GL Edmund Fitzgerald vs. Founders Porter

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by tectactoe, Nov 20, 2012.


Would you choose GL Edmund Fitzgerald vs. Founders Porter as the better American porter?

  1. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald

    283 vote(s)
  2. Founder's Porter

    278 vote(s)
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  1. sarcastro

    sarcastro Disciple (335) Sep 20, 2006 Michigan
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    I also disagree with this one. I prefer Founders to Everett. I know, sacrilege that anything is better than HF.
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  2. gshak

    gshak Zealot (512) Feb 20, 2011 Texas

    I votes Thirsty Dog Old leghumper
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  3. Skull40

    Skull40 Initiate (191) Apr 1, 2010 Indiana

    Founders Porter is way better than Edmund Fitzgerald.
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  4. fishtremble

    fishtremble Initiate (183) Jan 18, 2010 Michigan
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    Well I would love to root for my own state but I have drank both frequently and with a little bit of age on it I would vote Founders but with both fresh I am leaning toward Edmund by a smidge.
  5. TomTwanks

    TomTwanks Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2011 Ohio

    I personally like EF over founders, but like some have said I also prefer Everett. I've only had it via growler if that makes a difference? Either way, for price and availability sign me up for GL!!
  6. mschofield

    mschofield Meyvn (1,463) Oct 16, 2002 Massachusetts

    Supposedly going to be at Wegmans in the new year, according to another thread

    I'm going to copy everyone else that said "include Smuttynose robust porter" and "I'm not going to choose between them, they're all great"
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  7. starrdogg

    starrdogg Champion (825) Jun 21, 2010 District of Columbia
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    I'm partial to Founders for two reasons: 1) I love the mouthfeel, it's rather robust, where Edmund Fitz has always seemed a little on the thin side, and 2) It's got more of a chocolate flavor going on than Edmund Fitz. The Founders is probably my favorite porter if I don't count anything made by Hill Farmstead like Everett or Twilight of the Idols.
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  8. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    This. In much of a GL fan as I am, I never understood the EF love. I find it pretty ordinary. I do look forward to Black Butte hitting Chicago in a few months to make that comparison.
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  9. dcloeren

    dcloeren Defender (629) Sep 15, 2010 Texas
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    I came here just to say this. Well said.
  10. miketd

    miketd Zealot (524) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    I love Eddie Fitz, I like Founders.
  11. Pete9094

    Pete9094 Zealot (540) Nov 26, 2001 Pennsylvania
    Supporter Subscriber

    Both are great but I vote for Founders by a slight margin. Founders is like velvet.
  12. ncaudle

    ncaudle Defender (602) May 28, 2010 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    been revisiting a bunch of porters the past couple of weeks and would have to say Flying Dog Gonzo is much better compared to these two (and is available in Michigan).
  13. omniscientcause

    omniscientcause Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2010 District of Columbia

    Im in the same boat here...Bought some in sep and oct when I was in syracuse and wasnt impressed.
  14. Handle

    Handle Initiate (145) Mar 16, 2009 North Carolina

    This really is about a tossup for me, but I'll err on the side of Edmund Fitzgerald.
  15. winbassett

    winbassett Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2010 North Carolina

    I'll choose to enjoy both! Both excellent.
  16. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Disciple (335) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    They are both amazing beers but in my experience EF more closely represents the historical Porter style (real or not, at least how it has been defined) so I will give it the nod. I have also drunk much less of it due to lack of distro in STL so I would probably reach for it again over Founders given the choice. No disrespect to Founders which is also a pleasure to imbibe.
  17. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,560) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    This is always a tough one. Eddy Fitz is just a classic example of a porter. But Founders has a thick, silky, creamy mouthfeel to die for. It's basically a coin toss for me..
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  18. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,241) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Top 3 porters in my opinion.

    Black Butte > Eddy Fitz > Founders
  19. danfinegan3

    danfinegan3 Initiate (163) May 5, 2010 Florida
    Beer Trader

    my man eddie fitz. but Cigar city's jose marti makes a desireable third option
  20. GeddyLeeRocks

    GeddyLeeRocks Initiate (158) Oct 14, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Which ever one is in my fridge right now! (crap, they are both there!)
    Then, Fitz it is!
  21. Gannon81

    Gannon81 Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2012 Oregon

    Founders is sexier.
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  22. Tilley4

    Tilley4 Poo-Bah (1,894) Nov 13, 2007 Tennessee
    Supporter Subscriber Beer Trader

    The OP asked to compare two beers and a third was brought into the equation... sigh...

    Why does this always happen?
  23. IamMe90

    IamMe90 Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Wisconsin

    I haven't had Founders yet, but EF wasn't doing it for me when I tried it.. seemed thin and there was some weird flavor I couldn't identify at the time. Will try founders soon.
  24. n2185

    n2185 Poo-Bah (1,862) Apr 14, 2008 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    I've had Eddy Fitz several times now and, while certainly not bad, I've yet to be particularly impressed by it. Founders and Smuttynose Robust Porter are my go-tos for regular porters, and I really love both. I also really enjoyed the Hill Farmstead porter I got in a trade once, but I could get a case of Founders or Smuttynose easier (and with trading involved, likely cheaper) than a single bottle of Hill Farmstead's.
  25. tzieser

    tzieser Champion (862) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    "If you HAD to choose one of those two, which would it be?"

    Dont overlook that...looks like the OP is looking for a EF vs Porter discussion not necessarily a best porter discussion.

    I prefer Founders. Edmund is yummy but i like the creaminess the porter has.

    As for Everett, yes its delicious but expensive and hard to come by if you dont live in VT. I'd rather have a Mayflower Porter as its not too expensive and easy to obtain in my area. Has a great smoke flavor that most porters dont have. To each their own though.

    Side note: had some Narragansett Porter yesterday and was impressed. Not sweet like last year. $8 a six pack of 16oz cans. 7% abv too so you get some bang for your buck.
  26. wvsabbath

    wvsabbath Meyvn (1,398) Apr 29, 2010 West Virginia
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    Bottle i like founders, in keg i liked edmund more, i can score 6'ers of edmund at local grocery store, founders i can get by the sixer with a 30 min drive. Founders a little more sweeter and creamier then ed. Too close for me, really depends on what im in mood for. I like stone smoked porter the most but then again, thats quite different then founders and greak lakes. Hoppin frog silk porter is a fav also ,,as is black butte
  27. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Fitzgerald ... and that's coming from a Michigan boy.
  28. allouez86

    allouez86 Aspirant (200) Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin

    These are two fantastic beers, two of my favorites of the style. However Edmund Fitzgerald is my go to when I'm not feeling anything else. That being said, my decision seems to be similar to everyone else's when I voted: 52% to 48% in favor of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Good topic.
  29. allouez86

    allouez86 Aspirant (200) Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin

  30. mhenson42

    mhenson42 Zealot (540) Nov 20, 2011 Texas
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    I think I'm the only one to ever have a keg of Edmund Fitz on draft in the state of Texas....only because I drove a keg back from Cleveland... that's how much I loved this beer at the the time. I have it in bottles every now and then. But now, I think I prefer (512) Pecan Porter over Edmunds and Black Butte. I've had the Founders once, but I don't remember it being any better than Edmunds.
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  31. AndyAvalanche

    AndyAvalanche Savant (994) Jun 16, 2008 Massachusetts

    I would never turn either down. I voted Great Lakes because they don't distribute to me so it's a little more rare for me personally. But I truely love both of them.
  32. Stouttyme

    Stouttyme Disciple (352) Nov 17, 2011 Nebraska
    Beer Trader

    Everett, Victory at Sea, Twilight of the Idols, etc are on a totally different plane than Ed Fitz, Founders, Black Butte.
  33. wd09601

    wd09601 Initiate (142) Jul 29, 2012 Maryland

    I go with Founders, but Gonzo deserves a mention in here.
  34. aminobutyricacid

    aminobutyricacid Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Eddy Fitz is more drinkable but Founders is undeniably sexier.
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  35. BedetheVenerable

    BedetheVenerable Meyvn (1,023) Sep 5, 2008 Missouri

    Eddy Fitz > Boulevard Bully! Porter > Founders Porter (all excellent beers)
  36. Dirty25

    Dirty25 Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2012 Germany

    I think porters are my favorite beer. Both are great porters eddy fitz is better some times founders is better the others. Of course I'd prefer a troegs, flag porter, Samuel smith, or bells over then. There are a lot of good porters out there don't make me choose!
  37. Bakker

    Bakker Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    tis the season for a good porter. I'll do a side by side comparison then drink an Alpha Klaus as I contemplate!
  38. forrestbetts

    forrestbetts Initiate (67) Nov 29, 2007 Illinois

    ISO BA Fitzy
  39. tdmccarthy

    tdmccarthy Devotee (456) May 6, 2010 Illinois

    I love them both but don't think they're that similar. EF is much smoother and lighter. It's sessionable. The Founders is a much bigger, richer beer that I really consider a stout. I have been picking up the EF more recently but maybe only because Great Lakes just came back to my market at the beginning of October.

    I'd say that Bell's Porter is a lot more comparable to EF than the Founders. Of the three I can't say I prefer one over the others. They're all world class.
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  40. Gregfalone

    Gregfalone Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2012 California
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    Man, I can't find either one around here... Wish I could
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