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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

2,970 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,970
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 46
Gots: 136 | 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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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Presentation: 12 ounce standard brown glass bottle with a shoulder embossed with a brace of “Sam Adams” text sealed with a gold colored crown cap. The main label is nothing like the generic Sam Adams offerings. “Old Fezziwig Ale” is in white text set against a gold edge red sash. A traditional looking and very appropriate intensely colorful Victorian cum Dickensian Christmas scene sets the backdrop. Described as “Ale Brewed with Cinnamon, Ginger and Orange” Has a nicked “APR” Brewery Fresh Date and a listed Strength of 5.9% ABV (which differs from the 5.6% currently listed on BA).

Appearance: The collapsing head projects deep down into the high rising foam cap that formed on the initial pour. Bubbled crusty looking lacing and a ¼” thick head. Supreme conditioning is very fine and lively but restrained and not unwieldy. Rich mahogany body has a polished dark brown exterior with ruby flashes from the perfectly clear body.

Nose: Warm nutty malts, roasted horse chestnuts and a toasty backdrop. Spices are evident but hard to differentiate or identify individually. Cinnamon does bubble under the surface with an orange peel zesty tang. Baking bread texture on the nose carries a heat, like mulled Ale. Boiled raisins, caramel and a little dark chocolate too.

Taste: Trumped up roasted and toasted nutty malts are the backbone here, they carry caramel, toffee, orange peel, dark chocolate and a healthy dollop of Christmas spices but they are balanced perfectly. Cinnamon only comes through after a few mouthfuls. Brown sugar and rum sneak into the lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: The warming nature of the horse chestnuts and roasted malts help to add a comforting heat familiar to many from snow laden Victorian markets. This is balanced by spices and dried fruits which add some excitement. All this is nicely delivered through a carpet soft fluffy palate which has a healthy body.

Drinkability: I find that I can race through a bottle of this, but I never quite yearn for another one. It’s a good solid drinker, but not really a session beer. Very enjoyable nonetheless.

Overall: It is always a pleasure to return to this Winter Brew once a year. I’m not sure if I would pick this up in Six-Packs, I think there are perhaps slightly better Winter Brews out there, but this is an old favorite and one I always look forward to revisiting. Solid stuff.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 12, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

oberon, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of mojohawk21
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

mojohawk21, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Turbo, May 19, 2013
Photo of ExtraStout
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

ExtraStout, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +6.1%

OhioBobcat, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +6.1%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Tiernan, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of tohe9384
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

tohe9384, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of J2L
4/5  rDev +6.1%

J2L, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Chuggnutt
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

Chuggnutt, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of wrycon
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

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

wrycon, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of kcc
4.75/5  rDev +26%

kcc, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Dmann
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

Dmann, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of MikeC144
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

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!!!

orbitalr0x, Jan 18, 2005
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

markallmon, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

chOAKbarrell, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

lordofthewiens, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

3HovsepiansBrews, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of warnerry
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

warnerry, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of BK2084
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

BK2084, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of WuAnquo1
3/5  rDev -20.4%

WuAnquo1, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Todd
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

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 =)

Todd, Jan 06, 2002
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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 2,970 ratings.