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RATINGS: 1416   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Spicy and bold, a big Christmas cookie of a beer. Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale is bursting with spices of the season. With a remarkably full body and flavor it helps those long winter nights pass more quickly. The rich taste hits the palate with a depth of malt character ranging from sweet toffee and caramel notes to dark, roasty chocolate notes. Then the spices come in full force. Cinnamon, ginger and orange peel dance on the tongue bringing with them the celebratory spirit of the season.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Dark amber. Off-white head. The smell is a pleasant mix of orange and spices ( ginger and cinnamon ) overlaid on a strong caramel malt base. For me, though, the taste of this beer was somewhat disappointing, being much lighter on the spiciness than the smell had led me to believe. When I drink a spicy Winter beer I want to really taste the spices, but try as I might all I could taste in this brew was orange, with maybe an echo of ginger.Not bad, just not what I was expecting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Amber, thin bubbly cream head. Smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, malts. Odd flavor indeed. It has a sour tanginess to it, and a very dry finish, no aftertaste. Cinnamon in the flavor. Better than the so-called Cranberry Lambic. Nice festive holiday beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Nice amber pour- Nose was exceedingly complex hints of spice: ginger and some vanilla as well... Nice, rich malty sweetness that was suprisingly well balanced... Very warming

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Great aroma - full of spices and even fruit - the label says they used orange - I only picked it up in the aroma, not much in the flavor. Body is thick and malty, they gave this a generous handful from the spicerack - cinnamon and ginger. The finish was surprisingly not too sweet, still I couldn't drink this all night long. Try it with dessert - pumpkin pie maybe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2003
They blended quite a bit of spices/flavors together without any one of them being too overpowering. I remember a few years back, the cinnamon and ginger seemed a little over the top. Much better overall balance. Probably my favorite in this years sampler.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OutHouseDilemma (70) - Crowley, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Got this in the winter special 12 pack. Nice hoppy smell. Decent head. Amber color. Flavor was awesome with a slight bitter hop bite at the end of the bottle. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Orangish brown color, cream colored head. Malty aroma with some toffee and some spice. Similar flavor profile with the spice being a bit more pronounced in the finish. Medium body. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Reddish-brown color with a fragrant malty aroma. A sweet and spicy taste even a litle tart. The malt character could be a little heavier to blend with the spices. Still it warms the soul, a nice offering from Sam.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
OD40oz (773) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - NOV 28, 2003
This was a really good sam adams beer. I thought it had a sweet aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2003
Amber in color. Flavor is malt with caramel and cinnamon. Best served cold, it seemed to lose flavor as it warmed.

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