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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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5,535 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,535
Reviews: 1,889
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 500
Gots: 581 | FT: 22
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 StJamesGate
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby black with patchy tan head. Cocoa bean and berry nose. Sweet roast coffee malts with light cedar smoke hops. Tight leave, medium, some fizz and chew.

Description doesn't tell the story of just how subtle, balanced and tasty this is. Recipe is from before the hops boom, so don't look for Storm King orange bite, but better for it. Definition of great American porter.

Photo of mondegreen
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle into a Victory Nonic Pint Glass. Best by date of 8/21/10.

A: Pours dark brown with a thin head. Not much retention, and moderate lacing. Attractive ruby highlights when held to the light.

S: The nose is pretty mellow. Sweet roasted malts, and a subtle balance of chocolate and hops.

T: Fairly bitter. Slight sweetness to balance it out, but the bitterness lingers. It's been awhile since I had a good porter, and this one is reminding me why I used to like them so much.

M: Medium bodied. The carbonation gives the impression of creaminess. Very nice.

D: I'm enjoying this one. It's a standout porter; highly recommended for the style.

Photo of hardy008
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with a tan foamy head with decent retention. The aroma has roasted coffee and chocolate. Not overly complex, but nice.

The flavor also has roasted coffee and chocolate, there is also a light amount of hop bitterness. There is some sweetness, and some bitterness which balance each other out nicely. Medium bodied, properly carbonated, and a bit of a sweet aftertaste. Nicely drinkable, and well made.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at about cellar temp poured into a pint glass. best before date of 10/18/2010.

pours nearly black, shows a slight rubiness through the light. a light mocha colored head with some great lacing. a huge 3-4 fingers head off of the pour that settled to a 1/4 inch layer that retained almost the whole glass.

aromas of some light roasted malts, and heavy doses of cooking chocolate and coffee. a slight bit of herbalness to it. overall, the aromas meld nicely to create a tasty smelling beer, although its not a huge aroma.

aww, such a rich wonderful tasting beer, one of my favorite porters. some roasted malts, meld with some milk chocolate, bitter cooking chocolate, and coffee. a little bit of herbal hoppiness, some slight metallic flavors. finishs with a touch of hoppiness and some bitter chocolate.

a rich somewhat creamy mouthfeel. has a little chalkiness to it. medium body, good carbonation for the style.

really good drinkability, i could pound a sixer of these in a night, no problem. i will definatly be revisiting this one really soon and suggest you do the same. very rich and flavorful. anyway you look at it, you cant go wrong with great lakes.

Photo of alleykatking
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a dark brown almost black color. Two finger mocha colored head with great retention. Thick ringing lacing down the entire glass.

S-Light roasted malts in the front end of this. Light earthy hops in the backing. Some semi-sweet chocolate notes throughout. Some light notes of metallic tones.

T- Semi-sweet roasted malts on the front of this clash with a choclate malt. Light oxidation in the overall taste. Sweet alcohol in the backing with a small floral hop kick to it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts left on the palate with a sweet soy in the aftertaste. Light metallic taste overall. Flavors blend well (except for oxidation).

D- This is a drinkable porter. To be honest I do not see why this is such a highly rated porter or beer in general. It is not the most well made porter like I have heard others say. Oh well to each their own. Couple of these and I would switch to something else.

Photo of boatshoes
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite porters, though I am from central Ohio and like to support our breweries. I've had this many times and am finally getting around to reviewing it after a buddy brought over a sixer.

Appearance- Pours a not quite opaque, slightly ruddy around the edges shade of black with about a finger cap of creamy tannish head on top. Decent retention but dies back to a sheet across the top.

Smell- Rich roasted malts, some medium roast coffee, and some bitter chocolate to boot. Very rich smelling in a very flavorful combination.

Taste- Thick and substantial roasted malt starts off and rounds out this porter. Filled in again with a good deal of coffee roastiness and some slight bitter dark chocolate flavors as well. Not a huge variety but all flavors are bold, rich, and well rounded.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is very substantial for a porter but not overly heavy, with very appropriate levels of carbonation. Drinkability is great for someone looking for rich flavor that won't overwhelm you after one beer.

Overall, one of my favorite porters and I will miss it when I move out west in the fall. A great example of the style.

Photo of udubdawg
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, suggestion of bright amber where light sneaks through at the edges. An inch of tan creamy foam slowly fades and leaves entire sheets of lace. Beautiful.

I generally prefer the more caramelized- or chocolate-intensive heavy aromas of say a Black Butte or London Porter, but this is still good. It's quite roasted, more than a little coffee. Similar to a dry stout, and I'm thinking I might call it that if blindfolded. As it warms some cocoa powder comes out.

Big, full flavors. More roasty bitter black malts are in evidence. Some sweeter flavors but not quite balancing the hops/charred bitter edge. Overall effect is quite drying and demands another gulp. This pretty much defines "robust" though I again see it is a pretty short trip to the stout category - whereas I mentioned dry in the aroma I'm thinking more similarities to an American Stout in the flavor. Either way it's very very tasty.

Mouthfeel is supremely good, full, creamy, carbonation soft. Dangerously smooth. Drinkability is extremely high and the relatively low alcohol level is very welcome!

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial Pint Glass.

A: Good head retention, with a dark, semitransparent body.

S: The aroma is that of caramel, toffee and coffee. Strong malt presence. A creamy smell.

T: The first hints are of caramel and the off taste is of coffee, a great balanced porter. This is the taste of a flag ship porter, one that I would recommend to those looking to find a beer that represents the style very well. The flavors mellow together as the beer warms.

M: A very creamy brew, which is silky on the mouthfeel and has a nice lingering taste.

D: Good ABV, a beer that is quite good that needs proper time to warm to be fully enjoyed. Good price as well, a porter I would love to come back to.

Photo of jjanega08
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= With the Great Lakes brewery and the porter being my favorite style I see it fit to review. The pour is a nice black color with beautiful amber highlights when held to the light and a big frothy head on it that is a light tan color and rises to about two fingers. The heads retention is good as well as the sticky lacing on my glass.

S= The smell is pretty good for a porter. Nice roast to it. Good coffee smell with a little very little smokeyness. There is a decent dark chocolate smell to it but mostly the intense roastyness. Pretty good smell for a porter.

T= The taste is again a nice intense roast to it. Smooth chocolate in it as well as some nice coffee notes. Not as good as the Black Butte porter in the taste but still world class I would say. A little smokeyness and a good sweetness to back it up a little.

M= Sliky smooth and delicious. Great mouth on this.

D= Great brew. Excellent Porter but doesn't quite live up to the Black Butte porter. Prolly my second favorite porter to date and I may come back to it time and time again when the Black Butte gets boring. Worth seeking out.

Photo of jminsc76
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy head atop an almost impenetrable body, with a slight amount of lacing around the edges.

Exhibits some cocoa aromas and roasted malts. Not a highly intense bouquet, but it is pleasant.

Dry flavors of espresso and carob, with an overall balance that is just hits that wonderful porter mark. Lovin' it.

The mouthfeel is nice and mellow, not too thick.

Overall, a classic porter that's more English than American, BUT, it does those roast-y malt flavors found classics such as Fuller's London Porter REALLY well. And the sentimental value can't hurt either.

Photo of JamisonM
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass

A: tan head with a black body when you pour it, you can see its brown

S: coffee caramel chocolate roasted barley

T: first thing I get it roasty malts then coffee chocolate very enjoyable

M: med to light mouth on this bad boy with med carbonation just right

D: you can drink this in winter or summer good beer for any time very drinkable

overall: thanks to BitterPoetMadMan on youtube check out his beer revews for sending this my way! well crafted exactly to style guidelines a great beer I want another one or 20 but sadly I only have this one.

Photo of CheapHysterics
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, almost black, with a nice tan head. Looks like a porter should.

S: Very roasty with some coffee, caramel and raisin hints. An entirely pleasant smell.

T: Malty and roasty with coffee notes and a hint of sweetness at the start that disappears for a crisp, dry finish. The hops are there just enough to be noticed but not enough to overpower any of the other flavors. Complex and delicious.

M: A little bit chewy, medium to heavy body. Nicely carbonated.

D: Every time I finish one I want another one immediately and at less than 6% you can enjoy several in one sitting.

This is truly a great porter. Superior to many pricier and higher ABV brews.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a very dark brown with a finger and half worth of head. The head is nice pillowy and leaves a nice cap and good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Roasted malts, a little smoke and a hint of coffee. Just the slightest bit of caramel is present.

T- Big roasted malts and a little sweetness in there as well. Smoke and coffee round out the taste.

M- Medium body with good carbonation for the style. Just a touch of bitterness at the beginning.

D- A good beer that lacks a little flavor but goes down well. Can be a little overpowering after more than two. Decent all around.

Photo of Mdog
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown, big head, good lacing.

Smell: Smoky, a little sweet chocolate.

Taste: Big roasted and smoky flavor! A little dark chocolate shows up to give another dimension.

Drinkability: Big flavor, but low ABV. This could be my new go-to porter if the price is right.

I was really impressed by this beer. Big time roasted and smoky flavors but enough sweetness to give it some balance. Lots of flavor for a below 6% beer, very impressed. Highly recommended.

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

I have been waiting for quite some time to try this beer. Great Lakes just made it to Minnesota....YES!

Here goes nothing.

A - Very dark brown. When I poured it into my stout/porter glass, I was taken back by how thin this beer appeared. Wasn't expecting that. Very thin. Also, this beer had nothing left on the bottom of the bottle so it isn't conditioned at all. Weird but the all important taste is coming up. Little white bubbles stay around for quite some time. Very Very thin lacing.

S - Smoke peat. Burnt caramel and chocolate. Good malt backbone. Smell is very nice. Reminds me of Furthermore's Three Feet Deep in smell and appearance. And now for the taste.

T - Very different than I was expecting but not in a bad way. Very Smokey. Earth and soil. Dark caves. Fall. Damp and rotting leaves. Different than any American Porter that I have had. Good. I will definitely purchase this again...and the price is right too. Just different than I was expecting.

M - I wish it was thicker. This is one of the thinnest porters I have had in some time. This is my biggest complaint about this beer. Doesn't stick to anything. Water? Tastes better than water but very thin. What this porter has on taste and smell, it lacks in mouthfeel.

D - Yes...very drinkable. I will purchase this again.

Overall, I was really hoping for a WOW and I didn't get it with this one. Really good beer....yes but not a WOW for me. Darn.

Photo of bsp77
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Looks black but glows ruby red around the edges. Thick foamy tan head and light lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Standard Porter aroma, but done well.

Taste: Bittersweet malt taste of roasted barley, dark chocolate, coffee and a touch of licorice. Somewhat smokey. Just slightly bitter toward the end, mostly from the high level of roasting.

Feel: Unbelievably smooth, rich body with low carbonation and a dry finish. Just slightly on the thin side and prevents a perfect score here.

Drinkability: Very smooth, easy to drink Porter that does everything right. That said, by playing it safe, it does not quite hit the stratosphere.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with best before date 10/18/10.

A: Pours very dark brown with a crimson hue around the edges. Head is cream colored and settles to a very nice film on the surface. Lacing is also very desireable.

S: Smell is mainly dark chocolate with some roasty coffee notes, and just a hint of smoke.

T: Roasty, espresso like flavors combine with hints of chocolate to form a bitter, yet sweet plethora of flavor. Hops are distictly present here, lending some fruity and grassy notes in the finish.

M & D: Dry, and medium bodied, yet has a velvety mouthfeel that makes this porter unique. It's clean, but very flavorful and easy to drink. It's worth trying, and is very sessionable for the style. No matter what the temperature is, I could drink this all year long.

Photo of ghostee
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Updating my review after having this again, with some more reviewing experience under my belt.

Pours a dark brown with a hint of red visible under light. A bit of light does come through. Has 1.5 fingers of light tan colored head, which recedes over time leaving a layer on the top and lots of lacing on the sides.

Smell is of chocolate, coffee, with a hint of dark fruit. A bit of hops are also present.

Taste is definitely chocolate heavy. The coffee from the nose makes a strong appearance in the taste, as well as roasted malts. The bit of hoppiness that I smelt also re-appears in the tail end of the sip. Overall taste is slightly roasty, a tiny bit of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and medium carbonation. A bit of prickling of the tongue from the hops in this. There seems to be a bit of sediment that coats the tongue and mouth, like after drinking the bottom of a cup of hot cocoa.

Drinkability is fairly high. This is easy to drink, not too high of an ABV.

This is a good porter, not my favorite, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy again.

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

Mahogany with a thin, tan head that gradually fades, leaving some patches. Decent lacing.
Smell is dark chocolatey malts, with some faint fresh hops. Cocoa, toffee, and some hints of cinnamon.
Taste is again rich, dark chocolatey malts, with a faint hop presence towards the finish. The malts carry to the finish, remaining toasty and chocolatey. More cocoa and faint toffee, as well as some cinnamon (or perhaps molasses). Very well-balanced beer.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a clean finish. Medium-light body.
Extremely easy to drink. This is one well-balanced and tasty beer; I could drink it all night.

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

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

Appearance is a dark brown with ruby highlights that has a fair amount of translucency. Its topped with a slightly foamy tan two finger head with decent retention and lacing.

Smell is a pretty balanced aroma of roasted malts, coffee and a bit of bitter hops.

Taste is a nice blend of coffee, roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate and little hop presence in the end to balance it all out. A fairly complex and well balanced brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. It goes down smooth, and is tasty. A good session porter. Not as complex as others I've had but all around a great brew that's certainly worth a try. I will be having this again.

Photo of scarnold8
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on-tap at their location in the Cleveland Airport (side note, good airport for beer: Gordon Biersch and Great Lakes Brewing).

A - Dark brown with a medium tan head.
S - Strong smell of coffee, chocolate, and a hint of hops.
T - Roasted malt, sweet chocolate, and lots of coffee. The finish is hoppy and bitter.
M - Thick, creamy, perfect for the style.
D - Outstanding. I could have had several.

Great porter. Good balance between the sweet malt and the hops. Great Lakes did a phenomenal job with this one.

Photo of Agold
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours almost pitch black. I held it up to the light and saw a bit of redness. The head is big and fluffy and recedes to a quarter inch fairly quickly. The smell is of roasted malts and chocolate. This beer tastes great. I love the coffee and chocolate flavors which blend with the roasted malts to create an almost ideal porter taste. I thought that there was good mouth feel, and good carbonation, but I thought it could have been just a little more full bodied (maybe I'm just being a bit picky). Good drinkability as well. Great example of a porter.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 4/27/10

A quarter finger head sits atop a very dark brown brew. Held up to the light, you can see through it but it isn't noticeable while sitting on the table. Lacing is present, but is understated.

There is a lot of dark chocolate in the smell with some smokiness. A coffee edge shines through dark malts with a hint of vanilla.

This is sweeter than expected, but well balanced. The sweet seems to come from toffee. There is a lot of roasted coffee in the back end with the chocolate being somewhat subdued throughout. I'm not getting any vanilla in the taste, maybe I made that up in the smell?

Edmund is a medium bodied Porter with a nice wet aftertaste that comes from a nice coating of the mouth...if that makes any sense.

This is very drinkable and very solid. This is what a Porter should taste like!

Photo of bfboy
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz tumbler. Dark, almost black.
Good head and lacing. Smell is strongly smoky and chocolately. Tasted very good, with a slight aftertaste of smokeyness. Mouthfeel was good and semi-thick. Very drinkable. Goes well with chocolate as well as pizza, and, hopefully, barbecue.
I had tried this porter several years back and was not impressed. I'm vey glad I tried it again. Will drink it much more.

Photo of theghost3
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BlazmoIntoWowee for this one.

Appearance is dark brown, close to black with a 2-finger khaki head. Moderate, layered lacing.

Smell is chocolatey, smokey with hints of nuts. The taste is charcoal, nuts, dark chocolate, and burnt toast; bitter with some sweet notes. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, crisp.

This is one of the best American Porters I've ever had. It definitely belongs in the Top 10 for the style. Highly drinkable.

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,535 ratings.