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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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5,680 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,680
Reviews: 1,915
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 522
Gots: 700 | FT: 20
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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Photo of SykDoc
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a deep brown that basically appears black, except at the edges, when held to the light. A 1/4 inch tan head forms and quickly reduces to a light lacing around the edges.

My initial smell includes a healthy level of dark chocolate followed by some very nice capuccino notes. There is a certain level of smokiness that hides out.

The taste starts out with some chocolate and metallic notes and is followed by coffee. It then seems to turn a bit bitter. The caramel sweetness and malts are definitely the highlight.

The mouthfeel is good also with a nice level of carbonation that keeps it crisp without completely overwhelming the great taste. A dryness sits at the finish and it does not level you mouth feeling like paste but fairly clean in my opinion. It is medium bodied overall.

This beer is quite drinkable. I can see how some would question having multiples, but I think it is good enough that you may have more than one and definitely good enough that you will probably want to have it again, should you like porters.

Photo of UA8
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an opaque coffee black with a light brown head that fades somewhat quickly.

S- Scents of malts galore, a touch of coffee and chocolate, as well as some smokiness

T- Lead with moderately roasted semi sweet malts, a hint of coffee on the mid palate and finishes with a smoky dark chocolate finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation.

D- I have to say I'm not the biggest fan of this style but this beer is quite exceptional. Definitely worth a go and if you like porters than a must try.

Photo of kels
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The next in my list of beers I've had a million times but never reviewed. Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours darkest chocolate brown, almost black, with no clarity and a 1 1/2 finger frothy tan head. Huge, soapy bubbles form and retain at a skim. Washes of foam hang along the glass.

Smell: The smell is pretty big for a Great Lakes beer - I usually only get the faintest aroma from their beers. Biscuity malts have a powdery essence, kind of like cocoa powder. Slight caramel and roastiness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Delicious full-bodied roast coffee, dark, bittersweet chocolate, and caramel malts are complemented by a bright, moderate hop finish that comes across a little like green apple. Feel is full of carbonation and body is medium to light. Finish is drying at first from the vapor of the alcohol, followed by a slight, coffee stickiness.

Drinkability: Really high - such a solid porter. Probably the only one I would keep on hand on a regular basis. Love it.

Photo of cdViking
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in pint glass on 4/14/2009, received from Alan in BIF; thanks!

Pours unspectacular black with a small amount of light tan foam. Smell is spectacular and perfect, very earthy with coffee and grain a' plenty. Taste is good, with dark coffee flavor and hints of chocolate and grain. Feels greet and is an absolute treat to drink. A little heavy for multiple bottles, and while I had no problem finishing my glass, I don't know how many more I could have in a single evening.

Photo of MPLS
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A:I nabbed this beer from my housemate's Chicago beer haul and out the bottle with an aggressive pour. Edmund Fitzgerald presented hiself with a nice translucent brown body, 5 cm marshmallow, and some lace.

S: Sweet roasted chocolate beans with a dab oh leather and dirt. Nice aroma.

T: Mellow roast up front, waves of subtle chocolate malt cups, hops leave the malt cup out to melt.

M: Rather full bodied, creamy, sharp finish.

D: Pretty good porter that didn't disappoint. Good beer for it's style. I don't know if this brewery will ever be available in MN.

Photo of taez555
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from Notes. Tasted 3/25/09

This beer poured a clear coca cola colored boy with a small white head

Nose is very fruity with lots of black patent malt smell. Beautiful nose, seriously the perfect porter.

Taste is medium bodied and immediately very chalky. A strong burnt, over burnt, old coffee sort of dark malt taste as well as a stale burnt coffee bitterness. Somewhat watery, with a slight salt water taste. Very light and drinkable, especially as it warms.

I'm not sure about this beer. It smells amazing, but the flavor doesn't seem to live up to the smell too well. Overall, a decent porter.

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

A: About two fingers of beige/tan head over a dark mahogany and black. This libation looks so good in my nonic.
S: Great big aroma immediately at the pour. Coffee and chocolate, smoky, oats, syrup and dark fruits. Reminds me of a campfire.
T/M: Bitter burnt dark chocolate, espresso notes to boot. Balanced smokiness with a touch of hops to round out. Light mouthfeel with great carbonation that leaves a pleasant tingling bittersweet note on the palate. Hops contribute to the bitter left behind.
D: Amazing. Thanks to Great Lakes for having an "Enjoy By" date. This will definitely be a favorite.

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

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Let it slowly warm up while I drank

Aroma: Sweet and coffee, lots of chocolate

Taste: Dark chocolate and roasted coffee notes with a malty balance and finish. Soooo goood. Difficult to describe the balance of flavors, but whatever it is it works great for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium thick and a little heavy, perfect for the style, holding it in your mouth is like having dark chocolate melt in your mouth.

Drinkability: Very little alcohol comes through, and its not overly heavy, I could drink several, but one will do it for now.

I will remember this beer for a long time, if you get the opportunity try it.

Photo of craytonic
2.98/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark black, nice head and lacing

Smell: Roast malt, fudge, blackstrap molasses, coffee, bitter chocolate, ash/char/burn

Taste: Heavy (over) roast malt, fudge, coffee, blackstrap molasses, bitter chocolate, ash/char/burn, hop bitterness

mouthfeel: Carbonation is a little off, a bit thin

Drinkability: Apparently well-loved and received, but a tad too much burnt malt flavor.

Photo of greengorilla
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The beer was black with a thick head and excellent lacing.

The smell was of roasted malt.

The taste is excellent with hints of coffe and chocolate.

The mouthfeel is good.

This is very drinkable. This is one of my favorite porters.

Photo of earthboundagain
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown with a drink before date.

Appearance: Black with red sheen... nice lace sticks that to the glass.

Smell: hmm, it smells sweet with strong chocolate tones

Taste: good body not really super thick but not thin, almost just right. It has a nice coffee/chocolate taste, with enough bitterness to balance it out so it's not sickly sweet. The finish is wonderful, but I can not put my finger on it this morning, maybe after a few more I can give you a better description.

Side Thoughts: GLBC is a godsend in an area that is lacking in good beers. This is a wonderful beer, and I applaude their effort at making a high quality beer in each and every beer.

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

On tap at the Tally Ho! Tavern in Bethlehem. Appears a dark black color with about a finger of creamy tan head. Smells and tastes of rich roasted grains, caramel, milk chocolate, cocoa, and bitter coffee. Very fresh tasting. Medium to full bodied, creamy and satisfying with medium carbonation. This is a great porter, check it out if you have the chance. I've had this in the past, but only out of the bottle. This is really nice on draft.

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

Poured from a bottle. Very dark brown bordering on black with two fingers of thick creamy foam. Laces down the side.

Smell is roasted coffee, with hints of chocolate. This reverses on the taste, where the chocoloate dominates, with hints of toffee and caramel. There is a muted bittering at the finish, which is more pronounced towards the end of the beer, when the temperature is higher. Moderately carbonated in the mouthfeel, remains creamy.

A drinkable porter - very tasty.

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

Have had this in bottles and on tap at the brewery. It pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a nice creamy tan head. Beautiful looking beer. The smell is also amazing, coffee and chocolate. The aroma is not too strong, just perfect. On first taste, it is of a medium thickness and tastes just like the smell. It is delicious! The aftertaste is strong of coffee. You can also taste some hop bitterness. This is an incredible beer! I love Great Lakes, and this is one of their best. Drinkability is high, but I couldn't have too many of these in one night. Do yourself a favor, and enjoy one of these!

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic for a nice amount of head space.

Pours a dark cola, deep brown color. Decent head fades to a nice covering cap that leaves sticky lacing.

Aroma is dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Dry bakers chocolate and a light smoke. Deep aromas of coffee and burnt malt.

Flavor is burnt malt, deeply roasted and well boiled. A tannic tartness comes through right before the hop flavor creeps up, which is present enough to balance the sweetness of the grain bill in this brew. Next, the chocolate and coffee begins it's performance. Finishes smokey and slightly dry from the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium and lush. Not too thin, not too chewy.

Very nicely attenuated beer, this is a fine example of a Robust Porter.

Photo of tctruffin
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle a couple of weeks past the "best by" date poured into a British pint glass.

Very dark, almost black with ruby highlights and a good sized light tan head. The aroma is amazing; I could enjoy the aroma all night. Dark coffee and chocolate with a hint of cherry. I'm reminded of a walnut fudge brownie.

Medium-heavy body is creamy smooth like thick chocolate milk. The sweet cocoa is balanced by a touch of bright bitterness that could be hops or could be roast. In any case, the sip finished clean and leaves you wanting another.

Photo of spokeydonkey
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a bomber from our local pub. Poured at home into a 12 oz ommegang chalice.

A - Nearly black and very slightly transparent with a thin off-white head.

S - Coffee and toffee notes in the smell. Slightly smoky.

T - Malt sweetness up front. Smooth coffee/smoky notes with hints of caramel. A very slight bitter bite at the back end. A slight hint of alcohol heat in the back of the throat.

M - Heavy and rich mouthfeel that lingers on the tongue.

D - Exceptionally drinkable and balanced. Smooth, rich, and complex enough to remain interesting.

Photo of mirish72
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this as gift, thanks Lindsay.

I had high expectations for this beer and I was certainly not disappointed.

The beer pours black, little to no head. The smell is chocolate and malty at once. The taste matches the smell, but there is a bit of sweetness that I wasn't expecting.

Overall this is a delicious porter. It is very drinkable, I just wish you could find it in MA.

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

Received this as a freebie in a trade with Pamola. Thanks!!

Poured into my Sam Adams sensory glass - looked almost like Pepsi, but without the crazy carbonation. Dark brown almost black with a one and a quarter inch biege frothy head. Good lacing on the glass during the drinking period.

Aroma of bakers chocolate, and lightly roasted malts.

Taste of dark chocolate, almonds, a bit smokey and roasted malt flavor providing a nice bittering effect.

Flavor sticks around on the palate, nice and smokey. Medium-full bodied with light carbonation lets the flavor hang around without making it thin.

Excellent drinkability. An excellent porter with exceptional flavor, not too stong on the abv so its easy to enjoy a couple, and it doesnt wreck your palate. Looking forward to having a couple more of these!!

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

Thank you drgonzo3705, you mad effing bastard.
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Deep dark shades of chocolate and rust; a wild throw of tawny lace that has made a home on the side of my glass. I dig it.

Smells of roasted coffee beans, ripe dark fruit, peanut butter & fish oil. I've said it before - believe it or not, this is a good thing. A very good thing. More subtle hints of french bread, cider, caramel apples, celery and cheese. I s'pose this qualifies as a 12 course bouquet. Again, I dig it.

The first sip hits my tongue - salty oysterlettes sit on my lips. Cafamel, coffee open up big time in the middle. Bitter chocolate swallows me whole at the end. The kicker is the echo of piney hop bitterness that hangs in my throat for minutes. gorgeous.

A hearty mouthfeel, more than enough body for a porter. And how easy it went down. A great beer.

Photo of bbothen
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams high tech glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Looks cola like brown with a small bubbly 1 finger deep tan colored head.

As a good porter should, roasty, chocolate, chocolate, sweet.

Chocolate, bitter toastiness, coffee, sweet malted milk, hoppiness. Yummy.

Medium to full, perfect carbonation, smooth, creamy, rich, great.

I could drink these all night. Tasty stuff right here. Someone send me more.

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

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt chocolate coffee scents

T - Very good taste like the smell chocolate and coffee

M - This beer has a thinner body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very good beer that I really enjoyed and could drink a number of thes in one sitting worth finding to try

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

Enjoyed in a pint
This was the first beer I had from Great Lakes, now I'm reviewing it a year and a half later after an absence from their area of distribution.
A: Moderate pour yields 1.5 fingers of tan head with great retention. Clear, dark brown liquid that is almost black and opaque. A shade of red around the bottom edge shows.
S: Cocoa and coffee, modest hopping.
T: Rich cocoa, earthy, coffee grounds, peat, creamy sweetness.
M: Dry and bitter, smooth and silky.
D: High. This is a great porter and my favorite from Great Lakes so far.

Photo of tosshin
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a : A touch of light passes through showing a clear dark red. About .5 inch of head that dissipated quickly leaving very little lacing.
s : Chocolate and coffee are the dominating aromas. A hint of cherry is also present.
t : Mmm, that's really good. Coffee and a bitter hoppiness come through most dominate. The chocolate characteristic comes there with a bit of swirling. Also, there is a bit of a warm alcohol that makes this beer finish really nicely.
m : Nicely balanced. Carbonation and density are spot on. The beer leaves a coating in your mouth, but it tastes good so I don't mind.
d : Not a huge porter fan, but I could definately spend my night drinking this beer.

I have grown to really enjoy this brewery out of Cleveland. I have yet to find a poor beer from them. Here I was thinking that I would have a hard time finding quality beer in Erie, PA. Not so, not so.

Photo of Lepley
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a variety twelve pack from Giant Eagle. I think they accidentally put six of these in the case and I can't complain.

A: Pours blackish-brown with two fingers of brown head, nice lacing but little retention.
S: Sweet, roastiness, coffee, smokey.
T: Coffee, roasty, smokey, sweet, fruity, bitter, chocolate.
M: Smoot, creamy.
D: This is one of my favorite beers, ever. Porters don't get much better than this.

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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