Old Fezziwig Ale (Samuel Adams)
This holiday seasonal, part of the Sam Adams Winter Classics Variety Pack, pours clear brown with a sandy head. A roasted smell is most prevalent in the weak nose, along with some winter spice, mild licorice, and coffee highlights. The roasted malt character is also prevalent on the tongue, along with hickory and a touch of bitter chocolate in the aftertaste. Cinnamon is the most notable spice, but it’s more smoky than spicy on the palette, like a batch of Christmas coffee. Old Fezziwig is decent but a little bland for my taste, especially compared to the spice rack approach of Anchor’s Christmas Ale, although it should make for a fine cold weather, beef stew beer.