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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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5,614 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,614
Reviews: 1,904
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 516
Gots: 656 | 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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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good friend of mine kept telling me, "GL Edmund Fitzgerald is the greatest American porter, period." I figured I would hear him out.

A - It's a deep chocolate/oil black, nice two fingers of tan head off the pour, and leaves a fair bit of lacing around the glass.

S - Very roasty aroma, a hint of molasses, followed up by strong black coffee, some dark chocolate, a touch of hops.

T - Yup. Molasses and coffee. Also, some roasted malt and a very bitter chocolate bite. Its finish is moderately dry, a little warm throughout. Hard to resist not taking a bigger gulp.

M - It's just right for a porter; creamy but not sticky whatsoever, and very full bodied.

O- This is a damn fine porter, I've known that for quite some time (just got around to review it).
My friend.. You were totally right. Great Lakes you blew me away with this one.

Serving type for review: Bottle

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass while waiting for my flight in Canton OH.

A- Pours a ½ finger to 1 finger tan head, dissipates quickly, dark brown color, with red hues coming off the bottom, moderate lacing.
S- The aroma is fairly mellow, Nice roasted malt notes, coffee, slight cocoa, well balanced aroma, nothing stands out too much.
T- Really nice roasted notes, roasted malts, cocoa, slight chocolate, coffee, nice bitterness comes out in the finish.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, crisp finish.
O- Solid porter, I see it all over the place and always pass it up, quality porter, really easy drinkability, definitely one of the better porters I’ve had.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of dmamiano
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a very dark almost black with a perfect tan head. Sticky lacing subsequently observed.
Smelled of rich dark malts...dark fruits and roasty with hints of chocolate whip as well
very big on the feel. nice full on the palate and slick.
roasted malts giving way to coffee....and cocoa nibs.
Very likable beer.
Is this a stout? LOL

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep dark brown. Nice and clear as far as it can be. Head is a nice moderate tan and clings to the glass. Settles to a super thin cap on the beer. Looks to be on point.

Smell: Cocoa dusted roasted malts. Nice grassy note in the back. Tons of chocolate, but in a nice subtle way. Bready quality to the malts as well. Nice snap of citrus hops brightens the whole thing up. Coffee as well. Lots of stuff going on here, but it's incredibly well balanced and never feels overbearing.

Taste: Caramel, coffee with cream, a nice punch of cocoa all wrapped up in something faintly bready. Hops stay present, dropping hints of citrus in the malt party. Faintly grassy/leafy hop profile works well with the whole thing. Kind of reminds me of a chocolate chocolate chip cookie if you dusted it with orange zest.

Mouthfeel: Moderate and slightly chewy. Definitely dry, almost too dry on the finish. Carbonation is solid and on point.

Overall: A very solid take on the style. Hops add a nice dimension. A touch too dry for my tastes, but other than that, it's one of the best commonly available porters I've come across.

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,614 ratings.