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RATINGS: 1740   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Complex, roasty aroma with a bittersweet, chocolate-coffee taste and a bold hop presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Bottled. Poured a good sized long lasting medium tan head; good lacing. Beautiful ebony color with garnet highlights. Aroma dominated by a coffee-ish roasted malt character layered with dark chocolate, hint of vanilla, and a spicy hop nose. Moderately sweet start-to-finish. Some esteriness emerged mid-palate along with roasted malt and hop characters, both of which became more distinct towards the finish and nicely balanced the sweetness. Moderately sharp astringency from the roasted malt was quite evident in the aftertaste along with a hop flavor that lingered. Palate was medium bodied with a somewhat lively carbonation. I thought this was a nice example of the style. A complex roasted malt character complimented by a distinct hop flavor and aroma resulted in a rich and satisfying brew. Thanks very much Drew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12111) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Big brown head atop a red-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, roasty chococoffee, light grapefruit, faint cherry. Taste is mild sweet, roasty, coffee, grapefruit, light chocolate. Watery medium body. I’ve been looking forward to trying this for a long time, and I wasn’t disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2004
I finally went to the Great Lakes Brewing Co. restaurant/bar. After drinking their beers for so long, I thought I should check the place out. I ordered an Edmund Fitzgerald. It has a nice chocolate-coffee aroma. It is dark and rich. A roasty malt taste with a lot of chocolate and coffee presence, balanced out with some nice hop bitterness. I don’t think I could drink many of these in one night, but I really enjoyed this fine porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2707) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Bottle, best by date 6/9/04. Semi-sweet chocolate aroma, light touches of sweetness along with notes of espresso, cream, toffee and faint, citric, spicy hop. Rich dark brown color, clear, with a lasting, fine, creamy head and wispy lacing. Flavor is roasty and grainy to start, becoming sweeter by midpoint and with a long, creamy, mildly fruity, coffeeish and moderately bitter, hoppy finish. Medium body, palate is smooth and lightly creamy. Excellently balanced and very easy to drink. Gains some mellow complexity as it warms. A great Porter, if perhaps a bit less robust than anticipated. Thanks, Chris!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Deep brown-red, a thin mocha head. Lots of roasts in nose and a bit of chocolate. Very good flavor, bitter, roasty and mildly sweet. Very robust and full.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2005 Great porter. Evenly balanced and pure. One of the best porters ever. I wish it was sold in VA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFGrind (1909) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2004
My first beer in Cleveland was a draft of this fine porter in the Hyatt’s hotel bar. Roasty aroma, coffee black color and a solid medium body made it a great porter. A few of these porters could definitely "sink" me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bd0gg4 (13) - Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2004
I was drawn to this beer by the name. Living on Lake Superior the Edmund Fitzgerald is a big thing up here. Im glad they brewed a beer that does it justice. Very smooth and fulfilling taste, tastes a bit fruity also.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PisskyNight (13) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Appearance: the closest to black from a brown color you can get with a 1/4 inch baige head that holds a fair covering layer throughout consumption Smell: oh yea....Dark roasted chocolate covered peanuts....burnt caramel...soothing creme brulee...toffee notes are quite apparent....various diacetyl flavors seep in and out of notation... Taste: oh boy...this is grand....top notch coffee grounds....majestic chocolate puree...milk from the finest cow...hehe....so smooth and well balanced....rich and robust to say the least....I really like the fact that is not overly bitter and far from cloyingly sweet... Notes: Such a fine offering and great job to the brewers at GLBC ....get some if you can folks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Deep ruby red/brown, light tan head. Aroma is just what a porter should be. Roasty, slight chocolate. Flavor is very smooth. Creamy with cocoa aftertaste. Excellent porter, one of the best I’ve had.

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