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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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1,933 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,933
Hads: 6,006
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 4.45%
Wants: 566
Gots: 915 | FT: 26
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: 1,933 | Hads: 6,006
Photo of mickeyswasp97
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (221 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Enjoy!! (567 characters)

Photo of pgrose
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
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 (190 characters)

Photo of jhartley
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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! (383 characters)

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.14/5  rDev -3%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of mbratt93
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
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.' (204 characters)

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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! (176 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.44/5  rDev +4%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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? (255 characters)

Photo of DarthVorador
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown, almost black. Smells of dark malts with a slight smokeyness. Taste follows the nose. Feel is thick & balanced with a slight bitter finish. Overall, the perfect Porter...enough said! (201 characters)

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Thanks to @Brewski. This porter poured a deep midnight oil!. With an almond colored head that dissipated quickly. The Aroma is that of sweet malt and chocolate. the taste is a little bitter sweet with the hops coming through at first and the sweet malts finishing it off. Overall a very complex and delicious beer. Everything I hoped for (337 characters)

Photo of MorgothBauglir
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THE quintessential American Porter! Rich, robust, smooth, but not TO sweet. Porter perfection! All other porters, bow down to Eddy Fitz's greatness!!! (151 characters)

Photo of Lordhelmit
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

This is a great beer. As others said.....very dark, almost black with some ruby undertones. Smell is of charred coffee and chocolate. taste is exception, with some caramel thrown in their and finishes like some dark bitter chocolate. So so so so good. Never heard of it before, but "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot has been one of my favorite songs since my dad played it on his stereo years ago when I was just a boy. I can't wait to share one of these with him. (487 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 10/20/14:
Pours a dark brown; looks black, but held up to the light yields it's a tad lighter, and probably fairly clear. Head is light tan, collects at the edges, and returns nice and foamy with some agitation. Lacing in my pour is minimal.

Nose has some toasted notes, and I get some coffee and chocolate, but I actually get a nice does of roasted nut. As the beer warms, I get a little more of the former, but the first sniffs reminded me of a nut spread (not having had a lot of Nutella, I fell back to peanut butter, but I could see it being a deeper or darker "nut butter").

The taste actually seems to border on the stout side. I get oily and bitter flavors up front,. coffee and nut, both perhaps sitting on the fire a tad long. I am presuming its the hops that actually bring in a very light citrus taste as the beer goes to middle and end, almost reversing the normal balancing act (the front is bitter and is reined in by the fruity hops).

I can see why the rating is what it is. There is a lot of interesting things going on here, and overall it's yet another solid beer from Great Lakes. There's just something about it in the end that made me downgrade it against the BA calculated score, and it has to do with the back end of the taste in offering I had. I definitely need to have this again to verify my thoughts on this review. (1,368 characters)

Photo of Pukstopper
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Went to a Bdubs and low and behold Edmond was on draft. Poured in a pint glass cool but not frosted. Nice lacing and just a wonderful flavor of roasted malt and chocolate. It poured a deep dark almost black color. Wife had one as well so u know it's good (256 characters)

Photo of Dawn30
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Like it lots good lacing and a world class taste. Was never much if a porter person but this one is wonderful. Hints of subtle chocolate and coffee go well together. Lacing is very nice and the head last a good time.
I raise a glass to those who went down that fateful day. (278 characters)

Photo of curasowa
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, dark ruby color with two fingers of tan head that fades with a thick curtain of lace.

Aroma: Roasted malt, lots of cocoa, burnt husks, a little earthy.

Taste: Creamy, really coats the mouth, building bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt, faint earthy bitterness towards the finish, which has lingering mild roasted notes.

The Rest: A really nice Porter, here. More chocolate than coffee and a little light on carbonation, but very enjoyable none the less. (482 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle purchased in Buffalo, New York for $1.79 USD. Served chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance - cola brown, opaque and impressive. A four plus finger mammoth head was poured after a slightly aggressive pour. Simultaneously rocky and fluffy like a whipped froth on top. The head leaves spotty lacing and possesses impressive retention time.

Smell -wonderful aromatic blend of coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of licorice. Even a bit of an oatmeal like aroma too. Great smelling porter.

Taste - coffee and chocolate dominate, but there's a touch of leather before resorting to a chocolate covered coffee bean flavor. Hints of vanilla throughout and a dabbling of caramel make this a complex porter. Truly excellent.

Mouthfeel - smooth, creamy, velvety like texture. Carbonation is present and not insubstantial, but is also hard to notice. Oily and slick finish. Eminently drinkable.

Overall - a truly fantastic porter, probably the best I've ever had, and I'm impressed with the accessibility. Delicious and inviting, robust enough to hit the spot, yet light enough to have more than a couple, Edmund Fitzgerald strikes a great balance and is a beer all beer lovers should try. (1,193 characters)

Photo of acostuhhh
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Very smooth porter. I get a slight smores flavor. Sweet, chocolatey and roasted. Probably one of thw few dark beers I like ice cold. For some reason it brings out the milky sweetness. (183 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Edmund Fitzgerald pours a wonderful deep cola brown with a thick fluff crown of light tan . The aroma is that of bittersweet chocolate and dates, and a touch of something like black cherry. The flavor is phenomenal, especially for a low ABV porter! An initial burst of dark cocoa and dash of chocolate gives way to a grainy base. There is a mouth feel that is soft, much like chocolate mousse. The entire effect actually is a creamy, dairly like one. The mouth feel is rather light, it's not very strong or syrupy at all, but as I mentioned it has a great taste, leaving nothing to be desired. A great anytime beer for dark brew lovers. (636 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Best before: 1/24/15

A: Pours a very dark brown, slightly darker then cola colored, with 1.5 fingers width of light tan head. Head has decent retention before dissipating down, and leaves some small patches of lacing. 4

S: Aroma is roasted malts, black coffee, and semi-sweet chocolate. I also get some lactose like heavy cream notes, and a smoky char character. Great nose. 4.5

T: Like the nose it is roasty, but unlike the nose there is a big herbaceous, oak like character as well. Smokey char, hints of cocoa, and bitter coffee on the finish. 4.25

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation a bit high for my preference and thus not terribly smooth, but drinkability is great. 3.75

O: Pretty much everything I look for in a porter. One of the best ‘standard’ porters out there in my opinion. Always a pleasure to drink. Glad I finally got around to reviewing it. Highly recommend. 4.5 (928 characters)

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,933 ratings.