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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5,880 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,880
Reviews: 1,957
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 544
Gots: 844 | FT: 23
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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Photo of pgrose
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Photo of jhartley
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of timontheroad
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of mbratt93
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
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.'

Photo of ajm5108
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium bodied with a major espresso note, but not too bitter or overwhelming

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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!

Photo of Barnoloid
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Timmyg2678
2.76/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just didn't like it very much

Photo of bluehende
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the great porters. Roasty and not heavy feeling.

Photo of smgeck
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent. Complex smoky, chocolate, coffee notes. One of the top 3 porters I've ever had.

Photo of Andrew041180
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good porter, but not up to Founders Porter standards. A little thin... nice roastiness, good hop profile

Photo of AnthonyMoran88
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fruity taste, smooth flavor, great ale

Photo of redhorse107
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An excellent Porter! Smooth, rich, and tasty!

Photo of bmeehan
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

I'm not big on porters, but this is definitely one I'd recommend to others. It's flavorful and it's not overpowering.

Photo of Kraj30
4/5  rDev -5.9%

great porter too

Photo of dbl_delta
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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?

Photo of DarthVorador
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect Porter...enough said!

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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

Photo of MorgothBauglir
5/5  rDev +17.6%
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!!!

Photo of Lordhelmit
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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.

Photo of cjgiant
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle dated 10/20/14:
A:4.5 S: 4.5 T: 4.25 F: 4 O: 4.5 (4.34)
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.

Photo of DavidGross
4.25/5  rDev 0%

great beer. had on tap and was good.

Photo of dorlandenator
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Smoky, toasty, and sharp.

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,880 ratings.