Edmund Fitzgerald
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Porter - American
Ranked #10
Ranked #2,093
4.24 | pDev: 9.91%
May 07, 2022
May 09, 2001
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
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3.95 by cbuzz24 from Mississippi on Apr 11, 2022
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4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

A pretty solid example of a Porter, but there's something amiss that I can't pinpoint that without this would be top notch.
It may be a bit heavy on the black malt, too much hops?
Not sure.
Still, better than most out there.
I'll stick to my Yuengling Porter. Easier drinking.

Mar 31, 2022
4.27 by not2quick from Missouri on Mar 31, 2022
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4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours very dark brown with a tan head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: It has chocolate aromas with some roast and coffee notes.

Taste: It has roasted and coffee flavors up front with chocolate notes mixed it. There is a bit of sweetness to it.

Feel: It have a medium body with a bitter finish.

Overall, this is a simple beer with flavors, but they work incredibly well together.

Mar 19, 2022
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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jonphisher from New Jersey

Beautiful deep dark and clear brown, a dense light brown head that persists; great lacing.

Nose has subtle dark cherry note, some cocoa and weak coffee, woody smell.

Taste has the same dark fruit twang, bitter dark chocolate; nice roast and almost smokey note lingers in the after taste.

Medium body, soft smooth carbonation, nice roast driven bitterness, dry finish.

Mar 09, 2022
4.67 by Bps_59 from Michigan on Feb 28, 2022
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4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by hbeimers from Illinois

The most noticable thing about this to me is the complexity in the flavor. Immediately it gives a lot of coffee and roasted flavors, and it lasts with a strong lingering bitterness. In some ways it almost tastes more bitter than a lot of IPAs owing to the burnt character. Very tasty.

Feb 24, 2022
4.02 by Vapory on Feb 21, 2022
3.5 by ryand14 from Michigan on Feb 13, 2022
4.88 by MouldyCrow from Pennsylvania on Feb 13, 2022
3.93 by dan_amdg from Illinois on Feb 12, 2022
4.43 by DavyDnIndy from Indiana on Feb 11, 2022
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by KT3418 from Colorado

Might be some recency bias but this is easily the best porter I've had since Capella by Ecliptic, to name one. Super dark, basically opaque but not all the way, delicious robust malty flavor. This lived up to my expectation

Jan 24, 2022
4.05 by Myboymi from Kansas on Jan 23, 2022
3.74 by Zigzach from Florida on Jan 08, 2022
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4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by jackflaps from Pennsylvania

Poured into glass from bottle.

L: Very dark, almost stout-colored, with smallish/moderate head.

S: Roasty, a little bit of coffee note.

T: Same as the nose, but with a little more sweetness in the mix. Fades to bitterness in the end.

F: Soft and smooth.

O: The standard against which I measure every other porter I drink. Classic.

Dec 22, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by minstrelwb from Indiana

The beer to give to a friend that only drinks Bud. Good beer, just doesn't pop like many of the newer beers.

Dec 21, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Peach63 from New York

Pours mahogany with a 1.5" tan head, which lasts. Heavy lacing.

Aroma is coffee, roast malt, cocoa nibs.

Taste follows nose: Coffee, roast malt, cocoa.

Medium body, light carbonation. Dry finish.

This is a classic Porter. Good across the board.

Dec 05, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Hayesbro from Pennsylvania

Close to black with a dark brown head. Roasty aroma, and the taste is roasty malts for miles, a little touch of sourness on the top and a lasting bitterness on the back. Medium body, decently creamy mouthfeel. Very good for a porter you can find anywhere.

Dec 04, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by detgfrsh from Texas

From a bottle. Very dark brown with a half inch of light brown head. Roasted malt and vanilla smell. Full bodied. Roasted malt and coffee flavors with a little vanilla. Excellent

Dec 04, 2021
3.25 by Bigmoist from West Virginia on Nov 19, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by walser from New York

From the bottle into an 8oz drinking glass. Look is stout-like, dark porter. Smell is mild, light coffee stout but with something benevolently evasive. Flan? Taste is sweeter than a pale ale but with some hoppy-happyness. Feel is very smooth, silky. Overall, takes a second glance - kind of eases into you like the shortish female with the good personailty, without big curves, not obnoxious but bright, who people are not paying all that much attention to and then later, away from the noise, you realize she is maybe the most attractive woman, with incredibly complimentary features, you have seen in months, if not years. Nice brew.

Nov 18, 2021
4.47 by bendukes86 from South Carolina on Oct 16, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
L: Pours dark brown with light ruby edges. Has a frothy pock-marked robust 2.5" tan head that has excellent retention. Abundant sticky lacing and banding. No visible carbonation.
S: Dark chocolate, caramel, heavily toasted malts, raisins, lightly floral.
T: Raisins, figs, dark soda bread, a fair amount of bitter dark chocolate, dark toasted malts, light char, light citrus zest at the top of the palate.
F: This superior tasting porter retains a brisk, fresh, soft medium bodied mouthfeel that is smooth and creamy. It's right in the middle and has a beautiful texture that is luxurious. It is lightly drying.
O: Extremely well balanced and crafted, full flavored and facilitating with tangible earth flavors. This American Porter is agreeably world-class in it's style.

Oct 16, 2021
3.09 by SaveWaterDrinkBeers from Maine on Oct 12, 2021
4.25 by rdub from Pennsylvania on Oct 11, 2021
4.01 by Arg914 from New York on Oct 10, 2021
3.53 by Chipwells from Georgia on Oct 01, 2021
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3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by magikbagel from Wisconsin

One of the first porters I can say I thoroughly enjoyed. Its very well balanced and very crushable for the style.

Sep 27, 2021
4.37 by Vinylboy20 from New York on Sep 13, 2021
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4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Kiiz

The best 6er for 10 or less hands down. Kinda wish it wasn’t my first craft beer bc it set the bar way too high. World class indeed.

Aug 25, 2021
4.71 by STOOOO from Wisconsin on Aug 12, 2021
4.18 by mcbraxt from Michigan on Aug 01, 2021
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4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by HardWied

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
4.44 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin on Jun 29, 2021
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