Edmund Fitzgerald
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
American Porter
Ranked #8
Ranked #2,123
4.24 | pDev: 9.91%
Saturday at 01:16 AM
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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Reviewed by akidwell98 from Maryland

4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
One of the best beers I have ever had. Such a great look, the feel is so smooth and easy to drink. The taste is bitter like black coffee but makes sure you feel great drinking it. It is a VERY good beer
Saturday at 01:16 AM
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Reviewed by mcm180 from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours from a bottle into a Guinness glass dark brown-black, like Coca-cola. Tan head, maybe an inch, dissolves but doesn’t disappear. (Like a relationship that goes on after the thrill is gone.)

I can’t smell much (bad air in the 513). Floral-y with some alcohol smell.

Tastes GOOD. Dark. Bitter like dark and burnt and broodingly regretful, like the remnants of my broken heart, or real (black dark-dark-roast) coffee. Has an aftertaste like Coke, only without the acid. As it warms up, just some hints of caramely-sweet in the aftertaste that aren’t there in front. The sweet stays on my lips. (“If she only…” says my broken heart.)

Feels lighter than it looks. A little carbonated. Drinks fast and easy. I was done with it before I wanted to be. (“Tell me about it,” says my broken heart.)

Overall: a very very good beer. VERY good. Like, my own personal standard for what a dark beer not called Guinness can be.
Thursday at 02:49 AM
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Reviewed by Tree_powers from Indiana

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Color: almost black with a thick and creamy head
Smell: dark chocolate and coffee are predominant with some malt and toffee sweetness underneath
Taste: bitter coco and coffee, malt and a tiny bit of sweet peeking through
Feel: holds up well with good texture and mouthfeel
Highly drinkable, would recommend
May 28, 2023
Rated: 4.43 by Overtonjd from New Jersey

May 27, 2023
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Reviewed by AutoMechanic from Virginia

4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Excellent beer. Very dark. I love it. Recommend trying it. I found this at Earth Fare got a six pack for $6.99. Has lots of head to it. Definitely can taste the malt and hops in it. Much better than any of those light beers I’ve had.
May 20, 2023
Rated: 4.61 by Howlhills from Texas

Apr 24, 2023
Rated: 4.45 by Jim-K

Apr 18, 2023
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Reviewed by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a clear black/brown with glints of red. On top is a foamy tan head with good lacing. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee and herbal hops round out the nose. The flavor is smooth and rich for a brew that is surprisingly light on the palate. Hop flavor and bitterness is subdued and the malt really shines with warm caramel and chocolate flavors. Medium bodied with a crisp finish. Overall, I guess I am a little taken aback as I always thought this was more of a big, robust porter from hearing about it. In reality it is a much more quaffable, session-able take on the style than I always thought. Much like great lake's lagers, the level and complexity of the beers malt flavor is much more than one would typically find. This is a very refined, drinkable, and delicious dark beer. Definitely deserving of being compared to Deschutes Black Butte, Sierra Nevada Porter, and other classics.
Mar 04, 2023
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Rated by KGT426 from Missouri

4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I have a tough time finding this beer in Missouri. But I think one of the best porters I have ever tried.
Feb 10, 2023
Rated: 4.62 by cindiwindi1025 from Michigan

Feb 04, 2023
Rated: 4.38 by Crabmando from Ohio

Jan 28, 2023
Rated: 4.24 by thoglund from New York

Jan 15, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by mpenske from California

Dec 30, 2022
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Reviewed by kp7 from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Updated with review in March, 2023.

Format and age: 12oz bottle gifted, best by April 22, 2023.

Cold chain: somewhat unknown. Transported cold after receiving it and kept in fridge at home.

Impressions: pours very dark brown with red edges and a one-finger tan head. Aromas of chocolate and roast coffee dominate. The taste starts with a big kick of bitter chocolate that sweetens as it lingers in the mouth. Progresses to notes of dark roast coffee and burnt toast with some dark fruit on the finish and aftertaste. As it warms, the dark fruits come out more while the bitter and burnt characteristics recede a bit. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, resulting in a smooth feel.

Overall: a great porter. Great Lakes did a good job keeping the bitterness in check while retaining that quintessential porter profile and making it more thab just a roast bomb. Definitely my favorite since having Everett quite a few years ago now.
Dec 24, 2022
Rated: 4.42 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Dec 11, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Dec 09, 2022
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Reviewed by vainosuomi from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: Creamy tan head, very dark coffee brown color
S: Dark chocolate, coffee, toasted malt, faint floral notes
T: Starts out sweeter than the smell might suggest with caramel and sweet toasted bread. Chocolate notes again that finish into a dark chocolate / floral hop bitterness.
F: Medium body and carbonation, creamy, slightly astringent.

A very good porter. The sweet toasted malt mask a significant hoppy bitterness rather well
Dec 05, 2022
Rated: 4.01 by Sparty1965 from Michigan

Nov 22, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Another one in a care package from my Brother from Ohio. What a Great Guy.

The beer poured a very dark brownish-black color with a tan colored head. The smell is of coffee and chocolate. The taste is the same as the smell. This was a really good beer that I look forward to drinking again.
Oct 25, 2022
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Reviewed by JokersAce

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Dark brown that coalesces to black in the pour with a small beige head. Maybe because it's really cold. Barley malt aroma with some slight licorice profile. Smoky malts taste with plentiful of burnt caramel, dark chocolate, coffee bean, tobacco. Pleasant aftertaste that reminds of the complex profile without being cloying. Decent mouthfeel in being carbonated and not overly thick. Very good and enjoyable porter with rich complexity.
Oct 10, 2022
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Rated by TimDixon1964 from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Just a bit too much bitter coffee taste on the palate compared to other Porters I enjoy. Still a high quality brew!
Sep 29, 2022
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Reviewed by tradershmulie from Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours nicely, decent head that stuck around a bit. Color is rather thin and see through. Smooth, easy to drink.

Good beer, adequate for the price and style, but nothing special.
Aug 19, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by Goosethe1st from Illinois

Aug 04, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Greg_Eans from Kentucky

Jul 26, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Jul 24, 2022
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A classic of the style. Roasty, with lots of coffee and dark chocolate notes. Hits the spots and then some. That's what makes it a classic of the style.
Jul 17, 2022
Rated: 4.43 by BigSippa

Jul 11, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Jun 11, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by cold_beer

May 07, 2022
Rated: 3.95 by cbuzz24 from Mississippi

Apr 11, 2022
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Reviewed by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.27 by not2quick from Missouri

Mar 31, 2022
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.67 by Bps_59 from Michigan

Feb 28, 2022
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Reviewed by hbeimers from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.02 by Vapory

Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 4.39 by selekt0r

Feb 13, 2022
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