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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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very good

1,345 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,345
Hads: 3,374
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 21.32%
Wants: 86
Gots: 439 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2001

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by Groomsy:
Photo of Groomsy
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from 2010 Winter Variety Pack, notched with freshness date of Mar. 2011. Poured into a pint glass. Review taken from notes during and after consumption.

Appearance: Pours out a very Newcastle type of brown but with some hints of crimson red in the light. A two-finger rocky white head tops off the beer and leaves some spotty lacing down the glass.

Smell: As good as this smells, I can't say that it necessarily smells original. Honestly, it smells like an amped-up version of some of Sam Adams other winter seasonal beers. Aside from the ample caramel malts, there are also hints of cinnamon and ginger spices, as well as some citrus/orange hints? Malts and spices are the order of the day here; low hop presence.

Taste: BIG caramel malts hit the tongue at first. Very sweet and pleasing, but not overly sweet or artificial. There are plenty of spices to follow as well, including the aforementioned cinnamon and ginger; the cinnamon takes the biggest part here and the other spices fade in with it. There's a tiny bit of citrus zest in the finish as well some hints of brown sugar. There's a very mild earthy hop bitterness to finish out the taste, but it's hardly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Big and creamy, no mistaking it. This beer's aim is to warm your innards on a chilly winter night, and the thickness of this beer certainly does it. It has a thick body, but the carbonation helps to prickle the tongue with some of the spices and finer flavors.

Drinkability: Despite the big body of this beer, its malty and sweet body would make it easy to drink several pints. Just be sure to handle it carefully.

Out of the Winter Variety pack, I think this is probably one of the best selections, but at the same time, it only takes the Sam Adams seasonal recipe - lots of caramel, big spices, low bitterness - and tweaks it some while boosting other characteristics. Maybe I'm just burnt out on the Winter pack at this point, but I still found this to be a delicious and wonderful beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight bitterness is there but not on the front end. I usually can’t detect the trace flavors brewers claim to use, but the orange in this one shines through. Bravo. Malty. Nutty. Smooth. Delicious. The only drawback of this beer is that it’s not available in sixers, but I digress. Like many, I’d drink this stuff early and often were it readily available.

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Photo of Jmc181
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer enough to buy a mixed case of Sam Adams for four Fezziwigs. Don't get me wrong, the others get drank, but I buy the case for the Fezziwigs. Wish they were more widely available as a stand alone case.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First time trying this brew picked it up in the variety 12 pack,pours a deep brown/red with a light but lacey head,the aroma is mainly malty with some light brown sugar notes.Taste is very raisiny and bready with a syrupy taste that lingers,a definent malt accented beer wich is nice.I think one of the better BBC offerings but not the easiest beer to drink.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of whit_knee_41
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Turbo
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ExtraStout
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams Turbinator glass.

A - Pours a ruby-tinted deep brown with a nice off-white head.

S - Smells of spice - cinnamon and a bit of raisin. Some roasted malts are present as well.

T - The taste compliments the smell with the cinnamon and raisin apparent immediately. Some dark fruit flavors and a nice toasted malt backbone. Some sweetness but not overpowering. A slight hop flavor is floating around in there too.

M - Pleasant, smooth.

D - Not bad for a couple, but the spice might wear on your palate after a bit.

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Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of tohe9384
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of J2L
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Chuggnutt
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear brown with garnet tints. Tan head, smooth, collapsed relatively quickly.

Smell: Spicy and malty. Hint of cinnamon; toffee; molasses?; maple syrup.

Taste: Brown ale with a kick. Black pepper at the back of the throat; bitter orange; cinnamon bark; chocolate malt; twiggy/woody. Cloves?

Mouthfeel: A little light, with a woody feel. Kind of wassail-y with the spices and orange.

Overall: Not sure what to expect with a name like "Old Fezziwig," but I thought it turned out remarkably better than I was expecting. A good holiday ale, not overpowering in the spices.

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Photo of wrycon
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks really sexy - a deep ruby red. Smells of deep malts, some chocolate and a hint of orange. Initial taste is fairly straightforward and plain, but then the different elements pop out. Toasty malt, spiciness and a slight tang. The flavors don't bump into one another, but rather dance in unison to create a unique and highly drinkable brew.

Like it? For Sure

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Photo of kcc
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Dmann
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer looked great out of the glass as it poured a great medium brownish color with a great white head that settled into a small foam on top of the beer. The ginger really came through in the smell as did the cinnamon. The taste of this beer was a little too on the spicy side for me, and did not do much for the palate. I would have to say this is very balanced as far as the spices go but this is just not my cup of tea(or beer!). Having said that though, this is one of the better spiced beers that I have had but I do not think I could drink more than one at any given setting.

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Photo of MikeC144
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear brownish red pour with a nice two finger head. Deep blood red comes through when held up to the light. A bit of lacing as well...nice. Sweet chewy caramel with cinnamon and hints of citrus on the nose.

An interesting blend of cocoa and caramel upfront followed by a healthy sprinkling of cinammon and nice spicy ginger bite on the back of the palate. A smattering of citrus and a bit of piney hops are in the mix as well. Quite tasty and a nice winter brew that's not overly spiced.

Medium bodied with a smooth, slightly creamy texture. Works for me! I could see myself having a couple of these, especially during the holidays. My fave Sam Adams brew as of now....why the hell don't they put this in sixers!!!

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Photo of markallmon
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one seemed much like a porter to me. It poured like one, with a rich, deep hue, and attractive head that took its time dying down.

The chocolate malts are out in force in the scent. You can also detect the orange peel slightly.

Again, the taste reminded me of a better quality porter. The caramel & toffee were noticeable, but not too overpowering. This was a very thick, almost chewy beer. Big points.

Robust & full of character! Perhaps the perfect follow-up to the disappointing cranberry lambic (which also comes in the Samuel Adams winter classics 12-pack), as it will totally take your mind off that previous beer. Too bad you cant get Old Fezziwig seperately. I would imagine it would be a brisk seller.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the Brewmaster's Collection. Bottle said best by 3/07. It was a pretty enjoyable beer. A reddish/brown color with a medium head. It had a spicy citrus aroma, with maybe a little caramel. Taste was mostly fruit (orange) with a little spice. Decent mouthfeel, and not so fruity that you couldn't drink a few.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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