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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Edmund Fitzgerald with fresh ginger and cinnamon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8677) - 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 (3571) - 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 (6822) - 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 (5062) - 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 (3635) - 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 (13326) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
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.

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