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Edmund Fitzgerald Porter | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Edmund Fitzgerald PorterEdmund Fitzgerald Porter
6,676 Ratings
Edmund Fitzgerald PorterEdmund Fitzgerald Porter

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Robust and complex, our Porter is a bittersweet tribute to the legendary freighter's fallen crew--taken too soon when the gales of November came early.

37 IBUs

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Ratings: 6,676 |  Reviews: 2,078
Photo of lrend13
3.11/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of skrabbenhoft
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of defunksta
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If you really want the nitty-gritty details bear with me...

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees,

Look: Pours a dark brown, maybe black color with a small tan head. Minimal carbonation.
Smell: Aroma is primarily of bittersweet chocolate. Some toffee. Sweet, but primarily bitter and pleasant.
Taste: Flavor is has a full-thickness, maybe citrusy, aromatic sweetness that lingers throughout. Yes the trace fruity sweetness, but there is a strong initial bittersweet cocoa flavor that predominates. Some roasted coffee flavor, that evolves into a bread, caramel, toffee and malt flavor as it finishes. The roasted coffee flavor is citrus and aromatic. The (possibly citrusy?) sweetness lingers through to the end, yet ends its a clean, dry finish.There is no residual sweetness or resin left on the tongue. The bittersweet cocoa is what is memorable here.
Feel: The body is full. Minimal carbonation. Slightly resiny and hides the alcohol.. Very smooth on the tongue as a porter should be.

Overall: This is an excellent balance of bittersweet cocoa flavor that is well-bodied, yet dry. Somehow it delivers a balance of cocoa, slight fruity sweetness, and smooth breaded, caramel and toffee malts flavors at the same time. At the end the sweetness abruptly fades into a caramel and toffee flavor with a clean, smooth, dry finish. It leaves a clean, dry finish with no residual sweetness, making you want a little more.

Compared to Revolution's Eugene Porter, this one is more bitter and has more of a sweet caramel and breaded malt flavor rather than a more pronounced milk chocolate flavor in Eugene.
Compared to Founder's Porter this one has a slightly lighter body and more bitterness creating a bittersweet chocolate flavor rather, than a milk chocolate flavor. Both are dry, but this one is slightly lighter. However, they are both such well balanced it is hard to differentiate.

The Edmund Fitzgerald is a wonder of a porter and I can understand the high ratings. Not only does it balance bitterness, sweetness, flavor, and dryness, but it does so at the same time which is quite unique and not something I've experienced before. The bittersweet cocoa is pronounced but yet simultaneously balanced by sweet presence. Very impressed by this porter and want to compare to more of the style.

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Photo of arizcards
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead 11-13-18 for $1.99. Best by 4-7-19; consumed on 3-5-19. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured brown with a nice off white head that has some good hang time.

Nose is mild roasted malts and chocolate.

Taste is chocolate malts forward, a touch of coffee and smoke with a sweet but hop balanced finish.

Mouthfeel is full for the abv, very smooth and satisfying.

Overall it has been a pleasure to finally have the legendary legacy brew Edmund "Larry" Fitzgerald here in Arizona. I am very familiar with the sad story of the namesake brew...If it is still available i will definitely grab a sixer!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Joe!

Eddie Fitz is a beautiful beer. Deep brown disguising what is really gorgeous garnet and hazelnut colors. It's exceptionally clear and sports a proud lightly tanned foam for a cap. The creamy ring leaves spotty lace from tip to toe.

That's a fine proper smelling Porter. Chocolate and freshly roasted coffee beans. Lighter notes of brown sugar, a touch of smoke, and an earthy and woody finish exemplify what a porter should smell like.

Slightly less intense than it's aroma would imply, but still absolutely delicious. A tad smokier than expected as well, which I fully embrace with open taste buds. Roasted grains, bakers chocolate, coffee and chicory make up the backbone.
.ight and clean feel to it with a robust punch. Each sip leaves a lingering sweet taste but bittered feel. This is remarkably drinkable which sucks because I'm just about done with the only bottle. I could go for three or four of these right now.

This Porter here is easily in the top 5 of near perfect to style in my humble opinion. I'm happy to have such easy access to Black Butte Porter, but I would love to have that same luxury with Edmund Fitzgerald.


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Photo of dafla67
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gary928
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite porter!

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Photo of beatlefan56
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rubezahl
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acbwarren
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blee0891
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nacondos
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samlover55
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into nonic pint
Bb 12/4/18 (missed by a couple of months)
Pours a dark brown with thin tan head
Aromas of toasted malt, coffee, and some coconut
Bitter black chocolate, medium roast coffee, subtle pine, vanilla
Feel is dry medium bodied, below average carb
Overall a very solid porter

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Photo of Osprey2900
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A enjoyable nice rich Porter, complex yet drinkable, kind of an everyday Porter.... Not something you want to have once in a while, far. Far better than that. Planning on making it a standard in my fridge.... Darn good brew from Great Lakes.

Added : after giving him the second try I find the coffee of undertones to be a bit heavy if not in the proper mood.
This isn't a porter that you want to drink in quantity or rush... Its a sipper, with strong chocolate coffee undertones that's to be enjoyed in It's time.

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Photo of MercInc
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first impression of this required me to try it again, as I was not too impressed with it. Yes, it was a good porter. Nice dark brown color, Not as heavy, or as thick as a stout. A lighter malt flavor, with a greater hop presents than I normally like in this style of beer. Almost like a dark IPA. Still, I almost always have a few bottles on hand in my beer fridge As I said : "It's a good porter".

BTW: Read Edward Stonehouse's Book on the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. It will give you great insight about this ship.

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Photo of Nass
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off by saying that I am grateful to drink a beer from an OG brewery such as Great Lakes, yes this is the first beer that I have had from them. Much respect to the Edmund Fitzgerald crew members that lost their life that fateful day. There is a bottled on date so I know that I am drinking it fresh. This is quite tasty especially on a cold winter night like this one. I'm getting dark chocolate notes, some roasted malts, quite tasty, very smooth, nice lacing on the beer glass. Cheers! A-

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Photo of jenrhart
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Muss42
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nurt20
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of B-rett
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Christeatro
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites. Top.

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Photo of highdesertdrinker
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark brown color with a tan head, it looks the part of a quality porter.
Some coffee and chocolate in the aroma with a hint of something vegetal.
The taste is roasty coffee, with chocolate, an somewhat unusual vegetal flavor, and a little hop bite to go with the dark malt. I’ve long heard the legend of this beer but it caught me a little off guard since it was frequently mentioned with Founders as the best in class, but they are very different in flavor profile, IMO. I enjoyed and appreciated it more the second go round, and can understand why denizens of the Midwest like it so much; it’s a good beer!

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black with medium light tan head. There's a fruitiness and a resin, slight pine aroma along with a sort of chocolate, sort of coffee roastiness, and molasses. The resiny, earthy, bitter hoppiness is even stronger in the flavor, and blends quite nicely with the roast. Sweet and smooth with a decent carbonation bite.

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Photo of nruhlig
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 6,676 ratings