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RATINGS: 1463   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   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 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 (774) - 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 (319) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tippie4 (97) - Auburn, Maine, USA - NOV 28, 2003
This beer caught me off guard a bit, i was not expecting to much. After reading the bottle i though how can they take all the flavors in one beer but the did and it was goood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2003
Nice spicy aroma...lots of scents are captured. This is one of the better selections in the winter pack. But you really would only want the 2 you get in the pack!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2003
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.

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