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GL Edmund Fitzgerald vs. Founders Porter

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

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

  1. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald

    283 vote(s)
    50.4%
  2. Founder's Porter

    278 vote(s)
    49.6%
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  1. Brunite

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    ...like a Dominatrix!!:cool:
     
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  2. Brunite

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    We must be a generation apart!:cool: That's cool nonetheless!
     
  3. rubicat

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    Wow, 159-158! Can't get much closer than that!

    Another thing I like about EF is that it is available year round, just about everywhere in my area that sells beer. :cool:
     
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  4. hopsbreath

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    This exactly.
     
  5. tectactoe

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    Hah, wow. Three weeks later and the vote is 160-159, literally almost exactly 50/50.

    Sounds like instead of deciding between them, we just need to buy and drink them both. Oh well!
     
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  6. BrettMcCal23

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    Founders all the way...dark rich and sexy??? Please! easy winner
     
  7. socon67

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    The results indicate what we generally know; they are both very good beers and for each person who swears one of them is better there is another person with the opposite view.
     
  8. ABisonEgo

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    pretty sure they did?
     
  9. sweethome

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    Bringing in Smuttynose makes perfect sense. I have tried these three blind and it came out Founders, Smuttynose, Ed Fitz. That said, without trying Ed Fitz at the Great Lakes Brewery Bar in 1989, I may not have jumped in to the movement as quickly. Halfway through the pint, I knew I was changed.
     
  10. mhksuccess

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    i find that edmund fitzgerald is better by far
    i think as for founders for there year round beers there are better than the porter i really like the russian imperial stout from founders although once again love great lakes blackout stout and ba blackout stout lol
    so tough with all these great brews
     
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    Both are amazing, Fitz is my winner because I've had the Edmund Fitzgerald ice cream at the brew pub in Cleveland and it is crazy good.

    Neither GL or Founders Porter are as good as FFF Alpha Klaus though
     
  12. bismarksays

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    Two of my favorite porters ever. Founders, by a nose. As others have mentioned, the edge comes down to mouthfeel.
     
  13. VncentLIFE

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    Ive been bugging the brewers for a year now to do that. Every time I see them at the brewery or talk to bottling guys, I ask about that and if theyre going to bottle Alberta Clipper.

    oh and OP, Eddy Fitz is a bit easier to drink but slightly more bitter. Founders was so roasty and robust.
     
  14. mjtiernan

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    Founders Porter is heartier, more complex and features a distinct smokiness while Eddy Fitz's best assets are its nuanced roasted malt flavor and tremendous mouthfeel. Both top shelf porters and they both serve a purpose, but I give the edge to Eddy Fitz for drinkability.
     
  15. mjtiernan

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    Yeah, I think Founders Porter and Smutty Robust are better comparisons. More similar anyway.
     
  16. PABSTMASTER

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    Founders for sure.
     
  17. luisc123

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    Just had both, one after the other, and I can't decide. I enjoyed Founders' mouthfeel better but Fitz had the better finish. It's a toss up. Ok Founders because it's so close to FBS, it's insane
     
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    I agree! I taste a lot of similarities to FBS. I wonder if anyone else does?
     
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    This thread they're neck & neck. I consulted my own reviews for my decision Eddy @ 4.65 > Founders @ 4.4
     
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    I love Founders a lot but Edmund Fitzgerald from Great Lakes is just simply GREAT! Probably the best porter I have had so far
     
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    I'd have to agree with both of you as well. It's like a year round serving of FBS! Pretty awesome!
     
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    Have to go Founders, given how sexy it is.....but I long for Black Butte Porter when it arrives here in Chicago next month.
     
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    Bells>Edmund Fitz>Founder's
     
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    Buy a Founders Porter and an Ed Fitz and mix them. They get along nicely. Alas, this is one topic that never gets any pull. The art of mixing brews.
     
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    Wow... almost two whole months later and the voting is exactly equal (at this time), 191-191. This might be the closest pairing of two equally exceptional beers ever. Impressive.
     
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    Oops, I voted. #homer
     
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    I just tried this last night...great call, and yes beer mixing does not get enough attention.
     
  28. SBMRL

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    Ive been a big fan of edmund fitzgerald , then i had founders porter. There quite different founders is more rich and robust i prefer it.
     
  29. kirbmeist

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    Only have had Eddy Fitz and man it is delicious. You need to get your hands on Black Butte Porter though.
     
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    I have 5 of them lying around looking for a good home- do you trade?
     
  31. kirbmeist

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    yea i trade but im a little strapped for cash right now. Waiting on my school check to come in then im hoping to knock a few out. Prob nothing crazy but i would like some more of those BBP. Not sure what your looking for but i live in Orlando so the usually request is Cigar City.
     
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    Oops, I should have been more clear, I have 5 Edmund Fitzgeralds.
     
  33. kirbmeist

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    lol gotcha. Well those are delcious either way. Ill let you know once i have my money set and everything. Maybe we can figure something out.
     
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    Mayflower Porter is the best porter of all the porters.
     
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    I tied it up @ 198!! I love eddy, but founder's porter is soooo perfect.
     
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    I love Founders but I've yet to have Edmund Fitzgerald so I will not be voting at this time.
     
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    Just had a porter binge over the weekend. Smuttynose beat out both Founders and Great Lakes.

    Ranking:
    1. Smuttynose Robust Porter
    - Nice roast profile. I usually do not like deep roasts in malt and coffee, but they won me over here.
    - Clean dry roast bitterness without any ashy taste.
    - Rich light roast chocolate aroma without associated iron-like bitterness.
    - Balancing espresso-like sweetness and acidity.
    - Finishes dry with some refreshing cascade presence.
    - Weighty.
    - Great experience.

    2. Founders
    - more chocolate than in the smuttynose.
    - Less hop
    - Less coffee
    - Thicker than smuttynose, not as lean or dry.
    - Very good

    3. Edmund Fitzgerald
    - distracting esters (light banana?) overpower coffee and chocolate.
    - sweetness seems out of place, almost "amber lager" sweetness not "porter-like"
    - similar ester profile found in Anchor below
    - did not enjoy

    4. Anchor Porter
    - strong "amber lager" sweetness
    - no roast or hop "porter" character
    - slight balsamic distraction
    - did not enjoy
     
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    Huh. This is one of those scenarios where my hop sensitivity comes into play.

    Edmund Fitzgerald, I find spectacular. It's a regular in my drinking rotation, and the beer I use to introduce people to the porter style.

    Founders Porter, all I can taste is Wall O' Pine. I can see where those who enjoy hops rate it as highly as it is, but I can literally taste nothing else in it.
     
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    I agree! New Belgium Portage is very close to it
     
  40. smutty33

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    Founder's for the win.
     
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