DocJitsu (334) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque very dark brown with glints of cola brown around the bottom edge when held to the light. Coffee and a bit of cocoa on the nose. Thicker consistency, but too much carbonation too quickly. Big coffee flavor. Some lactose, but not enough, in my opinion. The coffee flavor is nice, but the coffee acidity is barely tempered by the creaminess. The carbonation tends to overpower the lactose feel and flavor. Itís ok. I was excited to get the chance to try it again. Iíd had it several years ago. But, more recently, thereís been quite a bit of hype about it. I donít feel itís lived up to it.
Wavygravy74 (7) - Washington, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delicious connection of beer with with comfort zone. It is just enough strong flavor to remind you that you are drinking beer and enough palpable flavor to make you want to taste every drip. Excellent.
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RobertDale (2000) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, malt, and coffee. Taste is chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, and a bit of hops. Excellent!
Alextricity (177) - Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ordered on-tap at Olives in Roseville, MI.
Appearance: A pretty perfect looking porter. Pitch black color. A beautiful little head on it. Great lacing throughout the glass.
Smell: Not bad, not great. I didnít get much. It sort of is similar to the taste, but more muted.
Taste: Easily the best porter Iíve had. I havenít had many, but I HAVE had Founders Porter, and this trumps that without question. Thereís almost a slight earthy flavor upfront, with that great, to-be-expected coffee and chocolate flavor through the rest of the sip. Really great.
Mouthfeel: Probably because I had it on tap, but creamy and delicious, like a good porter should be.
Overall, one of the best beers Iíve had, period. I drank this with FISH AND CHIPS and loved every last drop of it. Thereís really nothing bad to be said about Edmund Fitzgerald, but it does have me wondering. Why does "Great Lakes Brewing Company" exist in OHIO when they have ONE Great Lake bordering their state? Also, the Edmund Fitzgerald sunk in Lake Superior -- a Great Lake nowhere near Ohio. While I donít get the reasoning for the name of the brewery or the beer, this is still quality.
Emitch14 (61) - Westhampton, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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Fritz123 (284) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at Sybarite Pig. Dark brown, deep amber pour. Light head and some lace. Has a deep coffee aroma with currants, raisins and roasted nuts. Taste is not heavy but large coffee taste. A little heavy on carbonation and a little yeasty. Pleasant after taste and a mild finish. Mouth feel is pleasant.
Overml01 (225) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not quite the fan as others seem to be, but still a very good porter! Some dark chocolate and a hint of coffee with a slightly dry, bitter finish. Lots of roasted malts with hoppy overtones that Iím, personally, not really looking for in a porter. A great representation of the style that deserves to be tried... just not my cup-o-tea, erm... beer.
bytemesis (1482) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours deep brown to black with a small tan head, creamy with nice lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, light mint, vanilla. Flavor is the same, lightly sweet and just a bit of bitterness. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Quite nice
PhillyCraft (2110) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles, pours dark brown or light black with thick head and lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate cake, rich barely, nice hops, and coffee. Medium to fuller bodied for a porter. Light carbonation to give it a super creamy mouth. Really enjoyed this one.
drjay44 (2157) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. BBD 4/10/13. Pours a medium thick, well retained, light beige head, with some lacing, over a clear dark brown (SRM 30) body......nose is light coffee, chocolate, light toffee/caramel, hints of smoke.....taste is chocolate, coffee, light toffee/caramel,hints of smoke, finishing with a moderate, but lingering roasted malt, hop bitterness.....mouth feel medium, minimal astringency, carbonation adds a medium foaminess. This is a well done Robust Porter and meets the style almost exactly. The roasted malts are in ascendance, with the hops present but not dominant. Complexity in both aroma and flavor are exactly where they should be. BJCP 8/3/16/5/8