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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Reviews: 1,920
Hads: 5,955
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 559
Gots: 880 | FT: 25
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 50 degrees F.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown, but clear enough to see through. What little head forms is thin and quickly dissipates, though the beer leaves nice lacing on the glass for a moment ere it slides back into the liquid.

S: Slightly smoky dark roasted coffee and 90%+ dark chocolate riding a charred grain malt aroma, with some hints of sweetness around the edges.

T: Oh, that's malty. Dark, charred roasted grain, deliciously bitter, with the black roasted coffee and extra-dark chocolate notes clearly present. There are some hints of campfire smoke and cherry wood, or at least the flavor I get off of meat smoked over cherry wood. The finish is a deeply satisfying bitter roasted grain.

M: While rich, the mouthfeel is surprisingly light, given the nose and flavor profile. It manages to feel light and drinkable, without being too watery.

O: This is just a good, solid porter. Whenever I meet someone who doesn't yet know what a porter is, I introduce them to the style with this beer. It generally changes expectations as to what a porter should be. (1,110 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to blitheringidiot for giving me the opportunity to try this wonderful brew.
Pours a deep, deep reddish amber that is almost black with a nice full head of tan bubbles that melts rather slowly to a top covering sticky lacing.
Aroma is nutty coffee with cream...not bitter or biting at all.
Taste is roasted coffee with a touch of caramel, a little nuttiness (as in nuts, not as in crazy), followed by a pleasant hop bite that keeps it dry and not cloying or sweet at all.
Mouthfeel is almost and full.
Aftertaste of roasted coffee bean that lasts a long, long time.
This is a wonderful porter to be savored and enjoyed slowly during the course of the evening.
Very drinkable and comforting. (717 characters)

Photo of benmiliron
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best out there. Black with fringes of ruby. Smells of coffee, burnt caramel. Tastes divine. Bitter, strong malt clobbering you up front with subtle sweetness backing it all up. Mouthfeel is amazing, almost like it was nitro-poured out of a bottle. Foams up if you swish it around. I could drink this all day. (327 characters)

Photo of ClearDog
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Poured midnight black into my imperial pint glass. One finger of creamy khaki head. It just looks awesome in my glass! Great lacing.

Smell -- Smells like chocolate with hints of coffee. I can also smell hops. Very nice balance! I'm very impressed.

Taste -- More chocolate than coffee, but both are definitely there. Absolutely brilliant dessert drink!

Mouthfeel -- Medium and creamy. Very light carbonation.

Drinkability -- This is a porter to savor. It's excellent after dinner. I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting. I think I'm going to try to have this one on hand at all times. (621 characters)

Photo of sjum29
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a beautiful deep brown with a lightly tan frothy head which takes quite some agitation to dissipate. It's smell is incredible. One can really pick up the nutty coffee scent even from a slight distance.

As for taste, in one word... indescribable, but i'll do my best. It is rich and roasted with hints of coffee, nuts, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is light considering it's bold taste. This goes down smooth, and leaves the drinker longing for another sip. I recommend this to anyone who loves a rich American porter, this is truly one of the best. (557 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured not opague black but brown. There are some lighterhighlight's. Amazing light brown heading that some some great lacing and just an alive looking porter. Must look flat and dead this one just popped and fizzed.

Smell is simply amazing. Chocolate malts,and some roasted maltiness to back that up.Amazing coffee aroma to back up all of this.

Taste just explodes with chocolate malts and lingeres with an amazing coffee taste. Surprisingly there is a nice hoppiness that adds another level to this beer.

Mouth is full bodied.Smooth and slightly creamy but a little more watery then I would have anticipated. Amazing carbonation and all around feel in the mouth.

This is my third from the variety pack of Great Lakes and one of my new favorites. Probably the best Porter I have ever had. (793 characters)

Photo of fretlessman71
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Heard so many things about this beer, and finally I get to try it. Great Lakes has produced many beers that I’m a big fan of, namely the Dortmunder Gold and the Holy Moses White Ale. Also, this has one of the highest ratings on both Beer Advocate and Ratebeer – it’s gotta be good, right?

APPEARANCE: Translucent “cherry coke” reddish-brown. Tight, yet rocky beige head has huge gaps that somehow hold together. Lacing looks as if I’m going to have to scrape it off with a dremel tool!

AROMA: Chocolate malt – anyone for some Ovaltine? Light hop detection, but malt is the big player here – VERY strong aroma. Have very happy nosehairs right now.

FLAVOR: Reasonably strong alcohol kick right off (strange for 5.8% ABV), but immediately followed by toasted chocolate malt with a pretty strong hop profile. Very good balance. Bitter cocoa in the finish, but all that does is make me want to take another sip. Good stuff! Simple, yet exquisite. This didn’t last long at all.

MOUTHFEEL: Remarkably light for such a full-flavored brew. Carbonation just right.

DRINKABILITY: A beer that was gone all too soon. I could see having more than a few of these watching the river burn on a lazy afternoon.

OVERALL COMMENTS: Another outstanding brew from Great Lakes – it’s everything you ever wanted in a porter… and less (mouthfeel!). (1,384 characters)

Photo of meechum
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a trade with Almalkin. This may very well be the best porter I've had yet

A - Poured a dark black almost motor oil consistancy into a pint mug with a large frothy tan head that fell extremely slowly into a thick lacing down the glass while maintaing a halo of froth on top of the brew the entire way down

S - Big coffee smell with a hint of biscuit and a little fruitiness in there also and then just a whiff of grassy hops in the nose also

T - The taste was spot on for a porter in my opinion. Nice bittersweet of the coffee and caramel/tofee with a hint of spicy fruit and then a nice hoppy finish at the end to give it a dry crisp ending on the palate...excellent

M - The mouthfeel was also on point with a nice thick feeling without it being to thick and it coming off as a stout. Good carbonation but not overdone delivers all the flavors to the back of the palate

D - I really regret that I only got two in the trade and will be working out future trades for much larger quantities..this is a beer that would make me consider relocating (1,053 characters)

Photo of cameraman
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep dark brown color, with a beige colored head forms and laces very nicely. Chocolate and roasted malt comes through, a wonderful aroma. The taste is incredible, the chocolate and coffee flavors make you savor every drop of this beer. The mouthfeel has some lite carbonation and is slightly watery, but it is still very creamy and very smooth going down. This is a very drinkable that has incredible taste. It is nice to see a non-imperial dark stand on its own. (466 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black/brown body, lets a little light through. Head is Creamy and full, even and slow fading. Very appealing.

Smell: Sweet chocolate, espresso, anise, very roasty, slightly bitter.

Taste: Mocha latte and licorice, a full and well balanced taste with a very satisfying bitter hop finish. The aftertaste lingers long with hops and chocolate. Excellent and sessionable.

Drinkability: A fine crafted porter, this is a beer Ohio can be proud of, balanced, with all the attributes a great porter should. Thanks to tyrawlings for the beer! (553 characters)

Photo of dhvnu
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is THAT American Porter that I can lift-up proudly and say; By all means, This my friends, is an American Porter ! Perfect example of a great American porter.

A- Hue-black
N-rusty, roasty ,dusty
T-low gravity, high on the palate, amazing concocting of roast,cocoa dust, caramel,and light hazelnut

O- Perfect porter, would have only being better if it had been a little harder on the palate, but hey, there are Baltic porters and stouts for that !

High;ly recommended for anyone who is in the look for a good peorter (523 characters)

Photo of pezoids
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark coffee brown, almost black color. It was topped off with a creamy light brown head. Immediately was overwhelmed by the rich roasted coffee and bitter chocolate aromas. Smells great. The taste is toasted and roasty, bitter, spicy and dry. Very drinkable. Hop bitterness is there, too along with some caramel. All the flavors intensify as the the beer warms up. An excellent beer for a rainy night or anytime. (431 characters)

Photo of cedricwarner
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite black as a porter should be, but with a suprisingly large, creamy, off-white head. Slightly sweet flavors of coffee with cream come through a mild hop bitterness, with only minimal carbonation. A delicious porter, and another reason why Great Lakes is a great brewery. (274 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a near pitch black with just a few cherry glints. The creamy head lasts a while and leaves fantastic lace trails behind. The aroma is thick with fresh dark roasted malts. I detect a distinct licorice smell, with some dark chocolate, milk chocolate and cappucino in tow.

The taste is robustly malty and bitter from the black malts. Again I detect a pleasant black licorice flavor. There are also plenty of dark chocolate flavors and some light piney hops. As the beer warms, a wonderful milk chocolate 'quick powder' flavor emerges. The mouthfeel is very thick and robust with a velvety carbonation. The finish is an impeccable balance of sweet and bitter chocolate flavors paired with some bitter North american hops.

This is an astounding Porter. Very complex with can unexpected locorice flavor and a very thick body. If you like dark beers you must try this. (874 characters)

Photo of Gritsak
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the smell is great, hints of carmel and chocolate. the taste is one of my favorites so far. not harsh at all, with an awsome aftertaste just like is smells...

ive tried all of the year round beer from GL and this is my favorite. yet to taste the christmas ale, but im looking forward to it.

follow up 5/23/05

A- dark brown with a light tan head. deep red shown through when held up to the light
S- chocolate and burnt coffee aroma
T- creamy coffee and and roasted malt flavor with a hint of hops at the tail end
M- fairly thick and really creamy. light carbonation
D- pretty decent. it would be tough to drink this all night because as of late i have started to favor high hopped beers, but as far as porters go, this is where its at. (747 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
of the big lake they called "Gitche Gumee."
The beer was the pride of the American side
coming back from some brewery in Cleveland.
As the big porters go, it was bigger than most
with malt and hops well seasoned.

What a porter!!!! I'm moving to Cleveland...this is a big porter....a ton of hops but it has the malt to balance it perfectly....Nose is dark leather....body is perfect.on the thicker side of medium...creamy....taste is dark cocoa...even a hint of dark fruits....and a nice...very nice hop finish....this is the way you make a porter...maybe the best I've had...a dandy.. (679 characters)

Photo of TheBear11D
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz glass

Pours a very nice dark brown to black color with a foamy deep brown bubbly head that hung around for a while and left wonderful lacing.

Smells of smokey coffee and cocoa, just plenty of malt goodness dominating the nose.

Tastes coffee is the most noticeable, but smokey chocolate is right behind the coffee. There is just a hint of hops tucked way back, but it helps to round off the beer.

Medium to thick body with average carbonation. Quite smooth.

Good flavor and extremely drinkable. If you have not had this, I suggest you do. (547 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer 4 or 5 years ago when my brother was in grad school in Cleveland. I remember being impressed and have been looking forward to sampling it again.

Black with tan head. Just what you would expect in a porter. Sheets of lacing are left behind after each sip. Smell starts to let you know that this isn't the typical porter though. It would be easier to list what I don't smell in this beer. It has that typical smoked smell but i also note cherries, coffee, chocolate and sweetness. Taste lives up to the anticipation from the smell. I really pick up the chocolate notes in the taste. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. This is the most drinkable porter that I've had in a long time. I wish I had more than the one lonely one left in the cellar. (758 characters)

Photo of CardiacNP
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Edmond Fitzgerald porter from Great Lakes Brewery in Cleveland OH (check out the great song from Gordon Lightfoot)

Aroma nice roasty malt. Chocolate and slight coffee

Appearance dark brown/black with a beige tight creamy 1 finger head

Taste smooth malty chocolate with a slight bitter coffee finish. Mild bittering hops

Mouth feel Smooth creamy slight to moderate combination. Mild dry finish

Overall a very solid beer. It has won Gold medals at the great American beer festival and is well deserved. I would drink it again (533 characters)

Photo of brewdub17
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Jet black color but not as opaque as expected. Light tan head that leaves a small amount of lace.

Smell: Extraordinary amount of sweetness and caramel smells come off and create a pleasant aroma similar to baked goods.

Taste: Amazing combination of roasted malts and sweetness that easily place this in the top three of porters.

Mouthfeel: Abundant amount of flavors are coated all across the mouth and create a memory of awesome flavors soon too forget.

Drinkability: I would definitely request more after the first pint. This beer is easily one of the easiest drinking porters I've had. (604 characters)

Photo of Gnarles
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer on tap last night at a local bar, to be quiet honest i have not explored to much into porters yet. Im mainly and IPA/Lager drinker but I was having a conversation with the bartender and different styles of beers and she pointed me to this beer. I was amazed at how smooth it was with slight after tastes of roasted coffee and chocolate. This beer alone has made me this twice about porters. (404 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of dali27
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Beautiful dark brown with a nice dark tan head. The head sticks around as the beer is drunk around the sides of the glass.

S: Very aromatic. Rich malty flavors along with coffee and dark chocolate let you know that you are going to be in for a treat.

T: What can I say about the taste of this beer? I think that it is incredibly balanced, and this makes it excellent. All of the aspects that you are looking for in a porter are there, and they are done so well.

M: The feel of this beer is very much on the thicker side, and probably borders on that of a stout. Nothing wrong with that.

D: Please pour me another!

I have to say that this beer is excellent and possibly is the best representation of the American Porter style. I have always been partial to Summit's Great Northern Porter (my homer porter), but this one might have it beat. At the very least at ties in my heart as the best out there.

You want to try this beer! (984 characters)

Photo of abents
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is what porters are meant to be.
It pours a dark bown color with a small tan head. The beer smells of carmel and roasted malt. It's got that sweet smell to it and you know it's got the malts. The taste at first is the roasted malt a sweet coating of the mouth warms you up. Then a distinct hoppy taste finishes the drink. Overall a very well made porter one of the best for sure. (391 characters)

Photo of NeutroMan
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black with a reddish hue. Resilient tan head that leaves some lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is one of roasted coffee notes with some choclate and toffee. Taste has a nice smokiness to it yet still preserves the holy coffee/toffee/chocolate trifecta from the smell. As the beer warms, the burnt black malts become more pronounced, adding to the complexity of this amazing porter. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, although not too dense for the style, making it a pleasure to drink.

Without a doubt the best porter I've ever had; it's a shame I have only one left. (639 characters)

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,920 ratings.