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

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig AleSamuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,798 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2798
Reviews: 1310
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%


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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Groomsy

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3.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 21:56:42 | More by Groomsy
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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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