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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 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 (1370) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Pours clear brown with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, spice and raisins. Flavor is sweet and spicy. Caramel, dried fruit and spice. A liitle orange and chocolate in there. Dry aftertaste, but no bitterness. Watery texture. Interesting but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2004
Canít say that I really enjoyed this one. Perhaps it was the strong ginger taste that I just didnít enjoy. Lots of flavour but just ones I donít really care for.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Panzuriel (1310) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Deep red brown liquid with a fine head of tan foam. Nose is slightly spicy with some herbs as well. Taste is dry and malty with some mild spice and some intersting herb notes. body is pretty non descript. finish is dry boign on a little tart.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dragonfly1 (494) - Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Bottle. Ruby-red pour, no head at all. Nice aroma of sweet sugar and cinnamon. Uh oh- VERY flat- absolutely no carbonation at all. No wonder there was no head to speak of. The lack of any mouthfeel makes it hard to discern any specific flavors- maybe a little ginger at the end but thatís it. Itís too sweet / syrupy to taste much else. Very interesting reading the other reviews that some noted even a bit of overcarbonation. Definately not the case with the one I just had. Darn! Really wanted to like this one more!

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