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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Alberta ClipperGreat Lakes Alberta Clipper

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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: irishmoss on 01-18-2006

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Ratings: 108 | Reviews: 36
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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I love chocolate and raspberry combinations and this beer is nicely balanced with those flavors. Not too sweat either. I am very impressed with the depth and combination of flavor. The feel is a bit thin though for a porter. Don't serve it too cold. Overall I am going to go get more just because of the flavor is what I love but price and the mouth feel is what lowers my approval of this beer.

Photo of JMAntus
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great chocolate notes. Bitter-sweet dark chocolate. Fresh raspberry notes. Full body. Clean finish. A delicious offering for a wonderful brewery.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz brown bottle with excellent glbc style artwork. Forgetting the harsh winter and welcoming spring with open arms. Poured into a authentic GLBC stemmed snifter.

A - darkest of browns with dark ruby brown corners. Tan head pours quite nice leaving thin rings of stick on the glass.

S - roasted malt, dark chocolate, juicu ripe raspberries, and a GLBC porter like character. Superb

T - flavor is like those chocolate covered raspberry jelly truffles you get during the holidays. It's spot on. Bittersweet dark chocolate with hints of milk cocoa flowing about. Raspberry notes provide enough tartness yet remain incredibly fruity. Roasted malt and a nice sweetness to balance the bitter chocolate and raspberry tart.

M - medium bodied and carries an excellent texture. Thickness is as I'd expect from GLBC while remaining ridiculously drinkable. I seriously felt as though I could session this all day long.

O - what a fantastic release! I've always held Great Lakes close to my beer drinking ways, but this may be their best new rotating bottling yet. Sticks true to the great porter style while providing a great unique raspberry tartness and still finds a way to balance perfectly. Pick it up!

Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on tap at the brewery into a standard pint glass.

nearly black, more of dark dark murky brown color. nice looking, creamy, light tan colored head with good retention and good lacing.

big raspberry aromas, with just a slight tartness. a little light roast and cocoa, but nothing really jumping out and saying "i was made with chocolate"

follows the aroma. raspberry at the forefront with a somewhat light porter base. a little more chocolate noticable than the aroma, light roast, a nice semi bitter finish and just a bit of tartness from the raspberries.

medium bodied, maybe comes off a little lighter because of the fruit and tartness. good feeling carbonation.

pretty much an average brewpub fruit porter. the raspberries taste a little artificial and its hard to even detect actual chocolate. i was maybe expecting more seeing as edmund fitz is such a winner. i wouldnt order another one of these, but i can see the mass apeal here.

Photo of Infamous7100
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown, near black. Finger width tan head.
S: bittersweet chocolate, light coffee notes and subtle fruitiness. Awesome.
T: follows nose impeccably. The raspberries really add something to the chocolatey notes. Throw in the coffee flavor and you really have something.
M: started a bit carbonated but beautifully changed into the viscosity of a milk stout as it warmed. Great.
O: fantastic effort and glad i was able to catch this while it was available. It's like the dessert version of the Eddie Fitz. Kudos to great lakes.

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Its no Eddy Fitz

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a small Great Lakes snifter. The pour is dark brown, not quite black, with very little light escaping through. The head is fine and tan and very pronounced. The nose is all raspberries with just a hint of roasty cocoa-like notes.

The beer is medium-bodied and has a nice firm feel. Up front, I get flavors of fresh raspberries and just a hint of cocoa. It's almost like a fruit beer. At mid-palate, more of the porter characteristics arrive. More roastiness and cocoa take over, but the fruit flavors never completely depart and contribute a red wine or port-like character to the porter flavors on the finish. The beer is very drinkable and walks a fine line between refreshing and hearty.

Overall, a really nice twist on a porter that I wouldn't have believed appetizing if I hadn't tried it myself. I spoke to a GL rep who said that it's likely this beer won't be brewed again for a while because all those raspberries really make a mess and the brewers hate working with them. That said, if you like porters and have an opportunity to try this one (and have an open mind), don't pass it up.

Photo of Ri0
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured a 22oz bottle into chalice.

A - Dark brown liquid with tiny tan bubbles coating the glass. 1.5 tan finger fades quickly and does not much lacing.

S - Raspberry jam with some dark chocolate truffle on the nose. Plenty of fresh raspberries and hot cocoa notes with roasted malts in the base porter.

T - Starts off with roasted malts, then dark chocolate covered raspberries. Moves into hot cocoa and milk chocolate. Finish is a nice porter flavor that has some bitterness followed by a bit of raspberry flavor.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, and nice carbonation.

O - The raspberry flavor was genuine and the dark chocolate was complimented well, but did not overtake the base porter. I recommend this one if you are a fan of chocolate and raspberry.

Photo of irishmoss
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I made it to Great Lakes this past weekend and was very elated to see a new porter being offered. A beautiful dark brown body with a medium brown head. The head stuck around until a ring remained around the edges of the glass, then clingy patches down the sides of the glass. The aroma was sweet roasted malt, a little orange, and a good deal of chocolate. The taste was chocolate with subtle tones of chocolate, orange peel, and even a slight suggestion of coriander. This finishes clean, yet leaves a slight taste in your mouth that wants you wanting more. This porter has a medium body that goes down smoothly. This is a exceedingly drinkable offering, I was so impressed that I broke down and bought a flip-top growler of this to take home. Great Lakes always seems to hit the nail on the head when it comes to style examples, so it’s equally satisfying to see a variation of a style to come out so good.

Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another on-tap only "pub exclusive." I first had this at the brewery 2 years ago, and had it again twice recently. Served to me in a pint glass. this beer is a clear, dark brown, mahogany color with ruby highlights when held to the light. has a tan head 1/2 inch when drawn before settling to a nice surface layer with a good tan ring lining the inside of the glass. good lace here too. Roasted, malt coffee, and chocolate aromas with hints of fruit such as raspberry and or plum are present. Has a roasted, malty sweet flavor upfront withe the aforementioned coffee and chocolate flavors followed by a bit of raspberry. Taste is rounded out by some modest noble hop bitterness. Excellent balance of flavors here! Has a crisp, very smooth, and creamy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Drinkability is superb! A real winner here. I may like this porter even better than the Edmund Fitzgerald. I really wish this stuff would be bottled, even if just as a seasonal/rotating release.


Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland, OH

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown in color (almost black) with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface of the beer and some dark amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall tan head that reduces rather quickly to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts with some very light notes of raspberry. There is also a light amount of chocolate aroma as well.

T: Light to moderate flavors of roasted malts upfront that are quickly overtaken by moderate flavors of dark bittersweet chocolate and some very light raspberry. Moderate amounts of bitterness hide the sweetness of the raspberry.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of dryness throughout.

O: This was not as good of a dessert beer as I had hoped (I had researched some of the beers Great Lakes was pouring in the brewpub and this one sounded very interesting). I did not get the heavy notes of raspberry in the smell and taste, the raspberry was pretty muted in my serving. It was still a very nice porter and I enjoyed it. I found this one very easy to drink.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Gotta give it up to Dave for pulling in some obscure Great Lakes kegs for us. This stuff pours a deep black-brown highlighted in garnet-ruby and topped by a short finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, soft cocoa, light molasses, and a hint of vague fruitiness way in the background. Honestly, I didn't even know this had actual fruit in it until I employed my tongue... The taste continues the traditions set down by the smell, but then adds in a firm bit of black cherry. (It was at this point I asked Dave what I was drinking. Made some sense at that point.) The cherry is on the sweeter side, but not too far over there and never artificial or medicinal. Still, I feel the cherry flavor detracted a bit from the porter base, melding only with the cocoa and jostling for position with everything else. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a somewhat surprisingly tasty brew, a healthy surprise for someone (yup, I mean me) who orders it just by name.

Photo of justintcoons
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Deep chestnut brown with red highlights. 1+ fingers of tan head. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Raspberry, caramel, and hints of semi-sweet chocolate.

Tart raspberries upfront with some roasty earthiness. Caramel, Cola, and light notes of cocoa nib that leave behind some bitterness.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, and semi-silky with moderate carbonation.

A quality Porter with the taste of authentic raspberry. Easy drinking and hides the abv well.

Photo of Antikythera
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: dark brown with a tinge of red. Very thin head that goes away fast.

s: chocolatey and malty with a hint of fruit.

t: sweet, dark and decadent. Raspberry is not too evident. Very chocolatey without tasting like a dessert.

f: unctuous and rich. Problem: when it's warm enough to get all the flavour and aroma notes, there's a little too much fizz. May be that there's a narrow temperature range that's really ideal for this.

o: very well done and not trying too hard like some chocolate beers do. Could use a little more raspberry.

Photo of Spider889
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery after the BA Blackout Stout release.

Arrived in a pint glass. Black with a sudsy head. Decent retention but leaves amazing lace.

Smells muted. Very faint raspberry greens and mild roasted malt.

The flavor is great though. The first sip is like a dry Edmund Fitzgerald at first. Char and roast with some slight coffee undertones come through. The comes a cool smooth fresh raspberry flavor. Sweet and a nice addition to the beer with the chocolate - reminded me of fruit pie with whipped cream.

Chalky mouthfeel, but it drinks soft and easy.

Overall this was much better than I was expecting. For what it is I really like it and would happily drink it again.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The taste that keeps Great Lakes Brewing on the craft beer map is that of porter. But just because the seasons turn to spring, doesn't mean that the darker, toastier and more robust porter flavor is no longer of service. With a kiss of raspberry, the dark beer is now a beacon for summer!

Laced with creamy, nearly moussey froth, the coffee hued beer beneath comes in dark brown and heavily translucent. Waves of aromas wash over the nose, first carrying the character of burnt toast and dark chocolate before a twinge of raspberry makes its mark. Embarking on taste, the flavor of malted milk balls, delicate campfire and chocolate frame the early palate.

But the middle reveals the more earthy components of both the beer and the fruit as coffee, nutty and tangy flavors begin to pang away at the tastebuds. Chocolate intensifies with cocoa and Columbian blend coffee seems to give off a bitter finish that's laden with roasting walnut and baker's chocolate. Raspberry flavor uses its pectin to help balance the malt as the finish hastens with a more drinkable tone.

Medium-full on the mouth, the creamy, milky and somewhat yogurt-like malt structures keeps the beer silky and smooth. The coffee-like bitterness becomes assertive and the tannins from fruit offer a hint of sourness for a complex and surprisingly refreshing finish.

Photo of fscottkey
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.50] (Growler pour) Pours a dark black color with a 1/2 finger of an head. I don't see much light at the edges. The beer leaves nice lacing after each sip.

S: [3.75] The nose has a nice raspberry note to it. There are also hues of chocolate and roasted malts.

T: [3.75] The taste follows the nose. There is a nice balance of raspberry and hints of chocolate. There is also a buttery feel that also comes across in the taste.

M: [3.75] There is a medium body and a smoothness to the beer that is nice.

O: [3.75] Got this on a growler fill last night. Should have rated it last night (it lost some carbonation). I am not a fan of raspberry - but this one is still good because it doesn't overdo it. It is a solid stout/porter with raspberry and chocolate notes to accent it.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the brewpub

A- Poured black with a nice frothy mocha head that left tons of chunky lace

S- Sweet raspberries and chocolate, good but not very strong

T- Sweet raspberry, bittersweet chocolate, light roasted notes. Tastes like a raspberry truffle. Great balance among the raspberry and chocolate

M- Smooth, medium body, finishes dry

O- A really tasty porter with a nice twist by adding raspberries. Another great porter from Great Lakes.

Photo of MrDanno96
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the brewpub.

A: Poured black with about a finger of light tan head. Lots of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malt and subtle notes. Maybe just a hint of raspberry, but I could just be fooling myself.

T/M: Fairly complex and very smooth with a medium body. Bitter sweet chocolate up front gives way to bitter roasted malt in the finish. The raspberry adds slight sweetness throguhout and a subtle acidic sourness in the finish. The 7% is hidden very well.

O: a solid, tasty beer. Not as good as some of GL's other pub only offerings, but very good nonetheless.

Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 9/28/15 poured into a tulip
A: Dark brown, almost black with a one-finger cream-colored head that slowly settles
S: Raspberry up front with more subtle cocoa, caramel, vanilla and just a hint of hops
T: Tasty. Not too sweet, The cocoa shares the stage with the raspberries here which creates a nice balance. The hops are more noticeable as well. Still hints of caramel/vanilla
M: Medium-bodied, only a hint sweet, a slight bitterness
O: Solid all the way across. I can't see drinking this regularly unless I'm in a fruit mood, but it's well-made and tasty with the porter definitely coming through along with the fruit

Photo of MorpheusIPA
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big raspberry flavor. Excellent aroma and taste.

Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark brown color and a tan head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Raspberry syrup dominates the nose

Taste: Raspberry syrup with chocolate underneath; slightly bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Intriguing for the first few sips but ultimately too sweet; I couldn't finish the glass

Photo of XavierMuskies
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- dark, black/brown, light mocha head that sticks around throughout

S- chocolate, slight fruit smell, very sweet

T- Raspberry taste is very obvious. The chocolate/raspberry combo fits very well together. This porter has a sweeter chocolaty taste than most.

M- this porter is very smooth and drinkable

O- Great Lakes Brewery is probably my go-to beer most of the time. I picked up a growler of this right when I saw it. Ed Fitz is hard to top, but I am very impressed with this brew. I have never had a bad beer from them. Overall, I would definitely seek out this brew again. 2 thumbs up Great Lakes!

Photo of Oldlogin
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sorry---if I am going to go for a Porter, its going to be the Eddie Fitz or the Founders----

Photo of nrbw23
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark brown color if not black with a fairly small tan colored head.

S- A lot like Ed Fitz but a light on the lighter side along with quite a bit of raspberries.

T- Follows the nose really well. Quite a bit of raspberries here and a good amount of sweetness to it.

M- Fairly light in body and pretty low in carbonation.

D- Going to go with average at best. I'm just not really digging the fruit in this beer or maybe I just expected something on par with Ed Fitz.

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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.