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RATINGS: 1480   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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2.6
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (4146) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Pours a ruby red out of the bottle. Aroma is sugar and spice. Flavor is caramel malts with lots of spice to go around. I get some hops present and a touch of alcohol as well. A nice brew to warm you on a cold winter night. Comes in the winter sampler. I wish they would offer this in a six pack come next winter.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Bottle. Decent beer. Deep red-brown. Off white head fades out and leaves decent lacing. Malty sweet and spicey aroma. Body is a touch thin. Lots of caramel malt flavors, not so much of the chocolate malt. Peppery spicey, probably the cinnamon. Finish is a little dry and perhaps a bit too involved with the spices added.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2193) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 10, 2004
bottle. pours a dark brown with a lush creamy light tan head. sweet aroma of caramel with a nutmeg or some kind of similar spice, ah, i see the description now it must be the cinnamon i detect. roasted chocolate and peppery flavor. a bit acidic and it really woke my tongue up with that. finish is a bit of a let down. bitterness without much flavor remains. there is still a bit of a roasted caramel flavor underneath, but not much of it. watery mouthfeel. not a bad beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gsteph (323) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Bottle. Pours deep reddish brown with a foamy off-white head. Nice lacing. Sweet, malty, caramel aroma with a touch of orange and faint ginger. Toast, chocolate, some orange, and dry cinnamon (like you ate a spoonful of the ground spice). Creamy texture and very palatable. Got it in a Holiday Box. Probably the best of the six.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2004
Bottle. Smoke, lots of malt, pepper, very slight orange, with a bitter finish. Interesting, but not great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (3050) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Pours a dark reddish color. Aroma is of chocolate, citrus and spice. Flavor has a chocolate malt base, with lots of spice. Pretty interesting. Not a bad brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Clear and Deep red with brown hints. The aroma is nice with chocolate and dark fruit. Taste is similar with dark fruit chocolate hints and lite cranberry notes (maybe orange as well but I would not have thought about it till I read the description). I thought there was a yeasty/bread aftertaste to this. Not too shabby.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7161) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2007 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark chestnut color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma was sour malt and spice - mostly cinnamon. The flavor had a nice malt presence with elements of caramel, maple syrup, fruit and spice. There was a vague, almost Belgian style flavor set to this beer. I found it rather enjoyable and only wish I could get it by itself and not just in their holiday mix case.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Bottle. My wife always buys me the Christmas sampler with this one in it. Pours a nice dark dark ruby (almost black) and has a surprisingly small head. Great nose of coffee and dark malts. Taste is like a strong bitter porter or a decent stout. Not fabulous carbonation or body, but it is definitely a nice beer. Nice job again Jim!


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