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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald PorterGreat Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

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4,626 Ratings

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Ratings: 4626
Reviews: 1824
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001)
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Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a snifter. Stamped enjoy by 22 Sept. 2013.

Pour is clear, dark, reddish-brown with a tan head that soon reduces to a thin top coat but leaves good lacing.

Aroma: sweet and dark roasted malts with a hint of hops.

Flavor: rather subtle hop presence for style despite the brewer's claim of "a bold hop presence". Roasty flavor with a hints of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and smoke. Starts rather tame but has a strong finish.

Feel: medium body with well chosen low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 02:44:59 | More by chinchill
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

one of the classic American porters here, a longtime staple of great lakes brewing. best on tap, it pours nearly black, not as thick as some, but impenetrable to light and sporting a cool inch of khaki head on it that leaves prominent lacing as it sips. massive dark roasted barley flavors, dry and bitter, with generous hops for the style. the ale yeast marries the grain perfectly, and its a really smooth a robustly flavored result, almost smoky, almost cocoay, almost charred. I really like the combination of depth of flavor and drinkability in this beer, which is only medium bodied, quick finishing for a porter, and ultra smooth texturally. well enough carbonated, this coal colored porter is a standby in colder weather for me, creamy and satisfying. definitely the beer by which all other American porters should be judged, it is spot on in every aspect. also great on a hangover!

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2013 21:35:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark, almost pitch black color, with a half of a finger of off-white head that dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost, but not completely covered the top of the beer in wispy clouds.

Aroma: Roasted malt and coffee beans. Dark chocolate and slightly burnt caramel. Smoke.

Taste: Very roasty up front, almost to the point of being too bitter, but not quite. Smoke, dark chocolate, almost burnt dark bread, coffee and molasses also appear.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full. Chewy. There is a little carbonation, but not a lot. With an ABV of 5.8%, this beer has a surprising higher alcohol presence on the palate than I expected.

Overall: This is a very good porter, but not one of my favorites. While I like the very slightly-bitter forward flavors of the beer, I didn’t love it. I prefer my porters to have just a little less roasted, smoky bitterness to them. This beer is nicely crafted, it’s just not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:15:39 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of tronester


4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant black with clear ruby highlights. A medium tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate. Taste begins with some espresso, then dark chocolate, with a mild grain middle, and a smooth earthy finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall an excellent porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 16:11:16 | More by tronester
Photo of HattedClassic


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

The beer pours a nice fluffy dark tan head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a very dark brown with light hints of amber. The texture is a little bit glossy.

Hints of caramel malts, milk chocolate, and coffee notes. The beer also a bit of a smoky hint to it as well.

Primarily chocolate and caramel notes along with hints of coffee. Slight bitter hop taste at the end.

Medium bodied and biting carbonation. The feel is a bit thick but fairly easy to drink overall.

A very good porter that beats most porters that I've had. The beer is fairly easy to drink and session-able as well as available all year, which make it worth a six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 23:45:32 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of BethanyB

New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear dark brown with ruby red highlights. The tan head is tightly beaded, yet quick to shrink. A good layer of lacing, however, is left on the glass,

Smell: A mild, evenly distributed mix of roasted malt, milk chocolate, prunes, and dark brown sugar. The bouquet sweetens and strengthens as the beer warms.

Taste: Roasted malt is the strongest taste, but is lightly sweetened by a background chocolate, and even caramel flavors. A bit of dark fruit is also present in the blend. Overall, the taste is delicately balanced, and more round than it is complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation make this darker beer feel lighter and easier to drink. The combination gives the brew a sessionable, spritzy feel that still fits the Porter profile.

Overall: A well crafted, if not terribly fascinating, robust porter. I would absolutely recommend this beer to almost anyone--it's a pretty safe and solid bet with lots of flavor for the ABV, making it an excellent sessionable choice.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 19:40:15 | More by BethanyB
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3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall, a really solid beer that didn't quite live up to the hype. From what I'd heard, this was an astonishing porter, and while I'd never turn one down, it didn't quite blow me away. Lovely looking cola color. Slightly smoky taste and a slightly thin (for a porter) but lovely mouthfeel. Hints of coffee, chocolate, and a bit smoky. Not super bold but nicely balanced. This is a really easy-drinking porter that you can share with your non-porter-drinking friends.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 03:19:28 | More by Qbdoo
Photo of stephenjmoore


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a cola color and settles into the glass also a dark brown with some amber highlights. Bubbly tan head the settles quickly, but leaves some lacing on the edges of the glass.

S- Chocolate malts, hints of smoke, roasted malts, hints of tobacco, somewhat of an oatmeal aroma is there too.

T- Flavor is as complex as the nose. Lots of roasty malts, but the hints of bittersweet chocolate and tobacco show up and add layers of complexity. Really nice flavor.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, easy drinking.

O- A very nice porter that I would put near the level of Founders and Bells.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 00:22:20 | More by stephenjmoore
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4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Edmund Fitzgerald pours black into the glass with a small, light tan head on top. The foam fades away quickly leaving behind a few spots of lace and a thin sheet on the beer.

The aroma has nice notes of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, bread and an earthy nuttiness.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and watery with moderate carbonation. The flavor is similar to the nose, chocolate, roast malt, coffee, and nuts. It finishes mildly bitter with a touch of grassy hops. Once gone the chocolate, roast malt and hop bitterness lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty porter that's easy to drink. Well balanced. Just wish it was available in New England. Got this bottle on a recent trip to PA.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 23:14:50 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of sjones5045

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So I have been very excited to try this beer. The Porter class is in my opinion the most under appreciated class in the beer world and its one of my favorites. I've heard great things about this beer so I cracked it with high hopes.

It's pours it he a deep dark brown carmel color, with an insane tan head for a porter. Probably the nicest looking porter inpve seen.

The smell is a bit different than any in this class. It's has a sweeter smell and not as bold as I'd expect. Not sure if this if its good or bad or indifferent, it's just off from a normal porter.

The taste is much like the smell. It's a sweet creamy porter that start and ends sweet. The big thing here missing for me is the classic burnt chocolate/coffee taste I love about a porter. It has a hint of it at the end but the sweet takes charge if this beer and hide the burnt chocolate in this case.

Th mouthfeel is really good. It's very smooth, rich and creamy. The aftertaste is excellent, with a bit of a sweet hop taste left over.

Overall, it's an excellent porter, but far different than the porters I love. I think the only miss is the burnt chocolate taste I've come to expect for a porter. This would be a different food pairing, almost closer to a dessert type beer although not quit that sweet. So basically, I really haven't decided on the niche for this, but its not the fall eating chilli type porter that I expect from the class. That said its a very well put together beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 01:07:45 | More by sjones5045
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is almost pure black, with hints of deep brown, pours an average sized head with okay/poor retention, leaves moderate/low lacing. Smells of chocolate, roasty/nutty coffee, burnt dark bread, raisins.

Taste starts with light a bitter chocolate, then dark fruit, finishing burnt/roasty/nutty coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than average with above average carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 21:44:53 | More by JG-90
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle into a pint glass

A: pours a deep almost black brown with a small head that goes quickly leaving a small foamy film.

S: fantastic. Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.

T: follows the nose....sweeter than I expected. The malts are quite nice.

M: medium mouth feel with a bit of chew. Good carbonation.

O: I first had this beer on a long layover in Cleveland and it was the one good thing about that trip. Now that I am having it again, it is still a solid and welcome beer. Now, if I could only convince my province's liquor board to stock it regularly, I'd be golden.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 21:05:04 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of BEEER


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost black in color with a medium light tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is faint but full of cocoa malts and coffee notes. Flavor is smooth and creamy with cocoa malts, light coffee, and very little bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation and crisp finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 23:51:24 | More by BEEER
Photo of Gwalchgwynn67

New York

4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Black with red edges. Smells like burnt coffee and dark cocoa nibs. So well balanced with big smoky coffee flavor and hints of bitter dark chocolate and caramel. Blend of hop bitters, roasted, burnt malt, and just right carbonation. Very sessionable and very good. Perfect for a chilly fall night.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 02:56:43 | More by Gwalchgwynn67
Photo of dar482

New York

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out black with a creamy off white head.

The aroma has roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, a hint of dark fruit. Aroma is poor though.

The flavor follows straight coffee and a bit of dark chocolate. It then rolls on and on with more bitterness. It's a very dark and roasty tasting beer. The beer has almost an herbal bitterness that really picks up the beer despite it lack of creaminess.

The flavor are quite good on this beer, and the highlight is the bitterness. It lingers a bit and really helps give the beer a dimension.

Still the flavors are still a bit muted for me.

(Recommend mixing this with Deschuttes Black Butte)

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 01:09:30 | More by dar482
Photo of Offa


4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an outstanding porter.

Almost black, it has a small dark tan head that very slowly shrinks to rich, foamy ring, a bit of lace.

Aroma is rich dark toast, burnt bread crust, chocolate, hints of licorice, prunes, coffee, tar. It is full-bodied and well-rounded and complex.

Taste is similarly full-bodied, well-rounded, and complex with excellent, dry roasty character but complemented nicely. It has toasted dark bread, prunes, tar, chocolate, licorice, spicy peppery bitterness and underlying prune-roasty sweetness.

Feel is not oily but nice, full-bodied and a bit lively.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 04:04:19 | More by Offa
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4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is dark brown, amber edges, head is perfect 0.5 inch plus presentation, color is tan, small lacing medium bubbles and froth.

Smell ideal, roasted malts, coffee, light toffee and chocolate notes, nice pleasant grassy hop bitterness.

Taste is clean roasted malt, nice pleasant malt sweetness comes from chocolate and toffee flavors, bitterness is strong enough to balance the sweetness, but flavors are subdued, light grass and pine.

Mouthfeel is right where you would feel these flavors, upfront on the tongue, solid sweet flavors and bitter balance.

Overall, a very solid porter, solidly sweet, yet strong roast and bitter notes to counter.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 20:13:33 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of Zormac


4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass

A-Black Black with slight hint of Red about a 2 finger very off white creamy head giving way to huge lacing

S- Coffee right away with chocolate coming in soon after

T- Espresso, hazel nut, chocolate

M- Smokey and deep but somehow light and airy

O- What an Awesome Porter if you see it buy it

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 00:51:18 | More by Zormac
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4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass
Enjoy before 12/16/06

Edmund Fitzgerald poured black. When held to the light there was dark mahogany highlights around the glass and where the light was coming through. Very nice light brown microbubble 1+ finger head with some medium bubbles throughout. Big chunky lacing as I drink.

This beer smells amazing. A lot of toffee and freshly ground coffee beans. Absolutely delicious smelling!

The taste is very good as well. Tastes like it smells with toffee up front. A little coffee coming through and some roasted/burnt malt. It seems I'm tasting a little nuttiness at the end.

The mouthfeel is perfect for this beer. Its medium-heavy bodied. A little chewy and coats the mouth nicely.

The drinkability is as good as you can get for a porter.

Overall Edmund Fitzgerald is an excellent beer. Pick it up if you see it cause you will be pleased. Drinking this actually makes me look forward to it getting a little colder outside.

Reviewed: 10/12/06

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 20:07:38 | More by joe1510
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4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Usually I drink the IPA from Great Lakes, but will try all their beers now. This one makes a powerful statement for a good full bodied stout. Strong coffee/chocolate flavors at the outset with a nice mild sweet end. Nice light brown head (shared a finger with the dog and he like it, too).

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 21:38:17 | More by JohnF
Photo of Skrypt


4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a Swamp Head snifter. Extra in a trade from beergod1 -- thanks, man!

Pours a nice beige, two finger-thick head. Carbonation continues to crawl up the side of the glass. Color is a dark, molasses brown.

Smells strongly chocolate with hints of coffee and roasted malts.

Taste presents a lot of dark chocolate and black, burnt coffee. Faint bitter hop character. Typical porter iron-like aftertaste, but much more subdued than most. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Medium carbonation, light bodied.

Overall, a very enjoyable porter that I could drink several of. I won't be trading for it, but I'd love to get this as an extra again.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 00:52:37 | More by Skrypt
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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great lakes is starting to find a home in my fridge.

On first look: I love the fact that there is a story attached to every brew they make; and this is no diffrent. The packaging is so of the best ive seen, craft of not. clean, artistic, meaningful....an awesome thing to take in while your enjoying a good brew

On first pour: I pours out dark, more chocolate dark then midnight black. Not as thick as i thought but thats not a strike againsted it at all. No real head formation for me...but I dont really geek out on that, specially for porters.

On first taste: I have to admit, this is my second try at this brew. The first, it just didnt stand out to me (was tasting a tons of beers that day). But I can say now...I agree with most others on this brew. It is a water mark for porters....if someone were to ask me for a standard porter; I would give them this. Its just thick enough....just deep enough...just enough malts and hop bite. It wont change your life...but it may change the porter you drink :) and the drinkability is awesome....six pack worhty for sure...

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 17:49:25 | More by chuck-chillout
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another GLB triumph. Poured into a stemless wineglass to swirl.

A; Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. I didn't get the big crown or the lacing others reported. So, I love the color and weight, but have seen nicer looking porters.

S: The nose is spice, coffee and chocolate. Dark bread malt background. Raisins. Good after dinner, or dessert beer.

T: The flavor follows the smell: dark malty with coffee and chocolate. Simply delicious. I get grass, hay, prune, raisin too, and a hoppy tingle finish. Great complex flavors, good meditation beer.

F Great body and weight as with all Great Lakes. Goes down easy, sessionable. Pleasant finish.

This is my 4th Great Lakes beer, and I understand they finished # 3 in "Top 50 American Breweries" list.

As good as any other American porter. This beer definitely gets better as it warms and over time. It finishes strong and tempts you to follow with another. Great winter beer also.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 00:27:04 | More by Act25
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Superb chocolaty and burnt coffee flavors. Just the right amount of bitterness. Maybe just a bit thin in the body, but that's the only shortcoming. Not quite as bitter and more sweet than many porters. I can see this beer as going great with food. Very easy drinking, making this as good for summer days as winter. A very solid drinker. Did not let me down.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 00:40:27 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour a deep dark brown. A couple fingers of soapy head. Leaves nice lacing.

Smells of coffee. Bittersweet chocolate and and an almost sugar cookie sweetness.

Taste is a nice balance of bitter and sweet notes. It also largely follows the nose.

Fairly rich on the palate for under 6 %.

Well executed porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 03:40:54 | More by Powderhornphil
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