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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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2003
Almost spicy, with hints of tangerine? Probably one of my favorites from Sam.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Steak (124) - New York, USA - JAN 19, 2003
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Typical Sam Adams nose (that’s not a bad thing). Flavor was malty with just a slight hint of yeast and cinnamon. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Caramel malts--spices subtle and not too overwhelming. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4844) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Golden brown in colour, insanely spicy with hints of ginger and orange! Great overall winter beer to keep someone warm!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holdwine (1082) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Archimedes99 (27) - Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2003
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.

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