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Edmund Fitzgerald Porter by Great Lakes Brewing Company
American Porter
5.80 % ABV

Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2010
Old review
12 oz bottle thanks to Ckeegan and I am really stoked about this one. Served up in a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown. VERY DARK brown. This should be black, but alas . . . it is not. Held to light the secret is up. Dark brown with really nice dark, ruby, blood red beams of light pouring through. Had a really nice caramel head that came up nice a slow, bubbling up from the depths of almost blackness. The Head just coats and saturates the glass. Very nice.

S: Smell is some wonderful malts. Nicely roasted malty goodness. So nice. Got some coffee coming through very nicely. Chocolate is there, but bitter sweet chocolate. There is a hint of lactose coming through as well.

T: Once again, wonderfully roasted malt kicks thi bitch off. So nice and a great sweetness. The sweetness is perfect, not too much. Coffee is light but there enough to get the point across. Semi sweet chocolate livens up the flavors a bit. Getting a bit of nuttiness in here as well, maybe hazelnut (just a touch). Cream flavors coming through as well. Very nice balance and dynamic flavors coming out of a beautiful porter taste.

M: Medium bodied brew that has amazing creaminess. So coating a creamy. Did I mention creamy. ABV is not present. This coats the mouth and leaves a really nice lactose cream flavor to linger in the aftertaste. Carbonation is just enough to crispin this beer just a bit, making in incredilby smooth and easy to drink.

D: This beer is very nice. This is absolutely the best drinking porter I have ever had. Just so easy to drink. the flavors are very nice, aroma is good, feel is great, its pretty. This porter is balla. If I had local access, absolutely would keep this as a session. Drink it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 11-02-2008 04:15:51

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 02/05/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
64 3 6 14 3 6 0
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.

Served In: Bottle

Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 11 18 4 9 0
12oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass
Enjoy before 12/16/06

Edmund Fitzgerald poured black. When held to the light there was dark mahogany highlights around the glass and where the light was coming through. Very nice light brown microbubble 1+ finger head with some medium bubbles throughout. Big chunky lacing as I drink.

This beer smells amazing. A lot of toffee and freshly ground coffee beans. Absolutely delicious smelling!

The taste is very good as well. Tastes like it smells with toffee up front. A little coffee coming through and some roasted/burnt malt. It seems I'm tasting a little nuttiness at the end.

The mouthfeel is perfect for this beer. Its medium-heavy bodied. A little chewy and coats the mouth nicely.

The drinkability is as good as you can get for a porter.

Overall Edmund Fitzgerald is an excellent beer. Pick it up if you see it cause you will be pleased. Drinking this actually makes me look forward to it getting a little colder outside.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/12/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 12 18 4 9 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 8-4-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Thanks to Jay23 for sending this one as an extra in our trade!

This one pours a black color with a reddish tinge when held to the light. There is a slight amount of head which falls down to a thin lace around the glass.

The aromas I get out of the glass as I pour are intense with quality gourmet coffee, malt, chocolate, toffee and a subtle woodiness, from the hops my guess. This beer’s aroma is filling enough, almost no need to drink it as I already feel satisfied.

The taste is just as good as the aroma. Coffee seems quite present to me with a nice slightly bitter and dry finish. This would work as an excellent after dinner beer which one can relax with. Easily the best porter I have tried.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 01/30/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 4 9 2008
I'm a lover of the great lake Gitche Gummi ( Lake Superior) and the whole Edmund Fitzgerald legacy, unfortunately this beer comes up short of port in its story as well.
Color is very dark brown with deep dark ruby highlights, dark as the waves that split the Fitz. Pencil width high head of tannish tight creamy foam, steady and calm, leaving port steady as she goes, no ship sinks in this stuff. Spotty stringy lace sticking some and some losing hold and sinking into the darkness from which it came.
Aroma is crispy, roasty, slightly sweet and dark burntness of malts and a faint noteable hop.
Taste sails along in roastyness, smooth at first, then the waves begin to pick up with sweet tinglyness, darkening up, a surge of bitterness through hops and ends into a light lingering smokey feel, woody, coffeeish finish. Moderately dry port to starboard, through and through. Feel is full and heavy, proudly bittering dry right on into the depths of finishing. Much like the ship, this beer sets sail but sadly never ports again. A bit disappointed in this porter being a fan of the great lake and the story of the Fitz. Was hoping for more weight and robustness. Still a very decent porter and won't turn it down for nothing. The bell tolls for thee, Edmund Fitz.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tangfoot on 01/04/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 0
Originally reviewed 1-3-2007

Incidentals: I've had this many times, but never reviewed it.

Appearance: Deep, almost black color. Very opaque. Good, foamy head that laced very well.

Smell: Very "porter" smell to it.

Taste: This is just about a perfect example of what a porter should taste like. Strong, robust, roasted malt and some hints of other flavors as well.

Drinkability: This is a beer that is a great fit for almost any reason. Extremely drinkable, and it never lasts very long in my fridge.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 0
A - Pours a nice dark brown color that's clean but almost dark enough you can't see through. Head is about one inch of light brown foam. Thick and rocky with good retention.

S - Nice roasty dark malts bringing in day old coffee, light chocolate and a touch of black licorice.

T - Starts sweet with anise and a bit of toffee up front. Cocoa comes in and plays for a while. Roastiness comes in with coffee tones and a light coffee bitterness. Finishes with some more sweetness of light milk chocolate and a small lactic note.

M - Medium to full bodied. Very smooth with only the slightest prickles of carbonation.

D - Very very nice porter that drinks really easy. A solid choice that I will have to pick up more of.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/19/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 0
Pours very dark, nice tan head that leaves great lacing. roasted malt nose and chocolate. Taste is really good, really roasty. Nice clean finish. Great brew, thanks beagle.:thumbup:

Served In: Other

Review by braconid on 11/29/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 8 17 4 9 0
Pours a dark brown color with cola tinges around the edges. There is a finger of dark tan head over top, moderate carbonation bubbling up and decent clarity from what I can tell. Nice looking brew. The aroma is solid in roasted maltyness with modest chocolate and coffee in there. I'm not getting a whole lot in the way of hop in the nose. The flavor is more complex, with an initial roasty character moving to a slight chocolate charater and finishing with a kick form some pine hops that bring around a solid coffee note. This is a very good beer. Mouthfeel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a beer that is always welcome in my fridge. It doesn't sit heavy, but has a ton of flavor. It is a winner.

Served In: Pint Glass

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