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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

2,985 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,985
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 48
Gots: 145 | 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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trioxin, May 05, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

UncleJon206, May 31, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

Drk93TT, May 13, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

Longfoot, Dec 27, 2011
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

CrashOverride, Dec 25, 2011
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

Maurod4d, Jan 05, 2013
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

dwhitney, Jul 11, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

soxandbeer, Apr 12, 2013
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

spikechiquet, Dec 22, 2012
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1.27/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Pours a dark brown redish color. head is off white in color and dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S: Malty, toasted notes. Spice. None of which smells pleasant.

T: Pretty much undrinkable. Its very spicey but what spices? I couldn't tell you because it is so muddled. The malt flavor seems almost stale. I was extremely disappointed in this beer.

Mf: Heavy, thick, milky. Combined with the flavor makes this basically a disgusting beer.

D: I will NEVER buy this beer again. It was almost a drain pour but I managed to choke it down with a friends help.

Final thoughts: Avoid at all costs and buy something else from SA or a different winter warmer.

TheFlern, Oct 23, 2010
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1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

uziangis, Jan 13, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

spelletier, Mar 18, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

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1.8/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Tried this one at a recent Christmas party in which the host obviously purchased a few Sam Adams Seasonal Packs.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance was nice. Decent head. Reddish-amber color.

It smelled pretty good, the spices came through.

The taste was awful though. I was expecting a spiced holiday beer but the spices were just way off. It just didn't seem very balanced at all. I couldn't finish it. I got through about a quarter of the beer complaining all the way before a friend reminded me that we were at a party and there were plenty of other, much better beers. I dumped it down the drain, rinsed my glass, and picked a better beer.

gun1now, Dec 13, 2006
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1.95/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Personally, I found this to be a little bit of a malty mess. Alcohol (thought the beer isn't that strong) manages to muddle in with the caramel malt so it doesn't have a clear character. On the sweet side, with no bitter character to balance it out. I'm all for a "winter warmer" but honestly this was a bit like bad candy sugar. More alcohol to counteract the sweetness and a stopgap on the caramel would help this beer tremendously to become a true "Winter Warmer".

TheDeuce, Dec 18, 2007
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2/5  rDev -46.9%

mgernert, Jan 06, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.9%

seth72104, May 15, 2012
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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 2,985 ratings.