Edmund Fitzgerald Porter | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Edmund Fitzgerald PorterEdmund Fitzgerald Porter
BA SCORE
92.6%
Liked This Beer
4.24 w/ 6,482 ratings
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
Ranking:
#792
Reviews:
2,029
Ratings:
6,482
Liked:
6,004
Avg:
4.24/5
pDev:
9.91%
Alströms:
4.29
 
 
Wants:
632
Gots:
1,261
Trade:
23
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4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've seen this beer around for quite some time, but I never bothered to try it. Something about naming a beer after a horrible tragedy like the sinking of that ship and the death of 29 sailors didn't seem right to me.

Then I saw it on sale.

Appearance: Beautiful! It has a nice tan head that contrasts wonderfully with the virtually black coloring.

Smell: Mostly coffee, but it is far from overwhelming or obnoxious.

Taste: As the bottle says, it has a touch of smoke to it. But roasted malt and coffee dominate the taste. Do I taste a tartness at the end?

Nice beer! It's worthy of the inland seas!

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased as part of a mix six at Wegmans in Rochester, NY.

Pours out a very dark brown, close to black, almost opaque color. Nice mocha colored head, about one inch. Small amount of lacing.

Lots of coffee and chocolate aromas in this one- don't think either is added, so it's all from the high quality roasted malt here.

The taste is similar. Perfect amount of roasty bitterness is cut by chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Some coffee-like flavors also provide a bit of bitterness. Slightly lactic twang at the end of each sip is very nice. Hop flavors are muted but still present.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable.

One of the best straightforward porters on the market. No adjuncts or extra flavors added- just great flavors wrung out of simple ingredients.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, with a best by date of 07/04/2013. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Somewhat aggressive pour yields about two fingers of mocha colored head on top of a virtually opaque black colored body with the tiniest ruby dot showing through some light.

S - Chocolate. Roasted coffee bean aroma. Vanilla. Cream. Slightly nutty. Vague hint of dark fruits like raisin and figs. Smells very enticing. Has a strong aroma yet has a lot of very distinct smelling parts to it.

T - Smooth, creamy, chocolate coffee bean flavor. Taste is definitely jam packed with flavor. Bitter roasted coffee beans, silky chocolate, roasted oats and malts, vague hop bitterness. Subtle brown sugar sweetness. There is a lot going on here. An excellent tasting beer.

M - Feel is creamy, silky, smooth, and light. Some coffee bean / hop bitterness lingers out for a little while. Very excellently balanced and bodied, with hardly any noticeable carbonation at all.

Overall, an excellent beer, and highly recommended. Since I discovered them about two years ago, Great Lakes has ceased to disappoint me. Possibly my favorite porter yet, from one of my all-time favorite breweries. Moderate 5.80% abv, and highly drinkable, if you can obtain this beer in your area, there is no excuse not to give it a shot.

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter ---4.5/5

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep brown, basically black, with one full finger of tan head. The foam settles pretty quickly, and there is a ton of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is caramel, cracked wheat, milk chocolate, and mild raisin.

T: It starts out with soaked bread, raisin, and milk chocolate. It thickens up in the middle with caramel and more milk chocolate. The finish is caramel and bread.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sweet and jam packed with flavor up front. It gets heftier in the middle as I get more oatmeal. It's think, creamy, and smooth in the finish.

O: Great beer. I have underestimated this beer for many years... but no longer. This will be my go to porter from here on out. Super good/10.

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Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92.6% out of 100 with 6,482 ratings
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