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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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
revolution2718 (228) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Very malty. More spiced than their winter ale. Pretty sweet. Not bad, pretty standard. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
paintedmaple (408) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Barely OK if you must drink a super sweet Xmas beer...any other time of the year you would avoid this like the plague. Sam Adam’s is trying to appeal to the mass market with ’fun’ sugary beers, but this doesn’t cut it as a good beer in any regard.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AbbeyRoade (314) - Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Not bad but not great either. Good for a typical Sam Adams beer though! Kinda malty, sweet, a bit of caramelly note in there as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ScipioA (299) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Looks fantastic poured into a big mug, massive durable head on top of a red/brown clear beer. Not much of a sniffer, just some general beer smells dominated by the malt. The flavor is better, restrained levels of spice (maybe a bit too much cinnamon) and quite sweet. There is a lingering orange aftertaste and slight bitterness. Good mouthfeel, lots of really fine carbonation. One of the better ’winter warmers’, a style I am no great fan of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WVBrU (61) - - DEC 8, 2013
Pours clear reddish brown, without much lasting head. I smelled the holiday spices and a roasty caramel character. Tasted the caramel too, with a good bit maltiness. Overall enjoyed the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slubgob (184) - West Hartford, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle into glass. Dark mahogany color with medium of white head. Malt aroma with touch of cinnamon and ginger. Rich malt mouth, very full mouthfeel. Dodd are reasonably mild and notable mostly in the after taste. One of Sam?s better seasonal offerings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Poobah (272) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Dark amber with a thick head and a spicy nose. Smooth intro with a mildly-carbonated mouthfeel, and a finish with hints of orange, cinnamon, ginger, and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jessekratina (12) - Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Appearance- red/brown, clear, minimal head Aroma-bready, resin, citrus, toasty Taste- bready, spices, Palate-lively, umami, sweet/sour, salty Overall I really like it, gets me into the Christmas spirit. ---JK

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ads135 (2955) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Very mild spices for a winter warmer. Lightly citrus and some ginger but they aren’t very assertive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a thin off-white/light tan head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Very nice. Taste is a good, though somewhat weak, balance of the caramel malts and spices. It tastes like someone mixed holiday spices into a Boston Lager, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Thin mouth feel. Overall, this isn’t too bad, but not my favorite holiday ale.

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