It would be silly to deny that there’s a rivalry between Cincinnati and Cleveland. It crops up a few times a year, mainly when the Reds play the Indians and Bengals play the Browns, but it’s always there. Given that I’m not originally from around here I’m not into the rivalry all that much. Heck, I live in Kentucky. I’m confident, though, that both Cincinnati and Cleveland beer drinkers can set aside their differences long enough to lift a toast and agree that Great Lakes Brewing Company is one of Ohio’s great resources. Then, I suppose, they can go back to throwing empty bottles at each other.
Edmund Fizgerald Porter is one of the five beers always available from the 21-year-old brewing operation. It’s dark, almost opaque, with a creamy head that builds during the pour and hangs around. There are distinct, but not overpowering (or over-roasted), coffee notes underneath and a perhaps a hint of chocolate. More of a suggestion of chocolate. A subliminal suggestion. OK, I wanted chocolate as I was drinking it; It sent those signals. The finish is nice in that you get a little lift of hops and you think “OK, here it comes,” but then … nope …. done. It’s a grace note. The effect is entirely pleasant.
This is a beer to cozy up with.
We haven’t instituted our rating system yet, but Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is a very, very good beer gets an A.
Edmund Fizgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Company: ABV: 5.8%, IBU: 37.
UPDATE: Turns out, as Carla reminded me just after posting this this morning, that we have instituted our rating system. We’re both academics to varying degrees (her more than me), so there’s nothing like the good ol’ letter +/- system.