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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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Reviews: 2,003 | Ratings: 6,359
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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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is very dark brown, almost black. Minimal head that lasted just for a few seconds. Small amount of lacing around the rim.

Smell is lots of chocolate and molasses. Roasted malts. Maybe a little fruity.

Taste was strong of chocolate and malts. Strong toasted flavor. I pick up on a little fruit. Probably raisin. Noticeable bitterness in the aftertaste. Well rounded

Medium body. Not as thick as expected.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice little bit of a cherry flavor to it. Otherwise, this is a pretty basic porter. That's not to say it's bad. It is, however, a bit unremarkable.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft
Look: Appears dark black with a brown, mocha finger of puck head.
Smell: Smells of roasted malt, vanilla, dark fruit, and coffee
Taste: Roasty with some dark fruit (dryed cherriess) and vanilla.
Feel: Mouth feels is silky, creamy smooth feel. Feels like it is on nitro or could be a milk stout.
Overall a smooth drinking Porter which I would defiantly drink again. If the flavor was a little deeper this would be a world class beer.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a pretty damn good porter. The nose is smoky decadent chocolate with dark fruits. The taste follows, with a nice firm hoppy bite bringing out dark fruits, followed by a smooth chocolate velvety taste, and a smoky and roasted taste which hangs around.

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

L: Pours a clear, dark garnet with a thin tan head.

S: A bit of woody hop, Dark fruit and raisin. Some coffee and bread crust

T: Big flavor. Woody, almost hickory smoke flavor with some burnt sugar and coffee. Dark fruits in the background, mostly prune or raisin. The bitterness is well balanced by the sweet malt. Many layers of flavor here. Nice bread crust in a semi dry finish.

F: A bit chewier than the typical porter I think. Medium body and Low carbonation.

O: The flavor surprised me. The smell doesn't compare to the explosion of big flavor in this beer. Everything balances well and it has a brilliant complexity. There's a bit of warming in the finish. Quickly becoming one of my favorite porters. Well done.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an opaque brown with a thin off-white head. A wonderful Carmel, chocolate, nut smell. A very sweet malt right off the back. Mid has just a touch of coffee and hop that slides into chocolate nut goodness. A wonderful porter!

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Photo of Srs5768
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Few breweries have a year-round porter in their portfolio and even fewer would dare to launch with one now. Roasty, nutty, malty and fuller-bodied than one might expect of a Porter -- a style which at times can tend toward the watery -- this is a true world-class example of the style and worthy of your fridge.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks Ozzylizzard for a great trade!

A : The body is chocolate brown and 100% opaque. The head pours 1 finger, retaining a beige/pink color and leaving small hills of lace like coffee froth on the sides of the pint glass. Soon the head is reduced to a creamy lid simply capping off the dense body.

S : Chocolate and black licorice both tag team and fight for dominance, behind that a sweet aromatic vanilla cream and some slight blended coffee and malts. A solid aroma that remains simple and sweet...but for me it's just not loud enough and lacks depth.

T : It's strong off the bat with alcohol and lots of charred barley, but I'm lacking some serious wow factor here. The off-note seems to be from fresh peeled and eaten snap peas, it's just very vegetal. Beyond that I'm tasting vanilla bean, dark coffee, cacao nibs, and graham cracker. There's a hint of bubble gum behind it as well, and while I like those yeasty flavors, in a Porter style it doesn't belong.

For some reason I just think of a piano when I'm tasting this. It's a mental picture. I'm not sure why. It's classy, glassy, elegant, with ivory and ebony notes (vanilla and chocolate respectively). It sits heavy in the belly and fills me up more than I'd like to be.

F : It's sticky, thick, rich, and sappy. I like it, it's the proper thickness, and ends with roasted coffee dryness and slight wet parchment paper.

O : It's a solid beer but in my opinion, far from the "world class" rating it gets. I've had much better porters and I don't think I'll be going back to this one again.

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Photo of jaxray8
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not porter guy per SE. I think most breweries make them too sweet or too dark so when I have a good one I appreciate it... And this is one is awesome. It's better on tap then in a bottle but still fantastic.

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Photo of puck1225
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a creamy light brown head. Tastes of coffee, caramel, and toast. Smooth feel on the tongue. Very enjoyable. Bought some on a recent trip to PA. Will buy more when back that way,

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Photo of dd43
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a fantastic porter, I'd put this up there with Founders Porter as one of my favorites in the style category with a slight edge going towards founders.

Tan foamy head of a finger or two depending on the pour, laces well. Aromas of toasty bread, a light coffee note, and dark chocolate. Flavors are more toasted wheat bread crust and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, which I feel is something that separates porters from stouts (especially imperial) even though there really isn't a textbook definition of what delineates these beer styles.

So happy to have finally procured this in NJ, sadly my home state of CT doesn't carry Great Lakes. Worth seeking out, I can only imagine what this is like on tap.

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

One of the best porters readily available- may be the best available tbh. Pours black, nice coffee on the nose with a little cocoa and an almost licorice scent. Thin, but that is to be expected as this ABV. A masterpiece in every way for the style.

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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