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RATINGS: 1469   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Dark brown to amber in color with a foamy tan head. Malty and caramel aroma. Bitter malt flavor; also, a bit toasty and roasted. Medium body and a bit dry at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (12079) - 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2008
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Alraomon. Thanks! Pours a clear ruby red color with a medium eggshell aroma, moderate retention and nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, citrus and spice. Lots of orange peel and some green apple. Taste is fruity, again with the citrus and green apple, with some subtle bitter notes and caramel malts. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (11600) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 14, 2011
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Oren. Clear deep amber color with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, honey, some fruitiness and sweet spices. Sweet flavor with malt, caramel, fruits, ginger, cinnamon and a slightly drier finish. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11551) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis (thanks!). Poured a darker copper color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of oranges, ginger, cinnamon and caramel. Tastes of orange peel, caramel and lighter spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11482) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2002
I really wish this one was available year round, as it is Sammy’s best offering, edging out the Winter Lager. I really had trouble placing the aroma, it was kind of like toasted wheat bread with a hint of orange. The color was rich and so was the taste. Refreshingly complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (11345) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
12 oz bottle. It pours a reddish brown with a foamy off white head. It smells like caramel. The flavor is pretty tame. It has some caramel malt, some roastiness, and some spices, but it also has a certain wateriness and some metallic flavor. It certainly isn’t as good as their winter lager, but that isn’t saying too much. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-09-2010 22:59:17

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (11175) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
A lager with initially fizzy carbonation that fades as it warms to just significant carbonation. Clearly orange and cinammon, a spot of ginger for spice, and caramel. Weak finish. Medium mouthfeel. Rather a bold herbal tea. Nice chestnut amber colour.

   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10871) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2008
I liked this beer. Malty, spicey, fruity and easy to drink. Nice hop finish, but not as hoppy as the regular Sam Adams Boston Lager. This SA beer poured an nice foamy head and like others have said, is nice at Xmas.

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