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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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5,209 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,209
Reviews: 1,857
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 482
Gots: 454 | 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 bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Served in a pint glass, the porter pours dark brown with some tinges of red depending on how I hold the beer up to the light. There's an inch carbonated tan head that lingers on the glass for a long time. There's also a nice layer of lace that remains on the glass while drinking it. The aroma is mostly chocolatey, with some roasted malt and hops in there too. It tastes like semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, and hops. It has a nice bitter aftertaste too. It has a good medium mouthfeel to it, with just the right amount of carbonation. It finishes great, and it's very easy to drink. It has just the right amount of bitterness and sweetness to it, it's one of the best beers I've had. I'd recommend this to anyone to drink, it's another excellent beer by Great Lakes.

bluejacket74, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of ndekke39
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

Freshness date of March 2006.

A: Poured a dark amber with reddish tints to it. Off-white head and lacing when poured.

S: Sweet at first, with hints of bitter hops in there.

T: A lot of flavors on the middle of the tongue. Bitter nuttiness, although not overpowering. Actually a lot of sweet notes in there, too.

M: Light carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Very drinkable. One of the best of the style. Overall a very good porter. Nice balanced flavors, excellent consistency.

ndekke39, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of MDekker
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a nice mahogany color with a tan head. Quite nice looking, really. I didn't pick up much from the smell (maybe my nose wasn't working) but there was the predictable dark roasted aroma that comes with a porter. Nothing significant there. The taste, however, was yummy. Some nutty notes along with the roasted malty flavor, and a bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew that I've enjoyed more than once before. The mouthfeel was fine, and this is an easily drinkable porter.

MDekker, May 29, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

On tap at Colters Bay in Buffalo, NY for a paltry $3.50 pint.

Pours a black ink buh-lack with a coffee & cream head cap that leaves a stratus lace down the glass.

Aroma is a slightly grape fruity and roasty malt notes. Some classic red ale aspects pop out as well.

First swigs: Baker's chocolate initially and a side track to a fruity pancake and grape aspect. Middle sugests some caramel and black coffee. Aftertaste is a touch of vanilla but not too much so.

Feel is just medium bodied with a clean finish which adds to the drinkability. There is a softness to the feel that is stunning. Velvet.

blitheringidiot, May 26, 2006
Photo of blitz134
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

What more could you ask for in a porter, nearly pitch black with some crimson highlights through the body. A solid inch thick tan head formed on the pour, reduced to a foam cap that holds on nicely. Lacing clings randomly about my pint glass.

Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a bit of sweetness prevail in the aroma. A touch of floral hops come through as well.

Taste is loaded with flavors, this is not your one-dimensional typical porter, this one has some actual complexity. Taste is initially a tiny bit sweet but then some of the carbonation comes in and strips that away, the transition after that is of chocolate and mild coffee. Finish is a bit of bitterness. Nicely done overall.

Good medium mouthfeel, typical to style. Fair amount of carbonation makes it light on the tongue, but this one still coats the mouth well. Drinkability is really good. This one is too easy to put back with its complex flavor and crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel.

Well done, a must try...best porter I have had, period...

blitz134, May 25, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Near pitch black body. Roasty and chocolate aroma with big chocolate flavor. Very smooth and almost a little chewy. A bit thick for me to want to drink a few more. A great porter, although overrated IMO. Ranks right up there with my other favorites, Anchor Porter and Middles Ages Duke of Winship.

tempest, May 24, 2006
Photo of jyeast101
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

Black in color with a half inch beige head. Smells of hops, malt and oatmeal. Rich and creamy in taste with an oats and grains finish. Aslo hops in the aftertaste. Good lacing on the glass. A great beer. I fear that I am being conservative with the rating, because, as I have had many more since first trying the beer, and also had thge opportunity to visit the brewery and been hooked ever since.

jyeast101, May 24, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

a - pours deep and dark, not quite black though, nice big tan fluffy head that lingers throughout, nice lacing as well

s - smell was kind of off for me, couldn't really pinpoint what it was, but it was not great, definitely not as good as the taste, slightly sweet aroma, a little hoppiness

t - roasted maltiness dominates, with chocolate and slight coffee making an appearance, very nice finish that's a great balance between bitterness and sweetness

m - medium bodied, fairly creamy and smooth, not much carbonation detected

d - very drinkable, the taste kept me wanting to take another drink, definitely a sessionable beer though porters are not my favorite

Very fine example of an American Porter, the only letdown was the smell, and even that wasn't too bad.

WeisGuy, May 23, 2006
Photo of trep
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

Black body sitting in my balloon wih a light tan head of a finger's worth or so. Black as midnight with only hints of ruby red around the edges.

Dark roasted malt, coffee, mocha, and a little bit of alkeyhall. A little bit of toffee and dark fruits too. Not too shabby.

God I love the way this beer tastes. Always been one of my favorite porters. Rich coffee and dark malts dominate this one with the perfect dose of bitter hops. Everything in this beer works perfectly. The harmony of the coffee, malt, and hops is incredible. Creamy and smooth as butta, this one goes down easy as pie.

Perfect amount of carbonation for this medium bodied beer.

This is about as easy as it gets for darker medium-bodied beers. Not a sipper like Impy Stouts or Barleywines, and not a watered down macro. Heaven in a bottle.

A near perfect porter.

trep, May 21, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%

Excellently large and perfectly brown head sits atop a dark ruby pool of chestnut wonderousness.

Smells like a fantabulous porter. Dark, roasted malts, all bitter and tasty, against sweeter, more chocolately and rough malts, along with a distinct, almost floral hop.

Tastes very much like it smells. Starts with the rawness of a porter, big bitter roasted malt. Moves then into really smooth mocha coffee middle, ending on a dry, flowery hop.

This tastes so fanastic I can't believe that it's only 5.8% ABV! What a great session porter.

mynie, May 20, 2006
Photo of SethB2
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Beer bours a thin black color with a decent head and some nice lacing. Holding it to a light reveals a deep ruby color. Good looking brew. Smell is bready, malty, yeasty ... just like it should be. Some fruitiness in there too if you sniff long enough. Taste is good. Tasted is of roasted malts, coffee with a little bit of sweetness peaking through at the finish. Good stuff. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and the finish is a little odd tasting. Can't put my finger on exactly what I'm referring to. Drinkability is nice, however. If I had another, I wouldn't mind tossing it back.

The more beers I drink from Great Lakes, the more I'm impressed with them. Quality brewery.

SethB2, May 20, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
4.43/5  rDev +4%

I cannot figure out what Great Lakes puts in the water, but no matter what I've had previous to drinking this, I always want to go back to them. They never go overboard and everything is overly drinkable, including this one. Dark rich pour, with a decent head and some lacing. Some chocolate, not overbearing, almost milky. Few hops at the end, quaffable as hell. Feels awesome on the palate and the best news, WE up here can get this for $6.99 a sixer in the grocery stores!!

bigdeuce, May 19, 2006
Photo of sinistrsam
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured a deep ruby-black with a clear body. Light could be seen around the edges of the glass. It had a large tan head, pretty foamy, and decent champagne-like bubbles.
The smell was very good, with hints of coffee and chocolate, and noticable sweet and dark fruits, namely raspberry and cherry. Reminded me of a flavored coffee. Sweet malts, alcohol, and possibly banana as it warmed. Really improved with temperature.
Taste was dark and bitter chocolate, coffee, brown sugar. Alcohol, smoke, wood, sour cherries, sweet malts. It was decently complex and very tasty. The the mouthfeel. So close to living up to my expectations! But alas...It was bitter and dry up front, but very watery. It left a chalky, acrid aftertaste, somewhat pleasant but could ahve been moreso had there been some substance to this. Not very impressed in this department.
Still the beer was drinkable and a good American Porter. I like Great Lakes a good deal, and this was a good beer keep in mind. I still feel it could have been better.

sinistrsam, May 17, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.43/5  rDev +4%

i can't believe i've been in the cleveland area since august and have yet to taste this. i guess every time i have the opportunity i favor one of the seasonals; i have the feeling my patience has rewarded itself

poured a very dark ruby brown into my old leghumper pint glass, with a good head that descends but leaves some lacing. the aroma is coffee, earthy hop

coffee flavors. smooth chocolate. the hops fit in quite seamlessly. it's not a complex brew, but the balance and dexterity is nice

bruachan, May 15, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger foamy head that sticks around a good long time, and is the color of espresso foam. The head alone looks amazing, then there's the body. Deepest of all possible browns, like espresso as well. This beer is just beautiful to behold, seems like a shame to drink it, then you do.

Aroma - but before we drink , we smell...chocolate, hearty dark bread, toffee, caramel, hint of lemon.

Taste - as promised by aroma - rich chocolate, dark bread. Smokiness from roast of malts adds richness and depth, and not not any burnt acridness at all. Caramel in the middle, and tea with lemon finishing. Some pleasantly mild smokiness in the aftertaste. This is simply excellent !!

Mouthfeel - very full, somewhat chewy, little carbonation.

Drinkability - goes down very, very easy, and is entirely delicious and satisfying - I'll have the next one, or two, or four anytime !
Simply excellence !!

ultralarry2006, May 06, 2006
Photo of hero27
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

12 oz bottle. 5.8% abv

Very dark brown with a head that stays afloat for much longer than the ship probably did..ok, that probably wasn't necessary.
Anyways..the aroma is roasted coffee, nuts, and big-time chocolate..smells delicious. Flavors consist of rich chocolate with some dark roasted coffee, hazelnut, and a slight bitterness. So rich and creamy that the the flavors just soak in with each sip...excellent.
Medium-bodied and very easy to drink for as rich and flavorful as it is.
Damn, did I mention this is good? ..certainly one of the best porters I've had to date. I wish all breweries made an attempt at brewing porters & stouts this great..it seems like too many settle for "alright" and end up with a watery, forgettable brew. This one, however, is exceptional. A must try.

hero27, May 06, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

Appearance: Black/brown body, lets a little light through. Head is Creamy and full, even and slow fading. Very appealing.

Smell: Sweet chocolate, espresso, anise, very roasty, slightly bitter.

Taste: Mocha latte and licorice, a full and well balanced taste with a very satisfying bitter hop finish. The aftertaste lingers long with hops and chocolate. Excellent and sessionable.

Drinkability: A fine crafted porter, this is a beer Ohio can be proud of, balanced, with all the attributes a great porter should. Thanks to tyrawlings for the beer!

TastyTaste, May 04, 2006
Photo of Illinick
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

A: Burnt dark brown in color with slight hints of reddish hues in there - almost black but not quite. Nice, foamy, off white/tannish head that shrinks a bit than sticks around. Excellent lacing throughout. A joy to look at.
S: A very aromatic brew that hits your nose with the coffee and bitter, dark chocolate up front and throughout. Some roasted notes in there as well as some slight almond and sweet bread. The reall winners are the coffee and chocolate. A brew you could smell all night!
T: A delicious, smooth concoction that is driven by the coffee and bitter chocolate flavors that adorn the nose moments earlier. Neither of which is overdone as in some brews of the style. A nice hop balance that provides a slightly bitter pineyness to the tongue as to make the brew not too sweet. Chewy flavors of roasted almond and slight bread in there too. The coffee and chocolate flavors are done exceptionally well and this brew is smooth.
MF: Medium-thick and chewy that finishes smooth!
Overall: An excellent interpretation of the style. Smooth flavors that are done well and not overdone. Everything about this brew is exceptional, and the same can be said of this brewery.

Illinick, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of artusory
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%

Pours black with thick and creamy tan head. Mostly diminishing, but it leaves some noce lacing. The aroma is coffee, chocolate and caramel. The flavor starts rich and roasted - chocolate and caramel, and it ends with some piney bitterness. Medium body, mouthfeel is light.

artusory, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of Graham21
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

I poured this into my New Glarus Brewery pint glass. Poured like a coke. Head retention was impressive along the side of the glass the head coated well. The head color was a nice foamy tan and teh lacing was attractive.The colors remind me exactly like a coke very dark brown/slightly amber.

The smells i picked up on are vanilla, espresso, roasted malts, almost a burnt smell, and chocolates.
I tasted malts, a roasted/burnt taste of coffee beans, and some nut flavors, along with a spicey flavor, maybe nutmeg.
Body seems thin, carbonation not as impressive as it looks.But overall a well crafted porter. I could drink a few of these.

Graham21, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of jdmorgan
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

This outstanding porter pours a dark brownish/black, yet remains fairly clear. The head is small and creamy and dissipates quickly. The smell has a dark and full-bodied aroma of chocolate malt. The taste is similar with a bold taste and a creamy roasted aftertaste. The hop bitterness is medium and isn't too overpowering. This beer has a very well balanced taste and was quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel was medium/thick with medium/low carbonation. In summary, this was an excellent and hearty beer that is very drinkable and has taken it's place as one of my favorite dark beers.

jdmorgan, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of mcallister
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a crystal clear darkish brown black with scarlet hues at certain points of light. With a light frothy half inch head and slight lacing. Smells of sweet choclate and fresh coffee eminate from the goblet enticing the senses.

Very bold mouthfeel. Dark choclate roasted malt. Good hop profile with a sharp coffee bite on the finish. Big and masculine porter. Very defined and smooth. Slightly over carbonated.

An easily drinkable smooth porter that everyone seems to recommend including me. Delicious.

mcallister, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

12 Oz Bottle sampled through the efforts of justcas and BIF across America.

Pours a clear dark brown beer with a good light brown colored head.

Smell is roasted coffee and light citrus hops. Fainter scent of chocolate and some brown sugar.

Taste is dark roasted coffee at the start. Clean coffee and a faint trace acid from the roasted malt used. And that is about it for flavor development a porter, just a flawless one.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice user friendly porter here at a low alcohol level too. Flawless porter that is very coffee like. It is good but not my favorite beer style. An excellent example of the style.

Zorro, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.43/5  rDev +4%

12 oz. brown bottle with For freshest taste, please enjoy by JUN 19, 06 date.

Dark opaque brown with a large, lace producing tan head.

Sugary notes meld with chocolate with a whiff of sweet bread in the nose.

Full bodied with a round malty center, the bitter roasty tastes of this beer are well balanced by sweet caramel tinges and a spicy hop finish. Chocolate and coffee flavors intensify as the beer warms.

I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to write a review for Edmund Fitzgerald - probably because I don't have a hard time remembering how good it is.

Shultzerdugen, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of fisherman34
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%

Very dark brown in colour with red highlights. Medium carbonation. Strong aromas of dark chocolate, cold dark roast coffee, and the slightest suggestion of earthy hops at the tail end. More chocolate and dark roast coffee in the mouth, with additional flavors of dried fruit, brown sugar, and a touch of lactic sourness. Good body and a lasting finish. Complex, but perhaps a little muddled at the end. Still a very good porter.

fisherman34, Mar 30, 2006
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,209 ratings.