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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig AleSamuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,895 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,895
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 44
Gots: 100 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2001)
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Caj1

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a pretty nice surprise for a Sam Adams beer, especially with their winter sampler, which can often be hit-or-miss. I'd been wanting to try this beer for a while and now I relish the opportunity, since this is pretty good, especially by Sam Adams standards.

The beer pours a very nice and clear reddish copper brown with a good deal of head that takes its time to dissipate and leaves a great deal of lacing on the side of the glass and a good bit on the surface of the beer, along with a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Smell is a pretty standard winter ale fare: some malt, bread and yeast, and a little bit of gingerbread quality, and maybe some orange peel in there. Not incredibly complex, but it's pleasant.

Taste is definitely the highlight of this beer, as it should be. At the forefront there are some very nice butterscotch, chocolate and caramel flavors, also a bit of roasted hazelnut that lingers quite nicely long after the beer has been swallowed. Some bitterness and a little bit of burn follows. Cinnamon is apparent, and the ginger has a very distinct kick after swallowing that sticks around even after the nutty notes have gone away. Mouthfeel isn't incredible, but it's clear, foamy, medium-bodied and burns a little more than the average beer, which is perfectly fine for me.

If only this wasn't a seasonal release, because I could probably drink this any day of the year. When they put their minds to it, the Sam Adams crew can really come up with some interesting and delicious beers, and this one is no different. I love this beer, plain and simple, and I hope that you will, too. Grab some before the spring release comes (all too soon, I say.)

To good health and good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 04:46:38 | More by Caj1
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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 2,895 ratings.