hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber in color. Flavor is malt with caramel and cinnamon. Best served cold, it seemed to lose flavor as it warmed.
Tippie4 (97) - Auburn, Maine, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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!!!
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 (5223) - 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 (1150) - 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 (2765) - 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.