Caytinator (577) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Definitely spicy aroma, pleasant. Lots of flavor, I can taste the orange the best. Just a bit sour, but otherwise very good. I’m not much for "spiced beer" but I think it hits the mark as far as the style goes.
pnesbit (48) - Marietta, South Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle pours a deep red brown with a disappearing tan head. Aroma of toasted chocolate malt with hits o caramel an the faint aroma of a ginger snap. Taste of smooth chocolate malt that leads into a faint orange then ginger snap spice that does not linger long. Light body with low carbonation. Overall very smooth mostly balanced beer with a touch of seasonal spirit that does not over do it.
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Strangebrewer (632) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Poured dark hazelnut brown with a thin beige head. Spiced fruit aroma. Medium body with a slightly thick mouthfeel. Complex mixture of flavours, cinnamon, molasses, pepper. A very filling beer that doesn’t ecourage a second one, this is a once a year beer.
Garbageman (354) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
From bottle. Pours deep red color with small head. Aroma was caramel malts, spice and cola. Taste followed. This body and mild spice for Christmas ale.
Brigadier (2230) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle
This was a good beer that obviously does well enough to keep coming around. After trying it once I will stick to tried and true seasonals from Belgium as well as the Christmas ales from Goose Island and Great Lakes.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep reddish brown base is flush with a lazy head the color of gritty slush. Spicy cola, cherry pie, and cocoa carry the malt driven profile. It does get marks for smelling like the ashes of a warm winter fire.
Flavor / Palate - Mild in body it fades very quickly. Before it does the taste of chocolate sprinkles, generic grocery store cola, and nutmeg take turns standing out. This isn’t anything special but I have had worse.
chicowv (446) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle, straight from the pipe. Aroma of spice, orange, caramel malts. Taste is christmas spice, caramel and toffee malt. Not bad but not my cup of tea.
JakeSparks (110) - Alvin, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
never really liked the christmas beers but this is one i always look forward to. light spice and very clean
BrownALEx (140) - Portland, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: malty and spicy. A: brick red pour with a foamy head that fades quickly. T: caramel and spice. P: thin bodied with average carbonation. O: not bad, not good. Probably why it is in a variety pack.
Malty_MacHops (562) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty aromas of caramel and toffee and the smallest hint of gingersnap cookies. Deep brown with a fading white cap. Balanced with notes of generic malt. Medium bodied with a somewhat dry finish.
GarrettB (787) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
January 14th, 2012 - Old Fezziwig’s Ale is Samuel Adams’ ironically Dickensian portrayal of the dark Christmas beer, or what they all a great big "Christmas cookie" of a beer. At least in the aroma I can pick out some dark fruitiness, though it’s a bit fuzzy and generic, and most redolent of dark raspberry and chocolate. In fact, this smells a lot like one of my favorite winter 6-pack seasonals: New Belgium Brewery’s Frambozen. The taste is nothing like the Frambozen. Instead, Fezziwig’s is dry, chalky, generically malty, sudsy and bubbly too. So, better to keep this brew under your nose than in your mouth. The flavors aren’t bad, just a bit ho-hum, especially after the nose flirts with your love for raspberry mocha flavors.