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Great Lakes Harry PorterGreat Lakes Harry Porter

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by liamt07 on 02-21-2012

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 32
Photo of DaveBar
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the brewery for $3.25 for a 473ml can. Served at 8deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2" high brown head that lasts for around 2-3mins before film out. Very dark brown colour.

S- Nice coffee base here. Good malt and some sweetness.

T- Traditional roasted malt and coffee flavor. Nice chocolate hints. Very good hops blend. Not overpowering but the bittering hops are there. Like the slight citrus flavor you catch every now and again.

M- Dry yet creamy.

O- Very nice blend. Not heavy, not sticky, just a nice blend.

Food Pairing

This wonderful little porter went well with..... Chocolate! Just a nice dark chocolate- 70% coco. Goes very well together.


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Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by hopsolutely at my backyard party this past summer. Thanks for hanging out guys. Good times!

From a bomber into a snifter
Project X Series
IBU: 45

APPEARANCE: Dark brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, tan head with decent retention. Black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. A nice wisp remains with great lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of chocolate, sweet cream and vanilla on the nose. Roasted notes and milky, chocolaty notes as well. Light hints of coffee too. Pretty nice really.

TASTE: Bold flavors of roasted malts, dark chocolate, sweet cream and lactose flavors at the swallow. Bold finish of roasted grain, cocoa powder with vanilla as well. Really flavorful. Not a milk porter, but you cold have fooled me.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: This was really quite good. I'm not convinced it's a porter per se, what with the overly roasted flavors on this one, but whatever it is, it's quality. Good flavors and plenty of complexity for the style. If you see this, it's well worth checking out if you're a stout fan. Cheers hopsolutely!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up at the brewery. Enjoyed during the opening game of the Stanley Cup Finals. Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to a partial cap and solid collar, leaving behind minimal lacing. Opaque dark brown body.

S - Dark chocolate, biscuit, roasted malts, perhaps a hint of coffee. Your standard porter flavor profile.

T - Taste is quite similar, with a mix of dark chocolate, roasted malts, nuts, biscuit, and a mildly bitter finish.

M - Chewy, medium body, with pleasant carbonation. Toasty texture, with a low amount of lingering stickiness.

D - The bitterness gets a tad fatiguing after a while, reducing the session potential here. Beyond that it's your stock American Porter. Enjoyable enough, but doesn't distinguish itself much in a very crowded field of beers.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to a buddy for picking up a bottle of this and the coffee version. The regular version is a very decent porter, especially for Ontario standards. Tastes roasty, with chocolate notes coming through out. The mouthfeel is very nice and its not thin, which is a big plus. Very good drinkability and each sip is good. We need porters like this more regularly available, and not just 'specials'

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Photo of biegaman
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harry Porter is a fine looking example of the (literal) black arts. Pitch dark at every angle, this beer is darker than Mercyful Fate, Dimmu Borgir or Cradle of Filth could ever hope to be. As the bubbles drain from the extensive froth they leave a streak reminiscent of melted wax on a candle stick. I've seen historic frescoes less detailed than this lacing.

At times it seems like all the beer's flavours congregate in the aroma; it's super easy to lose yourself in this fairytale blend of coffee grounds, leafy hops, and roasted barley. All vie for your attention. To best appreciate all the earthy hoppiness as well as roast bitterness it is best to swirl the beer and let it warm.

The flavour benefits from the taste of coffee but has been spared most of the astringency (though maintains a good deal of the smoky bitterness). It isn't complex by any means but makes up for that with instant gratification. Dark beer lovers step right up - it is smoky, bitter, and full of a flavour reminiscent of chocolate.

The mouthfeel is full and velvety and, surprisingly, it's an aftertaste of leafy, herbal green hops that gently informs you the taste is over. Fortunately, at only 6% alcohol, you don't have to wait long for the next sip. It's only when you notice such details - the bitter herbals, the coffee-like bitterness - that you realize this is a modern (American-style) porter.

Great Lakes Harry Porter is no piece of fantasy - it is a wonderfully hoppy, robust porter that is sure to cast a spell on you. It is a recipe situated along the meeting point of two styles - the British (mild roast coffee) and American (lightly burnt black malt and bitter, leafy hops) - in a way that makes it everything a good porter should be.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Fresh Project X bottle from the brewery. Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured black with one finger of light brown head.

S - Roast, milk chocolate and a hint of molasses. Fairly sweet overall nose.

T - A big bitter roast profile dominates. Some semi-sweet chocolate, brown sugar and lighter coffee notes are also present.

M - Medium body, slightly creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken last week; on tap at Imbibe in Kitchener.

Pours a beautiful dark brown with an impressive coffee-coloured head and lacing. Visually stunning pint! Decently creamy mouthfeel is an absolute pleasure to drink.

Robust aroma of coffee also highlights roasted chocolate malts - beautiful combinations and multiple levels. The flavour also has nice balance and complexity, transitioning from caramelized sweetness to dry with a nice hop bitterness and a lingering "roasted" finish. No overt cloves or coriander or other spice additions, and I may have been imagining the vanilla elements, but a delightful coffee and chocolate mixture.

Thank-you Great Lakes! May well be my new favourite (non Citra) from this brewery.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo.

Poured into a pint glass - inky black, with a half inch of sturdy light tan head. Good retention.

Nose is sweet chocolate, roast coffee, smoke, and with a tart hop presence that gives the brew a real woodsy feel.

A bit too sweet for my preferences, but still quite tasty and robust. Chocolate and caramel flavors both start and finish this brew, with roast coffee and American hops rounding things off.

Medium bodied, silky, good carbonation.

Nice porter, but the caramel sweetness was almost cloying. I couldn't have more than one in an evening, but it was still a decent brew.

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Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at C'est What, into a pint glass.

Poured just about black, with a light brown head. Decent retention and a good amount of lacing. Nose has some light milk chocolate, roast and soldi hop notes as well, perhaps a touch of pine. Brown sugar and molasses as well. Taste has a lot of roastiness, bitter chocolate and again, is substantially hopped similar to the nose - almost has an American Black Ale edge to it. Bitter and roasty finish, medium body and solid medium light carbonation. Quite tasty, something that warrants multiple servings.

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Great Lakes Harry Porter from Great Lakes Brewery
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