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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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5,740 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,740
Reviews: 1,930
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 524
Gots: 736 | FT: 22
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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Ratings: 5,740 | Reviews: 1,930
Photo of JLeege
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Poured into a fluted glass, dark brown, approaching black, with a tan 2 finger head. Good head retention, a little lacing left down the glass.

Smell- Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, some earthy hops.

Taste- Very well balanced blend of roasted and toasted malts. Notes of chocolate and coffee, a slight hop presence towards the back end, more of the piney variety. Slightly bitter coffee finish, but not overlly dry.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, medium carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall- Great porter, is it really one of the best in the world... maybe. But the price point for a beer of this calliber is excellent. This beer does not dissapoint, especially for 9 bucks a six pack!

Photo of mjyoung
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle split with bbb099

A: It poured nice and dark with a medium head. There is little-to-no lacing, but it does retain a fair bit of foam.

S: A strong smell of roasted coffee with an undercurrent of rich malted chocolate. Very enticing.

T: A classic porter, it hits all of the notes from a solid first taste to a great finish. The coffee and chocolate notes follow the smell quite cleanly. It provides all of the flavor it promises, but it completely avoids the possibility of harsh.

M: Medium thickness, but it does leave a pleasantly cloying aftertaste. Not lip-smacking good, but close.

D: Very drinkable. This is a very solid porter but it doesn't overpower the tastebuds. This would leave me coming back for more.

Photo of musicforairports
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle best by 7 May 2011, drank on 13 December 2010. This guys is pretty fresh.

Pours very dark brown, small brown head that leaves some lacing.

Smells like chocolate and coffee, neither sweet nor bitter.

Tastes smooth. Wow. This harnesses all the flavors a porter should have and puts them all out there with none smacking you in the face. Tastes quite a bit like chocolate, less coffee than some porters. Mild burnt taste. Again, not sweet and not bitter. Mellow but flavorful, if thats possible.

Mouthfeel is the fuller side of medium. Not too creamy, but not watery at all.

I wish this were sold where I live. This is probably the only porter I could ever find myself wanting to drink all night.

Photo of mulder1010
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. From notes
thanks to Biglite351 for the beer

A-- Poured dark brown and settled black. One finger light brown head, good lacing with it. No visible carbonation.

S-- Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Chocolate is dark and rich. Coffee and malts were a little thin.

T-- Coffee, chocolate and a little bit of lemon bitterness.

M-- Coffee and chocolate feel with the lemon being in the middle of the palate. Lower medium carbonation and a big robust feel. Bitter coffee finish.

D-- Easy to drink and a nice porter. Quite complex and well balanced. Easy to have two of these. A beer I would drink in the summer pretty easily.

Photo of Swedes21
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a dark black colour that does reflect some light. The beer has a light brown head that is fairly full in appearance. It is hard to tell the carbonation levels. Their is some nice lacing occurring.

Smell - picking up some dark tones, coffee, chocolate and caramel are my thoughts. There is a decent malt smell as well to this beer.

Taste - What a punch of taste! This beer has a solid coffee bean taste followed with a very lasting bitterness. I find the chocolate comes through more than the caramel, but a very well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel - not a tremendous amount of carbonation added, however, the mouthfeel increases the bitterness and coffee taste.

Drinkability - Nice tasting beer, i am not a massive fan of these yet tend to enjoy the odd one. This is totally not a session beer for me, but a good treat!

Special thanks out to spinrsx for the Great Lakes trade, you've made me a fan!

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black mixed with walnut brown color with a ruby tint, not really much light escaping through here. A nice creamy tan head forms with the pour. The lace lingers a few centimeters above the beer level and inches its way down.

Smell: Milk chocolate, caramel, and roasted coffee dominate the nose.

Taste: The milk creamy sweetness starts out the flavor by combining sweet caramel, a latte like espresso flavor, and some roasted malt. A kick of spice and herbal hops impart a light hoppy bite. The finish keeps a good part of the coffee, cream, and herbal hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smoothness and carbonation with a full body. Although the start is very creamy, the feel becomes more dry toward the end.

Drinkability: I found this to be a very drinkable porter. Great Lakes has some very good offerings, and this falls in their category of well-done, medium ABV, drinkable beers with some character.

Photo of drumrboy22
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.  Beer was a dark, cola brown color, with a sandy colored, one-finger head.  Light carbonation and moderate lacing around the glass.

Aroma was burnt wood, licorice, caramel, a touch of hops and coffee.

Taste was roasted grains, chocolate, caramel, coffee and bitter hops.  Long bitter finish. 

Delicious beer.  Fairly rich, but highly drinkable. I'd seek this out again.

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a mini Porter tasting, first off: Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.
Dark with ruby highlights shining through. Nice tan head, faded away quickly, sticking to the glass. Mild aroma of carmel, roasted malt, chocolate. Aroma and taste got better after a few extra minutes of warming. Taste is smooth and exceptional. Not as thick and heavy as Founders but just as tasty. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and hops. Very carbonated and light on the tongue. High drinkability and tasty porter.

Photo of etn3000
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm sure this is an excellent beer to people that like American Porters. I am not a fan of the Porter, but that said, this a very drinkable beer. It is quite bitter, and of course very dark, but it is very smooth and not to heavy. I would suggest this beer if you are a fan of the American Porter.

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

Drank from a Sam Adams perfect pint. Beer poured a deep dark brown, with a finger of head. Smelled of rich roasted malts, some chocolate, vanilla and a little bit of coffee.

The taste was a as robust as the smell indicated. It was somewhat bitter and smokey, but overall the sweet chocolatey malts balanced things out. It was medium bodied, creamy and maybe a bit too carbonated. Very drinkable, especially when you factor in the low ABV. Three thumbs up!

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

12 oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip

A - Dark, dark brown-almost black, great lacing, very large brown head which shrinks after a couple of minutes

S - Coffee and dark chocolate

T - Coffee, some piny hops --> lactose, milk chocolate --> molasses, more coffee, and dark chocolate on the finish - bitter and a little sweet.

M - Body is creamy, but not overly thick. Feels good.

D - Good drinkability for the style. I don't generally session porters, but if I did, this would be a worthy candidate.

Photo of kochea7
3.22/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Poured a good head that lasted awhile. Quite dark with black hints.
S-Hops, clearly American hops used in this brew.
T-Overly hoppy and bitter at first, fades to some maltyness, but back to bitter aftertaste.
M-Wasn't too watery and wasn't like pudding. A good thickness for a porter.
D-Its very drinkable if you like a rather hop dominated porter, with little malt tones.

I feel it would have been much better had they used a British hops like Fuggles instead of the American, probably Cascade. I personally prefer more maltyness in my porters and less bitterness.

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

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

A: Very dark brown with a thick inch of beige head. The retention is excellent and the glass is coated with sticky lacing.

S: Roast, chocolate. The aroma is more subtle than the taste.

T: Wow. This beer is fantastic. Rich and roasty with delicious chocolates.

M: Great feel. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Chocolates linger in the finish.

D: I could easily throw back several of these.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First ever growler for me. Moderately exciting.

A - It's not opaque, but it's got a really beautiful deep red/brown color with head that never goes away and some of the nicest lacing I've seen from a not very hoppy beer.

S - No messing around here, just good roasted malts and a bit of chocolate and coffee.

T - It's light and full all at the same time, sweet and dry. It's really lovely tasting. It has the malt sweetness to it that you need, but it's not a sugar bomb. It's like toasted coffee bread in a glass...or something. Basically, this is the best porter I've ever had and can possibly imagine.

M - Fine feeling beer. Not too heavy, not particularly smooth or creamy, though. It's fine, but nothing to write home about.

D - Well, I'm almost done with this growler, and kind of wish i had more. Under 6% ABV, tasty, not too heavy. It's really fantastic. This beer stands the test of time. From the first time I sipped it to now, this remains one of my favorite beers and by being nearly perfect in every way, it holds up to every beer I've ever had.

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured basically black with a two finger tan head that subsides to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. The flavor is of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and slight cream. It has a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this is just what I needed after a night filled with mediocre beer. This one is truly excellent. I really wasn't expecting much going into this one, but it definitely has surprised me. Nicely balanced flavor and aroma going on in this one. This is definite must try whether you are ticking the Top 100 or just want to try an excellent brew. You won't be disappointed.

Photo of DaveBlack
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a slight reddish tint at the edges. Has maybe 1/2 inch of tan head which stays around for a little while before fading away and leaving a nice ring of lacing.

S: All porter: lots of coffee, a slight hint of smoke. and a deep roasty malt aroma.

T: Tastes like it smells: coffee, slight smoky flavor, reminiscent of oaked beers, sweet chocolate malts. Hits the palate bitter at first, which gives way to a nice balancing sweetness. The aftertaste, however, is bitter again.

M: Full bodied and robust, with more carbonation than I usually expect from porters. To me it doesn't feel as heavy as it tastes, which is kind of nice.

D: A really good beer, a great representation of porters. Not surprising from Great Lakes, in my experience they make all their beers really, really well. Definitely worth checking out.

Photo of Lolli1315
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- An almost opaque black color with a finger of tan bubbly head thats sticks around quite nicely. Decent lacing sticks to the glass walls as well.

S- Roasted coffee and some traces of dark chocolate, but certainly overpowered by the roasted malt smells. Small traces of sweetness as the end of the beer progresses into a slight bitterness while a small amount of alcohol become noticeable as the beer finishes.

T- Smooth dark chocolate with notes of espresso and coffee while caramel lingers in the background. Hops become noticeable about halfway through the beer and hold steady until the end. The hops compliment the bitter chocolate as the beer finishes into a burnt coffee grind flavor with roasted malts.

M- Medium body with a very smooth finish.

D- A nice porter, relatively easy to drink as well. Would get this one again.

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

Another one on the Thanksgiving beer trip. Wait... family trip.
Enjoyed it at my boy Alex's while spanking everyone at Jenga.

It pours a rich chocolate creamy dark brown, with a quarter inch tan head that sticks around. Smells like chocolate, malts, and a bit of smoke. Really sweet. When you sip it, there are definitely notes of rich coffee, caramel, and at some point a bit of a tart fruity sweetness. Mostly dark and rich though. It's body makes sure it's certainly not the thickest porter, but at this abv point, Great Lakes has made a heck of a drinkable beer. Plus with the great carbonation, you don't really mind the sometimes watery feel to it.

This is a heck of a porter. Helped my balance, too.

Photo of Russellmania
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This american porter has an excellent roasted aroma and chocolate start almost coffee finish taste. Very nice body to this porter. I wish it had a thicker head to it. The carbonation is makes for excellent mouth feel. I wish I could find this beer on draft in the Philadelphia area.

Photo of kbanks13
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra in a trade with UMNbeerhunter, thanks again Joe!

Poured into a pint glass with a dark brown body with light brown edges when held to the light. Two finger frothy khaki-colored head that has very good retention and leaves good lacing on the glass. Smells of coffee, chocolate, molasses and some spice. Taste is a great balance of cream, coffee, chocolate, and brown sugar. Not overly sweet, bitter, or roasted, just right in every flavor. Light body due to medium to high carbonation but still something I can chew on. Great beer in every aspect, and it could go well with any meal or situation. Would have no trouble convincing myself to keep this on hand.

Photo of beerdown77
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured black with two fingers of brown head. This was more drinkable than the Gonzo, but it is a little less strong, so maybe plays into it a little bit. This is the coffee variety, as opposed to being more chocolaty. For a porter, this is very crisp and carbonated. When I toured The Great Lakes Brewery in 2008, the tour guide told me this was his favorite all-year-round beer. I don't know if this is my favorite beer, but I could easily drink this any time of the year. Great beer!

Photo of Boppar
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle poured into a pint glass at Tria.

A: Dark, dark brown. One finger of rapidly fading head and some lacing afterwards.

s: Sweet biscuits, brown sugar, earthy hops.

T: Opens with sweet malts, toffee, and brown sugar. There is a pronounced coffee and chocolate presence mid-palate that is very nicely presented. The chocolate is robust without being over the top or cloying, and the coffee is well-balanced and rich without tasting burnt as it so often does in a porter. The finish is earthy and slightly bitter: peat and moss after a rain come to mind.

M: The mouthfeel is not too thick the way it is with other porters which try to hard to be stouts. It goes down slick and smooth, with a silky slight weight to it.

D: Exceptionally smooth and rich, but approachable enough to be a session beer. Truly world class.

Photo of RichieS2
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Czech pils glass.

A- Opaque black that turns dark red when held up to the light. Creamy amber head.

S - Plenty of roasted malts greet the palate, very promising.

T - Pleasingly think and perfectly bittersweet. Chocolate notes and licorice are there as well, I am impressed. Must admit though that there is a weird aftertaste.

M - Nice and thick.

D - Would definitely have another.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - 1-finger head that's a light tan pillow of fine foam. Dissipates rather slowly, leaving a solid film ringed on the glass. Dark chocolate brown and quite opaque.

S - Hops jump right up into the nose. As it warms in the glass, freshly-ground medium roast coffee with a touch of well-done caramel and toffee emerge.

T - Dark 75% chocolate right up front accompanied by morning roast coffee and malt, followed by roasted nut mix on the sides of the tongue. Bittering hops push most of that aside and take over for the finish.

M - Medium carbonation, neither creamy or fizzy. Decent structure. Body tastes a tad thin for the style and level of roasting. Finish really cleans off the palate, leaving it on the dry side.

D - With the trend of American porters being hopped-up almost-stouts in disguise, this is a good example of that, especially with all the hops in the finish. That's fine if that's what you're looking for, but I like to see less roasting and sweeter/maltier tastes throughout with only enough hops for balance in my porters. Even so, I could drink two or three of these and be happy.

Photo of BuckyFresh
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a dark brown, with a tan two-finger head. When held up to the light, this beer has some pretty cool blood-red/ruby color that finds its way through the glass. Head retention and lacing are very good.

Smell: Very pungent, nutty, roasted malt aroma, with coffee, chocolate, and molasses notes. The smell is incredibly deep and rich; really makes you want to dive right in!

Taste: A bit lighter in texture than the smell leads on. There's much more smokiness present in the taste as well. While there is a good malt punch in this beer, the bitter coffee and chocolate are aligned perfectly in opposition, leaving the drinker with an epic battle of deliciousness waged on the palate.

Mouthfeel: For a beer with this much flavor, the mouthfeel remains crisp and refreshing. The finish is slightly dry, but clean, and the texture is light enough to enjoy without feeling overwhelmed.

Drinkability: Very drinkable indeed. A nice alternative to heavier beers when you aren't willing to sacrifice on flavor.

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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