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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 badbeer
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark brown, almost black with a tan head that receded to a ring around the glass. Rich smell of cherries, cocoa, some espresso notes, molasses, and currants. Amazing smell, especially for a regular porter. Roast coffee upfront, before leading into cocoa and some hoppiness, then some of the dark fruit comes through before a dry coffee finish. Medium carbonation and light to medium bodied, pretty slick and oily on the tongue. Really a joy to drink, I wish this was easier to get here in Iowa.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, with a 1/2 inch cappucino head that subsides to a nice suds cover. Low medium viscosity, with thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Deep chocolate malts with a few hints of honey. Cool and refreshing.

Taste: Chocolate and espresso notes, with dark sweet front and middle palates. Mild milk notes and a biscuity finish. Nice balance between sweet malts and a slight astringent aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, with a malt emphasis. Fantastic.

Drinkability: A solid porter, that remains sessionable despite a nice depth of flavor. Not terribly complex, but graceful in its simplicity.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Edmund Fitzgerald.

I just got back from Belgium, and poured it into my Trappist Westveletren glass. Why not? Everything looks prettier in this thing. I'm going to drink iced tea out of it. Ok, maybe not.

Anyways, nice, deep brown/chocolate body with a bit of mahogany-red light shining through the bottom. The head starts out tan, frothy and chunky, but settles down to a skim in a couple minutes. Nice lacing, though.

Smell is dry, roasty, baker's chocolate and roasted barley. I like a sweeter smelling port usually, but it's nice.

Taste is huge on the chocolate malt with a dry finish. A bit sweet up front, but then settling into the roasted malt at the end. Pretty nice. A big porter, that's for sure.

Mouthfeel is really nice. Creamy, with those tiny little bubbles that tickle your tongue.

Drinkability is good, but it's hindered for me by the dry and roasty barley at the end.

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Photo of xzqrut
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, this Porter has a dark and rich color, more along the lines of high potency cocoa, then say coffee. The beer gives a foamy tan head, that is not too thick. The Edmund Fitzgerald has a very mild odor, but what it lacks to the nose, it makes up for in the mouth. It has a very smooth drinkability, that fills the mouth with bitter coffee tastes and complimentary tones of sweet chocolate. This porter goes down smooth, and is a great member of the Great Lakes family.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's, Best by 11/15/06

I've had this many times but somehow never rated.

appearance: pours into an unmarked imperial pint glass...very dark mahogany body, rich and full, a clear ruby tint noticeable when held towards the light...creamy light tan head with decent lacing

smell: creamy and rich cocoa and burnt coffee, strong floral hop profile...big and roasty, nice aromatic porter

taste: big and bold...burnt coffee roast, semi-sweet dark chocolate, rather hoppy for the style, creamy and sweet, earthy, woody, big roasted malt backbone, nice slightly bitter finish

mouthfeel: robust, creamy and smooth, light bitterness, medium body, average-low carbonation

drinkability: rather high

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Photo of wingman14
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a red tint when held up to a lamp, and a light tan head. Smells burnt with some smoky tones and chocolate and coffee hints. Other sweet notes come through. The taste is powered by a smoky feel and plenty of sweet notes for some balance. It has a bitter beginning with a long smoky aftertaste. Good mouthfeel, the heavy smoke flavor doesn't mask the other tones that fill this beer. This is a great beer, my favorite from great lakes. Enjoy!

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Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a jet black color with a one finger caramel colored head. Good retention on the head at first. Nice looking lace.
S: Aromas of coffee and caramel dominate the nose--a bit of toffee in there also. Roasted malt notes peak out too.
T/M: Roasted coffee and chocolate malts wash across the mouth. Good secondary flavors of caramel and toffee malts. Very creamy and smooth through the mouth with a decent bitterness. Almost tastes like a milk stout to me, though it has a robust body and well balanced. Mellows out as it warms. Bitterness gets more pronounced as it warms too.
D: Drinkability is quite high on this offering from Great lakes. Very tasty porter--one of the better, more smooth ones I've had.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Sammy: Poured a deep black color porter with a medium off-white foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of light coffee and roasted malt is less dominating then expected. Taste is also dominated by light coffee with some medium bitterness form the roasted malt. Body is about average with some creamy aspect. Not sure why this is rate so high, I can think of quite a few porter that are at least equal or better then this.

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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of mlh1227.

A - 1 1/2" beige head, retains well just below 1/2". Dark brown with a red tint against the light. Excellent sheet of lacework.

S - Creamy coffee. Chocolate and roasted malt.

T - Damn tasty!! Caramel. Nutty. Huge roasted flavor. Earthy. Bitter dark chocolate. Hops are apparent mildly in the finish. Light sweetness. Perfect roasted bitterness.

M - Medium bodied and creamy. Lively carbonation. Touch of sweetness in the finish.

D - Outstanding drinkability!! I wish I had the opportunity to hammer this in large quantities!! Thank you mlh1227!!!!

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Photo of BillyB
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown to black color. Thin tan head.

Smoky, oaky aromas. Salty, roasty, malt aromas.

Tastes like coffee, toffee, caramel. Nutty, biscuity.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Slight alcohol taste and smell.

This was the first beer I've tried from Great Lakes. Very good example of the style.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clean, slightly translucent porter. Soft beige head fell quickly now just remains as a patch memory and subtle ring around the glass.

S: Smells great! Coffee, bourbon, chocolate pudding, bit of oak.

T: Begins with a bit of slightly sour milk then transitions to a medium burnt coffee flavor. Almost a charred quality with burnt aspects, but very subtle. Ends with a touch of burnt butter. The flavors are all very subtle...

M: Bit thinner than I would have thought, but as the beer opens so does the body.

D: Not as complex as I had hoped. For the reviews, I expected more. Much better porters out there IMO.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Slows BBQ in Detroit. The beer was dark brown with a thick tan head (lasted forever). The aroma was mostly chocolate, with a little burnt malt.

The flavor was chocolatey and malty, with a really creamy texture. This might be the best porter I've tried yet, almost stout-like. It was pretty rich with chocolate flavor.

Nice porter from Ohio, completely recommended.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.06/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is black and deep purple when held up to the light. The pour was very aggressive and left lacing as is fell and stuck to the side of the glass. The head itself was a little thin after falling.

Smell is light and flowery and has a slight dark coffee smell that isn't very strong.

Taste is very strong with toffee and the dark roasted malts are very sour coffee malts. The body is a light medium body that finishes clean.

The mouthfeel is O.K., doesn't suck, doesn't rule. Well carbonated and finishes clean...not my favorite characteristic for a porter.

I will definetly try a fresh bottle to find the original tastes...these tastes seemed a little off.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the porter pours dark brown with some tinges of red depending on how I hold the beer up to the light. There's an inch carbonated tan head that lingers on the glass for a long time. There's also a nice layer of lace that remains on the glass while drinking it. The aroma is mostly chocolatey, with some roasted malt and hops in there too. It tastes like semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, and hops. It has a nice bitter aftertaste too. It has a good medium mouthfeel to it, with just the right amount of carbonation. It finishes great, and it's very easy to drink. It has just the right amount of bitterness and sweetness to it, it's one of the best beers I've had. I'd recommend this to anyone to drink, it's another excellent beer by Great Lakes.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freshness date of March 2006.

A: Poured a dark amber with reddish tints to it. Off-white head and lacing when poured.

S: Sweet at first, with hints of bitter hops in there.

T: A lot of flavors on the middle of the tongue. Bitter nuttiness, although not overpowering. Actually a lot of sweet notes in there, too.

M: Light carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Very drinkable. One of the best of the style. Overall a very good porter. Nice balanced flavors, excellent consistency.

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

Pours a nice mahogany color with a tan head. Quite nice looking, really. I didn't pick up much from the smell (maybe my nose wasn't working) but there was the predictable dark roasted aroma that comes with a porter. Nothing significant there. The taste, however, was yummy. Some nutty notes along with the roasted malty flavor, and a bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew that I've enjoyed more than once before. The mouthfeel was fine, and this is an easily drinkable porter.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Colters Bay in Buffalo, NY for a paltry $3.50 pint.

Pours a black ink buh-lack with a coffee & cream head cap that leaves a stratus lace down the glass.

Aroma is a slightly grape fruity and roasty malt notes. Some classic red ale aspects pop out as well.

First swigs: Baker's chocolate initially and a side track to a fruity pancake and grape aspect. Middle sugests some caramel and black coffee. Aftertaste is a touch of vanilla but not too much so.

Feel is just medium bodied with a clean finish which adds to the drinkability. There is a softness to the feel that is stunning. Velvet.

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Photo of blitz134
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What more could you ask for in a porter, nearly pitch black with some crimson highlights through the body. A solid inch thick tan head formed on the pour, reduced to a foam cap that holds on nicely. Lacing clings randomly about my pint glass.

Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a bit of sweetness prevail in the aroma. A touch of floral hops come through as well.

Taste is loaded with flavors, this is not your one-dimensional typical porter, this one has some actual complexity. Taste is initially a tiny bit sweet but then some of the carbonation comes in and strips that away, the transition after that is of chocolate and mild coffee. Finish is a bit of bitterness. Nicely done overall.

Good medium mouthfeel, typical to style. Fair amount of carbonation makes it light on the tongue, but this one still coats the mouth well. Drinkability is really good. This one is too easy to put back with its complex flavor and crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel.

Well done, a must try...best porter I have had, period...

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Near pitch black body. Roasty and chocolate aroma with big chocolate flavor. Very smooth and almost a little chewy. A bit thick for me to want to drink a few more. A great porter, although overrated IMO. Ranks right up there with my other favorites, Anchor Porter and Middles Ages Duke of Winship.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with a half inch beige head. Smells of hops, malt and oatmeal. Rich and creamy in taste with an oats and grains finish. Aslo hops in the aftertaste. Good lacing on the glass. A great beer. I fear that I am being conservative with the rating, because, as I have had many more since first trying the beer, and also had thge opportunity to visit the brewery and been hooked ever since.

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

a - pours deep and dark, not quite black though, nice big tan fluffy head that lingers throughout, nice lacing as well

s - smell was kind of off for me, couldn't really pinpoint what it was, but it was not great, definitely not as good as the taste, slightly sweet aroma, a little hoppiness

t - roasted maltiness dominates, with chocolate and slight coffee making an appearance, very nice finish that's a great balance between bitterness and sweetness

m - medium bodied, fairly creamy and smooth, not much carbonation detected

d - very drinkable, the taste kept me wanting to take another drink, definitely a sessionable beer though porters are not my favorite

Very fine example of an American Porter, the only letdown was the smell, and even that wasn't too bad.

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Photo of trep
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black body sitting in my balloon wih a light tan head of a finger's worth or so. Black as midnight with only hints of ruby red around the edges.

Dark roasted malt, coffee, mocha, and a little bit of alkeyhall. A little bit of toffee and dark fruits too. Not too shabby.

God I love the way this beer tastes. Always been one of my favorite porters. Rich coffee and dark malts dominate this one with the perfect dose of bitter hops. Everything in this beer works perfectly. The harmony of the coffee, malt, and hops is incredible. Creamy and smooth as butta, this one goes down easy as pie.

Perfect amount of carbonation for this medium bodied beer.

This is about as easy as it gets for darker medium-bodied beers. Not a sipper like Impy Stouts or Barleywines, and not a watered down macro. Heaven in a bottle.

A near perfect porter.

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Photo of mynie
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellently large and perfectly brown head sits atop a dark ruby pool of chestnut wonderousness.

Smells like a fantabulous porter. Dark, roasted malts, all bitter and tasty, against sweeter, more chocolately and rough malts, along with a distinct, almost floral hop.

Tastes very much like it smells. Starts with the rawness of a porter, big bitter roasted malt. Moves then into really smooth mocha coffee middle, ending on a dry, flowery hop.

This tastes so fanastic I can't believe that it's only 5.8% ABV! What a great session porter.

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Photo of SethB2
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Beer bours a thin black color with a decent head and some nice lacing. Holding it to a light reveals a deep ruby color. Good looking brew. Smell is bready, malty, yeasty ... just like it should be. Some fruitiness in there too if you sniff long enough. Taste is good. Tasted is of roasted malts, coffee with a little bit of sweetness peaking through at the finish. Good stuff. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and the finish is a little odd tasting. Can't put my finger on exactly what I'm referring to. Drinkability is nice, however. If I had another, I wouldn't mind tossing it back.

The more beers I drink from Great Lakes, the more I'm impressed with them. Quality brewery.

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

I cannot figure out what Great Lakes puts in the water, but no matter what I've had previous to drinking this, I always want to go back to them. They never go overboard and everything is overly drinkable, including this one. Dark rich pour, with a decent head and some lacing. Some chocolate, not overbearing, almost milky. Few hops at the end, quaffable as hell. Feels awesome on the palate and the best news, WE up here can get this for $6.99 a sixer in the grocery stores!!

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,995 ratings.
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