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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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4,947 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,947
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 462
Gots: 368 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of brown2cu


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is that of a typical porter. It pours jet black with a wicked beige head that leaves behind an ample amount of lace while the head dies down a bit into a nice thick froth.

The smell on this one is incredible, and leaves little to be desired. a lot of chocolate hits the nostrils as well as bitter espresso. Some malt sweetness is discernible as well as some faint earthy tones. This is by far the best porter I have ever smelled, thus far.

The taste is not quite up to par here. It is a little thin and watery and places and, I feel that the hop bitterness is a little cloying and inhibits the other flavors. Other than the hops, there is a strong dark chocolate flavor that adds to the bitterness but manages to impart some typical sweetness into the taste.

The mouth feel is good, plenty of carbonation here.

Drinkability is excellent for this brew. Due to the ABV being relatively tame it has all the characteristics for a session beer. The taste is pretty inoffensive and allows for this beer to be easy to partake in.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 05:14:02 | More by brown2cu
Photo of SpdKilz


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

Appearance - Pours a chocolate brown color into a tulip with less than a finger of head that dissipates quite fast leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Great chocolate aromas, roasted coffee, malty backbone, slight bitterness, and just a hint of burnt wood.

Taste - Similar to the nose. This is a damn good tasting porter. Heavy roasted grains, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and slight caramel.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - A very good beer. I have a soft things for porters and was excited to try this. This is not a letdown whatsoever. Glad I have a few to age and a few more to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 01:00:53 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of Khazadum


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

Blind beer marked #7. As written, I poured this one into a pint glass for instant consumption and review. As it is Friday night, I'll try to do a minimalist approach.

Outrageous head formation. This is carbonated to a point that it requires a gentle pour. The retention and volume on this sandy cap amaze me. Body has ruby edging with amber body. Very few streams of carbonation arise from the base. The lacing is... slippery. It appears interesting, but slithers down the sides leaving you wanting.

Campfire smoke again! This is my favorite aroma lately. I don't know why, but I can't get enough out of it. Could be the cold weather, though. Some burnt grains, and maybe oak... although the oak appeared after five deep inhales.

Flavor Profile
Opens burnt flavors. Cardboard a tad. Sweet malty middle. Finishes roasted flavors of grains and campfire smoke. Reminds me of picking off chucks of my toast and eating it separately.

Crisp and bubbly. Lingers delightfully on the finish with flavors I'm falling in love with. Mild, thinnish body.

What a spot on porter. I'm thinking this is an American one. Not strong enough in terms of alcohol or flavors to be any other kind. It is sessionable, which excites me for a Friday night. I'd like another one of these. I think I know the style enough to even grade this now.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 06:10:44 | More by Khazadum
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wouldn't doubt that I'll be back at some point to raise my marks and enhance my praise for this beer. Ranks up with Anchor Porter as one of the most dumbfoundingly phenomenal domestic porters.

Basically, it's coal black and the head pours with a tremendous swell - mousse creamy - leaving a thick collar and swirl while lacing nicely. Huge chocolate aroma with a smooth, rounded bitterness - densely malty. Like the Anchor, this features not a trace of that subtle sour tang in the taste that may be characteristic of many porters, nor does it lend any apparent fruity or hoppy flavors. What it does have is thick, malty chocolate out the ass. I'm not even sure there's any roasted tones to it. A bit of light toasted grain throughout. But surely bittersweet chocolate at its core with some (roasty? hoppy?) bitter and light sweet coffee in the finish. Maybe some caramel qualities in the middle as well. Just a wonderful, supremely-balanced recipe all-around. With each sip, it coats not only your mouth, but your entire innards as it goes down. I want to say it's heavy, but that could be the thick concentration of its malts playing on my senses. It honestly drinks deceptively moderately light.

Can't help second guessing myself when I suggest this is "almost" perfect (on every point). Could it be just a little creamier please? Needlessly nitpicking at this point. I would by a sixer, nay, a CASE of this in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 03:17:28 | More by Bouleboubier
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz glass into pint glass.

A: Rich, rich, rich dark nearly-black with lovely ruby highlights and a one-finger light brown head. Decent lacing.

S: Rich, roasty malts: chocolate, smooth dark roasted coffee, licorice, with an unexpectedly fresh, pine and citrus hop aroma which offsets the rich maltiness exquisitely.

T: A perfect replica of the nose: rich, roasty bittersweet chocolate and coffee with a touch of licorice and that fresh piney resinous hop character with that lovely kiss of citrus that compliments the bittersweet roasty chocolate & coffee flavor perfectly. Great balance.

M: Honestly, a little watery. A little more heft and this would be porter perfection in a bottle.

D: Right up there with Founders Porter & Anchor Porter (so far my top two porters by a fairly wide margin), and definitely one that I will pick up again. Thank goodness I can get this at my local Meijer!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 06:32:01 | More by machostacos
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Lots of head upon pouring and retain quite a bit of foam. Moderate lacing. Dark, raisin-colored.

Smell - Strong roasted malt scent.

Taste - Straight up classic porter with a very subtle chocolate and coffee flavor. Solid overall.

Mouthfeel - Ample carbonation. Perfect for the style of beer,

Drinkability - A little on the thick side. It would go well with a hearty meal such as steak or ham.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 08:05:44 | More by bbb099
Photo of JLeege


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Poured into a fluted glass, dark brown, approaching black, with a tan 2 finger head. Good head retention, a little lacing left down the glass.

Smell- Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, some earthy hops.

Taste- Very well balanced blend of roasted and toasted malts. Notes of chocolate and coffee, a slight hop presence towards the back end, more of the piney variety. Slightly bitter coffee finish, but not overlly dry.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, medium carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall- Great porter, is it really one of the best in the world... maybe. But the price point for a beer of this calliber is excellent. This beer does not dissapoint, especially for 9 bucks a six pack!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 05:19:04 | More by JLeege
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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle split with bbb099

A: It poured nice and dark with a medium head. There is little-to-no lacing, but it does retain a fair bit of foam.

S: A strong smell of roasted coffee with an undercurrent of rich malted chocolate. Very enticing.

T: A classic porter, it hits all of the notes from a solid first taste to a great finish. The coffee and chocolate notes follow the smell quite cleanly. It provides all of the flavor it promises, but it completely avoids the possibility of harsh.

M: Medium thickness, but it does leave a pleasantly cloying aftertaste. Not lip-smacking good, but close.

D: Very drinkable. This is a very solid porter but it doesn't overpower the tastebuds. This would leave me coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 05:00:05 | More by mjyoung
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle best by 7 May 2011, drank on 13 December 2010. This guys is pretty fresh.

Pours very dark brown, small brown head that leaves some lacing.

Smells like chocolate and coffee, neither sweet nor bitter.

Tastes smooth. Wow. This harnesses all the flavors a porter should have and puts them all out there with none smacking you in the face. Tastes quite a bit like chocolate, less coffee than some porters. Mild burnt taste. Again, not sweet and not bitter. Mellow but flavorful, if thats possible.

Mouthfeel is the fuller side of medium. Not too creamy, but not watery at all.

I wish this were sold where I live. This is probably the only porter I could ever find myself wanting to drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 01:52:38 | More by musicforairports
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3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. From notes
thanks to Biglite351 for the beer

A-- Poured dark brown and settled black. One finger light brown head, good lacing with it. No visible carbonation.

S-- Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Chocolate is dark and rich. Coffee and malts were a little thin.

T-- Coffee, chocolate and a little bit of lemon bitterness.

M-- Coffee and chocolate feel with the lemon being in the middle of the palate. Lower medium carbonation and a big robust feel. Bitter coffee finish.

D-- Easy to drink and a nice porter. Quite complex and well balanced. Easy to have two of these. A beer I would drink in the summer pretty easily.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 03:44:13 | More by mulder1010
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Ontario (Canada)

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

12 fl oz served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a dark black colour that does reflect some light. The beer has a light brown head that is fairly full in appearance. It is hard to tell the carbonation levels. Their is some nice lacing occurring.

Smell - picking up some dark tones, coffee, chocolate and caramel are my thoughts. There is a decent malt smell as well to this beer.

Taste - What a punch of taste! This beer has a solid coffee bean taste followed with a very lasting bitterness. I find the chocolate comes through more than the caramel, but a very well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel - not a tremendous amount of carbonation added, however, the mouthfeel increases the bitterness and coffee taste.

Drinkability - Nice tasting beer, i am not a massive fan of these yet tend to enjoy the odd one. This is totally not a session beer for me, but a good treat!

Special thanks out to spinrsx for the Great Lakes trade, you've made me a fan!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 02:25:42 | More by Swedes21
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4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black mixed with walnut brown color with a ruby tint, not really much light escaping through here. A nice creamy tan head forms with the pour. The lace lingers a few centimeters above the beer level and inches its way down.

Smell: Milk chocolate, caramel, and roasted coffee dominate the nose.

Taste: The milk creamy sweetness starts out the flavor by combining sweet caramel, a latte like espresso flavor, and some roasted malt. A kick of spice and herbal hops impart a light hoppy bite. The finish keeps a good part of the coffee, cream, and herbal hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smoothness and carbonation with a full body. Although the start is very creamy, the feel becomes more dry toward the end.

Drinkability: I found this to be a very drinkable porter. Great Lakes has some very good offerings, and this falls in their category of well-done, medium ABV, drinkable beers with some character.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 18:55:58 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.  Beer was a dark, cola brown color, with a sandy colored, one-finger head.  Light carbonation and moderate lacing around the glass.

Aroma was burnt wood, licorice, caramel, a touch of hops and coffee.

Taste was roasted grains, chocolate, caramel, coffee and bitter hops.  Long bitter finish. 

Delicious beer.  Fairly rich, but highly drinkable. I'd seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 03:38:24 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a mini Porter tasting, first off: Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.
Dark with ruby highlights shining through. Nice tan head, faded away quickly, sticking to the glass. Mild aroma of carmel, roasted malt, chocolate. Aroma and taste got better after a few extra minutes of warming. Taste is smooth and exceptional. Not as thick and heavy as Founders but just as tasty. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and hops. Very carbonated and light on the tongue. High drinkability and tasty porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 22:02:01 | More by acurtis
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3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm sure this is an excellent beer to people that like American Porters. I am not a fan of the Porter, but that said, this a very drinkable beer. It is quite bitter, and of course very dark, but it is very smooth and not to heavy. I would suggest this beer if you are a fan of the American Porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 21:51:59 | More by etn3000
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a Sam Adams perfect pint. Beer poured a deep dark brown, with a finger of head. Smelled of rich roasted malts, some chocolate, vanilla and a little bit of coffee.

The taste was a as robust as the smell indicated. It was somewhat bitter and smokey, but overall the sweet chocolatey malts balanced things out. It was medium bodied, creamy and maybe a bit too carbonated. Very drinkable, especially when you factor in the low ABV. Three thumbs up!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 05:22:10 | More by surlytheduff
Photo of klikger


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

12 oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip

A - Dark, dark brown-almost black, great lacing, very large brown head which shrinks after a couple of minutes

S - Coffee and dark chocolate

T - Coffee, some piny hops --> lactose, milk chocolate --> molasses, more coffee, and dark chocolate on the finish - bitter and a little sweet.

M - Body is creamy, but not overly thick. Feels good.

D - Good drinkability for the style. I don't generally session porters, but if I did, this would be a worthy candidate.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 22:59:20 | More by klikger
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3.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Poured a good head that lasted awhile. Quite dark with black hints.
S-Hops, clearly American hops used in this brew.
T-Overly hoppy and bitter at first, fades to some maltyness, but back to bitter aftertaste.
M-Wasn't too watery and wasn't like pudding. A good thickness for a porter.
D-Its very drinkable if you like a rather hop dominated porter, with little malt tones.

I feel it would have been much better had they used a British hops like Fuggles instead of the American, probably Cascade. I personally prefer more maltyness in my porters and less bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 21:06:18 | More by kochea7
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District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

A: Very dark brown with a thick inch of beige head. The retention is excellent and the glass is coated with sticky lacing.

S: Roast, chocolate. The aroma is more subtle than the taste.

T: Wow. This beer is fantastic. Rich and roasty with delicious chocolates.

M: Great feel. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Chocolates linger in the finish.

D: I could easily throw back several of these.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 04:34:42 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First ever growler for me. Moderately exciting.

A - It's not opaque, but it's got a really beautiful deep red/brown color with head that never goes away and some of the nicest lacing I've seen from a not very hoppy beer.

S - No messing around here, just good roasted malts and a bit of chocolate and coffee.

T - It's light and full all at the same time, sweet and dry. It's really lovely tasting. It has the malt sweetness to it that you need, but it's not a sugar bomb. It's like toasted coffee bread in a glass...or something. Basically, this is the best porter I've ever had and can possibly imagine.

M - Fine feeling beer. Not too heavy, not particularly smooth or creamy, though. It's fine, but nothing to write home about.

D - Well, I'm almost done with this growler, and kind of wish i had more. Under 6% ABV, tasty, not too heavy. It's really fantastic. This beer stands the test of time. From the first time I sipped it to now, this remains one of my favorite beers and by being nearly perfect in every way, it holds up to every beer I've ever had.

Serving type: growler

12-05-2010 02:47:36 | More by ColdPoncho
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South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured basically black with a two finger tan head that subsides to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. The flavor is of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and slight cream. It has a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this is just what I needed after a night filled with mediocre beer. This one is truly excellent. I really wasn't expecting much going into this one, but it definitely has surprised me. Nicely balanced flavor and aroma going on in this one. This is definite must try whether you are ticking the Top 100 or just want to try an excellent brew. You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 00:30:22 | More by thagr81us
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4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a slight reddish tint at the edges. Has maybe 1/2 inch of tan head which stays around for a little while before fading away and leaving a nice ring of lacing.

S: All porter: lots of coffee, a slight hint of smoke. and a deep roasty malt aroma.

T: Tastes like it smells: coffee, slight smoky flavor, reminiscent of oaked beers, sweet chocolate malts. Hits the palate bitter at first, which gives way to a nice balancing sweetness. The aftertaste, however, is bitter again.

M: Full bodied and robust, with more carbonation than I usually expect from porters. To me it doesn't feel as heavy as it tastes, which is kind of nice.

D: A really good beer, a great representation of porters. Not surprising from Great Lakes, in my experience they make all their beers really, really well. Definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 23:39:48 | More by DaveBlack
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- An almost opaque black color with a finger of tan bubbly head thats sticks around quite nicely. Decent lacing sticks to the glass walls as well.

S- Roasted coffee and some traces of dark chocolate, but certainly overpowered by the roasted malt smells. Small traces of sweetness as the end of the beer progresses into a slight bitterness while a small amount of alcohol become noticeable as the beer finishes.

T- Smooth dark chocolate with notes of espresso and coffee while caramel lingers in the background. Hops become noticeable about halfway through the beer and hold steady until the end. The hops compliment the bitter chocolate as the beer finishes into a burnt coffee grind flavor with roasted malts.

M- Medium body with a very smooth finish.

D- A nice porter, relatively easy to drink as well. Would get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 02:03:14 | More by Lolli1315
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one on the Thanksgiving beer trip. Wait... family trip.
Enjoyed it at my boy Alex's while spanking everyone at Jenga.

It pours a rich chocolate creamy dark brown, with a quarter inch tan head that sticks around. Smells like chocolate, malts, and a bit of smoke. Really sweet. When you sip it, there are definitely notes of rich coffee, caramel, and at some point a bit of a tart fruity sweetness. Mostly dark and rich though. It's body makes sure it's certainly not the thickest porter, but at this abv point, Great Lakes has made a heck of a drinkable beer. Plus with the great carbonation, you don't really mind the sometimes watery feel to it.

This is a heck of a porter. Helped my balance, too.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 01:57:03 | More by afksports
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This american porter has an excellent roasted aroma and chocolate start almost coffee finish taste. Very nice body to this porter. I wish it had a thicker head to it. The carbonation is makes for excellent mouth feel. I wish I could find this beer on draft in the Philadelphia area.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 21:10:53 | More by Russellmania
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 4,947 ratings.