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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

2,940 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,940
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 44
Gots: 124 | 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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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - A clear dark ruby with a triumphant four-finger meringue-like head of off-white color. This head went nowhere for quite some time, eventually forming a marshmellowy mass in the center of the glass. Spider web like lacing.

S - Healthy aroma of orange peel, gingerbread cookie, nutmeg, and shortbreads. Smells inviting.

T - A Christmas cookie in beer form. Follows the nose with a sweet shortbread malty foundation upfront, followed by winter spices (ginger, coriander, nutmeg, vanilla, clove, and a hint of orange). Spice blend is nearly perfect, with no one spice overpowering. Some earthy hops bring just a hint of balancing bitterness to the finish, but make no mistake, the sugar cookie is center stage here. VERY tasty.

M - Moderately carbonated with a medium body. Mouthfeel compliments the other elements, other than that not much to say here. Wet finish.

O - I really enjoy this beer. Probably my favorite "regular" (large batch) Sam Adams brew of all time, and I'm glad to see it hold up in my "critical" review. What a winter warmer should be. I could drink this all year long. Maybe it will eventually come out in six packs, but knowing SA, they know people like me keep buying their WInter Classics packs just to get this beer.

11-28-2012 03:15:16 | More by TempeBeerMan
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

12-09-2003 01:53:39 | More by oberon
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mojohawk21

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-02-2013 20:45:54 | More by mojohawk21
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Turbo

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

05-19-2013 22:38:58 | More by Turbo
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

01-01-2011 18:16:34 | More by ExtraStout
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%

09-26-2013 00:54:31 | More by OhioBobcat
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npala86

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-07-2013 20:38:29 | More by npala86
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Tiernan

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-02-2013 03:34:49 | More by Tiernan
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tohe9384


4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

09-12-2012 00:30:24 | More by tohe9384
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J2L


4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-03-2012 22:44:51 | More by J2L
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-07-2014 00:41:49 | More by GameOfBeers
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Chuggnutt

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +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.

03-10-2007 06:10:12 | More by Chuggnutt
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wrycon

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

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

10-31-2011 00:27:01 | More by wrycon
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kcc

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

03-04-2014 18:01:30 | More by kcc
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Dmann

California

3.2/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

11-08-2003 12:32:42 | More by Dmann
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MikeC144

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-09-2014 14:51:35 | More by MikeC144
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

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!!!

01-18-2005 03:56:19 | More by orbitalr0x
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markallmon

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-17-2012 22:15:50 | More by markallmon
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

11-16-2005 05:27:14 | More by chOAKbarrell
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

11-22-2006 21:50:40 | More by lordofthewiens
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3HovsepiansBrews

California

3.78/5  rDev 0%

A - An opaque dark brown with a reddish hue and an off-white hue.

S - A nutty smell with some dark malts and some spices of ginger and cinnamon.

T - A little malt sweetness in addition to a little bitterness from the roasted malts. Again you get hints of ginger and cinnamon. There is a very slight bitter hop finish.

M - A medium carbonation and light body.

D - Really drinkable. Low abv and a light body makes it easy to throw back a few of these on a cold winter day.

11-26-2010 05:02:30 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
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warnerry

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +4%

Notes from 2/5/11

A - Pours a deep, translucent red/amber with one and a half fingers of creamy tan head.

S - Smells of caramel malt, cinnamon, and a slight bit of sugar.

T - Nice combination of caramel malts with spices of cinnamon and ginger and a slight bitter orange peel. Enjoyable.

M - Nice medium mouthfeel. The spices provide a bit of a dry finish.

O - Very enjoyable and drinkable. A nice holiday ale that is just a notch below Great Lakes Christmas, but I would love to see this in 6-packs.

11-11-2011 02:16:22 | More by warnerry
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BK2084

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

08-25-2012 03:06:34 | More by BK2084
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WuAnquo1

Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.6%

01-08-2012 22:32:35 | More by WuAnquo1
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Todd

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red-brown beer with an off-white creamy head, about a finger thick, that sticks and stays.

Smell: Aroma is raisiny with soft cinnamon spice. Some ginger can be detected, but it's very subtle.

Taste: Quite flavourful with a smooth and medium-bodied feel. Malty flavours are again raisiny (fruity esters) with a roasted character that provides further depth with notes of smoke and coffee. Sweetness is modest, but keeps things in check. Chocolate and caramel flavours are also present and blend nicely with cinnamon and background orange flavours. A hop bitterness begins to stand out, but is quickly overtaken by a very distinct tingly ginger spice. Finish lingers with malty notes, then the warming alcohol kicks in.

Notes: This is damn good winter seasonal IMO. Balanced to perfection, given everything that is going on. I just love this beer, and miss it dearly on its own. They should bring this back in 6-pak form. Or just bottle a few cases of bombers for me =)

01-06-2002 18:00:59 | More by Todd
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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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