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RATINGS: 1463   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_rookie (261) - USA - DEC 22, 2015
Pours a clear ruby color. About two fingers tan color head. Okay retention, pretty good lacing.

Aroma is very malty, and sweet I smell some chocolate, and also light orange peel. Not really picking up a lot of the spices the label speaks of.

Taste is quite malty and sweet. Pretty chocolatey. Again slight orange flavor. Slightly bitter finish. I also taste a tang of alcohol at the very end. I have to search pretty hard, but I can pick up some cloves.

Mouthfeel is medium to medium full body. Sweet, but it’s surprisingly bitter. It’s drinkable, and sessionable. I’d say this is a good warming beer.

Overall, I like it. Not as good as I expected however. This makes a good winter offering from Sam Adams. I would probably suggest it. But I also think that if these were in my sampler pack, then they would probably be the first ones I would give away.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ozzy70 (347) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 22, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with foamy tan head. Aroma was chocolate malts, caramel and oranges. Maybe some cinnamon spice in there as well. Taste was mildly sweet with slight bitter finish. Not bad.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
WABeerFiend (362) - - DEC 19, 2015
Best by 05.2016. Drank from the bottle today. It has caramel, chocolate, slight cookie, and very slight orange aroma and flavor. Everything is muted. It’s a good grocery store beer, but nothing special.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Foxbush (1619) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2015
12 oz bottle from Food Lion, Short Pump, VA The ale poured a clear brown-amber color with a small head that dissipated quickly. The ale’s aroma has light spices and caramel malt sweetness. The taste has more sweetness with some soft carbonation, ginger and tropical fruit. The ale has a light body. The ale finishes with some lingering spicy sweetness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcnielsen (2854) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with off white head. Spiced, malty, slight toffee aromas. Spice, malty, ginger flavors.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thepatrickman (227) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2015
From notes, 12/4/15. First impression was that this was a malt bomb with a curious bit of spice at the back. My second impression was that this was a big muddled pudding of spices and malt. Not overly bad, but it doesn’t stand out in the holiday crowd.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brian60625 (744) - Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2015
Bottled sometime in the last month or so. It has a dessert spice flavor, but it's tough to pin down any of the specific flavors they highlight in the deScription. Maybe nutmeg wins out as the primary flavor. Very drinkable and smooth. Nice dark brown appearance. No obvious aroma. A little forgettable. It's not bad as a part of a discount priced brewery-assembled mix twelver.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
commonmac (819) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle shared by commonshawn. A copper color with a quarter finger head. Aroma has some decent spice and caramel characteristics. Taste doesn’t live up to the expectations brought about by the nose. Slight metallic quality. Muted flavor leaning on bready, malty notes. Kind of reminiscent of a soggy old biscuit. Not an enjoyable effort.

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
commonshawn (796) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2015
12oz bottle with commonmac. Dark copper with off white head. Strong Christmas spice nose. Taste is worse than smell. Almost tastes off, some bitterness. Weird malt flavor. Not great.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tfontana (373) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2016 Bottle pour into pint glass. Aroma is mild caramel and bread with seasonal spice. Appearance is clear ruby red with nice sparkle, finger-width foamy off white head with fair persistence and trace lacing. Taste is moderately sweet with cinnamon and light orange. Palate is medium bodied with average texture and carbonation. Finish is light sweetness and seasonal spices. Overall, another fairly bland offering. Not bad but not much there there.


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