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Beer #103 – April 16, 2010: Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

May 19, 2010

Beer: Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Brewery: Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, Ohio

Style: American Porter

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle – best by 07/12/10

Price: $8.99 / six-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Glass Mug

Strength: 5.8% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: While I initially found this porter somewhat bitter, it got smoother, more savory and balanced as I drank.  A very enjoyable and full-flavored take on this style.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Deep black-brown hue with a big, creamy, frothy head and good lacing.

Aroma: Roasted coffee beans and baker’s chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with a fizzy carbonation.

Taste: This porter starts with a light caramel and cola sweetness, giving way to a deep-roasted, almost smoky, middle.  Notes of espresso beans, raw cocoa powder, dark Belgian chocolate, and licorice root all come forward at points.  Charred oak and minerally quinine are present on the finish.

Pairing: With the roasted, slightly smoky flavor, this one would pair nicely with a char-broiled filet.

Trivia: The Edmund Fitzgerald was a freighter that sunk in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975.  All 29 crew on board perished.  The memory of the ship, the disaster, and the men aboard lives on, both in the lyrics of Gordon Lightfoot’s song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald“, and in this worthy brew.

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  1. May 20, 2010 7:41 pm

    I had this ages ago and loved it.

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