slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Of all the sam adams beers, I still like the boston lager the best. This is a close second with the vienna lager; chocolate cherries and cinnamon are dominant throughout, with a slight nutty, roasty flavor that is quite nice. Still, it is a bit thin and not incredibly flavorful... disappointing finish.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost spicy, with hints of tangerine? Probably one of my favorites from Sam.
Steak (124) - New York, USA - JAN 19, 2003
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I didn't really get much of a spice or herb thing going on with any part of this brew. It many ways, I was reminded of a brown ale. Not much of a nose except slight darker malts. Rich taste with an OK medium body and the finish was very lackluster. No spiced herb or even hop characteristics. Blah-zay.
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
not bad. something to have one or two of every winter, but that's about it. a nice hop overcuts a nice spiciness. not especially complex, but tasty.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Better than Pete’s Wicked Winter thing, but not by much - it’s more substantial, with real (sticky) malt character, but its weird assortment of flavors doesn’t do it for me.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JAN 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Typical Sam Adams nose (that’s not a bad thing). Flavor was malty with just a slight hint of yeast and cinnamon. Good.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel malts--spices subtle and not too overwhelming. Decent.
jgb9348 (4844) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden brown in colour, insanely spicy with hints of ginger and orange! Great overall winter beer to keep someone warm!
Holdwine (1082) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Just a pleasant all around spiced ale. Not as complex as some of the small brewers put out, but quite a coup for the BBC. Aroma of oranges and chocolate and a nice hop/malt mix.
Archimedes99 (27) - Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A beer whose complexity is difficult to appreciate when one is drinking it for the first time. Upon smelling the beverage, you can detect faint hints of the multiple notes (e.g. ginger, chocolate, roasted caramel). It is a deep brown color that is almost reddish in tone. The head is decent. Sadly, the taste is perhaps a little too complex for my tastes and seems to be a mixed bag if finished too quickly. With a dry aftertaste that seems almost a trademark of Sam Adams brews, it can become unpleasant. Old Fezziwig isn"t one of my favorites, but it is far above most beers produced by mainstream breweries. Furthermore, I do respect the effort the Boston Beer Company put into making it.