Edmund Fitzgerald Porter | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

2,016 Reviews
Edmund Fitzgerald PorterEdmund Fitzgerald Porter

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

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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Photo of doppelmeup
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to jdoolin for sending me this very fine brew!!

Pours a rich mahogany color into a pint glass. As I hold the glass to the light, beautiful ruby highlights ring the glass. A creamy head develops and leaves a thick, lasting layer of off-white foam floating on top.

Aromas of cocoa, freshly ground coffee, fruity and malty. Slightly reminiscent of graham crackers.

Taste is exceptional, and definitely lives up to the reputation. Slightly sweet, with milk chocolate and cappucino dominating. Again, I am tasting some graham cracker maltiness and a slightly sour flavor as well, which balances the sweetness. And I almost forgot the hops hiding in the background which lend a fruity crispness to the beer.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and has a nice, drying finish. Coffee flavors linger ever so slightly, encouraging you to have another sip. Flavors of dark chocolate remain in the mouth while you ponder how good this beer is.

Highly drinkable. Goes down very easy, ABV is moderate, making this beer one that you could easily have several in a sitting.

Overall an exceptional brew!

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

Poured a deep dark brown with an ample head at 48 degrees. Nice sustained Brussels lace when head went south after 2 minutes. Looked very appealing.

Nice balance of malt, hops, and yeast with malt prevailing over hops but hops were lingering in the background.

Very smooth with hints of mocha chocolate and not the hops anticipated. Well balanced for a smooth malt taste.

Very pleasant without any hint of bitterness but lacked slightly in staying power.

Need to have this one with friends to see if I may be missing some of the nuances. Could probably rate higher.

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Photo of irishmoss
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at the Brewery on 11/10/06 to mark the anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. '29' refers to the number of crew members' lives that were claimed on that day back in 1975. Brewed with cherries and cranberries.

A beautiful dark brown, almost black, body with great dark tan/medium brown head. A decent head dissipated till a fat ring remained around the edges of the glass, this ring left some light lacing in clingy patches down the sides. The aroma was sweet roasted malt with chocolate covered cherries. The taste was similar to regular Edmund Fitzgerald, but with a more pronounced chocolate flavor that intertwines with cherries followed by a slight tartness from the cranberries. There are many different flavors going on this glass, but the overall experience isn't lost on just one pronounced flavor. All the flavors blend together well. Smooth medium bodied mouthfeel and good drinkability due to the fact that the cherry and cranberry flavors are nice and subtle.

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Photo of MrVisegrips
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour is a a dark almost black ruby red with a noble tan head. Aroma is very elegant with roasted malts and chocolate. Flavors are VERY well balanced with deep malt presence with a nice bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth leaving it very drinkable. Overall, this brew is an excellent porter specimen. I look forward to trying more brews from Great Lakes Brewing.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a soy-ink label marked fresh through July 23, 2006. Beer enjoyed from a standard pint glass November 7, 2006.

I was expecting this to be a good Porter, but it isn't. It is a great Porter!

For appearance we've got a slenderly translucent extra-dark chocolate shell confining a carousel of ruby red light. On top sits a worthy head of toffee-colored bubble foam.

The fragrance is that of bittersweet chocolate and dark oily coffee beans. There is a heavenly sweet/floral aroma like that of caramel-dipped roses.

The floral sweetness continues in the flavor arena as dark roast and caramelized sugar struggle with a massive punch of floral hops for dominance.

This beer is a beautiful thing. It has the perfect Porter base of just slightly thin flavor-packed roastiness expertly complimented by the very intense flavor (but not bitterness) of the deftly chosen hops.

Thank you Great Lakes BC for making my night. And special thanks to robertdoesbeer for slipping me this bottle.

GLBC's website lists 12 medals won by this beer. It deserves every one.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burgundy-black brew with a 1/2 finger head of brown foam that quickly recedes to a fizzy collar that exhibits wet spotty lacing. A good swirl readily brings back a thin brown cap.

Smells deeply malted with chocolate and coffee roast notes predominating. Sweet but bitter at the same time.

Big roasty chicory flavor at first sip. Gradual progression through sweet chocolate candy in the middle and then back to bitter coffee and chicory a the end. Hops are pretty firm and powerful for a porter. Great balance of bitter roasted grains (chicory and coffee) and bitter hops (grassy and oily)....while still remaining sweet enough to counterweight all the bitterness.

Medium bodied and nicely carbonated with a dry grainy finish. Excellent drinkability...maybe one of the most quaffable porters I've tried.

Bottom line: A damn fine porter.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing... i went to a brew fest at Penn State University and tried it for the first time. I went back to their stand 4 times to get more. Absolutely my favorite porter ever. EVER. Only problem is, the only place they distribute in PA is in Pittsburgh... a long trip for philadelphians like myself. But anyway, about the beer, excellent coffee and chocolate flavors... not a thick porter, it kinda had a light mouthfeel. Just like one of the other reviewers wrote, i could drink this beer everyday.

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Photo of Grundle20
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and black in color. There is a small amount of head with mild retention but there is some good lacing.

Rich chocolate notes set this thing off. There is a mild vanilla flare in the background.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The chocolate carries through in full force. This beer is rich with both flavor and mouthfeel. The thick flavor slurry rolls over your tongue with all out brownie chocolate tastes. There is a mild nutty vanilla finish which is surprisingly clean for a porter. Very tasty.

It's a little to dark for full on drinkability. I could see a couple of these at the end of the day or paired with food, not a Friday night beer.

Bottom Line:
A solid porter. Another great bear from GLBC. If you like porter I wouldn't pass this up.

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Photo of Callenak
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the GLBC.

What can I say, this is my favorite porter. One of my favorite beers and unfortunately not distributed to California. I have to ship myself a case every time I go out to Cleveland. This is the benchmark for porters, IMHO.

Pours deep black with a nice, thick head that lingers around for a while.

Smell is roasted coffee and chocolate.

Beer is all taste. Chocolate and roasted malt. A little creaminess to it with no real alcohol flavors.

I could drink this beer every day. Perfect session beer, under 6%. Full of flavor. What else do you want?

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Photo of BamaWorKs
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer as part of the Great Lakes sampler pack, poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Liquid was virtually opaque. Very impressed head, almost two fingers thick with defined lacing down the side. Very tasty. The hints of coffee & chocolate were great on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is quality, thick by easily drinkable, with great carbonation. Really made for an enjoyable drinking experience.

I have to admit, this brew is one of the better porters out there (but I'm sure someone will chastize me for saying that!)

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The Liquid is dark brown almost black. Some red lights shining through. The Head is quite amazing. 2 fingers of dark tan foam that leaves an amazing lace. WOW, big WOW!

The smell is coffee, some chocolate and burnt toast.

The taste is great! Big coffee taste with sweet chocolate notes, a very slightly burnt taste in the middle but a soothing and most excellent finish.

The mouthfeel is just great a joy to swallow. Carbonation it good, Oh so creamy and smooth.

The drinkability is not beat, This is truly a best of class brew.Prosit und Zum Wohl, Many thanks to McAllister for the oppertunity to try this great brew. MK

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a freshness date of 1/14/07, christened after the ship that sank in Lake Superior in 1975 and imortalized in the classic Gordon Lightfoot tune. It pours a nearly opaque black, with a glimmer of mahogany near the bottom of the pint. The head is tan and creamy, and gathers in a thick cap that extends above the lip of the glass, the lace is thick and coats nearly the entirety of the glass.

The aroma consists mainly of coffee and roasted malt, with a little cocoa and charred wood. The flavor follows the smell, but with many additional elements: molassas, vanilla, hops, butterscotch, and slight hints of dark fruit.

The mouth is full and complex, moving from a light, creamy wave capped by sweetness, to a bittersweet, semi-dry coffee/chocolate finish. It's an extremely well-rouned and drinkable stout, yet still offers pleny of flavor. One of the best American Porters in the land in my opinion.

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Photo of xav33
3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
12 oz bottle
Best by 01/07, sank 10/06
Medium pour in a pint glass.

Poured dark brown with mahogony highlights, with a small creamy somewhat lasting head with small lacing.

Smelt of moderate burnt grain, nuttiness, dark chocolate, with some light coffee.

Taste was upfront moderate coffee and dark chocolate bittersweetness, with some light nuttiness, followed by a strong burnt bitterness and nuttiness, more like nut skins, with some light sweet molasses and light bitter grassy hops accent on a mostly hoppy long grassy/green veggie finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, oily, lively carbonated, with heavy astringency.

Overall, kind of an average porter, with an interesting complexity and boldness, but does little to please the palate. Nicely light bodied as well, so I could drink in the summer too.

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Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger off white creamy head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a bold burnt grain aroma with strong element of coffee and mild caramel.

The taste was robust and heavy. An excellent dark grain bill and mild coffee bitterness. A subtle sweetness took the edge off.

The mouthfeel was full and rich with a nice dry finish.

Overall a superior porter. Extremely drinkable and sessionable. Perhaps the best porter available.

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Photo of alexgash
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ruby-hued, shipwreck dark brown body with a thick, tall, dense, cocoa brown head. Beautiful. Dark chocolate and cocoa dusted over molasses, dough, and spicy hops. Bursting with sweet and roasted malt right out of the box. Toasted, roasted edge up front gives way to slightly sweet and chocolatey malts. Roasted coffee and hop bitterness are there the whole time and really come through in a slightly warming finish. Very good. Medium bodied with a smooth, bottle-conditioned feel. Excellent.

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Photo of Bones54
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not exactly the biggest porter fan but I do have to admit this makes me want to explore the style a bit more. This brew seems to be the brew that Great Lakes gets the most kudos for and deservedly so.

Pours a nice dark color with a thick head. The sweetness is not to overpowering and is very welcomed. Overall and enjoyable porter, but personally I have a problem drinking more than 1 of these in a given night.

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Photo of Briarbush
3.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown with a small tan head

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate prevails with a subtle hint of coffe, tiny smell of hops

Taste: Coffe was the most prevailing for me. With a very light chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Full body, crisp finish

Drinkability: I'm not a porter man but I found this to be drinkable. If you love porters you will probably enjoy this beer.

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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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Photo of PorterLover83
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the first actual beers I've had. The appearance to me was good. From what I've read it looked like a Porter "should". Smell was aromatic and better than a typical mass brew that I am used to. Taste was excellent. It took a minute in my mouth to register what flavors were there. It had a coffee, chocolate hint. Mouthfeel was pretty decent, mild bodied. Drinkability is definately there. Not to heavy on the stomach. My overall stance on this beer is that it is definately my favorite for now.

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

Acquired via trade from mcallister, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Rich coffee and toasted malt aroma, with hints of chocolate and hops.

T: Creamy, roasted coffee flavor is the most prevalent taste. There’s a mild background of chocolate, caramel, dark fruit & hops. The after-taste is that of a strong cup of coffee.

M: Crisp & smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, very easy to drink, only slightly filling, excellent representation of style and an all-round excellent beer.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhh Edmond Fitzgerald Porter!... Another great offering from Great Lakes Brewery! I would like to find this one on TAP somewhere. But alas, all I could find was bottles. So I pored it into a pint glass and what a nice thick frothy head and how it maintained itself and left little lacy rings on the side of the glass marking the volume of each sip.

The Smell is what gets you first with EFP!.. a very nice spicy, robust odor that speaks well of the taste to follow.

The Taste is true porter... creamy and just the right amount of hoppiness. A chocolate finish with just the right amount of sweetness finishes it off well. The taste hangs with you for quite a while making this beer a hard one to forget!

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Photo of aayooper
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours dark with just a hint of red. Tan foam which disipates quickly. Taste of burnt coffee and malt followed by a chocolate linger. Great feel and flavor from start to end. Easily drinkable. I have to remind myself to slow down and enjoy. Opps, too late now. It's gone.

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Photo of eballard
2.92/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured black as could be with an airy head that disappeared as fast as I could pour and left no lace. The smell is smoky and with an almost sour quality. The beer tastes chocolate and smoky with hints of roasted coffee. The taste dissipates fast with little after taste. The beer is creamy and smooth and finishes clean. I was not really impressed with this beer. It is a little weak in flavor and a little on the flat side but it also has some nice qualities. I would defiantly give this beer another try if I run across it again.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a thick light tan head ,a very deep ruby red hue,can barley see light through it. Smells nutty,roasty,chocality,slightly burnt,very complex aroma.Tastes sweet,nutty,like black coffee,with a burnt aftertaste.A nice rich mouthfeel,a fruity taste followed by a burnt aftertaste,a clean,dry finish.A very good porter,well balanced, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerRun13
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark garnett. A creamy thick tan head sits on top and leaves A+ lacing.
Roasty, nutty, chocolatey in the nose. Very nice.
Touch of chocoalte. Nice roasted/toasted quality. A nice use of hops in the back end of this one.
Lighter side of full bodied. Nicely carbonated. Creamy smooth with a crisp finish.
By far the best porter I've had to date, and one that lives up to all the hype... My first perfect score.

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Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 6,429 ratings.
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