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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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5,039 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,039
Reviews: 1,844
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 470
Gots: 393 | 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 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
Photo of riboflavin88


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
Photo of tjthresh


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
Photo of korndog


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
Photo of chadspivey


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one year aged.

A: Dark brown, big head, looks like a belgian dubbel.

S: very complex. chocolate, rasin, fig, roasty coffee.

T: just like the smell, but now I get small hints of vanilla. Lot of coffee in the aftertatse.

M: lots of carbonation. medium to full body.

D: quite drinkable, goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 09:14:01 | More by chadspivey
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown that shows clear when help up to light. Minimal nose that isn't really that impactful. Very coffee toned on the flavor with a thick malt presence. Feel has an excited carbonation and the liquid is about standard. A very nice brew that I am glad to have been able to try.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2008 18:59:08 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of chiefydawg


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

Obsidian with a dark crimson glow to the spot you hold up to the light. Small but compact khaki head and lace clinging to the sides for dear life as the liquid sinks.

Smells of roasted chocolate, coffee, and some hop without being overpowering in any one. Smells fresh and beer-like still.

The roastiness steps up for the taste. The high-cocoa dark chocolate is appealing. Dry and simply luscious. The mild idea of sweetness is truncated quickly at the swallow, where the hops march in and wash away the residue. They should make a hard candy with this stuff. At least my dentist could use a new boat...

Medium bodied and silky smooth. The right carbonation for the job. This is a nice sipper to savor, and would go well with most chocolate or vanilla desserts. Really a great weekend/vacation breakfast brew too, now that I think of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 03:14:07 | More by chiefydawg
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle received in a trade with pimpp, drank this after my friends left tonight as a nightcap

Poured into my Chimay goblet with a black color that had red highlights, especially in the light, nice 3/4 foamy tan head, nice retention, and some incredible lacing

Smell had ground coffee beans that had a sweet sugary scent to them, some hints of chocolate and hops, roasted malt, and smoky aromas

Taste was great, coffee right up front to go along with smoked dark malt, both charcoal and caramel are present, a little bit of hops in the aftertaste provided a complex balance, some molasses later in the drinking experience surfaced, also a faint flavor of dark fruit, particularly dried raisins, thought this beer would be overrated but I was definitely wrong, as it got warmer the roasted malt started to shine through a provide a nice somewhat chewy but very dry taste, taste did not away for several minutes, big rich flavor that makes you want more and more

Body was thick for a porter and had a nice long lasting flavor, carbonation was a little overboard in my opinion though, smoky and creamy mouthfeel

Highest drinkability for a porter that I have ever tasted, would make a great session beer during the winter, super light on the stomach, a low ABV, fantastic smoothness, not much more you could ask for from this one as far as this category goes, could drink all night, six pack easy and you cannot say that about many beers from this style

Best beer I have from Great Lakes along with their Blackout Stout, wish I had a case of these to get me through the next cold weeks of February, highly recommended, cannot wait to try more of this soon, no doubt about it that this one belongs on the top one hundred list

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 07:58:23 | More by Floydster
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to kryptic for this extra!!

Pours a light black with deep ruby highlights. Nice white/light tan head that retains quite well with great lace. Nose is amazing and smells of roasted malt and some coffee bean. Taste is probably the best american porter I have ever had. Lovely roasted malt with some great coffee bean and slight smoke flavors. mouthfeel is great but could be a touch thicker. Incredibly drinkable and one I will most certainly revisit. Awesome! mad props to mike for including two of these as extras, and that wasnt even all of them! Badass.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 01:20:11 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was offered to me as a suggestion. Not a big fan of porters to say the least, but this one is unlike the others.

Shes a beauty in the glass, black has the darkest hour before the sun blinks. Has a great coffee and charcoal flavor with a bit of a hop as well, very pleasant.

This is a session beer if there ever was one. A sitdown with this porter "is living the good life" on a cold winters day.


Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2008 19:19:49 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
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4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I haven't reviewed a beer in quite some time, and I only do it when I'm confident that the beer I'm drinking is very fresh and properly handled. I just received this from the Black Booty BIF 08, dated best by 6/18/08, a full 5 months away.

Deep cherry brown. The carbonation is subtle yet the lacing is world-class, as is the head retention.

Dusty chocolate malt aroma with strong hints of baker's chocolate, fresh baked chocolate bread, and sweet carmel. Very strong aroma, and for a beer that isn't very carbonated too. No detectable hops. The aroma reminds me of cask ale, and no doubt this beer would be a slam dunk cask-conditioned.

Strong notes of creamy, sweet coffee and chocolate. Very deep and complex flavor profile. Robust flavors don't mean that it isn't easily drinkable though. In fact, this may be one of the smoothest porters I've ever had. Low alcohol black beers like this are becoming my favorite session beers. Very smooth and enjoyable bitterness, which is perfectly balanced by the sugary sweetness. Slight tartness. Coffee with cream and sugar. The complex aftertaste lasts for over 10 minutes.

The mouthfeel is perfect as well, with a soft carbonation not unlike a nitro beer. The lingering sweetness and bitterness are offset by the medium-light mouthfeel, making it even more drinkable. Without all those prickly bubbles it feels even more like a cask ale.

Drinkability is...lets just say that this is the perfect session ale, period. It inspired me enough to write my first review in about a year.

Very English-inspired. I still can't get over how big the nose is without huge bubbles to carry it. Seek and consume.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 08:17:40 | More by rayjay
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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

Appearance: Pours a not quite opaque, dark brown body with a small, fizzy light khaki-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of cold coffee and unsweetened chocolate with a faint whiff of acrid smoke and pine.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate flavor with some roasty coffee and a slight caramel sweetness. A teaspoon of cherry cordial comes and goes with a quickness. Hint of roasted nuts. Resinous pine hop presence provides a touch of balancing bitterness. Piney, mocha-ish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A quality, well-balanced porter that's full of flavor and easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 02:28:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Steaks


4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i picked up a six-pack of this guy, and nothing to do, yesterday and decided to get tight with it.

it pours very dark with a small tan head. the beer smells like toffee, smoke and nuts, but could be stronger. there's a good consistency to it and it is very drinkable. this is a damn straight porter

it looks awesome though, and is decent, especially for the price. ($7 for a 6pack)

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 03:37:56 | More by Steaks
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- with a hard pour i got mad full-glass cascade action that grinds to a halt mid way with millions of tiny foam spheres stacked on each other creating a creamy dense tan puffball of a head over a dark mahogany brew with amber highs and ebony lows. color variation is very noticeable when held up to the light. retention is awesome as the head turns creamy leaving chunks of sticky viscous lace everywhere.

S- roasted nuts, burnt wood, smoky dark burnt malt, campfire, spicy cigar tobacco, cocoa, coffee grounds, tart dark dried fruit, dark chocolate, earthy soil, herbal hops. large and complex in the aroma, it's got those typical porter smells (coffee, cocoa) but with alot of roasted everything, earth and wood really stand out.

T- dense roasted malt flavor, powdery chocolate like easting a spoonful of cocoa, espresso, tart & juicy half way through with earthy hops and dried dark wood, old port wine barrel, and a strangely pleasant old barn with a horse, an old car with old leather seats, and old motor oil spilled under it. black or kalamata olive, raisin, fig, and a bitter cocoa-mocha-coffee aftertaste.

MF- thick, dense, with some powdery cocoa. slightly chewy and very hearty. medium-low carbonation is coating and syrupy as it warms like a thick juicy mocha-chino or something.

D- u know what it iz.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 16:12:38 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of elmore


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

Pours an opaque black with a 2 finger tan head with good retention. Moderate lace left down the glass.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, maybe some unsweetened chocolate. Taste is similar. I didn't really detect any hops.

Smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation combined with low ABV make it drinkable.

Not a big fan of the style. Porters always remind me of watered down stouts. But this is one of the better ones I've tried. It has enough flavour and robust malt to satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 03:59:07 | More by elmore
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured a deepest black with a nice one inch thick head.

the smell was big on coffee and malty sweet. i also pick up some toffee smell. there is a bit of alcohol smell in there as well.

the taste is chocolate and toffee and a bit bitter, but superbly balanced. this beer got MUCH better as it warmed. very roasty.

the mouthfeel is pretty full and is what i expect from a great porter.

wow, what a drinkable beer. a superb porter that i could drink quite a few of.

thanks to barefootbrewer for sharing this top 100 beer with me.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 14:51:43 | More by deepsouth
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a thick oily black with a ½” tan colored head – unfortunately it didn’t last long. The aroma is sweet and malty with caramel and molasses notes quite apparent. The taste is bold with roasted flavors and coffee flavors noticeable. The mouthfeel is quite full, but not chewy. It supports the flavors quite well. I think this is a very enjoyable porter that is one of those brews that is very compelling.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 23:24:29 | More by barefootbrewer
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a truly remarkable porter (not my favorite style of beer, by the way).

Pours a dark brown. Some carbonation, but not a lot. Maybe an inch of light tan head. Halfway through the glass, there's basically no bubbling whatsoever.

Tastes of smoky malt, some caramel, and espresso. Maybe a hint of chocolate. A few folks have pointed out prunes and/or dark fruits, but they're not particularly strong or noteworthy.

It's not the most complex blending, but it's flavorful, well integrated, and robust. If you're a porter fan, not to be missed. I do wish it had a bit much more of an aroma to it; mainly malt and some coffee notes.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 11:49:52 | More by Overlord
Photo of TenSpoons


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

Appearance – Dark brown with ruby, almost black, thick off white lasting head

Smell – roasty, chocolate, coffee, slight alcohol, lightly fruity (cherry/prune), light hop

Taste – chocolate, coffee, bitter finish, clean yeast character, little hops.

Mouthfeel – medium-low carbonation, creamy.

Drinkability – very drinkable, I could have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 19:36:34 | More by TenSpoons
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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the better porters out there. Nice and dark and smoky.

Almost opaque black with a small tan head.

Smells nice and rich. Smoky and dark with some chocolate and coffee.

Tastes pretty much like it smells. It's a little thinner than some of the true elite porters but this is absolutely the best one that I have access to.

I will be keeping this around my beer fridge constantly now. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 16:39:25 | More by Tilley4
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours thickish very dark brown. Once in the glass it is opaque. Loose 1-inch head falls slowly showing good retention. As it soes fall it leaves a nice sheeting lace.

S-Smells of roasted barely, charcoal, choclate, cocao, mollases and prunes. Quite complex.

T-Raosted barley, charcoal, coffee, smoke and dried fruit. Like the nose, very complex.

M-Full bodied to say the least. carbonation is a little fizzy.

D- I wavered on the drinkability of this one. At first I thought it was great, as I workled my way through I kinda thought I was done with this one, but when I reached the end I thought that was good I could go for another. Having said that I decided to go with the 4.0 becasue int he end I guess it is good.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 03:24:24 | More by jackorain
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4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this one. I guess I always assumed I have before.

The beer pours a jet black with a very faint garnet glow when held to a bright light. The head is moderate, tan colored and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is highly malty with a hint of earthy hop and rather complex; chocolate, roast coffee, and caramel sweetness. The flavor is intensely malty, initially chocolate malt and roast coffee, then bittersweet with an earthy hop flavor and the roasty flavor returns after the swallow. The body is medium-full and carbonation moderate. The beer is rather smooth aside from a slight hop/acidic prick at the swallow. Overall all around a great porter, definitely recommend if you enjoy porters, one of, if not the best porter I’ve had.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 03:03:44 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of Monsone


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

A - Dark brown with almost no head or lace

S - Sweet malt. Carmel Toffee Choco

T - Choco and other roasty malts. A little hop note in the back. Balanced and smooth.

M - A litle lighter than expected. Decent carbo more than expected.

D - Very drinkable for a porter. Not overwhelming or big to have a few.

Overall really great porter. I am a fan

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 20:48:20 | More by Monsone
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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a deep black with a slight crimson hue at the bottom of the glass. The head was a decent sized one with a tan color that disappears quite quickly with absolutely no lacing to speak of.

The only thing that I could detect was grand milk chocolate and the malt. Is it also possible to smell the graininess of a drink?

Sweet sweet chocolate and roasted malt. A very well balanced porter. Best I have ever had. I pick up on the hops with is perfectly placed and the aftertaste is all chocolate.

Smooth yet grainy. The thickness is just perfect. Definitely a sipper on a cold snowy night.

Excellent porter, like I previously stated...best I have ever had in my short time in the craft beer world. I loved the lore that is the Edmund Fitzgerald, "The lake it is said, never gives up her dead...", and I love this porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 20:17:44 | More by CoSMoSYS
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful head that sustains for quite some time. Nearly pitch black in color.

Smell is of chocolate. nearly a perfect smell for what I think a porter should smell like. maybe some sugar hints, can't tell.

taste is amazing. I gave it a 5 becuase in my opinion I don't see anything that could improve this. The best porter I think I have ever tasted.

Mouthfeel is a nice think but easy to drink down.

The best porter I have ever had, period.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 16:34:30 | More by n0315
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,039 ratings.