Sam Adams – Old Fezziwig

Tasting: January 5, 2012
Style: Ale (Called a Winter Warmer)

Do you know who Old Fezziwig is? If you want to guess – take a minute —

spoiler alert —

Old Fezziwig

You’ll remember in “A Christmas Carol”, Ebenezer Scrooge is taken by the ghost of Christmas past to an office party (of sorts) thrown by his former boss – you guessed it — Old Fezziwig. If you recall, he was a gregarious and caring character that had a zest for Christmas. Scrooge admits that he greatly admired Old Fezziwig and opines that his old boss had the power to make him happy or unhappy. For those that like to interpret books, there is a common feeling that the story is a statement against industrial capitalism of the age. Hmmm, not unlike some of the “occupy” protests of today.

Anyway, this winter ale comes as a single beer in the annual variety twelve-pack offering from Sam Adams. It was introduced in 1995 as part of this holiday variety. But, if memory serves me, Old Fezziwig disappeared from production a few years later. I’m not exactly sure when this brew made its comeback, but I’m pleased to test my fond memories against my modern palate.

Dark as a cola with reddish undertones
Yeasty/grainy and breadish first sip
Way too fizzy (old Fizzy-wig) and thin
Some nice undertones of nutmeg, raisin, but way too meek

So much for the memory — a very mediocre 72 points.

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