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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Reviews: 1,944
Hads: 6,051
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 576
Gots: 951 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001

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Reviews: 1,944 | Hads: 6,051
Photo of thebeers
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark garnet color approaching black away from the light. Thick tan head that clings to the glass. A strong roasty, nutty aroma continues to the bittersweet taste, with hints of creamed coffee and chocolate, and nice hop bitterness in the background for exceptional balance. Creamy and fairly full bodied for the style. A very solid porter.

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Photo of Krusse02
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Actually tasted like the lines weren't cleaned at this bar so don't know if this will be accurate. Surprising citrus flavor but taste and carbonation seemed flat so will blame it on dirty lines

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Photo of unklemike
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very flavorful porter with a little bit hops the shines through and mild chocolate coffee finish. a good dark beer to break someone into dark beers who previously felt they were to bitter.

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Photo of gungopea
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black cherry red color; minimal head; lacing is present, but not much. Taste is cherry, chocolate, raisin, a faint hint of liquorice. Excellent porter. Enough hops to balance out the warmth of the malts. One of my faves.

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Photo of mchegash
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 3.5/5
A very dark brown-red. A tiny amount of light comes through the beer (i.e. it is slightly clear). Light chocolate brown head, but it dissipates down quickly.

Smell - 4.25/5
Chocolate/cocoa, roastiness, nuttiness, hops. Smells delicious.

Taste - 4.5/5
Tastes basically like the smell. Roasty, chocolate, smoky, with a nice hints of hops which is not too much or too little, but just the right amount of hops for a porter.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium-bodied. The beer is a little bit watery feeling, I would have liked for it to be a bit 'thicker'. The beer is very smooth, and there is a nicely balanced medium amount of carbonation.

Overall - 4.5/5
I remember this being one of my favorite porters/stouts, but today when I reviewed, I was a bit underwhelmed. It didn't taste exactly like I remembered. Mainly I don't remember it feeling so watery. But it was still great. I would highly recommend this to everyone.

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Photo of Mises85
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have never grown up to porters because they never seemed to strike the right balance between coffee, chocolate, and the roasty characteristics one might find in a really good stout. This one just hit it way out of the ball park!

Appearance: jet black with a 1.5 inch head.

Smell: Roasty but then getting into a milk stoutish character. Some milk chocolate notes and some faint black coffee notes. Not fruity.

Taste: Unreal. slightly chocolatey, a little black malt, mocha, and some faint mint.

Feel: super smooth. Just went down way too easily.

Overall: The best porter I have ever tasted by far. It just blows everyone else out of the water.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark brown with tan head which quickly resolves to a fine lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malts, milky stout type aroma. Taste is sweet malts forward, chocolatey, roasted nice balance with hops mid taste, a hint of salty soy sauce, with a hint of citrus/pine without being jarringly bitter and a clean, dry finish. Medium bodied with mild effervescence, very smooth and. Increases in complexity as it warms. Overall, great representative of this beer variety, price point is good for such an incredible beer. Adding this one to my list of great, easily quaffable beers.

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Photo of Jgoth34
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark red with a full head that clings to glass
Smell: Dark chocolate, subtly sweet.
Taste: Little nutty, not too bitter or sweet very clean fantastic taste.
Feel: Not too light or heavy. Not over carbonated.

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Photo of hotpauko
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Years ago had this unknown for the first time and it has never left one of my top beers especially for the price you can get such a quality beer. Not too overwhelming and easy to drink but great flavor. Probably the most smoky smelling and tasting beer I've had. Essence of chocolate, cocoa, coffee along with a caramelly, sweet backdrop. Settles nicely in the mouth. Really good beer.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Ashley’s, Ann Arbor. Pours nearly black with red at the edges. Rocky head that sticks all over. Aroma: coffee, creamy chocolate, caramel. Taste: roasty and creamy sweetness with chocolate and coffee notes plus a mild but balancing leafy hop undertone that hints at citrus as it fades. Medium-full bodied, chewy/full texture, dry finish.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown color.

Overall: Has a coffee, dark chocolate and dark roast malt taste with a bit of a caramel note too. The best porter!! Excellent and smooth.

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Photo of mickeyswasp97
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

As a shining light in the darkness of a night on the great lakes, so to does this beer reflect a light house serving as a beacon for the lost and weary. Sliding off the cap, I'm met the with jovial and familiar scent of hops and malted goodness in a way unique to the kind folks at the Great Lakes Brewing Co. The beer pours like silk but reminds one of primordial ooze, and as such nourishes as a delight strewn from the depths of mother earth's replenishing fluids and karma. You've had beers and black lagers and other assorted alchemy from micro-brewers across our great nation, but a porter like this ultimately becomes sacred and holy. Bless Edmund Fitzgerald, and all of his noble servants.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark but light enough for Amber to shine around the edges of the glass.. A/T feels more a mix between an Amber and porter.. caramel, slightly roasted malt, earthy herbal tea bitttnerness.. Good beer glad I have five more.

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Photo of car2052
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A: Very dark brown to black, 1/2 finger tan head.
S: Dark chocolate, sweet malt, vanilla, coffee.
T: Toasty malts give the taste of coffee. Slight vanilla taste. Some dark chocolate. Sweet and slightly tart.
M: Medium mouthfeel.
O: Toasty, with nice flavor. Will be getting a six pack of this soon.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got as a gift from a friend. Served at 10deg C in a tulip

A- Opens really well and pours a nice light brown head that stays for a bit before settling to a film. VERY dark. Almost black. Unheard of in a porter

S- Pretty good. Good coffee and smoke

T- A touch of smokiness. Good coffee and some chocolate. Nice brew all around.

M- Thin and dry as a porter should be.

O- I like this one. Best porter I ever had. Will buy again

Food Pairing

This wonderful brew went fantastic with...... BBQ'd T bone steak with baked beans on the side and buttered bread


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Photo of pgrose
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Buffalo, NY
L: dark Amber brown, some lacing
S: coffee/espresso
T: starts sweet, tangy middle, coffee finish
F: smooth, light carbonation
O: excellent porter style, very flavorful

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Photo of jhartley
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark ruddy brown with a thin amount of tan colored head.
Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and malt.
Mmmm...bittersweet chocolate, coffee with milk, and a bit of smoke.
Full of flavor! A nice round smokiness with a decent amount of carbonation. Great amount of lingering flavor.
Overall a terrific tasting porter! Nice amount of chocolate and coffee and roasted smokiness!

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Without a doubt Edmund Fitzgerald is one of my top 3 or 4 Porters. Almost completely black color with some ruby tints. Very smooth across the tounge with smokey coffee, carmel and dark chocolate prevalent. Blend of flavor is perfect. Understated and not overwhelming. In my opinion this is Great Lakes best offering. If you love porter...this one has to go on your bucket list.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown color, nice three finger head that slowly receded to about a quarter inch of foam that left some nice lacing.
Smell: The aroma was coffee, dark chocolate and dark roast malt, with a bit of a caramel note.
Taste: Very close to the smell, coffee and chocolate flavors were dominant, with some slight caramel flavors
Mouthfeel: Rather thin for such a robust flavor.
Overall: This was a very good beer, I'll seek this one out again.

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Photo of mbratt93
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Everything about this beer is bold and that's what I like about it yet it's not too much of anything or too overwhelming. Well balanced and complete doesn't lackntoo much only leaves you wanting another.'

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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MMMM this one is good every time. Nice full body and taste when in the mood for a porter or stout but low enough abv for when I don't wanna get too F'd up. Ed Fitz everybody!

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic porter from Great Lakes. Reviewing from draft served in imperial pint glass. Pours a deep, dark coffee color with a tan head. The coffee and bakers chocolate notes are apparent from the nose on this, and come right through from the first sip. There is a reassuringly medium body here - with appropriate carbonation. An excellent porter, which does a fine job of providing roasted notes with a solid hop profile underpinning everything to keep this lively.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I suppose this is basically what I think of when I picture the quintessential American Porter. Unfortunately, this type of beer really isn't for me. There is more of the roasted, burnt coffee type of bitterness than the bittersweet chocolaty taste that I was hoping for. Just not for me.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not big on porters, but this is definitely one I'd recommend to others. It's flavorful and it's not overpowering. It's kind of scary looking at first, because it pours so dark, but the flavor doesn't smack you in the mouth. It's just not a beer to drink in big sips.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has been a staple in the beer fridge. Malty but not overly sweet. At this ABV it could easily be sessionable, but I can only take a little bit of a porter/stout at one sitting. Very or?well-balanced, easily available - what more could you ask for?

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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