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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 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10691) - San Diego, 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (10655) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Nice brownish pour in the glass. Nose and taste of cinnamon, nutmeg and toast. Rated 12/11/2000

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10238) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2010
It’s a beautiful, clear, red-brown beer with a creamy head. The aroma is slightly spicy with notes of cinnamon, caramel and fruit. The flavour has a light sweetness and a cinnamon/citrus-like dryness. It has notes of cinnamon, caramel, syrup, a peppery ginger bite and light fruit. The finish is dry and peppery. Compared with many other beers with added spices, this one is pleasant because of the subdued spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Very handsome, crystal clear, copper ale. Looks like a shiny, new penny. Creamy, off-white head. Great retention with creamy lacework. Malty and caramely nose with a hint of vanilla. Very rich, malty flavor. I know it's spiced, but I don't taste it. The malt must override the spice. Decently balanced. This chunk of buttery caramel should be wrapped in wax paper and handed out to children on Halloween, not poured into a glass. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. The finish is very dry and astringent. An inexpensive fix for we maltheads! Trick or Treat?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Bottle @ home. Dark red/brown appearance with a big tan/brown head. Spicy nose including orange peel, cinnamon, and possibly ginger with a brown malty body behind the spices. Pretty spicy brown malted body but the spices are well-done and not overdone. Ginger comes out pretty well in the finish. After taste is a spicy brown malty taste. Good job not overdoing the spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (9713) - 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 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9443) - 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.

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