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RATINGS: 1469   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 17, 2002
I wait all year for this beer. Itís one of my favorites, particularly as far as christmas ales. Dark, roasty, very gingered, and an amazing head. Great complexity, too. My only complaint is that it only comes in the 12 pack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2002
2002. Full bodied, thick head, nicely spiced but not overdone. Toasty nose, ginger. Couldnít drink more than two in a session.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2002
I really enjoyed this one. Alot like a porter in texture and flavor, with a bit of spicce thrown in. Translucent brown in color with a tan small head that leaves a thin sheet on the side of the glass as it goes down. Very warming in the mouth and as it flows down the pipe. Flavor is a good burnt chocolate and malts, with some spice in the finish. A good overall brew and one I will enjoy the remainder of this winter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2758) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2003 Nov 2003: Bleh. Overly spiced, cloying and unbalanced. Hard to finish this one, and I've been starting to like spiced beers more and more. Nov 2002 update: The new one is really nice, and I'm upping the numbers on it this year: V. dark garnet with small sticky beige head. Rich malty chocolate and spicy aroma - like baking cookies or spice cake. Notes of ginger and cinnamon. Clean malt with caramel and chocolate flavors, hint of ginger and pepper. Lightly fizzy mouthfeel. 2001: One of the more characterful brews from SA. Rich spicy aroma and flavor with plenty of malt depth. Spice flavor is almost nutmeg, but there's none of that in here. Background of orange peel is nice. Balanced bitterness is appropriate. Main drawback is overcarbonation. It has a nice lasting head and coating lace, but the sharp prickly mouthfeel hurts this beer's warming, sipping quality. Nice brownish red color.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2002
(Best by 3/3) Dejavo. Looks great, but it taste strange. This is just overly sweet and spicy, not much else. I guess Jim Koch believes more (except hops) is better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Nice dark apperance with an excellent flavor and nice aftertaste. Excellent overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2002
A nice stout-like brew. Has a burnt flavor to it, and is very light in coloring for a beer as dark as it tastes. Probably the best Sam Adams Iíve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2002
Spiced malt nose. Beige head. Deep blackish ruby hue. This is definately one of Sammies best brews. Sweet warm mellow malt first, prickly on palate, almost too much carbonation, chewy, cinnamon, bittersweet chocolate, light caramel accents. Finishes sweet, molasses, and well rounded. I enjoy this, one of the few sammies i like.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2002
GABF 2002: Not bad. A bit fruity, but not heady enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2002
I thought it was a barleywine, judging by the name. No wonder I thought it was a crappy barleywine. I still donít like it so much though, actually I like it less now that I see that it is only of average strength.

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