Edmund Fitzgerald (Great Lakes Brewing Company)

Style: American Porter

5.8% ABV

37 IBU’s

15˚P

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Brewer’s Note: “Named for the great ship that tragically sunk in Lake Superior in 1975 with many Northeast Ohioans on board, our Edmund Fitzgerald is the dark, brooding type. One sip of this complex, flavorful porter inspires lavish bar napkin poetry and spirited closing-time soliloquies. It’s a meticulously crafted love letter in a bottle, an epic and flavorful voyage, each sip a bittersweet tribute.”

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The beer label is similar to all other Great Lakes’ labels. I like the simplicity, I like the graphic, but I am not a huge fan of how simple the font is.

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The beer pours a dark, coffee brown with a small head of medium sized, tan bubbles and a middling retention. In body, the beer appears clear but nearly opaque from its darkness, slight hints of ruby and garnet can be seen when held to the light, but no particles seem to be present. On the nose, the beer smells of toasted oatmeal bread, rich caramel sauce, soft burnt popcorn, and fresh coffee beans moving into instant coffee mix. Light dark chocolate can be sensed from time to time in the nose, but the overall impression is of instant coffee, toast, and caramel sauce. On the tongue, the beer tastes smoothly sweet with a nice roasted bitter finish. Just a touch of acidity and a little hop bitters can be sensed in the beer towards the finish. In flavor, the beer begins as burning caramel sauce, working into light roast coffee, caramel malt, and a touch of herbal bitter hops. Light burnt popcorn flavors can also be sensed. The finish is of a middling length and is herbal bitters mingling with burnt black malt, touches of coffee, and just a hint of dark chocolate. The aftertaste is nearly non-existent. In the mouth, the beer feel on the light side of full-bodied, with a very smooth, silky mouthfeel that is just gently chewy. Carbonation is middling with a soft prickly scrub on the palate. The mouth is left a little wet with saliva but only a soft astringency on the tongue, and little else. Overall, this is a nice porter. I could put a couple of these back on a cold winter’s day and be happy, and this would pair very nicely with a thick stew or shepherd’s pie. It’s not my favorite in the style, honestly, but I think that is because it is so classically “a porter” that it doesn’t stand out much to me. I would have this again for sure, but I don’t know if I would buy it again.

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3.99/5, A+ in Style

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