mikeybaby99 (6) - Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2001 does not count
My favorite beer! Rich foamy head complemented with chocolate & coffee while well hopped. Larks (3) - North Bend, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2003 does not count
Perfection. A truly excellent Porter. There was only one place in Cincinnati that had this stuff on draft. Every once in a while you would see it in bottles. Now, my fav watering hole has it so make that 2 places. Life is good Papesd (2) - waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2004 does not count
29 years to the day, the Fitz went down.
An excellent porter. Coffee and chocolate.
It’s boldness reminds me of the stormy seas the day she went down. cazort (565) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2009 After drinking many more beers I have returned to change my rating to a 5. This is simply my favorite beer and I cannot rate it any other way. This beer is unlike any other. Aroma is very strong, and complex: initially a dark bitter vanilla, then a rich roasted malt. Extremely bitter. Very hoppy, very roasted. It has been one of my favourite beers since I first tried it, definitely my favourite porter, and has my favourite aroma of any beer. But it’s not for everyone: this is an extreme beer; it packs a punch and can come across as a bit coarse, unrefined, or too powerful. However, I want to emphasize that it is precisely this coarse and unrefined quality that I love about this beer. It tastes raw, uncontrollable, bizarre, overpowering...and yet somehow oddly comforting, wholesome, and heartwarming all at the same time. This is one beer that tastes twice as good on tap. In the bottle, the roasted quality overpowers the rest of the beer; on tap, much more complex and balanced, I would recommend for everyone to try this beer...it certainly is not going to be liked by everyone, but those who like it really seem to love it. TINOZACCA (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2006 What an excellent beer. Great mix of complex tastes, of hops, malt, roast, sweet, and bitterness. The color is gorgeously dark, and has a nice head. Porter is the style of beer I drink least, but this one is the best.
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 didn’t 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 isn’t 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.
Edward104 (41) - Herrin, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2011
My favorite American Porter (non-imperial).
Bottle and glass.
Taste: it’s as if the nutty and coffee flavors are balanced against each other and come and go -- very complex and pronounced tastes. Viscosity: somewhat watery, a little thick ~ Paulaner Hefe-weizen. Overall: Great one time only or for session. Volsconti (21) - - APR 21, 2012
Yet another amazing beer and my personal favorite porter for drinkability and style.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone asmith131623 (6) - - SEP 9, 2012 does not count
This is a great porter from the great lakes. Pours dark with a thick coffee colored head. Strong coffee and dark coco notes. A great beer for tailgating or day drinking. You can’t go wrong with this one.
MatthewHinz (12) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2012
This is by far one of the best dark beers out there. I’m not even joking. If this is available in your area you must buy it right now. Go. What are you waiting for?