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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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5,464 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,464
Reviews: 1,882
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 494
Gots: 549 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001)
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Photo of jspruit
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been a favorite of mine for quite some time but I have neglected to rate it for some reason. Drank from a bottle pucrhased as a six-pack at International Beverage in Kentwood.

Pours a dark brown with a nice large foamy head. Smells of chocolate and coffee and makes my mouth water. Taste is similar to the smell but fuller with lots of malt and some hops presence. Although it is strong and a bold beer, the finish is smooth and I could drink a couple of these in a session.

Probably my favorite porter-even though I may be biased based on its brewery location.

jspruit, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of brdc
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After looking for this one for quite a while, I found a six pack at the Main Street Market in Egg Harbor.
It pours a beutiful pitch black brew, with an ever lasting bubbly, creamy tan head that has a very sticky lacing if you wait long enough for the head to dissipate.
Toffeeish, caramel and chocolate dominate the aroma, opening way to a firm, pleasant combination of the same bittersweet chocolate, caramel, coffee and toffee taste, with a bittersweet aftertaste.
Easy to drink, a very impressive porter that justifies the waiting.

brdc, May 29, 2007
Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a pint of this the other day during happy hour at the Great Lakes brewery. Served in a pint glass/tumbler. This beer is a dark brown/opaque color that does not let any light in. Has a frothy looking tan head about 2/3 inches thick when drawn from the tap. Settles to a good surface cover film layer. Decent lacing, but not great. Aromas of sweet roasted malt along with strong hints of chocolate and coffee are present, rounded out by a bit of roasted hops. Tastewise it is very similar tot he smell. Sweet upfront with strong flavors of malt, coffee and chocolate followed by a hint of spiced hops. Very good, but the balance could maybe be a little better. Has a very crisp, smooth and frothy mouthfeel. Full bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation. Quite easy to drink indeed. This beer never lets me down. Another great beer from Great Lakes!


neenerzig, May 25, 2007
Photo of scoobybrew
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The color is a very deep, dark amber. It has a tan, creamy looking head that is well retained. Roasted malt dominates the aroma with chocolate and coffee-like scents. There is a faint trace of hops in the aroma. The roasted malt is also dominant in the flavor, but the hops are very noticeable also, especially on the finish. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is an excellent American-style porter. I really like the hop flavor along with roasted grain tastes. It's quite good.

scoobybrew, May 21, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, a beer named for the Edmund Fitzgerald. The most famous and mysterious shipwreck of all the Great Lakes, where all hands were lost in Lake Superior. It's good to memorialize this great vessel with such an exquisite beer.

The appearance of this brew is top notch with it's deep dark ruby body and milk chocolaty head that lasts minutes after the initial pour. Thick lacing sticks to the glass all the way through.

The aromas produced are mainly chocolaty and a bit smoky. Which is shared in its taste. There are good amounts of hops character here too.

This brew is full in body and makes a great brew to sip on a cool Ohio spring or autumn evening.

TheSarge, May 19, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great porter. Nice lacing and retention. Nice chocolate malt smell.

The taste is incredible. Nice chocolate malting balanced with a nice caramel malting and a light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nice and clings fairly well. This is a very very drinkable beer and an easy beer to make a session out of. I really recommend it.

jasonjlewis, May 09, 2007
Photo of porntipsguzzardo
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive brew. Very rich smell, chocolaty, with strong overtones of roasted malt. Nearly black but not quite opaque, with a thick, tan head that lasts for a few minutes. Its taste is a treat -- creamy and rich, a definite roasted flavor. Gets better as it gets warmer, which to me is the sign of a good beer that is meant to be flavorful. The mouthfeel is fine, though slightly thinner than you might expect. Though it is tasty, having several might be slightly overwhelming, as it is so rich.

One of my favorites, so far.

porntipsguzzardo, May 08, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great porter. Pours dark brown with very thin tan head. The taste is very chocolate with some coffee flavoring with a refreshing almost minty hop aftertaste. Its very good. This is the most refreshing drinkable porter I've had. I recommend it.

PittBeerGirl, May 08, 2007
Photo of crayphish
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a beer. This porter pours a dark brown with a nice coffee colored head. Good lacing. Smell is roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Taste is more of the same with the coffee dominating, with perhaps a touch of cherry and hops. Very nice. Mouthfeel is full, creamy, and captivating. Porters are not amongst my favorite beers, yet this brew is one the best I've had. Outstanding indeed.

crayphish, May 03, 2007
Photo of dherling
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a near pitch black color crowned by a thin tan film. The nose was unmistakable roasted coffee which came through in the taste as well. Big roasted coffee flavors, hard to distinguish much else. Mouthfeel was cola like, but also slightly creamy on the finish.

dherling, May 01, 2007
Photo of drpimento
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one got much better as it warmed. Served with a nice head that subsided but had lots of lace. Very dark almost opaque. Noticeable fruity hop, which is not what I personally like in porters. Nevertheless a great beer. Full rich mouthfeel. A bittersweet finish. But so much going on.

drpimento, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of sauron681
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, clear, brown. Starts with small, fizzy, thin head that leaves quickly, but maintains a nice thin, creamy lace. A medium tan color. It lasted almost the entire pint.

A nice chocalate, sugary, toasted malt aroma. Very inviting.
Full, thick mouthfeel that is bold and filling.
Starts out smooth and silky going down, and then turns semi-bitter (burnt roasty taste) with a slight sour note at the end. I have no complaints about any of the Great Lakes Brewing Co. beers I have tried thus far.

sauron681, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark clear brown color, with a nice large off white head. Looks like a classic porter.

Aromas are slightly sweet, nutty, and malty.

Taste is dry and with nice carbonation. The core flavors are of roasted malts, and a crisp slightly bitter hop finish. This is a pretty nice porter.

Mouthfeel is a bit weaker than I like in a beer like this. It's not bad, but it doesn't quite stack up with some of my favorites in the style. It just seem a bit too lean.

Drinkability is excellent. This is a solid example of the style. Enjoyable, and very easy to drink.

Got two bottles of this, one courtesy of jasonm, the other from unclejedi. Thanks again guys!

flexabull, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of gunnerman
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, pours a dark blackish red with a carmel colored head that leaves a fat lace on the glass. Smell is roasted malts with sweet toffee and chocolate. Taste is very amazing, you can taste the malt, barley, chocolate, coffee with a nice bitterness to it this is how I enjoy my porters simply amazing. This is one damn fine porter, one of the better ones around and very enjoyable after a nice dinner.

gunnerman, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark mahogany color with less than a finger whispy light tan head that fades quickly to surface. No lacing observed.

The smell is the best part. Sweet malty caramel.and malted milk balls.

The mouth feel is on the lighter side of medium bodied; slightly understated. A small tingle from carbonation and a clean finish.

The flavor is sweet malt caramel, much like the aroma. A slight lingering coffee note ending.

Very drinkable and at 5.8% ABV seems to be a nice session beer.

jjayjaye, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of kajerm
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with a dark, epic-looking shot of the ship (S.S. This Beer.) Pours opaque black with a one finger cream-colored head and a little lacing.

The nose is overpowering coffee and chocolate, with an undertone of lighter malts and some hops. This beer has all the right notes for a porter, but it smells way too assertive to be one-- and that suits me just fine.

Tastes like it smells, loads of coffee flavor up front with just a little malt in the background. The finish is lingering coffee, black malt bitterness, and enough hops to balance the rest out. Espresso-like stringency from black malts and hop bitterness hangs around for a long time. Pretty good.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy, and as much as I've pissed and moaned about light palates in stouts, this one suits the flavor profile just right.

Finally, I've found a porter (other than Alpha Klaus) that can deliver some real flavor. If there are more out there like this, I might actually start to like this style. At 5.8% ABV, you could drink this through a funnel.

RERATE: Much more chocolatey than I remember it tasting last night, coffee is only really in the background in the nose, but present on the finish. This is an awesome session beer, but it's definitely a porter-- drink it in the wrong mood and you'll just be craving a Blackout Stout instead.

kajerm, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a solid borwn in color that did allow some light to seep through. However, the light was very thin and weak. Slight tan head that receded to a thinner film. Nose is malty with some bits of smokey wood rising out of its depths. Flavor is quite nice. Not overly done with the smokiness but just the right amount that it holds up well without wearing out the tastebuds. Little bits of licorice candy as well. Heavy peated malts too. Medium mouthfeel that thickens as it warms. Too bad I only have one bottle of this beer.

MuddyFeet, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of jdoncbus
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

<For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 09/06/07>

Poured into a tulip - decent amount of carbination and an inch head. Brown/burgundy color.

Smokey & chocolatey aroma. Earthy.

The Porter produces a firm wood, raisin- taste leading to a creamy-bitter finish that lingers for sometime; almost a few steps away from a sherry.

A very nice change up from your AIPAs and APAs. Works well as an after-dinner drink or just lounging around when you only want a couple drinks in a night.

jdoncbus, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of SaucyA
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at slow's bbq

appearance is slightly lacking. beautiful dark amber/dark brown color, nice 1 finger head... receded quickly and left little/no lacing.

smell wasn't bad, but nothing to write home about. roasted malts... usual porter affect.

the taste of this porter is great. i love it. goes down smooth.. i always drink it as a finisher or dessert beer... coffee/chocolate/malty affect. no real hop profile... if any are there, they are to balance the heavy malts. a great beer by any means... one of the best porters i've ever had.

mouthfeel is near perfect with carbonation playing second fiddle to the robust malts. not too thick, not too thin... they did it right with this one. i have zero complaints.

i go back and forth with the drinkability... i want to rate high but i want to rate lower... it's REALLY easy to drink, but so filling, i couldn't imagine going overboard. sounds like naptime to me. but if you're looking for a great porter with great tastes, look no further.

SaucyA, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of happygnome
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep black color with about an inch of head that does not dissapear to fast and leaves a decent amount of lacing bery inviting
s: roasted chocolate malts really come out in the aroma followed by a mild bitterness
t: the roasted malts chocolate and caramel malts deffinatly come out there is a mildly bitter finish ver nice
m: medium to full bodied almost caused me to start chewing lightly carbonated which i really enjoyed with the body

overall this is a ery nice brew, prolly one of the better porters ive had i really enjoyed it

happygnome, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of stoutman
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer from a great brewer. Should be called the great beer brewing company. Pours your standard black with sizeable tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and nuts...very enticing, and mellowed out quite a bit. Roasty flavor including chocolate and coffee and a hint of raisin. Finishes with a nice bitter coffee flavor. This is one excellent porter.

stoutman, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of weeare138
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Capone's...
Not sure why such a change of heart from my previous tasting back in October of '05 but here's an update...
Appears black with dark brown edges when held to the light. A one finger, creamy tan head slowly fades out. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of ripe fruit, cocoa, chocolate infused coffee with cream, and perhaps a touch of light citrus hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with cocoa, coffee, and cream standing out in the very tasty brew.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sticky, slick, semi-dry in the finish with roasty, cocoa, espresso, and cream running nicely along the tongue.

weeare138, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of number1bum
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, black color with some burgundy evident when holding it to the light. Creamy tan head and very nice sticky lacing. Smell is nice but somewhat subdued, with a nice malt aroma, roasted and chocolate. Deliciously malty, again primarily roasted and chocolate, with a slick, creamy mouthfeel, almost chewy, and an appropriate level of carbonation. I will seek this out again.

number1bum, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of foofight11
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was in a 12oz. brown bottle with a freshness date easily viewable. I then poured the beer into a freshly cleaned 16 oz. American Pint glass from Alcatraz Brewing Company. The appearence in the glass was nice. Very dark brown, almost (merely) black, with a mocha-coffee-like color head that was the size of half my pinky. The head slow goes as one continues to drink. The smell was definitley complex. As this is my first experience reveiwing please take heed. I could definitely smell a sweet aroma as well as a rosted scent. Very complex and inviting. The first taste, a cocoa flavor jumped through immediately followed by a hint of frutiness. A breadth of flavor on the first try. The mouth feel was very filling. The carbonation stayed all the way through and down. Definitely a drinkable beer. I see it as almost like a dessert beer. Respectfully worth having one or two.

foofight11, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with slight reddish tints. 1 finger head, light brown-tan. Clings a bit.
Smell of cocao and coffee, some sweet/roasted malt, and a bit of sour.
Tastes of smooth coffee, some cocao and black fruits and berrries. Malt is mixed with a sourness of green apple, some caramel too.
Feels light and smooth. Sourness puckers the mouth a bit but contrasts greatly with the roast.

Mebuzzard, Mar 26, 2007
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,464 ratings.