Edmund Fitzgerald Porter | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Edmund Fitzgerald PorterEdmund Fitzgerald Porter
6,490 Ratings
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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Ratings: 6,490 |  Reviews: 2,031
Photo of gingx69
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite porter.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a brown, cola color with a toffee colored full, creamy head, some light comes through around the edges created nice lovely ruby edges, great head retention.

A: Roasted, toasted malt aromas, slight coffee notes along with a toasted toffee or burnt caramel aroma, not as aromatic as I was expecting.

T: Coffee, roasted malts, picking up some slight dark fruit notes as well, plums, figs, chocolate, moderate amount of coffee-like bitterness, aftertaste is more dark fruits, coffee, and chocolate.

M: Fairly light compared to other porters I have tasted, it's smooth and drinkable, finish is dry with a light coffee ground mouthfeel.

O: A solid porter, there was some mild hop notes, but it's mostly dark flavors and aromas, it's a little light on the mouthfeel but overall a solid porter that I would drink again.

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Photo of frozyn
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L -- Dark brown, mahogany-like notes. Opaque. Very slight off-white head that quickly reduces to a rim on a gentle pour.

S -- Roasted malt, sweet toffee, coffee, bittersweet chocolate.

T -- Coffee, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, plus an herbal earthiness at the end that makes for a great balance to the roasted notes. The hop balance really takes this beer up a notch.

F -- Medium-to-full, nicely carbonated.

O -- Very good porter. The 6% makes this an easy drinker, something that I'd be happy to sit around and drink multiple of come winter. The balance is superb, mixing between the robust malt characteristics and floral hoppiness.

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Photo of rclangk
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmryan8
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and an opaque consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. So-so lacing.

S: A decent, if a little underwhelming, aroma of malt, chocolate, light hops, and coffee.

T: Tasted of a bit of chocolate (definitely could have used more), a lot of roasted malt, a creamy quality, a hint of coffee (only evident in the finish), a chalky lactose quality, and some hops. Like the aroma, the taste was a little on the muted side, with none of the ingredients really standing out. Not a terrible flavor, but not outstanding.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a mostly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: It's kind of hard to reconcile the high rating of this beer with its actual nature. Could have been better.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have been able to partake in this beer a countless amount of times in my life and every time, it's always been the same amount of roast, coffee beans, dark and milk chocolate always coming in practically perfect and indulgent in it's entirety in the aroma, the flavor and feel. Do I need to describe it's appearance? The real question is why do any of you think I have the user name and avatar on here. Pretty sure my numbers reflect on how I really think of this beer.

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Photo of DeanAmbrose
3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Poured dark black. Aroma of chocolate. Tastes very malty with lots of chocolate hints. Mouth feel was creamy and smooth as most porters are. Over all is a good beer. Well crafted from a great company. Wish this was more widely available so others can try it.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Vinsetta Garage, Berkeley, Michigan on 02/17/17.

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Photo of Eammon1920
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dd53grif
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of uncleotis
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChilliHeights
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very nice Porter from GLBC as are most of the beers. Love to support the home town breweries. Nice dark color and great mouth feel and finish.

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Photo of jphallenbeck
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As a dark beer fan from Rochester NY, this was my first favorite beer. I still hold it in high regard and will occasionally get a 6-pack at Wegmans when I want something dark that isn't too expensive.

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Photo of joshautry
2.24/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of blissfulNemo
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dharmelink
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerSexLove
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It seems rather poetic to be sipping on this pleasing porter on a grey, chilly, Saturday afternoon.

It's a slow unfolding, releasing warmer scents and tastes as it settles. I'm enjoying the carbonated creaminess and the rich color is quite satisfying as well.

Simple pleasures.....ah......

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Photo of JohnnyLaw
2.93/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Meh, this is average....look and taste are average...lingering aftertaste is kind of a turn off along with feel. Feels like what I ASSUME a stinky sock feel would be (stale). Most porters feel this way to me so I rank this as a 'meh'...

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Photo of mpbuckley
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BierJunky
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think this is perfect.

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Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rossracing
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeRose
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours close enough to black that the brown highlights hardly matter. Brief foamy head that left a thin cap floating atop the beer.

On the nose, the first impact is chocolate followed by roasty malt. As it warmed up a little, there was a hint of sweetness.

The taste is very good. Taste leads with malt, but eventually is taken over by a slightly sweet chocolate note that is strong on the chocolate. Right on the finish there is a notable floral presence and a bit of a bitter bite that I assume is amplified some by whatever hops are used. All in all, a clean tasting, well crafted porter.

The feel has a bit of carbonation "sting" to it, but the general feel is smooth and almost creamy. Not too thick on the body - medium at best which is fine for the style. There is a little lingering chalky feel and a residual flavor of chocolate that gets a bit sweeter as it fades.

Overall, this is a very good porter. Whether it is worthy of the hype is debatable in my mind. I can't say I have had better, but I have certainly had at least two equals. Good beer, highly recommended.

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Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 6,490 ratings
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