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RATINGS: 1467   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dirtyc (173) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
Very impressed with this one, has a nice dark appearance with a hint of chocolate and caramel taste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9243) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
A very unique beer. I've only ever seen this one in the Christmas/Winter selection sampler. Deep brown in color, with odors of strong brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Finishes smooth, with chocolate, spicy, nutmeg, and more malt and nutmeg flavors. A nice holiday beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Aroma of chocolate, cinnamon, and nuts. Flavor is a mix of bittersweet chocolate, nuts, coffee, and a slight cherry. Palate is a bit thin. I really love this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Amber in color with a light tan head. Definite spicy flavoring, possibly cranberry? I couldn't quite pinpoint it, but it didn't really agree with me. Definitely would not buy this beer again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a nice dark amber with a decent sized tan head. Very pleasant and inviting spicy aroma. Reminds me of Christmas. Has a nice balance of malt and spice that makes it very easy to drink and has a good smooth finish. Can definitely taste the cinnamon and caramel notes that it describes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 My least favorite of the holiday/spice ales. This one does not produce the right balance of malt body to harness the strong cinnamon and nutmeg flavors that dominate. UPDATE 12/2007: In the bottle at the 2007 Crescent Moon Holiday Beer Tasting. Pronounced diacetyl aroma. Buttery taste. Thin body. Odd synthetic caramel taste. I drop my previous rating from 3.1 to a 2.7!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Copper color with tan head. Spices to the nose and to the taste but subtle enough to make this one of Samuel Adams better offerings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
This was another surprise. Spice and chocolate dominate the aroma. The taste was of spiced cake, cocoa, toffee and wheat bread. Really smelled and tasted like Christmas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Hope you like my snapshot of this beer (upper left). It's a shame this beer is so rare, as it's certainly one of their better offerings. Moderately spicy with some pepper and lots of bitterness. I even feel like there's a touch of citrus in this beer - enjoyable! My only beef with it is that it's a touch too heavy on the hops for me, as they linger on the tongue forever. Malt body gets left behind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2004
One of the best beers from the Boston Beer Company, too bad it only come in the winter sampler. Good nose and good head. Flavor is complex with caramel, cinnamon, chocolate, and hints of other flavors. Slightly bitter aftertaste overall a good beer.

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