jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2004 beautiful deep ruby amber color. roasty malt aroma, and a hint of spices--definitely cinnamon, with some gingersnap. first you get a slight spicy tang on your tongue. feels heavy, coats your mouth with a light toasty spice, and finishes a little dry and bitter--thins out in the finish. definitely a beer worth trying! Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Deep ruby/copper color with a moderate head and lacing. Malty spicy yeasty aroma with just a hint of sourness. Fairly rich with a predominantly chocolate malt flavor with some caramel and I can definitely taste the ginger. The finish lingered and turned dryish. Shag (3000) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2003
Excellent aroma of cinnamon and cherries. Dark ruby appearance. Flavor is spicy with a hint of cinnamon, dark cherries, and some chocolate. I still enjoy Sam Adams beer and I feel no differently with this one. This is a nice winter beer. wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Again I say--if you want a mulled beer--buy a Gluekriek. Even Goudenband has more spicy character than the Old Fezziwig.
If you HAVE to try this--don't get it in a variety pack that's been sitting around Costco for 6 months--buy it as fresh as you can.
The spicy nutmeg flavor is better in the fresh version--I've had the Costco version and it's stale and flat compared to fresh.
Bright, light fruit tones, with a thin white head and spicy aroma.
Hints of hop and cirander as well as cinnamon and nutmeg.
Not a bad ale, but I prefer the Belgians--you get the gravity, the fruit and the spice with them. Fezziwig lacks character by comparison. archstanton (105) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 what a great freak beer i love it its fruity very sweet and very thick the orange taste is wonderfull and it has a nice hint of nutmeg..very good freak beer
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Smells like very sweet malts, very mild hops. Poured a deep garnet color, plenty of carbonation, tiny head, decent lace. Flavor is fruit, followed by toffee, the nuttiness. Palate is pretty good for this flavor. Tastes something like an Octoberfest, or even a Bock. Not too impressive, but not offensive, either. flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Deep reddish brown color with a tan head. Nice roasty caramel and dark fruit aroma. Sweet malt, roasted chocolate, caramel, alcohol and dark fruit flavors. Nice lightly tingly feel. loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Glowing dark ruby color with a thick tan head. The aroma was slightly burnt...some caramel, cherries, and alcohol. The flavor was better...caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, sugar. Crisp carbonation. notalush (5875) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Dark amber, slight ruby, initially large head that shrinks quickly, leaving a tiny lacing - aroma of cinnamon and caramel - flavor has some of the same, as well as a very cookie/toasty kind of flavor - some chocolate - toasty finish with lingering malts - a pleasant surprise. hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Very handsome, crystal clear, copper ale. Looks like a shiny, new penny. Creamy, off-white head. Great retention with creamy lacework.
Malty and caramely nose with a hint of vanilla.
Very rich, malty flavor. I know it's spiced, but I don't taste it. The malt must override the spice. Decently balanced. This chunk of buttery caramel should be wrapped in wax paper and handed out to children on Halloween, not poured into a glass. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. The finish is very dry and astringent. An inexpensive fix for we maltheads! Trick or Treat?