Shanebrews (100) - - DEC 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of the best Sam Adams seasonals. Perhaps the appeal is its difference from the rest of the line-up. It takes time to sort through the layers of ingredients that show up in Old Fezziwig. I can’t think of any food I would pair this with, except perhaps a pumpkin roll; it’s just meant for sitting on the couch in front of a fire and sipping. It makes me feel full and warm.
Poobah (230) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with a thick head and a spicy nose. Smooth intro with a mildly-carbonated mouthfeel, and a finish with hints of orange, cinnamon, ginger, and chocolate.
IceChipsSky11 (74) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
.................................................. skies and may your pots be monsters!
jessekratina (12) - Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance- red/brown, clear, minimal head
Aroma-bready, resin, citrus, toasty
Taste- bready, spices,
Palate-lively, umami, sweet/sour, salty
Overall I really like it, gets me into the Christmas spirit.
ads135 (2330) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very mild spices for a winter warmer. Lightly citrus and some ginger but they aren’t very assertive.
marv3mania (127) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a thin off-white/light tan head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Very nice. Taste is a good, though somewhat weak, balance of the caramel malts and spices. It tastes like someone mixed holiday spices into a Boston Lager, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Thin mouth feel. Overall, this isn’t too bad, but not my favorite holiday ale.
thebos (10) - Eatonton, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red/brown beer with small quickly fading tan head. Spicy and malty both in scent and taste. Easily pick up the cinnamon and ginger notes along with the slight citrus the Orange. Good winter holiday season beer to be sure. Pleasant mouth feel. Thick but not too thick.
BrewBoxer (1542) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the winter seasonal sampler pack. Pours a dark color with a head that fades fast. Taste and smell is sweet sugary and nutty. Almost like a brown ale but a little sweeter. Not bad..not my favorite
Bebum (134) - - NOV 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full body, vibrant mouthfeel, despite low alcohol and unobtrusive acidity and carbonation.
Bitter, dry, unchanged all the way to the finish.
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GIJOE (343) - Monterey, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark reddish almost black with a thick off white head that fades quickly to a ring. Some lacing. Nose is spiced malt. Taste is sweet. Medium body, lively carbonation. Good brew.
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furthur (30) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma malty, hint of spice, dark cream head dissipates to thin skiff. Taste Carmel, fruit, faint spice. Mouthfeel rich and thick, almost a stout. Carbonation a tad heavy, but not bad.