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RATINGS: 1458   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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3.7
slowrunner77 (12582) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"you can really taste the malt sweetness and great blend of spices in this beer. it’s like drinking a Christmas cookie! always a yearly seasonal brew, i wish they’s let me get a sixer of this, so i could avoid the (old) cranberry lambic in the holiday pack."

3
jcwattsrugger (12517) - 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.

3.1
deyholla (12021) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours a medium brown with a strong red hue. Aroma is full of ginger, cinnamon and burnt caramel notes. Flavor has a strong malt profile with hints of cinnamon, ginger and chocolate.

3.5
shrubber85 (11570) - 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.

3.3
BVery (11222) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Bottle. Solid seasonal offering - somewhat malty, and a good blend of Christmas spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger - very nice brew.

3.6
hopscotch (11181) - 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?

3.5
daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2008
I liked this beer. Malty, spicey, fruity and easy to drink. Nice hop finish, but not as hoppy as the regular Sam Adams Boston Lager. This SA beer poured an nice foamy head and like others have said, is nice at Xmas.

3.9
DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
A very unique beer. I've only ever seen this one in the Christmas/Winter selection sampler. Deep brown in color, with odors of strong brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Finishes smooth, with chocolate, spicy, nutmeg, and more malt and nutmeg flavors. A nice holiday beer.

3.7
kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2011
Name: Old Fezziwig Ale
Date: December 27, 1995
Mode: Draft
Appearance: dark brown
Aroma: nutmug and orange aroma
Flavor: sweet ale flavor with a spicy aftertaste

Name: Old Fezziwig Ale
Date: February 12, 1996
Appearance: dark ruby, thin fine tan head
Aroma: sweet fruity spicy aroma with hints of a tart plum
Flavor: rich malt flavor with bursts of fruit character and chocolate malt, hints of cinamon, just the slightest bit of tartness in the background

Name: Old Fezziwig Ale
Date: November 09, 2006
Mode: bottle
Source: Harry’s
Aroma: big nutmeg aroma with a bit of cinamon
Flavor: rich chocolate malt flavor with lots of caramel sweetness and fruity character, well balanced by a big blend of spices including cinamon and nutmeg, light bitterness in the finish
Overall: a classic as timeless as Dickens himself

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

3.5
gnoff (10793) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2011
12 fl oz bottle from Total Wines & More, Clearwater, FL. On January 24, 2011
Clear brown color, big light brown head. Sweet, malty, spicy scent. Sweet, spicy, malty, bread taste. Grain and slightly roasted aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, medium dryish bitterness.


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