Sunday, January 1, 2012

Boston Beer Company's Old Fezziwig Ale

Sam Adam's Beer is made up in New England and people up there think it's wicked good but I don't trust a dang word that comes out of a Red Sox fan's mouth! But the Boston Beer Company are the outfit that brew all the Sam Adam's stuff. Boston Beer Company became the biggest American owned brewer in the United States when InBev bought Budweiser. You can say a lot of bad things about Sam Adam's but at least it's not brewed in Canada! But man, New Englanders are a rare breed.

The Sam Adam's line itself came about in the 1860's in St. Louis by some dude. One of the founders of Sam Adam's made up that old ass recipe in 1984 and him and two other nerds from Harvard started up the Sam Adams. The first place they had the beer available at a bar in keg form was in Jamaica Plain (for the locals).

Boston Beer Company makes like 25 different beers, though most of them have been officially retired or purely seasonal. They come out with the majority of them during the winter months and colder parts of the year.

The Old Fezziwig is better than I remember. I remembered I like it because Fezziwig was one of my favorite characters in the Christmas Carol. The fool-hearty fellow! You can see the stuff is dark, but it goes down the gullet pretty easy. It was a full-bodied flavor that you wouldn't expect from an ale. Definitely heavier than a few black lagers we've covered before. It leaves a little malty aftertaste in your mouth also; not over bearing though. This stuff will keep you warm when you are drinking outside cutting firewood for a fun-filled evening of Pictionary with your buddies. It has a chocolatey, bitter, nutty taste. A spicy, tang sure to tantalize your tastebuds. A taste so bold, that even Ebeneezer Scrooge would give you the night off to make merry with a few low class hookers.

I got the winter sampler for $10.99 for a 12-pack, so this deal is pretty rad; I mean it was good enough for me to throw my morals out the door and buy a Sam Adam's product. 6 Different beers also, variety is the spice of life! It's got an ABV of 5.9% and an IBU slightly less than 30. So man, you should just pick this up before the weather gets warmer. Because nothing is more fun than drinking outside freezing your tookus off!

Drinkability: 7/10
Taste: 7/10
Value: 6/10
Curb Appeal: 8/10

Overall: 7.0/10

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