Friday, November 26, 2010

Great Lakes Brewing Co. - Oktoberfest, Eliot Ness Amber Lager; Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

The Great Lakes Brewing Company is from Cleveland, Ohio and has a very solid lineup of beers.

Oktoberfest - This amber lager is the Oktoberfest offering from the Great Lakes Brewing Co. of Cleveland, Ohio. 6.5% ABV.  This beer pours a deep shimmering copper to amber in color with a quarter inch of thick foam.  It looks enticing.  The aroma is subtle, grain, lager, and a bit of caramel sweetness.  The taste is big, malt, caramel, very sweet with an overtone of hop bitterness floating over the top of it all.  My guess would be this beer has a lot of fans, its taste is bold.  It is a little too sweet for my taste however. 

Eliot Ness Amber Lager - This 6.2% ABV beer pours dark amber-copper with a reddish tint with a quarter-inch of very light brown head.  The aroma is crisp, clean, fruit and light caramel.  The taste is malt forward, caramel and bread in a pastry like way, with enough fruit and bitterness from the hops to prevent being too sweet.  This is a full-flavored amber lager.

Edmund Fitzgerald Porter - This 5.8% ABV beer pours a dark opaque black with a half inch of creamy light brown head that leaves light to medium lacing down the glass.  The aroma is dark roasted malt, with a lot of coffee notes.  The taste is deep, rich, dark roasted malt with dark chocolate and coffee.  The finish is a bit tangy, bitter and dry.

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