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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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5,724 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,724
Reviews: 1,927
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 520
Gots: 724 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001

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Photo of lstokes
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful beer, very dark brown, nearly black with spectacular lacing, but I was disappointed by the nose, which is a little bit too burnt and doesn't really show off the more complex flavors of the beer. It starts sweet and roasty with some cinnamon and then moves into chocolate, finishing with a lot of coffee and some nice yeasty sourness.

This is a beer that I liked more as I was drinking it and appreciating its subtlety. I also dig the very creamy mouthfeel, and highly drinkable. Maybe even a sessionable porter!

Photo of wmtxbb
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Dark with lacing that hangs around

Smell: malt with a hint of salt, has almost a crunchy smell if that makes any sense. Kind of like raw malts. This beer has an incredible smell. A hint of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: An articulation of its smell, raw dark malts with coffee and dark chocolate. There is also a bitterness that lingers on the tongue, kind of like the aftertaste of coffee and sugar.

Drinkability: Best porter I've ever had. The brewmaster who put this together is a demi-god of brewing.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black with a reddish hue. Resilient tan head that leaves some lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is one of roasted coffee notes with some choclate and toffee. Taste has a nice smokiness to it yet still preserves the holy coffee/toffee/chocolate trifecta from the smell. As the beer warms, the burnt black malts become more pronounced, adding to the complexity of this amazing porter. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, although not too dense for the style, making it a pleasure to drink.

Without a doubt the best porter I've ever had; it's a shame I have only one left.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice medium-dark brown with some great reddish hues. There is a nice .25 in head that forms that is light tan and has some nice retention. It recedes down to a thin film and has some nice sticky lacing to it.

S - Nice roasted coffee notes that are intermingled with some great coffee notes as well. The roasted malt aromas are quite strong but very delicious and quite rich. There is some nice notes of vanilla and spice as well on the nose.

T & M - Starts off with some great smokey flavors as well as some notes of very well roasted coffee. Flavor is rich but the body could use a bit more viscosity and fullness. A bit on the light side for my taste and for this I enjoy Founders Porter a bit better. Still flavors are overall well done with great smokiness and nice roasted character. It is one of the smokiest of the American Porters that I've had. On the back end of the beer there is a slight grassy hop bitterness that gives a nice clean dry finish.

D - Drinkability is good on this brew with lower ABV that is manageable and good flavors. I can see how the smokiness might tire out the taste buds though.

Photo of mcnabb0001
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with freshness date clearly on label 10/31/10.

A - pours black with reddish hues if you hold it up to the light. Two finger off-white head that dissipates moderately but leaves a nice film the rest of the way.

S - great smelling beer. smell of strong coffee and dark chocalate with a fruity sweetness in the background.

T - roasted coffee, dark chocalate with a nice sweet licorice finish, a littley fruity too but i can point out exactly what? maybe blackberries. leaves a dry hoppy aftertaste as it warms.

M - good carbonation, smooth easily drinkable

Overall a great porter from GLBC will definitly make it part of the rotation for this winter.

Photo of Duff27
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with 95% opacity with small brown head that sticks it out until the end. Some visible lacing.

S- Chocolate. Coffee and toffee notes. Roasty toasty.

T- More of the smooooth chocolate. Damn, if that isn't one of the finest beer come around these parts. This is a reminder on just how awesome the great porters of the world can be.

M- Thick, creamy and chewy all at the same time...is that even possible?? Coats the throat with cough syrup-like addictiveness.

D/O- One delicious beer. I don't know how many of these I'd want in one sitting but I'll tell you what, if there was a Eddie Fitz only brewfest I would be in heaven...so whatever that means. GLBC is sooo underrated.

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

poured into a tulip


a dark brown/red (pretty much black). about 2 fingers of thick dense tan head.


get some nice roasted malts in there. a little burnt/smoky smell and subtle chocolate notes.


similar to nose but some bitterness in there which is excellent. Smoky/burnt roasted coffee with a little sweetness in there. The bitterness really mellows out the sweetness. a perfect combo, not really a 1 dimensional porter.


full bodied. a nice creamy coating to the mouth. Leaves a little dry finish in the mouth.


very high. Best Porter I've had IMO. Alcohol isn't TOO high and with a great taste and availability, I'll definitely be trying this again.

Photo of nhindian
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint

A - Pours a dark brown, nearly black steady stream. Can see some traces of brown around the edges but the middle of the body is flat black. Builds around a 1.5 fingered-head that reduces to a cap in a few minutes. Minimal amount of lacing left from the head as I drink.

S - Nose is of light, roasted coffee mixed with some bittersweet cocoa. Definitely get some toasted barley and some earthy tones to really add to the depth of this beer. Just get a hint of alcohol creeping from behind the rest.

T - The taste is predominantly chocolate with a rush of coffee in the aftertaste. Not overwhelming in the least and goes down quite easily. Sneaking in the back is some bitter hops, but are quickly balanced by the malts and alcohol. Alcohol is present but doesn't distract or hinder. After the alcohol and bitterness fades away, it leaves a bit of a watery taste in the mouth.

M - For such a dark beer, it is actually fairly light. Not very thick and the pleasant taste doesn't need to be chewed through. Even with the blackness, I can still see a steady stream of carbonation that feels good on the palate.

D - A very easy to drink beer and could easily be a gateway into the more robust beers and styles. A great flavor and light feel has me drinking this beer a bit faster than I have anticipated and it's a good thing that Great Lakes delivers these in 6-packs as this could easily be drank for an entire evening. Fantastic.

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

On tap at City Tap House. Pours a dark brown color with a caramel colored head. Has an great aroma of light roast. Has a sweet roasty taste with gentle bitters. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Excellent Porter. I will look forward to having this one again.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer.

A: Beautiful look, black with light tan full bodied 1/4 inch of head that stays long with nice lacing.

S: A nice bouquet of malt paired with dark, dried fruit like prune, plum, raisin. Also a nice roasty/chocolate to it. An nice oak note to it too, very nice.

T: Very smoky taste not shown in the smell. Great overall, a flutter of oak and roasted malt, sweet and tart of dried dark fruit. Some bitter chocolate in there too. Very good, well balanced taste overall especially for a 5.8% beer.

M: spikey carbonation, but still smooth and nicely medium in body and roasty.

D: Very good porter, totally solid. I'm glad it's so easily available here. Can be savored slow or had in numbers as well. Great.

Photo of Tee76
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown almost black color, with a creamy head that dissipates quickly yet leaves a nice lacing

S: Smell of chocolate & strong coffee with a hint of smoke.

T: Smoke is the predominate flavor followed by chocolate and coffee. Very tasty!

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Goes down great. The flavor alone will have you coming back for more. This is a fantastic Porter! I will defiantly be buying more of this regularly.

Photo of samie85
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes; originally 10/15/10.

A-Served in a standard pint glass; it's a midnight black color with one finger light brown head.

S-Smells of roasted malts, a little vanilla, a hint of some nutty aromas with a clean hop nose.

T-Nutty and roasty malt upfront with a sweet chocolate middle and a dry, bitter dark chocolate finish.

M-Thick side of medium bodied with low to medium carbonation and a pretty slick smooth feel.

D-Wow, revisiting Edmund was a great idea. I've had it in bottles countless times and on-tap (think it had been on-tap a little too long)once but all those times never really impressed me that much. This time it was like a totally different beer: complex, easy to drink, and just downright enjoyable.

Photo of RRC87
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark coffee brown (almost black), with a creamy light than head that rapidly diminishes to thin wisps of bubbles; yet, it leaves the sides of the glass completely covered where the head once was.

S: Smells of sweet chocolate backed up by bitter roast coffee notes.

T: Tastes of dark chocolate and coffee goodness. There is a great deal of roasted malt sweetness. This is prevented from becoming overpowering by the hop bitterness that reveals its' self on the back end.

M: Medium to light for the style with a good deal of carbonation that bites at the back of the throat (in a good way).

D: Goes down easily. Between the carbonation and the lingering bitterness it leaves you constantly wanting more.

Overall: A very solid beer. I will defiantly be revisiting this one.

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

Poured a deep, dark black color with a thick brown head and generous lacing. Smells of vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, and a twist of coffee. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla and general goodness. Mouthfeel is very thick and nice. Drinkability is fantastic.

Photo of Buggabeer
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into 16oz glass.
A. Nice dark Brown with a reddish hint when held to the light. A fast pour produced a two finger head which after a couple of drinks vanishes to a thin coating on top of the beer. I laces very nice on the side of the glass.

S. Is good I can pick up a toasted smell to the malt and coffee under tones.

T. The taste is average to me. I'm not a big fan of the toasted after taste. It's as if they burnt the grains. I wish there was a little more coffee taste than what there is. The coffee flavor is over powered by the toasted (I think more like burnt grains)

M. I can't seem to get that burnt tast out of my mouth. I goes into the mouth very nice but that finish is to much for me.

D. I find this to be a very average Porter. I wouldn't like another after this one. That flavor of burnt grains or burnt coffee just isn't doing it for me.

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

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: A deliberately rough pour yielded a huge light tan head that slowly faded into a thick dense layer that looked like melted ice-cream and lasted forever. The head left rings of sticky lacing down the glass over the extremely dark, almost black, liquid.
S: Smells of creamy vanilla-chocolate swirl ice-cream. Slight notes of roasted coffee. This definitely blurs the line between porter and stout.
T: Follows the nose with a big roasted malt and light coffee and chocolate taste. A touch of leafy hops come out in the finish and add a touch of bitterness.
M: Extremely smooth mouthfeel with fairly creamy carbonation over a medium-low body.
D: One of the best porters I've had, but I dare say that I still think that Black Butte Porter has an edge over this one. I know the line between stouts and porters is almost nonexistent, but this tastes more like a weak stout while BBP has more of that fruity, spicy character. This is still a wonderful beer, semantics aside. I wish I had more to drink.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Chilled before serving, but allowed to warm to room temperature/

Appearance: Really dark brown, almost black, with a one finger light brown head. Good retention. The carbonation is pretty apparent throughout.

Aroma: Chocolate fudge, smoked malt, and some toffee undertones here. Strong, but nicely balanced with a good nix of sweet and smoky.

Taste: The smoke notes here are really assertive and definitely give the feel of a traditional porter. Chocolate and some light espresso notes are also here strong. Some nice caramel and toffee to balance out the flavors in the back. A really flavorful and nice porter.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavily carbonated for a porter. Medium body and crisp.

Drinkability: The ABV is well hidden and the flavors are strong but balanced. I could definitely have more than one, but I'm not thinking it sessionable.

Overall, one of the best porters I've ever had, if not the best. A really great offering that I wish was available around here.

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

pours a black as night color with a 2 finger tan/cherry head,beige sticky lacing clings to the glass..smell is coffee ,roasted malts, toffee toasted bread,some citrus hops ..taste is coffee and brown sugar , mix that with some hops and roasted malts .throw in some spice ,nutmeg and some toast and you have a nice porter..mouth feel is silky smooth,creamy has lots of roasted flavors with good carbonation..drinkability is great its a silky smooth porter

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

A - poured from bottle into pint glass, with a perfect 2 finger tan head. Beer is an opaque brownish black. Attractive rings of lacing with each sip.

S - brown sugar and chocolate are the main aromas, with some hints of coffee and charred malts.

T - roasty malts with coffee, cocoa, brown sugar, and toffee flavors. It covers that whole spectrum. There is some sweetness, but exactly the right amount. Finish is bitter, dry, and a bit herbal.

M - has a creamy feel that coats the mouth, but the finish is slightly dry. Very nice. Carbonation level is what I would expect.

D - I can never get enough. This beer goes down smooth for easy drinking.

This is, in my humble opinion, the porter by which all other American porters should be judged. It's that good, and it's a perfect representation of the style. And at such a great price point (on sale here for $7.50 for 6) what more could you want?

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

A- Dark dark brown with great carb and a decent head.

S- Intense roasted malts, coffee, caramel, and molasses. Took me a while to get used to before I started enjoying it. Smelled far too strong at first, and then became more of a relaxed subtle aroma.

T- Coffee and cocoa from the start. Roasted malts are not only a strong foundation to this drink, but they come to the top of the taste as well. Has a ton of sweetness and bitterness from the beginning but the bitterness wins out barely. The aftertaste is glorious. Roasted malt and espresso.

M- A heavier bodied stout, especially for a 5.8%. It's just so creamy and smooth that it's a bit hard to notice. They couldn't easily make the mouthfeel much better. Slightly sticky dry finish.

D- A very easy to drink stout, and full of flavor at the same time. Balanced almost too perfection. I love this stout and found it to be an acquired taste. I don't see how anybody could be offended by a finely crafted beer like this.

Photo of LairdChisholm
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark chestnut color almost black, with a one and a half finger mocha head that has superb retention. There is some very nice lacing. A wonderful looking porter.

S - There are some roasted malts with espresso and a touch of coffee. Good smell would just like it to be a little more pungent.

T - Very nice here. There are roasted malts up front with some strong espresso and mocha tastes. It finishes with woody burnt dark chocolate. A satisfyingly bitter after taste lingers for a good while.

M - Very smooth and creamy, compliments the taste like it should. Perfect amount of carbonation.

D - Great tasting beers are easy to drink. This is no exception. One of the better porters I've had in every category.

Photo of raebow
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first craft beer I ever remember drinking and immediately falling in love with. With the exception of Brian Boru this is my favorite beer and will remain my go to. In fact, mister revolt914 (my beloved) is as in love with this beer mostly because I was the first person to give him one ha.

A- Pours a little thick, dark brown-ish almost black like and exceptionally strong espresso color with a good beige, almost off white head.

S- Honestly, the smell sucks me in...chocolate coffee....a little creamy..maybe slightly nutty? Very rich all around.

T- A spicy kind of smokey the full coffee almost chicory with a very small hint of chocolate again. Smokey/coffee-ish aftertaste. Almost warming.

M- Slightly carbonated which dulls a little towards the end, not a bad thing but I'm a fan of carbonation if it's not overwhelming but even though it lessens it doesn't really seem, well, 'flat'.

D- It is my favorite, so it must be extremely drinkable to me right? All around it is too, so full of flavor and smooth.

This is my first official review, as previously stated this is also my favorite beer. If it's a little off, sorry, only practice will make it better right?

Photo of revolt914
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my number 1 go to beer... I always have at least a 6 pack of this in my mini fridge. I am very spoiled by this beer and absolutely love it for everything it is.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a great head that is slightly off white.

S: Exceptional smell of chocolate and coffee... very similar to smelling a delicious cold coffee but creamer.

T: Exceptional taste over all this is amazing for the price and it really can't get better. Smokey in the beginning then it smooths out to a good chocolate or almost creamy taste to finish off with that robust coffee flavor and a bit of lingering smokiness.

M: Very creamy and thick... not super thick but for a porter this is my idea of perfect... lingers on the tongue for a while but not for to long... carbonation is perfect.

D: My go to... what can I say this is an A+ beer for me.

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

I obtained a six pack of Edmund Fitz about a year ago, and I've been saving my last bottle for months now. A good porter sounded right, so I cracked it-- Best by March 2010.

Pours from the bottle a rather clear, chestnut brown color with a good finger and a half of off-white head. Lacing extends around much of the glass, and we're off to a great start. A little skin of head remains atop old Edmund, also playing to his advantage.

The nose on Edmund Fitz is almost woody, a deep rich aroma. Swirling also has me smelling chocolate syrup, earthy, nutty flavors. Also, I often pick up cola-like aromas and flavors from porters, and the best of this characteristic is present in this beer. Sipping further brings forth flavors from the nose, but a heretofore unrevealed hop presence cuts through the sweet malt to really make this porter stand out from the crowd.

The mouthfeel from this beer is smooth and lightly carbonated. The hop bittering leaves a dry, clean finish, and tops off an extremely well-polished beer. All of the above factors leave me wanting more of this drinkable, drinkable beer.

Drinking Edmund Fitzgerald might have ruined me for all other porters.

Photo of zoso1967
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown that has some slight dark amber hues around the edges. Holding it up to a bright light source shows that it is completely clear. The head is light tan and has pretty decent staying power, leaving nice lace on the sides of the pint.

The aroma is very roasty and pleasant. It smells like dark roast coffee beans with just a hint of cocoa and some molasses. Mostly that dark roastyness takes over the aroma.

The flavor is wonderful with a very nice balance to it. Roasty malts with flavors of coffee and a bit of chocolate. Nutty flavors, caramel, toffee, molasses, a hint of pine and even some vanilla combine to make a wonderful taste profile. It has a very pleasant malty sweetness that perfectly mirrors the roasty bitterness. Very clean tasting and well done.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a medium body and a carbonation that is spot on. The finish is effortless and coats the mouth without getting too sticky. Sweet malt and bitter roasted barley are the dominate aftertastes.

Super drinkable and a wonderful example of the style. This is a beer that I had been hearing great things about for quite some time but had never tried, and I am sure I will be getting a lot more of it from now on.

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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