Edmund Fitzgerald Porter | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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95
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Edmund Fitzgerald PorterEdmund Fitzgerald Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,474
Reviews:
2,028
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.86%
 
 
Wants:
630
Gots:
1,254
For Trade:
23
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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffeeness dissipated after a few days in fridge. Burnt grounds more pronounced after that. Fruity taste makes it drinkable. Dark color peaks interest.
Great taste, above average mouthfeel is noticeable a good 5.5 years later bottle. Great example of American porter, with good roast and chocolate malt,drying finish.

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Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a mini Porter tasting, first off: Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.
Dark with ruby highlights shining through. Nice tan head, faded away quickly, sticking to the glass. Mild aroma of carmel, roasted malt, chocolate. Aroma and taste got better after a few extra minutes of warming. Taste is smooth and exceptional. Not as thick and heavy as Founders but just as tasty. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and hops. Very carbonated and light on the tongue. High drinkability and tasty porter.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kelly88 for sending me this one!

Pours a very dark but not opaque dark brown/crimson red with a small 1 inch tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Decent rings of lace on the drink down. Smells of roasted coffee beans, milk chocolate, roasted malt, and cinnamon. Absolutely amazing smells from this beer. Tastes of espresso, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, and cinnamon sticks. Very mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation with a slightly watery mouthfeel. Overall, a very good porter that I am happy I got to try. I would get this again in a heartbeat.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

one of the classic American porters here, a longtime staple of great lakes brewing. best on tap, it pours nearly black, not as thick as some, but impenetrable to light and sporting a cool inch of khaki head on it that leaves prominent lacing as it sips. massive dark roasted barley flavors, dry and bitter, with generous hops for the style. the ale yeast marries the grain perfectly, and its a really smooth a robustly flavored result, almost smoky, almost cocoay, almost charred. I really like the combination of depth of flavor and drinkability in this beer, which is only medium bodied, quick finishing for a porter, and ultra smooth texturally. well enough carbonated, this coal colored porter is a standby in colder weather for me, creamy and satisfying. definitely the beer by which all other American porters should be judged, it is spot on in every aspect. also great on a hangover!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a dark brown color, not too much light getting through it either. The head was good looking, it was pretty thick with a tan color it it. The smell of the beer was roasted and musty. It's got a little fresh wood sweetness to it also. The taste of the beer was probably one of the better porters I've ever had. I was very impressed with the flavor for sure. The mouthfeel was smooth and had a medium body to it. Overall this was a very nice porter all around.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of metter98
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at RFD, Washington, DC

A: The beer poured very dark amber (near black) in color with a thin layer of tan bubbles covering the surface.
S: There is a very rich aroma of roasted malts in the nose along with some notes of chocolate and coffee.
T: The flavors are robust and well balanced--roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate and really stand out along with some notes of coffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with just a little bit of dryness in the finish.
D: This beer has an excellent level of drinkability; I could easily have more than one of these in a sitting.

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

A good example of what a Porter should be. Has all the dark colors and head retention that you'd expect. Aromas of chocolate and coffe abound. Balanced out with mild hop character and mild yeastiness or breadiness. Flavors of chocolate rise more than other flavors, but not to hide them. Has a nice creamy texture and finishes sweet, lightly bitter (from dark grains), and clean. A proper and simple beer.

...of course that's what is expected from a Porter that meet all of the criteria for the style. But does meeting the style mean that a perfect 5 is deserved? No. The beer needs that 'something extra' that it lacks; making it a very, very good beer. But, not a great.

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

12oz bottle at an Irish-ish theme bar in Interstate-adjacent Southgate, Michigan.

This beer pours a clear dark cola hue, with two fingers of puffy pale beige head, which renders a solid tight pattern of webbed lace around the glass in its (heh) wake. It smells of roasted malt, nicely bitter coffee, sour black friit, mild dark chocolate, and earthy hops. The taste is caramel malt, light roasted peat, tart fruit, sweetened chocolate, milder coffee, leafy hops, and, um, well, the kitchen sink. The carbonation is average, the body medium weight and smooth, full stop. It finishes sweet, and offset somewhat by a vegetal sourness.

Lots and lots goin' on, old school, new school, all of it good. Brain just hurts a bit trying to catalogue it...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by: 06/01/13. Served in a bar in Chicago over St. Patrick's day weekend. Reviewed from notes. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a pilsner glass. Expectations were high given its reputation.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger khaki-tan colour head. Decent cream, nice thickness, and above average (3 minute) retention.

Body colour is a solid nontransparent black.

Sm: Light chocolate. Muted dark malts. Light cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Creamy up front. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Light caramel. Maybe some light vanilla. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Buried roast. Somewhat milky. Balanced overall. Not really complex, but fairly subtle. Tasty and right on the money for the style. Nicely layered.

Mf: Smooth, lightly creamy, and wet. Decent carbonation. Good thickness. Complements the flavour profile decently well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I like it, but I don't know that I'd regularly buy a 6er of it. Hides its ABV well. A solid porter across the board. It's a fine show by Great Lakes and it's a beer I plan to revisit for a more in-depth review.

High B

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Photo of emerge077
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the finest porters available stateside...

Pours an opaque black with transparent mahogany edges. Foam sticks around, leaves tan lacing.

Smell is rich and roasty, smoky grain husk, and earthy bitter chocolate.

Taste follows the notes of the aroma, very roasty and fairly dense, but not to the level of a stout. This is a big porter, on par with Smuttynose and Three Floyds. Caramelly in the mouthfeel, aftertaste is a little heavy.

A superior porter...

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark brown color and a mocha head that provides decent retention and lacing

Smell: Modest chocolate notes; roasty with a hint of vanilla

Taste: Roast and chocolate up front, with earthy hop elements developing; mid-palate, some sweet malted milk flavors emerge but are balanced by the roast and the hop flavors and leave a coffee tone in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Great complexity to this porter

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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