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RATINGS: 1444   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ron (3178) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 Re-rate 7 years later. I enjoy the Christmas ales much more now. Good mix of spices. The head on this pour quickly melted away. The mix of spices made this beer less drinkable. The somewhat bitter ending put Old Fezziwig at the bottom of the list of my Sam Adams sampling. I’m glad the Christmas 12 pack had more good Lager beers and less of these poor tasting beers like Old Fezziwig and Cranberry Lambic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 28, 2003
Nice color, lacking in head retention and carbonation. Very Malty-Sweet smell, hint of molasses. A bit of a green apple phenolic tast at the tip of the tongue and roof of mouth. The taste gets worse as you go. The sink had to finish this for me. I was rather disappointed when I went to my local Costco to pick up my Christmas-time 12-pack of Samuel Adams beers (the only place that you can get Old Fezziwig), only to find out that they stocked it full of Lagers this year. The Old Fezziwig being the only ale in the bunch aside from the Cranberry Lambic. The 2002 O.F. is nothing like it's predacessors, if the 2003 is like this I won't waste my money on it again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Has a dark ruby with light carbonation and cinnamon/spice smell. Taste is sweet roasted with spice and finishes with a odd flavor bitterness. Overall I did not like this beer too much mostly due to the odd aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2003
Great name, and so far my favorite winter brew. This hearty brew has an elegant amber/brown color and wonderful malt characteristics including roasted caramel and chocolate. It's full bodied and smooth with wonderful additions of spices such as cinnamon, ginger, and hints of orange.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2003
Not a bad seasonal. Had a good amount of spice flavor to head. Poured good with nice head. Nice dark brown color.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Probably the best of the sam adams seasonals. A good effort on this one and not too difficult to get ahold of.

   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.

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