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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. Brunite

    Brunite Savant (430) Illinois Sep 21, 2009

    ...like a Dominatrix!!:cool:
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  2. Brunite

    Brunite Savant (430) Illinois Sep 21, 2009

    We must be a generation apart!:cool: That's cool nonetheless!
  3. rubicat

    rubicat Aficionado (130) Ohio Nov 22, 2012

    Wow, 159-158! Can't get much closer than that!

    Another thing I like about EF is that it is available year round, just about everywhere in my area that sells beer. :cool:
    tectactoe likes this.
  4. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Savant (485) Oregon Aug 28, 2009

    This exactly.
  5. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (880) Michigan Mar 20, 2012

    Hah, wow. Three weeks later and the vote is 160-159, literally almost exactly 50/50.

    Sounds like instead of deciding between them, we just need to buy and drink them both. Oh well!
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  6. BrettMcCal23

    BrettMcCal23 Zealot (75) Minnesota Nov 23, 2010

    Founders all the way...dark rich and sexy??? Please! easy winner
  7. socon67

    socon67 Champion (825) New York Jun 18, 2010

    The results indicate what we generally know; they are both very good beers and for each person who swears one of them is better there is another person with the opposite view.
  8. ABisonEgo

    ABisonEgo Savant (300) Illinois Jan 31, 2012

    pretty sure they did?
  9. sweethome

    sweethome Savant (410) Illinois Jun 25, 2004

    Bringing in Smuttynose makes perfect sense. I have tried these three blind and it came out Founders, Smuttynose, Ed Fitz. That said, without trying Ed Fitz at the Great Lakes Brewery Bar in 1989, I may not have jumped in to the movement as quickly. Halfway through the pint, I knew I was changed.
  10. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Advocate (630) California Jul 7, 2012 Beer Trader

    i find that edmund fitzgerald is better by far
    i think as for founders for there year round beers there are better than the porter i really like the russian imperial stout from founders although once again love great lakes blackout stout and ba blackout stout lol
    so tough with all these great brews
  11. NSK79

    NSK79 Savant (385) Illinois Jun 4, 2012

    Both are amazing, Fitz is my winner because I've had the Edmund Fitzgerald ice cream at the brew pub in Cleveland and it is crazy good.

    Neither GL or Founders Porter are as good as FFF Alpha Klaus though
  12. bismarksays

    bismarksays Advocate (510) Iowa Dec 7, 2008

    Two of my favorite porters ever. Founders, by a nose. As others have mentioned, the edge comes down to mouthfeel.
  13. Ive been bugging the brewers for a year now to do that. Every time I see them at the brewery or talk to bottling guys, I ask about that and if theyre going to bottle Alberta Clipper.

    oh and OP, Eddy Fitz is a bit easier to drink but slightly more bitter. Founders was so roasty and robust.
  14. mjtiernan

    mjtiernan Savant (480) New York Feb 15, 2008

    Founders Porter is heartier, more complex and features a distinct smokiness while Eddy Fitz's best assets are its nuanced roasted malt flavor and tremendous mouthfeel. Both top shelf porters and they both serve a purpose, but I give the edge to Eddy Fitz for drinkability.
  15. mjtiernan

    mjtiernan Savant (480) New York Feb 15, 2008

    Yeah, I think Founders Porter and Smutty Robust are better comparisons. More similar anyway.
  16. Founders for sure.
  17. Just had both, one after the other, and I can't decide. I enjoyed Founders' mouthfeel better but Fitz had the better finish. It's a toss up. Ok Founders because it's so close to FBS, it's insane
  18. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Savant (480) New York Nov 18, 2008

    I agree! I taste a lot of similarities to FBS. I wonder if anyone else does?
  19. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Advocate (625) Ohio Jul 4, 2008

    This thread they're neck & neck. I consulted my own reviews for my decision Eddy @ 4.65 > Founders @ 4.4
  20. JordanP1510

    JordanP1510 Aspirant (25) New York Dec 16, 2012

    I love Founders a lot but Edmund Fitzgerald from Great Lakes is just simply GREAT! Probably the best porter I have had so far
  21. musicman7070

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

    I'd have to agree with both of you as well. It's like a year round serving of FBS! Pretty awesome!
  22. Gannon81

    Gannon81 Aficionado (185) Oregon Jan 5, 2012

    Have to go Founders, given how sexy it is.....but I long for Black Butte Porter when it arrives here in Chicago next month.
  23. SheepNutz

    SheepNutz Advocate (550) Kentucky Jan 28, 2003 Beer Trader

    Bells>Edmund Fitz>Founder's
  24. Dirtinabottle

    Dirtinabottle Savant (490) New York Aug 21, 2012 Beer Trader

    Buy a Founders Porter and an Ed Fitz and mix them. They get along nicely. Alas, this is one topic that never gets any pull. The art of mixing brews.
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  25. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (880) Michigan Mar 20, 2012

    Wow... almost two whole months later and the voting is exactly equal (at this time), 191-191. This might be the closest pairing of two equally exceptional beers ever. Impressive.
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  26. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Advocate (670) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    Oops, I voted. #homer
  27. avalonct

    avalonct Aficionado (225) Michigan Oct 11, 2012

    I just tried this last night...great call, and yes beer mixing does not get enough attention.
  28. SBMRL

    SBMRL Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 5, 2011

    Ive been a big fan of edmund fitzgerald , then i had founders porter. There quite different founders is more rich and robust i prefer it.
  29. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Savant (385) Florida Mar 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    Only have had Eddy Fitz and man it is delicious. You need to get your hands on Black Butte Porter though.
  30. teamwiggum

    teamwiggum Advocate (710) Wisconsin Nov 30, 2008 Beer Trader

    I have 5 of them lying around looking for a good home- do you trade?
  31. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Savant (385) Florida Mar 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    yea i trade but im a little strapped for cash right now. Waiting on my school check to come in then im hoping to knock a few out. Prob nothing crazy but i would like some more of those BBP. Not sure what your looking for but i live in Orlando so the usually request is Cigar City.
  32. teamwiggum

    teamwiggum Advocate (710) Wisconsin Nov 30, 2008 Beer Trader

    Oops, I should have been more clear, I have 5 Edmund Fitzgeralds.
  33. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Savant (385) Florida Mar 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    lol gotcha. Well those are delcious either way. Ill let you know once i have my money set and everything. Maybe we can figure something out.
  34. Mayflower Porter is the best porter of all the porters.
  35. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    I tied it up @ 198!! I love eddy, but founder's porter is soooo perfect.
  36. I love Founders but I've yet to have Edmund Fitzgerald so I will not be voting at this time.
  37. Just had a porter binge over the weekend. Smuttynose beat out both Founders and Great Lakes.

    1. Smuttynose Robust Porter
    - Nice roast profile. I usually do not like deep roasts in malt and coffee, but they won me over here.
    - Clean dry roast bitterness without any ashy taste.
    - Rich light roast chocolate aroma without associated iron-like bitterness.
    - Balancing espresso-like sweetness and acidity.
    - Finishes dry with some refreshing cascade presence.
    - Weighty.
    - Great experience.

    2. Founders
    - more chocolate than in the smuttynose.
    - Less hop
    - Less coffee
    - Thicker than smuttynose, not as lean or dry.
    - Very good

    3. Edmund Fitzgerald
    - distracting esters (light banana?) overpower coffee and chocolate.
    - sweetness seems out of place, almost "amber lager" sweetness not "porter-like"
    - similar ester profile found in Anchor below
    - did not enjoy

    4. Anchor Porter
    - strong "amber lager" sweetness
    - no roast or hop "porter" character
    - slight balsamic distraction
    - did not enjoy
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2015
  38. UrbanCaveman

    UrbanCaveman Advocate (620) Illinois Sep 30, 2014 Beer Trader

    Huh. This is one of those scenarios where my hop sensitivity comes into play.

    Edmund Fitzgerald, I find spectacular. It's a regular in my drinking rotation, and the beer I use to introduce people to the porter style.

    Founders Porter, all I can taste is Wall O' Pine. I can see where those who enjoy hops rate it as highly as it is, but I can literally taste nothing else in it.
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  39. Mark-Leggett

    Mark-Leggett Savant (425) Missouri Jul 30, 2014

    I agree! New Belgium Portage is very close to it
  40. smutty33

    smutty33 Advocate (705) Connecticut Jun 12, 2009

    Founder's for the win.
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