Edmund Fitzgerald
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Edmund FitzgeraldEdmund Fitzgerald
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Porter - American
Ranked #6
Ranked #1,133
4.26 | pDev: 9.86%
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Edmund FitzgeraldEdmund Fitzgerald
Notes: 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
Reviews: 2,123 | Ratings: 6,848 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep syrupy smell with a hint of coffee and chocolate and licorice. I like carbonation and this delivers, every sip is accompanied with a crisp punch. Before I evaluate the flavors I experience the carbonation and I like that. Pours nicely into a glass. Dark body with creamy head and smoky flavor. I'm honestly surprised this is best in style bc I just picked it up randomly. FORTUNE FAVORS THE BOLD. This is a good beer, drink and be well.

Jul 18, 2021
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Davidstan from Alabama

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don’t like porters overly but this one I can tell is well crafted and tasty. Roasted cocoa, coffee and slight hop and malt profile make this a winner. Best ever for me

Jun 16, 2021
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Raislak from Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Did a room temperature bottle, poured into a pint glass. Initial pour generated 3/4 head that was auburn at bottom gradually working to light tan at top. Resembled a cherry cola. Taste was very smooth, no heavy carbonation and a bit bitter (not unlike the bittersweet history it named after). Smell had coco and coffee notes and am enjoying this even though I'm not normally a fan of bitter things. Glad I made the extra stop to pick this up!

Jun 15, 2021
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

Dark brown with ruby highlights, one finger khaki head fades to a ring in about a minute. Nose is roasted malt and coffee. Taste is the same with the addition of bitter chocolate. Medium body, opens crisp but is soft and creamy. Decent.

Jun 14, 2021
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid cola brown appearance. Body is at least medium with just under average carbonation. Overall it has a nice feel.
Aroma is roasted malt, milk and dark bakers chocolate, black coffee, some raisins and dark fruit.
Taste is everything I would want from a porter. Some coffee grind bitterness with dark chocolate, dark fruit and roasted malt and black coffee.
This is totally worth a try. I often forget how good it is then I buy a six pack to remind myself. Another great beer from great lakes

May 25, 2021
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this at home.
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Drink by date 07/17/21 today 5/11/21
Looks dark brown almost black with a nice tan foamy head that dropped to a thick cap.
Smells malty, sweet, bready, chocolate, spicy.
Taste follows the nose nicely with enough spiciness to keep my interest.
Mouth feel is medium for the style with a nice creamy finish.
Overall a very fine Porter that just might be my new go to Porter.

May 11, 2021
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HopHunterCL from Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a finger and a half of light brown head.
Aroma is incredible. Roasted, nutty, earthy, slightly smoky.
Tastes of dark bread, chocolate, finishes dry and slightly bitter.
Medium body smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation.
A superb porter. I should be drinking this more often.

May 03, 2021
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klarcbarr3 from Michigan

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A strong pour into a 16 oz. glass yields a 1.5 inch, medium brown head. The aroma is superb.. a roasted, carmelized nuttiness outshines the sweet chocolatey notes, but the most exceptional scent is a smokey, salty, atmosperic freshness that oddly enough, smells like you are on a large, fresh water lake or coastal river.. earthy, but not oceanic. The head dissipates but remains strong enough to lace the glass nicely all the way down as you proceed. Although the mouthfeel is slightly thin, the taste is subtle, complex, yet refreshingly clean. The chocolate and coffee notes are forefront, but that smokey malty salted breeze is still in the mix.. this is a killer porter! There may be another American Porter or two better than this, but it seems unlikely while you are drinking one of these. One of my long term, go-to, everyday drinker all-time faves! It seems even more relevant now that I have moved onto a Michigan Island in the Great Lakes system, and can look at Canada across the Detroit River. The Great Lakes are awesome, and this brew is aptly appropriate.. get yourself an Edmund Fitzgerald Great Lakes Porter!

Apr 09, 2021
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Restrained aroma, but I pick up sweetness, chocolate, some (but not much) roasted malts.

Deep dark brown color, with dark red revealed with a back-light along with ample carbonation.
1½ inch tall, thick, tan head with very good retention, leaving rings of lacing as it recedes.

Very nice flavor. Raisins, coffee, chocolate, and a little spice. As with the aroma, very mild roasted malts. No bitterness at all (well, a little in the aftertaste as the beer warms). Slightly sweet initially, which carries through to the finish. The finish is sweetish with a bit of spiciness.

Mouth feel is appropriately moderately thin, creamy though, with at least a little carbonation feel.

Overall, a well done traditional American porter. Great Lakes keeps to the basics with this one, and I appreciate that. The light spiciness is a good touch. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

Mar 19, 2021
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mikeinportc from New York

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best By date : 6/9/21 . Let sit out for ~5 minutes before opening.

Dark mahogany-brown, with one finger+ of tan head.

Smells of nutty,roasty malt, with slight aromas of cocoa and damp/earthy decaying wood.

Taste is all of the elements in the aroma, plus a bit of cola. Moderate drying bitterness.

Feel is initially creamy, with some light,soft carbonation burn/bite coming in near finish.

Overall, a pleasant, easy-drinking classic . :) The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Mar 13, 2021
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JRybacki from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked this up after watching a local beer show called 'What's Brewing"
Poured from a 12oz bottle into pilsner glass.
Thin head (one-finger) formed on the pour, with some lacing on the glass. Head died down quickly.
Color is more amber-brown and somewhat clearer than other porters.
Aroma is bitter and roasty.
Taste is also bitter, but not overdone, and ends up tingling on your tongue. There is some sweetness on the back end.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp- reminds me of a black ipa but more subtle with all that good bitterness running through out.
Well done.

Mar 13, 2021
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

The beer is dark but transparent. When held to the light is red and is otherwise black. There is a tan head and then lace. On the nose, it is very rich. There are coffee and chocolatey notes as well as a bit of green from the hops and hints of tea. The taste is roasty and sweet with noticeable spicy hops. The mouthfeel is divine. The carbonation evolves in your mouth provided just the right amount of tactile stimulation. The body is very thick and velvety. It washes over your mouth as a thick evolving foam. Overall, this is a nice beer after a long day.

Feb 23, 2021
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a 12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. This was a perfect pour! two fingers of tan foam that slowly settled back to a nice tan cap and plenty of lacing left behind. This porter is a nice dark color, when held up to a light there is a red hue that pokes through. This is way to dark to take notice of any carbonation.
The aroma is very nice and noticeable from the moment it is opened. Sweet roasted malts! I can hardly wait to sample this one.
The sip starts on the dry side, slightly bitter, then finishes with the sweet roasted malt that hits the nose at the beginning. There is a roasted coffee flavor with sweet cocoa nibs, it is just a nice combination. As this porter warms the dryness seems a little less noticeable.
The feel is very smooth the carbonation is really a non factor.
I picked up a sixer and went back and picked up another a couple of days later. This is a very enjoyable porter and Great Lakes Brewery tends to have extremely fair pricing in this area. If you like porters, I think this is a good one to sample. You will not be disappointed.

Feb 20, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Attractive looking beer; deep brown body, large tan head and very good lacing. Dark malt aroma, roasty, along side chocolate and chicory. Earthy flavor. Malts have a charred edge. Semi-sweet chocolate circles back around from the nose. Modestly hopped herbal characteristic in the aftertaste. Full bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel.

Feb 05, 2021
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laquebrada from California

3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Small brownish head when poured from 12 oz. bottle. Opaque dark brown color, aroma of anise, chocolate, cinnamon, roasted malt. Flavor is like a bitter dark chocolate with a hints of fish and metal. Finish favors the bitter side. Good body, not over attenuated or over carbonated. While it is an interesting beer, it has some weirdness to it. Possibly not the best sample, will try it fresh next time I visit OH.

Jan 25, 2021
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guckymeister from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

dark brown and pours a nice white head
smell: milk and grain
taste: Coffee, chocolate, malt, darker fruits
Feel: creamy and silky, light body.
Very high quality session porter. One of the best I've tried

Jan 22, 2021
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NYNorseman from New York

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this takes me back several years as I was driving to Cleveland from NY with a few friends for the Christmas Story 5k in a white knuckle snowstorm. I remember finally pulling into Great Lakes Brewing and drinking a Christmas Ale and one of these as I let the stress and tension melt off me! I have always liked this beer but I did a double take as I looked at the World Class rating here. I was a bit surprised but this is a very good example of a porter. I thought my attachment to it might be sentimental but I guess others agree. Definitely a perfect beer when the gales of November come early!

Jan 10, 2021
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I’ve had this in the bottle numerous times, but just had on draft for the first time and it was much more interesting. Pours a nearly black color with ample light beige foam. The aroma is mostly water and faint malts. The taste is roasted malts and clove. Perhaps some mild hops. It isn’t sweet but there is an aftertaste reminiscent of cola or Dr Pepper. Creamy feel is excellent, yet still light as expected of a porter. Overall this is quite enjoyable, and one led to four or five, and suddenly in an inebriated state I declared that this is great.

Dec 27, 2020
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ChristopherCurtis from New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Coca-cola color, soapy light tan head. Nice retention on that head there, wo buddy
Smell: Burnt toast, fresh coffee beans, cocoa powder, hershey bars.
Taste: Like the smell only amped up. Medium roast coffee, milk chocolate, black bread, some dark fruit. Caramel and cocoa powder aftertaste. pretty damn good
Feel: Chewy. Medium bodied. Carbonation is proper.
Overall: It's like straight up chocolate milk there bud. I think I might be in love.

Dec 16, 2020
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keith_katt from Kentucky

4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark brown with a 1" light brown head that disappears to thick lacing in a few minutes. Held up to the light it is very red. The smell is a touch of bread and black licorice. Maybe a little bit of cream. Fairly strong carbonation with a light mouth feel for a porter. The flavor is complex: caramel, lightly bitter, followed by blackberries at the end. There is something in there that reminds me of root beer, I think it is clove. This is available at my local store, but it may be worth the trip to Cleveland to try it on tap from the source.

Nov 18, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had Edmund Fitzgerald poured from 12-oz. bottle, label stamped enjoy by "1/18/21," delivered by daughter, into small chalice.

Pours apparently black but a beautiful deep red when backlit, with not much very light tan head, leaving only a little sketchy lace. Aroma is hop spice and mild roast malts. A milder porter, creamy and sweet, with mild roast and caramel malts before a crisp hoppy finish.

Oct 27, 2020
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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

clear dark brown look, nice white head
smell: milk, grain
taste toasted malt, smoky, a little coffee, cheese
creamy and silky, light body.
overall I think it's a high-quality session porter - but you can find better options on the market

Sep 27, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and some light char

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt, coffee, and char. Goes into the dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, and herbal hops. Also some tobacco notes. Finishes with lingering char and coffee

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A classic porter that is sure to please. Definitely on the complex side for a straight-up porter but still super approachable. Definitely worth a drink

Sep 03, 2020
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Handsomestanley from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite Porter that is widely available in the Midwest, and one of my favorite Porters in general. I just moved to New England and already miss it!

Aug 11, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A deep carmine enveloped by shadows. Appears black... but when held aloft and illuminated it shines red, like a ruby scorched by dragon’s fire. The head is a pale khaki that hovers atop like a ghostly, volcanic plume. A single ring of lace is all you get from its briefly retained plumage.

A relaxing aroma of lightly smoked malts, roasted black walnuts and toffee that’s been stretched thin.

A hefted medium that’s thick and creamy. Yet it slides so slick, it comes across deceptively light. This welcome deception is further enhanced by how tame and unobtrusive the carbonation is. Finishes with delicate, malt dryness.

A slice of soft, buttered pumpernickel bread, browned malts, and a dozy, unsweetened caramel coffee. Each flavor becomes more distinct as the porter airs and shifts from cold to chilled. Leaves a gentle wake of hop spiciness after each sip.

Jul 20, 2020
Edmund Fitzgerald from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 6848 ratings