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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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5,152 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,152
Reviews: 1,851
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 478
Gots: 438 | 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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Photo of christmasg


5/5  rDev +17.4%

I think Great Lakes Porter is the best Porter you can get in the midwest, maybe even in the US. Excellent balance between hops and malt. Sweet, carmel, chocolate flavors. Not too harsh astringet or "burnt". Smooth, creamy rounded mouth feel. Just enough hops to complement the malt and not compete with and /or overwhelm like many others. Squeeky clean. Gotta have it!

11-09-2005 16:52:14 | More by christmasg
Photo of rlcoffey


3.85/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours a very dark brown with a small white head. Carbonation level is low but appropriate. Looks like a porter should look. The smell has a little bit more coffee/roast odor than I prefer in a porter. Hint of chocolate overpowered by the other flavors. Very good taste. Chocolate flavor shows up in the aftertaste. No watery porter is this. Full bodied, thick, sticks around in a good way like a porter should. Does go down quickly and doesnt scream "drink more of me", but also isnt asking me to stop at one.

Another very good beer from the folks at Great Lakes.

11-03-2005 03:11:09 | More by rlcoffey
Photo of nlmartin


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: Slightly opaque blackness. The head is a creamy white nearly an 1 1/2 inch head that quickly resolves into a film. The lace dances its way down the glass.

Smell: A very nice carmel sugar and coffee prescence.

Taste: Great roasted malty coffee with chocolate undertones. Very good hops on the foretaste. Nice clean finish very full body.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: A great full bodied porter. I have yet to experience a bad beer from Great Lakes.

10-28-2005 07:47:40 | More by nlmartin
Photo of sjum29


4.63/5  rDev +8.7%

This pours a beautiful deep brown with a lightly tan frothy head which takes quite some agitation to dissipate. It's smell is incredible. One can really pick up the nutty coffee scent even from a slight distance.

As for taste, in one word... indescribable, but i'll do my best. It is rich and roasted with hints of coffee, nuts, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is light considering it's bold taste. This goes down smooth, and leaves the drinker longing for another sip. I recommend this to anyone who loves a rich American porter, this is truly one of the best.

10-26-2005 19:57:04 | More by sjum29
Photo of jasonpeckins32


4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

Pours a nice black color with a brilliant tan colored choppy layer of foam. Beautiful lacings. Looks like syrupy coca-cola.

The smell is very heavily roasted. Scents of roasted malts, over-ripe fruits, vanilla, burnt toast and coffee tantalize my taste buds.

The taste is proud and bold. I taste coffee grounds and hay/grass combined with strong roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and it almost has a little sour effect of orange or grapefruit peelings. A grassy aftertaste intrigues me. The more I play around with this one, the more flavors seem to pop up. There's so much going on in the flavor of this beer, yet at the same time it all seems to be so balanced. I think it drinks like a meal instead of a beer.

It definitly is a full-bodied beer, but I wouldn't call it heavy. It has a nice mouthfeel, and is very drinkable as well. My glass was gone before I knew it, and what I wouldnt give to have more of these sitting in my fridge.

10-26-2005 07:37:11 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of veggiemafia


4.55/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured into my favorite mug from a bottle with a completely illegible freshness date, it could be 02, it could be 06, it might say February, I have no idea.

Beautiful porter, really REALLY dark brown, but still maintains some reddish tranluscence around the edges and the bottom of the glass. Thin khaki head that dissipates quickly but leaves a ring of lace through most of the glass.

Smell is great, malty, toasted warmth up front with notes of coffee and grains with a pleasant tang like dark fruit and a very balanced hop presence.

Taste....holy crap. Near perfection in a bottle. Coffee and malt upfront with just enough hop presence and a little bit of a sour twinge in the middle and finish that balances this beer perfectly and keeps it from being cloyingly sweet.

Very slick, very well carbonated, very substantial, all around excellent for the mouthfeel.

Drinkability, absolutely a 5. The end of my glass kills my soul. Perfect session beer.

There's another in the fridge, but I want to save it.

(Let's be honest, if I don't drink it tonight, I'm going to drink it tomorrow and go buy more.)

10-25-2005 04:43:19 | More by veggiemafia
Photo of Puddleglum


3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

This was a great Porter. Of course I like the style so that doesn't hurt and the White Sox were racking up double digits on about 17 TVs around me and that too might have artificially heightened the experience of this Porter. But it had a nice head that lingered and laced, an aroma that set-up the chocolate, coffee and toffee malt flavor. It went down fast and then I moved on to another Great Lakes product; the Elliot Ness, in keeping with the Chicago theme.

10-18-2005 12:59:45 | More by Puddleglum
Photo of evanackerman


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

wow, this beer is awesome!

Pours very dark. The head on this beer is my favorite of all beers, towering and rocky, it is truly beautiful.

aroma is of sour malt with a hint of coffee.

taste is dark malt with chocolate and coffee followed by a very pronounced hop finish. this is a very robust porter, probably my favorite for the style and indeed one of my favorite beers of any style.

another winner from Great Lakes.

10-17-2005 22:35:07 | More by evanackerman
Photo of DaPeculierDane


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured into a poboy's pint at the Cardinal Bar in Madison.

Deep coffee color and thick khaki head. Absolutely delicious. Charred coffee, rich mocha, chocolate, and caramelized sugars make up the aromas and taste. Texture is chewy and rich. The hops add the necessary bitterness to balance the malty sweetness. Finish is dry and leaves you thirsty for more. Uber drinkable.

10-14-2005 17:06:38 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of macpapi


3.9/5  rDev -8.5%

As one would expect from a porter, E.F. pours a dark-brown, almost black color, with a slight tannish head. It is very dense and opaque looking. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate. Toffee and nut are also present. Not terribly strong on the nose though. Very full flavor. Malt is strong on the tongue. Chocolate and a slight hop presence are also there. Very bold and sweet. In the mouth it is full, sweet and pleasant. There is a bit of post-swallow bitterness. Holds well. Although I am not a huge porter fan, this beer impresses. Nice full and sweet flavor that remains pleasant in the throat. One or two are enough for me. Porter drinkers will probably love this one.

10-10-2005 02:09:00 | More by macpapi
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: traditional porter color with brown highlights. Creamy head that disapates quickly

Smell: hint of coffee aroma

Taste: very good with a hint of malt and hops. Nothing un settling here.

Mouthfeel: excellent, very smooth.

Drinkability: I personally don't find many porters to be session beers... but this one is

10-06-2005 22:29:05 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of carln26


4/5  rDev -6.1%

Dark brown in color with a fluffy tan colored head. The head draped casually on the side of the glass as I drink. This beer poured, and looks closer to a cask beer than any other I’ve seen. The nose has espresso and milk chocolate notes. The flavor has the espresso and chocolate along with more roast malt overtones. There is a lot of alcohol heat on the finish. The mouth feel is very full and rich. The drinakbility is only medium due to the heat.

10-04-2005 00:36:07 | More by carln26
Photo of ClearDog


4.63/5  rDev +8.7%

Appearance -- Poured midnight black into my imperial pint glass. One finger of creamy khaki head. It just looks awesome in my glass! Great lacing.

Smell -- Smells like chocolate with hints of coffee. I can also smell hops. Very nice balance! I'm very impressed.

Taste -- More chocolate than coffee, but both are definitely there. Absolutely brilliant dessert drink!

Mouthfeel -- Medium and creamy. Very light carbonation.

Drinkability -- This is a porter to savor. It's excellent after dinner. I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting. I think I'm going to try to have this one on hand at all times.

10-01-2005 00:42:38 | More by ClearDog
Photo of burnstar


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours black with a very thin tan head. Smell is very nice- chocolate and berries. Taste has a lot of roasted malt with bittersweet chocolate, espresso, and berry flavors. Some tastey hops kick in for the finish. This is a very good beer. Mouthfeel is full and this is very drinkable. A wonderful porter.

09-25-2005 02:19:32 | More by burnstar
Photo of Fish113d


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Served in a bottle at room temperature and poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark chocolate color w/ very little light shining through the glass, while a nice cocoa powder 1 1/2" head springs atop of the body. Spongy, but not so dense head.

Aroma is of lots of toffee malts and some chocolate and slight coffee notes. Grassy hops come through as well as I expected considering the style. Nice.

Taste is much more mellow and more bitter than I originally expected. Not as sweet as most porters, however, the finish leaves a nice chocolate aftertaste in my mouth. Also some grassy hops help this one out a bit.

Very well balanced; the carbonation is light and the body is medium and a bit more creamy than most porters I've had previous.

This one turns out being super-easy to drink. Tasty and fun! I recommend to ANYONE!

09-24-2005 20:14:54 | More by Fish113d
Photo of BEERchitect


4/5  rDev -6.1%

A good example of what a Porter should be. Has all the dark colors and head retention that you'd expect. Aromas of chocolate and coffe abound. Balanced out with mild hop character and mild yeastiness or breadiness. Flavors of chocolate rise more than other flavors, but not to hide them. Has a nice creamy texture and finishes sweet, lightly bitter (from dark grains), and clean. A proper and simple beer.

...of course that's what is expected from a Porter that meet all of the criteria for the style. But does meeting the style mean that a perfect 5 is deserved? No. The beer needs that 'something extra' that it lacks; making it a very, very good beer. But, not a great.

09-09-2005 22:55:51 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of numenor1

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

From Wisconsin...

Very dark brown with a very fluffy khaki head that doesn't seem at all intent on disappearing. Smells of roasted barley and hops. Starts off smooth and very slightly sweet on then goes very roasty with some slight dark chocolate then is very earthy espresso beans and some grassy hops in the finish. Taste of deep dark roasty espresso lingers on my tongue. The roasted character is lovely, not at all aggressive or overpowering but present and superbly dry. Low carbonation creates a viscous mouthfeel out of the medium low body. This would be a great session brew if i could get it regularly.

Hands down best porter i've had to date...which isn't exactly saying a whole lot, but nonetheless it's damn good.

09-06-2005 23:03:30 | More by numenor1
Photo of dfuller


4.43/5  rDev +4%

Appearance: Very dark brown with a barely detectable reddish tint. Very little head, (even after a hard pour) with lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Roasty, with some coffee and a bit of chocolatey sweetness.

Taste: A strong, sweet start that rapidly moves toward roasted grain and coffee. Hops are detectable throughout, superbly balancing out the sweetness in the taste. This is a very well balanced brew, with the strong taste you'd expect from an excellent porter. The aftertaste is long and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and creamy. Doesn't bite too hard, but you can definitely feel it. Superb.

Drinkability: Very drinkable considering the strong taste and weight of the brew. I could go through several of these in a sitting.

09-05-2005 02:57:50 | More by dfuller
Photo of 99bottles


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

This brewery makes so many fine beers and their porter is also worthy of recognition. The beer has a deep brown body, with ample thickness and a clump of dark tan head. The smell immediately lends itself notes of molasses and cocoa powder, mixed with some assertive hop bitterness. Flavorwise, the astringency of the roasted malt is balanced by a sweet toffee flavor and the beer stays firmly within the porter style, although it has whispers of Baltic porter strength and substance. The hops are outstanding and give it just enough life to keep it irresistibly drinkable. Reminds me of Storm King, with a little more finesse and a little more class. Even better as it warms to room temp. A great sipper.

09-05-2005 02:15:25 | More by 99bottles
Photo of bahumutx


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance: Dark amber color with a small head and lacing

Smell: Roasted coffee with a slight chocolate smell. I can also pick out some hop smell.

Taste: At first a slight chocolate taste is present which then turns into a roasted coffee taste. At the very end you get hit by a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A very full mouth feel with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could have about two of these in a row. Not a session beer in my opinion.

A great example of the porter style of beer. Keep up the great work Great Lake Brewing!!!

08-30-2005 01:46:51 | More by bahumutx
Photo of sopor


3.78/5  rDev -11.3%

My first porter, I'm finally warming up to this world of Stout and Porter!

This looks like rootbeer! Brown black shows red with direct light. Thick creamy tan head is dissipating slowly to a tan film w/some lacing. Very light bitter roast smell.

Bitter acrid flavor grows then comes roast coffe with a slight hoppiness.

Creamy thick body, light carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, not as heavy as I expected, went great with my steak!

08-29-2005 19:28:12 | More by sopor
Photo of nota


4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

I was not going to rate this beer because I'm not fond of the taste of porters or stouts so it would not be fair to rate those style beers. After drinking this beer and liking it which that in its self tells you just how good this beer is. This beer after every swollow left me wanting more. Good mouthfeel and drinkablity outstanding. I wish I could put my finger on the reason this porter did something for me whereas other porters did not.

08-22-2005 21:24:52 | More by nota
Photo of crzyd12


4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

dark color, near black
good smokey aromas
smokey flavors with good balance and smooth finish
some nuttiness
full body, filling like most other porters and stouts.
drinkablitiy increases as the beer warms up

side note. great brewing company motto, "beer first, earth a very close second"

08-15-2005 04:08:22 | More by crzyd12
Photo of tsmthrs


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

A fine example of a porter.
Poured a deep dark redish black with a nicely carbonated laced head.
Aroma is of coffee, slight chololate and roasted malts.
Taste holds up to the aroma and is every bit as bold, finishes with a hint of smoked taste.
Mouthfeel is just as expected from a porter.
Can't wait to have another. Actually, I did have another on reserve but used it to marinade my pork chops for the grill. Excellent... just with I had a third.

08-13-2005 16:31:46 | More by tsmthrs
Photo of niknar


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

I knew this one was a winner from the minute it poured out of the bottle. A wonderful black color with a milk-chocolate head that seems to last forever. The aroma smells strongly of roasted barley, but some other sweet malt notes sneak through as well. The flavor backs-up the strong roasted smell with an immediate assault on your tongue. At the same instant, tons of coffee and caramel flavors arrive. However, the roasted malt is the dominant factor by far. The mouthfeel is outstanding. Substantial, but not quite so thick as to confuse it with a stout. Overall, I'd say it is perfect for the style. This is a very drinkable beer, but only for those who are fans of the roasted malts. Otherwise, it will likely be over-powering.

08-11-2005 22:23:23 | More by niknar
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,152 ratings.