth creamy finish.

M: Very smooth and creamy but not too big like a stout. Proper porter-like.

O: A great porter. Some porters are borderline stouts but this one draws the line nicely. Not too heavy but still has all the great porter aspects. Not really smoky either like some porters which makes me happy.

09-10-2011 03:58:12 | More by Dope
Photo of Morey


4/5  rDev -6.1%

12 oz bottle with "Best if enjoyed by 12/13/2011" stamped on the side of the label.

Pours black in color, but you can certainly see some ruby red and dark brown if you hold it up to the light. Tan colored head stood approx. one finger tall following a medium-aggressive pour. Has settled to a thin layer after about 5 minutes or so. Good head retention with some lacing left behind.

Roasty aroma with bittersweet chocolate notes and iced coffee in the nose.

A touch of hop bitterness up front followed by a rounded flavor featuring roasted malt, a kiss of tobacco, and coffee with a smooth flavorful finish.

Medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation level.

An above average Porter from an above average brewery.

Morey's Bottom Line: I love Great Lakes, and I love Cleveland. That being said, I don't personally feel that this beer is the "be all, end all" within the style. It's really good, but I prefer Founders Porter even if this one is more true to style.

09-10-2011 02:01:52 | More by Morey
Photo of McNealc31


4.8/5  rDev +12.7%

It pours an incredibly dark, almost black, amber color. It's full and smooth with a complex, smokey flavor mix of chocolate and coffee with just a hint of bitterness in the back of the throat. Fantastic lacing, too.

As it warms, the bitterness does get a little more aggressive, but it's far from overpowering. Outstanding example of the style.

09-05-2011 18:10:10 | More by McNealc31
Photo of schwemjw


4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

A: This beer looks fantstic. It pours a real dark amber with two fingers of a mocha brown head. Excellent presentation!

S: Right up front I'm getting bitter chocolate with coffee undertones. it smells very nice.

T: Bitter but not overly bitter like some porters. The coffee and chocolate tones come through well. Tastes very similiar to how it smells. Bitterness comes through on the end at the back of the tongue.

M: Creamy and smooth. This goes down real easy

O: I've been meaning to try this for awhile now after hearing nothing but good things about it and it doesn't disappoint. I'd recommend this to everyone

09-05-2011 05:57:55 | More by schwemjw
Photo of busterthecat


3.48/5  rDev -18.3%

12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. Best by date of 11/30/11.

A- Pours a rich dark amber from bottle that sits a very dark brown hue. A very big light mocha head forms before residing to a good capping. Good filmy lacing.

S- Chocolate and coffee upfront. Pretty good aroma. Could be stronger and have more depth.

T- Bittersweet chocolate all over the palate. There is some bitter zest. A very light smoke on the back end. Good.

M- Starts medium bodied then thins out. Stays wet through entire taste and finish. There is a lingering tang on the palate.

O- A good porter overall. Could have more depth and a fuller feel. Glad I tried, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

09-05-2011 03:31:30 | More by busterthecat
Photo of jmarsh123


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a dark brown with a generous tan head that subsides, but sticks around throughout the glass.

Smells of chocolate and lots of roasted malt. A little earthiness too from the hops.

Strong chocolate/roasted malts flavor with just a touch of spiciness. Heavy bitterness from the chocolate, but not overpowering as in some other porters.

Pretty thick although not syrupy at all. Good carbonation level for style. It's there, but not too much.

My go to as far as a regular porter or easier drinking sixer goes when I'm around the Ohio area to pick some up. Not my favorite beer ever, but absolutely top notch for the style.

09-01-2011 14:59:31 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of nitro0292

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Best by 10/2/11. Friend of of mine picked up like 500 of these for me on a x-country trip.

Pour produced 3 fingers of off white, cream head atop deep colored brew. Black, with some red tints when held up to light. Great retention, head has still not gone after 5 minutes. Lacing is fair, but to be honest glass has been used for a few.

Smell is strong bitter chocolate with hints of coffee. Wonderful smell.

Taste is more of the same, bitter chocolate, touches of coffee and some herbal hops to balance. Very good.

Feel is good, not incredible carbonation so head is manageable. Enough CO2 stays around to leave tasty bubbles on the tongue which taste like bitter chocolate and hope. Mmmm.

Overall, this is certainly one of the best porter available. When you can get this brew you should.

08-31-2011 03:26:41 | More by nitro0292
Photo of Jimmys


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

A: pitch black with a massive fluffy head. almost 2-toned head, darker on the bottom getting lighter on its way up. solid retention and good lacing. what every porter should try and look like.

S: a serious sweetness to start transitions into a healthy amount of roast. marshmallow and chocolate notes. a mild hop aroma is detectable.

T: smooth as can be considering this is a style that can get to astringently bitter. roasted cocoa beans. the chocolate flavor isnt quite milky or bitter, but in between.

M: medium body with a lower carbonation. a bit creamy.

D: if you can get your hands on it, get some. what american style porters should try and smell/taste/feel like.

08-30-2011 23:34:15 | More by Jimmys
Photo of NotMyRealName


4.85/5  rDev +13.8%

A dessert beer that stands up well as a beer. The flavor combinations of roasted coffee and chocolate remind one of a mocha without the overly sweet sense that many mochas have. When I think of dessert beers, I often think of beers that work well in ice cream floats or beers with a very fruity flavor. This doesn't fall into either of those categories and it seems to be in its own category.

08-27-2011 14:41:33 | More by NotMyRealName
Photo of BoozySmurf


4.43/5  rDev +4%

Pours dark and opaque. Strong roasted character in the nose, like coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is similarly bitter, good roasted malt taste, and some chipotle too (without the heat). Mouthfeel is good, a little too crisp for my liking but maybe I'm craving these flavors in a stout?? Overall this is delicious stuff, a great porter and my favorite to date.

08-24-2011 02:25:31 | More by BoozySmurf
Photo of YumYumGumGum


3.95/5  rDev -7.3%

A: darker than normal porter, large amount of lacing and 1.5 fingers of off white head on a perfect pour from a 12oz bottle to bar glass.

S: lots of sweet barely roasted malts. Chocolate and very caramel nuts

T: awesome! Love great lakes, barely tasted the chocolate i smelled. Tasted very sweet caramel and then progressed nicely until the subtle hops on the back of your tongue.

M: great, smooth, exactly what i look for in a non-imperial porter

O: worth the money! Buy this and include it in a tasting as an example of a nice parade of flavors.

08-23-2011 01:14:33 | More by YumYumGumGum
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.63/5  rDev -14.8%

12oz bottle Poured into my Bruery Snifter.

A - Pours a medium to dark brown with a dark tan head. Good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - Chocolate, nuts, and malty.

T - Mild coffee and chocolate.

D - Low carbonation, smooth, but slightly bitter.

O - Decent Porter, but taste doesn't live up to the smell.

08-22-2011 01:16:11 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of hmph


4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

Got this in a trade from Misterhops I believe, much appreciated!

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a nice dark black with a bit of trace light on the edges, medium head with some retention and lacing. It looks fairly thin (low viscosity)

S - really nice smell with coffee, caramel and some roasted malts are strong and the end. A slight hop presence mixed in as well

T - lots of taste, follows the progression of the smell, slight coffee with some sweetness then the roasted malts with some lingering sweetness nice

O - Really damn good porter, I'm not the hugest fan of the style but this and Deschuttes Black Butte really have given me a better appreciation for porters in general. Would definitely enjoy having this again!

08-21-2011 18:18:53 | More by hmph
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

2.08/5  rDev -51.2%

This is from Great Lakes Brewing Co., and takes it's name from the infamous sunken freighter. I'm hoping I sampled a bad batch because this tasted like it was dredged up from the bottom of Lake Erie! Way too bitter and hopped up, foul aftertaste! It was not "skunked", the aroma was what I expect from Porter. I can't even come up with a constructive criticism on this one!

08-21-2011 16:16:26 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Pint glass.

A: Pours a dark coffee brown with two fingers of foamy khaki head. Good retention. Moderate amount of lacing, but it looks a little sloppy like a Coke float.

S: Fresh roasted malt and dark cocoa, coffee and dark molasses as it warms.

T: Roasted malt and medium-roast coffee meld nicely together, some dry baker's chocolate on the back end. Short finish with tinge of bitterness. Dry. A little more chocolate presence would have gone a long way here for me.

M: Light body and carbonation are perfect.

O: Exceedingly drinkable, top class porter. I would love to have regular access to this.

08-21-2011 03:39:55 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of doughanson78


4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Big thanks to HopDiggityDawg for this one.

A: Very dark, black with slight light getting through the edges. One and a half finger, creamy, light tan head with awesome retention and lacing.

S: Nice dark chocolate aroma. Decent roastiness with light smoky notes. Light coffee aroma.

T: Sweet dark chocolate up front and throughout. Good roastiness. Bitter coffee in the finish. Great roasted/smoky aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Decent creaminess. Nice lingering aftertaste.

O: An awesome porter. IMO doesn't hold weight to Deschutes Black Butte but that's just my opinion. Easily the 3rd best porter I've had. Stands up to all the hype I've heard.

08-20-2011 19:00:51 | More by doughanson78
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

3.35/5  rDev -21.4%

This is the 2nd time I've had the opportunity to try this beer. I remember not being blown away but wanting another chance. Well, here that chance is, thanks to Steve. Cheers.

Auburn with a slight head that fades into nothingness with no lacing. After 10 minutes in the glass, it actually looks kind've sad and lonesome. Aroma of chocolate and iron. The chocolate is wonderful, the iron not too bad. Sort've one dimensional, though.
The taste is similar, a rich chocolate flavor in a well-attenuated beer that doesn't have much body. I guess my preference is much more towards porters with more full flavor. A little black malt for some coffee-like presence. I know it's a brown porter, but it's still coming way short for me. I can think of at least 10 porters off the top of my head I'd rather have.
Great Lakes, I cheers you regardless..glad to have this beer again, for it is a drinkable and tasty beer.

08-19-2011 01:53:22 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of hoplover82


3.68/5  rDev -13.6%

best by 06/14/11 reviewed on 08/18/11 :(
A-Pours a clear dark brown color with ruby red notes when held up to the light. Has a small ivory colored head with ok retention and lacing.

S-Smells beautiful with fresh coffee, cocao nibs and caramel. Maybe some faint floral hop notes too.

T-The flavor notes are much the same as above mentioned, but of coarse with a very clean bitterness to boot. And a bittersweet coffee and chocolate finish lasts forever on the palate.

M-The mouthfeel actually is a little dissapointing to me. It's kind of watery feeling that I can't get over... And it's knid of oxidized too. I really wish I had a fresh bottle of this to give a better review, and it would be a better review I'm sure.
O-If it was fresh my overall impression would be better fo sho. I do like this beer very much yet was not super impressed. Very glad to have tried it.

08-19-2011 00:59:54 | More by hoplover82
Photo of WastingFreetime


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

Not quite pitch black, but almost. One finger of sturdy tan head, extra foamy in texture. No lacing left behind, however. Medium thick yet creamy in texture, no complaints about the body. Smells of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. To further elaborate, it smells of really *well* roasted coffee that hasn't been pushed all the way to burnt black, and really *good* dark baking chocolate. Taste follows the nose, but also includes a hopping note that comes across as almost a sort of light psuedo-woody and bark tone accent. Which actually fits quite well in line with everything else. I'm really impressed with this one! Easily one of the best American Porters I have ever tasted.

08-19-2011 00:49:06 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of bpgpitt10

District of Columbia

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%

A: Deep, dark brown color with a solid two finger head. Lingers and leaves great lacing.
S: Coffee, chocolate, and just roasted malts.
T: Huge roasted malts, chocolate and a good bit of coffee in the finish. Little hop bitterness in the finish.
M: Perfect for a porter. Coats but isn't viscous. Creamy with a nice light carbonation touch.

O: Just awesome. For a porter this is hands down the best I've ever had. So completely drinkable and delicious. None of the overt sweetness that some porters have. Flavors are distinct. Really just flat out terrific.

08-18-2011 23:27:03 | More by bpgpitt10
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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