Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.08/5 rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
#5 in the Sam Adams winter pack. Poured into a beer mug. As a side note, how the hell can I get into the holiday spirit when it's 60 friggen' degrees outside?
A: Dark brown colored body with a 1.5-finger light mocha head. Head retention and lacing aren't spectacular.
S: Hints of dank aromatic hops and spices (perhaps nutmeg?), not very strong, but nice.
T: Starts off slightly malty, finishes with a very (and I mean very) mild hint of English hops, while the middle has a prominent nutmeg and cinnamon note. As a rule of thumb, I don't like nutmeg and cinnamon notes in my beer, but I'll spare it from a lower score because A) it's not a strong flavor (that's good in this case), B) it does feature a nice flavor balance overall, and C) it paired well with the peanut butter cookies I ate. I could only taste the orange flavors if I really concentrated.
M: Smooth, with light carbonation. The body itself has moderate thickness on the tongue and goes down easy.
O: Well, like the Holiday Porter and Chocolate Bock, it's pretty average. I admit, I'm biased against nutmeg and cinnamon flavors in my beer (it's why I didn't like the Sam Adams Pumpkin Ale), but on the whole, this didn't blow me away. Still, an okay introduction to the style.
(Come to think of it, the Holiday Porter deserves better than the C I gave it yesterday...I know I enjoyed it more than this one. Expect a re-review)
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2011 00:47:06 | More by ThisWangsChung
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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)
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