Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, Ohio. I was checking out Walt Seng's illustration of a huge ship on the label guessing that is the Edmund Fitzgerald. Yep. The Edmund Fitzgerald was a freighter that sank in Lake Superior in 1975 with its entire crew of 29 dying and never being recovered. That's when I read the bottle label and found that the ship also frequently docked in Cleveland.
The neck label touts the beer and the brewery's environmental stance. "Thanks to our craft brewing process, when you take a swig of our Edmund Fitzgerald, it will taste smoky, robust, dark and bittersweet. Thanks to our environmental efforts, if you take a swig of Lake Erie, it won't taste smoky, robust, dark and bittersweet." Best served at 55 degrees F. Enjoy by 03/12/12.
Nice head. Roasted, nutty, cocoa powder aroma with a nice coffee shop smell to go along with those. Roasted flavors dominate the beginning, while a big dose of smoke takes you right to edge of burnt without quite getting there. I liked that part. Lots of coffee thoroughly coats your entire mouth--quite the thick and chewy full-bodied beer! Chocolate flavors are present but just in a support kind of role.
A nice bitter hoppy aspect shoots through the beer toward the end, adding some interest while breaking through the thickness a little. The ending is very smooth and clean with some bitterness and a nice roasted aftertaste hanging around. Really a terrific beer! Porters usually rub me the wrong way with out-of-place bitter harshness and burnt malty annoyingness. This had none of that and is one of the best porters I've ever had! Grab it when and where you can!