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Great Lakes 25th Anniversary Robust Porter - Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes 25th Anniversary Robust PorterGreat Lakes 25th Anniversary Robust Porter

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very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: spinrsx on 05-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of kinguy
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of mmapes
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Andrew for the trade. Opened in October 2013, poured into tall goblets.

Pours very dark brown, big tan head - an inch maybe. Smells of stout, molasses, only a hint of smoke, maybe dried fruit. Maybe a hint of licorice. Smells sweet.

First sip is malty, grainy, smokey up front. Sweetness is immediately balanced by smoke. Grainy, smoky long finish. A little too smoky for my taste, but well balanced with big grains.

Photo of KeKeKumba
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of vande
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ssmack
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black colour. Two inches of very dense head. The lacing is incredible. There is actually thick foam on the sides of the glass.

Smells of sweat hops and maltiness and burnt chocolate.

There is a heavy, thick taste of burnt chocolate that fades into warm smoothness. A touch of vanilla extract at the end. There is just enough bitterness to complement the main chocolate flavour.

Full body feel but smooth.

A very well made porter.

Photo of DaPan
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of tln13
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of bigox420
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good complex porter, big beer. Very roasty, with thick mouthfeel, and decent hop flavour. More bitter than 40 ibu would indicate. Black as night, a sipper. Very drinkable, roasty aroma. Ageing this for a few months may have helped the flavour and smoothness.

Photo of BGDrock
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: even under light, almost completely black; big coffee coloured head, long lasting

Aroma: chocolate and anise all over the nose; some bitterness from the roast malt

Taste & Mouthfeel: dark bitter chocolate very pronounced and grows more bitter and dominant at finish; thick and creamy, like if you let a piece of chocolate melt in your mouth; detecting some hop bitterness in the finish as well which may contribute to the length; coffee and anise flavours show as well and are on par with the chocolate by the time the bottle is done

Overall: "robust" is right, it's a hefty beer, almost like an imperial stout; all the components work right and well, but nothing extraordinary

Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Rutager
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Liamt07!

Appearance. Pours black with two fingers of creamy tan head that lasts a while.

Smell. Roasty malts and some sweet chocolate with a little citrusy hops .

Taste. Roasty dry malts, some dark chocolate and bitter coffee, some hops, but more on the herby side rather than the citrus I was smelling.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice porter. Fairly big and still easy drinking.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color porter with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with some clear black chocolate notes and light sweet notes is quite interesting. Taste is dominated by medium-dry roasted malt notes with some black chocolate and light coffee notes. Creamy mouthfeel with full body is really enjoyable with no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed this beer and something that would be a good candidate for barrel-aging.

Photo of bryehn
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of MasterSki
3.39/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to liamt07. Served in a tulip.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thick cap, leaving curtains of lace. Dark brown body with a touch of ruby transparency.

S - This drinks like an English Porter, rather than an American. There's only some mild roast character, with a hefty dose of brown, biscuity, and nutty malts instead. Some semisweet chocolate, sugar cookie, and a touch of herbal hops rounds things out.

T - The taste has a bit of a smoked meat quality to it, helping to offset the sweeter chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and sugar cookie malt flavors. Still, this is much to sweet for my liking, and could stand for a tad more roasty bitterness to help balance things out.

M - Melted chocolate texture, with a mix of sticky and tannic textures. Dry finish, medium bodied, and moderate-to-low carbonation. Plenty ample for the listed 7%.

D - Not a big fan of this one. The sweetness grows cloying, and there's something about the malt bill that is vaguely evocative of extract brewing. Perhaps Great Lakes will make something like Everett for their 50th Anniversary Robust Porter...

Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark jet black with caramal head. Tastes very roasty, with strong chocolate notes and a hint of smoke with coffee and vanilla in the finish. Very nice body for a porter and its not thin at all. Very impressed with this Ontario offering and I can only hope its somehow more regularly available.

Photo of wordemupg
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml capped and waxed bottle poured into tulip 3/6/12 thanks liamt07 for the bottle

A near black but has a deep cola edge, large mocha foam falls fairly quickly and leaves no lace

On my second pour the head slowly falls to thin film and leaves a few partial rings of lace, perhaps a dirty glass

S creme brulee, coco powder, faint licorice, booze and hops, nutty toffee and just a little smoke

T some espresso and charred wood on top of what I smell, coco's still strong, no hops or booze though but I'm OK with that, an improvement over the smell with loads of dark roast, robust indeed

M feels not as thick as I would guess, mellow carbonation and just a little sticky on the lips, nice dark roast aftertaste lingers for a while

O taste's and smell great but there's room for improvement in other areas, that being said this is one solid brew

great taste carries this one pretty far, not that thick but still quite rich and smooth. I had no problems with the 750ml bottle and would've drank a second if I had one, for now I'll just thank liamt07 for the one bottle I got too drink

Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is black, though with a bit of a brownish hint. A moderately sized tan head results from a vigorous pour. Decent retention, some lacing.

Smell is dominated by roasted malt. I also get some vanilla, as well as coffee and some liquorice.

Taste follows the nose, and is very nice. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, a touch of vanilla and liquorice. Fairly bitter. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. Altogether a very tasty beer!

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit oily.

Overall, very nice. Liked this better from the bottle than tap (but it was good in both forms). A very high quality offering from Great Lakes!

Photo of ritzkiss
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at The Only. Pretty pricey, tough to make value when you're paying $20+ at a bar though...

Pours a dark brown, not black Classy packaging. Nice lacing down the glass. Winner.

Chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, coffee in the nose. Accessible if not slightly thin body, pleasant dryness and roast to accompany a moderate sweetness, lots of chocolate and coffee, roasted malts, light hop bitterness in finish. Really fine tasting beer - affirms for me that GL can do some great porters. Would love to see a regular porter offering.

Standup porter, a great example - downfall is availability and price - in some other time this would be a regular offering and priced appropriately. Otherwise, damn fine beer.

Photo of KevinTK
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of korguy123
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second of my 4 bottles drank already.
Burgundy waxed bottle into over sized beer mug.

A- Completely opaque black coffee pour with a monstrous three finger dark tan head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Copious amounts of dark burnt coffee, slight char, a touch of dark fruits and a hint of milk chocolate and licorice.

T- Just as awesome as the last bottle. Massive black coffee, bitter chocolate, a touch of licorice and brown sugar with a raisin taste in the finish.

M- Slightly lighter than medium bodied, excellent carbonation, good chew to it.

O- The first bottle blew me away, this one was just as good. I'm really glad I bought four bottles and even happier I left more on the shelf for others to enjoy.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to GL 25th Snifter.

A - Poured very dark brown and settled black. One finger of thick espresso coloured head formed and receded to a half finger with good retention. Some decent lacing.

S - Big roasted malt aroma up front with smoke and a hint of licorice.

T - Huge roasted malt presence, char and hints of smoke and milk chocolate. A good bitterness is present throughout.

M - Medium body, light carbonation.

Photo of MattPS
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jsnoek
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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Great Lakes 25th Anniversary Robust Porter from Great Lakes Brewery
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