Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
From The Brewery:
A complex, roasty porter with a bittersweet, chocolate-coffee taste and bold hop presence.
TYPE/STYLE:Porter: Originated in Great Britain and named after the porters who hauled goods from wagons to the stands at the open air markets common to England at that time.
FOOD COMPLEMENTS:Roasty and smoked flavors like barbecued ribs, steaks and oysters. Also a favorite with chocolate desserts.
BRAND NAME:Named after the ship that frequently docked in Cleveland and sunk in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975 with many Northeast Ohioans on board.
Appearance: I poured the bottle of midnight ruby porter into my snifter, capped at the top by a creamy, thick tan and mocha head, that left a huge coating of lacing all the way down.
Smell: It is very rich smelling, of roasted malts and of coffee – both beans and roasted coffee, and a bit of espresso. There is also a little yeast notes in the background.
Taste: Smooth and strong roasted flavors of coffee beans and malts, all balanced with an ever so sweet and dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Higher medium bodied beer, with huge creaminess aided by awesome head retention and a drying finish on the end, making you want more.
Drinkability: Medium: This is a great cooler weather beer; as the months warm up, this one will be put on hold for rare occastions until fall. This is a heavy beer full of ingredients.
Notes: This is pretty much my go to American Porter. Great Lakes for the win.