5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 Bottle pours a nice cherry color with a tanish/sudsy head. Large aroma of dates, raisins & nutmeginnamon (nutmeg & cinnamon). Initial taste is of a cherry cough drop. While the aroma was nice, the overall flavor was somewhat simple. Its as if too much was thrown in there and it didnt add up. Finish is no different from the beginning, uneventful. Prior years have been better.
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
this beer looked great. as far as a spiced beer goes....... well, i'm not a fan. lots of complex spice characteristics that i don't care for. too much fruit and cinnamon and nutmeg for me...!
IDogg (72) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 Dark Brown Color with medium head. Aroma is sweet and full of different smells. Flavor is malty and sweet. Full of different tastes. Amazingly complicated taste compared to normal beers, yet does have weak and too sweat of an aftertaste. Still a good pick up, though i have only seen it in Holiday Winter Variety packs.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark with a nice head. Big malty aroma. Flavor starts off with lots of chocolaty and carmel malts. Reminiscent of Celebrator at first, then some subtle spices of cinnamon and cardamom kick in and detract from the malty goodness. Finish is sweet and malty with a little lingering cinnamon. A very nice beer.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Better than most brews from Sam Adams. Nice spice to it without being over done. Medium malt flavor. Could use a bit more alcohol as this is a beer you would only drink on cald days anyway.
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great balance of spice, hop and malt. I like this beer, but somehow can only bring myself to drink one or two every season. Oh well, I guess that's why they call it a seasonal...
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Maybe I'm not the connoisseur I should be yet, but...
It was roasted, malty, a bit cinnamony (a word?) but I lost the ginger and most of the orange. I prefer a bitter brew and this did not disappoint in that aspect. A good seasonal.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2004
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Had a nice aroma with a great mix of cinnamon and hop aroma. The cinnamon taste was a bit too much, however. The after taste lingered in a bad way. What a let down.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice deep brownish red with a minimal head. Flavor is difficult to nail down but is quite interesting...in a "why don't we just throw all kinds of stuff in the kettle" kind of way. I don't detect the chocolate.
WastedYouthBrew (143) - Phila (Home of Geno's Steaks), Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I for one enjoyed the winter pack! And Fezziwig Ale is another great chapter of it! Yum, I can taste the Fezziwig in my stomach, great taste, sweet to the T, actually a lower case t, but none the less a T indeed. Nice for sitting by the Christmas tree and taking in all the wonders life has to offer, and also all the confusion its can bring, may this year rot in a eternal, solemn and desolately confine grave, to which no one visits and to which no one brings flowers or bears gifts from the true heart and soul. However let the next year bring out the best of the nation, all its people, and all its love and why stop there, why not the world, yes sounds strange at first, but very, very feasible! Let us stop being so greedy and selfish and start to give and share in this the year of 2004! It can happen my brothers, it can and must happen!