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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

2,908 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,908
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 44
Gots: 102 | 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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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tan-edged brown with a 2-finger tan head with solid retention throughout most of the brew. Lacing is pretty thick too.

The nose sees those added spices giving a ton of lift to the mild roastiness- although no aromas of citrus and ginger, the character has a lot of brightness that, for me, doesn't seem to work. Aromas include bran, maple and indiscriminate tree fruits and nuts.

The palate also mirrors the nose with the added spices lifting the entire presentation, much to my dismay as I've found. Medium bodied, the mild roastiness gets brightened by a gingery freshness- flavors of chocolate, maple, bran and intense cinnamon- while the finish combines a bit too much sweetness with its citrussy lift.

Overall, not a bad brew, but really not what I'm looking for. A winter warmer, to me should have deep, dark warming flavors. The brightness imparted by the ginger and citrus made the brew a little schizophrenic. Not to mention the cinnamon was way too prominent on the palate and the finish was way too sweet. Maybe they should have bumped up the dry, roasted character on this one to offset all that I find wrong with it.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 18:13:22 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 2,908 ratings.