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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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5,530 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,530
Reviews: 1,888
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 500
Gots: 579 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001)
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Photo of sundevilstudent
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/black color but with slight hints of red. Slight head leaves some intricate lacing as it recedes into the beer.

Smell is full and rich. Coffee, dark chocolate, malt, and a surprising amount of fruit make this one of the most interesting porters I've ever smelled. Fruity sweetness balances well with the strong chocolate, coffee and malt notes; it's like a three course meal complete with coffee service in a glass.

Taste: Fruit and chocolate up front work well together. Finishes with a dark roasted coffee flavor. Really complex taste makes you keep going back for more thinking you might have missed something. Dry finish on the back of the tongue contrasts nicely with the sweet flavors that occupy the front of your mouth.

This is a great beer; a solid porter with a great balance of fruit and darker flavors.

Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a memorable porter with a distinctive flavor. It has a dark black-coffee color with a slight head that laces nicely on the glass. The aroma is subtle roasted chocolate, which carries over to the front of the palate. Nicely carbonated, with a smoky chocolate taste that builds to a robust coffee bitterness on the finish, followed by a bitter aftertaste that lingers in the back of the mouth. Rather drinkable for a porter, but the carbonation slows it down a bit. Overall, a very nice porter.

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

Can't believe I've never rated this beer. I've drank so much of this stuff and it would probably be the first beer I'd put on a home draught system.
Dark brown in color with a nice frothy sheet of head on top. Taste is roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee. There are surprisingly quite a bit of hops present. Medium mouthfeel with a little bit of bitterness. Great beer, very sessionable.

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

Appearance: Black as molasses, thin head with an aggressive pour, decent lacing.

Smell: Typical Porter aroma, dark chocolate, coffee a wee bit of smoke.

Taste: Very smooth, dark chocolate, slight bitter from the hops, balanced out by the dark malts. When will you make a stout, Great Lakes, I'm already in line. Is it chocolate malt that gives it this flavor? One of the best parts is the finish, clean with only a slight burnt, chocolate residue.

Mouthfeel: Creamy.

Drinkability: Porter is not my favorite style, but according to the style this one is very drinkable, definitely would fit into any rotation on a night of drinking.

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

A golden brown head complements this extremely opaque beer. The smell is your typical porter, lots of malts with coffee and chocolate undertones. Taste is very good. Malt and coffee dominate the taste, with a rather bittersweet finish. The beer was somewhat heavy and very smooth with only a slight fizziness. Overall this beer was excellent and is a definite recommendation to a fan of porters. Would definitely drink again.

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

Appearance: Pours near black with tan head. Lacing remains in glass.
Smell: Smells great- roasted chocolate, caramel and toffee in the malts. Perhaps I also taste some sweet fruits?
Taste: Roasted malts are most pronounced with a dose of balancing hops that are indeed noticeable. Notes of sweet chocolate, coffee, also come into play.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. A little zing on the palate in response to the hops and sweetness.
Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Not an over-the-top beer by any means.

Overall: A very tasty, well-balanced porter for those looking for a non-extreme, but well-crafted beer.

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

Fantastic porter, robust and full absolutely awesome. Pours a thick sticky black with a creamy tan head that lasts. The aroma is filled with dark malts and just a touch of floral hops, it is rather mild especially compared to the flavor. Once you dig into this robust porter the flavor immediately grabs you. Malts o' plenty round out the dominant flavor consisting of coffee, chocolate, and plenty of roasted malts. The floral hops become slightly more hidden beneath the intense flavor. Mouthfeel is filling and creamy. One of my favorite local brews that satisfies on tap as well as poured into a glass straight from the bottle. In my opinion this is one of Great Lakes Brewing Co's masterpieces.

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

Pours a deep nearly black color with cola brown highlights and mahogany edges. A nice fluffy khaki head holds on nicely. Smells of chocolate and toasted grainy bread, burnt caramel and toffee, with a smooth full roasted balance. Taste starts off with a nice round roasted malt flavor, building with dark toasted whole grain bread and bitter chocolate. Finishes with burnt wood and some roasty bitterness. Feel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Kind of a slick stickiness at the finish. Very tasty. Easy to drink a lot, but full and flavored enough to be satisfied without having much more.

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

A: poured into a glass, same color as you'd expect any porter to be, one finger head of burnt tan foam that remained through the first several sips.

S: creamy chocolate and a hint of alcohol, MAYBE something like toffee or caramel.

T: Wow. This to me is a perfect example of the style, extremely solid with no bells or whistles. A mildly bitter chocolate flavor with roasted barley and some sweetness at the end.

M/D: not too thin for a porter and pretty easy to put down. Only a faint trace of alcohol. I could drink me a few of these.

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

I just came across a few notes that I made from reviews at Great Lakes Brewing Company this winter. Here we go

Appearance: Pours a clear dark garnet color with a lasting 1" head that fell very slowly and left plenty of lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Clean chocolate notes with a lot of munich malt like toastiness. A slightly sweet caramel note is in there too. There are very reserved hops in this beer. Along with the toasty notes from the malt, there is also a British malt "nuttiness" coming out more as the beer warms.

Taste: The flavor is a little more roasty than the aroma suggested. Malt balanced with a slightly ashy flavor left behind on the back of the throat after the finish. The balance is provided as much by the dark malts as from Hops.

Opinion: This is a pretty darn good Porter. The ashy finish turns me off a little, but it isn't overpowering. I like some of the other American Porters better, but this one sure isn't bad. I would definitely drink it again.

Photo of thisisshsas
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- appears dark brown/ black. Traditional coloring for a porter
S-light smell of coffee, not overpowering at all.
T- overflowing with roasted malt flavor. Some of the flavor is coffee like, other is more chocolate flavored.
M- gets better the more time it spends in your mouth.
D- Though it ght , it is completely full of flavor like a stout, it is light enough that you don't feel winded by the end of the beer.

One of the best porters I've ever had.

Photo of jwinship83
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with a tall tan foamy head that lingers a while

S- Slight sweet smell, faint odor of coffee, roasted malts.

T- very roasty and a taste of coffee, more than i could smell. very enjoyable.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. very creamy and smooth.

D- when im looking for something thats hopless, this is going to be one of my first choices. i could easily kill half a sixer or more in a single sittting.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Just hope its as good out of a bottle as it is on tap.

A: Pours a dark ruby brown wiht a one inch creamy toffee colored head. So its lighter than I remember but thats because the bar was dark at the time. Head fades in a few minutes into a thin half cap and ring with some light lacing. Not as good as I remember being served in the bar but then again they did have proper cleaning equipment.

S: Smell is as good as I remember it, strong resiny hops melded with rich roasted malts, absolutly stunning. Like chocolate covered grapefruit and pinenuts, good, if not better than I remember. I could smell this all day, this is the stuff they sould be pumping into the air in coffee shops or beer stores or anyplace really. Its that good!

T/MF: Thick chewy roasted coffee maltiness that melts into chocolate as the beer lingers on my tongue. The hop profile seems to be a bit muted compared to the one I was served at the bar but this is still a great tasting beer. Good feeling struck between dryness and creamy sweetness. Mild tobacco graces the flavor profile in the long and lasting finish.

D: This beer is once again amazing, a little worse for wear when sampled out of the bottle but still a fantastic beer. Dangerously drinkable and would have scored higher if I had not already had this one on tap.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany with amber hues on the edges. A half-inch head of beige had moderate retention and smears of lacework lasted throughout.

Roasted coffee, dark malts, caramel, nougat, and oreo shells fill the nose. Very clean and balanced, with a high level of complexity for a porter.

Fullish bodied, shy of thick. A happy medium between chewy and ordinary. Creamy.

Roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, and an underlying fruit note lead off the pallet.
A firm, drying bitterness follows through along with brownie bits and biscuits.

Finishes with lingering bitter chocolate, and fading cookie crumbs.

Nice job on this one, very quaffable without being boring.

Photo of hwwty4
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks jtrockchalk for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Smokestack goblet. This beer pours a dark espresso brown with just a thin beige head that subsided into a just a thin line along the edges of the glass. The aroma is chocolate, coffee and vanilla. The taste is wonderful. Full roasted malts and chocolate in the front with the astringency of coffee coming out on the tail. The mouthfeel is great. Much fuller then most porters, feels almost like a stout. This is an extremely drinkable porter, probably one of the best I've had.

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

appearance - Dark ruby color. Left some nice brown lace on the glass.

smell - Smells of cocoa and chocolate here.

taste - Lots of chocolate and roasted malts here. Some hop taste at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium and toasty.

drinkability - Great Lakes have good stuff. Real nice porter. Would buy this again if it was in my area.

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

09/27/08 4376DL, a gift from fiver29...thanks for the opportunity. Pours a strong three-finger tan-brown head over a clear very dark-brown liquid with mahogeny highlights. Smells cream, coffee, minimal chocolate. Overall, a simple and dry nose. Some hop grassy, perhaps williamette?

Tastes wonderful. Smooth roast with strong hop flavor with a supporting creaminess. Just and amazing balance between the coffee flavor and a dash of acrid, like coffee on the burner too long. The roast taste very much like chewing on a tiny piece of fresh roast unmalted barley. Has an herbal supporting hop character that fills out the roast and ties in a mild chocolate. Dry from the roast and a sour sting (acrid from roast or could be carbonation), yet the mouthfeel keeps the little malt sweet on the tongue. Great balancing act.

Mouthfeel is md-thick and wonderful. Carbonation is mild and works well with the flavors. Drinkability suffers a bitas it becomes a bit too dry roasty near the end of the glass. One is definitely enough.

Edit: With the last sip, the hops come across as a bit oily or gritty tettnanger-like. Nice combination.

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

Single bottle from Lone Hill Liquor, on to the beer:

Opaque body, the head tinted with tan. The aroma is big on power, lots of semi-sweet chocolate and mild roasted coffee notes. Great flavor too, very well rounded and goes down easy. Again, semi-sweet chocoalte with a roasted edge. At times, it reminds me of licking chocolate cake batter off the mixer. I'll have another please, but I'll need to drive 30 miles to find the (rare) store that carries these locally.

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a very dark brown, with red highlights. One finger tan head leaves a little lacing.

Aroma of chocolate, coffee, wet wood, smoke, and vanilla cream.

Flavor is off the charts. Starts off with a big burst of creamy chocolate which evolves into something like mocha coffee, only much smoother. Finish has a nice touch of sweetness and a smoky flavor that doesn't get in the way of the hops.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Such a smooth texture. Medium bodied, carbonation level is perfect.

Now this is a sessionable porter. I am unsure whether I like this or Anchor Porter more in the American Porter category. Amazing stuff. I'm usually hesistant to buy a whole six pack of something I haven't really tried but I'm really glad I did with this one. The only thing that bums me out is that I have to make a trip to Illinois to get it. We need this stuff in Northwest Indiana!

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

Me thinks that Saucya sent this baby to me, so thanks!!!! Pours a dark, dark brown out of the bottle into a shaker pint. Nice aromas of chocolate and burnt malts. Flavor is nice and rich for a porter. Good amounts of chocolate, some sweetness and very smooth dark malt finish. Medium to full bodied and very drinkable. Good session porter!

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

12oz bottle received in a trade, thanks man!!

A- Edmund Fitzgerald Porter pours an attractive and deep ruby brown color with a big sticky brown/beige head.

S- Big nose of bakers chocolate, big toasty malts, some coffee notes and a hint of cream.

T- Again, big on the toasted malt character and texture, lots of sweet chocolate notes upfront with a fruity, bitter blast upon the finish.

M- Very clean, big creamy body and a bit sticky on the lips.

D- What an awesome porter, i would buy a case of this come the winter time if this was available in NJ!

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

Thanks to Tburkhart for this one.

A: Poured a extremely dark cherry-plum color with a 2 finger foamy medium khaki colored head that was sticky with great retention. A beautiful film lacing graces the side of the glass.

S: fresh dark espresso beans and roasted malt.

T: The initial flavor was roasted coffee bitterness with a light fresh smokiness. There was some dried fruit (prunes, plums),dark chocolate, along with dark dried cherries. The overall flavor was rich, though light and easy on the tongue finishing dry with some alcohol.

M: very light per style with a soft carbonation. A big roasted bitterness quickly hits the tongue and leaves just as quickly.

D: A nice drinking porter, rich, dark and respectable.

Photo of oakbluff
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark redish brown, light tan head and great lacing. Nose- powdered chocolate milk, red fruits and faint roast. Taste- medium to light bodied with relatively high carbonation. Figs, raisins, dark chocolate and burnt toast. Finish is quite burnt. Initially I thought this brew was light on flavour but grows on me through the course of the bottle and it warming up. Very nice porter and I lift my glass to Gordon Lightfoot for bringing back memories on his haunting song whilst enjoying this fine porter.

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

Pours deep brown with ruby highlights when held to light. Medium light tan head with medium retention. Aroma has light roast with a little cocoa and a touch of hops in the background. Flavor starts with a little carmel sweetness and then has a roasty dryness in the middle and finish, with a hint of bitterness mingling in the finish as well.

Overall, a porter with a well balanced flavor profile, worth seeking if you are a fan of the style.

Photo of tallmidget
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Enjoy by date of 10/19/08. Pours a nice dark caramel color, smells of caramel. Tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee. The bitterness balances out the flavor. Not a heavy mouthfeel, greater than your typical macro brew but nothing heavy. Very nice taste and very drinkable too. An exceptional brew.

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,530 ratings.