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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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5,467 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,467
Reviews: 1,882
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 494
Gots: 551 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001)
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

funkel81, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

hu5om, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

rsitarski, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

shuajw, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

kuhndog, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Hughesed
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Hughesed, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

DocDownUnder, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

sacrelicio, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Boozeisfood
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first beer that got me into this style and others alike, i wouldn't be doing it any justice if i described it as being anything less then awsome! The taste is quite malty with an almost unsweetend coffee flavor followed by an exceptionaly hoppy finish. 1-2 finger head. this beer is definetly good down to the last drop. If you appreciate a great Porter i urge you to get on deck with this one.

Boozeisfood, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of bombadil
4/5  rDev -5.9%

bombadil, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of troysoy2
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've always seen Great Lakes around, going to college in Pittsburgh, but never tried any of their beers until now. Now I'm sad to have waited this long.

Wow, this was beautiful. Poured it into a pint glass, and I saw two fingers of light tan head. The body of the beer is black, but when held up to the light, you can actually see through it, which is interesting for a porter. The lacing covers the glass, minus the random "swiss cheese holes".

The smell is exciting. Slight coffee equally mixed with bittersweet chocolate, a little smoky. Not the strongest scent I've smelled from a beer, but it's big and bold, yet laid back.

The taste lives up to the aroma, and then some. There's an interesting sweetness on the front, the chocolate comes through in the middle, the coffee of the back end, and then a smoky aftertaste brings up the rear.

The mouthfeel may be just a little too foamy for my liking. But maybe it helps the taste come out, so I don't really mind it.

Overall, this is a great beer, and I think I would put it up there on with the best, despite what some people may say. I was a skeptic at first, but I am pleased to say the least.

troysoy2, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle thanks to SpdKilz, appreciate it man. Dark black color, good head. The aroma is smoky sort of, dark malts and a hint of smoke like a burnt match, average. The flavor is better, roasty porter with a hint of chocolate and coffee. I'm not sure why this is a top beer, tastes like an average porter to me.

ArrogantB, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of BennyL1
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best buy date of 6/27/11, poured into a NB globe.

Edmund pours a deep brown but not quite black color. A booming mocha head appeared from an aggresive pour but quickly fell back into the brew. Sticky lacing on the glass, looks very good.

Nice amount of chocolate and coffee in the nose. Lots of roasted malt notes in the aroma as well. Taste is much of the same. Lots of roasted malt and hints of chocolate. The coffee aspect adds a bit of bitterness in the finish. Very enjoyable.

Body is medium/full with medium carbonation.

Even with some age this is a great porter. Glad I got the chance to try it out.

BennyL1, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is non-opaque black; I was surprised to see a lot of light pass through when I held it to a lamp. Two fingers of creamy, buttery cappuccino-like foam dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: It smells delicious. Major notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, and coffee. It has a roasted bitterness, but it is tamed by caramel malts, molasses, and hints of dark fruit (cherry, plum, and fig).

Taste: It has a full, chewy mouthfeel like a proper porter. Roasted malts offer a nice bitterness, but it is not overwhelmingly bitter. Dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, maybe some cappuccino, and a hint of caramel. The dark fruits are way in the background, which I have no problem with.

Drinkability: It is a very tasty and solid porter. It is a fitting tribute to its namesake.

TheQuietMan22, Nov 12, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with two finger head. Nice lacing.

S - Chocolate, cocoa, coffee, sweet molasses.

T - Starts out with smooth cocoa and bitter milk chocolate. Nice hop finish.

M - Light to medium.

O - Such an easy drinking, wonderfully complex porter. Great example of the style. A real treat.

pigc, Nov 11, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A superb porter. Edges out Founder's, which I also tried tonight in a head to head competition with E.F. The color is not fully opaque and shows hints of root beer redness at the bottom of the glass or when held to a light. Rich pour with a frothy head that subsides pretty quickly but leaves an intricate lace. Smells of dry spice, chocolate, and herbal/mint undertones. Taste is just great: coffee, spice, a hint of vanilla, and slight, hoppy mint. No unwanted fruitiness or sweetness. Finishes slightly dry after a spiky carbonation really opens the beer up in the mouth. Can't say enough, really. The mouthfeel is great with an effervescence not expected in this style of beer. This is on the top of my porter list so far. If you like a fine porter, look no further.

MNJR, Nov 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was part of a Great Lakes Variety Case.

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Pours a deep brown, almost black color. A decent one and a half finger mocha colored head on the initial pour. Fades to a light skim on the top of the beer. Good amount of sticky lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - A burnt malt aroma with a light sweetness.

T - A very good beer. Reminds me of a stout with a combination of burnt malts along with a touch of coffee. A slight chocolate sweetness, also. A slightly bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

M - A thinner consistancy with decent carbonation.

O - Another fine beer from Great Lakes. Like I had mentioned, this reminds me of a stout. Give this one a try. Recommended.


BuxMontBeerLover, Nov 10, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a great porter.
POUR- really dark black pour to which you can't see anything behind it. Head is ok, but goes away quick.
NOSE- chocolate and coffee and everything nice. Great nose- MOUTHFEEL- reeeally smooth. no bite...malt...not hoppy at all which i like. i am an ipa lover, but not everything has to be a hop bomb mixed with that style. If we continue in that direction we'll be having hoppy cheerios for breakfast. Love that it sticks to style.
TASTE- so delicious. i was craving a chocolately coffee porter and that's what I got. Overall an amazing porter...

drawbackwards, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 12 oz. bottle was served into a glass stein.

Appearance- Two fingers of beige head that is frothy with a decent amount of clinging lace. The body is pitch black with no highlights.

Smell- Of course there are definite coffee roast notes. Also some bitter-sweet chocolate comes through. That sweetness chugs into some deeper water with caramel and coffee creamer.

Taste- There is a great complimenting sweetness to this porter. The coffee roast is strong, and is really the back bone of the drink. Throughout though, you are presented with vanilla, caramel malt, milk chocolate, and coffee creamer. The chocolate and coffee roast last the longest into the finish.

Mouth feel- This porter is a very large medium body. And it just slides over the tongue like a loose life vest on a wet ship deck. One would expect this to finish a little dry with the heavy coffee roast, but no such thing happens.

Overall- A very impressive porter that doesn't skimp on the roasted grain, but keeps things very interesting with the semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla. These notes seem to morph every sip. This is a well made beer, and a fine tribute to the titular vessel.

Pintofbrown, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of patpbr
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark with a nice foamy head
S- roasted with chocolate and maybe toffee
T- roasted malts and a coffee flavor
M- Slightly heavy with a creamy texture that is a joy to drink
O - This is a great example of the style. And fit the mood of a rainy night.

patpbr, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in honkin' large Buca di Beppo glass

A: solid black, thin head, decent carbonation; no lacing
S: intense, very inviting smell chocolate, caramel, malt wrapped together; clear hints of roast
T: clearly a good, solid porter as the foundation, but they have introduced a wonderful array of spices to curl through the roasted-grain flavors; the hops glide into water, like simcoe hops; the flavor here can't be improved without changing the style

Great porter; Great Lakes does it again

Arithmeticus, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of keithmurray
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a mug

Appearance - dark mahogany with a mocha head

Smell - Dark Chocolate, hazelnut, mocha, expresso

taste - roasted coffee bean, mocha, expresso, dark chocolate, hazelnut

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, neither too sweet, too carbonated nor too bitter really well balanced, flavors really linger in the aftertaste

overall - this is the best porter i've had the pleasure of drinking, I have had other porters that were good, but none exhibiting the balance that is displayed in this product. Will have again most definetly

keithmurray, Oct 29, 2011
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