joesf35 (77) - Margate, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2013 Nice holiday brew. Nutmeg, cinnamon, slight esters. Caramel malt and hint of chocolate malt. Hops are subtle citrus and pine. Good carbonation. Pleasant balanced mouth feel.
Evolutionary (175) - Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from sampler pack. Dark amber red pour and dark malt nose. Little head at all. Mild sweet malt body and pretty smooth overall. A bit of sour chocolate malt aftertaste. Mild undertones of caramel and ginger/nutmeg spices as well. ---Rated via my mouth
cantankerous (9) - - DEC 25, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Dark brown body with ruby red hues. Soapy off-white to khaki head that quickly dissipates to a ring. Minimal lacing. Beautiful color on it.
S: Smells like a pretty standard winter warmer. Very malty. Chocolate with caramel and toffee in the background with spicy notes. Cinnamon is most prominent. Just a hint of orange rind.
T: Very nice! Very well-balanced. Iím greeted with spices and orange peel followed by rich coffee and dark chocolate. Excellent tasting beer. Iím impressed with the sweet-spicy balance they achieve.
M: Full-bodied and a little sticky on the finish. Itís a pretty big beer (not alcohol-wise necessarily--I think itís about 6%--but the body is just noticeably thick, in my opinion a good thing).
O: I really enjoy this beer--one of the best winter warmers Iíve had. I also really like the idea behind incorporating such a festive Dickens character :).
ronaldtheriot (809) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale has a very thick, creamy, off-white head, lots of lacing left on the glass, and a clear, reddish-brown appearance, with essentially no streaming bubbles. The aroma is of subdued spices (nutmeg and cinnamon) and a bit of citrus. Taste is a blend of brown bread, underlying spices, and a mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale finishes wet, mellow, and highly drinkable. I liked the way they didnít overdo it with the spices. RJT
CharmCityCrab (110) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Iím known on the forums for my love of Sam Adams brews, but this one doesnít really connect with me for whatever reason. I love the beautiful artwork on the cover and I like the connection with "A Christmas Carol", which the name is an allusion to. Heck, even the girl on it is pretty, and evocative of the season. The beer itself, though, is average at best. Watery with a lot of cinnomen and spice, and a hint of caramel and chocolate malts. Aroma is unimpressive. Itís not undrinkable, just not what Iíd call good. Couldnít they just put cream stout in these bottles and relable it "Old Fezziwig Cream Stout"? I really miss that beer being included in the winter mix packs (Though I am aware it lives on as a 6er). Also miss the Cranberry lambic, which not only isnít in the mix pack, but this year doesnít seem to have been brewed as a 6er either (At least its not on the shelves where I shop, and they seem to carry everything Sam Adams except the real pricey stuff). Still, Fezziwig isnít horrible. Itís alright, just a bit overrated in the beer community IMO. Unlike last yearís coffee stout, this is by no means a deal breaker on getting the mix pack (coffee stout had caffeine, which I studiously avoid except for the minimal amounts found in chocolate, or on very rare occasions)- its drinkable enough and has a nice label to look at. But I am cluessless as to why it is so popular.
ryecatcher (375) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from a build-your-own-six-pack I bought at Binnyís. Iíve had this one before, but itís been nearly 20 years and now itís part of those Sam holiday packs that has a bunch of others I donít want. Anyways, about this beer here: pours a nut brown color, thin head almost no retention. Nose is weak, malty and hint of pie spice. Mouth is medium bodied (although finishes watery), caramel, pie spice (nutmeg mainly), toasty notes. Thereís a beer from these guys in Cleveland that is brewed around the Holydays every year that I would call a vast improvement on Scroogeís old bossís namesake... because this particular offering is just average.
queenholly (1913) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nutty toasty malt aroma with some very light spice notes. Chestnut with a moderate beige head. Nutty toasted bread, lightly bitter clove-like flavor with a roasty finish. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty much a lightly spiced brown ale.
rumproasts (1154) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle. brown with small head. lots of spice in this one -- but it comes off as more of a mess than anything else. underwhelming.
fiercepanda (357) - Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A clear brown beer with a small tan head. The aroma is malt, toffee, and sugar. The flavor is sweet malt and spices with a ginger and lightly bitter finish.
redpooba (375) - New York, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Typical brown ale with a crisp white head. The spices are very well balanced and can hold its own when eating winter time treats. This is a very solid beer, the only thing keeping it from being amazing is it lacks complexity. Thanks Jim!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone