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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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5,663 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,663
Reviews: 1,912
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 517
Gots: 687 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001

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Photo of samie85
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes; originally 10/15/10.

A-Served in a standard pint glass; it's a midnight black color with one finger light brown head.

S-Smells of roasted malts, a little vanilla, a hint of some nutty aromas with a clean hop nose.

T-Nutty and roasty malt upfront with a sweet chocolate middle and a dry, bitter dark chocolate finish.

M-Thick side of medium bodied with low to medium carbonation and a pretty slick smooth feel.

D-Wow, revisiting Edmund was a great idea. I've had it in bottles countless times and on-tap (think it had been on-tap a little too long)once but all those times never really impressed me that much. This time it was like a totally different beer: complex, easy to drink, and just downright enjoyable.

Photo of RRC87
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark coffee brown (almost black), with a creamy light than head that rapidly diminishes to thin wisps of bubbles; yet, it leaves the sides of the glass completely covered where the head once was.

S: Smells of sweet chocolate backed up by bitter roast coffee notes.

T: Tastes of dark chocolate and coffee goodness. There is a great deal of roasted malt sweetness. This is prevented from becoming overpowering by the hop bitterness that reveals its' self on the back end.

M: Medium to light for the style with a good deal of carbonation that bites at the back of the throat (in a good way).

D: Goes down easily. Between the carbonation and the lingering bitterness it leaves you constantly wanting more.

Overall: A very solid beer. I will defiantly be revisiting this one.

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

Poured a deep, dark black color with a thick brown head and generous lacing. Smells of vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, and a twist of coffee. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla and general goodness. Mouthfeel is very thick and nice. Drinkability is fantastic.

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

Poured from bottle into 16oz glass.
A. Nice dark Brown with a reddish hint when held to the light. A fast pour produced a two finger head which after a couple of drinks vanishes to a thin coating on top of the beer. I laces very nice on the side of the glass.

S. Is good I can pick up a toasted smell to the malt and coffee under tones.

T. The taste is average to me. I'm not a big fan of the toasted after taste. It's as if they burnt the grains. I wish there was a little more coffee taste than what there is. The coffee flavor is over powered by the toasted (I think more like burnt grains)

M. I can't seem to get that burnt tast out of my mouth. I goes into the mouth very nice but that finish is to much for me.

D. I find this to be a very average Porter. I wouldn't like another after this one. That flavor of burnt grains or burnt coffee just isn't doing it for me.

Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: A deliberately rough pour yielded a huge light tan head that slowly faded into a thick dense layer that looked like melted ice-cream and lasted forever. The head left rings of sticky lacing down the glass over the extremely dark, almost black, liquid.
S: Smells of creamy vanilla-chocolate swirl ice-cream. Slight notes of roasted coffee. This definitely blurs the line between porter and stout.
T: Follows the nose with a big roasted malt and light coffee and chocolate taste. A touch of leafy hops come out in the finish and add a touch of bitterness.
M: Extremely smooth mouthfeel with fairly creamy carbonation over a medium-low body.
D: One of the best porters I've had, but I dare say that I still think that Black Butte Porter has an edge over this one. I know the line between stouts and porters is almost nonexistent, but this tastes more like a weak stout while BBP has more of that fruity, spicy character. This is still a wonderful beer, semantics aside. I wish I had more to drink.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Chilled before serving, but allowed to warm to room temperature/

Appearance: Really dark brown, almost black, with a one finger light brown head. Good retention. The carbonation is pretty apparent throughout.

Aroma: Chocolate fudge, smoked malt, and some toffee undertones here. Strong, but nicely balanced with a good nix of sweet and smoky.

Taste: The smoke notes here are really assertive and definitely give the feel of a traditional porter. Chocolate and some light espresso notes are also here strong. Some nice caramel and toffee to balance out the flavors in the back. A really flavorful and nice porter.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavily carbonated for a porter. Medium body and crisp.

Drinkability: The ABV is well hidden and the flavors are strong but balanced. I could definitely have more than one, but I'm not thinking it sessionable.

Overall, one of the best porters I've ever had, if not the best. A really great offering that I wish was available around here.

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a black as night color with a 2 finger tan/cherry head,beige sticky lacing clings to the glass..smell is coffee ,roasted malts, toffee toasted bread,some citrus hops ..taste is coffee and brown sugar , mix that with some hops and roasted malts .throw in some spice ,nutmeg and some toast and you have a nice porter..mouth feel is silky smooth,creamy has lots of roasted flavors with good carbonation..drinkability is great its a silky smooth porter

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

A - poured from bottle into pint glass, with a perfect 2 finger tan head. Beer is an opaque brownish black. Attractive rings of lacing with each sip.

S - brown sugar and chocolate are the main aromas, with some hints of coffee and charred malts.

T - roasty malts with coffee, cocoa, brown sugar, and toffee flavors. It covers that whole spectrum. There is some sweetness, but exactly the right amount. Finish is bitter, dry, and a bit herbal.

M - has a creamy feel that coats the mouth, but the finish is slightly dry. Very nice. Carbonation level is what I would expect.

D - I can never get enough. This beer goes down smooth for easy drinking.

This is, in my humble opinion, the porter by which all other American porters should be judged. It's that good, and it's a perfect representation of the style. And at such a great price point (on sale here for $7.50 for 6) what more could you want?

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

A- Dark dark brown with great carb and a decent head.

S- Intense roasted malts, coffee, caramel, and molasses. Took me a while to get used to before I started enjoying it. Smelled far too strong at first, and then became more of a relaxed subtle aroma.

T- Coffee and cocoa from the start. Roasted malts are not only a strong foundation to this drink, but they come to the top of the taste as well. Has a ton of sweetness and bitterness from the beginning but the bitterness wins out barely. The aftertaste is glorious. Roasted malt and espresso.

M- A heavier bodied stout, especially for a 5.8%. It's just so creamy and smooth that it's a bit hard to notice. They couldn't easily make the mouthfeel much better. Slightly sticky dry finish.

D- A very easy to drink stout, and full of flavor at the same time. Balanced almost too perfection. I love this stout and found it to be an acquired taste. I don't see how anybody could be offended by a finely crafted beer like this.

Photo of LairdChisholm
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark chestnut color almost black, with a one and a half finger mocha head that has superb retention. There is some very nice lacing. A wonderful looking porter.

S - There are some roasted malts with espresso and a touch of coffee. Good smell would just like it to be a little more pungent.

T - Very nice here. There are roasted malts up front with some strong espresso and mocha tastes. It finishes with woody burnt dark chocolate. A satisfyingly bitter after taste lingers for a good while.

M - Very smooth and creamy, compliments the taste like it should. Perfect amount of carbonation.

D - Great tasting beers are easy to drink. This is no exception. One of the better porters I've had in every category.

Photo of raebow
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first craft beer I ever remember drinking and immediately falling in love with. With the exception of Brian Boru this is my favorite beer and will remain my go to. In fact, mister revolt914 (my beloved) is as in love with this beer mostly because I was the first person to give him one ha.

A- Pours a little thick, dark brown-ish almost black like and exceptionally strong espresso color with a good beige, almost off white head.

S- Honestly, the smell sucks me in...chocolate coffee....a little creamy..maybe slightly nutty? Very rich all around.

T- A spicy kind of smokey the full coffee almost chicory with a very small hint of chocolate again. Smokey/coffee-ish aftertaste. Almost warming.

M- Slightly carbonated which dulls a little towards the end, not a bad thing but I'm a fan of carbonation if it's not overwhelming but even though it lessens it doesn't really seem, well, 'flat'.

D- It is my favorite, so it must be extremely drinkable to me right? All around it is too, so full of flavor and smooth.

This is my first official review, as previously stated this is also my favorite beer. If it's a little off, sorry, only practice will make it better right?

Photo of revolt914
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my number 1 go to beer... I always have at least a 6 pack of this in my mini fridge. I am very spoiled by this beer and absolutely love it for everything it is.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a great head that is slightly off white.

S: Exceptional smell of chocolate and coffee... very similar to smelling a delicious cold coffee but creamer.

T: Exceptional taste over all this is amazing for the price and it really can't get better. Smokey in the beginning then it smooths out to a good chocolate or almost creamy taste to finish off with that robust coffee flavor and a bit of lingering smokiness.

M: Very creamy and thick... not super thick but for a porter this is my idea of perfect... lingers on the tongue for a while but not for to long... carbonation is perfect.

D: My go to... what can I say this is an A+ beer for me.

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

I obtained a six pack of Edmund Fitz about a year ago, and I've been saving my last bottle for months now. A good porter sounded right, so I cracked it-- Best by March 2010.

Pours from the bottle a rather clear, chestnut brown color with a good finger and a half of off-white head. Lacing extends around much of the glass, and we're off to a great start. A little skin of head remains atop old Edmund, also playing to his advantage.

The nose on Edmund Fitz is almost woody, a deep rich aroma. Swirling also has me smelling chocolate syrup, earthy, nutty flavors. Also, I often pick up cola-like aromas and flavors from porters, and the best of this characteristic is present in this beer. Sipping further brings forth flavors from the nose, but a heretofore unrevealed hop presence cuts through the sweet malt to really make this porter stand out from the crowd.

The mouthfeel from this beer is smooth and lightly carbonated. The hop bittering leaves a dry, clean finish, and tops off an extremely well-polished beer. All of the above factors leave me wanting more of this drinkable, drinkable beer.

Drinking Edmund Fitzgerald might have ruined me for all other porters.

Photo of zoso1967
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown that has some slight dark amber hues around the edges. Holding it up to a bright light source shows that it is completely clear. The head is light tan and has pretty decent staying power, leaving nice lace on the sides of the pint.

The aroma is very roasty and pleasant. It smells like dark roast coffee beans with just a hint of cocoa and some molasses. Mostly that dark roastyness takes over the aroma.

The flavor is wonderful with a very nice balance to it. Roasty malts with flavors of coffee and a bit of chocolate. Nutty flavors, caramel, toffee, molasses, a hint of pine and even some vanilla combine to make a wonderful taste profile. It has a very pleasant malty sweetness that perfectly mirrors the roasty bitterness. Very clean tasting and well done.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a medium body and a carbonation that is spot on. The finish is effortless and coats the mouth without getting too sticky. Sweet malt and bitter roasted barley are the dominate aftertastes.

Super drinkable and a wonderful example of the style. This is a beer that I had been hearing great things about for quite some time but had never tried, and I am sure I will be getting a lot more of it from now on.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

The beer pours a partially transparent dark brown with twinges of red shining through. A super light tan half finger of foam. Smell is of good coffee grounds most heavily. Other aromas include oak and faint burnt cocoa notes. Caramel and Butterscotch notes also entertain the nostrils. The taste is of weak coffee, char and caramel. In spite of the burnt notes that are apparent throughout there is a subtle sweetness that comes from the caramel notes and turns out to be quite pleasant. The feel of this beer is a bit watery for my liking. It's not really all that bad, but it feels with the flavors that it should be a little more viscous. The carbonation is pretty good. None of those factors hurt the drinkability which is pretty nice. It's a very solid porter.

Photo of bobhits
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I hate reviewing without the beer in front of me, but lets do this!

Served on tap at Beer Trappe and served in a funky pint glass.

Dark brown that's opaque and black in my glass. Beer trappe doesn't over due the head but it's got a nice head all considered. Not much lacing but again not poured in a way to do that. Looks dark and thicker than most of the style.

Smell of chocolate, hops, and burnt malt. Really a good combo.

Dark chocolate, burnt malt, all in a pretty hoppy porter. This beer is amazing. The sweetness from the malt is so amazingly balanced by hops and chocolate bitterness.

This beer feels thicker than it is. It has great carbonation that creates a creamy body and lets you enjoy just sipping it.

As great as it is to sip this work of art, it also is really drinkable. No alcohol effect and at 5.5% that's what should happen. It's just amazing how you could drink 4-5 of these or just savor one over the course of a night.

Bottom line is this is the best porter I've had by a mile. The fact this has that much flavor and isn't an imperial is just amazing. Those loving the Weihephaner hefe for having flavor of low alcohol well rejoice as this beer puts that one to shame!

Photo of RDHerm
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown that barely any light escapes, with dark brown highlights. Has a thick, coffee brown head that thins out pretty quickly, but leaves a nice ring that holds throughout and has pretty good lacing.

Strong aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate, with just a little bit of sweetness.

Strong flavor of coffee, with solid notes of roasted malts and a hint of bitter chocolate and hops. Starts out on the sweeter side, but has a nice hoppy finish.

Medium body. Great carbonation level. It has a nice, creamy feel to it, and the dryness it leaves on the palate is a bit less than a lot of porters.

Good taste and good mouthfeel make this a solid choice to sit and sip on at the end of the day.

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

This beer is great smokey and chocolety in the nose and the flover doesnt dissapoint either. pours black with an off white head and has a nice creamy mouthfeel that is right in line for the style. It goes down smooth and makes you crave another.

good beer

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 2 finger off white head. Really nice retention. Pretty thick lacing left. Color is really dark brown/black.

S. Roasted malt, chocolate. Nice roasty/smokey aroma. Some bitterness comes out from the hops and coffee aroma.

T. A really smooth and well balanced flavorful porter. Nice hop bitterness in the taste. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Very flavorful. Intial impression is smooth, but some bitterness comes out as it goes down.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly dry, but has a lingering bitterness.

D. Drinkable. This is what you expect a Porter to be. Super smooth, but very flavorful. I like my Porters and this is probably one of the best.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Romulux for the bottle!

Poured into a Portsmouth tasting glass. A big, foamy, light-tan head rests on top of an essentially black body. Sticky patches of lacing left behind.

Earthy, well-roasted malts on the nose mixed with a bit of chocolate and some bread. Somewhat smokey with a metallic tinge, but the metallic notes seems to be fading. Smells pretty good, but it would be nice if it were a bit stronger.

Roasty, smoked dark malts wash across the tongue followed by some bitter hop and a touch of dark chocolate. Still some what metallic and thin. A little more bitter than I would like. Almost grainy.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, but seems a bit thin and over carbonated.

Drinkability is better than average, but not great. I'm not really sure why this beer gets so much love. Founders Porter blows this one out of the water as does Sierra Nevada's offering. Too bitter and thin with a faint (yet noticeable) metallic taste. Maybe this is just a bad bottle. If the second bottle I have is different I'll re-review. Not a bad beer by any means, but not all that great.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pretty nice for a porter. You get the feeling of a stout but less thicker and a nice foamy white head. Dark amber in color almost pitch black and foamy head lasts.

S - You get some chocolate and coffee in the nose along with some great malty-ness. Nice.

T - Well it is good. I did enjoy the balance off mostly coffee and a little chocolate but it did have a nice sweet caramel too. I also found it smoother than Great Divides porter which is pretty sweet.

M - Medium bodied and drinkable. Very nice.

D - If I ever need a porter and it around it will probably end up in my fridge more often now. Overall exceptional brew.

Photo of Soonami
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald tastes like a caramel mocha cappuccino. It is only slightly sweet with rich coffee flavors, some acidity from the roasted malts, and a healthy dose of bitterness that made this as well balanced as it was delicious. I don't think one could do much better than this beer, although if there is a fault, I would've liked a bit more caramel and chocolate making it more dessert-like

Photo of CaptainIPA
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down, of the great Porter they call Edmund Fitzgerald.

Pours an opaque anthracite color with a creamy beige head that holds before displaying plenty of ringed lacing.

Aromas of chocolate malts and malted milk balls in the nose.

Medium to full bodied with a pleasant level of carbonation. Opens with flavors of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Toasted malt comes into play followed by notes of dark chocolate and burnt toffee. A bit of coca powder and vanilla surfaces with suggestions of malted milk and roasted barley. A strong presence of bittering hops leads the way to earthy wood tones. Bitter and dry on the back end.

Spot on for an American Porter; I would love to pair EF with a full slab of dry Memphis ribs.

Photo of lovindahops
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The legendary eddy fitz. Had this many times, yet never reviewed. Poured into a pint glass from bottle

A- pours a completely opaque brew with a solid head of mocha-like foam. Absolutely nothing can be seen through this brew

S- a complex portrayel of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. There is a sweet sugar theme to the brew.

T- stellar taste. This is sooo good. A consistent match up of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt stay throughout. There is a dry finish that really boasts the overall taste. A fantastic presentation of a stout with flavor

M- creamy and full bodied. Flavor sticks to your mouth

D- EF is as drinkable as it gets for a stout. Massive flavor, but reasonable taste makes it incredibly drinkable. There is full reason for the brew to get the reviews it does.

Photo of glazeman
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter

A: Black with a two finger mocha head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: To me, this smells a lot like a stout. There's a lot of chocolate up front, then some nice toasted malt, and the finish is of maple syrup.

T: Lots of malt, graham cracker, oat, and some chocolate. This beer surprised me in the depth of flavor and complexity it has. A very, very tasty beer.

M: Appropriate for the style, although, I think this would be even better if it were a bit more viscous. Nice level of carbonation.

D: Excellent drinkability. This is tasty, complex, and the alcohol is completely hidden. I would drink this again and again. A very nice alternative to a stouts that get so much hype.

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,663 ratings.