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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4.18/5 rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a rich dark brown, almost black with ruby undertones. A medium sized tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a lot of thin lacing.
Smell is heavy in caramel and cocoa, a lot of citrus as well dark fruits, and a faint amount of cinnamon and ginger.
Taste is sweet chocolate, caramel, and toffee malts up front. The spices come through, especially towards the finish which all together makes for a really nice flavor profile front to back as the chocolate remains strong throughout. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.
Overall, a really good, balanced winter warmer, always worth having a few each year.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 04:10:45 | More by HuskerTornado
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 2,908 ratings.