Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Presentation: 12 ounce standard brown glass bottle with a shoulder embossed with a brace of Sam Adams text sealed with a gold colored crown cap. The main label is nothing like the generic Sam Adams offerings. Old Fezziwig Ale is in white text set against a gold edge red sash. A traditional looking and very appropriate intensely colorful Victorian cum Dickensian Christmas scene sets the backdrop. Described as Ale Brewed with Cinnamon, Ginger and Orange Has a nicked APR Brewery Fresh Date and a listed Strength of 5.9% ABV (which differs from the 5.6% currently listed on BA).
Appearance: The collapsing head projects deep down into the high rising foam cap that formed on the initial pour. Bubbled crusty looking lacing and a ¼ thick head. Supreme conditioning is very fine and lively but restrained and not unwieldy. Rich mahogany body has a polished dark brown exterior with ruby flashes from the perfectly clear body.
Nose: Warm nutty malts, roasted horse chestnuts and a toasty backdrop. Spices are evident but hard to differentiate or identify individually. Cinnamon does bubble under the surface with an orange peel zesty tang. Baking bread texture on the nose carries a heat, like mulled Ale. Boiled raisins, caramel and a little dark chocolate too.
Taste: Trumped up roasted and toasted nutty malts are the backbone here, they carry caramel, toffee, orange peel, dark chocolate and a healthy dollop of Christmas spices but they are balanced perfectly. Cinnamon only comes through after a few mouthfuls. Brown sugar and rum sneak into the lingering finish.
Mouthfeel: The warming nature of the horse chestnuts and roasted malts help to add a comforting heat familiar to many from snow laden Victorian markets. This is balanced by spices and dried fruits which add some excitement. All this is nicely delivered through a carpet soft fluffy palate which has a healthy body.
Drinkability: I find that I can race through a bottle of this, but I never quite yearn for another one. Its a good solid drinker, but not really a session beer. Very enjoyable nonetheless.
Overall: It is always a pleasure to return to this Winter Brew once a year. Im not sure if I would pick this up in Six-Packs, I think there are perhaps slightly better Winter Brews out there, but this is an old favorite and one I always look forward to revisiting. Solid stuff.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2006 08:18:41 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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