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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 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. Youíd 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 donít know any better drink Sam Adams and think itís the best stuff on earth.

   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 thatís what goes on here.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2002
Yet another fairly disappointing beer from Sam Adams. They just canít seem to get rid of that characteristic metallic taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Completely unmemorable. A bit of spice I suppose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Zeswaft (1390) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Definitely a Christmas beer for it is very spicey and tastes like the Christmas tree. However, it was not to my liking. Who are the ad wizards that thought orange, cinnamon, and ginger would mix well together? Well, they are quite nasty if you ask me. The whole Sam Adams winter variety pack was a huge let down.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - JUN 25, 2004
part of a $7 holiday 12 pack. cookie like aromas with subtle hint of spice. dark brown color with a thin head. sweet malt, caromel and chocolate with a slight cinnamon heat and spice. moderate body with a roast malt bitterness balancing the sweetness. only mildly exciting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hmright (101) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Thin white head, nice smellNice spicy aftertaste, I like it because its different. Orange, ginger, and a little bitter. Pretty good finish.

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