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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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5,164 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,164
Reviews: 1,853
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 478
Gots: 441 | 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.

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Photo of beckje01


3.78/5  rDev -11.3%

A- Black color with a thin white head very small bubbles in the head and no activity.

S- Nice smell great malts, chocolate notes and a touch of caramel.

T- Good start with some matly dryness. Somewhat chocolate but very light. Overall the beer is flavorful yet light on the pallet, does it very well.

M- Good carbonation and nice thickness.

D- Very drinkable and nice beer, I'll seek out again.

11-21-2008 21:15:06 | More by beckje01
Photo of Douglas88


4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Bottle thanks to Daniel. I've been waiting for this beer for some time! Pours a dark black with lots of ruby colors coming through when light shines in. A medium light brown head. The aroma is very nice; tons of chocolates, roasted malt, and loads of milk coffee. A very nice flavor; lots of sweet and rich roasted malts, some nutty aspects, light milk coffee and chocolates, and all of it is well balanced by a smooth hop finish. A creamy and full mouthfeel. Excellent.

11-20-2008 04:50:43 | More by Douglas88
Photo of CrellMoset


4.43/5  rDev +4%

Bottle courtesy of JohnTravolta21 - thanks!! Poured into a 12 oz. brandy snifter, which is not something I'd normally do for an American porter, but I hear this one's pretty good, haha.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich-looking black, not completely opaque, but certainly close. The initial one-finger of creamy tan head fades at a predictable rate and leaves some nice patches and swaths of very delicate-looking lacing, though they do fade as things go along. A good start.

Aroma: The aroma on this one's really very nice. Rich, sweet, milky chocolate is at the forefront here, and it's a really great, authentic chocolate. Agitation yields some really solid earthy toast notes - never quite burnt or even smoky, but just really solid maltiness - and a leafy, slightly citrusy hoppiness which lends an intriguing bite (what's the olfactory equivalent of a bite?).

Taste: A true porter. A hearty, wide-ranging malt profile, from caramelized sugar to toasted, coffee-like astringencies, back to fudgy brownie and all the way to the crispy, nearly-burnt barley notes and a subdued but obviously present hop presence which lends a leafy twang. This one runs the gamut, and runs it pretty well.

Mouthfeel: Mild and largely creamy carbonation, with a slight hop prickle. Very clean.

Drinkability: One of the better porters I've ever tried, and rating to style brings this one way, way up. I'm not a porter man, but this is a damn good beer. 5.8% abv? Nothin' doin'. This is one sessionable beer, and a well-made one at that; great flavors, great aromas, nice appearance ... give it a shot.

11-20-2008 00:29:06 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of sweetbrew82


4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

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

P: Pours dark brown out of the glass and produces a light brown head with tiny bubbles. Good head retention here, settling down to form a nice foam lid on top. No light shining through the body, and the only rays struggling through are pecan brown at the edges. Leaves nice patches of sticky lace as the head recedes to its final resting place.

A: Smells of coffee, roasted chocolate malts, earthy tones, and dark fruit.

T: Taste pretty much matches the nose on this one. Starts sweet with flavors of baker's chocolate, roasted coffee, and ripe fruits up front. Earthy hops are present, but pretty much stay out of the way of the malts, popping up toward the finish to give your tongue a tickle. Finishes dry and so damned smooth that you can't help but to partake more of this gift from the beer gods. This is the best tasting porter I've had yet!

M: Just a notch above medium-bodied, but I think it works perfectly. Velvety smooth, rich and creamy. Very nicely done.

D: This one ranks pretty high on my "drinkability meter", due to the reasonably low ABV and the absolutely fantastic flavors that mesmerize the taste buds with every glorious sip.

Notes: This is one hell of a porter! It looks great, smells great, tastes great, and feels great. What the hell else could you possibly ask for? By far, the best porter I've ever had. This one will be a staple in my diet from now on, no doubt about it.

11-13-2008 08:52:53 | More by sweetbrew82
Photo of d0ggnate


4.43/5  rDev +4%

A huge thanks to pwoods for sending me this tasty brew in GATM 2008. Damn this one is tasty!

A: Poured with a watery/light brown appearance into glass to become a rich milk chocolate brown color. A solid two-finger head sat atop my glass, but faded at a decent rate to nothing but an island of bubbles in the middle and a ring around the glass.
S: A nice spice aroma, nutmeg, cinnamon and a bit of cocoa popped out at me. With a deeper whiff, I find a little coffee and roasty toasty familiar smell.
T: Wow! This one is much more rich in flavor than I thought it would be. Roasted coffee and chocolate continues, but isn't as viscous as a stout might present. Very palatable and flavor-rich.
M: A watery charcteristic, but no loss of flavor or body here. A nice presentation of the style.
D: Soooo smooth and very drinkable. Flavor profile is incredible. I could see a wide variety of beer drinkers, from geek to guzzler, enjoying this one.

11-13-2008 03:14:15 | More by d0ggnate
Photo of sgoodship


4.83/5  rDev +13.4%

This is my second review of this fine brew. An old favorite of mine but this was the first chance I had to sample it on-tap at the Great Lakes Brewery - doesn't get better than that.

Old Bottle Review. I said:
Pours a very dark brown - almost black with nice mahogany brown colors visible at the edges. It has a nice coffee stained inch high head that stays with you a good part of the way. Exceptional lacing - really sticks to the glass.
Much the same. Fine looking porter.

Old Bottle Review. I said:
The smell is roasted malt, coffee and a little chocolatey but it is subtler than many porters. It really doesn't overpower you - just a nice dry smell. Becomes more hoppy toward the end.
I'd say that the smell had a lot more oomph - more character.

Old Bottle Review. I said:
The taste is what you would expect but you get some fruitiness followed by a very good hoppy bitterness that is sour and dry - very fulfilling. The great sour end dissipates back to a more coffee aftertaste. Just feels right - great taste progression.
Great malt. Blackcurrant that I didn't pinpoint in the bottle. Amazingly well balanced.

Old Bottle Review. I said:
Light medium body. I always expect it to be heavier in body but it may be less drinkable if it was. The carbonation is light and that seems to suit it just fine. Feels smooth and creamy on the palette and as it slips down the throat.
More of the same - maybe more creamy.

Old Bottle Review. I said:
Very enjoyable and exceptionally easy to drink. I think it is because it is subtle - not too complex a porter.
Has more bold character but still amazingly drinkable. They served it too cold at the brewery. This beer really doesn't start delivering the goods until it warms up nicely. Enjoy!

11-12-2008 04:00:26 | More by sgoodship
Photo of ruck304


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Drank straight from the bottle on a Sunday night. Pours dark brown with a hint of amber. Smells really good; like chocolate, roasted nuts, a little mocha, and other dark brown, strong foods. The taste is the same as the smell, to the T. Strong nut, mocha, and chocolate taste. Very tasty and very smooth. The beer was smooth and consistent all the way to the last sip. This was one of my first Great Lakes Beers and it has definitely turned me on to this brewing company as well as to this Porter. Really like this beer.

11-10-2008 01:37:53 | More by ruck304
Photo of egajdzis


3.68/5  rDev -13.6%

Poured a dark brown / red color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, bakers chocolate, light smoke, and a bit of caramel malt. Taste was sweet chocolate, more caramel, fudge, roasted malts, and some nuts, but really reminded me of a tootsie roll.

11-10-2008 00:17:55 | More by egajdzis
Photo of Jayli


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Once again - a BIG BIG thank you TheManiacalOne
This beer pours very dark brown with slight hints of amber. A nice almost foamy head that stuck around until the last sip. The aroma was one of the best aspects of this fine porter. Almost overwhelming Chocolate/Espresso aromas with a hint of smoke. The flavor of this matched the taste - fantastic blend of chocolate, espresso, smoke flavoring that really left me wanting MORE! It was almost stout like. Mouthfeel is of light carbonation, and smoothness. I could sit down with this one for an evening!

11-09-2008 00:27:46 | More by Jayli
Photo of beachbum1975


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

I read reviews about this beer for some time. I needed some beer for a good friend's Halloween party last night, so I grabbed a sixer. I know you are wondering - I dressed like Jenga Fett from Star Wars because I am super cool. This one was bottled on 9-19-08.

A: Pours a very dark, opaque brown - almost root beer-like with nice mahogany brown colors visible at the edges. Tan ½ head on initial pour.

T: Dark fruits, light chocolate and heavily toasted malts with a nice hoppy presence, as well. As the beer warms, there's a higher coffee essence.

M: Light to medium body, creamy and hoppy with light carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and highly sessionable.

11-02-2008 22:09:08 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of everetends


4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz bottle thanks to Ckeegan and I am really stoked about this one. Served up in a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown. VERY DARK brown. This should be black, but alas . . . it is not. Held to light the secret is up. Dark brown with really nice dark, ruby, blood red beams of light pouring through. Had a really nice caramel head that came up nice a slow, bubbling up from the depths of almost blackness. The Head just coats and saturates the glass. Very nice.

S: Smell is some wonderful malts. Nicely roasted malty goodness. So nice. Got some coffee coming through very nicely. Chocolate is there, but bitter sweet chocolate. There is a hint of lactose coming through as well.

T: Once again, wonderfully roasted malt kicks thi bitch off. So nice and a great sweetness. The sweetness is perfect, not too much. Coffee is light but there enough to get the point across. Semi sweet chocolate livens up the flavors a bit. Getting a bit of nuttiness in here as well, maybe hazelnut (just a touch). Cream flavors coming through as well. Very nice balance and dynamic flavors coming out of a beautiful porter taste.

M: Medium bodied brew that has amazing creaminess. So coating a creamy. Did I mention creamy. ABV is not present. This coats the mouth and leaves a really nice lactose cream flavor to linger in the aftertaste. Carbonation is just enough to crispin this beer just a bit, making in incredilby smooth and easy to drink.

D: This beer is very nice. This is absolutely the best drinking porter I have ever had. Just so easy to drink. the flavors are very nice, aroma is good, feel is great, its pretty. This porter is balla. If I had local access, absolutely would keep this as a session. Drink it if you can.

11-02-2008 04:15:51 | More by everetends
Photo of kingothewoods


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Had this one on tap in a Michigan pub. Dark color of deep brown and a nice complete head. Smells of coffee, a little chocolate, and definitely deep roast malt.
I thought this one tasted great. Usually with Porters - you get your tongue twisted with a twang of flavor, not this one. This one was smooth and not dry.
Great beer, will have another one .... you should try it.

11-01-2008 01:27:38 | More by kingothewoods
Photo of david131


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

A- A very very dark brown/ black with a nice, thick brown head. A very good looking beer.

S- Lots of chocolate, coffee, and a nice roastiness. Perfect balance of sweetness and roastiness. There is something special to this.

T- Chocolate, coffee. A really good balance of sweetness and roastiness. Really nicely blended and smooth. Very tasty. Everything is working really well in this beer.

M- Pretty smooth and creamy. The carbonation seems to be a bit much, but the aftertaste is nice and crisp, but not overly dry.

D- A very tasty pick. Easily one of the best porters. Get you some.

10-31-2008 02:15:24 | More by david131
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +4%

Received as an extra in a trade with JohnTravolta21. Thanks for the opportunity to try this awesome brew.

Appearance: Ruby highlights flow through a dark brown body with a light mocha head with fair retention and nice lacing.

Smell: what a nose...can you say coffee and chocolate all the way? well edmund fitzgerald porter can and does.

Taste: Lucuious tasting roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate blended to perfection. Really the best tasting porter I have had so far. Not overly bitter either which is nice. But of the bitterness that it does have, don't be fooled into thinking it all comes from the coffee / chocolate flavors. There is a definite hop bite in the finish which is really well done.

Mouthfeel: Actually a bit thin in my opinion but not to the point where it ruins the brew in any way. I just think this is an area for improvement.

Drinkability: excellent nose and taste combined with a slightly thin mouthfeel equals easy drinking!

Hats off to Great Lakes Brewing...

10-30-2008 00:04:10 | More by koopa
Photo of TheodorHerzl


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

This beer pours a very dark brown color with slight ruby highlights around the edges with an inch of creamy head on it. The lacing on this beer is impressive and stayed for the entire beer. The first scents are of coffee, chocolate, and roasted grain. The smell is comforting on this cool evening. The flavor profile is spot on when I think of a porter. I get loads of dark roasted grain, caramel, coffee, and a slight chocolate taste, and a touch of hop bitterness as well. The mouthfeel though I think has a bit much carbonation, and could be toned down a bit. I am not really bothered by it, but I think it could be toned down a bit. The drinkability is very nice and would be a great session porter.

10-28-2008 15:07:58 | More by TheodorHerzl
Photo of John_M


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Have not had this excellent porter in some time. Had forgotten just how good it is.

The beer pours the expected very dark brown color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is quite complex and, like the flavors on the palate, seemed to change as the beer warmed. Initially, I got a lot of licorise, cola and coffee flavors. However, as the beer warmed, the aromas tended more towards licorise, brown sugar and roasted malt. The flavors on the palate generally replicated the nose, but as the beer warmed I started to get a lot of milk chocolate as well. Very, very nice. Although moderately sweet, the beer has some nice underlying hoppiness and has a surprisingly dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is very good. I really think this beer is better served not quite so cold, as it became increasingly attractive and enjoyable as the temperature approached room temperature.

A very nice porter. Right up there with anchor as one of the best porters made that is not in the imperial style and not aged in oak. Very good beer.

10-28-2008 12:56:20 | More by John_M
Photo of biergut


4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks to BA spointen for this bottle as an extra in a trade!

Poured in to an English pint-style glass, the color reminds me more of a deep, black stout. Aroma is slightly alcoholy and definitely burnt. The taste is roasty and chocolatey. Overall, this is a great beer. I'm glad I had the opportunity to taste this one.

10-24-2008 03:11:59 | More by biergut
Photo of bunnyhustle


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Pours black with deep brown edges. Off-white head with good retention and lacing. Smell seemed to be a bit muted, woke up a little as the beer warmed though. Smells of dark chocolate and coffee grounds. Taste was good. Some deep burnt grain, touch of grass or straw, some bakers chocolate and the dominant flavor was coffee. Mouthfeel was fine, a little on the light side, almost a touch watery but fine. This was a very drinkable beer. I think the thinner mouthfeel helps out with that along with the reasonable ABV. A very nice beer.

10-24-2008 01:00:04 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of OlieIPA


3.85/5  rDev -9.6%

A: Somewhat translucent with brown and rusty color. White head that settled quickly with very little lacing.

S: A little bit of burnt coffee characteristics followed by metallic qualities.

T: Had a little bit of bottle taste to it, but a very nice hazelnut coffee flavoring. Rich and complex.

M: Lighter body with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D: No alcohol taste at all...rich taste...therefore, very easy to drink.

Overall: Very good beer...not the best porter I've had...but a try beer for me.

10-17-2008 06:50:03 | More by OlieIPA
Photo of KeefD


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

Dark brown/black color with ruby red highlights and a huge, fluffy, tan head. Nice retention and good lacing on this one. Nice roasted malt aroma, and plenty of hop character in the nose. Bitter chocolate throughout, coffee, toffee, burnt caramel and nice hop bitterness on the finish. A bit astringent, but not overly so. Flavors start to open up as it warms and gets better with every sip. Thick, creamy mouthfeel, average carbonation. Probably the best porter I've ever had. Very nice. Great Lakes does it again.

10-17-2008 01:34:36 | More by KeefD
Photo of DoctorDog


4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a mug.

A- Very dark/opaque....essentially black. ~1 finger of head, which does not last.

S- Feint, but almost like burned coffee. Very mildly unpleasant, but not potent enough to either be distressing or endearing. Perhaps partially the result of diminished capacity olfactory senses in yours truly.

T- The first taste has a fairly strong, slightly unpleasantly bitter bite to it. Thankfully, the following sips quickly assuage my fears, as my perception of the flavor shifts to a crisp and almost citrusy sensation on top of the initial coffee-esque bitters. A flavor that truly improved with each passing draw. Excellent.

M- As described by many others, "medium-light" bodied with fairly low carbonation. Not awe inspiring, but quite good.

D- Quit high, IMO. Each taste only made me want more and more....

Future outlook: Repeat business imminent.

10-17-2008 01:26:15 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of kzoobrew


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours black with deep red brown highlights when held to light. Head is a creamy khaki color which fades to a nice cap. Some sticky lacing clingy to the side of the snifter.

Smell is pleasant but slightly underwhelming. Slight coffee and chocloate notes are being picked up.

Very rich flavor up front. Dark roasted almost smoky burnt coffee up front. Some chocolate flavors hitting in there. Light citric hoppy bitterness. Definitely a full flavored brew.

While it is full flavored I would say the body is medium. There is not the thickness of a porter or stout to this brew which I enjoy. Over all the mouthfeel is smooth carobnation is some what lively.

Very drinkable. Outstanding brew all the way around. Very enjoyable.

10-15-2008 22:30:30 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of HollidaySlim


4.43/5  rDev +4%

Appearance -Dark and thick. Head does fade quickly.

Smell - Coffee and a hint of cocoa in the glass ( i occasionally get lights hints of burnt paper-ish smell)

Taste - Burnt roasted taste up front with a strong coffee taste in the middle and end with a little chocolate at the end too.

This is one of my favorite beers, I find it very drinkable and although a heavy brew i still find my self being able to drink 2-3 and not feel full.

10-15-2008 14:20:21 | More by HollidaySlim
Photo of luciusgilmer


4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Thick, rich, basically black porter, with rich swirling bubbles turning into a fairly weak head.

S: A nice coffee smell, which I got both from the glass and the bottle (I often can't smell much off the bottle itself).

T: Very rich flavors. Creamy. Definite coffee hints, and I kept thinking "soil," which is normally a hint you'd get off a wine, so I don't know what that was. Delicious.

M: This was better than expected. Pleasantly carbonated, but smooth and creamy and easy going down. You get flavors all over the tongue, and it's a good beer to hold in the mouth a while to get them.

D: I will look for this beer again. A good one to sip, though you can drink it relatively fast due to its smoothness.

Glad I followed the ratings system here to try this one.

10-11-2008 12:06:33 | More by luciusgilmer
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

3.85/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours opaque black with a buttery tan head. Head size and retention is disappointing. As you drink it down there is some partial sheet lacing, but it disappears quickly, leaving almost nothing. However, when agitated it works back up into a thin creamy froth.
Roasty aroma with hints of coffee and charred cocoa. Prominent hop presence.
Everything in the nose comes through in the flavor. Especially strong is the biting, piney hops. Touch of smoke and sweetness in the finish gives way to more hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is smooth and full with just enough carbonation remaining.
A good, complex beer, but the hops, though flavorful, are a little overdone for a Porter in my opinion, American or otherwise. I'm a little bored with the idea that what makes any style "American" is dumping an assload of hops into it.

10-09-2008 20:28:21 | More by Hoagie1973
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,164 ratings.