Edmund Fitzgerald Porter | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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Ratings: 6,482 |  Reviews: 2,029
Photo of bpgpitt10
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep, dark brown color with a solid two finger head. Lingers and leaves great lacing.
S: Coffee, chocolate, and just roasted malts.
T: Huge roasted malts, chocolate and a good bit of coffee in the finish. Little hop bitterness in the finish.
M: Perfect for a porter. Coats but isn't viscous. Creamy with a nice light carbonation touch.

O: Just awesome. For a porter this is hands down the best I've ever had. So completely drinkable and delicious. None of the overt sweetness that some porters have. Flavors are distinct. Really just flat out terrific.

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Photo of Jenkster4
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured pretty dark, not pitch black but it's a very nice looking porter. Got almost 2 fingers worth of creamy head that turns out to a very nice looking lacing.

Nose: So GOOD! Tons of roasted malts, everything that you should smell in a very good porter comes out in this one. Chocolate, coffee, slight hop presence, it just a very nice smelling brew.

Taste: Hands down amazing. Everything you get in the nose come through and just melds to a beautiful tasting beer.

Mouth: Medium bodied. Very pleasing.

Overall: Thee is nothing negative to say about this beer at all. Other than the fact that I can not get it in my state. Just a great beer, and I would buy over and over again.

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Photo of Roke87
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle slightly chilled and poured into a Duvel tulip
Best before: 10/01/11

Appearance- Pours a dark black, but then turns into brown lining once held up to a light. Average pour yields about a finger and a half of fluffy tan coloured head that somewhat quickly dissipates to a tiny bubbly top and a nice mocha ring around the glass, leaving minimal to no lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- Nothing really out of the ordinary for this porter, you get that usual roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate aroma in there right away with a sweet caramel smell coming through as well. The nose was enjoyable, well balanced and a nice strong aroma.

Taste- Very similar to the smells and a very well balanced and complex porter, I am getting a bitter coffee taste right off the bat, with the bakers’ chocolate/powder cocoa coming through next, and finishes with a nice roasted malt and sweet caramel mix, very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- Definitely not a light bodied porter, personally I would say it is more on the medium end of the scale, not thick at all but it has a nice creamy porter feel to it, with a mild carbonation as well.

Overall- I really liked this porter to be honest, I didn’t know what to really expect with such a high rating here on BA and the somewhat hype surrounding it, but I was pleasantly surprised. I think it really deserves its rating as it has a nice creamy medium mouth feel to it where other porters I have tried are much more watery. The aromas and tastes are spot on for a porter, the latter being very well balanced. Overall a very enjoyable porter and I will be searching this one out again, maybe pick up a six other than just a single bottle this time.

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Photo of Northsider
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

100th review! Had this in bottle from Bad Dog Chicago.

What a bloody brilliant beer! Appearance was dark with nice tan head. Smells and tastes were coffee and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was perfectly smooth.

This is a perfectly balanced beer, smooth, great tasting! One of my new favorites for sure!

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with very light brown hues. Head poured a half inch that instantly dissipated to a thin ring. Only knock for this beer.

Dark coffee hits the nose instantly, but the bitterness is offset by dark chocolate. Roasty malt intertwines nicely. Very complex in the nose.

It tastes as complex as it smells. Roasty malt mixes with a coffee taste. Body is exactly wht I'd epxect for a porter. Light but with enough malt flavors and dark chocolate/coffee to give it a bit of complexity. The chocolate is more prevalent in the nose than in the mouth.

The dark malt sticks with you to leave somewhat of a bitterness on the tongue. The flavor that stays is excellent.

World class porter in my book.

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Photo of biglobo8971
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wasnt excited to try this beer. Its readily available to me, and the only reason why I get to try it is because is was an extra. First off, solid brew. Have not been uber impressed with most of the GL brews, this one, makes me re think that opinion. For a porter, really robust flavor. Nice and bold, and easy to drink. Looks great in a glass, holds the taste very well, very easy to drink. This has made me re think how much I am impressed with GL beers.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a pint glass. Best before 12/19/2012

Dark, dark brown; almost black with a tiny head that lingers. A tiny bit of lacing.

On the nose, you are greeted by chalky roasted malts with notes of coffee, caramel, and toffee. Subtle hints of bakers chocolate and earthy hops, as well as some licorice.

The taste is dark malts with an espresso and toffee or caramel profile. A little bit chalky as well. Again, bakers chocolate and a hint of hops, but these flavors are much more apparent than the similar scents on the nose of the beer. Finishes with a rich caramel flavor similar to a Werther's Original

Light-medium in body with a creamy texture, and just a touch of carbonation. Kind of light in the body for a porter. Also a touch of drying.

Overall, a good American porter. Solid roasted coffee and sweet malt flavors, but lacking a little in the aroma. A great porter for the price though. A real bargain.

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Photo of Mosley1212
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from my tasting notes from last night. Last beer provided by JohnB87, thanks again! Poured into a pint glass.

A--Deep dark brown with a tan, fluffy 1" head that took a while to dissipated. A little bit of lacing down the side as the beer was enjoyed.

S--Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, cocoa, caramel, butterscotch, and toffee. Finished with just the slightest hint of a dark roast coffee (possible espresso). This had quite a bit of a nose on it. It grew more powerful as the beer warmed up, blossoming into a complex porter.

T--Nicely follows the nose--rich toffee and a slight coffee backbone. The chocolate and caramel mix well, but also clash perfectly with the bitter coffee.

M--Light-bodied and a little watery. It isn't one of the heavier porters on the market. A fact that is apparent on the first sip.

O--I'm not usually a porter guy, but this is one that I could really enjoy on a cold night...not that we get many of those in Miami. Very complex, but retains enough light body to be a real sessionable beer.

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Photo of Auracom
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite possibly the easiest beer to review. Ever. I've had it on-tap and in bottles, but for the particular review I went with a 12 oz'er into a pint glass at Poor Phil's.

Extreme dark brown with generally mellow visuals. Good head, rejoice and move onward! The nose is divided like Two Face on a night out in Gotham. Coffee and roasted notes. Arguably chocolate, but this isn't a stout, it's a mortherfucking porter. And motherfucking porters are best at doing things simple. So for the sake of this review, we're sticking with two aromas. Ditto on the taste, but I concede to more of a dark chocolate element as well.

Textbook porter mouthfeel - medium body, smooth, creamy, light finish. Beer professors would be satisfied with this, if only they existed. That would seriously be the best job ever.

Drinkability is king with Eddie Fitz. It's simple and delightful and I'd probably down a six pack myself if I didn't fear chastising from the girlfriend.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle from my Great Lakes Sampler Pack.

Poured in to a Duvel chalice. Lovely pitch black brew, slight chestnut when held to the light. My aggressive little pour created about an inch and a half of coffee foam-coloured head, which descended slowly into a thick ring with some patches of lace. Brilliant looking porter.

Nose is rich coffee, chocolate, marshmallow, toasted bread, biscuit. Very pleasant.

After a string of various brews whose nose proved far more complex than their taste, Great Lakes is completely the opposite. Dark, roasty, and complex - everything I like in a porter. Subtle notes of peat and leather occasionally break through. Dry coffee finish.

Mild, but zippy carbonation, slick mouthfeel coats the tongue well, thin bodied and creamy.

Textbook porter - rich, hearty, flavorful, yet thin and smooth enough for easy drinking. Totally worth seeking out. Now if I could only get that damned Gordon Lightfoot song out of my head...

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Almost black in color with a red/brown ring aroun the top with a 1 inch tan head and good retention and some lacking

Smell: Coffee and chocolate upfront with hints of licorice

Taste: Very subtle coffee and chocolate with notes of caramel and toffee the flavors blend very well to create a perfect balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation and is silky smooth

Overall: Very good porter one of the better ones I have had. Very well balanced flavor profile very nice subtle flavors and great drinkability

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Photo of fdkayti
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a dark dark brown with a small tan head. Lingers for awhile, then gives way to minimal lacing.

S- The always excellent chocolate/coffee combo. A whiff of smoke, dark roasted malts.

T- Reminds me vaguely of a dark chocolate I once had that had bits of sea salt in it. Solidly malty, dark roasted coffee beans. A hint of smokiness at the finish.

MF- Slides right down. Delightfully creamy with carbonation that is perfectly suited to the rest of the beer, as far as I'm concerned. Smooth city up in here.

OD- I love porters, I especially love this one. I could drink it for days. Wonderfully balanced and, to put it simply, I will choose this over and over.

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Photo of haddon
3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown body with a small, light colored head.

Smell: Aroma of coffee and chocolate with a faint hint of smoke.

Bittersweet chocolate flavor with some roasty coffee and a slight caramel sweetness. A hint of roasted nuts. pine hop presence provides a touch of balancing bitterness. mocha finish.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation.

Porters as a class continue to underwhelm me. I know this is at the top of the class for porters but I just don't get it. To me, porters are the red-headed stepchild of Imperial stouts. this is drinkable per se, but I sure won't miss this sixer when its gone.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour into my Old Rasputin nonic yields a full 2 fingers of fat, crackling bubbles that quickly settle into a rocky finger of various sized bubbles. Color is deep brown with garnet highlights. Looks clear but mostly too dark to see through.

Aroma is full of roasted malts, coffee, and cocoa in about equal measure. Just a hint of burnt sugar and caramel in the background. Can't wait to taste this.

Roasted malts are right up from, but no acridity or ash. Nutty dryness, bread crust, rye, and pumpernickel highlight the malt flavors. Some herbal bite that may come from hops, but probably just some anise notes from the malt. Solid bitterness locks in with the roasted flavors to soak up any hint of sweetness.Wouldn't mind a bit more yeasty sourness and residual sugar. But it is an American porter.

Plenty lively in the mouth and dead perfect body. If you want it thicker than this, go with a different style.

Fantastic American porter, probably the best, though I haven't tried them all, obviously. Went great with some mild bleu Kentucky Rose cheese from Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese (Austin, KY), which provided the requisite funk and creaminess.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

Had one from a bottle. And poured another into a GLBC pint glass.
A - Deep ruby, but looks pure black in color. Beautiful sitting on the counter and held to the light. A nice off white head when poured and subsides somewhat, but it's still there. Gorgeous lace throughout.
S - Tons of chocolate. Dark chocolate. A lovely coffee note as well. Roasted, woody, and earthy smell. Smokey character.
T - nice smokey character here as well. Earthy and deep woody notes in taste. Bittersweet chocolate toward the middle and powerful toward the end. A lovely roasty taste throughout.
M - Mouthfeel wasnt bad. Decently carbonated, and I found it to somewhat smooth and very drinkable.
O - This GLBC brew is a very very good porter. It has great character as most GLBC brews do. I recommend this to anyone wanting a quality porter. I've turned friends from someone who hates a Porter to someone who asks for one every experience. Great brew.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With this being a beer that showed up on the Beer Advocate top 100 list, the actual taste didn't quite live up to the hype but I still enjoyed this beer-mostly because I am partial to a good dark beer.

Per usual, the appearance in my glass was impressive as I like the look of a porter. It had a brownish head over top a dark coffee color of the beer.

The taste was mostly of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a little bit of dried fruit. It was certainly a little more bitter than a lot of the stouts I like but thats okay because this is a porter and I expect it to be different.

It would be nice if the alcohol content was a little higher but if nothing else, it keeps the cost down and makes this an affordable six pack that I think I will buy again.

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Photo of birchstick
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark chocolate / black appearance without much of a head

S - smells is of very sweet chocolates and Caramel...more sweet than your typical porter

T - opens up with loads of velvety milk chcoloates intertwined with some bitter cocoa. There is a touch of vanilla and burnt malt / coffee on the finish. Very rich and delicious on the pallette.

M - decent mouthfeel, medium bodied and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - this is a luxorious porter. Very rich and extremely chocolaty. I really enjoy a coffee flavor in my porters, however the chocolates work really well. Awesome stuff, one of the best porters I have had.

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Photo of tjacobs610
3.06/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A dark thick color, very thick brown head with quite a bit of lacing that has awesome retention

Smell: Chocolaty and caramel odors hit the nose first, followed by hints of coffee and hops the complete the smell

Taste: An undertone of coffee is preceded by a sugary caramel taste along with a very bittersweet chocolate taste. It finishes with a dry hoppy taste on the palate

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer, very carbonated and thick feeling on the palate.

Overall: Very good porter, a little too much for my taste but still another classic product from GLBC

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Photo of Gtreid
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Deep mahogany color. The pour dropped a two finger, light tan head, that retained extremely well and left tons of lace.

A: Complex aroma of both bittersweet and dark chocolate with notes of roast, small coffee, and caramel. A small hop presence shows its face as an earthy/dirty manner.

T: Follows the nose well. Notes of chocolate, coffee, dirt, and caramel. It's pretty bitter, probably from the combination of bittersweet chocolate and hops. Finishes dry and sweet with no hint of ABV.

M: Medium body, aggressive carbonation. I guess it's a bit light for my tastes here, but not all that bad.

O: Really enjoyable porter. Pretty complex flavor profile from a beer ringing in at 5.8%. Don't know if it's the best I've had, but it's right up near the top. Skal.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, roasted coffee bean brown--a reddish amber at the edges where the light strikes through, making it look a lot like a cola. Had a healthy 1/2 inch taupe head that fell to a thin lace but stuck around and had some cling. Nice roasted caramel malts are prominent in the nose, with coffee and chocolate notes mingling nicely. There's also a pleasing nuttiness to the bouquet. Dark caramel malt flavor abounds at first taste, with coffee the most pronounced flavor note. There's also some good smokiness and nuttiness that follows, all very smooth and quite creamy. A bit of hop zest hits the tongue near the finish, but the malts persist the longest on the palate. This is a medium-bodied brew, quite effervescent and creamy--it maintains its smoothness without being overtly syrupy. Fairly clean-finishing.

This is a very enjoyable porter that has a very nice malt profile, good smoothness, and very solid balance. Edmund Fitzgerald does what a good porter should do on every front, and the coffee-leaning taste profile is a special treat for a coffee appreciator like me. Well worth the purchase.

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Photo of Tschnab
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Really dark brown and a mocha crown on top. Spotty lace checkers my glass.

S- burnt coffee, some dark choclate notes, roasty malts, some oaky smoke

T- just like the smell, and it goes down really smooth despite its full body and bitter finish.

O- It seems like everytime I have a Great Lakes brew I am blown away, and this certianly follows that train of thought. Awesome porter.

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Photo of JayAre46
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - bIG thanks to forkandspoonOP for this 4pack here we go, 12oz bottle poured into a brooklyn snifter, a dark brown about as close to black as you can get, when held to the light you can see some rudy highlights. 2 finger cappuccino head that falls showing good lacing.

A - deep dark chocolate in the nose, fresh bold coffee beans, cooked aroma. oh how i wish this had some vanilla bean in it. very good aroma that is full throughout.

T - very strong roasted malt, burnt chocolate, espresso with a big intensity that lingers with some hops spriknled throughout the finish, no alcohol presence.

M - its a bit thin for my liking but not necessarily the style, the carbonation is present a gives a slight tingle on the back of the throat.

O - I am very appreciative of this beer i received in a trade and glad i have four but will most likely not seek this one out for the future, im not the biggest fan of the style unless they are much bigger. i really wanted to see what all the fuss was about, can't elaborate, get over it, loss of words.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to TheGordianKnot for the chance to taste this one. Its been a long time want, and I'm thrilled to taste it. Bottle dated "best by 7-15-11" holy smokes- I better get crackin!

Poured into my dfh snifter, pours a deep dark black/brown. Pretty much opaque, thin pour thickness, nice fluffy off white head and nice retention. Smell- milky mocha, some faint coffee grind. Taste- bittersweet chocolate, some bitter coffee flavors, a slight smokiness to the malt, overall just a really solid offering. Mouthfeel- nice tight carbonation that makes for a great finish. Drinkability- for a 5% beer, this has tremendous flavor and is just a really solid porter.

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Photo of sdmvd6
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown with a short tan head and minimal lacing.

S - Roasted malt and chocolate first, with coffee notes.

T - Dark chocolate on the front transitioning to a roasted finish of coffee and burnt wood flavors.

M - Medium-bodied with modest carbonation.

O - Highly recommend this beer! Great Lakes knows how to brew a great porter!

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

Love this beer.

A - dark brown with a finger of light tan foam

S - roasty malts. Toffee?

T - great roasted malt flavor. Chocolate. Coffee . Could be a bit stronger, but thats just because its damn delicious!

M - medium, maybe a little too carbonated

O - delicious beer that I've loved again and again. Can't wait to down my next one!

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Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92.6% out of 100 with 6,482 ratings
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