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RATINGS: 1421   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2000
Just plain bad. You’d think that any beer would taste good when you drink it in the back room of your work, but alas this one disappoints. Sam Adams has a few bright spots (Oktoberfest) but overall the brewery reminds me of a pseudo good brewery. People who don’t know any better drink Sam Adams and think it’s the best stuff on earth.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2002
An older, but less wise, Mr. Boston graces the label of this one. I am by no means a Samuel Adams hater, but I find this one rather silly. When spice and fruit and toasted malts do not integrate properly, the result comes off as a bit absurd. I think that’s what goes on here.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rib Eye (147) - USA - DEC 16, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 No cinnamon and only the barest suggestion of any citrus on the finish. Otherwise just an overly heavy decently malted porter.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ARMed (608) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2002
A good winter beer but just a little too tart for me. The color is excellent (deep brownish red - rust color). Looks like a very nice mahogany varish. The lacing is also very good. The taste is spicy and rich flavored but the palate is poor.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddon90 (1476) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2003
Not bad. Some good spices added to it. Some hoppiness and a good color. Shame you can't buy it alone now.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2003
Amber in color. Flavor is malt with caramel and cinnamon. Best served cold, it seemed to lose flavor as it warmed.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 My least favorite of the holiday/spice ales. This one does not produce the right balance of malt body to harness the strong cinnamon and nutmeg flavors that dominate. UPDATE 12/2007: In the bottle at the 2007 Crescent Moon Holiday Beer Tasting. Pronounced diacetyl aroma. Buttery taste. Thin body. Odd synthetic caramel taste. I drop my previous rating from 3.1 to a 2.7!

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Amber in color with a light tan head. Definite spicy flavoring, possibly cranberry? I couldn't quite pinpoint it, but it didn't really agree with me. Definitely would not buy this beer again.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dirtyc (173) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
Very impressed with this one, has a nice dark appearance with a hint of chocolate and caramel taste

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Pours a copper and ruby color, creamy thick off-white head. Has a similar hallertau character to the lager, with subtle cinnamon and orange tones. Spikey sharp intial taste, cardboard malts laced with cocoa. Very dry in the finish, leaving a bitter aftertaste not unlike burnt toast.


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