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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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5,680 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,680
Reviews: 1,915
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 522
Gots: 700 | 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 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.

Photo of bfree
4.25/5  rDev 0%

A: beautiful dark color with a red tint from the light, not much head...looks like a heavy beer but looks can be deceiving

S: chocolate, smokey, and even a little fruity

T: milky chocolate/coffee taste at first with a smokey finish...the alcohol is hidden well

M: silky feel with some light carbonation

D: delicious and smooth. not sure how many i would want to drink in 1 night but not absurdly heavy for a porter, very drinkable

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

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Black as night, slight tanish 1/2 inch head

Smell - Coffee, malts, nuts, chocolate and mollasses

Taste - Nice combo of coffee, malts and chocolate make this a extremely tastly beer. Slight hop and chocolate overtone just to let you enjoy this even more. A dessert via bottle, tastly to be drink with dinner, rich enough for desert

Mouthfeel - Covers mouth, tounge and palette with coffee and deep nut flavors. Thick rich and dark, totally drenches your mouth

Drinkabilty - On top of being one of the best of porters, and being avabile to me rather easy, this is almost always in my fridge. Near perfect, might be overall the best brewed beer from great lakes, if you like porters, you must try this

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

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: nearly opaque but not cloudy, deep mahogany color, dark tan head falls into a nice cap with decent lacing.

S: smoky molasses, gingerbread, sweet bread, coffee.

T: the gingerbread and molasses are up front, there are dark, plummy fruits, cocoa, and sweet bread in the middle, the smoke, coffee, and off-dry hops linger for an impressive finish.

M: medium-weight, slightly chalky, slightly oily, good carbonation bite.

D: This is a fantastic porter. I am a fan. If Sam Smith's Taddy Porter is the prototype, this is a good imitator.

Photo of ncredible1
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased a 6 pack from www.france44.com as this brew is not sold in AZ.

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass

A - Deep dark brown almost black with reddish fringe visible when held up to a light source. Poured a nice light tan head which was slow to dissipate leaving a lasting lacing.

S - Light Smokey Coffee and chocalte Roasted malts.

T - Nice balance. A creamy rich coffee and chocolate flavors. Finishes with a light smokey sweetness. This is one of the best American porters hands down as far as taste.

M - Perfect balance in body and carbonation. Just enough texture to cause one to pause and reflect. Excellent.

D - High drinkability for a style not defined as light or crisp. Drink this this at 40 degrees and compare it at 50 degrees. You'll notice slight subtle changes in the flavor profile. This drinks well as it warms.

Overall this is an awesome beer. Just wish it was more available. If you like Samuel Smith's Taddy porter. You will love this.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice black coffee like look.

S- Smell of chocolate coffee notes. And a burnt Smokey aroma as well.

T- Taste of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. A Smokey after taste when finish with the sip.

M- Very wet creamy and smooth. The taste of the coffee notes and bittersweet chocolate notes are present through out the mouth feel.

D- I'm not much of a porter drinker but this one is convincing me to drink more. Great tasting porter.


Photo of SpecialK088
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint glass

A-deep deep brown near black but not block out the light. Nice 1 finger head and good lace

S-smooth and sweet smell of rich malts and dark black coffee. Very notable brown sugary sweetness as well as molasses

T-very rich coffee flavors with notes of vinilla and chocolate. Also a notable grassy hop flavor

M-pretty thin for a porter and a slight bit of overcarbonation but nothing that hinders the overall scope of the beer

D-smooth and easy to drink for sure one I could drink several in a night.

Photo of benlaitman
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised by this porter. Another good showing from Great Lakes.

A-Dark brown/red, not a great head
S-Chocolate, sweet smell
T-hints of coffee, chocolate and berry
M-light, strong, no carbonation.
D-Overall a great beer that I would definitely buy again.

Photo of NODAK
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells strongly of semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malts. It's an alluring smell...just smells silky.

Taste is pretty heavy on the chocolate. Rather than characterize this as a bitter chocolate like many beers of style are, this chocolate actually is somewhat milky sweet and silky at first, only later fading into a more roasted chocolate taste with some lingering bitterness.

As far as porters go, this is top notch. I'm very impressed by the drinkability here.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

2 finger beige head. Really dark almost black body. Good lacing left behind, and great retention.

Smells smoky and of bitter sweet chocolate. A bit of coffee too.

Tastes of coffee, some bittersweet chocolate, a touch of lactic sweetness and some fruity esters that are a little hard to place. Nice smokey finish. A touch of hops on the way out as well.

Mouthfeel is light, creamy and well carbonated.

A really robust and smooth porter. A pretty much perfect example of the style.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick black liquid and a pretty good amount of white foam.

Smell: Strong coffee and chocolate malts. An incredibly wonderful! I love this! Some burnt sugar as well I think.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More amazing coffee and chocolate malt. Basically tastes like a Starbucks drink. Pretty smooth mouthfeel as well. Not very creamy, but lots of carbonation that smoothens this out.

Drinkability: Amazing smell and taste make this an extremely drinkable beer.

Overall: Great Lakes strikes again. This might head the list.

Photo of rembrant
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

looks,the right look for porter. Deep brown,a very little light comes through. Modest head with a persistant lacing up the sides.

Aroma...Oh My...rich assortment of malts,some raisin,prune sweetness,trace of smokiness,hint of a somewhat floral hops. The net effect,however,says don't sniff at it...drink it!

Deep complex flavors.Here,the hops appear in a nice harmony but let the malt blend shine. The malts have a smooth caramel going and a darker well roasted coffee smokey thing and Ed Fitz lets both appear distinctly at different moments to give a great evolving complexity of taste treats. I'd love to have a Descutes Black Butte to sample side by side as it has some similar qualities.

Note--at 50F or warmer, it's very Porter.. I since did another,chilled up to 40 something. Colder, the malt side is more subtle and the hop side and carbonation step up and it's a lot like a dark IPA. Nice trick for those hot summer days.

Ed gives you a lot of nice little surprises. There's a flavor that comes in one sip that didn't seem to be there before. It works at room temp or beersicle..and in between and nicely adapts to each.

Mouth...again, trickster. There's a full body viscosity and a wetness with just right hops and carbonation,as supporting actors. Like the flavors, the textures have some transition.

Drinkable? Uh Huh. Real drinkable. I want another one.

Always liked Porter. Back around '71 we went through cases of some unfiltered Polish Porter with faded purple labels and nothing pronouncable but the word "Porter" it was thick as soup,great at any temp.
The Catalyst,in Santa Criuz had Anchor Porter on tap before you could find it in bottles. I had many pints there. Out west, Black Butte was awesome Porter, and now, back to the midwest, there's Edmund Fitzgerald.

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,680 ratings.