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RATINGS: 1439   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (12166) - DENMARK - FEB 19, 2010
355 ml bottle. Dark red-brown body with tan head. Flavour is malt, dark fruit and spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12134) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Malt, orange, and cinnamon? aroma. Deep reddish amber color with a persistent light tan head. Starts with a burst of cinnamon and perhaps nutmeg, a bit of citrus. Mouthfeel is better than thin. Really quite good, though I’m not sure I detect the ginger mentioned on the label. The chocolate is probably there, but the cinnamon mutates it. I don’t know how to describe the finish. All of the above? There’s a slight bite in the finish, and that could be the ginger. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2009
(12oz bottle) Pours an amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, cinnamon, chocolate, nutmeg, and other spices. Flavor of caramel, toffee, nuts, and cinnamon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11957) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Clear red-brown body with minimal beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, cinnamon, licorice, brown sugar. Taste is medium sweet, light spice, some malt. Watery light-medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (11683) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Bottle from Winter Classic sampler. Clear ruby color with an average creamy off-white head that was lasting. Average ginger, cinnamon and citrus aroma. Medium body with a thin texture. Moderate sweet spice flavor with an average finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11612) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2010
Copper with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar with a touch of cinnamon and other spices. Sweet and malty flavour with mild spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11381) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 18, 2010
Bottle, bought @ Kvickly, Esbjerg.
Pours a wonderful, clear red chestnut with a wonderful, big, creamy, off-white head. Looks amazing. Sweet malty aroma, caramel, light plums, good pepper and cinnamon notes. Medium carbonation, fine dry and light creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is dryish, some good spiciness, light dark chocolate, cocoa, cinnamon, light coriander. A hint of roasted malts. Fine and very easily drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11359) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2006
12oz bottle-pours a tan head and dark brown color. Aroma is dark malt-fruit. Taste is dark malt-fruit, spices. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2011
Name: Old Fezziwig Ale
Date: December 27, 1995
Mode: Draft
Appearance: dark brown
Aroma: nutmug and orange aroma
Flavor: sweet ale flavor with a spicy aftertaste

Name: Old Fezziwig Ale
Date: February 12, 1996
Appearance: dark ruby, thin fine tan head
Aroma: sweet fruity spicy aroma with hints of a tart plum
Flavor: rich malt flavor with bursts of fruit character and chocolate malt, hints of cinamon, just the slightest bit of tartness in the background

Name: Old Fezziwig Ale
Date: November 09, 2006
Mode: bottle
Source: Harry’s
Aroma: big nutmeg aroma with a bit of cinamon
Flavor: rich chocolate malt flavor with lots of caramel sweetness and fruity character, well balanced by a big blend of spices including cinamon and nutmeg, light bitterness in the finish
Overall: a classic as timeless as Dickens himself

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10840) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
Brown ale with nice reddish hues, and a thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel, cinnamon, ginger and lemony notes. In mouth, nice sweet caramel malt, coriander and oranges. Like a light bodied belgian brown ale. I tought this was quite good. Bottle is one yr old.

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