On the first day of Beermas:
Name: Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale
Brewed By: The Boston Beer Company
Style: Winter Warmer
Old Fezziwig pours a deep chestnut color that has a shadowy dark cherry color when held to the light. Clear in the glass with a slightly off-white head.
Nose is malt forward, dark roasted grains, dark chocolate and a hint of stone fruit. Spices are noticeable, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.
Big bold flavors in this beer, the malts come though with more of a toffee sweetness backed with dark chocolate. Mid sip the spices come forward, cinnamon and ginger with a hint of orange zest. The finish has just a hint of earthy hops that plays well off the spices and leaves you with a gentle dry bitterness. This beer has a medium to full body.
Overall I have to say I’m a bit surprised, as memory serves me this was not a beer I used to like, but obviously time has changed my palate. The beer packed with flavor and spice but everything seems to balance and in the end I’m left just wanting another sip. The beer definitely feels festive, from the label to the glass it feels like the holiday season.
The 12 Days of Beermas 2014
Day 1: Samuel Adams – Old Fezziwig Ale
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