Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale

Brewer: Samuel Adams
Style: Winter Warmer
ABV: 5.9%
Country: USA, Massachusetts

Poured a dark ruby-red color that had a big, thick, off-white head. Aroma was sweet with a little bit of spiciness. Flavor was an intense sweetness, with some hints of spiciness. Nearly no bitterness to speak of. Some of the familiar Sam Adams biscuit malt finish that I've become accustomed to. Familiar slick medium body and mouthfeel.

Honestly, this is almost identical to the Sam Adams Winter Lager. The only differences are that this ale was a bit sweeter and I was able to catch some of the cinnamon in the taste. I decided to check the Sam Adams website to find out more about the two. Both use Two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, Copeland pale, and Munich 10 malts. Both use Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops. Both use Orange peel, ginger, and cinnamon as special ingredients. There are a few hops and malts different between the two, but I'd wager that these are 90% identical. Still pretty enjoyable but I was hoping for something new. B

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