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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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5,666 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,666
Reviews: 1,912
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 517
Gots: 693 | FT: 20
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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 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.

Photo of auro0006
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is dark, coffee colored brown. Very rich looking.

The nose imparts aromas of coffee, dark, roasted malts; almost burnt. Slight smoke aromas hid in the background, but are not dominant.

The body is full and thick. Those roasted malt aromas become the dominant flavors in the flavor profile. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate are very forward. I also detected a pleasant flavor of bourbon and warming alcohol.

The finish brings out some bitter flavors, mainly from balancing hops and the bittersweet roasted malts.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've recently heard about this beer in the local paper so while visiting the Blue Dog I picked one up.
Well, this beer pours with a great tan head, dark brown in color. When held up to a light I can barely see through it.
Good head rentention, very good actually and excellent lacing.
Rich malts provide a complex aroma. I can pick out cofee and espresso and chocolate from the roasted malts.
This porter is smooth and rich in flavor, what you smell is what you get baby.
Coffee and espresso up front with a nice chocolate finish.
A good cooking beer for stews and chili.
Drink well my friends

Photo of AdamBear
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had always heard that this is one of the greatest porters out there so i had some high expectations. All of those expectations were certainly met. This very well might be the best porter I've ever had.

A-very dark brown, light tan head

S-pure cocoa beans, very thick smelling, quite nice

T-wow so rich! tastes like chocolate covered coffee beans. its so amazing!

M-medium carbonation. great smooth finish!

D-gets slightly more bitter as the drink goes on, the taste stays so its great all the way through!

Photo of Swill5786
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, clear when held to the light, ruby highlights, one finger of head. Nose carries bittersweet note of malt, fruity hops, a stout-like aroma. Sweet malty start morphs quickly to bittersweet chocolate. Finish is coffee-like in bitterness with a hint of tart/fruity sweetness in the aftertaste... apples, I do believe. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Surprised by lower ABV... Carries all the sensory effects of a weightier brew, except the alcohol content.

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

Poured this into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown, with an inch of tan head. Pretty lacing.
S: Chocolate with some roasted coffee.
T: Wow, this is good stuff! The malts hit me up front with a bitter dark chocolate flavor, with a tad of coffee mixed in. This is well-balanced, however, with the hops pulling through in the end. Few porters are this hoppy, but I think it's definitely a plus. Rather enjoyable.
M: Medium-bodied. Coats the mouth.
D: About what I expected from the style. Not too heavy, and not much alcohol. I could throw a couple back in a sitting.

This is the best porter I've had, bar none. I would recommend this to any beer lover.

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

A: Dark brown, dark ruby highlights, thick tan rocky head that lasts

S: Lots of chocolate, like a tootsie roll, little bit of coffee, some citrus hops

T: Chocolate, roast, balanced, with just a touch of smoke, earthy hops

M: Thick and smooth, luxurious

D: One of the best beers I have ever had, easy. The only thing keeping me from having another is because this is such a thick beer that is best savored. Could imagine it with a roast, BBQ, dessert, or as dessert.

Photo of herman77
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark dark dark brown, not quite black. Pretty big tan head that lasts and lasts. Excellent lacing.

S: Coco powder, lightly roasted malt and fresh brewed coffee.

T: Bittersweet chocolate up front with gently roasted malt and a little bit of coffee. There is a creamy sweetness that comes next that tastes amazing and ties everything together. Some earthy hop bitterness punches through as well. Finishes slightly sweet with some roasted malt characteristics. The balance on this is top notch.

M: Great mouthfeel. Medium body, moderate carbonation that feels very smooth and creamy.

D: Tasty, phenomenal balance, easy to drink and goes down too fast.

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

A: A hard pour down the center of the glass results in a solid half inch of head with some serious retention, head is also thick and clings to the side of the glass, color is dark brown with deep crimson - 4.75, S: Initial whiff is loaded with lots of powdered chocolate and cacao, some tootsie roll and latte smells are also evident along with a dark fruit sweetness, hint of coffee in the depths of the nose, very nice aroma -4.50, T: Flavor is heavy on the charring, lots of specialty grains including chocolate malts and black patent, flavor favors the dry side rather than the sweet side of the spectrum, lots of roasted grains, there is also a nice citrus hop bite present - 4.50, M: Medium to heavy bodied, slight grittiness on the tongue - 4.00, D: An extremely drinkable Porter, excellent example of the style - 4.50

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

12oz bottle into a tulip. freshness date marked.

color is a heavy dark brown with faint garnet highlights. gave me a finger's worth of dense, tan head that calms slowly to a thin film. leaves some nice sticky rings behind in the glass.

smells of roasted espresso, dark chocolate and tart fruit like cherry or raspberry.

taste explodes with big roasted and burnt malt flavors. notes of smoke and dark fruit crop up as does a lot of dark chocolate. bitterness hits the back of the tongue just in time for a dry, burnt finish. far richer than most american porters i have tried.

feel is lighter than i expected. medium bodied with enough carbonation to lend a nice smoothness to the beer.

very drinkable and and a fantastic example of the style. certainly lives up to it's reputation which is rare imo. worth seeking out.

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

A: Dark brown--near black with a slight redish tint; tan foamy head with good retention and great lacing

S: Sweet roasted malts: chocolate, vanilla, and coffee sit on top of a slight floral hop presence; there is also a graininess present here too

T: Loads of roasted malts: chocolate and coffee along with just a subtle meaty smokiness; the sweetness of the aroma does not come out as much in the flavors--fairly dry but a touch of a vanilla sweetness pervades

F: Creamy with good mouth feel; a tad thin on back end but a decent amount of beer sticks to the sides of the mouth and the tongue

D: A very pleasant and drinkable beer--loads of malty goodness

Photo of Bonis
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Almost black, light peaks through in the corners of the glass. Huge foamy light tan head sits for a while and presents lacing. Looks really good for a porter.

S - Roasted malts, toffee, a hint of smoky bitterness. A slightly strange metallic smell makes it's way in there, though not a turn off. No alcohol apparent to me.

T - Big roasty flavors, some burnt caramel, a touch of coffee. I get a pleasant bittersweet finish. This isn't real complex but it's almost perfectly balanced. It's not the best porter out there, but it's close. I don't remember it being quite this good.

M - Light bodied, crisp and clean. Almost has the feel of a light beer. Medium carbonation, a slight chalky bitterness sits in the mouth. This is nice.

D - Drinkability on this one is superb. A very easy drinking porter that I look forward to session in the upcoming months.

Photo of tewaris
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Edmund Fitzgerald
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Robust Porter/American Porter
5.8% ABV
12 oz bottle with a freshness date of 11/29/10 poured into a Surly pint glass on 09/16/10.

Appearance 5/5
Clear and dark brown with a nice two finger tan colored head that looks promising and leaves nice sticky lacing.

Aroma 4/5
Roasted dark malts: dark chocolate; some sweetness. Smell is not overpowering. Decent amount of hops which strike me as earthy and herbal. I expect more roast though.

Taste 4/5
First impression is nice! Rich chocolate taste, which is pleasantly surprising for a "non-imperial" beer of the darker kind. Starts slightly sweet on palate but hop bitterness emerges and stays until finish. The hop flavor is strong and dominates over initial chocolate. There's of course a roasted taste and feel, which is not burnt by any means. Finish is medium and bitter.

Mouthfeel 4.5/5
Low but very present carbonation seems fitting. I could've done with even less. Medium bodied, but has the finish of a higher bodied beer. Some warmth is felt, which doesn't seem out of place.

Drinkability 4.5/5
At this ABV, this is a mighty flavorful ale and I could have a few without getting drunk, which is a plus. Not cloying per se but the finish effects drinkability to some extent.

Probably the best porter I have had till date. Honestly, I have found this style to be a little disappointing but this one is very good!

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a mix pack I picked up in late Aug at the Price Chopper grocery in North Syracuse NY. Freshness date on the box: Jul 16 2010. Oops. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Dark black brew allows only a glimmer of light through when held to a light. It generates a nice 1" of creamy light raw umber head that leaves a thick layer of lace on the glass as it settles. Nose is a nice mix of peat, smoke, molasses, dry and sweet at the same time. Mouthfeel is moderate-heavy bodied with a crisp carbonation that cuts through to keep it from being overly thick, but it is maybe a bit too fizzy. Taste follows directly from the smell and adds a good dose of starchy raw grain, kinda like chewing on uncooked oatmeal (I mean that in a good way). Tasty and drinkable, a great porter.

Photo of H1N1
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark chocolate brown with a finger and a half of solid foam. Very little light penetrates the beer. Head holds pretty solid.

S - Malty chocolate and coffee. Very well balanced. The coffee smell being the strongest is complimented well by the dark chocolate smell.

T - A bit smoky. Tastes of coffee with sugar, but no cream. Faint hints of chocolate that came through more and more as the beer warmed. No real hops to speak of.

M- Coats the mouth nicely. A little thin.

D - I enjoyed it. It would be a nice winter beer.

Photo of EricCioe
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Head died pretty quickly in my tulip over an attractive black liquid. The nose is lots of chocolate malt full of roasty goodness with a hint of greenery in there someplace. The taste is similar to the nose, a bit roasty, not very sweet. In the mouth it seems a bit fizzy to me and less than hugely full, but because of that and the attractive taste you could drink it all night.

EDIT - I've come to view the thinner body as a plus rather than a minus. I miss being able to get this regularly. I will always drink this while in the Midwest.

Photo of garbercury
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Never realized I had never rated this brew, sipping on one now, why not?

A--Good lacing, deep brownish black with hints of red in the tones.

S--Roasted malt, you can smell the coffee notes.

T--Coffee, toasty, malty goodness. Hints of chocolate in the finish, exceptional.

M--Smooth mouthfeel.

D--This is one of the best examples you will ever get in terms of a straight up American Porter. Great flavor and balance. A must try if you enjoy the style...

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.54/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$9.99 / 6-pk.

A: Bright deep brown body with a small creamy tan head of low retention that leaves no lacing, and a thin creamy cover.

S: Chocolate dominates with coffee in the background. Sweet roasted character throughout. Very nice.

T: Deep roasted malt backbone with characteristic astringency. Coffee is subdued and chocolate is almost nonexistent (a little disappointing). Hop bitterness is tough to make out, but there is a lingering bitter aftertaste I could do without.

M: Light with high carbonation. Very crisp. Not what I would have expected.

D: Light, crisp beer that is full of flavor. Stands up well, but the aftertaste drags it down a bit in my opinion.

O: Solid beer, but not exceptional. Pretty typical experience for me with Great Lakes.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep burnt umber with light brown head.

In the nose is barley and molasses and burnt caramel - very pleasing aroma.

Molasses up front barely sweet but extremely smooth - nice carbonation hits in the back, then finnishes slightly bitter, with coffee notes. Very nice.

Photo of pdoran10
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

finally getting around to reviewing this one after I remember seeking it out in Chicago about a year ago when Great Lakes was not distributed to Minneapolis. Love this beer now, loved it then.

poured from bottle into snifter with a finger and a half of off white head that lingers even five minutes after pouring. jet black in color and a great looking porter.

smell is some light roasted malt with surprising earthy hop presence.

taste adds some chocolate notes to a smooth amount of roasty flavor. finishes up smooth and crisp with a small hop bite. well balanced delicious flavors.

mouthfeel is exceptional. silky smooth on your tongue with just enough carbonation to not be syrupy.

a sessionable delicious porter. could drink many of these over the course of a night. my favorite porter to date.

Photo of mjaskula
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh until 11/09/2010. Served in a pint glass. The beer is black, just barely showing red highlights when held to the light. I poured it fairly vigorously to get a decent one finger head which thinned to a film and left a thick wall of lace.

The aroma is mild and slightly sweet with clear roasted malt and chocolate notes. Flavor continues the nose with a stronger roasted malt character, nuttiness, sweet bread and a touch of sourness. Carbonation is high, helping to lighten the beer overall. This is a well rounded mild porter, quite easy to drink.

Photo of Spica66
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber-black color. Perfect head formation and retention. Extreme lacing after every drink.

S: Smells very, very sweet and must have some chocolate malt in it.

T: Chocolate, caramel, and sweet malt. There is a slightly bitter hops aftertaste, but my brain is too busy processing the chocolately goodness to notice very much.

M: Medium body and surprisingly dry finish for as sweet as the taste is.

D: Absolutely easy (and wonderful) to drink.

Wow. I have never had a porter like this!

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

Another gift from fellow BA thryn. Thanks! And I see this is the No. 1 American Porter on the site.

Essentially totally black with a foamy light brown head that reduces to a thick ring in my glass.

Aroma of coffee, chocolate and toasted bread.

Creamy flavor of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Good stuff.

The body is creamy, but a little light.

Overall this is a very nice porter. A very under-appreciated style.

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,666 ratings.