Edmund Fitzgerald Porter | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

6,476 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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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of blakesell
2.63/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Discovered on tap at Brixx Ice Company in Dayton. Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours not quite black with thick clingy lacing, more of a darkened amber with red hues shining through. I can see the sports playing on the TV behind when I hold it up. One finger deep lingering head.

Smell- Roasty and malty with much hop presence. More roasted barley than chocolate, but chocolate persists. Hops are pretty strong, but not overpowering.

Taste- Roasty, hoppy and smooth with yeasty esters, but outside of that.. The tap is not clean, and the beer is infected, showing big metallic traces. This is clearly not the ideal venue for reviewing. First I had this problem here with Founders Dirty Bastard, now this. Tastes off, but I wouldn't blame Great Lakes. Unfortunately, to the untrained drinker, that's exactly what will happen.

Mouthfeel- Thin and metallic. Quite astringent. Normally the beer is creamy and smooth, lightly carbonated.

Drinkability- Normally I would give this beer about a 4 or 4.5 on drinkability, but this time I have to give it a 1. I couldn't even finish this one. No more of these today. Shame on you Brixx Ice Company, shame on you. Cleanliness is important with tap handles. I guess some bars are only in it for the swilling needs.

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2.68/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours black with ruby highlights and 2 fingers of head that dissipate quickly. Decent lacing.

N: Coffee, toffee, dark chocolate and a hint of floral aroma.

T: Watery chocolate and coffee with a toffee base.

M: Light-Medium bodied, watery and dry.

O: I just can't understand the high ratings for such a mediocre Porter. This isn't the first time I've had this beer either. Very watery with almost artificial flavoring. On the plus side it is very easy drinking and probably a nice gateway beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of Timmyg2678
2.76/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just didn't like it very much

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Photo of clickpush
2.79/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured 12oz bottle to pint glass. Two fingers of tan head rise over a coffee like body. Head leaves nice lace and a halo behind. Smells of coffee and caramel though somehow fairly sweet and unidemensional. Flavor is metallic and sour, finishes with a lingering bitterness that has absolutely no roast character. Lace remains on the glass very nicely as I drain it. Big disappointment as this beer flavor and texture is watery.

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Photo of denver10
2.83/5  rDev -33.6%

Was super excited to try this one, as I love a great porter and this beer has generated tons of love. Ended up being quite letdown with this it though. Pours black with a khaki head. Aroma is roasty with dark chocolate, fruits, and some coffee. Also there is a good dose of sweet sugars. Flavor followed suit and was completely derailed by the presence of a high concentration of sugars. Seemed to me like the recipe is a good one but there was an issue with the brewing process. A heavy mouthfeel. Overall, thought this had glimpses of being the great porter everyone makes it out to be but derailed by some intense sugars. Maybe I will give this another shot in the future but for now I will stick with the amazing Founders Porter for my porter fix.

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Photo of pants678
2.84/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.75

Dark brown with a light khaki, maintaining head.

Sorta malty, Willamette hops.

A touch of dark fruit brings out dark chocolate. Saly oyster type flavor. Not that aggressive, light coffee, heavy on black malt, could use a charred flavor. Hoppy and clean, not what I'm looking for, really. Too traditional.

Creamy, heavier side of medium. Perfect.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.88/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mom and Dad brought this one back from their last trip to the States. Thanks guys.

APPEARANCE: Very clear brown out of the bottle. Pour yields a one finger, medium-thinner looking tan head with decent retention. Very noisy as well. Dark brown body with medium levels of carbonation. A ring remains and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Average at best for the style.

SMELL: Mild nose. Some dark malts, roasted malts, and touches of coffee. Not much going on really.

TASTE: Dark malts, caramel malts, and touches of coffee in there. A bit of bitter-sweetness after the swallow. Mild yet lingering aftertaste shows some caramel and dark malt sweetness, with touches of bitter coffee as balance. Okay, but way too mild to be memorable.

PALATE: Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Lighter on the palate than normal. Creamy smooth on the palate, which is nice, goes down smooth and finishes rather dry.

OVERALL: Average at best for the style. Not sure why this one gets all the great press. The bottle is within the best-before date, but perhaps this one has faded faster than the bottle dating machine thought it would. Something I’ll have to try again at some point in the future, but as it is now, this one is highly overrated.

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2.9/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of eballard
2.92/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured black as could be with an airy head that disappeared as fast as I could pour and left no lace. The smell is smoky and with an almost sour quality. The beer tastes chocolate and smoky with hints of roasted coffee. The taste dissipates fast with little after taste. The beer is creamy and smooth and finishes clean. I was not really impressed with this beer. It is a little weak in flavor and a little on the flat side but it also has some nice qualities. I would defiantly give this beer another try if I run across it again.

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Photo of JohnnyLaw
2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Meh, this is average....look and taste are average...lingering aftertaste is kind of a turn off along with feel. Feels like what I ASSUME a stinky sock feel would be (stale). Most porters feel this way to me so I rank this as a 'meh'...

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2.96/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have a sinking feeling on this one. Pours clear black color with dark brown hues throughout. Red around the edges. A light tan colored head with good retention and lacing Though did die out completely.

The nose is mostly malty with some underline sour notes. To start there is a stronger roasty note with some minor coffee and toffee backings. Some minor chocolate and yeasty notes. There is a lactic almost sour note that comes out more as it warms. Very offsetting. Some minor esters, figs mostly and a touch of earthy hops

The taste is bit more balance. A good complexity malty taste but a still stronger roasty flavor dominates other flavors. The chocolate notes come out stronger than the nose indicated. Some coffee and a bit of a peaty/smoky note as well. The sourness is gone but there is a subtle infection taste that I just can't get past. Boardline butyric. Some lacto more of a oats flavor and minor esters.

The body is moderate with a light carbonation. This is just an off flavored beer. You could say it's little fishy.

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2.96/5  rDev -30.5%

Photo of craytonic
2.98/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark black, nice head and lacing

Smell: Roast malt, fudge, blackstrap molasses, coffee, bitter chocolate, ash/char/burn

Taste: Heavy (over) roast malt, fudge, coffee, blackstrap molasses, bitter chocolate, ash/char/burn, hop bitterness

mouthfeel: Carbonation is a little off, a bit thin

Drinkability: Apparently well-loved and received, but a tad too much burnt malt flavor.

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 6,476 ratings.
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