sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2005 Thanks to heemer77 for this one. Pours a nice, deep black with a brown halo and a khaki head that stays massive and lends great lacing to the glass. Aroma is very dark chocolate malts, hints of yeast, and a good strong hop nose. Flavor is absolutely perfect, strong coffee notes, bitter chocolate, a little tangy, dry, with a grassy finish. Palate is just slightly thin, and carbonation is nearly undetectable in the mouth. A top notch porter. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2004
A noble and worthy memorial to the ill-fated Edmund Fitzgerald. Pours almost black with some red tints. Nice foamy tan head. Nose was semi-sweet chocolate, roasted dark coffee, and a hint of cherry. Likewise the taste. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. An excellent porter. SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Hey, here ya go. this is pretty good. Dark with a medium long lasting tan head. The nose is faint malty with smoke and some bitter chocoalte, The taste is nearly the same but here the bitterness of the chocoalte is mnore present. Check this one out if you can. 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! argo0 (14127) - 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.
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. Indra (2711) - Suburbia, 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! 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. 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. JFGrind (2064) - 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.