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.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep reddish brown, good head formation. Fruity malt aroma with ginger and hop spice. Sweet syrupy front, turns dry roasted with ginger spice and grain. Licorice and chocolate comes through in the aftertaste.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2003 Reddish brown color. Ginger aroma and flavors. Not one of my favorite seasonal brews.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice appearance! Great dark red almost brown look with a beige head- however the head dies rather quickly. Very nice aroma as well- lots of caramel maltines and toasted malts, with a hint of orange, but i didnt really notice any cinnamon. Nice initial flavor with lots of malts with some hops but the finish and aftertaste was very dissapointing. It left nothing on my palate, had a watery finish and had a somewhat slimy wierd residue left over. I’m not sure if sam adams flash pastuerizes thier beer but this one reminded me of some other beers like saranac which i believe are pastuerized.
joemacaluso (119) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer scored high on my list. I am not a fan of such ales, but in comparison to other Christmas ales, this one is a keeper. At first there is too much going on, but let it sit, warm up and it quite drinkable.
Unlike some Christmas Ales, this one is full bodied. It is not thin, and has great head retention. Good beer, not my favorite style. But the general flavor in all Sam Adams beer works well with this one.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - DEC 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep burnt malts in the nose with a little brown sugar. Malty flavors and chocolate with touches of maple sugar sweetnes. Faily decent but not too exiting.
jaymobrown (1722) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The label interested me, and that’s about all. Some slight chocolate, malt flavors with, hmmm, spice, cinnamon. Tasted much like a lot of other Sam Adams.
PorterPounder (5933) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is very enticing - reminding me of a freshly opened fruitcake. Head is off white and quickly dissipating with a tad bit of lacing. Deep, dark copper appearance. Flavor is many things - hint of raisins, oranges and cinnamon but has a bit of a fizz that gives it a bad mouthfeel. It is a little too carbonated and thin for my taste. Sam has done much better than this. Thanks out to Aurelius for this one as well.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 25, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper sheen. Sticky, tan froth. Slowly ascending carbonation. Fruitcake aroma with noticeable orange and cinnamon traits. A bit fizzy but full with a quick alcohol smack. Deep malt base, light acidic hints and a tempered spice blend. Notes of oranges and cinnamon ride the lightly clingy caramelled chocolate base. Medium full body. A touch fizzy but it’s not distracting. Finishes with a flash of hot cinnamon and burnt caramel. A tasty holiday treat.
Turtboy (120) - Lucasville, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Fezziwig..lmfao....Fezziwig. Sadly, the name is the best part of this spice ale. 5.6% ABV is redeeming.