phaleslu (6812) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brownish color - not opaque, and certainly lighter than Edmund Fitzgerald - with a small khaki head that leavs an island of film and ring, while slightly lacing the glass. Big spicy nose. Ginger and nutmeg seem to come through primarily, but I know that itís cinnamon and not nutmeg. Toasted and chocolate malts, earth, and some sweetness that seems like brown sugar or graham cracker. Light-medium bodie,d with moderate carbonation and a spicy, toasty mouthfeel. Iíve seen it said that this is just Edmund Fitzgerald with those two spices, but it also makes sense that some Christmas Ale is blended in, too.
radagast83 (5054) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a dark brown, semi-translucent black color with an ash/brown head. Aroma was holiday spices, with some base beer coffee and bitter malts coming through in the back. Toasted malts. Palate was sweet malts, nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon. Interesting, not as good as the original, but pretty well done.
Iphonephan (3635) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at ChurchKey DC. Pours a clear cola with an off white head. Spicy nose. Flavors of cinnamon and caramel.
Travlr (13304) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Churchkey. Brown color, tan head. Aroma is spiced licorice. Cinnamon really comes out in the taste, with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Interesting.
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On cask in Cleveland (OH)
This firkin was a special mixture of Edmund Fitzgerald and Christmas Ale. Iím wondering how long it was available at Lizardville because it did feel a bit past its prime. I wonder if you could replicate the experience at home with a blend of 75% Edmund Fitzgerald and 25% Christmas Ale. Maybe I will give it a try next year.
Aroma / Appearance - A dark chocolately brown body sulks in the glass under a mocha head. The festive wintery feel sparks hope for a novel experience but is more spicy porter thinned by a dash of water. Pumpernickel, malt, cinnamon, and nutmeg do provide some uniqueness.
Flavor / Palate - A thin body disappoints immediately. Coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg emerge from time to time. In between the lull consists of thin malts. It almost works but in the end it is nowhere near as good as the regular Fitzgerald.