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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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5,134 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,134
Reviews: 1,851
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 475
Gots: 431 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001)
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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

A damn good Porter - I always come back to this beer after trying other Porters - it never disappoints. Dark brown in the glass with a medium tan head that slowly recedes to a thin film that stays with the beer until finished - very nice. Roasted coffee, caramel and tree bark smells. Most of these smells carry over to the palate with a bitter chocolate note becoming prominent on the back end. This is a highly drinkable beer - having three or four in a night is not a problem. My bench mark Porter and my favorite beer from Great Lakes.

09-29-2008 01:18:32 | More by bound4er
Photo of jdg204


4.6/5  rDev +8%

Heard many great things about Great Lakes but my recent trip to Rochester was my first chance to sip some.

Appearance - Dark, muddy, almost black in color with a gorgeous head that came up with ease and down with much protest. It left some cool pits on top of the liquid and some nice lacing as well.

Smell - The chocolate came across the room at the pour. Coffee grounds are very sharp and forward as well. I can pick up some darkish malt but it is mostly trumped by the coffee and chocolate notes.

Taste - There's an interesting bitterness that comes out at the taste, but otherwise the tongue follows the nose.

Mouthfeel - Close to medium-bodied with some very slight carbonation. The flavor profile here really sets off the taste buds in the front part of your tongue. A bit thin at parts which was the only complaint.

Drinkability - Definetly the best porter I've ever had, extremely impressed by Great Lakes now! Flavor was amazing and I really enjoyed the chocolate and coffee combo, well blended. Looking forward to more Great Lakes!

09-28-2008 16:56:49 | More by jdg204
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown with slight red tones against light, not entirely opaque. Tan head with that fades to a thick film, leaves some rings of streaky lacing.
S: Rich, strong aroma, heavy on roasted and burnt malts, coffee, some light chocolate, sugar and smoke as well.
T: Starts off with a sweet caramel malt taste that slowly is balanced by hop bitterness that fades in the finish. Body has nice roasted flavors with some coffee and chocolate.
M: Medium body, nice carbonation, burnt malt aftertaste. Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness.
D: One of my favorite GLBC beers. It still tastes a little thin to me to considerate it to be an exceptional near, but one of the best porters I've had regardless.

09-27-2008 02:30:26 | More by yourefragile
Photo of Mauerhan


3.68/5  rDev -13.6%

pours a dark redish brown, the reds comes out when its held up to the light. a nice one finger head sits on top a light tan color. the head fades rather quickly. initial lacing is good, fades into a small amount quickly.

first smell is light chocolate. some toffee. a pinch of coffee.

taste is watery chocolate, small amounts of coffee, but i get alot of malts. nice warm taste.

mouthfeel is watery and thin. very low carbonation. full flavor. very light and easily drinkable for a porter. i expected something heavier and more robust. so i think i was let down a bit by the feel of this beer.

that being said, this beer goes down very easy. good aftertaste. the malts stay with ya on this one. and i mean that in the best way. a good porter, not the best ive had. but still good.

09-25-2008 04:37:45 | More by Mauerhan
Photo of 7ways


3.45/5  rDev -19%

Pint Glass.

A Dark brown, almost black, but ruby when held up to light. Inviting light tan head, good lacing throughout.

S Chocolate cereal (Coco Puffs?), caramel, roasted malt.

T More chocolate, toasty, coffee/dutch cocoa, bitterish hop finish. Interesting hop character for a porter, but still I expected more complexity.

M Medium body at best, smooth, tingles a bit at the end. Coats the tongue a bit; lingering sour/metalic taste.

D Goes down like water. Decent stuff, though I'm not a huge fan. However, if I was in the mood to drink 9 porters in a night, this would work.

09-20-2008 18:46:37 | More by 7ways
Photo of oneeye


4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a creamy dark, dark brown. A good looking Porter with plenty of carbonation. Plenty of carbonation that leads to a soft fluffy tan head. Lots of lace clinging around my pint glass.

The aroma of roasted toasted malts. A mix of chocolate, burnt caramel, and a hint of smoke.

The Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is a great tasting Porter and a great example of its style. The taste of roasted malts with a touch of smoke. A hint of chocolate and dried nuts. Dried dark fruits with a touch of burnt espresso. A nice addition of hops bursting through at the end. It finishes dry and a little bitter. Excellent Flavors all around!

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A little bitter and dry. Medium bodied Porter with a slight burn.

The drinkability is sky high. A sipper that goes down easy and is a pleasure too drink. Highly recommended. I will be drinking this beer for years to come. I would really like to try this Porter on draught or even better on cask.

09-18-2008 00:32:36 | More by oneeye
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured black with a frothy tan colored head. The nose is very malty with some nice hints of chocolate, coffee and roastiness. Taste is sweet and roasty. The dry bitter chocolate flavor is excellent. Towards the end of the sip a nice hop presence appears. Very complex and rich flavor. This is a medium bodied beer that does down the gullet smooth and silky. Porters don't have to be mediocre as they often are to me. This one stands out!

Like a fine bitter chcolate I wouldn't want too much of this as it is kind of a tastebud overload. But a few would be fine.

09-16-2008 01:26:00 | More by kbnooshay
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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

This beer pours black with a short head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smells of coffee, chocolate and malt. The taste is is coffee and chocolate and bitter roasted malts. The mouthfeel is creamy and nicely carbonated. Overall a great easy drinking porter with high drinkability. I could drink this all night.

09-15-2008 19:54:49 | More by johnd513
Photo of akronzipfan


4.6/5  rDev +8%

a - pours a rich, ebony hue with a fine, creamy medium tan head with moderate lacing

s - balanced aromas of malt, roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate

t - the delectable coffee/cocoa team starts this off with a bang; hops are richly blended and the finish is simply supreme

m - amazingly light bodied for such a flavorful brew; medium to lightly carbonated

d - this is one terrific porter

09-15-2008 19:18:52 | More by akronzipfan
Photo of TheycallmeTim

New York

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

On-tap at Great Lakes Brewery nook in the Canton-Akron airport. Poured into a kind of weird tall skinny mug that seemed to be a promo chachki for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Whatever.

A--1 finger thick foamy lightish tan head that lasted most of the duration and left decent lacing. Body was black as stout with some deep burgundy undertones. Good looking beer.

S--Couldn't pull much because of the shape of the glass, but what I got was some wet laundry (which isn't necessarily bad) and a hint of molasses.

T--Full onrush of toasty malts up front, followed by a more mellow sweetness in the middle reminiscent of brownies with batteries baked into them. What most struck me, though, was the back end and just how overall dry a porter this is. The hops pull and linger on the aftertaste is a little much for me, though there was some nice mustiness on the finish.

M&D--Definitely more thin and dry than round and sweet--built for speed rather than comfort. While the ABV's a little up there for extended use, the drinkability's high.

It's just the taste I couldn't get into! I must be the only person on Earth who isn't wildly raving about this beer. The porter I had previous to this one was Sixpoint's Carob (aka Black Market), and I liked it much, much better. This seemed more like a hop-head's porter--which is cool, just not my style. Having said that, this very well may be a beer too under my amateur radar, one I taste five years later and do a complete 180 review of.

09-11-2008 02:21:18 | More by TheycallmeTim
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4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

Heard this one was an award winner so I gave it a shot as soon as I saw it. Out of the bottle this one was a genuine black with a tan head. Sticky, creeping lace all over the glass and good retention of the chunky cap. Sweet nose unlike most American Porters, milk chocolate, caramel and hints of vanilla. Complex flavors, milk chocolate again, 'dark' fruit, hints of coffee and vanilla with a hoppy bitterness at the end. Good mouthfeel, creamy and smooth. Slightly lighter body than most of this ilk and low carbonation combine to make it very drinkable. After doing some homework on this beer after the fact I am of the opinion there's good reason to believe this is the best American Porter in the US and certainly in the top five.

09-10-2008 03:15:33 | More by thekevlarkid
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

12 oz from Stan the Man at Lone Hill Liquor

Pours golden dark brown but looks almost totally black in the glass. Mother of pearl head.

Doesn't smell like any porter I've had. Like a mocha vanilla scent intead of straight coffee. Milky. My mind conjures up an image of Starbucks Vanilla Frap.

Nice coffee bean flavor. Almost refreshing. I'm a'likin this one. Great taste.

Creamy, silky mouthfeel is awesome. Quite drinkable, a respectable 5.8%

Overall: excellent

09-10-2008 02:28:11 | More by PatronWizard
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Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

Thanks to blisscent for the opportunity to try this one. Best by 12/1/08 indicated on the bottle. Served in a tulip. Pour was the color of cola with a 1.5 inch rocky, effervescent, tan head that eventually settled into a soapy skim. Some lacing, but weak legs. Lots of tiny bubbles adhered to the bowl of the glass. Nose was chocolate malt and dark fruit. More chocolate malt in the mouth as well as a slight hops bittering, but no fruit detected on the palate. Mouthfeel was light-bodied, watery and quite effervescent. Easy drinking porter. Flavorful, but a little weak for my preference.

09-09-2008 23:13:44 | More by Jwale73
Photo of Greggy


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

A- Pours a nice thick head, fluffy, and sticky with lacing. The body is quite a bit lighter that I would care for.

S- Very dry baking chocolate, deep down coffee, cream vanilla.

T- Starts out with a very dry hoppy note then moves to a nice dry chocolate, vanilla finish, then finally turns to a dry metallic hop note.

M- Nice VERY low carbonation that lets the beer talk. Great thin.

D- A very nice solid porter. A solid example of the style with a nice balance of dryness/sweetness.

09-07-2008 05:13:40 | More by Greggy
Photo of philbe311


4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

A - Gentle, but rich tan head... Lively carbonation is visible at top of pint... Appealing lacing... Silky black color... Coats glass well...

S - Chocolate... Coffee... Malt... Roasted grains... Black cherries... Hints of sweet orange...

T - Complex developing taste on the palette... Dark fruit flavors give way to chocolate which then gives way to roasted grains followed by hoppy bitterness...

M - Love it... Medium bodied yet fluffy... Goes down smooth with a slightly oily texture...

D - Great example of an American Porter... Warming... Bold but not overpowering... This will be a regular in my beer cellar... Well done Great Lakes, well done...

Bottle Artwork - The ship the beer is named after is seen sailing on a dark rough night at sea... Ominous and mysterious like the beer itself... Nothing too exciting, but the bottle and label match this beer well...

09-06-2008 15:03:18 | More by philbe311
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a very dark brown color with a small yet tight tan head; settled into a ring. The aroma is of semi-sweet chocolate, stale mocha, and a touch of raisins. The taste is more of bitter chocalate, slightly burnt black coffee, vanilla, and raisins. The feel is well bodied, chewy, with softer carbonation, finishes dry with a roasted malt bitterness. This drinks very well for a porter. It has an easy drinking mentality with stout body. Best by far of the Great Lakes brews. Very well made.

09-06-2008 05:00:33 | More by Gmann
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

12 oz bottle into US pint glass

A: Dark brown with a 1/2 in head that is also brown

S: Dry, powdery chocolate with a lil' alcohol

T: Biscuity dark caramel or unsweetened chocolate flavor

M: Smooth but not cloying, nice

D: It is fall, cool, and this beer is perfect. Get some

09-03-2008 23:01:30 | More by waldoiverson
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New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a solid brown with dark ruby highlights when held to the light. Smallish tan/white head that laces the glass all the way down. Aromas of cocoa, roast coffee, chocolate, and some restrained hops in the back. Smells wonderful! Taste is a roasted chocolaty coffee and citrus hops. I taste a bit of dark dried fruit towards the end that fades into a roast bitterness to finish. Creamy and oily mouthfeel. Great porter, I wish I could get this one locally!

09-02-2008 22:59:14 | More by johnnnniee
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Best by 7/26/08, so this one is about 4 weeks past freshness. Forgot to check in the store...

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with an amber tinge around the edges where the light gets through. Has thick and foamy 2 finger head that sustains, leaves really thick and sticky lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, leather(?), caramelized sugars.

T&M: Smooth and creamy on the palate, but has a pretty dry finish. Medium-light bodied, but coats the mouth nicely. Lots of burnt sugar flavors and coffee, with chocolate and toasty flavors. Has substantial bitterness in the middle and end, but very nice finish, like a cup of strong black coffee. I really like this beer.

D: Pretty high for a porter. Fairly light bodied, but strong in taste.

08-28-2008 05:46:12 | More by PiecefulToker
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3.9/5  rDev -8.5%

A: Deep, dark brown color. Poured with a one inch dark tan head that dissipated to a skim and held. Light and inconsistent lacing

S: Sweet roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruits (cherry, plum)ht lacing in clingy patches down the sides.

T: Tasted like it smelled. but chocolate flavor was more pronounced and blended nicely with cherry/dark fruits. Lots of flavors in this beer that were nicely balanced.

M: Smooth medium-to-full-bodied.

D: Better than many since cherry and dark fruit flavors are nice and subtle.

08-26-2008 16:00:24 | More by Haybeerman
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West Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -13.1%

12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown, with a creamy light brown head. Smells of chocolate and coffee, and tastes about the same. Good medium to full body with a creamy feel. Taste sticks around, which is nice. Very nice intro to GLBC. Beer Club favorite for March 2008 tasting.

08-24-2008 22:48:56 | More by mtstatebeer
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3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

On tap at the brewery, poured into clear pint glass

A Tiny bubbles, Deep red, purplish body, very pleasing, interesting.

S Molasses. Very interesting.

T Dense, molasses. this is a challenging session beer for me. Much more interesting than most of the dark dark beers that I have tasted. Really needs to be enjoyed from tap though. I have had the bottled version and the tap is superior.

M Heavy, thick.

D Not high on drinkability for me.

08-23-2008 20:13:34 | More by adamette
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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

A-Brownish black in color w/dense frothy 1-finger beige head. Good lacing.
S-Chocolate malt dominates and coffee is apparent, w/light hops.
T-Delicious sweet chocolate malt and coffee w/light caramel. Bitter hops adorn the finish, adding subtle grapefruit among other hop characters.
M-Rich body that is neither cloying nor astringent. Well-carbonated with excellent balance and dry, bitter finish that cleanses the sweet malt.
D-An excellent porter, but unfortunately I only bought a single.

08-23-2008 05:32:50 | More by BoitSansSoif
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%

12 oz bottle gotten in trade-Cmsiley I think.

A-Black body, small white head, no ruby edges
S-Mild roasted malt, cocoa, light on smell
T-Better and Bigger than aroma, bigger coca flavor and some roasted coffe flavors, a little nutty, few hops but decent bitter finish, some sweetness, reminded me a little of a malted milkshake
M-Creamy, med-full body, some carbonation
D-I wouldn't mind having a fewe more of these. Very nice porter.

08-22-2008 14:10:42 | More by hopsleeroy
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours a nearly pitch-black color with fine, creamy head.
Smells typically malty with coffee & cocoa notes. I detected a scent of milk as well.
Dark, roasted malts with a strong coffee flavor. Cocoa backs up the coffee as well, and there is a fairly good hoppiness for a porter.
Creamy, smooth mouthfeel.
Solid take on a porter. A bit too heavy on the coffee flavor for my tastes, otherwise well drinkable.

08-22-2008 11:18:04 | More by Natural510
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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