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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought a six-pack of this venerable, much-hailed Porter at the liquor store in Kimbark Plaza, Hyde Park, Chicago a while back and am finally getting to the review. Twelve oz. brown bottle with "Enjoy By 3/27/13" printed on the label served in my Chimay chalice.

Appearance (4/5): Edmund Fitzgerald is dark brown, almost black, and you can see red-brown highlights when holding the beer up to the light. It is topped by a one-finger khaki head of creamy foam that recedes quickly. A good looking Porter, but I would have liked to see a more generous, longer-lived head.

Smell (3.75/5): EF features aromatic notes of dark fruit, mainly raisins, dark chocolate, burnt malt, roasty, nutty. Not especially pungent, but nicely balanced and inviting enough. No booze (not that you thought there'd be any in a beer clocking in at 5.8% ABV) and none of that off-putting metallic smell that spells spoilage. Good enough.

Taste (4.25/5): EF really scores well in the category of true consequence: taste! It's roasty, features a light hop bitterness, and plenty of black coffee, chocolate, dark bread, and fruity raisin-like flavors. A tad of caramel sweetness lurks in there. Light burnt malt, a touch of smoke, and also tad nutty. This is a nicely complex, yet balanced American Porter. Very tasty and, I have to say, the flavor is more interesting than the smell. I really am enjoying how well the beer warms and how easy-drinking it is.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): Medium carbonation, medium body, appropriate to a porter. Light bitterness works the palate only moderately. The beautiful thing about this beer is that it goes down easy–it's just so slick and smooth on the tongue. Drinkability is exceptional.

Overall (4.25/5): Edmund Fitzgerald is a very good American Porter. It is nicely complex yet beautifully balanced and features a great array of flavors. Very drinkable and tasty. Though perhaps not as incredible, in my opinion, as the BA score indicates, it is an outstanding value and one of those perfect beers for the cold weather.

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Appearance was chocolate brown with a finger of tan head. There was little retention of the head and only a minimal amount of lace remaining on the glass. Not much of a nose to this offering, maybe a touch of roast. The flavor was roasty, but not quite what I would term robust. There was a very interesting combination of dry bitterness and sweet milk on the finish. A solid porter, but not the best around.

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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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