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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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5,035 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,035
Reviews: 1,844
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 472
Gots: 392 | FT: 20
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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Photo of DefenCorps


4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip

A: VERY deep brown with deep ruby highlights and a thick, light tan head

S: Roast, chocolate and coffee with mild burnt flavors coming thru. Hints of vanilla as it warms up

T: Roast up front with tons of dark chocolate. Reminiscent of a stout

M: Smooth with a sweetish finish and medium body. Excellent carbonation

D: I'd drink plenty!


**Edit 24 August 2012**

I'm revisiting this after way too long. This beer, IMO, is as close as you can get to perfection for the style. Smoky, chocolatey, and roasty in brilliant balance, with a light caramel presence, a little bit of a green hop character, a little licorice and fruitiness. Exceptional nose IMO. The palate is roasty up front, with some dark chocolate, a little coffee and a faint hint of smoke. A little caramel comes through on the mid-palate. Drying, roasty and with a little licorice on the finish, this beer is a little bit like The Abyss. Medium-light in body with an acidity that's a blend of grain, roast and carbonic acid, this beer is marvelous on the palate. My original scores were way too low, this is, IMO, the best porter out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 00:53:50 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of Dukeofearl


4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Slow's BBQ in Detroit Michigan, March 2008; a pint for $5.00.

Poured a nice deep dark brown/black with a nice brown creamy-looking head.

This porter is a very nicely balanced malty brew, balanced dark chocolate with a slightly astringent hoppiness.

Moderately astringent ending, but very drinkable. Rich and full body makes this an easy one to have disappear when you turn around and look away for a second!

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2008 00:29:46 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer in a trade with Tilley4, thanks man.

12oz bottle, best before 7/14/08, served in a standard pint glass.

A - deep, dark brown almost black except for some ruby hues with a fluffy head of tan foam that settled to a layer, leaving good lacing.

S - roasted chocolate malt aroma.

T - bittersweet chocolate and espresso coffee flavors get a hoppy shot of bitterness on the finish. excellent.

M - smooth and creamy medium bodied brew.

D - great tasting, highly drinkable porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 23:53:55 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of knight84


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Connor O'Neals in Ann Arbor.
Came out a used motor oil black with a frothy eggshell white head that lingers but leaves almost no lacing on the glass. The nose is rich roasty malts with lots of cocoa and coffee but also some ester fruit sweetness of currants and dried cherries.

The taste is very roasty with coffee, barley, and cocoa as the nose belied. There is a dry hoppy bitterness in the finish that is just right for the beer.

The mouthfeel is very robust for a porter, and I found it quite refreshing after drinking the ABC Milestone Cask Porter a few minutes before. The carbonation level is good, maybe a little high relative to other porters but it fits this beer well. It leaves a slight dry feel in the mouth, just enough to want to keep drinking the beer.

Overall one of the better porters I've had, very drinkable and an exemplar of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2008 15:42:09 | More by knight84
Photo of Nipitato


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a Great Lakes Sampler pack purchased at Giant Eagle in Chagrin Falls, OH.

A: Very dark brown with significant ruby highlights. Well capped with thin off white head with good retention. The beer has legs.

S: Very nice roasty malt aroma. Slightly grainy aroma. Some dark fruit esters - cherries. Sweet.

T: An excellent tasting beer. Coffee and chocolate flavor. Roasty and dry. Well hopped and bittered.

MF: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry. Slightly astringent but still smooth.

D, notes: Substantial but easy drinking. This is clearly a great beer for many reasons: complex, well balanced, excellent taste, much character.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 17:27:18 | More by Nipitato
Photo of largadeer


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear mahogany with a tan-colored head that lasts for about 5 minutes.

Smell - A bit of milky sweetness, cocoa and a hint of charcoal. Mild but nice.

Taste & mouthfeel - Drier than the nose suggests. A hint of caramel is present beneath flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and toast. Very silky and smooth with a medium body. Coffee-like dryness in the finish. One of the better porters I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 20:13:49 | More by largadeer
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Edmund Fitzgerald pours a very dark, almost black color with nice ruby highlights when held to the light. The large, tan head sticks around for a while and leaves a lot of lacing in its wake. The nose is mostly sweet coffee. The taste starts with rich, roasted malt with a long, bitter aftertaste. The carbonation is a nice, medium level though the beer felt a bit more watery than I would have liked. Overall, this is a very drinkable porter. I could easily have a few of these over the course of a night.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 03:50:50 | More by Spidey13
Photo of joepais


3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced nice tan head that dwindled to a thick lace all set on top of a black body

Aromas of coffee and roasted malts a little chocolate and some hops

Sweet flavors of malts and coffee with a light hop bitter. This is a really well balanced in the flavor department

Medium body with a good amount of carbonation but still smooth

It has good drinkability I could handle a few of these a night

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 05:16:36 | More by joepais
Photo of blakesell


2.55/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Discovered on tap at Brixx Ice Company in Dayton. Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours not quite black with thick clingy lacing, more of a darkened amber with red hues shining through. I can see the sports playing on the TV behind when I hold it up. One finger deep lingering head.

Smell- Roasty and malty with much hop presence. More roasted barley than chocolate, but chocolate persists. Hops are pretty strong, but not overpowering.

Taste- Roasty, hoppy and smooth with yeasty esters, but outside of that.. The tap is not clean, and the beer is infected, showing big metallic traces. This is clearly not the ideal venue for reviewing. First I had this problem here with Founders Dirty Bastard, now this. Tastes off, but I wouldn't blame Great Lakes. Unfortunately, to the untrained drinker, that's exactly what will happen.

Mouthfeel- Thin and metallic. Quite astringent. Normally the beer is creamy and smooth, lightly carbonated.

Drinkability- Normally I would give this beer about a 4 or 4.5 on drinkability, but this time I have to give it a 1. I couldn't even finish this one. No more of these today. Shame on you Brixx Ice Company, shame on you. Cleanliness is important with tap handles. I guess some bars are only in it for the swilling needs.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2008 17:02:01 | More by blakesell
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-dark brown, black, a light toping of head

s- sweet chocolate smell, with roasted coffee tones, with a yeast smell at the end

t-crisp chocolate and coffee flavor, with a bite of hopps/bitterness at the end. Its a very interesting porter. The smell really complements the taste. I might have had the beer out to long before sampling it, it might be nicer if it was alittle bit more chilled

m-extremely smooth, but the hop bitterness stay lingering in the mouth

d- easy to drink, a good sipping beer, will def have this one again

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 03:02:32 | More by getch
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew is one of all-time faves, but first time to review it.

Poured from bottle marked "Best by 6/27/08" into a standard pint glass. Very drak brwon to black with a 1" khaki colored head that provides good lacing.

I've got a bit of a cold, so the aroma is tough. Smells a bit dry, with a little bitter chocolate aroma. So well balanceed, I almost want more "bite."

I've had some other unbalanced porters recently that had TOO MUCH roasted aromas and tastes. Not the Fitz. Just enough to make it taste like a porter, but not too much to make it a one pint only affair.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 00:39:05 | More by ProudBeerSnob
Photo of JDV


3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

-bottle ordered from Archer Liquors
Dark brown pour with a slightly transluscent look to it, giving it a ruby tint. Nice tan head. Chocolate and coffee roast dominate the aroma as to be expected here. Flavor is solid, with a standard roastiness and bittersweet chocolate like flavor, but the body is a tad thin. Nicely balanced beer, good flavor, and enjoyable, but could benefit from a bit more body. Very much worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 21:45:28 | More by JDV
Photo of Blanchette


4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am rating this beer for what it is -- a sessionable porter. It's not going to be mindblowing, and nor will be an entirely unique offering. It is the type of beer that invites you to toss down three in a couple of hours. Maintains a robust porter taste in your mouth for 30 minutes after the bottle; but doesn't overpower you during drink. I am very happy to see this beer in the Top 100, despite the fact that it's not a barnburning 11% stout. This is a pure porter; what comes to mind when one thinks a standard, rich afternoon beer. Top quality.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 04:48:04 | More by Blanchette
Photo of Lothore


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my awesome new Kuhnhenn pint glass, thanks adam!

A- Pours a deep mahogany color letting almost no light pass through. A small one finger head tops the beer however it stays there for quite a while.

S- Smell is predominately roasted malts, a bit of sweetness. Not the most aromatic brew but decent none the less.

T- This is what I think a porter should taste like. Roasted malt flavor which leads into slight hints of coffee with an underlying sweetness the fades to a touch of hop bitterness in the end. Not an extreme brew by any means just well balanced and easy drinking.

M- Medium viscosity with quite a bit of carbonation, makes for easy drinking.

D- It's great to see a top 100 beer that is not so extreme. I've gotten tired of giant bash your face in stouts and imperial porters where I feel like i've been hit by a freight train after each sip. This is a welcome break from that complexity and just brings to the table a simple, good porter. Definitely an excellent session beer, I would not hesitate to seek this out again and again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 04:51:43 | More by Lothore
Photo of spointon


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First I'll admit, this is the beer that turned me on to porters and I still consider it my benchmark for the style.

A= This beer pours a deep dark brown with just a hint of mahogany reddish tint. The head is thin but remains throughout.

S= This beer has a fantastic smell of roasted malt with a hint of mollasses sweetness. There is also a tiny bit of hops detectable in the scent.

T= Taste is where this beer shines. It is so incredibly balanced that the sweetness of the barley, the roasted chocolate maltiness, and the hops all combine to make a very pleasurable sipping beer.

MF= This beer is nicely carbonated and a pleasure in the mouth.

D= I really love this beer and would go out of my way to have more!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 01:41:07 | More by spointon
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tilley4 for this one...

Looks brown, but light shining through shows deep ruby hues.
Unimpressive bubbly head that fades away quickly.

Tons of cocoa, freshly brewed coffee and caramel in the nose as well as the taste. In the taste some toasted grains add a nice complement. More sweetness than bitterness from the coffee and chocolate. Not overly rich; I could almost session on this.

A fine porter for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 19:43:48 | More by NCBeernut
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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass a very dark brown colour with a red tinge when held up to light. A couple of centimetres of off white head when held up to light.
S - 4 words; Roasty, Chocolate, Coffee. Awesome.
T - All of the smell but some floral and slightly citrus hops come through as well.
M - Medium to full bodied, low to medium carbonation.
D - A very nice porter indeed. I would drink this on a very regular basis if it was available here.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 09:25:06 | More by brendan13
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A-poured into a 12 oz. pint glass, average head with ok retention and nice lacing, very dark reddish rown color.

S-Big roasty/toasty and smoked aromas right up front.

T-A little chocolatey on first sip, but there are big roasted malt flavors also, and they're not overpowering like the smell had me thinking.

M-Medium bodied, not watery but not really thick and chewy, which works well here.

D-Very drinkable, smooth and just the right amount of carbonation, probably the best Porter I have tasted so far.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 17:00:12 | More by Darien
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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Stone Levitation glass.

A-a nice sold black with a hint of deep brown at the edge.

S-lots of roasted coffee, some caramel and burnt toffee. Very nice!

T-a little sweet at the beginning with a lot of roasted coffee throughout, a little more bitter at the finish than I would like.

M-a little chewy, the bitterness lingers on the tongue.

D-fairly light but not really a session beer.

I liked this beer but I think I expected too much. Nice but not mindblowing. I don't drink porters much and I guess this reminds me why I prefer the richness of a stout or the pure hoppiness of an IPA.


Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 01:37:04 | More by sholland119
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4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to limesmut for this one. Best by date of 9/11/07.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pitch black with a touch of blackberry colored highlights. Tan, mocha colored one finger sized head. Sporadic lacing.

Aroma is beautiful. Chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel malts. I would have a hard time distinguishing this one from a stout based on aroma. I guess not quite as roasty as a stout, but pretty damn close.

Wonderful stout like flavors as well. Big chocolate flavors with the sweet coffee background to lend a bit of balance.

Maybe a little too much carbonation for me, but otherwise, nearly perfect mouthfeel. Medium bodied, on the light, but it should be. Super long finish wiht the coffee sticking around forever. A more drinkable porter I could not imagine.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 14:33:03 | More by SaCkErZ9
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with one finger thick head that retains well and leaves a sticky lace down the glass.

Smells of toasted malt, coffee, burnt chocolate. Very pleasing. The aroma alone is woth cracking one open. Taste is full and rich with malt, some caramal and toffee, followed by more of a coffee tone when it warms up. Hops calmly bite at the back of the palate creating a nice bitter balance. Feel is great, creamy, not too thick, and inviting of more drinks.

Eventhough porters are not my favorite style, if more of them were like this I would probably change my mind. A pleasure to drink and worth the trip to the beer store.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 06:07:03 | More by Homerbag
Photo of svraines


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Liquid roast delivery system....mmmm

Poured into imperial pint glass, got 2-fingers of light tan foam, gets rocky and slowly condenses into a compact head. The foam has a brightness too it that makes it closer to near-white on top of tan.

A quick sniff gives a hint of what to expect, but subtle. Careful you'll want to keep sniffing to see if you can get a bigger whiff, just take a drink.

For me I don't get chocolate or coffee flavors directly, it is pure roasty malt flavors. If you chew on chocolate malt you know the flavors. Some of the components of dark chocolate flavor is there, but I don't get enough to where I think it tastes like chocolate. It was great with some dark chocolate truffles though, an early V-day gift got shared with me. After it goes down the hatch, there is some sweetness, but it doesn't linger as a hop bitterness and then mild astringency clear the tongue of any residual sweetness prepping your mouth for another gulp.

The head portends the exceptional mouthfeel. The thick, epresso-crema-like residual it leaves down the side of the glass translates into very creamy tiny bubbles exploding the roasty flavor all over your tongue.

No flaws in this one, very drinkable, but the slight drying of your tongue after each drink would catch up with you after a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 16:43:19 | More by svraines
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a beautiful color in the glass, deep brown and tan. Its nose primarily featured a strong coffee presence. The taste also had strong coffee notes with chocolate, and cigar toward the end. Also a distinct malt flavor, very tasty. A lot of depth to this brew, many layers. Another great beer by Great Lakes Brewing Co. I'm beginning to really like this brewery!

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2008 21:04:45 | More by riboflavin88
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3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a medium brown stiff foamy head. The aroma is huge with coffee with creamer and chocolate. The flavor is full of coffee and choclate with big time bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. Average carbonation. This is really a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 11:33:36 | More by tjthresh
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't drink much Porter, but man was this ever good. Poured from a bottle with 5/31/08 stamp on it. Small tan head, toasty smell. Now the good part. It has lots of rich, smoky, chocolaty notes to it, but is wonderfully dry at the finish. Not overly dry, but just right, which I think is the true beauty of this beer.
I am now a porter drinker if I can get 'em like this

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 18:06:26 | More by korndog
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,035 ratings.