Edmund Fitzgerald Porter | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
6,474
Reviews:
2,028
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.86%
 
 
Wants:
630
Gots:
1,254
For Trade:
23
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gordon Lightfoot playing in the background as I review.

Looks like a porter should. Black, but not completely opaque. Thin tan lacing never fades, lingers on top and on the glass.

Mostly chocolate in the nose. A hint of coffee and roasted malt, but chocolate is most noticeable.

No single element of the taste really stands out, but taken as a whole it is delightful. Does not try to do too much. Roasted malt up front, with some bitterness. Bittersweet chocolate and some coffee in the middle. Finishes with some faint sweetness and roastiness. Finish is fantastic.

Mouthfeel really sets this one apart for me. Incredibly refreshing. Finish lingers pleasantly. A fair amount of carbonation, which I usually do not like, but it works here. Coating. Could drink many.

Overall, exactly what I want from a porter. Mellow and understated, but makes me want more.

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

Poured into a beer mug

Appearance- 4 finger beige head that sticks around pretty much all the way down. Almost entirely black with amber tones coming through.

Smell- I mostly noticed cocoa powder and fresh coffee grounds.

Taste- Fair amount of hops upfront subsiding into a mix of chocolate and coffee. And I do mean a mix; I couldn't really say one overpowered the other, the chocolate and coffee were equally present. Lingering, sort of bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Thick body, medium carbonation; satisfying. Taste sticks around for a while.

Overall- A great beer, full-bodied and flavorful . I don't know if I could have more than a few of these at once, but I really like this beer.

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

A- Pours a nice mahogany color. When held up to the light hints of red are visible. Creamy 2-finger khaki head, which leaves great lacing.

S- Smoky, Sugary (brown sugar), chocolatey, roasted coffee

T- Bready at first, then come the roasted malts and coffee taste. Sweet dark chocolate aftertaste with just a hint of hop bite.

M- Body is on the thick side. Carbonation is medium. Smooth/ velvety. Very good traditional porter feel.

O- This is an extremely well crafted porter. It looks just as good as it tastes. Great example of the style. My favorite GLBC beer. Definitely give it a try if you get the chance.

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Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 6,474 ratings.
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