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! IndianaRed (4617) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Bottle Pours a clear dark mahogany with a modest foamy off white head. Very fine and sturdy lacing. Aroma is a subtle note of mostly dark malts. Falvor is dark toast as the comercial description says, and some coffee and dk chocolate. I can barley detect the orange and cinimon. Feel is thin and the after taste is a slightly burnt flavor and tree bark. yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2010 One of a sampler pack that had been aged about 4 years. Complex and excellent flavors. Beats me why Sam Adams makes it so hard to get their better beers, like this one....... 12/8/2004 rerate with a fresh bottle from this years winter sampler. Nice clear brown pour with a small creamy head that sticks around and laces nicely. Pleasant malt and lightly spicy aroma. Easy drinking, tasty and smooth.. I’m liking this already.. An appropriate touch of bitterness but not much, and so much better than the Holiday Porter which was too bitter to drink, or that nasty tasting Winter Lager. This one is quite excellent and a joy to drink, something I would actually buy in a six-pack if it were available. Unfortunately, this is the only noteworthy beer in this year’s winter sampler pack.(3.6).......
..rerate 11-15-2010... once again part of the holiday sampler 24 - pack for $25 at Sam’s Club. This beer does not disappoint this year, maybe even better than previous years. Complex and well balanced flavors. Spices are subtle and just right. Plenty of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and raisin. Full body, full flavor, and excellent all around. Sam Adams is not likely to ever sell this as a stand alone product, you will always have to buy a box of unwanted beers just to get this. At least the Holiday Porter was an improvement over previous years (3.7) ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2004
Dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is oak, whiskey, molasses, caramel. Flavor is seet, malty - coffee, molasses, whiskey, ginger flavor, among others. This is a very good beer and highly under rated. spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2004
A true spice/herb/vegetable. Nice spicy, brown sugar aroma. Deep nut brown appearance with a think clear head. Very full of spice and tangy malts. Very good beer.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 this is season, in fact, it is the only reason to buy the winter pack. Color is dark and inviting with sweet aroma and white foamy head.. Aroma of all things great about holiday cooking, brown sugar, nutmeg cinnamin, even turkey,..Flavor was quite full and pleasing, complex even.. I tasted the orange rind, malt, hops coffe , nutmeg, ect. This is the BEST from Sam, and I feel one worth getting your hands on! My brother-in-law loved this, and he is a hard drinking german, very hard to please. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Any beer with the name "Fezziwig" (which, incidentally, was my parents’ first choice for my name) gets my attention. After that, it better be good to hold it. It did. Get this one next holiday season. BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Bottle (Holiday sampler): Nice dark brown/redish color and a foamy tan head. I just can’t get enough of this aroma - nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, cookies, and toffee. Flavor doesn’t dissapoint with orange rind, toasted malt, cinnamon/chocolate, coffee and nutmeg finish. I wish they would sell this by itself so I wouldn’t have to buy the rest of the holiday pack. One of Sam Adams’ best. 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. BeerandBlues2 (13311) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Dark brown to amber in color with a foamy tan head. Malty and caramel aroma. Bitter malt flavor; also, a bit toasty and roasted. Medium body and a bit dry at the end.