Edmund Fitzgerald Porter | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

6,473 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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Photo of falloutsnow
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL
Best by 12/19/11
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Great Lakes' Edumund Fitzergald Porter is generally a pleasant, fairly complex, yet mild and friendly American porter. Not overly aggressive with aroma or taste, it still has depth of characters seen only in higher alcohol brews. Perhaps a bit of a throwback to English porters, GLBC has a solid, pleasing, and multiply drinkable beer on their hands.

Pours a large, >2cm head, medium-sized bubbles, collapsing over a few minutes to a thin cap atop the beer. Leaves excellent lacing, coating the entire sides of the glass and leaving streaks and blotches with each sip. Body is dark brown to black, opaque as a whole, but sides and bottom showcase a transparent brown color. Carbonation not detectable due to darkness of beer.

Aroma of roasted malt, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, semi-bitter, acrid, but fresh, coffee, and faint vanilla (which I only noticed upon this being rather warm). Good, but not as strongly aromatic as I would have hoped (maybe a fresher bottle would be better?).

Taste opens with mild roasted malt, leading to chocolate, some malt sweetness, and continued roasted flavors in middle. Back of palate picking up moderate bitterness, continued chocolate, and faint coffee. Finishes with toasted marshmallow, slight semisweet chocolate, and pleasing bitterness.

Medium bodied, slightly watery around the edges, but with a gentle, though substantial, carbonation that almost makes this feel like a nitro-tap beer. Result is a very smooth mouthfeel and a well-flowing beer. Finish is semi-dry.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into DFH pint glass for a live review.

A - Dark as an Imperial stout, with 2 full fingers of bubbles which vary greatly in size. Recedes fairly quickly, leaving heavy lacing, which sticks around for the duration.

S - Buckets of roasted malt and cocoa nibs. Lays the foundation for a solid, robust porter.

T - Very malty and bitter, with smoke, coffee and chocolate. A long, full-fledged taste, which hangs around in its entirety for a considerable amount of time.

M - More carbonated than I would have preferred. Too light and sparkly for a beer with this deep a flavour. Takes away from the overall experience.

O - I used to live in Cleveland, where I drank this beer all the time. I don't drink this one enough anymore. A delicious brew, and at $7.99/6 pack from the local Fresh Market, you'll be hard pressed to find better value for money. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Apellonious
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the 12-pack mix at the HT. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark black with red highlights, one finger head, foamy. Lacing hangs on the side.

S - Vanilla, coffee, smoke, plum

T- Interesting mix of roasted vanilla/coffee beans, tinges of dark fruit, and chocolate malts. The sweetness and fullness becomes more apparent as the beer warms, this is definitely one to let stand a bit at room temp once removing it from the fridge. A faint licorice taste hides amongst the smokiness.

M- Prickly carbonation, a little on the heavy side at first. Slightly slick and more weighty as it warms, and the carbonation is balanced out.

O- Definitely on the higher end of the porter scale, a recommended beer, especially if you like smokey chocolate/coffee tastes. For maximum impact, warm it up from the fridge pull prior to digesting.

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Photo of beerborn
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of JerseyKirk
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very thin tan head. Cleared quickly. Black but light shines through brown on the top and bottom.

S: chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee and tobacco, prune, malt sweetness.

T: Chocolate, black patent, really roasty middle that clears to a clean finish. Slight molasses but definitely roasty coffee with some dark chocolate. No lingering bitterness. Very clean finish.

M: medium body and carbed appropriately.

O: didn't stand up to the hype. Just a roasty coffee porter that definitely uses black patent or other high roast malt to give it a burnt coffee flavor. Easy drinker but not a standout. Could prove useful for those that aren't used to bolder flavors.

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4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I didn't even like porters, or didn't think I did. And then I found this. Glorious.

A: Beautiful thick dark. Decent head. Gorgeous.
S: Rich, smoky, like stepping into a warm log cabin in the cold of winter.
T: Like orgasm. A beautiful rustic orgasm in the forests of the Appalachian mountains. Thick, rich, flavorful, smoky, but cohesive.
M: Pure carnal pleasure
O: One of my new favorites. I was not expecting too much, and I was blown away. This will certainly be a repeat buy.

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Photo of cmq103
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. I picked up a six-pack of this at The Beer Store in Southampton, PA. I’ll say it again, they have a great selection.

Appearance: A semi-aggressive bottle pour got me a nice ½” creamy tan head, reducing to a thin ring after a few minutes. Quite the dark porter through and through. Bubbly thin lacing as I swirl my glass, but not clingy in nature.

Smell: Nice semi-sweet dark chocolate, coffee and burnt malts with just a hint of caramel. Aroma is much more pronounced as my beer warmed. I really like the smell of this one. Very nice…

Taste: I’ll first start by saying I haven’t really dabbled in the porters too much so I’m excited to try this one. Wow, it doesn’t disappoint. Burnt and roasty malts catch my attention right away, blending with coffee , dark chocolate, and some caramel candy sweetness in that order. A respectable mildy bitter hop presence in the finish. Not overwhelming, but a pleasant surprise.

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation mixes well with all of the flavors present. A slick and creamy feel to this medium body porter.

Overall: Like I said, I don’t have a lot of experience with the style but something tells me this one can be classified as the “benchmark” of porters. Outstanding in every way. I wish this came in a 1/6th keg on the east coast, as this would certainly bless my dual-tap kegerator. The 5.8 % ABV makes this pretty darn sessionable. Well done Great Lakes, well done…

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of John1985
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had many porters over the last several years but wanted to try this because of its fine reputation and I wasn't disappointed. Very balanced elements of roasted malted, coffee and chocolate flavors with hops to balance. This was medium bodied so you could enjoy a few without feeling overly full. The price and the ABV were both reasonable. IMO this is very close to a "perfect" porter.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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

A-Dark black/brown with a light tan head that fades quickly and sticks in clumps to the side of the glass.

S-Strong smell of alcohol at first, followed by coffee.

T-Chocolate, coffee. Very inviting. A little bittersweet, very delicious.

M-A tad thinner than I would have expected, but very good. Aftertaste lingers for quite some time and makes you want to have sip after sip.

O-An outstanding beer. One of the best beers I've ever had, let alone porters. An absolute must-have.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 6,473 ratings.
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