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RATINGS: 1444   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbaaron (1815) - Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Clear ruby red amber. Slight tan head. Malty. Bready. Modestly spiced. More malty than spiced thankfully!! Smooth medium plus body. Easily one of the better holiday ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scoth (626) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Pours clear dark brown with a medium khaki head, good retention, very fine lacing. Aromas of toffee, toast, nutmeg, and ginger. Light body, smooth, creamy. Lightly sweet, gentle citrus, medium bitter finish. Very drinkable, the spices are light, it comes across as a lightly spiced brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bnokk (289) - Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle APPEARANCE Ė copper color & carmley. NOSE - define spice, fairly muted FLAVOR - some nice spice. oddish aftertaste - canít put my finger on it. NOTES - OK holiday ale. pretty good drinker, but itís been surpassed by several new offerings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jds2008 (20) - Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Spicy/herbal aroma, chesnut brown with red tint colored body, orangey brown bubbly head, malty taste indicative of brown ales, but instead of hops, it is followed with spices and slightly sweet. Terrific.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Quick3Beers (520) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Having just tried the Sam Adams White Christmas ale, Old Fezziwig seems like a more appropriate and balanced use of cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peel. In this beer, the roasted malts provide a more balanced flavor, appearance, aroma and mouthfeel. However, the creamy white head with a slight blue tinge and overall thinness of the mouthfeel donít make this a great beer, just an okay one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bork (452) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Rich and filling Winter Warmer with a mild but distinct spicy taste of Christmas. Short but pleasant bitterness on the finish. A good brew for the cold weather season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlimHabib (342) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle pour. Nice dark brown amber in color, but a very small quickly fading tan head. Sweet malts and caramel aroma. Medium body. Toffee, caramel, and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
firefly765 (189) - - NOV 18, 2014
12 ounce bottle pours a nice dark ruby red color with off-white head that dissipates quickly. Sweet caramel aroma no hop scent noted. Nice Christmas beer with some cinnamon but not over done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Nice dark amber pour with a small head. Caramel and chocolate aroma. Flavor matches with a bit of spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7855) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"you can really taste the malt sweetness and great blend of spices in this beer. itís like drinking a Christmas cookie! always a yearly seasonal brew, i wish theyís let me get a sixer of this, so i could avoid the (old) cranberry lambic in the holiday pack."

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