Saturday, July 11, 2009
Great Lakes - Edmund Fitzgerald
Great Lakes Brewing Company is one of my absolute favorite breweries. Based in Cleveland and opened in 1988, I haven't had a beer of theirs yet that I haven't loved. The variety is incredibly wide, including lagers, ales, a porter, and seasonals.
This is Great Lakes' always available porter, which is one of my favorite styles of beer. Oh, and just because a place calls itself the Porter Pub doesn't mean they actually serve porters. But that's another story. It pours an incredibly dark, almost black, amber color. It's full and smooth with a complex, smokey flavor mix of chocolate and coffee with just a hint of bitterness in the back of the throat. Fantastic lacing, too.
A note about porters, stouts, and other dark beers. They're not meant to be enjoyed at next to freezing temperatures. Let it warm up a bit - Great Lakes says it's best at 55 degrees. When beers like this are too cold it can mask the flavors. And you don't want that, now do you?
As it warms, the bitterness does get a little more aggressive, but it's far from overpowering.