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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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5,472 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,472
Reviews: 1,882
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 495
Gots: 552 | FT: 21
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001)
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Photo of AgingWarrior
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost coal black with hints of reddishness in the light. Nice foamy reddish brown head.

Good solid Porter smell. Roasted malts dominate the smell.

Taste is very good. Nice and smooth without any strong alcohol taste. Good finish.

Mouth feel is medium to full body with just enough carbonation.

Very drinkable. I'd like to have more, but they're not available in my area, I received a six pack from a friend who used to live in Cleveland.

AgingWarrior, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown/nearly black color, although with little head and a bit of lacing. Excellent scent, a nice burnt grain aroma with mild coffee hints. Excellent taste as well, a good porter with wonderful coffee overtones and a nice partly bitter aftertaste. Goes down nice, a good porter overall.

JamesS, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a dark black body with a silky, tan head with ok retention and nice lacing along the sides of the glass until the finish of the beer.

S: A nice, roasted, slightly malty smell.

T: A nice, roasted taste with a nice roasted aftertaste. Definitely a nice taste overall.

M: A smooth, silky mouthfeel that was very pleasant on the palette.

D: Very good drinkability. A nice, roasted taste that was complimented by a nice, smooth mouthfeel. A nice session beer.

maddogruss, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. brown bottle

A: Poured into a snifter. Color is pitch black with some ruby tones when held up to the light. Light tan head on top with a low retention rate. Light lacing.

S: Sweet breakfast malts, molasses, caramel and toffee.

T: some toffee off the bat. great roasted malts hold this beer up. Strong coffee finish. No big hop characteristics, but some mild ones are present.

M: smooth and creamy. mild carbonation level. perfect body.

D: very smooth. Perhaps the most solid porter that I have had. Great representation on the style.

paulthebeerguru, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of sleazo
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A_Pours a very dark brown almost black colour with a nice dense and creamy tan coloured head. Leaves sheets, literally sheets of lace on the sides of the glass during the consumption period.

S_Aroma is redolent of really roasted malts. The other main component is a floral/earthy hop scent that reminds me of some other flower buds.

T_The taste leans more to that same floral/earthy hop bitterness. Nice roasted coffee flavours going on here as well. A little bit of a cola thing going on here as too.

M_Creamy, rich with a soft carbonation.

D_One of the best porters I have had. thanks to pimpp for the opportunity to try.

sleazo, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of mattster
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened 12 Fluid ounce bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a creamy tan head atop a mostly opaque dark brown brew.

Smell is of slightly sweet malts, dark coffee and slight hint of dark chocolate. Taste is dry that beer smell, with very well balance of black coffee and very faint chocolate notes. Really good finish, very smooth, After taste was strange on the first taste, but not present on further taste.

Really great brew...

mattster, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of phaiel
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a hint of a ruby color on the edges. Pours with a good tan head that lingers and laces beautifully. Overall fanastic looking beer.

Smells of a french roast with a sweet element. Bittersweet is how I could best describe it. Slight sweetness behind a strong roasted smell. Just how I want a porter

Taste is of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. It has a decent malty sweetness on first touch, and finishes with a surprising bitterness considering the lack of a hop nose. Flavor is perfectly roasted and delicious. Great for black coffee lovers.

Mouthfeel is superb. Lingers with a decent roasted bitterness for a quite a while. Medium bodied, though I do think it is a little bit over carbonated. Overall amazing beer.

phaiel, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of botham
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a mug. pours a dark chocolate brown black color with a sizable brown head that takes a few seconds to settle out, looking magnificant during the process.

aroma is strong on the coffee, with roasted malt and a bit of caramel mixed in, somewhat overpowered by the coffee. not much else in the nose.

taste is more of the same, with a more restrained character, but still with coffee over notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and a base of blacnk malts. finishes on a note of roasted malt with residual coffee and chocolate.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a somewhat watery texture. finishes thin with a slick mouthfeel.

drinkability is decent. this is thin in body for a porter, but the flavors here are concentrated enough to provide excellent complexity. a solid porter.

botham, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of JoeOfParma
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous, ruddy, incredibly dark brown. Opaque until held to a light, where a bold ruby becomes a lovely backdrop to rising bubbles. A sandy tan head persists and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is of sweet coffee: half French roast, half honey? Combined with dark, baked fruits, like caramelized apples and burnt sugar ready to be made into pies. Perhaps the most inviting aroma I've experienced. The wonderful sweetness of the smell simply can't be overstated.

Taste is as expected based on smell: lingering coffee and subtle dark chocolate persist throughout with the fruity sweetness perfectly counterbalanced by the bold hops and charred malt.

Mouthfeel borders on creamy, chewy; a lot going on, but I could have used just a bit more richness. Does develop as the beer warms.

Drinkability as good as anything you'll find for the style; I could drink a sixer, though the last two might be pushing it.

JoeOfParma, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark brown verging on black. Brown bubbly one finger head.

S - Chocolaty sweetness in the smell.

T - Strong chocolate/coffee taste, more of the coffee. Has a little bitter bite to it at the end which provides a nice balance to the sweetness.

M/D - Medium bodied creaminess. Lightly carbonated. Very drinkable porter.

ckeegan04, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of ebit
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light tan head with a deep black body with hints of red.

Hickory malts and other deep scents come through with a lighter chocolatey hint as an undertone.

Woody roasted malts throughout. Not too much chocolate hints here but coffee does come in as a bitter after thought. Fruity when a quick swig is taken surprisingly.

Medium bodied with not much carbonation.

Nothing objectionable here and goes down smooth. A good porter but I personally prefer Anchor.

ebit, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of PBBC
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer single-handedly changed my dark-beer world.

The beer pours a deep ruby-brown with a nearly-two finger head that was a nicely-contrasting grey color.

The aroma was a sweet, roasted coffee taste, as if someone was cutting fresh vegetables while roasting fresh coffee beans.

The taste is amazing. The caramel malts are present, but balanced, nicely topped off with the rich chocolate roast and flavorful, but not bitter, coffee taste. The roasted taste lingers on the side of the tongue while the refreshing caramel comes back sip after sips No flavor ever becomes overwhelming.

This beer feels like all the best parts of the daily meals. Roasted coffee and sweet-yolked eggs for breakfast, and fresh sweet charred pork for lunch and dinner.

Try this beer, and you will understand porter.

PBBC, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip

A: VERY deep brown with deep ruby highlights and a thick, light tan head

S: Roast, chocolate and coffee with mild burnt flavors coming thru. Hints of vanilla as it warms up

T: Roast up front with tons of dark chocolate. Reminiscent of a stout

M: Smooth with a sweetish finish and medium body. Excellent carbonation

D: I'd drink plenty!


**Edit 24 August 2012**

I'm revisiting this after way too long. This beer, IMO, is as close as you can get to perfection for the style. Smoky, chocolatey, and roasty in brilliant balance, with a light caramel presence, a little bit of a green hop character, a little licorice and fruitiness. Exceptional nose IMO. The palate is roasty up front, with some dark chocolate, a little coffee and a faint hint of smoke. A little caramel comes through on the mid-palate. Drying, roasty and with a little licorice on the finish, this beer is a little bit like The Abyss. Medium-light in body with an acidity that's a blend of grain, roast and carbonic acid, this beer is marvelous on the palate. My original scores were way too low, this is, IMO, the best porter out there.

DefenCorps, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Slow's BBQ in Detroit Michigan, March 2008; a pint for $5.00.

Poured a nice deep dark brown/black with a nice brown creamy-looking head.

This porter is a very nicely balanced malty brew, balanced dark chocolate with a slightly astringent hoppiness.

Moderately astringent ending, but very drinkable. Rich and full body makes this an easy one to have disappear when you turn around and look away for a second!

Dukeofearl, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer in a trade with Tilley4, thanks man.

12oz bottle, best before 7/14/08, served in a standard pint glass.

A - deep, dark brown almost black except for some ruby hues with a fluffy head of tan foam that settled to a layer, leaving good lacing.

S - roasted chocolate malt aroma.

T - bittersweet chocolate and espresso coffee flavors get a hoppy shot of bitterness on the finish. excellent.

M - smooth and creamy medium bodied brew.

D - great tasting, highly drinkable porter.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of knight84
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Connor O'Neals in Ann Arbor.
Came out a used motor oil black with a frothy eggshell white head that lingers but leaves almost no lacing on the glass. The nose is rich roasty malts with lots of cocoa and coffee but also some ester fruit sweetness of currants and dried cherries.

The taste is very roasty with coffee, barley, and cocoa as the nose belied. There is a dry hoppy bitterness in the finish that is just right for the beer.

The mouthfeel is very robust for a porter, and I found it quite refreshing after drinking the ABC Milestone Cask Porter a few minutes before. The carbonation level is good, maybe a little high relative to other porters but it fits this beer well. It leaves a slight dry feel in the mouth, just enough to want to keep drinking the beer.

Overall one of the better porters I've had, very drinkable and an exemplar of the style.

knight84, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a Great Lakes Sampler pack purchased at Giant Eagle in Chagrin Falls, OH.

A: Very dark brown with significant ruby highlights. Well capped with thin off white head with good retention. The beer has legs.

S: Very nice roasty malt aroma. Slightly grainy aroma. Some dark fruit esters - cherries. Sweet.

T: An excellent tasting beer. Coffee and chocolate flavor. Roasty and dry. Well hopped and bittered.

MF: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry. Slightly astringent but still smooth.

D, notes: Substantial but easy drinking. This is clearly a great beer for many reasons: complex, well balanced, excellent taste, much character.

Nipitato, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear mahogany with a tan-colored head that lasts for about 5 minutes.

Smell - A bit of milky sweetness, cocoa and a hint of charcoal. Mild but nice.

Taste & mouthfeel - Drier than the nose suggests. A hint of caramel is present beneath flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and toast. Very silky and smooth with a medium body. Coffee-like dryness in the finish. One of the better porters I've tried.

largadeer, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of Spidey13
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Edmund Fitzgerald pours a very dark, almost black color with nice ruby highlights when held to the light. The large, tan head sticks around for a while and leaves a lot of lacing in its wake. The nose is mostly sweet coffee. The taste starts with rich, roasted malt with a long, bitter aftertaste. The carbonation is a nice, medium level though the beer felt a bit more watery than I would have liked. Overall, this is a very drinkable porter. I could easily have a few of these over the course of a night.

Spidey13, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of joepais
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced nice tan head that dwindled to a thick lace all set on top of a black body

Aromas of coffee and roasted malts a little chocolate and some hops

Sweet flavors of malts and coffee with a light hop bitter. This is a really well balanced in the flavor department

Medium body with a good amount of carbonation but still smooth

It has good drinkability I could handle a few of these a night

joepais, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of blakesell
2.55/5  rDev -40%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Discovered on tap at Brixx Ice Company in Dayton. Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours not quite black with thick clingy lacing, more of a darkened amber with red hues shining through. I can see the sports playing on the TV behind when I hold it up. One finger deep lingering head.

Smell- Roasty and malty with much hop presence. More roasted barley than chocolate, but chocolate persists. Hops are pretty strong, but not overpowering.

Taste- Roasty, hoppy and smooth with yeasty esters, but outside of that.. The tap is not clean, and the beer is infected, showing big metallic traces. This is clearly not the ideal venue for reviewing. First I had this problem here with Founders Dirty Bastard, now this. Tastes off, but I wouldn't blame Great Lakes. Unfortunately, to the untrained drinker, that's exactly what will happen.

Mouthfeel- Thin and metallic. Quite astringent. Normally the beer is creamy and smooth, lightly carbonated.

Drinkability- Normally I would give this beer about a 4 or 4.5 on drinkability, but this time I have to give it a 1. I couldn't even finish this one. No more of these today. Shame on you Brixx Ice Company, shame on you. Cleanliness is important with tap handles. I guess some bars are only in it for the swilling needs.

blakesell, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of getch
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-dark brown, black, a light toping of head

s- sweet chocolate smell, with roasted coffee tones, with a yeast smell at the end

t-crisp chocolate and coffee flavor, with a bite of hopps/bitterness at the end. Its a very interesting porter. The smell really complements the taste. I might have had the beer out to long before sampling it, it might be nicer if it was alittle bit more chilled

m-extremely smooth, but the hop bitterness stay lingering in the mouth

d- easy to drink, a good sipping beer, will def have this one again

getch, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew is one of all-time faves, but first time to review it.

Poured from bottle marked "Best by 6/27/08" into a standard pint glass. Very drak brwon to black with a 1" khaki colored head that provides good lacing.

I've got a bit of a cold, so the aroma is tough. Smells a bit dry, with a little bitter chocolate aroma. So well balanceed, I almost want more "bite."

I've had some other unbalanced porters recently that had TOO MUCH roasted aromas and tastes. Not the Fitz. Just enough to make it taste like a porter, but not too much to make it a one pint only affair.

ProudBeerSnob, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

-bottle ordered from Archer Liquors
Dark brown pour with a slightly transluscent look to it, giving it a ruby tint. Nice tan head. Chocolate and coffee roast dominate the aroma as to be expected here. Flavor is solid, with a standard roastiness and bittersweet chocolate like flavor, but the body is a tad thin. Nicely balanced beer, good flavor, and enjoyable, but could benefit from a bit more body. Very much worth trying.

JDV, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Blanchette
4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am rating this beer for what it is -- a sessionable porter. It's not going to be mindblowing, and nor will be an entirely unique offering. It is the type of beer that invites you to toss down three in a couple of hours. Maintains a robust porter taste in your mouth for 30 minutes after the bottle; but doesn't overpower you during drink. I am very happy to see this beer in the Top 100, despite the fact that it's not a barnburning 11% stout. This is a pure porter; what comes to mind when one thinks a standard, rich afternoon beer. Top quality.

Blanchette, Feb 29, 2008
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,472 ratings.