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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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5,535 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,535
Reviews: 1,889
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 500
Gots: 581 | FT: 22
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 DoppleJock
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into oversized snifter.

A: Poured a super brown/black with 1-finger caramel head. Great lacing and head retention.

S: Smoky, bittersweet roasted malts. Pretty much matches the description on the label.

T: Malty with a bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. Not as sweet as I expected for a porter, but pretty good.

M: Super smooth. Not too thick, just right.

D: Good after dinner drink. Not too rich to make you feel full. Nice substitute for coffee. Pretty high on my list of porters.

Photo of rawthar
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- What looks as black as pitch in the shadow reveals a deep caramel brown in the light. The sandy tan head rises above the rim of the glass and hangs around long enough to leave its mark on the glass before slowly retreating.

S- So many components that it's hard to catalog all of them, but smoke, caramel, burnt wood, roasted coffee, and chocolate are all safe bets.

T- Same flavors as the smell. This tastes like you're drinking a campfire, though in a delicious way, if that's possible. Caramel sweetness is the first punch, but that's quickly washed out by an intense smoky, roasty bitterness, which in turn fades away quickly, leaving a dry burnt pleasant aftertaste.

M- As a frequent drinker of RIS, this intentionally comes off a little light, which is both a positive and a negative. Good if you're drinking many, a little disappointing if you're only planning on drinking one.

D- The satisfying aftertaste doesn't have time to stick around, because you'll be taking swig after swig.

This is an awesome beer. Worthy of the hype and awards? Maybe, but I'll have to revisit after exploring some more porters.

Photo of jt31914
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle:

The first time I drank this brew I just didn't get the hype, but that was early in my drinking days so I decided to give a second try.

A: 1/4 inch head with nice lacing and a dark brown color.

S: Very coffeeish; char chocolate smell balances it out in the background. All much better than I remember so far, although it almost smells watery, which is odd.

T: Just solid; I don't think it's one of the top 100 brews of all-time, but I get why everyone like's it. It is bubbly with a strong coffee char flavor and a nice smooth aftertaste. Very creamy and gets better as it warms. Definitely better than I remember.

D/M: Very nice feel and easily drinkable. Good beer.

Basically I felt that this brew was good but overrated. Highly recommend.

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

12oz bottle into a snifter, courtesy of a recent trader

A: Pours a dark black with a nice khaki head that fades to a ring and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S: The smell is bakers chocolate and coffee with a sweet malty aroma in the background.

T: The taste is huge with coffee and chocolate with a slight vanilla flavor and a roasty bitterness on the finish.

M: The feel is nice and creamy and pretty thick. Very nice...

D: The drinkability is good on this one but the coffee would really kill me after a few. ABV is nice and the flavors are big and in your face which usually isn't the case.

Been wanting to try this one for a while now and it didn't disappoint. Highly recommended.

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

Great Lakes has become one of my favorite breweries. Almost always high quality. This was a very dark brown, almost opaque. Good foamy, tan head with lacing. Nutty porter scent.

It has a tingly, vegetable taste. Smooth. Bubbly. It's a porter version of the burning river. Great for the winter time.

Photo of Mancer
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured (into a pint glass) a dark brown with a 1 finger high, light brown head. The initial smell of the beer was roasted coffee and chocolate malts. The initial taste of the beer was the roast, coffee, and alcohol. The beer finished with a roasty flavor that didn't linger too long. This brew had a light to medium body with light to medium carbonation. Additionally the beer was slightly bitter complimenting the flavors presented.

All in all this is a nice porter and one that I will come back to for the excellent flavor and low price. I gave a lower mouth feel, primarily because I would have liked the porter to be a bit thicker bodied. Definitely worth buying if you like porters.

Photo of nickadams2
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours dark brown with reddish brown hue. Thick white head. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Coffee ,roasted malt,and dark chocolate.

T_Rich coffee up front. Roasted malt and dark chocolate. Hops present in the finish goes great with the coffee and balances out the sweetness from the chocolate malt.

M_Full bodied but not too heavy. Lots of carbonation which in my opinion seperates most porters from stouts.

D_Easy drinker.

This is easily my favorite porter. Good go too beer.

Photo of Hibernator
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
12 oz brown bottle
Dated 08/29/10
Served in a 12 oz glass

When in Buffalo I like to take advantage of the fact that I can get Great Lakes beers in the area. Hopefully someday soon Great Lakes will make it to Massachusetts, but for now I must capitalize when I can. I've been to the brewery in Cleveland and I'm a believer. Great Lakes makes some awesome beers.

Pours a jet black with ruby highlights on the bottom of the glass.

Big ole' fluffy head forms on top leaving nice trails of sticky lacings.

Aroma of roasted coffee notes, dairy and spicy hops.

Espresso flavors develop on the palate. Dark roasted malts, smoked qualities and ripe cherries dipped in rich chocolate. A complex beer overall. Nice hop snap on the finish too.

The drinkability on this porter is exceptional. One of the best porters out there. I could drink this beer for breakfast.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bottle stamped with enjoy by date of 6/13/10, but not sure when bottled.

A - almost black, tan 1/2" head, nice lacing

S - roasted coffee, chocolate

T - roasty malt, hints of coffee, dry finish

M - smooth, medium carbonation

D - tasty, easy to drink, low ABV. easy to enjoy a few at a time

Photo of CHADMC3
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely dark brown body with a big tan cascading head that comes to rest atop the body where it sits for quite sometime after leaving a sticky lacing behind.

The aromas on this brew are quite rich and abundant consisting of both roasted and sweet malts, generous chocolate and robust coffee.

The palate is similar to the aroma with roasted malts up front, rich and toasty, followed by sweet chocolate, and then hearty coffee with a finish that is part bitter and part roasted.

The mouthfeel is rich with toastyness and bitterness with medium carbonation and a robust body.

This is an excellent beer and proves itself worthy of the reviews it receives. Not one aspect of this beer disappointed me with tons of character but not so overwhelming that you are limited to just one. Great beer!

Photo of muttyd
3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Espresso body with a thin finger width head.

S - Roasted malts, burnt espresso, and dark chocolate. Slight metallic aroma.

T - Sweet roasted/toasted malts, coffee/espresso, bitter dark chocolate. Bitter hop bite towards the end. Again, I am getting sort of a metallic funk (not in a bad way) that reminds me of wet pennies? Not sure what this flavor is.

M - Medium body with a chewy finish. Long finish.

D - I am really impressed with this porter. Got this one in a trade and would love to try this again.

Photo of punkrkr27
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark, clear brown with a small tan head. Smells of toasted hops, coffee, and a slight malty sweetness. The flavor has lots of chocolate and toasted malts up front with a nice hop flavor balancing the finish. Nice full body with a dry finish.

Photo of cjgreen79
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Unibroue tulip glass @ 50F.

A - Brilliantly clear, black with amber/ruby hue. Lasting, amber head with fine bubbles.

S - Moderate burnt/roasty, nutty, carmel, moderately malty, lightly grainy, slightly fruity, with a light floral hop aroma.

T - Roasty, coffee/chocolate flavors, moderate caramel with bready/malty notes and a subtle fruity, fig/raisin in the finish. Slightly balanced toward the bitter while maintaining a great malt complexity.

M - Med/Full body. Velvet smooth on the tongue.

D - Thank you sir can I have another!

Photo of gloriousglo2
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I freakin' loved it. Got it from my family who lives in Ohio. Black, smells great, toasty flavor, very short period of mild bitterness at the end. I was impressed by just how smooth this stuff was. Now if only we could get their stuff regularly here in Eastern PA, life would be grand.

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

I have been wanting to taste this porter for a long time now, and finally had the opportunity at a recent tasting near my home. From the small tasting, I knew it was imperative that I get myself a bottle. I purchased a bottle today, chilled it tonight, and had it while watching a Phillies game. This porter pours a dark ruby color, which turns to almost black when fully emptied into the glass. Carbonation is minimal, but apparent (more so than I would have expected). Aroma is fantastic, smelling of dark chocolate and malts. Smooth at first, a bitterness becomes apparent after swallowing. Not overwhelming in the least; pleasant and enjoyable. Definitely one of the best porters I've had to date.

Photo of ne0m00re
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my stand-by, every-other-porter-judged-against-it, porter.
Reviewing from the Burgundy Room in Columbus, Ohio, who serves it on-tap in a pint glass.
A: Black with ruby hues, it poured with a nice tan head that stuck.
S: Chocolate coffee, with banana-raspberry and vanilla, oatmeal, and maple syrup all swimming in the background.
T: Creamy chocolate with coffee, some dried fruits (raisin, maybe?). This taste is much more powerful than the aroma. The coffee lingers. It is barely alcoholic, but it is certainly robust.
M: Creamy, oh so creamy! Smooth and frothy, oh so frothy smooth!
D: Awesome. I think I've finished whole six-packs on my own before.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle courtesy of bboyshatter from a recent BIF, gracias! Pours a clear, medium brown color with a thick, creamy 2-finger tan foam. Retention is good and lacing is alright.

Nose is chocolate cocoa with a mild roast character and marshmallow sweetness. Not much hop aroma and the fruitiness is kept to a minimum. What is there is really good, but it does not smack me in the face as much as I thought it would.

Taste does a good job of balancing roasty malt and sweet chocolate flavors. Leafy hops have a prevalent role in the flavor and are helped out some by the roast in the bitterness department. Milk Duds candy comes to mind as it warms up a bit. Does not lack in flavor or body, it has a nice creamy feel. One of those beers you just do not want to end.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - Black with a crimson glow when it is held up. Moderate lacing with a tan head that sticks around for a long time.

S - Roasted malts up front with a nice caramel, vanilla smell at the end.

T - Nice bitter coffee flavors with a hint of dark chocolate. While it has good flavor it isn't quite as full flavored as Black Butte Porter.

M - This is the weakest part of the beer. Medium body with a little too much carbonation.

D - This is a good beer and it is easy to drink. One of the best porters I've had but after drinking Black Butte the past week while in Vegas this one really can't match it. I would pick this up again if I wanted a porter and didn't have access to Deschutes.

Photo of Pabs311
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep hearty black with a nice creamy mocha colored head that settles rather slowly to leave some decent lacing on the glass

S- really nice nose with aromas of coffee, chocolate, some smokiness and sweet, dried fruits such as prunes and figs.

T- follows suit with the nose pretty well with a more robust coffee and chocolate characteristic than the nose. the smokiness is there in the middle along with the sweet fruits and the finish is bitter brewed coffee.

M/D- Rich, medium bodied and silky. very drinkable and another beer i'm dissapointed is unavailable in CT.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 7/11/09. Served from the bottle.

A - poured very dark brown, nearly black with garnet red hues in the light. 1" tan head, very nice lacing in my tulip. 4.5

S - Rich aromas of expresso, cocoa, dark malts, and mocha cream. Light fruitiness of figs as well. 4.0

T - Much roastiness and coffee-like flavors. Sweet hint of fruity esters and molasses too. Finishes bitter and balanced. 4.0

M - Rich and smooth, creamy and coats the palate. 4.5

D - This is damn drinkable. No doubt about it. One more please! 4.5

Overall - An absolutely fantastic example of the style. Wonderfully flavorful and balanced. Will buy again and I'll be sure it's a staple in the fridge. Pretty good with port wine cheddar.

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

Moderate finger's worth of tan, eggshell color, fair mix of bubble sizes, swift denouement down to the surface, small streaks of lacing left behind. The liquid is a mostly blackish brown with a patina of metallic orange around the outside. The nose has an excellent balance between roast and sweetness, coffee bean, milk chocolate, licorice, butterscotch, cooked oats, cherry and blackberry fruit, the hops do not reveal distinct scents, however, do condition the texture in your nostrils, lending dry bite. Medium-bodied, firm and displays good thrust in getting from start to finish. More roast in the coffee and mocha flavors here, more granola, oats and bread grains as well. Orange zest makes an appearance now and then. Smokehouse wood notes obscure some of the cherry, plum fruit. The carbonation is moderate, no fluffiness added just a slow mixing of the flavors. Metallic nuances linger at the end and extend the complete presence.

Photo of BarBEERian
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Edmund Fitz poured a deep and dark ruby-red and dark-chocolate color that let some subtle light through when the glass was held to the light. The smell was also rather potent, with clear splashes of bittersweet coffee and chocolate mashing together with a hearty and meaty roasted-nut scent. The head on the beer disappeared quickly, with only large toffee-colored bubbles sticking around for more than a minute. The taste was just as desirable as I remember it being, with a rather smooth and drinkable bitterness staying put until the earthy and dulled down bitter coffee flavor takes your hand through the rest of the sip. The combination or the roasted nut flavor and a well-blended iced coffee only presents itself further as the beer warms. Usually, I'd be looking for a creamy and sweeter flavor to help roll through the tide of dulled-flavor, but that's what makes this a great porter and so drinkable.

For a porter, this beer certainly has a lot of bite to it. But considering it only clocks in around 5.5% ABV, you can have quite a few of these before your night is done early. Sure, this is definitely a bottom-heavy beer with most of the flavor notes kicking in near the end, but if you're looking for a well-done porter that sticks to a style without any real quirks or superfluousness, then this ship-wreck of a beer is for you.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep crimson brownish with good carbonation leaving a nice tan cap, bubbles and some moderate lacing

S: Cocoa and grains.

T: Let down. An astringent, bitter bakers powder meets roasted malt. The finish is dry, some cheap chocolate, bakers powder cocoa and lingering roasted malt plus bitterness

M: Medium bodied, somewhat thin. Not exactly great.

O: Let down.

Photo of ChrisPro
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with only the slightest hints of ruby. Aroma is deep roasted coffee and nut. An incredibly smooth porter with a nice chocolaty flavor. Good aroma that comes out whether served on tap or in bottle.

I can literally say that this was one of the three beers that got me into craft beer. Thank you, Great Lakes.

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

Pours dark brown in color with some redness and lighter brown hues around the edges. More than 2 fingers of creamy tanned head appear and retain very well. An abundant amount of lace clings all around the glassware. Nose is quite grainy with notes of chocolate and suggestions of citrus hops through the end of the aroma. Taste is a well blended combination of grain, bitter chocolate, hits of coffee, citrus hops and alcohol through the body and lingers in the finish as well. Feel of this beer is medium to light with a light amount of carbonation. This is a very drinkable porter that is quite balanced and a very enjoyable mix of flavors and aromas to be had.

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,535 ratings.