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Old Fezziwig Ale

January, 2016
Judges Rating: 
94
Aroma: 
21 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
38 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Dark caramel candy combines with some cinnamon spice notes in the aroma. Roasted malt, coffee, and a little molasses make a showing as the beer warms. Deep brown in color with garnet hues, this beer is topped with a creamy tan head. Belgian lace decorates the glass through to the last sip. The flavor is a four-part harmony of dark caramel, chocolate, spice and roasted malts. A pleasant hint of molasses and smoke peek through just before the long roast and caramel finish. This beer is perfectly balanced with subtle complexity, and is not a big, boozy, overly spiced winter warmer, but rather it beckons you to relax by the fireplace and contemplate the season. Excuse me while I go pour another.

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