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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
Ranking:
#800
Reviews:
2,032
Ratings:
6,492
pDev:
9.91%
Bros Score:
4.29
 
 
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Ratings: 6,492 |  Reviews: 2,032
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. Light ruby highlights around the edges. A two finger tan head forms. Tightly packed with fine bubbles rising. Rings of sticky lace left behind. This is a looker.
S: Roasted malt, toast, bread. Light chocolate and coffee. Vanilla.
T: Follows the nose with big roasted and smokey malts. Baked bread, lightly bitter bakers chocolate, vanilla, light coffee, even a bit of smoke. Spot on for the style.
M/D: A medium body with perfect carbonation. Perfectly crisp, but smooth at the same time. Incredibly easy, enjoyable, and satisfying to drink.

One of the best American porters out there. The definition of the style, and like everything else from Great Lakes superlative.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of bigaltemple
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle with Best By date of 12/15/12

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Tan, creamy head builds easily with mild pour. Fairly solid cap remains throughout, providing some moderate lacing.

S - Toasted and smoky goodness. Bitter chocolate, and a very light hint of some coffee.

T/M - Darker, more of a roasted malt profile in the taste. The chocolate lends a slight creaminess. To me, it feels on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Crisp carbonation without being too prickly.

O - Very solid offering for the style. Although I'm not a huge porter fan, I found this to be quite enjoyable and highly drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ClarkHimself
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crazy dark ruby color, appearing jet black in my snifter unless held up to a light. Deliciously sticky toffee-colored head webs around the glass very well. Smells of roasted goodness... mostly coffee, little bit of coco, but nothing too crazy. Tastes... like a great porter! Slightly bitter coffee taste upfront with a lingering coco flavor on the back-end. Definitely has an above-average mouthfeel, though I like a bit more thickness and robustness in my porters and stouts.

Another standard (i.e. kick-ass) from GL. Could drink this all night in these colder months.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from the bottle 11/16/2012

Appearance: Pours very dark brown. Edges show up to light. Thick, bit coarse tan head. Great lacing

Aroma: dark Chocolate, raisins, bit of coffee

Taste: roasted barley, but not astringent. Nicely balanced. Dark chocolate notes a little subdued compared to aroma. Smooth French roast coffee comes through.

Mouthfeel: Tiny tingling bubbles, and then an extremely smooth, wet feel, ending with some residual smooth coffee bitter. Not too thick. Really easy drinking

Overall: First sip I thought was a bit thin. Used to stouts. But now that I’ve had a few more, I think it's renewed a love in porters. Could put a lot of these away on a cold day.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A personal favorite of mine for some time. First time I've had the chance to formally review.

A: Perfect 1/2" tan head, nearly opaque, very dark shade of brown, just a bit hazy. Nice lacing on the glass.
S: Hops and roast, maybe a bit of coffee too. Nice.
T: The thing about this beer is it's a perfect blend of roast and hops. The roast is mildly coffee; the hops are distincly earthy and piney. This is a refreshing beer too surprisingly, the hops are very bright and at the forefront. Not too bitter either, just a bit of light toffee sweetness. If anything, it could pop a bit more with roast flavors, but that's really splitting hairs.
M: Medium/medium-light; makes the beer very drinkable. No faults here.
O: A great beer, you can have several of these with no problems, not super interesting but no real issues. Very well balanced. Love Great Lakes, this might be my favorite that they make.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 6,492 ratings
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