whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cherry-color and thin, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, and spice. Malty and tangy fruit flavor with hints of chocolate and cinnamon. Reminds me of a spiced English Pale Ale. The spices are quite well-integrated. Not a bad offering from Samuel Adams.
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like cinnamon maybe? beautiful red color. this beer has a very distinct taste - i guess that the malts. can taste the chocolate but its not overpowering at all.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks like a medium-quality herb beer. Dark amber color, with a fairly quickly diminishing head. Smells mildly like caramel, but it very malty. MAYBE a hint of chocolate, but it's very faint.
jtw (1148) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2004 beautiful deep ruby amber color. roasty malt aroma, and a hint of spices--definitely cinnamon, with some gingersnap. first you get a slight spicy tang on your tongue. feels heavy, coats your mouth with a light toasty spice, and finishes a little dry and bitter--thins out in the finish. definitely a beer worth trying!
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep ruby/copper color with a moderate head and lacing. Malty spicy yeasty aroma with just a hint of sourness. Fairly rich with a predominantly chocolate malt flavor with some caramel and I can definitely taste the ginger. The finish lingered and turned dryish.
Shag (2723) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent aroma of cinnamon and cherries. Dark ruby appearance. Flavor is spicy with a hint of cinnamon, dark cherries, and some chocolate. I still enjoy Sam Adams beer and I feel no differently with this one. This is a nice winter beer.
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Again I say--if you want a mulled beer--buy a Gluekriek. Even Goudenband has more spicy character than the Old Fezziwig.
If you HAVE to try this--don't get it in a variety pack that's been sitting around Costco for 6 months--buy it as fresh as you can.
The spicy nutmeg flavor is better in the fresh version--I've had the Costco version and it's stale and flat compared to fresh.
Bright, light fruit tones, with a thin white head and spicy aroma.
Hints of hop and cirander as well as cinnamon and nutmeg.
Not a bad ale, but I prefer the Belgians--you get the gravity, the fruit and the spice with them. Fezziwig lacks character by comparison.
archstanton (105) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 what a great freak beer i love it its fruity very sweet and very thick the orange taste is wonderfull and it has a nice hint of nutmeg..very good freak beer
sethdude (705) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like very sweet malts, very mild hops. Poured a deep garnet color, plenty of carbonation, tiny head, decent lace. Flavor is fruit, followed by toffee, the nuttiness. Palate is pretty good for this flavor. Tastes something like an Octoberfest, or even a Bock. Not too impressive, but not offensive, either.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep reddish brown color with a tan head. Nice roasty caramel and dark fruit aroma. Sweet malt, roasted chocolate, caramel, alcohol and dark fruit flavors. Nice lightly tingly feel.