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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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5,673 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,673
Reviews: 1,912
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 520
Gots: 696 | FT: 20
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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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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

A: Pours a dark brown, cola color with three fingers of tan head. When it recedes into the beer, it leaves behind a really nice film and lots of lacing.

S: Roasted and sweet. Roasted barley, bitter chocolate, coffee and maybe a little smoke. The coffee smells seems to be more pronounced out of the bottle than on tap.

T: Bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted barley...the hop flavors are barely present at the end. Nice, mild citrus. Roasted flavors are more pronounced as it warms.

M: Good carbonation, medium body. Slides through the mouth.

O: Extremely drinkable beer. Overall, I liked this beer on tap a little better than out of the bottle.

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

Thanks ScreamForMe for this one!

A - Dark as night black with a creamy tan head. Lacing was really something else, almost crystallized as it went down.

S - Dark Chocolate, coffee, a little caramel, roasted malts.

T - Follows the nose but with a punch of flavor. Heavy chocolate/coffee based, caramel sweetness, and a burnt toasty taste to end on.

M - Damn is this drinkable. Medium bodied and carbonation - feels great in the mouth.

O - Wish I had many more of these porters. Excellent example of an American Porter.

Photo of weller1js
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a heavy brown, dark yet with a dark red transparancy when held to light, well carbonated with bubbly and creamy foam, consistency indicates a slight thickness that sticks to the lacing.

smell: smoky malts with, bittersweet undetones, hints of vanilla bean also are present.

taste: a step above medium-bodied, malts are smoky and consistent throughout, bittersweet notes of vanilla and coffee that blend with the bitterness of the hops, lasting through the finish.

drinkability: above-average porter, consistent in taste and body, abv is adequate, and the underlying flavors complement rather than overpower, very drinkable.

Photo of azdback
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Surly pint glass. Hyper carbonation!! This filled the glass completely with foam. I let it sit a few and carefully poured the rest of the bottle. Deep, dark brown with light caramel or brown sugar highlights. Head is very active and tan colored. Very creamy and whipped cream in texture. Lace is sticking and probably will to the end.

Smell is of dark roasted malt. A bit of chocolate with some coffee coming through. There is even a bit of vanilla in there. Also maybe the sugar of molasses is there. Quite nice!

The taste is quite a bit different. It's kind of a malt puzzle. There are lots of things going on but I need to put them together in my mind. It's sweet, but almost in a citrus-y way. The roasted flavors are there but they are interrupted by the weird out of place taste of orange rind. The late flavors are of tart fruit.

The mouth is par for the style. A bit watery and thin. Carbonation is fine and it, for the style, stays to end of the swallow.

Overall I am a bit confused by this one. I have been told by many that this is the holy grail of Porters, but I have to disagree. It is a good porter but not at all a great Porter. Thanks to xanok for the extra.

Photo of xanok
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep brown with some reddishness. Big tan head on this one. Lacing doesn't last too long. Quite the lovely looking beer.

S-Chocolatey and nuttiness are the main attributes here. Undertones of sweeter malts and caramel.

T-Very smooth roasted malts start here and linger throughout. Any sweetness from chocolate is more background noise than anything.

M-Pretty smooth overall. Carbonation was a bit high.

D-Above average porter but didn't blow me away like I was expecting. I was really psyched for this one. Maybe I need to set my standards a bit lower. For the price, this beer is a steal, but this is nowhere near as good as say....Smuttynose Robust Porter.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep rich brown with some reddish highlights. One inch light brown head falls slowly. Minor lacing. Smells toasty, Chocolate, some coffee. Taste is Similar to nose. Chocolate, coffee, toasty a bit of caramel sweetness. A bit of bitterness on back end. mouthfeel is nice. Medium body, medium carbonation with nice level of activity and smoothness. Overall a real nice brew.

Photo of mater
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Back in October this was the first non Sam Adams craft beer I tried.

12oz bottle poured into a Stone imperial pint glass.

A-Very dark brown, pretty much black with some ruby highlights. Had a nice two finger tan head with lacing till the end.

S-Roasty malts, coffee, milk chocolate. Smells really tasty.

T-This just taste delicious. It has more of a creamy chocolate taste at first, with the coffee following, also a little bit of hops come in that I didn't really smell.

M-Really smooth and creamy with a medium body.

O-My favorite porter(might be my favorite beer). At 5.8% abv many can be consumed. I like everything about this beer.

Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

the beer pours as black as night, with a pleasant tan head that laces the glass.

the smell is beautiful. rich malty aroma with strong roasted notes of chocolate and coffee

for me the beer never comes of as sweet. its just varying shades of bitter. first the bitterness of the roasted barley with a subtle coffee flavor(a well roasted coffee like french mind you, not some weak-ass medium roast), then followed by the bitterness of the hop, and a dry finish. no discernible hop flavor here.

for me the real beauty in this beer is how powerfully it smells of malt and then, when sipped, the taste of the malts just fills the palate. to quote a chef i once knew, "it's just nice."

so why the 4.5? the dryness just seems a little much.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Deep brown color with hints of copper. Two fingers of pale tan head with good retention and nice lace.

S: Roasted malts and chocolate. Faint vinous tinge. Not bad, but a little tame.

T: Roasted malts continue with light pepper and unsweetened chocolate. Pepper intensifies on the finish, joined by a little cinnamon and bitter coffee. After a few sips, some sweetness emerges, joined by a little vanilla and a shot of whipped cream-- possibly lactose? All the flavors are well balanced, though a bit understated. Taste continues to evolve as the beer warms, with each part taking a turn on center stage. Faint citrus joins the chocolate. Also a whiff of smoke.

M: Not too heavy, very smooth. Am picking up lactose in the feel as well, but it doesn't overtake things, just lends interest.

O: A delicious porter. A lot of interest in the flavor, just wish that the aromas could keep up with it. Without a doubt, I will buy it again.

Photo of ludachris
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

If the deep chestnut brown highlights weren't able to be seen when held up to the light, I would have thought the body was ink black. A small cream coloured head forms on top but doesn't have much sticking power. A standard looking porter.

Ah, all the things I look for are in the nose and in plentiful supply. Roasted malts with a smokey edge, fresh coffee grounds and a nuttiness that runs through. Cocoa powder and dark chocolate give it a pleasant sweetness.

Finely roasted malts waste no time at making there way across the palate. A very smooth transition is made from the roasty side to semi-sweet baker's chocolate. There's a creamy nuttiness that sits in the back and continues into the finish. The finish is dry, slightly roasty with a pleasant coffee ground bitterness.

The balance and transitioning of flavours is flawless. The feel leans more towards being medium bodied with some crisp carbonation in the finish.

A well crafted, flavourful, and perfectly balanced porter. I have never really got in to this style, nor have I had many interpretations of it. This explains why my mark is lower than the average. I would love to revisit this in a year or so when I've had a chance to have had more American porters. For now, however, it's quite satisfying.

Photo of orangesol
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Brewhouse Grille into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours plain old black, with ruby red highlights, with a small half finger tall mocha head leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of rich chocolate malt, caramel, coffee with creamer, and some dark chocolate. Solid nose but nothing too mind blowing.

T - Plenty of rich chocolate up front slowly giving way to a mix of coffee and roasted malt. The finish is a mix of chocolate sweetness and dark roast, lingering for a short time. I really like this one a lot.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Creamy feel with plenty of lingering sweet roast in the finish. It was a tiny bit on the watery side.

O - This is a solid example of an American porter. The flavors are spot on and it is easy to consume. I just wish more breweries would brew porters just like this one.

Photo of ForkAndSpoonOp
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I first created my profile here and picked American Porter as my favored style of beer, I didn't realize that the list I was magically transported to wasn't ordered by rating. I just clicked on the ones with the most reviews, assuming they were the best ones. Lucky for me, you guys have good taste. We'll call this one a happy accident.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours dark dark dark brown, nearly opaque. More than two fingers of tan head, But I can't be sure how much more, since it was on my kitchen counter. It clung on to the bitter fucking end.

Aroma is roasty as all get-out. Got a bit of caramel and a lot of coffee. Maybe there's even some vanilla in there? I'm slowly improving with this stuff.

Took a sip, and it was like drinking black coffee from Jesus' nipple. I honestly can't even tell if the bitterness is hops or roast, but it rules so hard. That was definitely vanilla I was smelling, and I got more and more chocolate with every sip. Shit, I don't even drink my coffee black, and I love this.

A creamy and satisfying texture. Not so thick that I feel like I ate a loaf of bread, but a nice firm handshake. This lacing WILL. NOT. DISSIPATE. It's 20 minutes later, I'm two-thirds done, and there's still a film over the entire surface of the glass. Ye gods, man.

A tremendously good porter. So glad I can get a hold of these fairly easily. Bought a six-pack, so I can drink a couple, age a couple and see how that works, and maybe use a couple as extras on trades when I'm finally a grown-up member of this site.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this bottle stored in the fridge and let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes before pouring into a tulip shaped snifter style beer glass. The beer poured extremely dark reddish brown with a perfect two-finger head of chunky foam.

The nose offered faint tones of coffee beans and chocolate. The taste is wonderful. Rich chocolatey malty sweetness, then a nice earthy, woody flavor and a nice dry finish. This beer is a perfect example of a classic American porter.

Photo of jefferz5000
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second bottle, received a while back from CMitchell, thanks buddy.

Pours a near black, yet clear body with a nice, foamy tan head. Looks good.

Aroma is of much roast, lots of malt, a bit of coffee and even some toffee. Definitely gets a lot better at it warms up.

Tastes mirrors the nose well, as the flavors mesh well together. Perhaps a hint of vanilla in there. This is a great example of what I think a porter should be. It comes off as very well rounded. Nothing is too dominant and it's got a smooth finish with little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, prickly on the tongue, not real heavy, but not TOO light some porters I've had.

Overall, this is one of the better porters I've had. It's straightforward, yet very enjoyable.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from mjtiernan. Thanks Matt!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Ballast Point Brewery pint glass...

A - Pours black with a two finger tan head. Good amount of head retention, and a decnet amount of slippery lacing to be had...

S - Sweet and roasty. Caramel, dark roasted malts, and coffee...

T - Sweet malts up front, caramel and maybe crystal. Ends on a coffee, roasty note. Lots of dark roasted malts. Abv is well hidden...

M - Nice and creamy. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Finishes dry...

O - A little roasty for my likings, but that is to be expected. Overall, a pretty solid porter. Could see myself throwing a few of these back in a sitting...


Photo of gabedivision
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle to a glass, for reals.

Pours a deep dark brown, with red mahogany highlights. A 2 finger head that turns into a fine thin coating over the top of the beer. Smells of deep rich roasted coffee, chocolates, roasted nuts, and toasted malts. Rich smoked wood flavor on the tongue mixed with chocolate and bitter coffee beans. Light to medium body, sweet and delicious, tastes like a dessert cake. Best porter I've ever tasted.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated Please Enjoy by 07/09/11. Deep brown body with some red hue around the edges. Very little light gets through. Nice one finger mocha head dissipates quickly but leaves a little creamy lacing along the glass.

The aroma is pure roasted malt and chocolate.

The flavor is a very well balanced mix of toasty malt and bittersweet chocolate. Some minor dark fruit notes and licorice blend into the background with a little bit of a bitter coffee finish.

Light mouthfeel that is very drinkable. Excellent Porter.

Photo of DrewV
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (drink by 9/18/11) out of my beer fridge (45 degrees) into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip).

A: Deep garnet color, not black. A medium pour produces a one-finger, khaki-colored head which dissipates fairly quickly. Lacing is generous.

S: Roasty, toasty malts, rich coffee-like chocolate, no hops in the nose. Aromas increase as the beer warms. Best suited to 50+ degrees.

T: A bit thin up front, the flavor builds more strongly and follows the aroma closely, finishing oily with a residual not-so-bitter chocolate aftertaste. Possibly a bit smoky as the mouth dries up. Definitely leaves you anxious for the next sip. As the beer warms, the flavors intensify slightly and move from the finish to the front.

M: A bit watery/thin up front, building through the adequate carbonation into a full, oily finish. Carbonation is moderate, but perfectly fits this beer.

O: One of the best, if not THE best, porters out there. True to style with a well-refined flavor profile. My second favorite GLB beer behind Eliot Ness. Despite the somewhat thin feel up front and through the middle, the roasty malts and chocolate finish really combine to make this beer absolutely outstanding. If you're a fan of porters/stouts, there's really no way you can go wrong with this one.

Photo of DearthVader
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best Before 8/21/11

Thank you iadler for this!

Poured black, with a billowing 2" tan head from a somewhat aggressive pour. Head quickly dissipates to a tan film. Leaves beautiful lacing. Really the ideal appearance you'd want from this style brew.

Smells of freshly roasted coffee, fine dark chocolate, and some sweet malts. Delicious!

Taste is mostly of burnt coffee and a slight hue of bitter chocolate. The roast overwhelmed all the other flavors in here. Still enjoyable, but after the smell I was really expecting more.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth with medium carbonation.

Overall, it's definitely an enjoyable brew from Great Lakes. I did just get off an 8 hours shift of serving tables so its very possible my body was too tired to pull out the beauty in this beer. I felt it was just average for the style.

Very grateful I got to try this beer though. Thanks again Isaac!

Photo of OddNotion
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Fantome Tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours black with brown around the edges when held up to light. A one finger light tan head forms and quickly recedes leaving a cap/lacing.

Smell: Coffee right of the bat. Mixed with some other roasty flavors. Just a great pungent smell that makes me want to keep inhaling this beer.

Taste: Very very light coffee flavor, much more prevalent with the nose. A little bit of sweetness on the back end and a mild bitterness, seemingly moreso from the dark malts than the hops. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for a porter. Not too heavy, not light, quite carbonated but not overly so. It has a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: Great "no frills" beer. Pretty much the best of the style I have had with nothing added to it. All of the natural ingredients shine through and I am thoroughly impressed. I would make this a regular in my fridge if it were available in my area.

Photo of edmonan
3.31/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Good opaque dark dark brown color, with nearly a finger of light brown head. The head sticks around for a while.

S: Toasty, malty aroma. What I would expect from a porter.

T: This one needs to be served at the right temp. I had to wait a while until the flavors started to coalesce.

M: Too much carbonation.

O: Definitely needs to be served on the warmer side. Could use less carbonation as well. A very good average american porter.

Photo of bs870621345
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 8/4/11.

Pours black with an inch of head and nice lacing down the glass.

Smells a little roasty, caramel, slight pine, citrus, and chocolate.

Taste opens up with caramel and roast, pine and citrus come open, finishes with chocolate, roast and caramel on the end. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel is full and good carbonation, not too much, but enough to clean the palate.

Overall is is damn good, pretty much the best porter I've ever had.

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,673 ratings.