mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 12, 2002
(Initial rating: 6Dec2002--bottle) Interesting beer; has strengths and weaknesses.
A beautiful beer; deep red, with a frothy, persistent, and lacy head. Perfect effervescence.
An equally nice aroma. I swore that it smelled creamy!
As soon as the beer hit my tongue, however, things deteriorated.
The beer is not extreme in any of its flavors. Medium malt, alcohol, and bitterness.
Well-balanced, but I couldn’t get past the pervasive citric sourness. Like an unripe grapefruit.
The mouthfeel was thin; disappointing for my expectations.
Summary: nothing special. Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2002
There was nothing spectacular here. The aroma was the best part, slightly complex with hints of chocolate, cinnamon, and malt. The flavors couldn’t match the average aroma. It was just bland and uninspiring, and to me, just a typical Sam Adams beer. 3fourths (9349) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2003
Slightly spicy, but has a dominant pine needle aroma and taste. Too thin in the mouth. 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. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Clear red-brown body with minimal beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, cinnamon, licorice, brown sugar. Taste is medium sweet, light spice, some malt. Watery light-medium body.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Pours a nice deep brownish red with a minimal head. Flavor is difficult to nail down but is quite interesting...in a "why don't we just throw all kinds of stuff in the kettle" kind of way. I don't detect the chocolate. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 Bottle pours a nice cherry color with a tanish/sudsy head. Large aroma of dates, raisins & nutmeginnamon (nutmeg & cinnamon). Initial taste is of a cherry cough drop. While the aroma was nice, the overall flavor was somewhat simple. Its as if too much was thrown in there and it didnt add up. Finish is no different from the beginning, uneventful. Prior years have been better.aracauna (3616) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2005
This one is a dark clear copper with an ok head. The aroma is slightly malty, the spice is evident but far from overpowering. There’s also a slightly cheesey or mushroomy smell, that I think may actually be a trick of the spice/malt interaction on my nose instead of more sinister reasons. The flavor’s a bit flat, fairly dry, with no finish. Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Poured browish with a good head but, not much lacing. Aroma was sweet but, could have had more. Taste was malty with some spicies but, the mixture could have used some help. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2006
12oz. bottle. Dark red-orange amber with a small tan head. Buttery caramel with hints of spice and malt in the aroma. Tinge of cinnamon on top of caramel and raisin malt flavors. Hints of toastiness and residual spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium light, fairly smooth.