Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
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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4.03/5 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)
85 out of 100 based on 2,798 ratings.