AtomBombOfLove (30) - Jackson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I look forward to holidays because of the chance to snatch up some Fezziwig...the only downfall being you have to buy the sampler which contains that god-awful Cranberry Lambic. The solution? Open up a few boxes at your local Sam's club and play switcheroo.
haddon90 (1479) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad. Some good spices added to it. Some hoppiness and a good color. Shame you can't buy it alone now.
3fourths (8219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly spicy, but has a dominant pine needle aroma and taste. Too thin in the mouth.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
ABIA 2003: Caramelly with cinnamon spices, and some orangy citrus flavours, interesting, but doesn't quite work.
crazyvin (1980) - New York, USA - APR 30, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one of sam adams best beers. I great hoppy presance and a hint of ginger taste make this a great beer.
courtney2073 (11) - USA - APR 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Three cheers for Fezziwig! Love the chocolatey and spicy depth of it. Merry Christmas! God bless us, every one!
jb (2277) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not much of a head, and it disappeared quickly. Nice color - dark reddish. Not much going on with this beer, some nice spices but minimal aroma, not enough flavor. One of the less interesting Sam Adams products to me.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one of my FAVORITE of the Sam Adams line. Spicey and warming to the tummy, it's one of the more palateable of the holiday beers. I was THRILLED when they brought it back for the Christmas variety pack. I had saved a few bottles from the times when you could get it all by itself, and even after 4 years (refridgerated) the Fezziwig was still a pleasure.
Ron (2654) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 Re-rate 7 years later. I enjoy the Christmas ales much more now. Good mix of spices.
The head on this pour quickly melted away. The mix of spices made this beer less drinkable. The somewhat bitter ending put Old Fezziwig at the bottom of the list of my Sam Adams sampling. I’m glad the Christmas 12 pack had more good Lager beers and less of these poor tasting beers like Old Fezziwig and Cranberry Lambic.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 28, 2003
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nice color, lacking in head retention and carbonation. Very Malty-Sweet smell, hint of molasses. A bit of a green apple phenolic tast at the tip of the tongue and roof of mouth. The taste gets worse as you go. The sink had to finish this for me.
I was rather disappointed when I went to my local Costco to pick up my Christmas-time 12-pack of Samuel Adams beers (the only place that you can get Old Fezziwig), only to find out that they stocked it full of Lagers this year. The Old Fezziwig being the only ale in the bunch aside from the Cranberry Lambic. The 2002 O.F. is nothing like it's predacessors, if the 2003 is like this I won't waste my money on it again.