Edmund Fitzgerald Porter | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

6,468 Ratings
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 +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Nonic Pint Glass]

The pour was a deep dark pitch black with a huge (3-4 finger) medium tan frothy head that was fully lasting and possessed excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was of roasted chocolate malt and leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses and a touch of smoke.

The taste was very malty with a mild sweet chocolate note at first, but then the taste shifted slightly to a mild bitterness with a good strong coffee presence and a light sweet molasses ending. The flavor hung on for a very long time proceeding the swallow with a nice bitter coffee taste left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was almost full in body with a dry oily texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this is a great tasting Porter that was quite easy going down and had an exceptional bold robust flavor, making this one hek of an enjoyable drinking experience…

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color typical of a porter. Overall, a pretty typical porter, where there is nothing unique compared to others (like some porters have strong coffee tastes). However, this porter is very well done. Great malt taste with just a hint of hops and chocolate that all blends together very well. It is definitely one of the better porters I have had, and I would highly recommend it.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a long lasting tanned head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, coffee, vanilla, cacao, chocolate and dark fruit. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of bready, toasted malt, some earthy hops, coffee, vanilla, chocolate and dark fruit. Not as good as on tap but still wonderful brew.

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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 9/19/2012) into a snifter. Pours a somewhat transparent brown w/ a 1-finger khaki head that settles to a thin film. Some garnet light shines through around the edges. Pretty vigorous carbonation visible around the side of the glass.

Aroma is sharply roasty and bitter. Has an almost acrid, burnt smell. There's also a hint of dried dark fruit here, mostly prunes and raisins. More earthy and nutty as it warms. Dark bitter chocolate too.

Taste is bitter chocolate and roasted malt with a dry finish. Cocoa, dark fruit, black coffee.

Mouthfeel is where this beer really shines. It slips effortlessly across the palate and finishes bone dry. Good carbonation. Slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall a solid American porter. Well-crafted and enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown color with a big finger-plus of frothy brownish head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of coffee, roasted dark chocolate, with some vanilla sweetness and a touch of smoke character.

T - Starts off with a mix of dark chocolate with some like smoke and vanilla bean and a touch of licorice. Through the middle, come coffee comes through with some more roasted flavors and a bit of bitter cocoa. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate, vanilla bean, coffee, and licorice.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, roasty, and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice balance of flavors and it really goes down smooth.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A buddy of mine got this for me and many thanks for that.

Appearance: A very dark and opaque brown body, a 1/2in cream colored head. A thick look and great retention.

Smell: Smells of chocolate, dark smoky coffee and some evergreen scent as well.

Taste: Dark chocolate surrounds this brew, the smoky coffee notes follow through the initial hit. The roasted earthiness (nuts, and coffee) are fantastic. It finishes with a piney hops and slight vanilla smoothness. A very good tasting porter.

Mouthfeel: Medium to rich bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A great porter, possibly the best I’ve had to date. So rich well mixed and earthy.

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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle a few weeks back from Charlotte. Not distributed in GA. Happy day! Poured into a Duvel snifter.

A - Very dark brown with a thick tan head. Sticks beautifully around the the glass.

S - Rich aroma filled with oak and light roasted malts. Coffee, chocolate and a touch of vanilla rounds it out. Superb.

T - Follows the nose with an earthy feel. A touch of hops finishes the brew. The flavors are complex and tie together beautifully.

M - Lightly carbonated and irresistibly smooth. Not very bold but perfect for a porter.

O - Truly a fantastic porter. Might be the best I have had to date. Others that come to mind are the Taddy porter and the London porter. Worthy of the praise.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown pour, decent lacing. Excellent scents of chocolate, malt, and licorice. Reminds me why I love porters. A little more charasmatic than Bell's porter, but a bit more acidic too. Fantastic coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt flavors. A marvelous porter, would never hesitate to recommend this to anyone searching for a good porter.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into CBS snifter.

A) Black with a nice khaki colored head. The head settles to a thin dusting. Some light lacing. Looks tasty.

S) A nice rich aroma. Oak, quite woody, light roast. There is some chocolate and a little vanilla bean. It all blends together perfectly.

T) Dark malt, some sweetness, light coffee roast, cocoa powder. This is oaky, earthy, very light hops on the finish. This has flavors heading in several directions, but ultimately meeting right where they need to.

M) Medium body, lightly carbonated. Very smooth, it just has a soft comfort to it. Good earthy aftertaste. Nearly perfect...

O) This one deserves all the praise it gets. A fantastic Porter that any craft beer enthusiast should try. Highly recommended...

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 6,468 ratings.
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