Edmund Fitzgerald Porter | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Edmund Fitzgerald PorterEdmund Fitzgerald Porter
6,581 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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Ratings: 6,581 |  Reviews: 2,052
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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

This is an overall porter of overallishness.

Looks just like a porter.

Smells of the roasted malts what gives an toasty roasty choco and smoky.

Love that same thing in the mouth on tasting it - but the body is lighter than a stout. This I like. You get a good roasty semi-sweet dark chocolate flavor with a little hop bite on the finish, and it stays out of the heavy zone unless you eating a big meal and trying to finish this too fast to leave the restaurant like my guy mikey does. He goes so fast always; like a hooker with his mouth!

This is just a darn good porter all around.

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ToddT
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown, almost black, topped with a thick tan head. The head is long lasted and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Roasted malt, toffee, chocolate, and a hint of hops. The aroma has a light smokey quality to it too.

T- Follows the nose closely, roasted malts, bitter sweet chocolate, slight drying note of hops, and hints of wood char are the dominate flavors. Nice counter balance of sweet toffee at the finish to keep the drying and bitter notes of the chocolate in check.

M- More than medium but not overly heavy, a fair amount of carbonation present for the style, but it is not a distraction. Not as creamy as I like in a porter, but that's not too much of a distraction or issue either.

O- Great beer, nicely balanced, complex flavors, and spot on the style. The 5.8% ABV makes this an easy drinker and sessionable to boot. If you run across this one give it a try.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours dark brown, a shade away from pitch black with two fingers of light tan head that seems to sit atop the beer forever.

S: Tons of roasted malts in this one, coffee, smoke, and roasted malts dominate this beer. I get some nuttiness and toffee in the background. As it warms, I get dark chocolate.

T: Beautiful. Roasted malts again dominate this beer, but there is a lot going on behind them. Moderate smoke, almonds, and toffee all help support the roasted malts. This beer remains dry, but the toffee flavor provides a bit of sweetness to balance. Moderate hop bitterness is also present. As the beer warms, I get some dark chocolate and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium to thick bodied with strong but creamy carbonation.

O: This porter is fantastic. The taste is complex, flavorful, and balanced. It is exactly what I want in a porter.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark, dark brown. Creamy tan head. Nice look. A moderate amount of sticky lacing.

S- Coffee and brown sugar with some chocolate. Dark fruit. Oak. Complex nose. Really smooth and wonderful.

T- Many of the same notes as the smell. Wonderful chocolate and coffee along with a little caramel sweetness and a nice oakey vanilla aftertaste. Awesome taste.

M- Smooth and full bodied with a relatively low level of carbonation. Great mouthfeel.

Really wonderful porter. Nothing overly surprising, but everything is done very well. The flavors are balanced and up front. I am a big fan of this beer. I can see why it is a former GABF winner.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date on label is 08/13/12. Poured nearly black and opaque with a finger of creamy head that stayed around for a while. Smell is roasted malt with hint of chocolate and espresso. Quite nice. Taste closely followed the smell, chocolate and espresso, again very nice. Nice robust feel, finishes dry.

Overall, a very good porter. Don't find it often around here, but worth getting a hold of occasionally.

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4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fitz is one of Great Lakes’ year-round flagship offerings, and is among their most awarded brews. Originally developed by Dennis Holland in the early 90’s, it’s taken home hardware that would make a Vivid girl blush, all of it well-deserved, including multiple gold medals from the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Championships.
It pours thick, dark and silky, with an off-white creamy head that clings to the glass like a drowning man to a life raft. Opening malty-coffee sweet and full bodied, it’s balanced with a firm hoppy bite that compliments, rather than fights with the roasted malts. In short, it’s one of the defining American porters and should not be overlooked on any beer list.

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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brownish black with a quarter of an inch of soft, creamy off white head that fades to a thin lacing. The nose has deep notes of roasted malts with some underlying notes of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is deep and roasty with chocolaty notes. There are some faint coffee notes as well and a faint hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, very smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a great porter. The flavor is balanced and it's easy to drink. I will definitely get this again.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of MaximalC
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark molasses color with a light tan head that is achievable with a moderate pour. Aroma is a blend of black coffee and bittersweet chocolate in similar measure. It tastes similar to its smell, though not quite as pleasing. The roasted coffee flavor overshadows the chocolate notes that I prefer, and both of those have a healthy dose of hops to compete with, which I find to be fairly high for a porter (though it does segway fairly seamlessly into the bitter coffee flavor). The last time I had this I thought the hop presence was way too unbalanced, though this serving has a lesser disparity than I remember. Carbonation is pretty lively for a porter, and a slightly sticky residue persists on the lips. This brew is flavorful to be sure, but it fails to take advantage of the aspects of porter that I most enjoy, leaving me ultimately a little disappointed. No disrespect intended, but I can't really justify the very high esteem in which this beer is held by many.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 6,581 ratings