I'm now just over halfway through the Shaggy Christmas project and it is starting to really feel like a beard:
The stats -
Itchiness: 2 whiskers. A little itchier now than last week, but still bearable. Noticed mostly when trying to get to sleep.
Food Trappings: 6 whiskers. This is actually turning out to be a nice feature. I notice that a lot of food and drink that would otherwise stain my shirts is getting caught, or at least slowed down, but he beardage. Talk about useful!
Awesomeness: 6 whiskers. Holy crap I'm actually growing a beard! Soon it will even be needing a bit of a trim on the neck. With the flannel shirt I feel near-lumberjack awesomeness.