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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

1,994 Reviews
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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald PorterGreat Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Robust and complex, our Porter is a bittersweet tribute to the legendary freighter's fallen crew--taken too soon when the gales of November came early.

37 IBUs

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001

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Reviews: 1,994 | Ratings: 6,294
Photo of Moose90
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle enjoy by 08/23/15, tasted 10/02/15

A — Pours into a tall tulip with a really nice deep brown hue, almost black, there are some nice ruby hued translucent edges to it as well. Billowy creamy white colored head forms, settles and leaves behind some fairly consistent lacing.

S — Smells quite fruity for the style, I am picking up lots of cherry, raisin, and a bit of sweetness. That subsides and leads way to a nutty and chewy profile of vanilla, roasted malts, and burnt sugar.

T — Tastes quite nice, big notes of vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, roasted malts, brown sugar, really nice.

M — Medium bodied, ample carbonation, really smooth as well.

O — Very well done, wouldn't expect anything less.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with 2/21/16 on the side. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of khaki colored head. Good amount of lacing.The aroma is chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, and a bit earthy. The taste is earthy with lots of peat moss and charcoal. Dark fruits, namely raisins. Molasses and roasted malts with maybe some black coffee towards the end. A hint of black licorice. Velvety mouthfeel, but dry. Overall, a very good Porter worth buying again.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great lakes is impossible to find here. but their booth had plenty of good stuff. this one was my standout. one of the best porters i've had. all their beers were good

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Photo of MTKATL
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I can see why this won an award at GABF. The only downside to me is a slightly light mouth feel. Otherwise the smoky, coffee favors are even better on the palate than the nose. This is a solid Porter and worthy of its accolades.

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Photo of R2-the-Bruce
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Rocket Republic pint glass. L: Almost pitch black with khaki head for days. S: Roasted malt, coffee. T: Follows the nose, plus notes of dark chocolate. M: Medium body (maybe on the thick end of medium), very smooth. O: Textbook example of a porter. Nicely done!

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is very dark brown, almost black. Minimal head that lasted just for a few seconds. Small amount of lacing around the rim.

Smell is lots of chocolate and molasses. Roasted malts. Maybe a little fruity.

Taste was strong of chocolate and malts. Strong toasted flavor. I pick up on a little fruit. Probably raisin. Noticeable bitterness in the aftertaste. Well rounded

Medium body. Not as thick as expected.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice little bit of a cherry flavor to it. Otherwise, this is a pretty basic porter. That's not to say it's bad. It is, however, a bit unremarkable.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft
Look: Appears dark black with a brown, mocha finger of puck head.
Smell: Smells of roasted malt, vanilla, dark fruit, and coffee
Taste: Roasty with some dark fruit (dryed cherriess) and vanilla.
Feel: Mouth feels is silky, creamy smooth feel. Feels like it is on nitro or could be a milk stout.
Overall a smooth drinking Porter which I would defiantly drink again. If the flavor was a little deeper this would be a world class beer.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a pretty damn good porter. The nose is smoky decadent chocolate with dark fruits. The taste follows, with a nice firm hoppy bite bringing out dark fruits, followed by a smooth chocolate velvety taste, and a smoky and roasted taste which hangs around.

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Photo of slusk
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a clear, dark garnet with a thin tan head.

S: A bit of woody hop, Dark fruit and raisin. Some coffee and bread crust

T: Big flavor. Woody, almost hickory smoke flavor with some burnt sugar and coffee. Dark fruits in the background, mostly prune or raisin. The bitterness is well balanced by the sweet malt. Many layers of flavor here. Nice bread crust in a semi dry finish.

F: A bit chewier than the typical porter I think. Medium body and Low carbonation.

O: The flavor surprised me. The smell doesn't compare to the explosion of big flavor in this beer. Everything balances well and it has a brilliant complexity. There's a bit of warming in the finish. Quickly becoming one of my favorite porters. Well done.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an opaque brown with a thin off-white head. A wonderful Carmel, chocolate, nut smell. A very sweet malt right off the back. Mid has just a touch of coffee and hop that slides into chocolate nut goodness. A wonderful porter!

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Photo of Srs5768
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Few breweries have a year-round porter in their portfolio and even fewer would dare to launch with one now. Roasty, nutty, malty and fuller-bodied than one might expect of a Porter -- a style which at times can tend toward the watery -- this is a true world-class example of the style and worthy of your fridge.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks Ozzylizzard for a great trade!

A : The body is chocolate brown and 100% opaque. The head pours 1 finger, retaining a beige/pink color and leaving small hills of lace like coffee froth on the sides of the pint glass. Soon the head is reduced to a creamy lid simply capping off the dense body.

S : Chocolate and black licorice both tag team and fight for dominance, behind that a sweet aromatic vanilla cream and some slight blended coffee and malts. A solid aroma that remains simple and sweet...but for me it's just not loud enough and lacks depth.

T : It's strong off the bat with alcohol and lots of charred barley, but I'm lacking some serious wow factor here. The off-note seems to be from fresh peeled and eaten snap peas, it's just very vegetal. Beyond that I'm tasting vanilla bean, dark coffee, cacao nibs, and graham cracker. There's a hint of bubble gum behind it as well, and while I like those yeasty flavors, in a Porter style it doesn't belong.

For some reason I just think of a piano when I'm tasting this. It's a mental picture. I'm not sure why. It's classy, glassy, elegant, with ivory and ebony notes (vanilla and chocolate respectively). It sits heavy in the belly and fills me up more than I'd like to be.

F : It's sticky, thick, rich, and sappy. I like it, it's the proper thickness, and ends with roasted coffee dryness and slight wet parchment paper.

O : It's a solid beer but in my opinion, far from the "world class" rating it gets. I've had much better porters and I don't think I'll be going back to this one again.

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Photo of jaxray8
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not porter guy per SE. I think most breweries make them too sweet or too dark so when I have a good one I appreciate it... And this is one is awesome. It's better on tap then in a bottle but still fantastic.

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Photo of puck1225
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a creamy light brown head. Tastes of coffee, caramel, and toast. Smooth feel on the tongue. Very enjoyable. Bought some on a recent trip to PA. Will buy more when back that way,

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Photo of dd43
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a fantastic porter, I'd put this up there with Founders Porter as one of my favorites in the style category with a slight edge going towards founders.

Tan foamy head of a finger or two depending on the pour, laces well. Aromas of toasty bread, a light coffee note, and dark chocolate. Flavors are more toasted wheat bread crust and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, which I feel is something that separates porters from stouts (especially imperial) even though there really isn't a textbook definition of what delineates these beer styles.

So happy to have finally procured this in NJ, sadly my home state of CT doesn't carry Great Lakes. Worth seeking out, I can only imagine what this is like on tap.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the best porters readily available- may be the best available tbh. Pours black, nice coffee on the nose with a little cocoa and an almost licorice scent. Thin, but that is to be expected as this ABV. A masterpiece in every way for the style.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to tulip. Dark, rich brown color with two fingers tan head that settles to a solid finger of creamy head with exceptional retention and lacing. Aroma is roast coffee and bittersweet cocoa. Tastes follows, but not overly roasted or bitter. Smooth, medium feel. Highly drinkable. Something to have again and again.

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

Pours a very dark brown allowing only a bit of light through it. Thick creamy tan head.

Roasty caramelish aromas. Definitely get cocoa and a bit of coffee.

On the palate lots of cocoa, a bit of burnt sugar (think roasted marshmellow), and some coffee.

Medium mouthfeel. Remains crisp, not too thick.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A perfectly good porter and a regular at the local bar I used to frequent in DC. Nothing mindblowing here, but better than most flagship, tap-standard porters out there. Nice balance - not too sweet or bitter, and no flavors that try to blast out at you, which is nice.

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Photo of FrancisM12
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dark pour, but not black. Head is OK. Only avg thing about this beer. Chocolatey, creamy, coffee taste with nice hops in there. Smells just like it taste. Crisp feel. Everything you would want in a porter. I'm a big fan.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Velvety, chocolaty, rich and delicious. Also very satisfying on the mouth, full and creamy. I was surprised, though, that it wasn't prettier. Decent lacing, but not a great head or a particularly dark color, even on tap. Still, a delicious beer I'd have again and again.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really a big porter fan but I thought I should at least try and expand my horizons. Pours a nice dark red/chocolate brown color. Little to no carbonation with thin creamy caramel color head. Taste immediately like coffee and toffee with a milder coffee finish. Lacing is very good. Overall, I think this is a good solid brew for anyone whom enjoys porters.

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

Pours a dark brownish but not quite black under a solid one-inch thick tan head which slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves spots of lace. Aromas of roasted malt and flavors of dark chocolate. Well balanced and smooth finish.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have probably had this porter several hundred times. Time to rate it, but critically, because I've been thinking for a while that our local favorites at great lakes need to look at doing a v2 of some of these venerable brews.

Its dark and has a great head and nice small bubbles. The aroma is clean, roastyand malty.

The taste is a great balance of roast, sweet malts, and a bit of hops. Very drinkable and refreshing for an American Porter. The aftertaste lingers perfectly. It is a great Porter but ....

I would like to see the raising of the Edmund Fitzgerald. A slightly bigger version. I loved Alberta Clipper, with its fruity overtones. A new version of this, like the Stone 2.0 versions, is due (and a new label does not count).

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,994 ratings.