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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3,300 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,300
Reviews: 1,349
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 69
Gots: 380 | FT: 0
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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

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Ratings: 3,300 | Reviews: 1,349
Reviews by circus_cat:
Photo of circus_cat
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown body with ruby red hues. Soapy off-white to khaki head that quickly dissipates to a ring. Minimal lacing. Beautiful color on it.

S: Smells like a pretty standard winter warmer. Very malty. Chocolate with caramel and toffee in the background with spicy notes. Cinnamon is most prominent. Just a hint of orange rind.

T: Very nice! Very well-balanced. I'm greeted with spices and orange peel followed by rich coffee and dark chocolate. Excellent tasting beer. I'm impressed with the sweet-spicy balance they achieve.

M: Full-bodied and a little sticky on the finish. It's a pretty big beer (not alcohol-wise necessarily--I think it's about 6%--but the body is just noticeably thick, in my opinion a good thing).

O: I really enjoy this beer--one of the best winter warmers I've had. I also really like the idea behind incorporating such a festive Dickens character :).

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jmc181
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Chuggnutt
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of wrycon
4.07/5  rDev +8%
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

Photo of Dmann
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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!!!

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of warnerry
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Todd
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 =)

Photo of twi1609372
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know why i found this beer wanting. It just didnt taste right to me. I like almost all other sam beers and i dont like to write a less than raving review on any of them, but i am guided by my concinse and taste. it was not a putred flavor, it was just a bit "off" from what i think it should have been. While not a bad beer by and definition, i would drink another sam over it.

Photo of generallee
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A best before date was printed on the label.

Appearance: The body has a deep amber color with a slight reddish hew. There is some visible carbonation that makes its way up to the head which has a light tan color and decent retention. Lacing is slick and quickly slides down the glass.

Smell: The aroma has soft sweet orange peel notes with some cinnamon and roasted malt.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor has a bready malt presence up front that slowly adds in notes of cinnamon, ginger, sweet orange peel and finally some mild hops. It has a good medium to full body and the mouth feel is soft, well rounded with soft carbonation.

Notes: Overall a very solid holiday beer from Sam Adams and one of my favorites in there holiday mixed pack.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

'07 edition - 5.9%

Pours a burgundy/amber color with a great frothy head that sticks around. Good lacing. Smells of holiday cheer! For some reason the aroma reminds me of my childhood around xmas. Taste is malty, some alcohol presence, cinnamon, ginger, hop spice finish. Dry finish. Decently drinkable.

Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps one of the most talked about beers that Boston Beer Co. has, right after Cranberry Lambic. Another spiced winter warmer but its limited availability drives the demand up IMO. Big towering densely rocky tan head from a hard pour, glowing reddish brown color. You can smell all of the spices used; cinnamon, ginger and orange peel … mild chocolate malt tone in the back of the nose. Smooth and creamy with a slick full body. Mild burnt tone goes away quickly as the malt sweetness layers the palate and the spicing picks it right back up. Hint of woody hop gets lost with the spicing. Finishes off semi-sweet with a vague chocolate flavor.

Spicing does not go too far, maltiness is big enough to hold the beer together. A solid beer all around and a bit of a conversation beer as well which is good around this time of year.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled a 12 ouncer, "purchase before dating" notched onto the label. Pours dark honey, auburn, clear. Low carbonation, minimal head and no lacing to speak of. Nose is smokey and sweet malt. Spiced with ginger and orange, with a decent amount of dark malts, this one seems to fit the typical Winter Warmer profile. Good to middle of the road winter sessioner. Respectable take on the style.

Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark amber, small head, medium carbonnation

Smell: cloves, dried fruit, black cherry, and a small hint of prune

Taste: cloves, cinnamon, brown sugar, spice, and black cherries

Mouthfeel: smooth, light and a little sweet on the aftertaste

Drinkability: I wish they made this all year, or put it in sixes...I believe it is one of the better thing Sam Adams brews...I could easily have a six of this

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this beer.

Pours a dark, reddish-amber color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is very nice with cherry, vanilla, spices and cream. The cherry is predominant. The flavor is very spicy with some ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz. bottle

Rich color, in my opinion it just looks spicy, which it is soon confirmed on your first sip

First thing you notice is the smooth texture of this brew. Incredible mouth feel and full body. Starts with caramel notes and moves to cinnamon and ginger. This is quite a spicy beer. Not too bitter though, you can really taste the "holiday" spices used.

Beer finishes with a spice and an almost floral taste, leaves you wanting another sip
I would recommend this beer during the colder months. It leaves you a bit warmer than when you started.

Photo of Byeast
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured a dark brown / mahogany with some red hues , with a small tan lace.

Smell: Some stuffing like bready malt with cinnamon and other seasoning like scents , hint of orange and ginger , some allsipce.

Taste: loads of interesting character! Fruitcake/ raisinbread maltiness , faint orange , hint of the ginger , slight cocoa, some cinnamon , bit of roasty character, bit more ginger in the end , and some balancing bitterness.

Drinkability: A good brew to enjoy during the holidays. Nice holiday themed flavors that would be nice with christmas and thanksgiving fare. Even though the flavors are different , i could drink quite a few.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was finally able to sample this (personally) much-anticipated offering. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the results. It poured a nearly opaque dark brown color with a transient tan-colored head. Supposedly, it is flavored "with a touch of" cinnamon, orange, and ginger. Not too much touching going on with this beer. Mouthfeel and drinkability were slightly better than average...but make sure it stays cold. It got worse as it warmed up. I'm glad I only got 2 bottles in the sampler pack.

Photo of jakester
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from the Winter sampler case. I drank it in a goblet. Expiry date clearly notched on the label.

Pours a crystal clear ruby red with a one finger head of beige foam. The head falls to islands and a ring, with decent lacing. Carbonation looks slow.

Aroma is wonderful cinnamon and orange, with notes of vanilla, and maybe even cotton candy. Gentle spicy hops are way in the back. This smells like it's going to be yummy!

Flavor is sweet cinnamon, caramel malt, a little orange, and spices like vanilla and nutmeg. The flavor is just a tad thin compared to the smell, but enjoyable, nonetheless. Aftertaste is spicy and sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, just slightly thin; refreshing for a holiday beer. Carbonation is soft, finish is shortish and spicy.

The body is just a little thin, IMO, for this to be a great beer. The spices are smartly understated, the hop character rightly low, the smell is wonderful, and the taste is very good. A damn fine example of a holiday beer, and I would drink a sixer of this anytime.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adam's glass.

Appearance: Dark deep amber color, a thin beige head and no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Cinnamon, carmel, sugars, chocolate, coffee, and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Full bodied, smooth yet thick. Taste of coffee, some cinnamon and roasted malts for the most part. Some roasted carmel and hops in the background.

Overall: Good winter time brew, very enjoyable on snowy days with a fire going and a glazed ham dinner. At least that's what I like.

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