ExSpectator (65) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2006
bottle, head is fizzy brown, body is dark brown. Aroma is of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Flavor is excellent, moderately bitter with some sweetness as well, has the roasted taste that exists in the aroma. Among the best of the offerings from Great Lakes. Ernest (7724) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle, BB Mar/07.
Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate/cocoa, roasted grain, nuts), lightly hoppy (herbs, grapefruit), trace yeast (dough), with a light note of cassis.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Very straightforward for the most part. Quite bitter in the finish; more so than most porters, and out of balance. Rather rough. Biggest disappointment is the mouthfeel, which is watery and overcarbonated. Expected to like this more, but not particularly impressed. dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Had this numerous times over the last few years. Had a draft a week ago and now a now a bottle. Pours brown/black, with a tan head. The 12 oz bottle fills the pint glass to the brim with head. Rich malt aroma, with chocolate the predominate scent. Fairly light body, with a good balance of hops. gavygavgav (7) - Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2006 does not count
Chocolatey, strong coffee taste, roasty, dark reddish-brown color and a small disappearing head. Medium body with a good finish. It’s a good beer, just not what I like in a porter. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2006
12 oz. bottle, thanks to OhioDad for this yummy. Pours an almost opaque dark brown with garnet highlights and a moderate beige head. Roasty, chocolate and coffee aroma with hints of skim milk and fresh herbs. Flavor is sweet and roasty, more chocolate and a bit of molasses, along with herbal nectar. Medium body and gently prickly carbonation. Quite nice!
pinkzambia (1933) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Bottle:Dark brown with no head. Roasted smoky aroma with a mild charcoal taste which seems to have a somehwhat thin, chalky feel. The prolonged aftertaste is pretty good. I noticed hints of celery. I would probably rate this higher, but I just had Avery Mephistopheles’ Stout. Anyway, overall, this is a great brew. Thanks BuckeyeBoy! BuckeyeBoy (7979) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 25, 2006
12oz Bottle Pours out dark brown topped with a tan head. With aroma of coffee and some chocolate. Pretty good. xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
12 oz bottle
Best by 01/07, sank 10/06
Medium pour in a pint glass.
Poured dark brown with mahogony highlights, with a small creamy somewhat lasting head with small lacing.
Smelt of moderate burnt grain, nuttiness, dark chocolate, with some light coffee.
Taste was upfront moderate coffee and dark chocolate bittersweetness, with some light nuttiness, followed by a strong burnt bitterness and nuttiness, more like nut skins, with some light sweet molasses and light bitter grassy hops accent on a mostly hoppy long grassy/green veggie finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, oily, lively carbonated, with heavy astringency.
Overall, kind of an average porter, with an interesting complexity and boldness, but does little to please the palate. Nicely light bodied as well, so I could drink in the summer too. Sregnar35 (1031) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Good. Poured black with a tiny ring of a head. Aroma is sweet chocolate, coffee, and a bit of hops. Flavor is tingly with some bitterness from both the roast and the hops. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2006 12 oz bottle via OhioDad(thanks!). Pours a pitch black with an average size tan head. Nose is of Mocha, vanilla, toffee. Flavor is the same with a mild bit of roastiness and some plums. Hops are there a bit in the finish.Thin to medium body. Silky mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Wish i had a six pack.