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RATINGS: 1416   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JessterCPA (130) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2001
This is truly a great beer. Not so much a ’Winter/Christmas’ beer, but yet definately not a beer for summer. ANother great release from Sam Adams.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gandalfe99 (3) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 31, 2001 does not count
I was lucky enough to get to try this during a brewery tour.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
titan99 (24) - USA - AUG 6, 2001
I fear I must depart from the average rating here. To me, this beer screams christmas and the holidays. Tried my first in a variety pack several years ago and swoop down on them when I find any at the store. A very festive spiced beer with just the flavor to make any holiday season memorable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
The Friar99 (222) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2001

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2001

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fraternie (819) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2001
A decent beer, if for no other reason at least for its complexity. Strong cinnamon taste combined with caramel and chocolate malt flavor...interesting, but a but much.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1002) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2001
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 Poured from bottle 2/2008. RE-rate. Aroma of hot chocolate with cinnamon, hop, wood. Just a shade lighter than porter. Slight head with lacing. Cocoa and caramel in the flavor, with roasted malt aftertaste. Has porter like feel to it. I like this stuff (and to think, i hated it many years ago).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beergirl99 (101) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2001
I rather like Old Fezziwig. I miss it. It is hoppy and spicy...quite pleasant in my opinion.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
britab99 (65) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2001
Old, old musty aftertaste. Tasted like I was in my great grandma’s house. Yech!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
boto (1848) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2001
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 12oz. bottle: This one pours a darker brown color with an off-white head. I get caramel; malt, cinnamon, and some chocolate to the nose. The flavor is pretty good. Some roastiness, hints of orange, spices. Hops balance out any real sweetness. A decent beer.


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