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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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very good

3,265 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,265
Reviews: 1,346
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 68
Gots: 322 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2001

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jcartamdg
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red brown with a paper thin head that retains. Aroma of caramel and chocolate malts with a range of spices. Taste follows the nose, there is a lot going on here, chocolate, caramel slight coffee notes with orange cinnamon and maybe some ginger. Very complex for what it is. Smooth and easy drinking, no alcohol detected at all. Great surprise from Sam Adams!!!

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Continuing with my favorite samuel adams seasonal pack, the winter classics, my 50th review will be for this seasonal favorite.

Old Fezziwig Ale just screams holiday time for me, this winter warmer enjoyed in my st. bernardus goblet. It was cooler here last night, i think it got to 70! Nice dark brown color with hints of warming alcohol on the nose and some nice dark fruit in the smell. Very smooth as always this beer. Still tastes great after all these times i've had it. I'm not usually big into the winter warmers, but this one has always been a good one for me. Why o why don't they make a six pack of this for christmas time, i don't know. But i know on christmas morning i'll probably reach for one of these after my coffee is done.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Two fingers tan head. Good retention and lacing. Ruby-brown clearish body.

Nose is malty, sweet with orange and maybe raisin.

Taste follows nose, spicy, interesting. Lots of malt, some orange peel, cinnamon. Finish is slightly more bitter than I would've liked, almost metallic. Could be the ginger, which in this case, I think is misplaced.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard, not too prickly but not outstanding either.

Solid for the style. Not amazing, but good, inexpensive, relatively easy-to-find.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of TK5150
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear brown with ruby highlights and a beige head.

S- Molasses, caramel, oaky (smells almost barrel aged at first) orange, ginger. The oaky aroma mostly wafted off as I let the beer sit.

T- Malty sweetness and spice in the mouth, then finishes with orange, bread, and biscuits. Lingering spice of cinnamon/coriander.

M- Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation.

O- A very nice holiday beer. One of Sam Adams' best.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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

A: Winter warmer dark brown look, with a frothy winter warmer head. Color was that typically found in a winter warmer.

S: It had a rich winter warmer malt bill, with roasted chocolate and caramel malts. It smell like a winter warmer wrapped up in tons of spices: cinnamon, ginger, and orange.

T: This tasted like a mild winter warmer. It had a truly winter warmer-like taste.... Sam Adams profile to be exact, with a good bit of spiciness that reminded me of a winter warmer.

M: This definitely had the carbonation, frothiness, and spiciness of a winter warmer, along with the sweetness that only a winter warmer can bring to the table.

O: This tasted like a winter warmer... produced my Sam Adams.

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3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into SN snifter
out of the holiday 12 pack, $14.99

A: Dark brown, reddish-purple when held up to light. 1/2 finger of white head that dissipates really quickly and leaves a light ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is decent, hangs around

S: dominant smell is chocolate and caramel malts mixed in with spices, along with some oranges, cherries, grapes, etc. Smells like a dark chocolate covered orange or other fruit. some spices, definitely cinnamon, clove, nutmeg etc. kinda have to work to get to the spices, surprisingly

T: light chocolate bready malts mixed with a slight fruity taste and a good amount of cinnamon and other spices. finish is nice, with a small touch of citrus/grassy hops almost

M: medium bodied, carbonation is low, but expected. actually a surprising decent amount of hop presence on this beer.

O: Really nice beer. I drank this one on a warm-ish night, but i will definitely save the next one for a chilly night, because it definitely has a warming quality to it, and the spices and slight hops with the chocolate and sweet malts give it a really well rounded winter beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

A - Pours a red/amber color with a 1 and a half to 2 inch head

S - Cinnamon and Citrus fruity scents

T - The citrus/orange with a slight with of cinnamon is the most noticeable. The ginger is in the background a bit much for me to really notice it's there.

M - Initially spicy but goes down smooth with no aftertaste

O - Great beer that makes me wish I had it during the summer. With the overabundance of citrus/orange taste to this beer, it makes me think back to warm summer days. Could easily sit back and drink a couple of these.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,265 ratings.