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Great Lakes 25th Anniversary Robust Porter - Great Lakes Brewery

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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

Near jet black in colour, a little more than on finger of tan head, lots of lace left behind as well. Smell is roasted and chocolatey, both milk and bakers chocolate come out, to a lesser extent some coffee, some leafy hop scents come across also. Taste follows the nose here with some roast malts and a whole lot of chocolate flavours, coffee with bit of a hop bitterness as well, I get a little bit of marzipan as well, roasted malt and coffee finish. Medium carbonation, medium body, fairly nice weight and presence in the mouth. Quite the nice porter here, nice balance of roast, chocolate and bitterness, one I hope they continue to make.

Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 750ml into a tulip.

Black with maybe the faintest ruby/violet at the edges. Tan head with some dense retention and good lace. Nose has roasted grain, chocolate and perhaps a bit of coffee grain. A touch of sweetness, but mostly dry dark grainy notes. Quite pleasant. More roasty grains in the flavour department, a gentle vanilla sweetness and some milk chocolate. Perhaps even a bit of dark fruit on the back end with the faintest roasty sourness. Medium full body, low medium carb and extensive roast in the finish. A really well crafted robust porter. A bit high in terms of price as others have indicated, but something certainly worth picking up at least once.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a tall creamy and marshmallow-like mocha foam head. Very good retention and equal lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, hints of roasted coffee beans, vanilla, black licorice, caramel, and probing citrus aromas. A varied and diverse aroma that is very pleasing.

T: Thankfully similar to aroma with dark coffee, chocolate syrup, vanilla, black licorice (or herbal anise), and enough citrus-like hop character to provide balance. Perhaps leaning to the syrupy side a bit more than I'd prefer, but overall still a well put together taste. An underlying smoke taste is slightly present.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level that feels appropriate. Slightly tart, with a sticky-syrupy quality and a welcoming finish that's dry and semi-bitter.

D: Easy drinking porter that was a welcome find in the LCBO- Nice to see a special GLB offering like this in there. A well balanced and robust porter that lives up to it's name.

Photo of hopsolutely
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A stunning American porter, albeit more expensive than I'd typically choose. Definitely a decent splurge.

Although a clear, well filtered beer, it pours an almost completely opaque black and has a magnificent coffee-coloured head that leaves lacing all down the glass. Mouthfeel is silky without being oily or cloying.

Aroma of roasted dark malts with a smoky rather than caramelized backbone. The flavour is exceptional. It's well balanced, with all the coffee and roasted malt sweet & spicy elements you'd expect, but a delightfully "west coast" bitter finish that lingers for an impressively long time.

Well done, Great Lakes. Very much looking forward to the next 25 years!

Photo of Yeoman9459
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luckily found this in an LCBO just by my house, we tried to get it in our store but were a bit late and didn't make the list.

Appearance - looks really nice, great head, pretty black in colour.

Smell - sweet malts, coffee, chocolate, smells delicious.

Taste - Follows the smell but with a really nice coffee bitter finish. The vanilla comes through a bit.

Mouthfeel - feels nice, not too much carbonation, nice lasting bitterness.

Overall - definitely what its called, robust, heavier than what i expected in a really good way. awesome beer, great brewery, glad i picked up a couple to hold on to.

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the LCBO for 10$

Appearance - Dark brown/black colour with a large size frothy dark beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation due to the darkness and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, coffee, chocolate, and a touch of dark fruit. There is also a bit of vanilla and some herbal/hoppy notes as well. It ends with a roasted malt slightly bitter chocolatey aftertaste.

Overall - Pretty good stuff here. Great Lakes keeps impressing me with their beers. The price is a tad high on this one, but it's still worth trying at least once.

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Great Lakes 25th Anniversary Robust Porter from Great Lakes Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.