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GL Edmund Fitzgerald vs. Founders Porter

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by tectactoe, Nov 20, 2012.


Would you choose GL Edmund Fitzgerald vs. Founders Porter as the better American porter?

  1. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald

    283 vote(s)
  2. Founder's Porter

    278 vote(s)
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  1. tylermains

    tylermains Savant (305) Kentucky Apr 6, 2010

    Is it really a question?

    Source: Look at Untappd's top drinker for Eddy Fitz. That drinker also hasn't checked in nearly as many times as he's had the beer.
  2. MichPaul

    MichPaul Champion (780) Michigan Jan 28, 2012 Beer Trader

    Only had one Edmond and didn't care for it. Not sure why, that is. Had MANY Founders Porters and love it every time I have it. I have been meaning to revisit an EF because with all this hype, it has to be better than the bottle I had of it before... Never had a bad bottle of Founders Porter, so they get the vote.
  3. Edmund Fitzgerald by a slight margin. Both are great though.
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  4. Both are great porters, but I have an undying love for Edmund Fitzgerald. I just wish that when opening a bottle, Gordon Lightfoot would sound from the opening.
  5. frazbri

    frazbri Advocate (705) Ohio Oct 29, 2003

    Love both of them, so I'll choose which ever one's fresher.
  6. creepinjeeper

    creepinjeeper Champion (950) Missouri Nov 8, 2012 Subscriber Beer Trader

    I've not had either yet, so I am going to bump them both up on my list to try soon,
  7. I wasn't a fan of the Fitzgerald...actually haven't been much of a fan of any of the GL I have tried. Time and time again, I would choose a Founders over GL. Now you throw in the Smuttynose Robust Porter and we will be having another conversation.
  8. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (880) Michigan Mar 20, 2012

    Just did a side by side last night to make sure my original opinions were correct. They both are very tasty porters, but I definitely have to go with Founder's. It's an amazing porter. The aromas and flavors seem to come out a bit more, and are full of cocoa and nuttiness. The creamy mouthfeel puts it over the edge.

    But I'd still never turn down an EF.
  9. bound4er

    bound4er Advocate (550) Wisconsin Jul 4, 2007

    For session drinking it is EdFitz. For one or two beer enjoyment, Founders all the way given its more full, bigger style.
  10. dep0952

    dep0952 Disciple (55) Pennsylvania Jul 26, 2012

    Not even a contest... Founders
  11. spry

    spry Savant (295) Michigan Oct 8, 2009

    It's pretty simple in my mind. Founder's Porter is hoppy, I don't really care for too much hop bitterness in my porter. Edmund Fitzgerald is a little smoky, which I love. Taking this preference into account I think both are really well done porters.
  12. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Advocate (660) California Jan 2, 2010 Subscriber Beer Trader

    You mean to tell me that OPs avatar is not her? The nerve...
  13. mb2696

    mb2696 Aficionado (125) Virginia Dec 9, 2008 Beer Trader

    i'd have to go with founders...the silky/creamy mouthfeel blows away EF imo
  14. According to my reviews: Founders Porter over Eddy Fitz, 4.4 to 4.3.
  15. Hype? Had GLEF on tap at GABF this year and was disappointed, maybe from the beer having so much hype. Malts were a little too smoky + hop bitterness. Would rather drink RR, Black Marlin from Ballast Point, and Black Raven from Bear Republic.
  16. fauxpunker

    fauxpunker Aficionado (165) Nov 23, 2012

    Had the Founders porter and loved it. Thanks for telling me which one I'm trying next, though. As long as I don't have to listen to Gordon Lighfoot while I drink it.
  17. thereal

    thereal Aficionado (235) Illinois Apr 20, 2010

    Eugene from Revolution is better than both.
  18. So close by a nose, Edmund Fitz.
  19. If you have not had both why would you vote?
  20. JoeyBeerBelly

    JoeyBeerBelly Initiate (0) New York Dec 15, 2006

    I can only get Eddy Fitz via trade or my son bringing some home from school.

    I can get Founders locally but I prefer Edmund Fitzgerald over Founders Porter.

    I'd actually take Smuttynose Robust Porter (2nd place) and Alpha Klaus (3rd place) over Founders.
  21. stooge

    stooge Savant (355) Michigan Feb 22, 2012 Beer Trader

    Agonizing choice as I am a big fan of both of these. I'm going with Fitz in a photo finish, it's on tap at my local right now at my request!
  22. argock

    argock Advocate (595) Virginia Dec 30, 2006 Subscriber

    Founders but very close, GL EF is also really good, more roasted and dry whereas Founders is more chocolate, sweet, and creamy
  23. BeerFan

    BeerFan Savant (375) New Jersey Feb 11, 2003 Beer Trader

    Just had a blind tasting between Smutty, Founders and GL.

    Results: Founders with a close victory over Smutty with GL a distance third. Smutty has a more hop finish over Founders (I prefer my stouts to be more malt forward), but I found GL to be thin and lacking complexity.
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  24. 312HopBomb

    312HopBomb Savant (265) Illinois Mar 4, 2012

    Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald wins for porter. Founders takes the stout category with breakfast stout
  25. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (880) Michigan Mar 20, 2012

    Hm, 140 votes to 136 votes at this moment... probably the closest head to head match up I've seen!
  26. rubicat

    rubicat Aficionado (130) Ohio Nov 22, 2012

    A tough one, but I'd have to say that Eddie Fitz wins by a hair.
  27. bigflatsbeerman

    bigflatsbeerman Savant (335) New York Nov 2, 2005 Subscriber

    Thanks for posting. As of my vote the count was 50.5% Edmond Fitzgerald - really close. I see the post comments are also almost even. Sounds like they are both awesome.
  28. I have to give this to Fitzy. I had Founders Porter for the first time recently and was really disappointed. I thought it was a little bland and watery. Definitely want to give it another try sometime to see if anything has changed.

    Actually, I prefer the drier English porters like Fullers to the American ones, but I won't argue that in this thread.
  29. Atelidae

    Atelidae Aspirant (40) Nov 15, 2012

    Tough, tough decision! Off hand I would like to say the Ed Fitz, though I am generally quite biased towards Founders. I just purchased both on my most recent trip North, so I'll give them another go soon--perhaps blind!

    I love listening to the Gordon Lightfoot song about the sinking of the ship as I drink the GL porter. It's a great, terrible tale. Sometimes it's really nice to have a story to accompany your beer.
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  30. musicman7070

    musicman7070 Advocate (530) New Jersey Aug 26, 2012 Beer Trader

    Next beer trade? I can easily obtain both of these. :)
  31. This is tough as I love both beers, I guess Founder's by an inch.
  32. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew Advocate (630) Florida May 29, 2011 Beer Trader

    I'm about to do a little Porter tasting soon, in the lineup;

    GL Edmund Fitzgerald, Founders Porter, Smuttynose Robust Porter, CCB Jose Marti & my own Robust Smoked Porter

    Should be pretty damn tasty I think.
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  33. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (880) Michigan Mar 20, 2012

    Let us know how it goes.
  34. I love the first three listed.
  35. Brunite

    Brunite Savant (430) Illinois Sep 21, 2009

  36. Love the beer, can live without the label.
  37. CBlack85

    CBlack85 Advocate (555) South Carolina Jul 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    I would have to say Founders Porter by the smallest of margins. I enjoy them both but Founders seems to have a leg up in the mouthfeel and body catagories.
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  38. Brunite

    Brunite Savant (430) Illinois Sep 21, 2009

    Really!! ?

    Love that label. Dark...mysterious...classy...!
  39. Don't know why, but it's their only label I don't care for.
  40. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (880) Michigan Mar 20, 2012

    Don't forget "sexy" !
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