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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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5,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,256
Reviews: 1,860
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 481
Gots: 473 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001)
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12oz bottle received via a trade with the outstanding ShroudOfDoom. Consumed while listening to the pre-game show for the UW-Illinois game. In that vein:
Pre-Game Show
This is a beer I’ve wanted for a long time, for its reputed excellence, for its rarity (at least where I live) and because I’m a history nerd and the Edmund Fitzgerald is a fascinating story. Interestingly, there’s boilerplate re: the Bavarian Purity Law, despite the fact that 1) it’s not Bavarian, but Clevelandian, 2) it’s a porter and 3) even in Bavaria, the Bavarian Purity Law is no longer a law, but an advertising gimmick. According to the label, this is best by September 14th, 2014 (i.e., tommorow!). I’m not sure I’ve ever had a beer so close to the day it expires. Sadly, I’ve had a number recently that were past such a date (Thanks again, Total Wine!). I don’t think a porter would be affected the same way an IPA would be, so I’m not too worried.
The Look
Poured into a Boundary Bay pint glass (The one received from BeerTunes - thanks, Terry!), this was a dark brown that took on a rubyish tint when held up to light. There was a thick, bubbly tan head that left sheets of foam on the sides of the glass when it receded. Most of the foam disappeared, leaving “beer neglige” type lace.
The Nose
Initially, I got a mild chocolate-type aroma. As it warmed, there was a coffeeish bitterness, but the sweetness seemed to stay in charge.
The Taste
Much more bitter in the taste than in the nose. Roasty malts upfront with notes of coffee and chocolate, in that order. The finish is dry, and there is a kind of lactic sourness thing happening, but not to a jarring degree. The lingering aftertaste is more chocolatey than anything else.
The Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot-on.
Post-Game Show
An outstanding porter. Is it the best I’ve ever had? I’m not sure. I’d have to go back through lots of reviews at this point, and I lack the motivation to do that right now! Right now, I can’t think of many others to put in its company. Big shout out to ShroudOf Doom for the opportunity to try this!

woemad, Sep 13, 2014
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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,256 ratings.