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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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1,964 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,964
Hads: 6,120
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 590
Gots: 987 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001

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Reviews: 1,964 | Hads: 6,120
Photo of Gear54
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass

Beer is pitch black with 1/2 finger of thin kaki head with little retention.

Smell is coffee, coco, and roasted malts. Classic porter aroma

Taste follows smell exactly! Again very classic porter flavor profile. Roasted malts and coco sweetness followed by coffee and black licorice.

Overall this is a craft beer classic and should be enjoyed by every beer enthusiast at least once.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2-16-15. Threshold glass. BB 5-18-15.

Appearance: Extremely dark with ruby highlights at the edges - light barely gets through. 1 finger tan head. Rocky, with very nice lacing.

Aroma: Very earthy/roasty; "dirty" smell (in a good way). A little duller than usual.

Taste: Slightly tart, dry arrival. Clean, slightly sweet, earthy, roasty mid-palate. Damp leaves. Bitter, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Good weight without being heavy. Solid carbonation. Not slick.

Overall: A real winner. I will buy this every winter, without fail, because it is consistently excellent.

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Photo of mozart4898
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - 12 oz bottle, poured to pint glass. 1 1/2 finger of slightly off white head that slowly dwindles to a very persistent foamy ring . Near black appearance but when held to light shows beautiful clarity - dark brown with a dark red tint. Looks awesome.
S - Coffee, unsweetened cocoa. A hint of spice. Robust. Rich aroma.
T - Rich malt, roasty character that stays with you after each sip. Bittersweet chocolate/cocoa is the primary flavor. Perhaps the slightest hint of spicy hop character comes through as well, along with an equally slight hint of alcohol. Amazing perfect combination of flavors.
F - For me perhaps the only place I'd want a little more - wish this was just the slightest bit "chewier." Not thin and watery by any means but I'd like just a little more body. Carbonation spot on.
O - I'm still relatively new to rating beers (although several of those I've rated are beers I've had a number of times). Still when actually breaking it down and analyzing what I'm tasting, it seems I can still be surprised by familiar beers. This is one of those - I've always liked this beer but never quite realized how good it really is. I will probably never give a 5 in any category just to leave room for something unexpected so for me this beer makes a very close run at "perfection." Amazing job on this one GLBC.

*** As a chef, one of my "signature dishes" is a coffee rubbed, porter braised short rib. Guess what beer is the secret ingredient? ***

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Photo of Jonoesh5
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chocolate brown body with minimal khaki head. A sweet, smokey nose similar to tobacco. Very pleasant. Tastes of sweet tobacco, toasty malts, and bitter hops. Bitter notes prevail, and tobacco lingers in the aftertaste, but no flavor is pronounced. Mouthfeel is dryish and lightly carbonated. Overall, a very sessionable porter with an accessible flavor profile. I wish there was more of a statement from this brew, as nothing makes this beer excellent, but definitely well-crafted and enjoyable.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
sipped out of a Sam Adams curvey taster glass, ABV says %6 on the bottle and on the website, IBU are 37 as listed on the website as well.

Appearance: It is black with a reddish brown tint when holding it up to the light. There was a 2 inch. head that dissapated to a small ring fairly quickly.
Nose: It has a decent bit of smells going on here. Mainly coffee, chocolate, malty smells here.
Taste: Sweetness, dark malt, chocolate, coffee, also got a slight nutty taste. It is pretty standard dark beer. I think it is a good porter, but nothing jumps out at me that makes this stand out among other porters/stouts. The sweetness is nice because I like a good sweet porter.
Moulth: Not much carbonation, pretty light(maybe not compared to an ale), drinkable
I would say a light body for a porter/stout.
Overall: I think I would have it again given that it is a good, solid, robust porter. I wouldn't really seek it out right away because it is pretty standard stuff.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a tapered pint glass

Strong coffee notes on the nose. Coffee on the palate with chocolate at the end. Not much texture to it. Pretty strong beer.

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Photo of taverncast
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An exceptional porter - one of the favorites among the ones I've tried.

Color: Deep amber black, with reddish copper head
Nose: Dark coffee, vegetative (green pepper?), earthy / soil, caramel
Taste: Vanilla, coffee, milk chocolate, malt, caramelized sugar, toffee, tootsie roll, light metallic / aluminum tinge, mild saltiness, tobacco
Finish: Dark chocolate, tobacco
Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy - almost milky smooth

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great porter! Not as good as say Stone or Nevada but a good one indeed. Malts, coffee, chocolate, and some hops took over this beer. Nice smooth but carbonated feel. Overall a great porter.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours brilliant ruby brown under a creamy light brown head that grips the inside of the glass. Big malt aromas with hints of chocolate but no harsh or burnt aromas. The palate follows the nose - creamy snooth light chocolate flavors, well balanced with a light hop accent on the finish.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a single into a Yeti snifter (tasted side-by-side with Founders', Odell's, and Deschutes' porters)

A: black/brown and a khaki/linen 1 finger head
S: (best among all four tasted), faint smokiness, roasty and bittersweet but not very chocolatey (compared to the others), then finally a little fruity/herbal hoppiness
T: follows the nose, aggressive, a little burnt coffee bean... a lot going on here and nice integration
M: fairly chewy and substantial, medium carbonation, smooth but a little aggressive

Overall, I've enjoyed this one many times on its own, so it was interesting to taste against others that also seem like they're at the top of the class. With the Deschutes, this was the hoppiest, but EF has a more fruity and herbal twist which integrates into the roasted dark malts better, and has a more substantial mouthful. This one has the best nose, but it wasn't quite as rich and smooth and luxurious as the Founders in taste or mouthful...indeed, in comparison, I felt like it had a bit too much going on. Still, very very enjoyable.

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Photo of Albianfire
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark but near opaque. Two finger tan head.

Aroma: chocolate, light roasted notes, some husky/woody notes that I like, hints of fruit but not much, hints of black licorice but not strong like star anise. It's like being in an old wooden shed (or perhaps a wheelhouse!) sets the mood for me.

Taste: roasted malt, some metallic taste is in there but not bothersome to me. Husky grain/woody character (makes the beer for me). Some lingering bitterness but not much. Just enough to make me go back for the next sip.

Mouthfeel: light to medium mouthfeel. It does border watery but, running it between my teeth makes it creamy. Would like a bit more body.

Overall: Currently my favorite porter but I can't get it where I am in Texas (yet!). I got this sample on a trip to Virginia. I can drink several of these. This is a fine porter. It says, i'm a porter so don't look for a stout. I appreciate the brewery for not trying too kick it up a notch. It rests well where it is and tells its own story. Nice job Great Lakes Brewing!

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours light with a minimal off white head. Little lacing. Smells almost metallic but with a light fruit and nutty hint to it. Taste is better than smell, sweet yet alil bitterness. I like. Hints of light coffee and sweetness. Lingering after taste of the same. Good beer. Always enjoy a new porter

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Photo of tillmac62
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BBD 7/14/15. Pours a beautiful deep dark ruby that approaches black. Outstanding head volume and retention, world class lacing.

Rich nose of dark chocolate over a rich caramel malt base with a touch of roast.

Light medium body with a smooth texture that lacks creaminess. Above normal carbonation with a nice burst of effervescence in the middle and a prickly finish.

The flavor profile is less intense than expected, a bit complex and very well balanced. It begins with a slight baker's chocolate flavor that flows into a mild herbal bitterness in the middle. The richness of the nose never expresses itself. Roast appears in the middle - finish transition. Caramel never really becomes significant. The finish is a slow fade of roast and herbal hops.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty much one of those beers if you see on tap and you want a "go-to" for a what a standard porter should be, this is it. My only gripe, I always think it's looks and feels a bit thin.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amazing smell and full bodied mouthfeel to this pup. Slightly sweet, oozing with flavor. Slightest cardboardy taste on the back end stops it from scoring higher than I scored it. Still, great beer.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown but transparent enough that you can see ruby highlights through the glass. Pours with light tan head that settles to a film, leaving some minor lacing.
Smell: Dark roasted and caramelized aromas
Taste: Big caramel roasted malt but not over-sweet. Very lager-like balance with mild herbal hops.
Feel: Medium body, nice carbonation.

Overall: A classic porter for me. This one is robust yet very drinkable and notable for its clean lager-like caramel flavor that blends nicely with the roasted notes.

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Photo of kgammell1
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional porter. I've heard people compare it to North Coast's Old Rasputin but I have to say this is better. Smoother, more complex hop character and a wonderful mouthfeel characterize this brew. Inky black with a tinge of ruby red at the edges, it's a beauty to behold. Very bittersweet, malts and hops have good balance. Haven't been disappointed in any of Great Lakes beers thus far.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/29/15 (Bottle) - Black thin pour, minimal tan head, mild carbonation. Chocolate dark roast coffee aroma and taste, very pleasant. Texture light and thin, light carbonation, nice clean taste. Overall very good beer.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.46/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Justdoit1234 (thanks). Bottled 7/24/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours a dark tea brown with a finger of biege head. Decent retention around the edges which deposit a few clumps of lace.

Straight forward nose with notes of roasted malts, cocoa and a hint of sugary sweetness.

Slightly more depth to the taste. Chocolate, toasted malts, burnt sugar and mild coffee. It goes down easily with no perceptible alcohol. The flavors are smooth and balanced but nothing really pops.

Smooth feel, on the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with more of the same- roast, cocoa and moderate sweetness.

Edmund Fitzgerald is an unassuming and easy drinking porter. I tend to prefer a more assertive flavor profile but had no problems here. Solid stuff that could possibly serve as a an introduction to dark beers for the uninitiated.

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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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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,964 ratings.