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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