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RATINGS: 1807   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Complex, roasty aroma with a bittersweet, chocolate-coffee taste and a bold hop presence.

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3.8
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Pours a transparent blackish garnet red, with copious amounts of lasting tan head. Nose is sweet and malty with faint bitterness. Flavor wise this beer will fool you. Nice rich malts give it a for-front sweetness that becomes darker and more complex. Even has a subtle hop bitterness in the finish. Do yourself a favor and do whatever it takes to get a hold of this bad boy!

4.1
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2006
"Good beer. Poured brown with mahoganey edges with a good head that laced well. Aroma was of roasted coffee and chocolate. Flavor was the same with just the right amount of hops in it. Good solid beer. "

3.9
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Poured a very dark reddish brown that I had to shine straight into light to even notice. Had a very choclately and coffee aroma which was very nice. The flavor was even better and it felt great in the mouth. Overal a very good beer.

3.8
decaturstevo (6240) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Poured from a 12oz btl dark reddish brown that at first I thought was black. The head was a rolling frothy tan that changed rather quickly to a nice foamy ring. A roasty, chocolatity aroma laced with coffee and a not overpowering hops background. Taste almost identical to aroma. With medium bitterness that stays with you. A good smooth texture. Overall a good, good beer. The bottle said to drink it at 45* mine got better and better as the temperature crept up at about 55+ I thought it was at itís best. Gave my wife a taste and told her to tell me what she tasted first her response was "yuk bitter soap". Go figure?

3.7
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2006
pours dark with not too much head. great initial coffee flavor and same crispness in finish as other great lakes beers. solid heavy overall body and flavor. not as good as anchor steam porter imo

4.4
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Has a wonderful coffee aroma. Good deep dark color with a thin brown head that disappates after a couple minutes. Has a very pleasing coffee flavor, I liked it quite a lot. Great body and texture, and good carbonation. Overall, an excellent beer.

4.2
Lewdass (12) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Pours rather dark, excellent aroma of coffee-ish chocolate. Head is small and tan colored. A bit thin, but not a big complaint. This is what a porter should be.

3.5
stoutchap (423) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Not as great as I hoped from the label and name. Poured a cola color, with a small brown head, some lacing. A A roasty nose, but also some skunk which surprised me. Not so much in the taste though. Some malt and roasted coffee, but also a little more hops and citrus than I would have expected. Also a little light on the palate. Not my favorite porter, but I would certainly drink it again.

4.1
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Outstanding porter acquired thru a trade. What a great porter should be. Big and tasty. Large mouthfeel, oily and slick. For as flavorful as this is, itís not at all filling. Hops and some citrus {?} in the finish. Sweet coffee and chocolates. Not at all bitter, perfectly balanced.

5
TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 24, 2006
One of my very favorite brewpubs is the Great Lakes Brewing Company, of Cleveland, OH. This is one brewpub I have made return trips to ever since that first trip back in 1994. At that time, Great Lakes didnít have a brewery, all their beers were brewed at the brewpub, and they were a very local beer. GLBC has enjoyed some growth, and their market has grown from its small Northern Ohio roots to a few Midwestern states. I love all of Great Lakes products, but one beer has a special place in my beer loving heart, and that is Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. This is a delicious, rich, robust porter just packed with flavors. Some robust porters border on being stouts, they are very roasty, coffeeish, and the flavors quite intense. Edmund Fitzgerald is an outstanding example of robust porter. This beer pours to a deep brown/black, opaque color with a big, tan, creamy head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic. Very malty aromas of dark chocolate malts, roasted barley, and coffee marry with a back drop of citric, piney, hop aromatics. The palate is wonderful. More big chocolate malt flavors, coffee, a touch of vanilla, and more roast. Edmund Fitzgerald has a very muscular malt back bone, this beer isnít hefty, but has a big body for a porter. This beer finishes with more good dark malt up front, then finishes with a long, dry, citric hop bite that lingers. A robust, flavorful, and vibrant beer. Match this with a nice porterhouse steak and baked potato. This is a great desert beer as well, it would go well with a chocolate brownie sundae with vanilla ice cream.


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