Edmund Fitzgerald Porter | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Edmund Fitzgerald PorterEdmund Fitzgerald Porter
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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served at Craftsman Table and Tap with a house tulip glass, consumed 2/27/2013 (going off notes from my napkin)

Aroma: Smells fantastic. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt sugar. Somehow it all comes together to make this a true pleasure to smell.

Colour: Pours a nice dark black with a 2 finger beige head that sticks around for a minute or so before disappearing into a small foaming film covering the surface. Illuminates cola brown. Lacing forms a nice collar, spreads when swirled.

Flavour: Really fantastic, it somehow comes together better than the nose does. Dark roasted malt contribution gives quite a bit of chocolate, a little bit of black coffee, hints of caramel and burnt sugar. Really a complex, sweet flavour for a Porter. I love it!

Mouthfeel: Medium body on the thicker side, very easy to drink this beer. Carbonation is good, just right. The aftertaste gives me a lot of chocolate and a little bit of pine, and doesn't linger too long with a dry finish. Very sessionable yet tasty. Can't do much better in this category. It could be more creamy like the Black Butte can get, though.

Overall: This is going to be my go-to porter. Easy to get, easy to drink, easy to appreciate. For a porter, it packs a quite a bit of the complex character and the flavours I love the most in general- chocolate and coffee especially. I can get it for $7.49/6pk here in Madison, WI and there's no question that's one the best values I've come across. As for beer aesthetics, the only thing that it could possibly improve on is small potatoes- if it were a bit more creamy and fuller bodied, it would be perfect.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours lack with a 2 finger tan head. Random blotches and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- nice roast, dark chocolate, some molasses and light coffee.

T- semi sweet chocolate, roasted malts, light dark fruits, and some pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Smooth and a little slick.

O- good porter with nice roast and semi sweet notes. After having Founders the other day his doesn't quite stack up to it but still very good.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Thin dark brown pour. Excellent one finger thick tan colored head with excellent retention. Superb lacing on the sides. For a porter this one achieves a lot. Opaque and dark black inside the glass with slight ruby hues.

Aroma is of a mildly roasted malts. A little bit of sweetness and easy body.

A good amount of roasted malts that are strong and powerful. Very easy on the palate. Finish is dry with some twist of sweetness blended in. Very light.

Mouth feel is light to slightly medium on the side. Very easy drinking and smooth brew.

Don't know why this is so highly rated. This one is to the par but not that good.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought this beer because I couldn't find anything else that looked appealing at the small store I stopped at. It was one of the few beers they stocked in the Porter or Stout category. I'm glad I did purchase it. It pours very nicely with just the right amount of head. The smell is superb and gives hints of chocolate and malt. I found that the taste was slightly behind the smell but not far. It still has a great taste and a nice chocolaty finish. I found this beer to be a great go-to even when other Porters or Stouts are available. I think I will add this to the "grab it if they've got it" list for my wife when she makes her trips to the store for me.

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Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92.6% out of 100 with 6,483 ratings
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