Edmund Fitzgerald
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Edmund FitzgeraldEdmund Fitzgerald
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From:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
 
Ohio, United States
Style:
American Porter
Ranked #7
ABV:
6%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,077
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 9.91%
Reviews:
2,158
Ratings:
6,940
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 06, 2024
Added:
May 09, 2001
Wants:
  680
Gots:
  1,441
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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Rated: 4.08 by Qbert from Illinois

Apr 06, 2024
 
Rated: 4 by Pens1866 from Pennsylvania

Apr 05, 2024
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Deep brown where light passes easily through the edge. The beige head remains throughout the tasting. Remnants of ring lace appear after each sip with a near blanket between each.

There are smells of dark cocoa, chalk, and charcoal.

Thinner body with an elevated carbonation level—similar to a Brown Ale. The taste, though, is rich with mostly unsweetened chocolate. There are some minor burnt, like over-toasted bread, flavors. The swallow becomes ashen almost like spent charcoal.
Mar 30, 2024
 
Rated: 4.4 by sewerchewer from New York

Mar 26, 2024
 
Rated: 4.3 by Ronan_H

Mar 16, 2024
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Reviewed by The243Club from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
My first review after 2.5 years of lurking. Commercial beak: If you’re also a lurker, come on in. The water’s fine.

Best by 7/3/24. If that means seven months old, then this tasting will short the beer a bit.

Tulip glass. Pours black with a very slight tinge of reddish brown. One inch foamy head that disappears quickly. Light lacing.

Smell is licorice and toasted barley.

Taste is complex. Ripe pears, chocolate, red wine over a base of sweet toasty malt.

Quenching at the front, then light and a bit foamy, quickly drying, ends very dry. A bit more carbonation than seems to belong here (compared to other porters).

Very good.
Feb 11, 2024
 
Rated: 4.61 by TheilerW from Michigan

Feb 05, 2024
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Reviewed by thin_mint from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottle into a pint glass

Look: Dark ruby red with a beige head. Nice lacing.
Smell: roasty malt
Taste: follows the nose. Roasted malt with mild hop bitterness. Maybe just a touch of caramel in there.
Feel: Medium bodied, light carbonation.
Overall: I love this stuff. Looks tasty. Tastes great. This is fantastic beer.
Jan 07, 2024
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Reviewed by dkoehler42 from New York

4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I found this Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald and needed to try it. It's well rated and I have a lot of hope. It's got a dark brown(ruby?) pour and an off-white head. The aroma is roasted malt and a hint of coffee. The flavor matches the aroma, and is not sweet but actually bitter. It's not an unpleasant flavor though and offers a nice alternative to the usual malty sweetness with other porters and stouts.
Jan 01, 2024
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Rated by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A bit thin on the mouthfeel, and a tiny amount of roastiness, otherwise, a nice richness to it.
Dec 10, 2023
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Reviewed by Mugman8 from New York

4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Not usually a fan of Porters, but was searching for something new and gave this one a try....

Deep garnet hue -- almost black -- on the pour with one finger of beige head and lots of lace. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and pumpernickel bread. Taste follows aroma and is creamy, nutty and smooth. I like this beer a lot.
Dec 06, 2023
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Reviewed by AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Trying this American classic for the first time.

The body is dark but has quite a bit of translucence to it. The nose is roasty with a hint of hop greenery. The taste and mouthfeel are where this porter really shine. Chocolatey, caramel, dark breads. Dark roasted coffee, Thin mouthfeel with a dry finish. Great Porter overall, definitely one of the better ones widely available in the USA.
Dec 03, 2023
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A - Pours deep dark brown with a large fluffy tan head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is light. Roasted malts and black coffee.

T - The taste dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, caramel and a light bitter hop bite.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Classic American porter.
Nov 30, 2023
 
Rated: 4.75 by Nyoder

Nov 26, 2023
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Reviewed by Porters4me

4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
This is by far the best American Porter I have ever had. If you haven’t tasted this exceptional porter, you definitely need to put it on your “Beers I Have to Try” list.
Nov 16, 2023
 
Rated: 4.25 by Iggy88 from Ohio

Nov 07, 2023
 
Rated: 4.14 by BD3 from Wisconsin

Oct 28, 2023
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Reviewed by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Purchased as part of a “build your own “6 pack from Wegmans in Collegeville, PA on 10/23/23.

L- Deep crimson almost black color.

S- Not much in way of aroma.

T- Tangy (in a good way), smoky, dark
chocolate and roasted malt.

F- Moderate mouthfeel with very fine
carbonation.

O- This is a spectacular Porter!
Oct 26, 2023
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Reviewed by atigerlife from Hawaii

4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours dark with a 1-finger dark brown head that dissipated rather quickly.

Aroma of dark chocolate, dark fruits.

Taste if dark fruits, dark chocolate, toasted marshmallow, cocoa, roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing

Overall, a wonderful and delicious porter. Perfect.
Oct 23, 2023