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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 12, 2002
(Initial rating: 6Dec2002--bottle) Interesting beer; has strengths and weaknesses. A beautiful beer; deep red, with a frothy, persistent, and lacy head. Perfect effervescence. An equally nice aroma. I swore that it smelled creamy! As soon as the beer hit my tongue, however, things deteriorated. The beer is not extreme in any of its flavors. Medium malt, alcohol, and bitterness. Well-balanced, but I couldn’t get past the pervasive citric sourness. Like an unripe grapefruit. The mouthfeel was thin; disappointing for my expectations. Summary: nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Again I say--if you want a mulled beer--buy a Gluekriek. Even Goudenband has more spicy character than the Old Fezziwig. If you HAVE to try this--don't get it in a variety pack that's been sitting around Costco for 6 months--buy it as fresh as you can. The spicy nutmeg flavor is better in the fresh version--I've had the Costco version and it's stale and flat compared to fresh. Bright, light fruit tones, with a thin white head and spicy aroma. Hints of hop and cirander as well as cinnamon and nutmeg. Not a bad ale, but I prefer the Belgians--you get the gravity, the fruit and the spice with them. Fezziwig lacks character by comparison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (13309) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Clear red-brown body with minimal beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, cinnamon, licorice, brown sugar. Taste is medium sweet, light spice, some malt. Watery light-medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Pours a nice deep brownish red with a minimal head. Flavor is difficult to nail down but is quite interesting...in a "why don't we just throw all kinds of stuff in the kettle" kind of way. I don't detect the chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 Bottle pours a nice cherry color with a tanish/sudsy head. Large aroma of dates, raisins & nutmeginnamon (nutmeg & cinnamon). Initial taste is of a cherry cough drop. While the aroma was nice, the overall flavor was somewhat simple. Its as if too much was thrown in there and it didnt add up. Finish is no different from the beginning, uneventful. Prior years have been better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aracauna (3511) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2005
This one is a dark clear copper with an ok head. The aroma is slightly malty, the spice is evident but far from overpowering. There’s also a slightly cheesey or mushroomy smell, that I think may actually be a trick of the spice/malt interaction on my nose instead of more sinister reasons. The flavor’s a bit flat, fairly dry, with no finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Poured browish with a good head but, not much lacing. Aroma was sweet but, could have had more. Taste was malty with some spicies but, the mixture could have used some help.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2006
12oz. bottle. Dark red-orange amber with a small tan head. Buttery caramel with hints of spice and malt in the aroma. Tinge of cinnamon on top of caramel and raisin malt flavors. Hints of toastiness and residual spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium light, fairly smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cperry8483 (41) - Platteville, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Aroma is slightly sourish, grapes maybe or some other arbitrary fruit. The spices aren’t coming through to me, hmm. Medium mouthfeel, nothing special. Taste is toasty and full, with a hop sharpness in the back of the mouth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with some lingering hoppiness and now the spices come through! Cinnamon and orange. Not bad, but nothing I’d go out of my way to get.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Served in NB Snifter a minute out of the beer fridge, so 44°. Dark reddish color. Healthy head. Aroma is nutmeg?, brown sugar. Taste is smokey, caramel, bakers chocolate which seems somewhat astringent, and overall sweetness. Not too big a fan of holidays beers, not bad, but not something I would seek out in the future.

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