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Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Cleveland, OH

Style: Porter
ABV: 5.8%

Baby-Boy’s Rating:
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Named after the ship that went down in November 1975 in Lake Superior, this is a flavorful beer that has some bitterness to remind you of the tragedy. The big ship was hauling over 26 tons of iron ore when it ran into a storm, lost both its radars and pumps, and then sank.

The last transmission from the ship was, "We are holding our own," according to, which is dedicated to the ship.

Most people know about this ship from the Gordon Lightfoot song. The beer, however, is also a good tribute.

It has a color that may be as black as Superior's waters on a cold winter night. The flavor is a mouthful of coffee and chocolate along with the beer.

The label says that the beer conforms with the German purity laws, though I am not sure how Great Lakes could have produced this flavor in strict conformity.

Nonetheless, this is a fine porter that sailors, dock hands, and other beer fans can appreciate.

Reviewed by Baby-Boy Jackson on January 29, 2007.
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