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RATINGS: 1473   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Actually... this is a pretty good holiday ale. Spicy, bold. Strong cinnamon. Nutmeg. Nice coloring. Definitely warm and toasty on a cold December’s night. Full, rich palate.

2.6
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.

3.5
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Smells mostly like caramel and chocolate, I didn’t pick up on the spices too well, but I could smell some orange. Pours dark brown/red/orange with large frothy offwhite head. Flavor has hints of dark chocolate, ginger, and other spices. Very complex mixed flavor with a floral/metallic finish.

3.7
jimhilt (2635) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Pours with a two-finger bubbly beige head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear, deep amber color. Medium bodied. Spicey nose. Light carbonation. Starts spicy, malty with a little hops, mellow finish. Comes is a mixed 12-pack so you get only two bottles. I would buy multiple 6-packs of this if it was marketed by itself but marketing includes some boring brews in the 12-pack so will only buy one. 83¢ for a 12oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

3.4
SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Bottle from seasonal sampler pack. Pours georgeous garnet brown color with a large fluffy beige head that lingered well. Aroma is malty sweet, raisins, molasses, ginger, nutmeg, and a hint of hops. Flavor is a bit disappointing, seemed thin compared to the rich aroma, sweet and spicy, slightly astringent. Light to medium body and mild carbonation.

3.8
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Delicious. I have not had a beer this good in a while. First beer after a week of complete dryness, and it was a great one. I can taste the cinnamon, a little of the ginger, not really the orange it claims. Caramel overtones. A mellowed bitter taste. Heavy on the palate. Aroma was slightly corn-ish (how?), but the taste erased that sensation. Nice look in the glass. A bit more bubbly than a regular "real ale". My approval is given! Better than the Samuel Smith’s Winter Warmer, this deserves the quote: "Blessing of your heart, you make good ale." William Shakespeare

3.3
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Pours a dark reddish amber with a thick, creamy beige head. Aroma of caramel malt with a hint of spiciness. I can detect a dark spice in the flavor: ginger, mostly, with a bit of cinnamon bitterness. Slightly metallic aftertaste. Nice lacing and it definitely improves as it warms. A decent beer, but I’d not seek it out again.

3.2
lamas (1661) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Bottle. Pours DEEP redish brown with a nice thick tan head that dissipates very quickly. Smells of malts and coffee and VERY slightly of orange now that I have about an inch left in my glass. The spices tingle the tongue yet the overall taste is dominated by the heavy maltiness. I thought this would be better.

2.9
Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Smells of brown sugar, caramel, coffee and chocolate. Body is a dark ruby color, with a quickly fading light tan head. A little weird tasting, metallic caramel, almost a little alcohol taste to it also.

3.4
Saarlander (1920) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 21, 2004
Nice and spicy, with a nice sweetness to it also, very nice on this cold rainy night! I wish also that this beer was sold in six packs also, they would sell alot more, but oh well! lol


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