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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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5,259 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,259
Reviews: 1,860
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 482
Gots: 476 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001)
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Photo of JoePat
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown (redish brown) with light tan head that leaves a lot of lacing as it disipates.
It has a lot of aroma with notes of chocolate and coffee.
Roasty flavor with some coffee and chocolate.
Pretty thin moutf feel (my only complant on this beer) but very drinkable.
A fine example of a porter.

JoePat, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black as night, but none of the real brown tinges you would see in an RIS. Minimal head, no lacing.

T - Roasted goodness up front, some chocolate, a little woody-gin smell.

T - Malts, a little woody but not overpoweringly so as in a lot of porters. Slightly sweet and bitter at the same time, but with a nice dry finish.

M - Low too medium carbonation and lighter bodied than you would expect.

D - Highly drinkable porter as it is nicely balanced and there are no overpowering tastes that would begin to resonate. Not a fan of porters, but this one is very nice.

AgentZero, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of tykees88
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my glass this one offered almost no head or lacing to speak of. The color was so dark brown that it was almost black. Smelled a little bit chocolatey, malts were there and barley. There was also some smokiness to the smell. The taste was good very good. The taste was how it smelled. The malts were there and smokiness. A little bit too boozy of a taste. It was a very good beer and I would drink it again, but not more than one at a time. But I still rate it high because it is a very good beer. Just not my style.

tykees88, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is a good porter. I always looked at Black Butte as the standard porter but this one is even better.

Pours a dark black but with brown hues. Not as black as an RIS but upthere. There is no real head though. No lacing.

Aroma is wonderful. Lots of dark chocolate and roastyness. A hint of sweetness.

Taste is awesome. Great roastyness but balanced by the maltiness. Everything you would expect from a good porter.

Mouthfeel is great. Good malt mouthfeel and great carb for style.

Overall I wish I could get this in CA. Oh well. I will just have to trade for it.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of Schmidts
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a bottle it pours dark blackish brown. Nice light brown white head it holds good and lots of nice lacing.
smells of caramel and roasted nuts and sweet malts.
Taste is awesome refreshing lots of flavor and balance it is a joy to drink!

In has a wonderful mouth feel and is very creamy.

This case just came in the beer distributors yesterday and I grabed it and sure glad I did as this is one of the Best Porters I have ever drank they have really pulled out a great one here. If you can get it do it is worth every penny it cost I totaly recomend this one!

Schmidts, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of BrewerB
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TwinsDaddy for the hookup on this beer!

A - Dark, mahogany brown. Excellent clarity. Pillow light tan head with plenty of lacing to coat the edges of the glass. Excellent head retention.

S - Moderately strong roasted grain aroma - cocoa, caramel. Slightly smoky.

T - Bittersweet chocolate, smoke, roasted grains. Moderately bitter. Finishing dry.

M - Medium-full in body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth.

D - Wonderfully robust porter. Not much room for improvement, here.

BrewerB, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of thekanna
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark brown into a stein, capped off with a dark mocha-brown head.

S: Cocoa powder, molasses, a nice wood-burning smokiness, and some Turkish pressed coffee.

T: Wow; heavy on the roasted malts, bitter chocolate brownie, and espresso all smoked over a strong campfire. The smoky wood and leather taste is just amazing; in a way, it has the same smoked taste as a Laphroaig scotch.

M: Big and chewy, a lot to ruminate over.

D: This is definitely an excellent domestic porter; one of the best I've ever had.

thekanna, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of AmberMan22
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a near solid-black, with some faint garnet hues when held to the light. A nice fluffy tan-colored head adorns the top.

Smells heavily of dark chocolatey (and maybe some caramel) malt. Nice hint of smoke, maybe some bitter espresso too.

Taste is wonderful. Perfectly rich and malty, with a perfect touch of hop bitterness to cap it off.

Mouthfeel is equally impressive. Thick and chewy, not overly carbonated. C'est parfait.

Extremely drinkable, but I'd rather just savor them for special occasions.

AmberMan22, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of ekmoody
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black with a thin head.

Smells great, with creamy chocolate and malt coming through.

Flavor is great as well, with the chocolate and roasted malt coming through at first. Very interesting flavor profile with a bit of coffee and some other things coming through as well.

Delicious creamy texture, very smooth. I have no problem drinking it again.

ekmoody, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of Bubba83
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More thanks go to Kegatron as I try to review all the beers he sends me.

Pours black but actually has some slight dark brown and ruby hues also near the outer edges. Creamy light tan foam on top, just the right amount of it. Great lacing and retention.

Smells predominantly like coffee. There's some vanilla underneath that and some citric hop character. I like what I smell here, but it could use some complexity with some chocolate notes.

Taste however is not lacking complexity. I get bittersweet chocolate up front along with some dark caramel, toffee, and vanilla. I even get some fruity fig hints before receiving a healthy dose of coffee and roasted malt. It doesn't take long before the strong citrus hops explode in your mouth. The finish is sort of a dry roast. This may very well be the hoppiest porter I've ever had.

I'm pretty happy with the mouthfeel too, sort of medium-thin but still has some slickness to it. The creamy head is a nice feature. It could maybe be improved if it was a little more lively with carbonation, or if not that then it could be more velvety, one or the other.

Drinks like a champ, nice and dry, smooth, not overly sweet. To be honest, I'm a little surprised that such a hoppy porter ends up working out so well, I would never have imagined. At this pricepoint, I need to be seeking Great Lakes stuff out from online stores more often.

Bubba83, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may be the architypical American porter. Not much head with vigorous pour. Well moderated roasted malt flavors and balanced hopping. Finished a little dry. Not a beer that knocks your socks off, but solid and well put together on all counts. GL's consistency in production is another positive aspect.

Brent, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of FaustieMo
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a bottle into a mug, beautiful creamy tan head.

A: Great molasses brown color. When held to light, a touch of red is evident. Lacing wasn't disappointing.

S: Very soothing, unsweetened chocolatey smell. Great roasted malts and a touch of coffee.

T: Mouthgasm. As the smell would suggest, roasted malts are very evident, chocolate, and coffee. After the swallow a tiny nudge of hops completes the package.

M: Very enjoyable mouthfeel.

D: I had three and wish I had another, goes down easy!

This beer is a a work of art, a must try from GL.

FaustieMo, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of sjccmd
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black with light brown/amber highlights with a small light tan head that fades quickly. Lacing is slippery.

The aroma is dark chocolate and coffee accompanied with a nice touch of citrus and pine.

The taste brings out more bitter roasty flavors which mingles with pine and bittering hops...initially the chocolate/coffee flavors dominate but before the finish pine and citrus...the finish is actually nicely balanced...pretty interesting

Solid body with medium carbonation which delivers bright hoppy flavors on top of the malt backbone

This beer drinks really easily...this finish cleans everything out enough for me to keep wanting to drink

sjccmd, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of animalchin
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours. a close to black body with the slightest degree of reddish hue. A nice light brown head with some nice and sustained condensed lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee and caramel.

T - Smoky malts, espresso, chocolate covered caramel. Man that's good.

M - Heavy and creamy.

D - Well it is a porter so it will sit heavy - that's okay though. There's no legitimate reason why you would really need more than one of these. Make a beer that is this good last!

I love this beer. I don't say that very often, but this has so much to offer. Great Lakes BC, you have my respect and support for as long as you make beer this good.

animalchin, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of templar316
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark cola with a lingering khaki head that laces lightly. Just enough light gets through to let you know that this is a sessionable beer rather than an overwhelming one. On the nose the roasted malts are huge, raisny, molassasy, dissolving into a toffee finish. The flavor rolls smoothly from cola, to dark roasted malts, with a juicy hop bitterness at the end to wake you up a demand another taste. A perfect session.

templar316, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

had on tap at unos pizzeria. surprised they had this but it was a good surprise.

a- dark with tan head that takes a good while to down

s- tons of burnt smell.

t- burnt, coffee, bitter, and boozie

m- thick yet very very refreshing for a porter

d- amazing beer. I could drink these all day and night

leakyfaucet12, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of fastsrt
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle in pint glass
A: deep deep brown, good frothy light brown head, not much carbonation. light lace.
S: old drip brewed coffee, chocolate.
T: coffee, chocolate, hops, the flavor profile is straight forward. but is incredibly balanced.
M: medium body, low carbonation allows the roasty flavors to come through. finished with hops and moderately dry finish.
D: not complex as RIS but has the same flavor profiles, which is a good thing for me because RIS's are hard to session, but these have been a staple in my fridge for a long time. and will remain my favorite always available great lakes beers.

fastsrt, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another solid offering from this brewery. almost pitch black and clear with mahogany highlights when held to the light. light brown head head. dark toffee/caramel in the nose with some chocolate and dark fruit underneath. dark bready sweet chocolatey malts are balanced by an underlying smooth hop bitterness and just a touch of roastiness. finishes almost dry. medium bodied. carbonation is a little on the light side but not problematic in this beer. very drinkable, a very flavorful beer that keeps the abv reasonable.

MrMcGibblets, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of bevenson
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Sam Adams glass

A - Black, yet ruby highlights on the edges of the glass. Moussy tan head which lasts for over a minute.

S - Deep roasty character, dark fruits, currants. Sweet malt aroma in the background. Milid citrusy hop character.

T - Sharp roast up front followed by bold American hop flavor. Mineral character overtakes mid-swallow. Roast is pretty one dimensional at first, but develops chocloate flavors as the beer warms. Firm bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Roast and hops assist in a dry finish, but it is still surprisingly smooth and creamy.

D - Great beer. One beef I've always had with this beer is that the mineral character gets a little distracting. Still, it's a very enjoyable beer that is well worth the money.

bevenson, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A very dark brown, almost black colour with a small amount of foamy white head. Very small amounts of carbonation.

S - A roasty malt smell with hints of coffee and some sweetness - maybe a hint of vanilla.

T - A well balanced roasted malt profile with some coffee in the aftertaste. The distinct roasted malt profle is balanced of very well with some sweetness, which is very evident in the aftertaste. The carbonation is noticeable enough to know it is there, but that is all, which is perfect for a porter.

M - medium body.

D - as far as porters go, it doesn't get much better than this, especially if you want to have a few in one night. A staple porter for sure.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before date of 04/24/10.

Pours dark brown with a red tint. A large tan head forms and has very good retention before settling to a thick cap. Rings of lacing is left on the glass. Aroma consists of roasted malt, milk chocolate, and hay. Had to search a little to find the roasted malt. The flavor is not that porterish. Sweeter than what I was expecting. The score I gave it is more than generous. The flavor is a combination of chocolate, cherries, and a herbal quality I cannot place. Maybe this bottle is off. Medium body and good carbonation. Has life without being harsh. Nice texture. The flavor just does not suit me. I will need another example and come back and judge this beer again because I cannot believe this is the best of the American Porters.

05/09/2010 Review
Revisted this beer since it is brand new to the market. Best before date of 10/05/2010. I will bump up the taste score from 3 to 3.5 but otherwise my original ratings stand. The score increase is because this time I picked up more subtle flavors. Definate C-hop flavor that gives more of a bittersweet aspect. Still many porters out there that are better than this.

morimech, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tested at room temperature in the big pint glass I see classic dark mahogany color, semi-opaque, with a big frothy light brown head and good lacing. The aroma offers tart cocoa malt and touches of mango nuttiness. Quite nice. The taste buds say yum to more of this burst of malt & coffee bean bite, dry charcoal wood, some herbal hop, and even some banana mango hints. Just a fine mouthful of flavor with a decent medium body that offers a bit of a silky resinous feel with effective but subtle carbonation for a perfectly drinkable and delicious porter. It obviously stands on its own but would pair well with cheese or other edibles for sure. Another beauty from Great Lakes!

Durge, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

a - Pours a dark brown, very little head with little retention. Not a lot of carbonation.

s - Smells of chocolate, coffe, and sweet and roasted malts.

t - Great taste of roasted malts and coffee. Also get hints of chocolate and some sweet cream flavor.

m - Smooth and creamy medium body, with little carbonation.

d - I really enjoyed this porter. It had a great creamy coffee/chocolate taste that seemed to get better as I drank it and it warmed up. At 5.8% ABV this is a wonderful beer that doesn't have a high ABV and I will definitely be trying to land more of this.

mdfb79, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of rye726
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brwn with a silky head. Nice lace and retention. Nose has roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee and dark pitted fruits. Taste is a nice balance between sweet cocoa, cherries and plums over bitter hops, roasted malts and molasses. Medium body is nicely carbonated.

rye726, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of ATGHomebrewer
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

M: Deep, dark brown. a little light around the edges. medium brown head.

S: smoky, roasty, chocolate

T: mostly roasted dark malts, with some hints of chocolate and coffee.

M: medium-full body. low carbonation.

D: very solid beer. exactly what i would expect from an outstanding porter. not extreme, but textbook of what I think a porter should be.

ATGHomebrewer, Jan 30, 2010
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,259 ratings.