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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8044) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Nice brownish pour in the glass. Nose and taste of cinnamon, nutmeg and toast. Rated 12/11/2000

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (8030) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2003
Slightly spicy, but has a dominant pine needle aroma and taste. Too thin in the mouth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 21, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2011 Moderate molasses and orange notes with ginger and cinnamon on the nose. Some moderate maltiness. Clear reddish brown color with a tan head. Flavor is a strong fruit and spice burst at first followed by a moderately bitter finish with lots of malt character. Not watery at all for a 5.9%, rather explosive actually.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7733) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
A very unique beer. I've only ever seen this one in the Christmas/Winter selection sampler. Deep brown in color, with odors of strong brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Finishes smooth, with chocolate, spicy, nutmeg, and more malt and nutmeg flavors. A nice holiday beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7687) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2011
12 fl oz bottle from Total Wines & More, Clearwater, FL. On January 24, 2011
Clear brown color, big light brown head. Sweet, malty, spicy scent. Sweet, spicy, malty, bread taste. Grain and slightly roasted aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, medium dryish bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7669) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7387) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Bottle. Milld ginger, cinnamon and orange aroma. Dark copper color with small head. Chocolate malt and cinnamon/orange flavor. Very nice and reliable seasonal.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2003
Ruby brown with a thick lacey head. Aroma of rich caramel malt and spices. Body is full, lightly citrus and cinnamon spiced with an earthy malt sweetness. Finishes dry and piney. Never would've guessed this was from Sam Adams. A pretty good beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Bottled. Clear, medium copper pour with a well-retained beige head. Christmas-like spices and caramel in the aroma, but it was kinda metallic and artificial. Caramel and spicy malt were all over the flavor, too, along with some chocolate... again with an odd character that was not-so-appealing. Somewhat metallic and sour notes around the edges and at the finish. Decent holiday ale, I suppose, but didn’t much do it for me.


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