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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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (12607) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a medium light tan head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is dark chocolate and a caramel malt. Decent lacing on the glass. The taste is a light malt with licorice and caramel finish. A very good brew from Samuel Adams.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (12535) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 14, 2011
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Oren. Clear deep amber color with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, honey, some fruitiness and sweet spices. Sweet flavor with malt, caramel, fruits, ginger, cinnamon and a slightly drier finish. Medium-bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12479) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12297) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2006
12oz bottle-pours a tan head and dark brown color. Aroma is dark malt-fruit. Taste is dark malt-fruit, spices. OK carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (12274) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 18, 2010
Bottle, bought @ Kvickly, Esbjerg.
Pours a wonderful, clear red chestnut with a wonderful, big, creamy, off-white head. Looks amazing. Sweet malty aroma, caramel, light plums, good pepper and cinnamon notes. Medium carbonation, fine dry and light creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is dryish, some good spiciness, light dark chocolate, cocoa, cinnamon, light coriander. A hint of roasted malts. Fine and very easily drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12247) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2002
I really wish this one was available year round, as it is Sammys best offering, edging out the Winter Lager. I really had trouble placing the aroma, it was kind of like toasted wheat bread with a hint of orange. The color was rich and so was the taste. Refreshingly complex.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11888) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis (thanks!). Poured a darker copper color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of oranges, ginger, cinnamon and caramel. Tastes of orange peel, caramel and lighter spices.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (11818) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
12 oz bottle. It pours a reddish brown with a foamy off white head. It smells like caramel. The flavor is pretty tame. It has some caramel malt, some roastiness, and some spices, but it also has a certain wateriness and some metallic flavor. It certainly isnt as good as their winter lager, but that isnt saying too much. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-09-2010 22:59:17

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (11506) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
A lager with initially fizzy carbonation that fades as it warms to just significant carbonation. Clearly orange and cinammon, a spot of ginger for spice, and caramel. Weak finish. Medium mouthfeel. Rather a bold herbal tea. Nice chestnut amber colour.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10958) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Bottle. Milld ginger, cinnamon and orange aroma. Dark copper color with small head. Chocolate malt and cinnamon/orange flavor. Very nice and reliable seasonal.


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