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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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5,322 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,322
Reviews: 1,869
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 481
Gots: 499 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001)
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Photo of mdwalsh
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Did the center of the glass pour, gave me a huge head, which has never happened before, but it's going away fast and even did some of the falling bubbles Guinness Style. Still settled on a 4 finger creamy tan head. There is some active carb, very little but some. The beer itself shoes some red hues amongst the black/brown that dominates. Lacing is very nice.

S: Nose is roast and dark fruits, prunes I'd say. Some malty-molassassy sweetness as well. No hops though, but still good. In different bottles that roast has been more or less powerful.

T: Bittersweet, with the roast again present, but lighter. The dark fruity sweet is more so what's going on. This tastes a little more burnt that usual though.

M: Smooth, light. I'm actually going to give points for the texture of the head here, it's very nice when it touches the lips.

D: Easy, good. Could put down a few of these, I think it has some great options for food pairing as well.

mdwalsh, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle that I now see is 3 months past its best before date - sucks when you buy old stock. Pours a dark dark brown but not black, a couple of fingers of light tan foam forms in the tulip, light lacing.

Nose is chocolaty, some medium/dark roasting with hints of smokiness, really smooth.

Taste is equally smooth. Roasting without the astringency that sometimes accompanies it, light bitterness, faint hop drying in the finish, swirls of light chocolate, I want to say just the faintest brewed coffee notes. Doesn't seem to have suffered with the few extra months. Smooth, if not slightly light, body that gives a creamy feel. Feels richer than 5.8%.

A solid porter. Easy drinking and with a lower end ABV you could easily have a couple with no regrets. Not overly smoky or bitter, just smooth.

ritzkiss, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 8/4/09 on the bottle

Thanks to Draught2012 for providing this in one of our trades.

Wow, quite a good looking beer. Thick/substantial light tan head with excellent retention. Root beer colored beer (perhaps even darker) Can't see any carbonation, but very dark.
Clumps of lacing stick everywhere.

Aroma is wonderful. Thick caramel notes, molasses. Fresh actually. Some cocoa perhaps. Didn't get the cocoa at first. But later it seemed to make sense.

This is a good beer. Well balanced between the roasted goodness and the sweetness. Light cocoa flavors, a touch or roasted bitterness. A touch of charcoal and smoke. There is just a hint of sweetness then it almost finishes dry. More smoke in the lingering aftertaste,

Smooth as silk. The slightest carbonation.. Medium bodied.

Wonderfully drinkable. I am sad to report that this is my only bottle. One of my favorite Porters.. Glad to have had the opportunity to try this.

Reagan1984, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of mkabull
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- nice dark color light light tan head good lacing
S- nice roasted malt aromas coffee chocolate light burnt nose
T- good porter flavors roasted/toasted malts rush up front but not overwhelming bitterness is present compliments other flavors nicely
M- good body but not too heavy satisfying beer
D- nice drinkable beer for a porter the taste helps the overall drinkability

mkabull, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of bulletrain76
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Dark brown with a medium beige head. Dark chocolate and caramel aroma. The flavor has a definite roasted coffee edge, but is balanced by sweeter chocolate and malt flavors. Medium bitterness and fuller malty character. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Solid stuff with a good mocha flavor going on. Very drinkable, but not a true session porter really. One of the better porters out there that I have come across, but not really distinctive except that it nails the style without flaws.

bulletrain76, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of photomike
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bulletrain76 for sharing!

Pours a dark brown with a somewhat quickly receding head. A respectable amount of wet lacing slowly follows the level of beer left in your glass.

Smell is very nice; milk chocolate and coffee notes play off each other with a carmelly sweet malt background for it all.

The taste is slightly boozy, but chocolate is the star. Very bitter espresso is present at the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick with a puckering bitter finish and sparkly carbonation. Not bad, but a tad overcarbonated for my liking in a porter.

Highly drinkable, the only thing holding this beer back is the bitter finish; otherwise this would be infinitely drinkable.

I liked this beer quite a bit, but don't understand what the fuss is about. A very good porter? Yes. A great one? Only maybe.

photomike, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Auslander for the trade!

Bottle to a pint glass.

A- Poured a super dark brown, almost black with little red hints when held up to the light. Nice one finger tan head with great retention.

S- Deep earthy roasted aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate.

T- Lightly smokey, burnt/bitter chocolate

M- Hardly noticed any carbination, medium body.

D- Definitely one of my favorite porters. Hopefully I can find some more on my upcoming trip to MI.

tatoodkelt, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep charred brown with a thin beige head that left good lacing.

S- Roasted coffee nose with hints of bittersweet chocolate, hazelnuts, brown sugar and malt. Not much in the hops department but full of coffee and cocoa.

T- Packed full of roasted coffee and chocolate flavor. A very roasty/smokey/burnt taste with highlights of caramel and brown sugar. A slight bitterness from the cocoa helps to balance the crystal malt and brown sugar flavor.

M- Medium/full body with a nice amount of carbonation. Very smooth feel.

D- Easily the best porter that I have had. Very drinkable with a big robust flavor that is surprisingly refreshing. The alcohol is nowhere to be found which makes this something I could definitely drink plenty of.

projectflam86, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I did a little cross-porter tasting on Friday night, and the highlight was definitely the Fitz.

Very dark brown, bordering on black, but with red highlights when held up to the candle. A large tan head forms and lasts for the entire drink (which isn't long... this stuff is too delicious to sit), and lays down concentric rings of lace. Sweet chocolate aroma, mixed in with coffee, caramel and roasted nuts.

The flavour has bittersweet chocolate in droves, but as further sips are taken it recedes a touch to reveal a complex mix of the aforementioned chocolate, coffee, dates and caramel. There's also a pleasing hop bite in the tail. Its a beer that demands to be lifted to your lips as soon as you put the glass down. What's more, the excellence extends to the mouthfeel, which is heavy yet smooth, which suits the luxurious richness of the beer very well indeed.

Yet another epic winner from Great Lakes.

bobsy, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of PorterJan
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A reddish brown color with a nice tan head that doesn't recede.
Aroma note of light roasty sweetness.
Flavor is well balanced with malt and hop bitterness, great notes of roasted malts with a nice clean finish.
A great example of a Porter one of my favorites.

PorterJan, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerisheaven for throwing this in as an extra to another fine trade, although he didn't include Demi Moore. A top 100 beer I haven't tried yet, with almost 1,000 reviews? Has to be good!

Black. Nice head, which I still fail to understand the appeal of, but it's there. Smells more like coffee than I expected.

Taste is full & robust for a regular ole' porter. The coffee is prominent, sharing time but not hogging the stage with the malts. Mouth on this might be it's strength, as the porter is the epitome of smooth, creamy, & easy-drinking.

Overall a very good beer. Happy to have tried it & impressed that an American Porter can stick in the BA Top 100 in this moment of big, bad, kick-ass brews. Salut!

maximum12, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep brown with ruby highlights. One finger of frothy, light-tan head. Good retention and nice, sticky lace.

Smell- Rich, chocolate malt, cocoa, and some coffee. Pleasant roastiness. Little to no hop-aroma.

Taste- Excellent roasty malts with slight bitter cocoa. Faint hop fruitiness in the background.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Pleasant texture. Good carbonation.

Drinkability- One of my favorite porters. Also quite sessionable.

endincolorado, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of grayburn
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

She pours a ruby brown with a nice tan cap that lasts and laces.

The smell is dominated by chocolate and jammy fruits. Very nice, this follows through into the taste quite nicely. There is just enough hop presence to keep things flowing smoothly. This is probably my favorite example of the style, similar to a hoppier Fuller's.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and a wonderful smoothness. Excellent all around, this beer drinks with the best of them.

grayburn, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of danielharper
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, nearly black velvet, but not opaque like a stout (slight transparency to the body) and with a reddish tinge to the liquid. Half-inch khaki-colored head. Amazing appearance.

Smell: Dark malts, lots of sweet grapes and raisins, very bready.

Taste: Delicious dry malts, roasted grains, slightly dry on the finish. A touch of raisin sweetness, but not too much. Basically a note-perfect American Porter.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, mild carbonation, no significant hops. Smooth.

Drinkability: This may be my all-time favorite porter.

danielharper, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of waltek1
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a glass mug, dark brown with a slightly frothy head.

S: Roasted malt scent, with a slight coffee note.

T: Smoked malty taste, well-balanced and semi-sweet.

M: Initial carbonation with medium body and a smooth finish. Very pleasurable.

D: I have enjoyed this beer for many years, and find this to be a very tasty and drinkable porter. Not quite a session beer, but one can put down a few bottles or pints if I find myself at the GLBC brewpub.

waltek1, May 30, 2009
Photo of mjl21
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh. 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. The please enjoy by date is blank. Comes in at 5.8%.

A-Dark brown that gives off some red when put to the light. Has a one finger sandy head that reduces to a nice spotted film surrounded by a bubbly edge.

S-Smoky via the dark roast malt. I pick up on some coffee as it warms. Not much sweet malt is there.

T-It has a really nice combination of roasty and sweet malt. As it goes down the roast clings to the back of the mouth. In between sips there is a nice bittersweet taste that is left.

M-On the lighter spectrum of medium bodied. It is quite smooth with a nice carbonation level.

D-Not heavy for a darker beer and is quite sessionable. I would be glad to have a few of these while hanging outside on a cooler night.

A really good porter that I would gladly drink if it were available in CA. It was good as when I tried it in Cleveland 3 years ago.

mjl21, May 30, 2009
Photo of smudgewhat
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a winner on the basis of flavor vs price. It's relatively inexpensive but nearly as satisfying as some other more expensive similar beers.

I'm not a porter expert but I have tried many many stouts. This tastes like an oatmeal stout to me - possible chocolate tones. It's not a thick as many stouts so maybe that's part of why it's called a porter.

A nice flavor and more available on tap at bars than the stouts I am reminded of like 8 Ball, which is another bargain-ish stout. But neither is that close to Anderson Valleys oatmeal which is more pricey. I've found though that Edmund wears thin for me after one pint.

smudgewhat, May 29, 2009
Photo of animal69
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a deep reddish-brown color w/ a fizzy tan cap which dissapates quickly leaving a decent lace in my glass
S- not a strong smell, cereal grains and some smoky notes of dark roasted malts, maybe a touch of alcohol as it warms with some sweet and sourish coffee in the mix as well
T- a combination of nuts, burnt toast & coffee that works quite well together, almost like an espresso flavor from the onset, taste gets "meaty" about midway, nice bitter, strong coffee and mineral notes in the finish
M- just on the light side of medium bodied w/a fair amount of co2 makes it feel a bit creamy, i'd also call this one a "semi-dry"; dry, with some kind of sweetness to it
D- an exeptional brew, prob. better classified as one of those "stout-porters" i've been hearing about, but well within guidlines of an Am. porter & being on sale for only $6.99 a sixer it's a def. win/win situation

animal69, May 23, 2009
Photo of flexinwext
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I will start by saying porters are not one of my favorite types. However, this is a very muted and not overly coffee-flavored porter, so it suites my needs well. Dark brown blackish color. Smell of coffee and chocolate. Flavor is very good and drinkable, unlike many porters that overdo the coffee. The low ABV makes this a very good session porter. Not one for those who need big flavors.

flexinwext, May 21, 2009
Photo of beer1018
3.23/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle poured into pint glass. Bottle says it is fresh until 10/3/2009

A. Black but when put up to the light it apears dark red. 1 inch carmel colored head. A little lacing but it doesnt last long.

S. Burnt bitter sweet chocolate coffee.

T. All i can taste is burnt coffee, i cant detect the chocolate in it. To bitter for my tastes, it and burnt coffee is all i can taste after drinking.

M. Thin and wattery. I was exspecting it to be heavier like guiness or beamish. I would have liked it better.

D. One and done for me. The smell was the only thing i liked on this brew. I dont think it is balanced well and i wish it was a thicker beer.

I wanted to like this beer after enjoying the blackout stout so much but i dont think i will buy again. This is my 5th out of a sixer and i still have the same impression as when i drank the first one a week ago.

beer1018, May 18, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown body. Light tan head which forms a nice skim after settling. Not much in the way of lacing.

S: Roasted coffee. Smokey chocolate. Some dark fruit... figs or raisins.

T: Nice, overall smokiness. Dark chocolate. A touch of caramel. Some more dark fruits towards the middle.

M: Smooth. Not terribly creamy. Clean finish.

D: Pretty good. I can see why the Philly area is excited to get Great Lakes in the area soon.

callmemickey, May 17, 2009
Photo of tedpeer
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce poured into a pint.

A - Poured dark brown with red hints. Very large tan head, that became a quarter inch. Some lacing.

S - Fruits, a little sweetness, and some roasted malts.

T - Chocolate, then roasted. Slightly smoked. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium to thin. Good carbonation level.

tedpeer, May 14, 2009
Photo of scuppers
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I should say before reviewing that I'm not a big fan of this style.

Poured into a pilsner glass, because that's what was clean. Served at 51 degrees F.

Appearance: foamy, tan to off-white head. Color appears opaque, but if I hold it up to the light, it's very dark brown and slightly ruby red. Good head retention, with a fair amount of lacing. Maintains a thin layer of foam on the top.

Smell: a little black licorice, mostly dark roast coffee or chocolate notes. Has a slight smokiness to it.

Taste: starts out kind of like coffee-milk or something - not a ton of taste, just a little thickness. Then sweet, and then pretty bitter. Probably sweeter than Guinness, less watery.

Mouthfeel: not too thick and not too thin for something this strength. It's not overly foamy or overly fizzy. The mouthfeel seems just about right.

Drinkability: a little chewy to be called a session beer. I don't think it's a refreshing beer exactly. It could be called soothing. I find that these must go down easy because the glass of beer seems to get empty quickly, and yet I don't feel like drinking several more.

scuppers, May 12, 2009
Photo of Kolsch
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap on home draft system. Kegged date not stamped.

Appearance: Huge dark foamy head that reminded me of a root beer float. Stayed consistent thru drink. This could easily pass for a stout.

Smell: Cocoa, bakers chocolate & coffee.

Taste: Bittersweet cocoa. Coffee with cream and sugar. Slightly sweet up front, but finishes dry. Exceptional taste. This drinks more like a stout and in my opinion, is a Porter in name only.

Overall: This is by far the best beer that Great Lakes makes out of their regular lineup and may be one of the best made porters in the US. I enjoy the Blackout Stout but at 5.8% Abv, this porter is highly sessionable.

Kolsch, May 10, 2009
Photo of wchesak
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - very dark brown with hints of red on the edges and bottom of the glass, good thick inch of tan head, leaves good lace before becoming a tan ring on the glass

S - bittersweet chocolate, roasted barley, underlying coffee

T - follows along with the smell, bittersweet chocolate is more pronounced, coffee becomes more present mid swallow, hops are there but hard to pin point them, I am picking up a slight dryness in the aftertaste

M - maybe not as thick as I would have lacked but certainly not lacking body, carbonation is decent

D - everything ends up coming together pretty well in the end, going to need to let this one warm up a bit more next time, overall a good porter worth having again

wchesak, May 08, 2009
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,322 ratings.