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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5086) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 26, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1149) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2003
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2733) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 21, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
archstanton (105) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2003
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 19, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Glowing dark ruby color with a thick tan head. The aroma was slightly burnt...some caramel, cherries, and alcohol. The flavor was better...caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, sugar. Crisp carbonation.

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