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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Edmund Fitzgerald with fresh ginger and cinnamon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12045) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Draft. Poured a dark brown color with an average fizzy tan head that mostly lasted with very good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt and complex spice aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted spice sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Tap, brown pour, white head, nose is spices, taste is spices, toffee, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (9531) - Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Draft. Very cinnamony, flavor is hinged on cinnamon, the ginger is there but much more subtle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (8687) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Pint on tap at Zip’s Cafe a couple weeks ago, for $5. A regular CO2 keg. Up front, nice aroma of chocolate, moderate roast, and a pleasant, appropriate level of winter spices. Some caramel. Dark brown color, kind of clear around the edges. Minimal ring of off-white head, few tiny dots of lace. Medium-plus body. Good, kinda full feel to it, but not chewy a la Founders/Bells/W6 porter. Kind of crisp, tingly light to moderate strength carbonation. Sort of slick texture. Kind of sweeter taste. Moderate bitter, kind of spicy. Seems a bit boozier than regular Ed Fitz, more on the level of Great Lakes Christmas. Touch of cookie dough, brown sugar, and slightly harsh spice... Sort of a spicy edge to this, finding that it might be a bit too spicy for me as I go... Overall, this is a fun, full-bodied winter-spiced porter to try once (wouldn’t seek it out though). A pint ended up being too much for me, personally. A half would have been a much more palatable portion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9611) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2014
On draught at Brews Cafe, The beer pours a dark brown color with a medium foamy beige head that diminishes gradually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and spice. Medium body with a roasty malt character and notes of cinnamon, cocoa and coffee. The finish is chocolate malt and spiced coffee. Good beer all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (3671) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Growler from Total Wine in McLean, VA, which as a fun fact is the only town named after a McDonald’s sandwich other than Filet-o-Fish, Kentucky. Just kidding, I made up that other one and McLean is the only Mickey D’s sandwich town. Deep dark reddish-brown color with a lasting one-finger tan head. Beautiful beer. Excellent Christmasy aroma, with roast, mulled wine, spiced cider, and gingerbread. The flavor is rich and awesome. Big and smoresy. Gingerbread is prominent, maybe even a little too much. Lots of cinnamon. Silky smooth on the mouthfeel with average carbonation. EpickkkkkkkkK!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2014
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 it’s 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. I’ve 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5811) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (4616) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2014
On draft at ChurchKey DC. Pours a clear cola with an off white head. Spicy nose. Flavors of cinnamon and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (16410) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2014
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.

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