Sunday, December 3, 2017

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)


BBD: 4/2018

2015 BJCP Category: 30C Winter Seasonal Beer (base style: brown ale)

AROMA: Cinnamon and ginger are prominent and create for an aroma similar to snickerdoodle cookies. Orange peel can be found in the background and offers contrast. Base brown malt is present, but has little distinctiveness of its own (not that it really needs it). No hops. No esters. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful chestnut/mahogany hue (22-27 SRM). Chill haze eventually clears. Large tan foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Spices are the most prominent component of the palette with ginger and cinnamon working well together. Orange peel offers an interesting contrast and mostly stays in the background. The brown ale base style comes through in the form of lightly browned and slightly sweet malt. Hops do not stand out, but do not not need to since spices do most of the bittering. Overall, palette is well-balanced and delectable. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; medium carbonation. Texture is soft and smooth. Spices and malts linger for a spicy/starchy aftertaste, though it is easily tolerable. Feels a bit stronger than 5.9% ABV; but with no alcohol warmth or flavor. Ideal accompaniment to a Christmas meal. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: One of the best mass market Christmas beers that exemplifies the style well. A fun holiday brew. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

NOTE:
See my 2008 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2011/01/samuel-adams-winter-classics-variety.html

See my 2011 re-review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2011/01/samuel-adams-winter-classics-variety.html