Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by TempeBeerMan:
4.2/5 rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.
A - A clear dark ruby with a triumphant four-finger meringue-like head of off-white color. This head went nowhere for quite some time, eventually forming a marshmellowy mass in the center of the glass. Spider web like lacing.
S - Healthy aroma of orange peel, gingerbread cookie, nutmeg, and shortbreads. Smells inviting.
T - A Christmas cookie in beer form. Follows the nose with a sweet shortbread malty foundation upfront, followed by winter spices (ginger, coriander, nutmeg, vanilla, clove, and a hint of orange). Spice blend is nearly perfect, with no one spice overpowering. Some earthy hops bring just a hint of balancing bitterness to the finish, but make no mistake, the sugar cookie is center stage here. VERY tasty.
M - Moderately carbonated with a medium body. Mouthfeel compliments the other elements, other than that not much to say here. Wet finish.
O - I really enjoy this beer. Probably my favorite "regular" (large batch) Sam Adams brew of all time, and I'm glad to see it hold up in my "critical" review. What a winter warmer should be. I could drink this all year long. Maybe it will eventually come out in six packs, but knowing SA, they know people like me keep buying their WInter Classics packs just to get this beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-28-2012 03:15:16 | More by TempeBeerMan
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4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark red amber with a fine half finger tan head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet bready and caramel malt, cinnamon, allspice, gingerbread. Flavor follows aroma, with rich caramel malt, holiday spicing leaning towards gingerbread, light chocolate, finishes with cinnamon and light hop spicy bitterness. Really quite nice creamy medium bodied adds to the holiday festiveness. A very nicely made winter beer with holiday spicing that is well done and supported by the malt, which is selected well to support and allow light spices to be the centerpiece. Uncommon in my area, or I would add this to my winter holiday rotation.
Serving type: bottle
03-28-2014 02:10:29 | More by LiquidAmber
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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