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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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5,321 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,321
Reviews: 1,868
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 481
Gots: 499 | 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 Azurescens
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.

Azurescens, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of sulldaddy
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.

sulldaddy, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of PhageLab
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.

PhageLab, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
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.

Hoptometrist, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of GallowsThief
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received on trade from Chugginoil (big thanks as always!). Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A – Pours out a deep, dark brown with some ruby tint. One finger of tan head that settles down pretty quickly. Spotty lacing.

S – Dark chocolate, mocha, vanilla, coffee and a light sweet smell. Nice.

T – What you smell is what you get and that is a good thing. The coffee is not as prevalent in the taste but its there. Bittersweet chocolate and mocha are light. Like the smell it is faintly sweet. End with a bit of warmness.

M – Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. A bit thin for my taste but that does not ruin the experience. Clean on the palate.

O – This is a very nice porter and a fine example of its class. It is very drinkable. Flavors really come out as it warms. Nice.

GallowsThief, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Let's see how the best porter in the world stacks up...

A- pours black with a two finger tan head. The head sticks around for a little bit, but when it fades, it laces all the way around the glass. Yes, this is awesome

S- CHOCOLATE! And it's good smelling, strong chocolate too. Nom nom nom

T- this is what a porter should taste like...solid tastes of chocolate and coffee, and the roasted malts. It's quite lovely

M- it's got a good solid body to it, not overly stout...not that I'd expect that with an ABV of only 5.8

O- this is awesome. Truly the best porter in the world.

bigfnjoe, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Lillie1128
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Dogfish Head pint glass. Thanks to BobCS for including this one in our trade!

A - pours a deep ruby with a luscious honey colored head

S - smells pretty strongly of coffee...mmm

T - This is just delicious. It's dark, rich and has the most delicious coffee kick at the end.

M - Nice mouthfeel, a bit of carbonation

D - Medium drinkability, it's pretty damn delicious but so much so that I want to savor it

This is a good one!

Lillie1128, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Jazzcrop
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another review I wrote because I had nothing better to do. Okay. Here we go, maaaan: Tastes are bonfire smoke, strong American hops, marsh water/bogwater, old tobacco, pithy wateriness, beer-soaked pumpernickel bread, dark and kilned malts, charred wood, frozen fudge, herbs and sage insense.

Jazzcrop, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of khumbard
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a white/tan head. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass all the way down.

Smells very roasty, maybe a little bit of chocolate. Slightly sweet. Very nice for a standard porter.

Taste is very nice as well. Big roasted malts, malty sweetness, but finishes clean and with a slight hop bitterness. Very well balanced, and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is thin, but carbonation is right on. Finishes clean.

Overall this, Founders, and Bells porters are my favorites of the style. This beer goes down very easy, and is pretty refreshing even on a hot day. I could definitely put down a few of these in a session. One of the best of the style.

khumbard, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of TexIndy
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 7/19/11. Color was black with ruby edges. Had a two finger brown head that very slowly settled into a constant, thick foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was excellent with coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Great smoky aroma. One of the best smelling porters around. The taste is exceptional and follows the aroma. Coffee up-front then the chocolate malt tames it a bit with some sweet from the malt to balance out. At the finish some good bitterness. Full body with good carb levels and pleasing aftertaste.

Overall, an outstanding porter that really hits the spot even on this very hot Texas evening. Highly recommend and worthy of the hype. Had this a bunch when living up north and at beer fests so glad to finally get a 6 pack from my buddy Ummagum - many thanks! Rotation - after my move back to Indy (good fucking bye TX summers!!!!) this will have a home in the rotation for sure. [R;Y]

TexIndy, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of lisomiso
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sent from Urbancaver - thanks!!

This is a seriously delicious beer. Smells and tastes of Ovaltine... evocative of happy childhood memories in addition to being ridiculously delicious.

This is one of those beers that, after getting one in a trade, I'm going to be sad every time I walk by the beer shelf and don't see it.

lisomiso, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
2.9/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mom and Dad brought this one back from their last trip to the States. Thanks guys.

APPEARANCE: Very clear brown out of the bottle. Pour yields a one finger, medium-thinner looking tan head with decent retention. Very noisy as well. Dark brown body with medium levels of carbonation. A ring remains and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Average at best for the style.

SMELL: Mild nose. Some dark malts, roasted malts, and touches of coffee. Not much going on really.

TASTE: Dark malts, caramel malts, and touches of coffee in there. A bit of bitter-sweetness after the swallow. Mild yet lingering aftertaste shows some caramel and dark malt sweetness, with touches of bitter coffee as balance. Okay, but way too mild to be memorable.

PALATE: Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Lighter on the palate than normal. Creamy smooth on the palate, which is nice, goes down smooth and finishes rather dry.

OVERALL: Average at best for the style. Not sure why this one gets all the great press. The bottle is within the best-before date, but perhaps this one has faded faster than the bottle dating machine thought it would. Something I’ll have to try again at some point in the future, but as it is now, this one is highly overrated.

Jeffo, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to northyorksammy for this long time want. Best before July 19th, 2011. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Seal brow liquid, nearly opaque with faint auburn highlights and a finger of buff foam that recedes to a ropey collar and a lasting surface slick. Good retention. Old world lacing. No legs.

Deep rich roast aromatics suggest coffee, cocoa nibs, brown sugar, toasted oats, and speciality malt.

Rather tart palate entry, owing to the astringency from the roast I suppose, which while never acrid, has a distinctive potency. The aromas become the flavors with increasing intensity and a slow spread of mellowing dryness into the roasty/malty/nutty finish. Mild bitterness with a whisper of hop flavor throughout as well.

Medium-bodied, well carbonated, velvety, yet crisp.

A very satisfying example of the style - quite different from my other favorites of the style, this is certainly their peer. A shame it isn't readily available out here.

augustgarage, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review

Appearance-Body is a light black, Very dark purple. Head is outstanding, 2 finger creamy brown head with some big bubbles and excellent retention. Haven't taken my first sip yet, it's been 5 minutes and theres still a nice 1/2 finger head with nice lacing.

Aroma-Very roasty. Dark, slightly bitter chocolate. Some dark fruits as well.

Taste-Initial taste was roasted malts, followed by some dark chocolate and sweet dark fruits. Slightly bitter towards the finish. As the beer warms a bit it opens up even more. More chocolate, more roastiness and some slight vanilla. Cleanest finish.

Mouthfeel-Light to medium bodied, goes down very smooth. Moderate carbonation. Clean finish. Rediculously drinkable.

Overall-I have a bad track record with Porters. I don't like them for some reason, I consider them watered down stouts. I've been drinking this beer for not too long and i'm starting at the 1/3 full glass. Beautiful lacing left, and just delightful. This is a world class beer. So easy to drink, tasty and refreshing. I was going to give 4 of the beers out of the 6 pack to one of my friends who loves Porters, but I'm definitely only giving him one now.

SWMeyer4141, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of matttttYCE
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 9/12/11 poured into my Deschutes snifter. Heard good things about this, excited for the review. Thanks Andrew for another very nice extra!

Appearance - Somewhat aggressive pour gives off a nice 1 1/2 finger head with a nice light tan color and some smaller creamier looking bubbles. Color is almost black but you can see some dark brown and deep dark ruby hues when held up to the light. Looks quite nice and leaves a bit of lace.

Smell - I'm getting mostly those typical porter aromas of roasted malts, coffee, and some chocolate with hints of smoke and vanilla but it seems one of the nicer porters I've smelled. Indeed intriguing and leaves me smelling again and again. I don't get much hops in the nose.

Taste - Taste is pretty much like the smell but I'm getting some caramel and dark fruit along with the roasted barley and coffee notes with what seems like that characteristic dryer taste of a porter. Maybe some hops in there, but I couldn't tell you which hop flavors exactly. They're more there to just balance this one out. Also getting that sort of classic porter bite or bitter aspect and finish, but it's not like a lot of other porters. It's more balanced/not strong and I don't know, just something great balanced and drinkable about this porter is about the only other thing I can say.

Mouthfeel - At first sip I had to go right to the mouthfeel because this is pretty thin. Not extremely so, but seems thinner than most porters around the same ABV that I can remember. I don't think the thin feel detracts from this brew, though. If anything it adds to the drinkability. It's got a medium level of carbonation (which helps this to not be too light) and a medium body. Finish is dryer but sweet and a bit biting like I said, but very nice. Lingers for a while to remind you to take another sip, but fades mostly before you can put your mouth to the glass again.

Overall - I'd say this is a very solid Porter overall. Actually one of my favorite of those I've tried so far, especially in that it's very drinkable and not overbearing, with just enough flavor and porter-ness to woo you. I could actually see myself drinking multiples of these in a session if I was just in the mood for something dark/roasty/complex, without the heavy chewy oomph of a stout or double/imperial stout. Very nice indeed. 4.0 out of 5.0.

matttttYCE, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of birderbeerer
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, chocolatey brown with a thick and tan, three-finger head. Slowly, steadily receding lacing.

Very full bodied and sweet aroma. Chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Very full and complex scent.

Taste is a bit sweeter than the aroma lets on. The chocolate, caramel, and toffee are there with a nice edge from hops and carbonation. And good dryness in the middle. Finish is a bit like chocolate syrup.

A solid beer. I bet I'd appreciate the second one more.

birderbeerer, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of dubinsky
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with 321Jeff. Poured from 12oz bottle into a Crate and Barrel Snifter.

A - Pours solid black with brownish highlights. A foamy two finger mocha color head was a result of my pour and it quickly folded, leaving behind a nice wall of lace and a small island of foam in the middle of the glass.

S - Smells of rich chocolate malt, caramel, coffee and dark chocolate. I do pick up some hop presence as well.

T - Chocolate up front gives way to a mix of coffee and roasted malt in the back. The finish is a mix of chocolate sweetness and dark roasted malts and coffee.

M - Fairly heavy body and solid flavors with moderate carbonation. I love the creamy texture of this beer as well as the nice bittersweet finish.

O - This porter deserves all the hype it gets. Its a very good example of an American porter. The flavors are spot, the mouthfeel is amazing and its very drinkable. Thanks Jeff!

dubinsky, May 30, 2011
Photo of SylviaFaye
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red highlights ring the dark, opaque body capped by a quickly-fading toffee-colored head.

The nose is a mix of freshly ground coffee and chocolate-covered cherries.

This beer has a smooth, medium mouthfeel paired with a coffee front and a peppery, barley finish. The background hints of cherry and fig.

Overall: This is a pretty good porter, but I've had better, and it is far from my favorite from Great Lakes. Still, it is worth sampling and is refreshing on a hot day.

SylviaFaye, May 28, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty solid black even when held to a light with a tan head.

The smell is right on with the roasted coffee and a clean prickle from the hops and carbonation.

The taste is of mostly roast and coffee with not much on the chocolate side.

This beer tastes veryyy similar to my favorite the Black Butte. A great beer and glad to know some people on the midwest have a comparable Porter!

Eriktheipaman, May 28, 2011
Photo of avaccani
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep deep brown with a nice 2 finger tan head. Laced the whole way down the glass.

S - Hints of coffee, chocolate and some roasted barley. Smells inviting.

T - Getting some caramel tones with some chocolate upfront. Then the bittersweet roasted barley shines. Perfect balance. One of the best porters I ever had.

M - Nothing wrong with the carbonation. Has a velvety texture. Very smooth and full-bodied. I am impresed.

O - Awesome beer. I have no complaints. One of my top 5 favorites. Definatly worth a shot.

avaccani, May 28, 2011
Photo of Marty30
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness date 10-1-11.Poured into A Founders snifter at fridge temp.

A. Body is black with a slight redish brown hue.A one finger kakhi colored head recedes quickly.Not much lacing.Very well carbonated.

S. Big milk chocolate notes come first to me,followed by coffee and roasted malt,with a slight bit of smokeyness.

T. Taste is spot on with the smell.Chocolate and coffee along with the roasted malts pretty much sum up the taste.Balenced with a good amount of hops. Very rich flavor.

M. Nice very carbonated medium mouth,carbonation stings the pallet and I take a sip.Medium thickness but feels light on the tongue.

Overall one awesome American Porter.One of the best out there in my opinion.Everybody should try this beer atleast once.

Marty30, May 27, 2011
Photo of bdo894
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark brown, chocolate color. Nice coffee colored head, about an inch.
Smelled earthy but clean. Chocolate, graham cracker, coffee notes.
Tasted really bold coffee flavor up the wazoo, also chocolate with just a touch of hops. Chocolate lingers on the tongue.
Great smooth mouthfeel. Clean finish.
An amazing amazing beer. Even though I align myself with IPA's as a beer standard I would definitely get this again just for the sheer flavor.

bdo894, May 26, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to omgshesaboy for two of these!

Tossed into a nonic pint glass with a friendly pour - a dark brown, almost burgundy. Two fingers of puffy head quickly sinks like her namesake ship, leaving behind a rocky coast of lacing on the glass.

A whiff and - hello, roast. Light earthy hops. Burnt vanilla? Yeah, burnt vanilla. My nose, NOT YOURS.

A sip is full, with a smooth mineral body; carbonation slowly builds on the tongue. Warm but thin enough to be refreshing. Roast really hits in the middle, some bitter chocolate and coffee grain; A great acidic tangy bitterness sticks to your mouth through the finish.

This is a super drinkable porter. Tops. Should make a pit-stop in Cleveland sometime to try it on tap.

OldIronLungs, May 21, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

Appearance: Dark brown and amber red. Looks like cola. Has a big tan foam head with great retention and good lacing.

Smell: Sweet dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and grassy hops. Hints of vanilla and fruits. Also has a lightly smoked character.

Taste: A sweet and tasty mix of roasted malts and coffee are followed by chocolate and light earthy hop bitterness. Hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A very good brew. One of the best American porters out there.

MattyG85, May 20, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, unknown date. Big thanks to Adam for hooking me up with a 6-pack from his trip to Ohio. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown with red highlights and a two finger foamy active light brown head that leaves some clumpy lacing and holds a wispy cap.

Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some smoke, burnt toast, a touch of dark fruit and maybe a little bit of grassy or herbal hops. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is more roasted malts, some coffee and a bit of chocolate, smoky, toasty, fair sweetness and a touch of bitterness from the hops on the finish. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium, medium to high carbonation.

A very good Porter but not quite as robust as the Founders or Smuttynose offerings. I’ve been wanting to try this for years and glad to finally get a hold of some.

elgiacomo, May 20, 2011
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,321 ratings.