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RATINGS: 1439   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2011 Bottle. The pour was a nice coppery medium brown in color with a large (3-4 finger) rocky head that had great retention lasting almost throughout and produced some really excellent lacing. The aroma was very pronounced with a strong roasted bread malt, a mild pine hop and a sweet yeast with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee and some dark fruit. At first the taste was slightly bitter with a dominant malty-coffee flavor that had a hint of brown sugar, then progressed into a moderately sweet hoppy finish with the end having just a hint of spice and I am thinking cranberry. The flavor was left to linger on the palate for a nice long while allowing the flavors to really come together. Mouthfeel was a light to medium in body and had an oily yet rather creamy texture with a somewhat prickly carbonation. Overall it is a very satisfying seasonal Ale that had all of its flavors melding very well thus producing a very tasty brew...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mstrcrwly (734) - New York, USA - APR 4, 2015
had this years ago as part of a mixed beer pack someone gave me..donít really remember the taste so iíll assume itís middle of the road.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
schlitzfaced (80) - Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Poured into a pint glass. Pours a Deep brown amber with a big head that dissipates to a nice thin one. Aroma is toasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Taste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robobeerbelly (73) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2015
very different beer than iím used to. Iíd have to say i pick up a taste of ginger in it. good flavor overall but just...different. Its a good one to try but i donít know that iíd buy it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (814) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Roasted malt, wood and baking spices in the aroma. The crystal clear mahogany color of this beer is one of the most beautiful Iíve ever seen and itís topped with a thin ring of light tan bubbles. The roasted malt comes through immediately along with a nice milk and light dark chocolate flavor. Cinnamon and ginger spices show up and are perfectly balanced with the chocolate and slightly dry/sour woodiness. Thereís an earthiness and almost mushroomy like quality that emerges mid-sip that balances what sweetness is present and enhances it. With all this going on, the body is dead centered between creamy and light bodied with a bit of both at different times. Finishes with light chocolate and wood with a bit of dry char that lingers like smoke. I hadnít had this beer in a few years and I was surprised that I hadnít rated it yet, so I wondered if Iíd still like it as much as I remember. This proved an emphatic "yes" and reminded me of what an excellent Christmas/winter brew this is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamT (256) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2015
12oz bottle out of Holiday Pack from Food Lion. Reddish-brown hue with mostly diminishing light brown fizzy head. Good lacing. Dark malt, chocolate, orange citrus hop, spice and sweet floral aromas. Malt taste up front with a strange orange citrus hop and spice finish. When it warmed it had almost a peachy finish. Fizzy carbonation on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madnorwegian (99) - FRANCE - DEC 30, 2014
Ok, but too malty and not balanced enough with hops for my taste. A touch too sweet...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2521) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Tasted on 12/6/14 on draft at the 12 South Winter Warmer 2014. Pours clear, deep burnt orange with a thick beige head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is burnt toffee bitterness, caramel, light chocolate, and some baking spice. The flavor is the same toffee and caramel up front, moving to the more pronounced bitterness, along with even more baking spice than on the nose. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long bitter burnt toffee and baking spice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UXO (920) - CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
Pours clear deep amber with a short, short-lived light tan head, no lacing. (3/5) Nose is bready malt, holiday spices, some roasty notes. (6/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Medium body, moderate to low sustained carbonation, and an off-dry bitter finish. (3/5) Starts off a bit on the sweet side, but the malt kind of dies halfway through and leavesÖ well... not a lot backing it up. Spices are reasonably restrained, though, and itís fairly drinkable. Serviceable but nothing too special. (12/20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steve1966 (131) - Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Canít believe I havenít rated this. My holiday go to brew. Not overdone well balanced and you know what you are getting. Great lacing minimal head. Cinnamon ginger and toffee well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
AAEA (239) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2014
12 Fl OZ ($1.75) this was okay, nothing special. Came in a box set (winter) not my favorite box set they do.

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