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RATINGS: 1430   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Turtboy (120) - Lucasville, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2002
Fezziwig..lmfao....Fezziwig. Sadly, the name is the best part of this spice ale. 5.6% ABV is redeeming.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Completely unmemorable. A bit of spice I suppose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2002
There was nothing spectacular here. The aroma was the best part, slightly complex with hints of chocolate, cinnamon, and malt. The flavors couldnít match the average aroma. It was just bland and uninspiring, and to me, just a typical Sam Adams beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Holiday spice starts coming out as the beer gets warmer. Especially the cinnamon and ginger. The orange comes out at the end of the taste. This beer also comes with adequate sweetness. Not too bad...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Not outstanding but I liked the subtlety of the malt blend...I mean it didnít grab you by the mouth and scream CHOCOLATE NOW! Likewise, I didnít think it was that spicy or interesting, but I think Iíd get it again, especially if company was coming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Dark burnt malts predominate. I taste cherries and some dark fruits in this. Not nearly as spicy as the description would suggest, certainly not very much in the way of cinammon. Interesting combo of fruit and dark malts. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ARMed (613) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2002
A good winter beer but just a little too tart for me. The color is excellent (deep brownish red - rust color). Looks like a very nice mahogany varish. The lacing is also very good. The taste is spicy and rich flavored but the palate is poor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
I love the seasonal beers and this is about my favorite. I love the cinnamon flavor combined with the dark malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2002
This isnít a bad beer at all, but I really donít like Christmas- tasting beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rib Eye (147) - USA - DEC 16, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 No cinnamon and only the barest suggestion of any citrus on the finish. Otherwise just an overly heavy decently malted porter.

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