New Beer Blog Great Lakes Brewery Edmund Fitzgerald Porter


In this beer blog, we are going to get into a nice English style porter from Great Lakes Brewery.  It is their Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Midwest craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Ohio base craft brewery.  Let us get into this porter.

It has a jet black color with a constant tan color head on this porter. The aroma has a smokey roasted malts along with hints of chocolate and coffee notes. The taste of this full body has a smooth sweet chocolate to coffee notes. The aftertaste has a dry chocolate to coffee finish. It is a sipping beer but this one is kind of drinkable.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Thanks to our craft brewing process, when you take a swig of our Edmund Fitzgerald, it will taste smoky, robust, dark, and bittersweet.  Thanks to our environmental efforts, if you take a swig of Lake Erie, it won’t taste smoky, robust, dark, and bittersweet.

Named after the ship that frequently docked in Cleveland and sunk in Lake Superior in 1975, our porter combines a complex, roasty aroma with a bitterweet, chocolate-coffee taste.

In keeping with the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, this beer is traditionally brewed from all natural ingredients:  barley, hops, yeast, and water.  no chemicals or preservatives are used.

Here is a description from their website (

Edmund Fitzgerald® Porter | Great Lakes Brewing Company

Robust and complex, our Porter is a bittersweet tribute to the legendary freighter’s fallen crew—taken too soon when the gales of November came early.


Brewed in memory of the sunken freighter, with rich roasted barley and bittersweet chocolate-coffee notes.


  • 6-pack
  • 12-pack
  • Draft
ABV – 6.0%
IBU – 37
Pairs With Oysters, chocolate, and heartfelt balladry

Beer Availability:

  • Year-Round Beer
World Beer Championships
12-Time Medal Winner Since 1991 (World Champion, Platinum, Gold, Silver)
Great American Beer Festival Awards
5-Time Medal Winner Since 1991 (Gold, Silver)

Here is their website and twitter addresses:


Twitter:  @GLBC_Cleveland

Closing, there is not too many craft breweries out there that has a dark beer as their flagship beer.  Great Lakes Brewery is known for this brew.  It is a nice English style porter and it is one that the craft beer drinkers use to compare to other porters.  This beer is Midwest go to porter and dark beer.  There is some nice tasting notes that will have you coming back to even in the hot summer days.  It is really a sipping beer but some people make it a drinkable beer.  This is one of my favorite English porters. I love it. I wished they did other versions in package. I mean a vanilla bean, cherry, etc versions of the porter.  I know do it in draft but I am talking package.  Speaking of package, I wish this beer was in cans and I pretty stun this brewery does not put any of their beers in cans.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/


Bill DJ Weiser


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