Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald PorterGreat Lakes Edmund 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 Back_in_the_Saddle
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Delicate lace weaves around the glass.
The smell started off with a big roasty coffee bean balancing into delicate cocoa bean tones.
The taste was basically the same with a lingering dry roasty aftertaste running into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fairly nice sessionable feel about it. Carbonation seems to run nicely.
Overall, a really good American Porter that I know I would have again.

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Photo of lastmango
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with less than a finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Moderate lacing. Chocolate malt aroma. Roasted malt and cocoa taste with a slight balanced bitterness on the end. Moderate carbonation and a nice medium feel. This is a really great porter.

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Photo of ChicagoPartisan
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Standard pint glass

A – Pours a rich dark brown color. Carbonation evident. About a finger of fairly sudsy, off-white head.

S – Malts up front. Deep fruits. Some chocolate tones.

T – Malts and dark chocolate initially. Very strong coffee presence in the finish.

M – Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Fairly wet.

O – Interesting but good. Coffee is a bit too present off the get-go, but it moderates. A perfect choice for the late Fall. Overall, a good choice, but my ratings may come in below the average for this one seeing the high regard in which it is held.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter on Eddy Fitz Day. The color appears nearly black, but holding it to the light, the bottom of the glass is a deep, ruby red. It features a creamy, milk-white head and extensive lacing. The smell features burnt coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, cracker, and brown sugar. The taste is not as sweet as the nose: coffee, bitter chocolate, char, and nutty pine, with sour, bitter finish. As the glass warmed, I also detected a very slight sweet after taste. This is a creamy, medium-bodied porter with a pleasant mouthfeel and very easy to drink at 6% ABV. Overall, this is a very fine American Porter. Great Lakes produces some delicious, albeit quirky beers!

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4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Porters always fall a bit short on the smell for me. You have some malts and some alcohol and some… but anyway. This beer is very good. Everything I want in a porter. Lowerish abv, not overpowering but by no means weak. GLBC knows how to make a good malty beer.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fantastic porter! Certainly a bittersweet tribute as the bottle suggests. The smell and flavor really hit you with sweet chocolate in the beginning and finished with a malty bitter aftertaste (not overpowering bitter, but feels just right with this beer). The mouthfeel for me was very pleasing; not quite thick creamy but chewy enough to be what I personally like in a porter. This is a great beer to warm the bones after a cold day raking wet leaves or cleaning out the gutters in fall.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap.

A - Very dark brown/black pour with a roasted caramel colored creamy layer that sticks.

S - Wonderful rich dark chocolate aroma, cream, some char, and a hint of caramel.

T - Much of the same carried over from the aroma: big roasted chocolate flavor throughout with some creaminess, light char, and a lingering bitter chocolate and pine bite to balance out the roast.

M - Big and full body with a velvety texture. Coats the mouth with a thick layer of deep roasted chocolate with some smokiness.

O - It doesn't get much better than this when it comes to American Porters.

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Photo of JohnL9013
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So glad I decided to kick off the winter season with a case of this stuff. Absolutely everything I could ask for in a porter. I haven't had too many American Porters before - most of the ones I've had have been Baltic. This is like a baltic, but with the flavor turned up to 11.

A: Beautiful brown head and deep chocolate color

S: Smell is relatively tame. Mostly just roasted malts and some caramel

T: Very balanced, a hair on the sweet side. Heavy caramel roasted malt taste with a medium amount of hop bitterness and a surprisingly high amount of hop taste as well. Really delicious flavor that is way beyond what the 6% ABV label would suggest. The amount of flavor is on part with imperial stouts I have had from other companies, and the quality is there to boot.

M: Medium amount of carbonation. A bit heavy to be sessionable perhaps.

Overall I would highly recommend this beer and I do plan on buying it again. I have yet to be unimpressed by a Great Lakes beer. This company is putting out some seriously top notch stuff!

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

excellent beer. nose is slightly roasted, caramel malts. taste wonderful. chocolate, lightly roasted malt, coffee, a bit of nuttiness very slightly smokey. body is much creameir than I had expected from a 6% brown porter

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass enjoy by March of 2016

A: fluffy looking off white head very dark but light escapes the edges making it appear brown around the edges laces down the glass beautifully

S: nice deep roasty, nutty, brown sugar, light anise, beautiful malts with a grainy, wheat smell

T: lots of rich roasted malts, a touch of bitterness, nutty, anise, soft chocolate,

M: Very soft and creamy fantastic feel to a porter

O: Insanely well balanced so smooth with a rich creaminess. Great maltiness with strong flavors of chocolate nuts and hints of coffee. Can not believe I have never rated this beer before its about as perfect as a porter can get.

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep inky black, creamy head. Has a hint of malt and chocolate in the aroma. A burst of very full chocolaty porter flavor in your mouth, but not overpowering. Finishes with a touch of bitterness from the hops. This one is delicious and well balanced.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really like the Great Lakes Brewing Company, because they are world class. The Bros really speak highly of this variety and so I had to try it. This one is an even 6.0% ABV and has a lot to offer. Let me tell you about this brew.

Look-It pours a dark black that is deeper than the depths of the Great Lakes where the fated Fitzgerald lies for eternity. The head pours thick and rich silky foam that is off-white like the foam on the lake shores after a torrential storm where waves twenty feet high pound the coastline. The lacing is perforated and foamy like the rock-smashed hull of the ship.

Smell-It smells of roasted caramel malts and chocolate infused coffee. Grains and hints of Beachwood swim and waft among aromas of caramel and smoky barrels like the aftermath of the cataclysmic wreck of the Fitzgerald.

Taste-The taste reliably follows the nose much like the Fitzgerald followed the storm swells into its chaotic demise. The caramel, coffee, and chocolate fill ones senses much like the icy cold waters of the Great Lakes inexorably filled the hull of the fated ship. A mild sweetness is tempered by grassy seaweed hops, from the depths of the Great Lakes, that exhibit an herbal quality.

Mouthfeel-It feels like silky smooth wetness from the perilous dark waters of the Great Lakes. The medium-bodied creaminess reflects off the foam churned waters of the Lakes. It leaves a coating of chocolate esters and smoky grains on the tongue much like the deep floors of the depths of the Great Lakes are coated in the corpses of untold thousands of fated ships that dared cross these perilous Lakes.

Overall-This beer is world class for a reason and I think that you should pull up the anchor and sail out to grab a six pack or two of these dark delicious beauties. But beware, if you drink too many, you may find yourself at the cold dark depths of a lake of shameful hangover. Be sure to wash down this beauty with some fresh water, because you won’t be able to stop popping the top of the depth of this darkness.

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Photo of ribby
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted black butte yesterday, this today. This is very well balanced, slightly hoppier than black butte. The head is good, just a bit less creamy than black butte. Could be sessioned if abv lower.

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Photo of beergoot
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear, brownish body with a thick, chunky, dense head; body can look almost black in some light conditions. Cocoa and mild chocolate aroma; slight vanilla note. Roasted, slightly charred grain flavor; nuts; bitter chocolate; vanilla; nice, crisp bitterness. Medium-heavy in body; starts somewhat dry but adds a decent sweetness at the finish.

A very fine, very delicious porter that combines all its properties into one very pleasing product. Dark grain sweetness, a smidge of astringency; and just-so edge of hop bitterness make for a well-balanced, fairly complex drinking experience.

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Photo of coffeegsp
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Complex with very little aftertaste. Chocolatey and creamy but always within the presence of hops, cherry. Tastes great for people who aren't porter or stout fans.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A conventional blackish color for the style. Light feel with a subtle milky flavor. Not bad, while also not being groundbreaking in any sense. The balance is very much the focus of this brew.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee."

The beer is even better than the song, and I love Gordon Lightfoot. (Who doesn't?)

This is what a Porter should be. Black. Malty. Vanilla. Light Sweetness - almost Fruit. Smokey. Caramel. A little thin, but still spectacular for a beer that is readily available.

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Photo of jdelano
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Remarkable porter that pours very dark with a nice head. Tastes of coffee and caramel. Beginning to really like porters and thus far this has been my favorite. Not great with in depth analysis of beers, this is just really good.

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Photo of Nyg
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark roasted caramel chocolate with a nice burnt smoked coffee note. I'm a big porter stout guy. This one is in my top 5 porters. Pours a bit lighter with a dark frothing head.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark brownish-red (that's nearly black). The 12 oz. bottle was a bit lower in carbonation than expected with only a 1 finger head. Foam that is present is a nice tan/khaki color. Lacing is nice after the head recedes.

Smells of chocolate and smoked malt with a fruity tartness.

First there's an attack of hops that bites firmly and quickly offset with chocolate, coffee, toffee, and caramel flavors. The rich sweetness of these flavors nicely balance out the hop bitterness. There are nice smokey and woodsy flavors throughout. Next, the sweetness is cut by a slight fruitiness and a dry finish. Then you are left with a smoked malt / charred wood aftertaste.

Very nice medium mouthfeel. Not too heavy or syrupy and offers some bubbles on the tongue.

This is a great porter and was my "GATEWAY" beer. I had this beer over a decade ago (back when I didn't like beer because I didn't know what real beer was) and it changed me. Back then this was the most amazing beer I had ever had, but now it is just really good as I have had so many outstanding beers since. "Just really good" is still really good. I recommend it highly to anyone, even if they say "no, I don't like dark beers".

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Photo of Moose90
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle enjoy by 08/23/15, tasted 10/02/15

A — Pours into a tall tulip with a really nice deep brown hue, almost black, there are some nice ruby hued translucent edges to it as well. Billowy creamy white colored head forms, settles and leaves behind some fairly consistent lacing.

S — Smells quite fruity for the style, I am picking up lots of cherry, raisin, and a bit of sweetness. That subsides and leads way to a nutty and chewy profile of vanilla, roasted malts, and burnt sugar.

T — Tastes quite nice, big notes of vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, roasted malts, brown sugar, really nice.

M — Medium bodied, ample carbonation, really smooth as well.

O — Very well done, wouldn't expect anything less.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with 2/21/16 on the side. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of khaki colored head. Good amount of lacing.The aroma is chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, and a bit earthy. The taste is earthy with lots of peat moss and charcoal. Dark fruits, namely raisins. Molasses and roasted malts with maybe some black coffee towards the end. A hint of black licorice. Velvety mouthfeel, but dry. Overall, a very good Porter worth buying again.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great lakes is impossible to find here. but their booth had plenty of good stuff. this one was my standout. one of the best porters i've had. all their beers were good

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Photo of MTKATL
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I can see why this won an award at GABF. The only downside to me is a slightly light mouth feel. Otherwise the smoky, coffee favors are even better on the palate than the nose. This is a solid Porter and worthy of its accolades.

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Photo of R2-the-Bruce
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Rocket Republic pint glass. L: Almost pitch black with khaki head for days. S: Roasted malt, coffee. T: Follows the nose, plus notes of dark chocolate. M: Medium body (maybe on the thick end of medium), very smooth. O: Textbook example of a porter. Nicely done!

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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