Dogbrick (8677) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
nickd717 (3571) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
phaleslu (6822) - 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 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.
radagast83 (5062) - 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 (13326) - 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. I’m 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.