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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Dark amber, slight ruby, initially large head that shrinks quickly, leaving a tiny lacing - aroma of cinnamon and caramel - flavor has some of the same, as well as a very cookie/toasty kind of flavor - some chocolate - toasty finish with lingering malts - a pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Very handsome, crystal clear, copper ale. Looks like a shiny, new penny. Creamy, off-white head. Great retention with creamy lacework. Malty and caramely nose with a hint of vanilla. Very rich, malty flavor. I know it's spiced, but I don't taste it. The malt must override the spice. Decently balanced. This chunk of buttery caramel should be wrapped in wax paper and handed out to children on Halloween, not poured into a glass. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. The finish is very dry and astringent. An inexpensive fix for we maltheads! Trick or Treat?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hangover (1100) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Holiday sampler. No head to speak of. Very dark brown color. I could smell the caramel. An interesting "winter" beer. Spices/caramel and even some citrus... all go together pretty well. Personally I like this darker winter beer. More appealing than the sam adams winter lager which I found rather decent. Will buy again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Fruity spice sent and ruby red color with a medium tan head. Spice and hop flavor that is suprisingly good. I think this is one of Sam Adam's best beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2003
I liked this better than the winter lager. Nice, dark malt flavors, mild spiciness (not overdone), and decent citric/spicy/fruity hop presence. A very good beer for the winter months.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Great. Lots of cinnamon and spices swirling around in the taste. finishes clean and leaves a nice residue on the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2003
2003 Bottle. Poured a dark ruby color with barely any head. The nose was of chocolate and the taste was of cinnamon, chocolate and malt. Much better then I remember from years ago, however I think my taste buds have matured. A nice addition to the Sam Adams holiday 12 pack. Definitely not a session beer, but delicious none the less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UNCCTF (513) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2003
From the 2003 winter variety pack, which I found in Williamsburg, Virginia. A pretty good beer with a good crisp flavor. The hints of cinnamon and citrus really added to the experience. Too bad it's hard to find 'round these parts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Good seasonal from Boston beer. This is another one that warms you up like the winter lager. Very hearty and just enough boldness. I can taste a good bit of coffee, malt, and spice in this one. It's a thick beer. I suppose it's missing something, but it could almost pass as a spiced, weak stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5757) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2003
My buddy Ron had a bottle left over from his Sam Adams Winter Pack from last year. We brok eit open tonight and I was pleasantly surprised. Pours a nice brown with a small tan head. Nose is spiced with ginger, cinnamon, and caramel or cocoa. The tongue is also spiced but sweet. Definite cinnamon and choclate. I did not detect the orange that the label suggests. However this was still pretty good and it finished well. Not bad for a macro!

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