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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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5,663 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,663
Reviews: 1,912
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 517
Gots: 687 | FT: 20
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 adamette
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery, poured into clear pint glass

A Tiny bubbles, Deep red, purplish body, very pleasing, interesting.

S Molasses. Very interesting.

T Dense, molasses. this is a challenging session beer for me. Much more interesting than most of the dark dark beers that I have tasted. Really needs to be enjoyed from tap though. I have had the bottled version and the tap is superior.

M Heavy, thick.

D Not high on drinkability for me.

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

A-Brownish black in color w/dense frothy 1-finger beige head. Good lacing.
S-Chocolate malt dominates and coffee is apparent, w/light hops.
T-Delicious sweet chocolate malt and coffee w/light caramel. Bitter hops adorn the finish, adding subtle grapefruit among other hop characters.
M-Rich body that is neither cloying nor astringent. Well-carbonated with excellent balance and dry, bitter finish that cleanses the sweet malt.
D-An excellent porter, but unfortunately I only bought a single.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle gotten in trade-Cmsiley I think.

A-Black body, small white head, no ruby edges
S-Mild roasted malt, cocoa, light on smell
T-Better and Bigger than aroma, bigger coca flavor and some roasted coffe flavors, a little nutty, few hops but decent bitter finish, some sweetness, reminded me a little of a malted milkshake
M-Creamy, med-full body, some carbonation
D-I wouldn't mind having a fewe more of these. Very nice porter.

Photo of Natural510
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly pitch-black color with fine, creamy head.
Smells typically malty with coffee & cocoa notes. I detected a scent of milk as well.
Dark, roasted malts with a strong coffee flavor. Cocoa backs up the coffee as well, and there is a fairly good hoppiness for a porter.
Creamy, smooth mouthfeel.
Solid take on a porter. A bit too heavy on the coffee flavor for my tastes, otherwise well drinkable.

Photo of treyrab
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Dark brown with ruby hues when held up to light. Carries a nice off white head that sticks around a good bit!

S: Smell is initially light which surprised me. Has a smell of light coffee and mild malts

T: The taste is far from light! Very complex with roasted coffee, dark cocoa and a great hop bitterness!

The lighter mouthfeel is what keeps this from a stout...it is that tasty! Great brew from GL!

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

Pours almost pitch black, some head that sticks around, little to no head retention. Aromatic hints of coffee and roasted malt. Incredibly well balanced malt flavor, neither cloying sweet, not astringent bitter, true to style, a very good porter.

I'd drink this all night, wonderfull stuff!

Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

This beer had a nice three finger tan head, wit good lacing throughout. Poured a deep readish brown.

Smelled of caramel, roasted coffee, nuttty.

Tasted of dry roasted coffee and sweet nutty caramel.

This is a great beer with a nice smooth mouthfeel and finish. Could drink these all night.

Photo of Packforever1976
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from ckeegan04. I've been waiting to try this for ages now.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany brown with some hints of red. A very nice light-tan head with decent lacing.
Smell: Smells amazing. Smells of roasted coffee, chocolate. Decadent.
Taste: Wow, this is one hell of a porter. Absolutely delicious. Coffee, dark chocolate flavors dominate.
Mouthfeel: A lot of porters that I've had are a little on the thin side, and this one seems a little thicker to me, which I like. Very pleasant aftertaste as well.
Drinkability: Amazing. Has a nice bite, leaves me yearning for more.

Amazing beer. This would be a regular in my fridge if it were only available here. Maybe someday..

Photo of sundevilstudent
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/black color but with slight hints of red. Slight head leaves some intricate lacing as it recedes into the beer.

Smell is full and rich. Coffee, dark chocolate, malt, and a surprising amount of fruit make this one of the most interesting porters I've ever smelled. Fruity sweetness balances well with the strong chocolate, coffee and malt notes; it's like a three course meal complete with coffee service in a glass.

Taste: Fruit and chocolate up front work well together. Finishes with a dark roasted coffee flavor. Really complex taste makes you keep going back for more thinking you might have missed something. Dry finish on the back of the tongue contrasts nicely with the sweet flavors that occupy the front of your mouth.

This is a great beer; a solid porter with a great balance of fruit and darker flavors.

Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a memorable porter with a distinctive flavor. It has a dark black-coffee color with a slight head that laces nicely on the glass. The aroma is subtle roasted chocolate, which carries over to the front of the palate. Nicely carbonated, with a smoky chocolate taste that builds to a robust coffee bitterness on the finish, followed by a bitter aftertaste that lingers in the back of the mouth. Rather drinkable for a porter, but the carbonation slows it down a bit. Overall, a very nice porter.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I've never rated this beer. I've drank so much of this stuff and it would probably be the first beer I'd put on a home draught system.
Dark brown in color with a nice frothy sheet of head on top. Taste is roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee. There are surprisingly quite a bit of hops present. Medium mouthfeel with a little bit of bitterness. Great beer, very sessionable.

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

Appearance: Black as molasses, thin head with an aggressive pour, decent lacing.

Smell: Typical Porter aroma, dark chocolate, coffee a wee bit of smoke.

Taste: Very smooth, dark chocolate, slight bitter from the hops, balanced out by the dark malts. When will you make a stout, Great Lakes, I'm already in line. Is it chocolate malt that gives it this flavor? One of the best parts is the finish, clean with only a slight burnt, chocolate residue.

Mouthfeel: Creamy.

Drinkability: Porter is not my favorite style, but according to the style this one is very drinkable, definitely would fit into any rotation on a night of drinking.

Photo of kbeals
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden brown head complements this extremely opaque beer. The smell is your typical porter, lots of malts with coffee and chocolate undertones. Taste is very good. Malt and coffee dominate the taste, with a rather bittersweet finish. The beer was somewhat heavy and very smooth with only a slight fizziness. Overall this beer was excellent and is a definite recommendation to a fan of porters. Would definitely drink again.

Photo of coalcracker
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours near black with tan head. Lacing remains in glass.
Smell: Smells great- roasted chocolate, caramel and toffee in the malts. Perhaps I also taste some sweet fruits?
Taste: Roasted malts are most pronounced with a dose of balancing hops that are indeed noticeable. Notes of sweet chocolate, coffee, also come into play.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. A little zing on the palate in response to the hops and sweetness.
Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Not an over-the-top beer by any means.

Overall: A very tasty, well-balanced porter for those looking for a non-extreme, but well-crafted beer.

Photo of kinger
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic porter, robust and full absolutely awesome. Pours a thick sticky black with a creamy tan head that lasts. The aroma is filled with dark malts and just a touch of floral hops, it is rather mild especially compared to the flavor. Once you dig into this robust porter the flavor immediately grabs you. Malts o' plenty round out the dominant flavor consisting of coffee, chocolate, and plenty of roasted malts. The floral hops become slightly more hidden beneath the intense flavor. Mouthfeel is filling and creamy. One of my favorite local brews that satisfies on tap as well as poured into a glass straight from the bottle. In my opinion this is one of Great Lakes Brewing Co's masterpieces.

Photo of lightindarkness
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep nearly black color with cola brown highlights and mahogany edges. A nice fluffy khaki head holds on nicely. Smells of chocolate and toasted grainy bread, burnt caramel and toffee, with a smooth full roasted balance. Taste starts off with a nice round roasted malt flavor, building with dark toasted whole grain bread and bitter chocolate. Finishes with burnt wood and some roasty bitterness. Feel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Kind of a slick stickiness at the finish. Very tasty. Easy to drink a lot, but full and flavored enough to be satisfied without having much more.

Photo of kyleec
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a glass, same color as you'd expect any porter to be, one finger head of burnt tan foam that remained through the first several sips.

S: creamy chocolate and a hint of alcohol, MAYBE something like toffee or caramel.

T: Wow. This to me is a perfect example of the style, extremely solid with no bells or whistles. A mildly bitter chocolate flavor with roasted barley and some sweetness at the end.

M/D: not too thin for a porter and pretty easy to put down. Only a faint trace of alcohol. I could drink me a few of these.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just came across a few notes that I made from reviews at Great Lakes Brewing Company this winter. Here we go

Appearance: Pours a clear dark garnet color with a lasting 1" head that fell very slowly and left plenty of lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Clean chocolate notes with a lot of munich malt like toastiness. A slightly sweet caramel note is in there too. There are very reserved hops in this beer. Along with the toasty notes from the malt, there is also a British malt "nuttiness" coming out more as the beer warms.

Taste: The flavor is a little more roasty than the aroma suggested. Malt balanced with a slightly ashy flavor left behind on the back of the throat after the finish. The balance is provided as much by the dark malts as from Hops.

Opinion: This is a pretty darn good Porter. The ashy finish turns me off a little, but it isn't overpowering. I like some of the other American Porters better, but this one sure isn't bad. I would definitely drink it again.

Photo of thisisshsas
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- appears dark brown/ black. Traditional coloring for a porter
S-light smell of coffee, not overpowering at all.
T- overflowing with roasted malt flavor. Some of the flavor is coffee like, other is more chocolate flavored.
M- gets better the more time it spends in your mouth.
D- Though it ght , it is completely full of flavor like a stout, it is light enough that you don't feel winded by the end of the beer.

One of the best porters I've ever had.

Photo of jwinship83
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with a tall tan foamy head that lingers a while

S- Slight sweet smell, faint odor of coffee, roasted malts.

T- very roasty and a taste of coffee, more than i could smell. very enjoyable.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. very creamy and smooth.

D- when im looking for something thats hopless, this is going to be one of my first choices. i could easily kill half a sixer or more in a single sittting.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Just hope its as good out of a bottle as it is on tap.

A: Pours a dark ruby brown wiht a one inch creamy toffee colored head. So its lighter than I remember but thats because the bar was dark at the time. Head fades in a few minutes into a thin half cap and ring with some light lacing. Not as good as I remember being served in the bar but then again they did have proper cleaning equipment.

S: Smell is as good as I remember it, strong resiny hops melded with rich roasted malts, absolutly stunning. Like chocolate covered grapefruit and pinenuts, good, if not better than I remember. I could smell this all day, this is the stuff they sould be pumping into the air in coffee shops or beer stores or anyplace really. Its that good!

T/MF: Thick chewy roasted coffee maltiness that melts into chocolate as the beer lingers on my tongue. The hop profile seems to be a bit muted compared to the one I was served at the bar but this is still a great tasting beer. Good feeling struck between dryness and creamy sweetness. Mild tobacco graces the flavor profile in the long and lasting finish.

D: This beer is once again amazing, a little worse for wear when sampled out of the bottle but still a fantastic beer. Dangerously drinkable and would have scored higher if I had not already had this one on tap.

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

Pours dark mahogany with amber hues on the edges. A half-inch head of beige had moderate retention and smears of lacework lasted throughout.

Roasted coffee, dark malts, caramel, nougat, and oreo shells fill the nose. Very clean and balanced, with a high level of complexity for a porter.

Fullish bodied, shy of thick. A happy medium between chewy and ordinary. Creamy.

Roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, and an underlying fruit note lead off the pallet.
A firm, drying bitterness follows through along with brownie bits and biscuits.

Finishes with lingering bitter chocolate, and fading cookie crumbs.

Nice job on this one, very quaffable without being boring.

Photo of hwwty4
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks jtrockchalk for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Smokestack goblet. This beer pours a dark espresso brown with just a thin beige head that subsided into a just a thin line along the edges of the glass. The aroma is chocolate, coffee and vanilla. The taste is wonderful. Full roasted malts and chocolate in the front with the astringency of coffee coming out on the tail. The mouthfeel is great. Much fuller then most porters, feels almost like a stout. This is an extremely drinkable porter, probably one of the best I've had.

Photo of auxiliary
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Dark ruby color. Left some nice brown lace on the glass.

smell - Smells of cocoa and chocolate here.

taste - Lots of chocolate and roasted malts here. Some hop taste at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium and toasty.

drinkability - Great Lakes have good stuff. Real nice porter. Would buy this again if it was in my area.

Photo of mentor
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

09/27/08 4376DL, a gift from fiver29...thanks for the opportunity. Pours a strong three-finger tan-brown head over a clear very dark-brown liquid with mahogeny highlights. Smells cream, coffee, minimal chocolate. Overall, a simple and dry nose. Some hop grassy, perhaps williamette?

Tastes wonderful. Smooth roast with strong hop flavor with a supporting creaminess. Just and amazing balance between the coffee flavor and a dash of acrid, like coffee on the burner too long. The roast taste very much like chewing on a tiny piece of fresh roast unmalted barley. Has an herbal supporting hop character that fills out the roast and ties in a mild chocolate. Dry from the roast and a sour sting (acrid from roast or could be carbonation), yet the mouthfeel keeps the little malt sweet on the tongue. Great balancing act.

Mouthfeel is md-thick and wonderful. Carbonation is mild and works well with the flavors. Drinkability suffers a bitas it becomes a bit too dry roasty near the end of the glass. One is definitely enough.

Edit: With the last sip, the hops come across as a bit oily or gritty tettnanger-like. Nice combination.

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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