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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

1,995 Reviews
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald PorterGreat Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001

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Reviews: 1,995 | Ratings: 6,315
Photo of lwcreasy
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Near black with an inch of creamy, tan head. A frothy ring persists along the side of the glass. Decent lacing.

Deep chocolate aroma and rich breadiness. Toffee sweetness rolls in with every inhalation. Slight touch of earthiness from the hops joins the party, and the beer produces additional aroma after wonderful aroma as it is warming. Very subtle dark fruit and cocoa powder. Outstanding, subtle, and always evolving.

Strong and sharp breadiness transcends the nose. Slightly acidic (in a good way) with a nice hop bitterness and barely perceptible earthy hop notes to balance. Bittersweet chocolate and pleasant roastiness supplement the delicious bready quality.

Noticeable carbonation and slight alcohol warmth. Medium body. Refreshing and comforting at the same time.

Delicious beer with sumptuous bready character, nice supporting hop presence, and undeniable drinkability.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter has a thick, beige head, a dark, ruby-brown (as the light hits it) appearance, with some lacing left behind (but, not heavy lacing). The smell is of rich, sweet coffee, cream, chocolate, brown bread crust, and strong malt. Taste is of all that, with balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Edmund Fitzgerald Porter finishes on the powdery side.


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Photo of pants678
2.84/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.75

Dark brown with a light khaki, maintaining head.

Sorta malty, Willamette hops.

A touch of dark fruit brings out dark chocolate. Saly oyster type flavor. Not that aggressive, light coffee, heavy on black malt, could use a charred flavor. Hoppy and clean, not what I'm looking for, really. Too traditional.

Creamy, heavier side of medium. Perfect.

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

appears black upon pour, but looking in light reveals a dark cola color with small fluffy head
roasted coffee scents. I love that aspect of this beer
chocolate and roast coffee notes.some English toffee as well
medium mouthfeel, great fresh brewed coffee like aftertaste.some bitterness
that is why this beer rates well.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I gravitate towards Stouts, but Porters as a category very much overlap (with typically more hops vs a pure Stout). This Edmund Fitzgerald has the thick malt and pronounced hops flavors of a Porter. But it is distinctive by adding nicely executed Coffee and Dark Chocolate flavors. I could happily drink this all night.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer really looks impressive, hits those dark as brown can be without being black notes, solid 1" tan head that provides some uniform lace down the side. Aroma was the usual droppings of chocolate and coffee from the roasted malt.

Taste, a thick, chewy chocolate malt and coffee impression. Nothing adjuncty, nothing out of the ordinary, just one of those prototype kind of porters. This one tames down the hopping and bitterness compared to another prototype like Sierra Nevada. All good, relatively sessionable and easy to drink. No frills. Elite 1st tier stuff.

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Photo of Beric
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 6 May 2016

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish brown, definitely NOT black, crowned with a one-finger tan head. The head diminishes somewhat but leaves incredible lacing. Every sip all the way down the glass was marked by a perfect half-circle of bubbles.

Smell: Notes of black coffee, espresso, and a subtle roastiness. Some charred nuttiness.

Taste: Really nice blend of flavors here- the roasted malt definitely stands out without being abrasive. Notes of French roast coffee underly the whole thing, with a subtle hint of very dark chocolate to round it out.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, honestly. This doesn't feel big nor small on the palate, despite its rich color and flavor.

Overall: A magnificent porter and one that I think really speaks for itself. Highly recommended.

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

This has bee one of my favorite beers for some time, though as a relatively new BA I have not reviewed it before.

Brown bottle poured into a nonic. Dark, dark brown with a rich tan head that's not too big. Nice nose, raisiny and dark chocolate malty scent. Taste hits with bitterness and leanness rather than sweetness, though there's some sweetness underneath. Rich and somewhat complex malt and hops interplay. Mouthfeel creamy but fades cleanly.

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

Had a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. What a terrific porter with a malty coffee flavor. There may be some chocolate listed in this, but I couldn't taste it. This beer is a great nice and full that pairs with just about anything. I can't wait to have this beer again from Great Lakes!

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Photo of ksimons
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-color is a very dark brown with ruby highlights in the light and two fingers worth of khaki colored head

S-smell is of chocolate, dark malt, and light coffee

T-taste is similar to the smell with a roasted malt backbone, chocolate, and roasted coffee

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, dry and roasted finish

Overall a great example for the style, very drinkable and great tasting

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

This one was pretty "meh" for me. Based on prior reviews I might have gotten an off bottle or something. It was really thin and very little roast from the malts that I expected.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.47/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

Look is deep dark brown. Nice creamy layer on top and respectable lacing.
Smell is 58% dark malts, 34% coffee, 6% sweet cigar, and a fleeting 2% dried cherries or generic acidic fruitiness.

Beautiful malts in the nose set expectations.
Taste has initial (albeit lesser) roasted malt and burnt sugar. By mid swallow malts are gone and you're left with char. The aftertaste goes to the hop end of the seesaw with an herbal, grassy bitterness.

Overall, I feel like the malts walked out and left me holding the charred herb check.

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Photo of Owlish1
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I really wanted to like this, but ... I couldn't quite make it work. It poured a lovely, rich, dark mahogany with a smallish head. The aroma was full of promise - roasted coffee, toasty malts - but the delivery started out more bitter than smooth and mellow. As the glass warmed in my hand, it improved, but not enough to redeem it.

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

Porters are sort of hard to pinpoint. Kind of a blurry line between them and stouts. Be that as it may, as a beer this is certainly great whatever you want to call it.

Pours a very dark brown with an amberish hue. Smells like what you would expect, coffee, roasted malts, subtle fruits. Taste follows, strong malty coffee/espresso, hints of fruits (i find this to be highly subjective as what you will pick out, to me raisins/prunes and cherry) and a balancing earthy bitterness.

Maybe a bit thin on the mouth? But like I said porters are a strange beast so I wont knock it too much for that. Otherwise, probably the best Porter i've had.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a dark brown head that slowly dissipated. Smell is a warm malty note with other undertones. Taste is full, big, and very complex and nice, with a smooth aftertaste of the malt. Almost sweet. This porter has good body, and is an excellent drink.

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Photo of Raidersox
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spotted this in the single bottle area and added to my pick six. Only a "Best By" date of 7/4/16 to go by. Chilled to 39 degrees, allowed to sit for 10 minutes unopened, poured into oversize wine glass.

Look: Poured a dark ebony brown/black color with a 1/2" dark khaki color head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a thin ring of foam. Swirling the glass produced a modest bit of lacing.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate, caramel malt, maybe a hint of nuttiness.

Taste: Bold coffee and roasted/burnt malt, chocolate, cola, a hint almost of wine or champagne flavors. A slight but not unpleasant grassy aftertaste. Hop flavors balance nicely, with a smokey touch.

Mouthfeel: Creaminess despite the lack of a bigger head at the pour, carbonation is light but noticeable early on dropping off later as it warmed. I felt a little tingle on the lips, again not unpleasant.

Overall: I've only tried a few porters since getting deeper into craft beers so I'm no expert but I feel this beer certainly represents the style very well and I look forward to trying this one again (and again!). One of the best I have tasted.

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Photo of catastrophy
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

this is the cream of the crop of porters...must be bought by the case and never refrigerated. .the hops in this beer is very delicate and precariously balanced. the fresher the better. please don't review if you bought from a supermarket. it's probably been ruined. all porters should have this hop flavor. strongly carbonated and "thick"...able to drink two days later after opening. ..no other beer, I have found I can do this. (still carbonated). ..don't like to describe as chocolate, but most certainly has that attribute. smooth, smooth, smooth, with the only bite coming from the bubbles. multi layered across the spectrum of flavors. ..but all complimentary. not sweet..and not TOO bitter.

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Photo of dditto2
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark coffee color with off white decent head. Smells sweet, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Taste is robust, has more bitterness too it, roasted malts, mild chocolate and coffee flavors. Has moderate carbonation, somewhat smooth and creamy. Overall it is a great beer, one of my favorite styles. Seems more on the bitter side than I prefer for this style but, still very drinkable.I am from Ohio and I always seem to rate GL beers lower than average, I am not sure what it is about them, they all have a specific flavor I find less desirable.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

crystal clear when held to a light; cola brown with ruby accents; 1 finger light tan head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; sheets of lace;

S: bittersweet chocolate and roasted grain;

T: bittersweet chocolate and roasted grain; a little black coffee from the middle through the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: not all that complex, but enjoyable;

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Photo of TLogan
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this for so long, it's what I compare other porters to. The flavor is mellow, pleasant, and not overly sweet or artificial. Nice "weight" and finish. Enough alcohol to do the job with out knocking you on your @$$ if you decide to finish the 6 pack after grilling dinner for the fam.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

by far one of the best porters out there. Growing up and living in Ohio the Edmund Fitzgerald is legend. This beer too is legendary. Not too dark smooth and silky taste

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great dark pour, not the motor-oil stout thick. Nice head, good retention Color is clear, deep deep mahogany. Good carbonation. Aroma of roasted grain and rye bread toast. A very smooth and highly drinkable taste of toffee, expresso and anise. This is a very well done, year round beer. Serve at room temperature. Good for a winter night or one of those not-so-warm late spring days.

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

Pours dark with a medium white head. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Taste is coffee with the chocolate in the background. Nicely balanced with mild carbonation and a nice finish. Overall, a nice porter at a vary reasonable price.

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

Look - Sits damn near black in the glass (super dark brown).
Smell - coffee/espresso, chocolate, sweetness, burnt roasty malts
Taste - chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, a cola type sweetness, hints of a jerky type smokiness

Overall - One of my favorite shelf/everyday porters. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a dark reddish brown with about a finger of beige head. Smell may be the best thing about this to me, though it's on the subtle side--chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and roasty malt. Taste is heavier on the roasty (somewhat burned tasting) malts. Doesn't really have the complexity hinted at by the smell. Feel is thin and watery to me. Overall a decent porter, but not really a standout.

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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