Review: Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter (Bottle)
By Niko I (FF)
Seeing as I’m leaving for Norway tomorrow, I thought tonight would be a nice chill night to finish off the beer collection that has deposited itself in my fridge. The last new beer before the trip thankfully is a great one: the Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. This is our second review from Great Lakes, the award winning Cleveland Ohio brewery, so for a brief look at their history check out the Dortmunder Gold review.
The Edmund Fitzgerald Porter was actually named after the freighter ship, which frequented the great lakes area including many Cleveland ports. When it first launched in 1958, the boat was the largest to commute the great lakes. However, tragically in 1975 it sank in a storm, with the entire crew lost to the sea. In 1976, the ship was featured in Gordon Lightfoot’s hit song: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Still, the exact causes of the disaster are unknown. In honor of the ship and the lives lost, Great Lakes aptly named their dark, mysterious porter the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Pouring a dark brown, almost black with a medium to small lacing that lasts the porter is certainly the dark enigma of the Great Lakes line up. The smell is almost all coffee, with some chocolate and hops. At just over 5% ABV I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of taste, but thankfully the Edmund Fitzgerald porter packs a large punch, with some of the best roasted coffee flavor I have ever had in a beer. There’s also a very nice combination of bitter and sweet chocolate, malt, caramel, toffee, and maybe it’s just getting way too late, but I thought I even detected a hint of banana. There’s not a lot of hops, but I kind of like that in a porter, as too much in combination with the dark espresso can often lead to a very dry bitter aftertaste. On the contrary, the Edmund Fitzgerald finishes warm and with a little cream. This is easily the smoothest porter I have ever had, and as the beer warmed the complimentary flavors really began to shine. I have to say this is my favorite porter we’ve reviewed so far, just edging out Founders.
Niko I (FF) Score = 9.25/10