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RATINGS: 1422   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LagerLove (65) - Clinton, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2006
tasty and unique, love the name it makes me laugh and the brew tastes good to boot, good head and body.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jds2008 (14) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bennetporter (24) - 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 don’t make this a great beer, just an okay one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bork (322) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlimHabib (208) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
firefly765 (126) - - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy00 (160) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6035) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"you can really taste the malt sweetness and great blend of spices in this beer. it’s like drinking a Christmas cookie! always a yearly seasonal brew, i wish they’s let me get a sixer of this, so i could avoid the (old) cranberry lambic in the holiday pack."

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HuskerTornado (31) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 17, 2014
12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a rich dark brown, almost black with ruby undertones. A medium sized tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a lot of thin lacing. Smell is heavy in caramel and cocoa, a lot of citrus as well dark fruits, and a faint amount of cinnamon and ginger. Taste is sweet chocolate, caramel, and toffee malts up front. The spices come through, especially towards the finish which all together makes for a really nice flavor profile front to back as the chocolate remains strong throughout. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, a really good, balanced winter warmer, always worth having a few each year.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUN 22, 2014
The body has a deep amber color with a slight reddish hew. There is some visible carbonation that makes its way up to the head which has a light tan color and decent retention. Lacing is slick and quickly slides down the glass. The aroma has soft sweet orange peel notes with some cinnamon and roasted malt. The flavor has a bready malt presence up front that slowly adds in notes of cinnamon, ginger, sweet orange peel and finally some mild hops. It has a good medium to full body and the mouth feel is soft, well rounded with soft carbonation.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
wabahoye (37) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Reddish brown Caramel and spice aroma. Flavors of caramel, chocolate, and spices. Good one for the holidays but not a year round flavor for me.


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