Edmund Fitzgerald
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Porter - American
Ranked #6
Ranked #1,043
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: 2,099 | Ratings: 6,782 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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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 hop spiciness after each sip.

Jul 20, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Immensely drinkable. This delivers everything a good porter should. The roasted malt takes charge, as it should. Very clean finish that entices a repeat visit.

May 16, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle as part of a $11 mixed 6-pack from my local grocery store. For the price, this one's an absolute winner! Porters can be hit or miss for me, but this one hits on all cylinders. My only ding would be that a 10% heavier body would be nice - it's on the lighter side and I think it could carry even more richness if it was thicker. But the benefit is that this ends up being a beer that goes down easy - just like the Edmund Fitzgerald itself (too soon?)! Aaanyway, the smell is a nice blend of roasty malts and nuttiness, and the taste is just right in the pocket of what a porter should be: roast malt, touches of coffee and nuttiness, and a great balance of sweetness and bitterness. And the price is really right! If you like porters, this should be a regular staple!

Apr 20, 2020
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fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark translucent brown, deep ruby red when held up to light. Large off-white head.

Smell: Browned malt, toasted bread, dark nuts, a bit of cinnamon and hop spice.

Taste: Fairly robust hop character -- not excessive, but generally more than I prefer. It is a well-balanced beer, though. Malt flavor follows the aroma, a nutty, toasty, and slightly roasty profile. Little hint of milk chocolate.

Feel: Light-bodied, with fairly light carbonation. Creamy finish.

Apr 16, 2020
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark opaque appearance with a tan head. I’ve got to admit the chocolate sweet malty nose is pretty nice. Ok I expected this to be sweeter but it definitely leans on the bitter side of sweet. I also expected it to be a bit thicker but it’s thin enough to have a few. Creamy and decently carbonated, that really helps this brew.

Apr 01, 2020
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally had this great beer and I don't know why it took me so long to get to it. It poured a nice dark brown/black. The smell of roasted malts with a touch of coffee was very nice. The taste was chocolate, coffee, and a touch of sweetness that balanced out the malts. Nice full rich mouthfeel. Excellent beer

Mar 03, 2020
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice shade of brown. 2 1/2 finger tan head. Retention is decent. Some lacing on the glass.
The nose has got a lot of chocolate on it. There's a slight roast aroma to it as well.
Taste - There is some chocolate in it. It's more of a bitter dark chocolate - which I'm a huge fan of. There's a slight smoke flavor here. Slight sweetness, that I just can't fully place or describe.
Feel - This is actually lighter bodied. Not watery, but lighter than I was expecting. There's a bitterness that lingers in my palate.
Interesting and tasty beer.

Feb 01, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bit darker than cola, brown, some ruby highlights, tan head. Smells of cocoa, a bit of a coffee smell, roasted malt. Taste is cocoa, coffee, nuts, hop spice. Bitter finish that rounds off well. Real nice. Feel is smooth and easy. Not heavy at all. Overall, it's a great porter that has a lot of flavor. I let it warm up a bit and that really helped bring out the aroma and flavor.

Jan 19, 2020
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SoundMakesSense from Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried this for the first time recently, a six pack purchased from Big Red.

INSTANT CLASSIC. It's the complete package. Rich, sweet (but balanced), toasty, chocolatey, velvety. I haven't had a Founders Porter in a while so I can't fairly compare it to what I would consider the gold standard, but this offering from Great Lakes is not at all lacking.

It's just one of those beers that makes it hard to try something new, because you feel like picking up more of it the next time you're at the store.

Jan 03, 2020
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matcris from Arizona

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Rich, dark brown brew, with a large tan head that sticks to the glass.
AROMA: Caramel, coffee, and chocolate. A lit bit of a jammy, and cola vibe, too. Smells good.
TASTE: Medium roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, toffee. Balanced well; lands a bit on the sweet side, then finishes with a slight bitter note.
FEEL: About average carbonation, medium-ish body, a little slick, and drier on the finish.
OA: Classic porter, with a nice balance. Would buy again.

Dec 21, 2019
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jernjawn from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark ruby-red with coffee-like head that lingers
on the nose it is toasty malts, coffee, chocolate and licorice
the taste is big on the toasted malt up front with chocolate and a hint of bitter coming on the back end
mouthfeel is moderate carbonation to start and a sweet/dry aftertaste. building heaviness.
delicious and warming

Dec 03, 2019
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Buck1 from Indiana

3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Since today is Nov. 10 the date 44 years ago the Edmund Fitzgerald was lost when the gales of November came early.
I thought it would be proper day to review it.
Looks like a typical porter , dark with thin head. Smells like cocoa with some malty nuttiness. Taste is malty with some hops ,cocoa and almost a spiciness on the dry finish. Not to sweet like some porters.
Some porters try to on the heavy side more like a stout. Some may thinkit is thin compared to some American Porters but I would say it is right on the mouth feel with an English porter. Finishes bitter and dry with a bit more hops than an English porter, It is a very good refreshing porter and very drinkable.

Nov 10, 2019
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TrouserSneeze from New York

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I usually avoid porters, as I don't like sweet beer. Malt taste on the tongue, but a very dry finish. How'd they do that? What a great beer! My porter of choice...

Nov 09, 2019
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EvershineDan from Michigan

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Currently my favorite porter, and overall favorite beer. Very smooth and ultra toasty deep-roasty malty sweetness!
As close to a perfect porter that I've tried.
Amazingly well-balanced, no lingering aftertaste. $10.48 out the door is a steal!
There are many close to this, but none better.
Honestly, I find a score under 100 amusing. I can find absolutely nothing wrong with this perfect brew.
Ó U T S T A N D I N G ! ! !

Oct 11, 2019
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Radsonnn from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Light toasty head, dissipates quickly. Very dark brown almost black...Say dark mahogany. Nice lacing

N: Heavy roasted malt, some caramel. A lot of earthy notes, some subdude nut, and chocolate notes. bit of alcohol scent given ABV.

T: Again, heavy up front with the roasted malt, but then things change for the taste. Less sweet and a lot more coffee notes than expected. Hint of chocolate on the finish. Very aromatic.

M: On the much lighter side of medium, much less full than I would usually prefer. Light carbonation which I thoroughly enjoy.

O: Solid porter, but not one of my favorites. I was expecting it to be much less bitter, and more full on the body. The nose is great, and its a nice pour, but the taste and feel (more so the feel) leave something to be desired. Definitely something I enjoyed and, would for certain pick up again once in a while!

Aug 09, 2019
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Jet black with nice tan foam and sticky lacing.
N: Roasted malt, nuts, coffee, and chocolate.
T: Semi-bitter chocolate with a nice malt hit, some mild nutty flavor and light coffee.
M: Light/medium and thin.
O: Loved it, great beer with loads of flavor.

Jul 19, 2019
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WYeates from North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This porter pours to a dark black with a creamy head. The smell is a mix of chocolate and nutty notes. The taste is a smooth chocolate, nut, and light spice blend highlighted by a clean wet after taste.

This is the best porter I have had to date. How it's able to maintain the texture of a porter without an ovet powering finish is incredible.

Definitely a Smooth Approved offering.

Jun 12, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Blackish-brown, mostly opaque, with a cream-brown head.
Smell: Predominantly bitter chocolate and caramel. Coffee, bready malt, dark plum juice, and a hint of smoke.
Taste: Sweet caramel, toffee, and raisin flavors are perfectly balanced by bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and piney hops. Delicious.
Feel: Thin- to medium-bodied, fizzy, and crisp.
Overall: This is an excellent, tasty, highly drinkable porter. Might be one of my new favorite dark beers. Would love to pick this one up again.

May 05, 2019
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Foyle from North Carolina

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. A thick tan head falls slowly with abundant lacing. Dark red-brown color. Aroma of cocoa, dark bread, earthy hops. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with dry powdery finish. Flavor is rich chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee, citrus and earthy hops. Overall: extremely good porter.

Apr 21, 2019
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Brook82 from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark co!a appearance with 1/4 " head that dissipated to a thin layer that maintained throughout. Moderate lacing. Hop aroma with backgrounds of malt, dark chocolate. Taste follows aroma with a pleasant bitterness that lingers. Slightly creamy feel, easy drinking. $9.99 + tax for 6 pack. Excellent beer and will purchase again.

Apr 20, 2019
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izraelc from New York

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be one of the best porters I've ever had. Pours black. Malt aroma. This is a nice dry porter with a full roasted malt body. Just a little sweetness. Bitter earthy finish. Great character. Too bad the theme is so depressing.

Apr 07, 2019
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defunksta from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If you really want the nitty-gritty details, which is why you're here, bear with me...

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees,

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, maybe black color with a small tan head. Only minimal clarity. Minimal carbonation too. SRM 22-23. (3.75)

Aroma: Aroma is of rounded, bittersweet chocolate, mocha, some toffee & strudel. Sweet, but primarily bitter and pleasant. Well rounded (4.00)

Flavor: Flavor is bittersweet cocoa predominantly. Has a full-thickness, maybe aromatic citrus & pastry 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 or pastry?) 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 nice addition of pastry/citrus sweetness is unique and memorable here. (4.25)

Feel: The body is full. Minimal carbonation. Slightly watery & resiny and hides the alcohol.. Very smooth on the tongue as a porter should be. (3.50)

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 3/22/20: Pours cleaner and a lighter tan head. his one has a slightly lighter body and more roasty bitterness creating a bittersweet chocolate flavor and slight coffee rather, than a rich chocolate flavor. Leans toward simple chocolate. Both are dry, but this one is slightly lighter and airier.

Compared to Bell's Porter: Nearly identical. Slightly darker tan head. Maybe more roasty and bittersweet chocolate than milk notes. Less chocolate. Hard to tell, maybe it's just less creamy and more carbonated.

Compared to Summit Great Northern Porter 3/29/20: Pours a similar color with less head. More milk and pastry notes and less roasty chocolate. Similar bitterness. More complex and slightly better flavor profile

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 a flavorful sweet caramel and pastry malt presence. Very impressed by this porter and want to compare to more of the style.

Mar 08, 2019
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arizcards from Arizona

4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

Mar 06, 2019
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
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.


Mar 05, 2019
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Samlover55 from New York

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Feb 08, 2019
Edmund Fitzgerald from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 6782 ratings