Brew Review

Beer Review – Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

The Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Edmund Fitzgerald Porter was named after the freighter that sank in Lake Superior in 1975. The label states that this beer complies with the Bavarian Purity Laws, and is brewed using only barley, hops, yeast, and water. The Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is one of Great Lakes Brewing Company’s year round beers and it has an ABV of 5.8%.

  • Appearance: Talk about a beautiful pour! Pitch black with a thick creamy head that dissipates very slowly. Lots of lacing left on the glass as you drink it down.
  • Aroma: Burnt sugar. Coffee. Bittersweet chocolate.
  • Taste: Good carbonation. Creamy texture. Reminds me of a double macchiato with a teaspoon of sugar, i.e. mildly bitter but with a touch of sweetness to keep things in check.

Today was an especially cold day in South Jersey and this beer has proved to be the perfect antidote for the mid-winter blues! The Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is a ridiculously easy drinking dark beer. It has the same qualities that I have long admired in Guinness Stout, but with a bit more alcohol content to give you that warm, toasty feeling. I really enjoyed this beer, and I highly recommend that you give it a try.

And for you music fans out there, below is a 1979 performance of Gordon Lightfoot singing The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Enjoy!

12 replies »

  1. G-Lo shared a bottle on our most recent snow day and I have to agree with his assessment. The Edmund Fitzgerald is an outstanding beer.


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