Edmund Fitzgerald Porter | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is dark, delicious, and exceptionally smooth.

It poured black with a thick light brown two-finger head. It left a strong amount of thick clingy lace throughout the glass. The flavor was rich for a porter, with a strong up-front hit of bittersweet chocolate and a subtle coffee finish. The feel was light and smooth; it didn't leave much behind, but it was remarkably easy to drink.

Edmund Fitzgerald has a great blend of rich flavor and drinkability. It's smoothness makes it a year-round, even hot-summer-day chocolate/coffee beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with reddish edges, with a small head. There's a strong roast aroma, with some nuttiness and slight chocolate. The taste re-enforces the roasted, nutty aspects. The body is fairly light, with moderate carbonation, and it drinks quite easily. A solid, well-made porter.

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4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark, dark brown that's almost black. Nice foam cream colored head with really good lacing.

S - Dark, roasted coffee and malts. Fainter hints of cocoa, cream, and hops. Pretty strong.

T - Roasted malts, coffee and cocoa. Slight bitterness accompanies the roast. Some caramel as well.

M - Medium to fuller bodied, very smooth and drinkable. Carbonation is pretty spot on. Slightly dry finish.

O - Edmund Fitzgerald is a top-notch American Porter. Highly recommended and I'm glad that this is now available in Virgina. Will definitely have again.

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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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a dark, dark brown, almost black color with a ½ inch head that recedes slowly leaving a sheet of foam clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves lots of foam on the sides of the glass early on that eventually turns into lacing clinging to the sides. Eventually the foam recedes to a ring and an island, but even to the end of the glass there is a ring of foam and speckles of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is soft chocolate with a touch of chocolate malt, coffee and alcohol.

Taste: The flavor is rich and a wonderful mix of both bitter and sweet that is quite complex and dances around on the tongue. There is some chocolate here and some coffee flavors riding on what seems to be a caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the full side of medium bodied, soft and smooth with gentle carbonation throughout the beer. The finish begins with a bit of sweetness and chocolate and then gradually moves to the back of the mouth as it turns slightly bitter. Not a lot of bitterness, just enough to invite another sip. At the very end and in the throat there is a definite touch of dryness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a wonderfully drinkable porter that exceeded my expectations. I’ll be having this one again and again in the future. My over all impression is that this is an extremely well made example of a porter and I find it hard to think of one I’ve had that I liked more.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Almost black body yields a reddish tint in strong light. Very light tan head that produces beautiful lacing.
Strong coffee with a hint of chocolate and the faintest allusion of mild smoke at the onset, building to a mildly robust but never overpowering smoke overtone.

My favorite all time after dinner beer and always on tap in my kegerator.

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3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:A dark deep red with a nice off white head that sticks to the glass
S: Smells of roasty coffee and cocoa, very appealing
T: (the best Part!!!) very nice indeed, a good burnt coffee flavor with alittle un sweet chocolate to top it off. a nice hop bitterness to balance it all out
M: med-body, good caronation makes this very refreshing
O: i really enjoyed this one, being a huge fan of Baltic porters i generally like a little bit more body but this is a winner i purchsed a single 12 oz to check it out looks like ill be getting a full sixer soon

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Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 6,553 ratings