Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by TheWhiskerReview:
3.33/5 rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a tan-edged brown with a 2-finger tan head with solid retention throughout most of the brew. Lacing is pretty thick too.
The nose sees those added spices giving a ton of lift to the mild roastiness- although no aromas of citrus and ginger, the character has a lot of brightness that, for me, doesn't seem to work. Aromas include bran, maple and indiscriminate tree fruits and nuts.
The palate also mirrors the nose with the added spices lifting the entire presentation, much to my dismay as I've found. Medium bodied, the mild roastiness gets brightened by a gingery freshness- flavors of chocolate, maple, bran and intense cinnamon- while the finish combines a bit too much sweetness with its citrussy lift.
Overall, not a bad brew, but really not what I'm looking for. A winter warmer, to me should have deep, dark warming flavors. The brightness imparted by the ginger and citrus made the brew a little schizophrenic. Not to mention the cinnamon was way too prominent on the palate and the finish was way too sweet. Maybe they should have bumped up the dry, roasted character on this one to offset all that I find wrong with it.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2011 18:13:22 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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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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