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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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5,217 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,217
Reviews: 1,857
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 482
Gots: 459 | 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 BSK_ONE
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark, carbonated, with a Pepsi like appearance
S - Chocolate and coffe
T - Robust, Dark, chocolate and coffee taste. Very smooth, with late bitterness
M - lovely
O - I wasn't expecting that much, but was pleasantly surprised by the total package. This beers satisfies almost all categories.

BSK_ONE, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of endincolorado
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep brown with ruby highlights. One finger of frothy, light-tan head. Good retention and nice, sticky lace.

Smell- Rich, chocolate malt, cocoa, and some coffee. Pleasant roastiness. Little to no hop-aroma.

Taste- Excellent roasty malts with slight bitter cocoa. Faint hop fruitiness in the background.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Pleasant texture. Good carbonation.

Drinkability- One of my favorite porters. Also quite sessionable.

endincolorado, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of Tyrawlings
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice dark porter with slight amber hues on the edge of the pint glass. Pours a thick two fingered tan head that takes it's good old time dissolving into a thick and sticky lacing that clings like a spider web to the glass throughout the sample.

S: Rich roasted coffee. Baker's chocolate. Oatmeal or molasses like sweetness.

T: First sip reveals a combination of dark bitter chocolate and rich roasted coffee. A slight hop bite tickles the tongue and is immediately followed by the taste of caramel or toffee and the sweetness of black strap molasses. This is a perfectly balanced porter that finishes with a dry earthy spirit.

M: Extremely rich, thick and creamy. Light carbination. Dry.

D: I am lucky to have this beer in my refridgerator at all times! This is consistantly "Spot On" for the style. This beer isn't over the top and is what a traditional porter should be. Highly drinkable and almost addicting! Eddy Fitz is one of those rare brews that you can savor while drinking as a session beer!

Tyrawlings, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

auxiliary, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of mooseo
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Black as night with a thin tan head.

S - Light milk chocolate, coffee, and roasted burnt malt.

T - A perfect blend of roasted malt, chocolate, black coffee, and mild earthy hops. Finishes bittersweet with a slight smokiness and toasted malt flavor.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium bodied. Dry finish.

O - A really well-done rendition of a basic porter. Good balance, drinkability, and malt profile.

mooseo, May 03, 2013
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

FtownThrowDown, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of tar
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into the glass a dark black with reddish highlights which are particularly apparent in the light. A thick, foamy, tan to off-white head nicely caps the beer and adds to its already inviting appearance. Smells of roasted malt and coffee. Not unexpectedly the taste is also of roasted malt and coffee, with a bit of bitterness in the finish which nicely balances the flavors. Smooth, medium/full bodied, and highly drinkable. Overall a very good beer which I look forward to having again.

tar, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours an opaque black/brown colour with a very large frothy and fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - chocolate, malts, coffee, burnt nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and feels very creamy. Most of the taste consists of chocolate, coffee and malts. There is also a burnt flavour that causes the beer to have a smoke taste and some light hops. The beer finishes with bitter/burnt aftertaste.

Drink - I really enjoyed this beer, it's got lot of flavour but it isn't too overpowering. I could actually drink a few of these over a night; it would make a decent session beer.

spinrsx, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of SebD
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some amber hues shining through. It has a nice tan head that dies down moderately fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee and sweet caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a bunch of roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee bitterness and a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

SebD, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of Spidey13
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Edmund Fitzgerald pours a very dark, almost black color with nice ruby highlights when held to the light. The large, tan head sticks around for a while and leaves a lot of lacing in its wake. The nose is mostly sweet coffee. The taste starts with rich, roasted malt with a long, bitter aftertaste. The carbonation is a nice, medium level though the beer felt a bit more watery than I would have liked. Overall, this is a very drinkable porter. I could easily have a few of these over the course of a night.

Spidey13, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark with some pretty good lacing as it goes down.

S: Caramel malt; slightly sweet with some chocolate.

T: Caramel and coffee tastes with some chocolate in there.

M: Fairly full and chewy.

D: Nothing really stands out about it, except that it all tends to meld together quite well creating a very drinkable porter.

Thorpe429, May 01, 2009
Photo of SportsandJorts
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a nice blackish brown. a finger or so of a tan head that sticks around.

Smell: chocolate and roast malts.

Taste: nice chocolate up front followed by roasted malts. some bitter hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: a creaminess to it. a slight bitterness as well

Overall: another spot on brew by Great Lakes. extremely well crafted, easy to find and at the right price

SportsandJorts, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of shadow1961
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter pours a mere disk of creamy foam over a deep dark brew. The nose is pleasantly sweet with a definite note of liquorice. Up front the flavor is toasty dark malts, the barest note of fruit and the liquorice again, balanced with subdued herbal hops. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and semidry. Altogether, a super drinkable brew- sure, it's not as asserive as a lot of American style Porters or as heavy and malty as the English- but everything about it encourges another sip.

shadow1961, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of robbyc1
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Glenview YardHouse, served in a pint glass, a bit too cold.

Deep chocolate black look, small tan head, just fine.

Smell has a deep chocolate nose, very roasty, fresh and good.

This porter has a deep lasting chocolate flavor that is not sweet, finishes balanced, and carries the esthers well. Very good with dessert.

Soft and silky mouthfeel, heavy and good. Drinkable as a session beer, maybe one of the best porters out there.

robbyc1, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of zrab11
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark drown with 1 finger off white head.Good lacing

S-Smell is good,Has hints of sweet carmel with most the smell being stonger coffee notes

T-Has a nice roasted coffee taste right off the bat then finishes with a subtle smokey flavor

M-Medium boddied with nice carbonation

D- Overall this is a Nice Beer. Thought the 1st sip was too smokey but 3 or 4 sips in it all blended quite nicely. WOuld get this again or recommend it to someone for sure!

zrab11, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of nhindian
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint

A - Pours a dark brown, nearly black steady stream. Can see some traces of brown around the edges but the middle of the body is flat black. Builds around a 1.5 fingered-head that reduces to a cap in a few minutes. Minimal amount of lacing left from the head as I drink.

S - Nose is of light, roasted coffee mixed with some bittersweet cocoa. Definitely get some toasted barley and some earthy tones to really add to the depth of this beer. Just get a hint of alcohol creeping from behind the rest.

T - The taste is predominantly chocolate with a rush of coffee in the aftertaste. Not overwhelming in the least and goes down quite easily. Sneaking in the back is some bitter hops, but are quickly balanced by the malts and alcohol. Alcohol is present but doesn't distract or hinder. After the alcohol and bitterness fades away, it leaves a bit of a watery taste in the mouth.

M - For such a dark beer, it is actually fairly light. Not very thick and the pleasant taste doesn't need to be chewed through. Even with the blackness, I can still see a steady stream of carbonation that feels good on the palate.

D - A very easy to drink beer and could easily be a gateway into the more robust beers and styles. A great flavor and light feel has me drinking this beer a bit faster than I have anticipated and it's a good thing that Great Lakes delivers these in 6-packs as this could easily be drank for an entire evening. Fantastic.

nhindian, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of BierSmith
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Map Room. Lacy, amber head with good nose, smoky and pungent. Smooth, yet viscous mouthfeel. Smoky/ peaty taste with refined flavor statement...nutty character. Color is a deep russet almost ruby; looks alot like Coca Cola! Overall would rate 4.2.

BierSmith, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of throwitallaway
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

throwitallaway, May 07, 2008
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a smooth roasted malt scent along with a creamy chocolate aroma. The taste is great as well. It has a wonderful roasted malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with a slight hint of chocolate. It's extremely smooth and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine porter, but I was expecting more. It's a fine session beer and probably in my top five porters of all time.

WesWes, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of haazer
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First on Tap review, had at East End Ale house.

A- Pours a very dark brown color, lots of red and glowing cherry highlights throughout the brew. Slight offwhite soapy head, leaves a little bit of lacing down the glass.

S- Right away you smell malts, and a hint of dark roast coffee. Great aroma's of chocolate mixed in. An excellent smelling beer.

T- Much like the smell. Very good. Roasted, malty flavor. Hints of chocolate.

M- Light to medium mouthfeel. The smoothness is almost like drinking milk. Little drying as a porter is.

D- This might be the best aspect of this beer. Low enough abv, great taste, nice and smooth. Would of liked the body to be a little more full, but this was the best porter I've had.

haazer, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of cichief
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A- Pours a deep brown, not quite black, with a light brown head.

S- Strong chocolate smell, sweet, inviting.

T- Chocolaty, sweet with a good dry finish.

M- More carbonated than I hoped for, medium-thin on the tongue.

D- Very good dark beer. Could drink several of these over an evening.

cichief, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of jahred
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a bit puzzled. My bottle says the beer complies with the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516 - but this is brewed in Ohio. And porters, as far as I know, had/have nothing to do with Bavaria. Alas - maybe my beer history/knowledge is lacking.

Anyway, pours an almost-black brown with a thin-to-medium head that quickly disappears. The scent is of roasted malts and esters.

The rich taste is malty and roasty. Not quite sure why, but the thing that comes to mind is that puffed wheat cereal I used to eat as a kid. I don't think there's any wheat in here at all, so maybe my taste buds are deceiving me. Then again, it's a good taste.

The beer tingles a bit on the tongue, and has a very slight, pleasant bitter hoppy finish. As it warms I also taste light chocolate and toffee, but nothing too overwhelming.

Most importantly, this is very easy to drink. It's fairly complex and very tasty.

jahred, Feb 04, 2004
Photo of khumbard
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a white/tan head. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass all the way down.

Smells very roasty, maybe a little bit of chocolate. Slightly sweet. Very nice for a standard porter.

Taste is very nice as well. Big roasted malts, malty sweetness, but finishes clean and with a slight hop bitterness. Very well balanced, and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is thin, but carbonation is right on. Finishes clean.

Overall this, Founders, and Bells porters are my favorites of the style. This beer goes down very easy, and is pretty refreshing even on a hot day. I could definitely put down a few of these in a session. One of the best of the style.

khumbard, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of beergod1
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish mahogany with a a creamy tan head, mostly diminishing, with a fine long lasting lacing. The aroma is of coffee, caramel and roasted malt. Very creamy and full bodied; a rich feeling on the palate. Great long lasting finish, leaving a slightly burnt malt taste, but crisp and very mellow. Nicely carbonated. A great accompaniment to any hearty fare, including steak, burgers, brats, or stew. or to use when I simmer my ribs.

beergod1, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours very dark brown, almost black with a white head that lasts a decent amount of time. It leaves some lacing on the glass.

S-Chocolate, coffee, big roasted malt notes.

T-Very close to the nose. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a nice hoppy note.

M-Just about right, not too thick, with the right amount of carbonation.

D-I could drink this all night long, especially on cold nights.

This is just a classic example of the style and you can never go wrong drinking some of these.

thegodfather2701, Nov 14, 2010
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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