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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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5,612 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,612
Reviews: 1,903
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 515
Gots: 654 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001

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Photo of nrbw23
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Either dark brown or a black color when held up to a light you could see some reddish colored highlights. A tan head that is pretty nice but goes away quickly.

S- Sweet and roasted malts. Chocolate, touch of coffee and smoke.

T- Follows the nose well. Very well balanced taste of roasted malts and chocolate.

M- Medium body

D- Very solid brew and really easy to drink.

Photo of mhewes
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A : Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head.

S : Mainly chocolate, coffee, and some malts

T : Mostly coffee malts with a little chocolate. Has some nice hop bitterness to it.

M : Smooth with good carbonation

D : One of my favorite porters to have.

Photo of TheMistler
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque, dark. After you've thinned out the quantity a bit you notice surprising coloration - richly hued brown instead of black. Off-white head, tan-to-brown, clingy.

Strong coffee aroma.

I was initially surprised at the level of carbonation, but pleasantly. Not too much. Nice dry, roasty nut maltiness with a moderate sweetness. A "parched" aftertaste similar to that of black coffee. This beer sticks around your palate for a while - thankfully, given how much I enjoyed it.

Photo of csmiley
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark brown and opaque in color. In the right light some reddish brown shows up on the edge. Head was light brown and topped out at about three quarters of an inch. Retention was good with the head taking a while to fade into a nice cap. Lacing was quite good.

S - A nice wave of dark malt comes from this beer immediately. Roasted aromas, smokey aromas, coffee aromas, chocolate aromas, latte aromas, the list goes on. Everything comes together and has a balance that is very nice.

T - More dark malt hits the palate pretty quick. Roasted flavors are apparent first with coffee and smoke forming a solid backbone behind it. Sweeter flavors hover arond the end. Mostly chocolate with some milk thrown in. Some fruit is there but very hard to pick out. Could be cherry or blackberry.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish starts out sweet but that fades quickly into a nice bitterness that sticks around for a bit. Smooth is the best word to describe it.

D - Drinkability is very good. There is nothing in the beer that is completely overwhelming making for a great all around beer. Alcohol is hard to detect. Highly recommended brew if you can get it.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown that is clearer towards the edges and glows with a cherry color when held to the light. The head is a sandy tan cream that stays around for a while.

Smelsl of a touch of smoke, sweet caramel, banana and green grape, but still manages to stay dry.

Tastes of roasted barley, smoke and sweet coffee. The smoke fades to a tart strawberry in the finish accompanied by a touch of 2% milk.

Feels a little frothy for my taste, but it's still clean and slick.

A tasty take on the style.

Photo of throwitallaway
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to saucya for this one! Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Dark with a small head that fizzles away quickly. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and that's about it. While the aroma lacks, the taste makes up for it quite a bit. Tons of chocolate and roasted malt, with a little bit of sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium. Drinkability is quite high as I could definitely put down several of these with ease. Not exactly a complex beer, but fuck, who needs that all the time? Overall, this is a solid, pleasurable beer.

Photo of russpowell
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Insomnia, so might as well have some tasty beer & some Craig Ferguson comedy. The tasty beer comes courtesy of joe1510. Cheers Joe! It's always great to try a beer I've heard a lot about, so this should be a treat: BBD date of 11/27/07

Pours a ruby tinged chestnut with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Super head retention & good lacing

S: Cocoa, a bit of coffee, not much else

T: Chocolate, roasted grain, a touch of licorice & some burnt caramel up up front. A whisper of coffee & dryness as this warms, with some dark fruit on the edge of the tongue (figs & cherry). Finishes with milk chcolate, carob, a touch of molasses & chicory & a touch of creme brule at the end

MF: Slick, with medium carbonation, creamy smoothness comes through as this warms

Drinks too easy, there would be no problem sessioning on this. A very well put together & tasty porter! Supposed lack of freshness didn't hurt this beer at all

Photo of bkilpatr
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 05/05/08. Best by date of 05/31/08.

Pours a very dark brown, almost pitch black. Almost one finger of light tan head faded back leaving no lacing on the glass. Aromas of toasted chocolate and coffee malts.

Taste is more toasted malt, more so coffee than chocolate. Hints of vanilla and caramel lurk in the flavor. A slightly bitter aftertaste follows.

The feel is kinda thin and watery, the carbonation is a bit high. Both are about right for the style. Drinkability is good though. The high carbonation detracts from it a bit, but the low ABV (5.8%) and light feel make it almost sessionable.

A very good porter. I only wish it was available in my area.

Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the GLBC.

Pours a dark brown with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy tan head that retains well and leaves big time lacing behind. The aroma is a delicious smelling mix of roasted malts, caramel, coffee and a prevelant smokey feel.

The taste is similar to the aroma but goes even deeper with notes of toffee and caramel sweetness, cocoa powder, and roasted malts with a nice prickly tingle of hop bitterness running through it. Finishes with a bittersweet mix of coffee tones and sticky sugars. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an excellent smooth, creamy and easygoing feel.

This is probably my favorite staple brew from the GLBC and is just a damn fine American Porter, chock full of roasty notes, lip smacking sweetness, and easy drinkibility. It's always an easy recommendation for this one.

Photo of Avryle
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes- On tap at Mahar's

A- Black- has the appearance of a stout. Thick, fluffy mocha head.

S- Roasted coffee & malt.

T- heavy roasted barley through to finish. Light maltiness in body with a minimal hop bittered finish

M- Exquisite. Very drinkable heavy porter flavor

D- Pristine to the style.

Photo of joekfsu
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours very dark, looks black til you hold it up to the light and see some hints of ruby, 2 cm of a light tan head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma is malty, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, and some coffee as it warms. Initial flavor is sweet chocolate and coffee. Flavor ends similarly, but with some malts and hops to complicate the flavor, let leaving it balanced. Some lacing, limited carbonation, medium body, and limited alcohol presence. Overall a drinkable beer and the best regular octane beer that Great Lakes puts out.

Photo of wspscott
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Very dark, a suggestion of ruby light comes through, but it could be in my head. Thick cream colored head leaves lots of lace.
S: Chocolatey, slightly bitter.
T&M: More roasted flavors then I was expecting given the nose, slightly astringent and drying on the tongue. Well attenuated, it doesn't come across as "rich" but, not watery.
D: This is a very nice porter in the English tradition, not very hoppy, this is a malt dominated beer. Any fan of darker/roasty beers should give this a try. Another great one from Great Lakes, I love this brewery.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a massive light brown head. Looks delicious.

Smell was somewhat mild, especially considering the full taste of the beer. Roasted coffee and caramel dominate the aromas.

Taste was both rich and full, loaded with roasted coffees and burnt chocolates. Flavors of dark fruits and some light, crisp hops finish it off. All around perfect blend of flavor.

The only area this beer suffers (ever so slightly) is the mouthfeel. I was expecting a thick, creamy feel to match the taste. Instead, it seemed a bit light with more active carbonation. But now I'm just nitpicking.

Excellent brew. I'm glad I bought a 6 pack.

Photo of gford217
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of knight84 (and deepsouth) poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black as night with a hint of ruby around the edges. Head is small but dense and lingers throughout the session leaving decent lacing.

S: Big time roasted malt smell with strong coffee and dark chocolate aromas. Definite dark fruit smell as well with a very nice faint hop smell to balance everything. One of the better porters I've smelled.

T: Roasted malts form the backbone with a pleasant sweetness dominated by chocolate. The finish is actually fairly bitter with a lingering coffee aftertaste

M: Light to medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

D: As sessionable porters go, this is near the top of the list. I could easily drink a few of these in an evening and I would seek it out.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normally I am not a huge porter fan, but I enjoyed this beer a lot. I may dabble more in this genre of beers.

A: Dark brown color, in the light, this is a hint of red coloring. Had a thin brownish head.

S: an intense roasted malt smell, some hint of coffee and chocolate at first taste

T: I enjoyed the taste a lot more than I thought I would. The coffee taste to me was most prevalent

M: I thought it would be really chewy, but it was not. Good medium body.

D: Opened my eyes a bit, I will try more porters. Very drinkable.

Photo of AgingWarrior
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost coal black with hints of reddishness in the light. Nice foamy reddish brown head.

Good solid Porter smell. Roasted malts dominate the smell.

Taste is very good. Nice and smooth without any strong alcohol taste. Good finish.

Mouth feel is medium to full body with just enough carbonation.

Very drinkable. I'd like to have more, but they're not available in my area, I received a six pack from a friend who used to live in Cleveland.

Photo of JamesS
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown/nearly black color, although with little head and a bit of lacing. Excellent scent, a nice burnt grain aroma with mild coffee hints. Excellent taste as well, a good porter with wonderful coffee overtones and a nice partly bitter aftertaste. Goes down nice, a good porter overall.

Photo of maddogruss
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a dark black body with a silky, tan head with ok retention and nice lacing along the sides of the glass until the finish of the beer.

S: A nice, roasted, slightly malty smell.

T: A nice, roasted taste with a nice roasted aftertaste. Definitely a nice taste overall.

M: A smooth, silky mouthfeel that was very pleasant on the palette.

D: Very good drinkability. A nice, roasted taste that was complimented by a nice, smooth mouthfeel. A nice session beer.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. brown bottle

A: Poured into a snifter. Color is pitch black with some ruby tones when held up to the light. Light tan head on top with a low retention rate. Light lacing.

S: Sweet breakfast malts, molasses, caramel and toffee.

T: some toffee off the bat. great roasted malts hold this beer up. Strong coffee finish. No big hop characteristics, but some mild ones are present.

M: smooth and creamy. mild carbonation level. perfect body.

D: very smooth. Perhaps the most solid porter that I have had. Great representation on the style.

Photo of sleazo
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A_Pours a very dark brown almost black colour with a nice dense and creamy tan coloured head. Leaves sheets, literally sheets of lace on the sides of the glass during the consumption period.

S_Aroma is redolent of really roasted malts. The other main component is a floral/earthy hop scent that reminds me of some other flower buds.

T_The taste leans more to that same floral/earthy hop bitterness. Nice roasted coffee flavours going on here as well. A little bit of a cola thing going on here as too.

M_Creamy, rich with a soft carbonation.

D_One of the best porters I have had. thanks to pimpp for the opportunity to try.

Photo of mattster
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened 12 Fluid ounce bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a creamy tan head atop a mostly opaque dark brown brew.

Smell is of slightly sweet malts, dark coffee and slight hint of dark chocolate. Taste is dry that beer smell, with very well balance of black coffee and very faint chocolate notes. Really good finish, very smooth, After taste was strange on the first taste, but not present on further taste.

Really great brew...

Photo of phaiel
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a hint of a ruby color on the edges. Pours with a good tan head that lingers and laces beautifully. Overall fanastic looking beer.

Smells of a french roast with a sweet element. Bittersweet is how I could best describe it. Slight sweetness behind a strong roasted smell. Just how I want a porter

Taste is of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. It has a decent malty sweetness on first touch, and finishes with a surprising bitterness considering the lack of a hop nose. Flavor is perfectly roasted and delicious. Great for black coffee lovers.

Mouthfeel is superb. Lingers with a decent roasted bitterness for a quite a while. Medium bodied, though I do think it is a little bit over carbonated. Overall amazing beer.

Photo of botham
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a mug. pours a dark chocolate brown black color with a sizable brown head that takes a few seconds to settle out, looking magnificant during the process.

aroma is strong on the coffee, with roasted malt and a bit of caramel mixed in, somewhat overpowered by the coffee. not much else in the nose.

taste is more of the same, with a more restrained character, but still with coffee over notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and a base of blacnk malts. finishes on a note of roasted malt with residual coffee and chocolate.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a somewhat watery texture. finishes thin with a slick mouthfeel.

drinkability is decent. this is thin in body for a porter, but the flavors here are concentrated enough to provide excellent complexity. a solid porter.

Photo of JoeOfParma
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous, ruddy, incredibly dark brown. Opaque until held to a light, where a bold ruby becomes a lovely backdrop to rising bubbles. A sandy tan head persists and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is of sweet coffee: half French roast, half honey? Combined with dark, baked fruits, like caramelized apples and burnt sugar ready to be made into pies. Perhaps the most inviting aroma I've experienced. The wonderful sweetness of the smell simply can't be overstated.

Taste is as expected based on smell: lingering coffee and subtle dark chocolate persist throughout with the fruity sweetness perfectly counterbalanced by the bold hops and charred malt.

Mouthfeel borders on creamy, chewy; a lot going on, but I could have used just a bit more richness. Does develop as the beer warms.

Drinkability as good as anything you'll find for the style; I could drink a sixer, though the last two might be pushing it.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark brown verging on black. Brown bubbly one finger head.

S - Chocolaty sweetness in the smell.

T - Strong chocolate/coffee taste, more of the coffee. Has a little bitter bite to it at the end which provides a nice balance to the sweetness.

M/D - Medium bodied creaminess. Lightly carbonated. Very drinkable porter.

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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