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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5,551 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,551
Reviews: 1,890
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 501
Gots: 597 | FT: 22
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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 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.

Photo of CBlack85
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a nice deep brown, nearly black, color with lots of brown and ruby highlights coming through when held to the light. Fair amount of tan head that leaves a substantial amount of lacing.

The nose is somewhat subdued, and is mainly comprised of coffee and dark chocolate. Nice and roasty and suitable for the style. I would like to see a little more umph in this dept., not looking for it to be huge like a stout, but a little more robust would be nice.

The flavor follows the nose, with lots of coffe, chocolate, and roasted malts. Very smooth and easy to drink. Lighter bodied than I would expect from a porter, but other than that, this is a terrific beer.

Spot on for the style and very tasty. I really enjoy a good porter and this one ranks right up there with some of the best.

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

Pours a deep brown color. The head is tan, thick, and dense; after the head falls there is a thick ring, and lots of lacing.

Smells sweet and malty with hints of coco; kind of like whoppers or a chocolate malt/shake, there are hints of caramel also. The aromas are mild, and well balanced.

The aromas carry over into the taste; especially the malted milk and coco; nutty(walnuts, pecans). The flavors are mild and pleasant.

It has a creamy, light to medium body. The carbonation is not to heavy. This isnt too dry or chalky like other beers Ive had from this style.

The drinkability is high; Id put this next to any German dark beer; the nice flavors, balance and lighter body make for an enjoyable beer.

Edit 12-14-10: The consistence of this beer is amazing.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great looking beer, purchased from Discount Liquors in Milwaukee. Deep dark brown bordering on black, great lacing, tan head. Great aroma. Nothing unique, lots of chocolate and coffee.

Kinda mild, smooth, not too bitter. Lots of the chococoffee. Very sessionable. Very drinkable, easier throughout.

A damn good session porter. I like SN and Kona in terms of non special to the extreme porters, but this one is definitely one of the best in its style.

Photo of TommyW
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with a sticky, tan head.

S- Nice aroma of roasted and chocolate malts.

T- Nice roasted and semi-sweet malt profile with slight notes of chocolate/coffee and a slight smokiness. Hops are just noticeable on the tongue.

M- Nice full feel with a perfect carbonation.

D- One of my favorite porters; easy drinking and tasty.

Photo of Poormon79
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: a very dark brown. Hardly can see through it. Scarlet red when put to light.

S: Roasted malts, and pleasent hops. Very nice aroma

T: slight coffee up front. Nice honest porter taste

D: very drinkable. unfortunatly the variety pack i purchased only included 3. Have to savor them.

Great lakes has great products! Look them up

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle slightly chilled into a pint entered from notes...

a-dark dark brown almost black with some nice ruby finger khaki head..fell quickly...nice collar

s-lots of deep roasted with a hint of chocolate...some toffee and coffee...the roast is just straight forward and wonderful..

t-lots of roasty bitter coffee..sweet toffee and caramel in the middle....finishes on a roasty dry note with a ton of coffee at the end..

m-thick and chewy..finally a real porter to chew on...carbonation is perfect!! just absolutely perfect

d-this will be a staple now the great lakes is available in NC....goes down way to easy...

overall in my top 3 porters

Photo of homebrew311
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a silky looking black with 1 finger of lighgt tan head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves streaky lacing. Very dark with some ruby highlights showing through

S: deep notes of roasted barley, baker's chocolate, bold coffee, notes of pine from the hop profile on the end

T:The flavors come in opposite order of the smell... green hops on the fronts followed by a stiff malt back bone with very heavy roast, slightly burnt, with a dry and lasting finish of cocoa and chocolate. Expertly balanced porter, delicious.

MF: light to medium body, high carbonation

D: This is a delicious and satisfying example of an American Porter. Heavy roast balanced against a nice hop profile.

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

Lightly smoked coffee aroma.

Two-finger creamy tan head when poured, with good lacing stuck to the sides as the brew is consumed. Dense, but clear, very dark red-brown color.

Strong coffee flavor with a hint of dark chocolate and some smokiness. Well developed malts and pleasant hop afterburn. Creamy smooth carbonation on the palate. A very good example of the porter style.

Photo of TonyReaves
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Would've sworn this was black as night when I had one at Clark's Ale House, but back home I see ruby highlights under the two-finger head.

Smell is beautifully roasty/smoky. Dark chocolate and cherries. Incredible.

Hits me first with dark chocolate, dark bread and hints of fruitiness. Roastiness is huge, with smokiness and a trace of hop bitterness in the finish. I love this. It's blasphemy, but I'd grab one of these before a Geary's porter.

Despite a good amount of carbonation, this feels smooth, thick, chewy. If this heavy, smooth, roasty beer is a porter, then I have no idea what the difference is between a porter and a stout. Not that I'm complaining.

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,551 ratings.