Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter – 5.8% ABV | 37 IBU

One of the newest breweries to distribute to New Jersey is Great Lakes Brewing Company and I’ve had the pleasure of tasting three of their beers so far. All of their beers have been fine specimens of beer brewed under the German purity law “Reinheitsgebot,” stating beer can only possess barley, yeast, water and hops.  Today’s offering is Edmund Fitzgerald Porter a very complex yet simple brew that pushes the limit of what simplicity can be and raises a seemingly basic ingredient list to level awesome.

The Beer

Edmund Fitzgerald Porter pours out of the glass black with a finger and a half’s worth of a tan head. The aroma is a nice helping of chocolate that gives you this warm and fuzzy feeling like pulling a batch of brownies out of the oven. First sip hits you with an assault of chocolatey coffee and finishes with a deep smokey flavor. The mouthfeel is the only area I wish I could have had a bit more oomph, it wasn’t horribly thin but could have used a little more body.


I’m a tad jaded when it comes to having porters and stouts that aren’t as big as the high gravity beers like Ballast Point Victory at Sea or Founders KBS. I’m a quintessential American that likes things big and over the top and its only as of late that I’m starting to come around to the less robust beers. I’m very happy to find a gem of a beer such as Edmund Fitzgerald Porter that eases me back into normalcy and does it with such grace and finesse. This beer is so far the highlight of my foray into Great Lakes Brewing company and I’m very gracious to have such a high quality brewer distribute to my state.

If you are looking for a stout/porter high on the chocolate and smokey flavor with a smooth mouthfeel that’s lower on the alcohol scale, this is your go to beer. Forget what you heard Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is where its at.