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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

2,913 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,913
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 44
Gots: 106 | 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.

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wescj

Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Color is clear, deep ruby red. Off white head is big and billowing at first, and dies down to a thin but well kept sheet atop the brew.

Smell of orange peel hits the nose right after oppening the bottle. Spices are well balanced. Aroma lets you know that this is going to be a sweet one.

Taste is nice and sweet, but I might like some more body.

Overall, this is a pretty nice beer. It doesn't knock your socks off, but it's good enough to warrent a purchase of the mediocre SA winter mixer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 01:07:18 | More by wescj
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep red-brown with nice lacing, a tan head.

sweet malty spice nose.

ah, now it opens up after a sip. cardamon? malty-spicey holiday cheer that isn't overdone. if i lived in the tundra, this could be a year round brew...a bit of hoppiness pops in to keep the sweetness in its place. excellent. rich mouthful of thickness and carbonation. yeah, this compares with the winter brew from SA very well. i'd session both of those back and forth.

p.s.
HEY SA!
take out the coastal wheat (too summery) and the cranberry lambic (too fall/springy)....and more of the other selections in the winter sampler!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 23:11:34 | More by mempath
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale poured dark reddish brown with no head and no lace. The color was very nice; however the appearance was otherwise flat.

The smell and taste were extremely sweet with hints of non-descript roastiness in the flavor, followed by licorice. It was very smooth and weak, with no real mouthfeel. Partly because of the watery feel, it was very easy to drink.

The spices in Old Fezziwig Ale are subtle, which is a good thing, yet it's festive, from the label to the color to the sweet flavor. The low alcohol content and drinkability make it a great holiday party drink. I would love to see the Boston Beer Company make this more readily available during the winter and not package it with some of the far lesser beers in the Winter Sampler.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 19:30:25 | More by MetalHopHead6
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CRichardsMN

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours out a dark amber with a very dense off-white head that settles to a thick film. Lots of thick lacing is left behind on each sip.

Smell:
Sweet, lightly roasted malts, a hint of hops and mild spice. I really like the balance, definitely not too overpowering.

Taste:
Creamy caramel, toasted malts, nuts, light citrusy hops, very mild spice and a light follow up of alcohol. Finishes slightly dry and bittersweet. Lots of flavor but not one outshines any of the others. Very nice.

Mouthfeel:
Very lively carbonation in this medium-heavy brew. Leaves a thin coating behind for a few seconds then falls away cleanly.

Drinkability:
I wish I had more of these than came in the winter sampler. Not too heavy, lots of flavor complexity and very satisfying.

Comment:
The last beer in my fridge after company this evening. This is a great nightcap. I also like it because it has much the same flavor profile that I look for in a strong ale without so much alcohol that it knocks me over.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 04:39:48 | More by CRichardsMN
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Brenden

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was part of last night's New Year's Eve festivities...

A reddish-brown brew pours into the glass, a thick, dense head of just over a finger settling on top. It remains for a while and leaves some patchy lacing on the way down.
There are lots of different spices in the nose, but they're not overpowering. There's a strong malt to support this one, one of the varieties used perhaps being chocolate. The spices make for a heady aroma, and I detect cinnamon, orange peel perhaps (definitely citrus but with a rind-like effect), and an unmistakable ginger note as well. Surprisingly, there's little sweetness on the nose in this winter warmer.
There's little sweetness in the flavor as well. This brew is carried by a strong malt backbone and the spices aren't meant to form that backbone, which is what some brewers fail to understand with this style. The spices make a very nice compliment and form a solid profile. That said, just a bit more of an accompanying sweetness might add something to the character. There's a little bit of not so much a smoky flavor but more of a lightly burnt bitterness in the finish. Otherwise, absolutely solid and well-brewed.
The feel of this one is smooth. There's not much of a crispness, which is better for this type of beer. As it is, the feel is rich creamy, great for the season and the style. The body is medium to full and carbonation is on the light side.
This isn't one to pick up if you're looking for a dessert beer after a holiday meal, but it certainly works if you want a good winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 16:53:24 | More by Brenden
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear dark amber with a finger of tan head. Ginger in the aroma and a little dark malt. Medium bodied. Cinnamon and ginger in the flavor. Some malt sweetness and a little dark fruit. Good spiced holiday beer, but one at a time is plenty. Not as fragrant and spicy as Anchor OSA, which might be good for some people.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 16:37:05 | More by homebrewhawk
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Rootdog316

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a nice dark reddish brown color, leaves lace on the glass, and makes a good head. It carries a malty caramel aroma that also hints of cinnamon, and spice. When tasting alot of the aroma comes through as the beginning of the beer is malty and spicy and the finish is more sweet with hints of orange peel, ginger, and cinnamon. Not a bad beer, certainly worth trying over the Holiday season.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 15:37:26 | More by Rootdog316
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olympuszymurgus

California

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

i think my dad has finally seen a glimpse of the light. variety packs of sam adams? i don't think i can really ask much more of him. dark red hue with a slightly offwhite foam. this beer reminds me of christmas. i mean, even if it wasn't christmas. caramel, cinnamon, a bit of ginger on the nose, and a whiff of the alcohol in there, too. smooth, lovely caramel, chocolate, and cinnamon delivery, soft finish. stays sticky, almost clingy in the mouth. like a lemur to my checkbook.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 04:18:53 | More by olympuszymurgus
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jeffjeff1

California

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My mom picked this up for me in the variety pack.

Appearance- dark red color, little head

Smell- sweet, spices, malt

Taste- sweet, spices, malt, pretty good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- prety good, I enjoyed it. It's a good winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 21:06:02 | More by jeffjeff1
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a small, off-white head that actually hung around for a good amount of time. Body is dark ruby and completely clear, very nice.

S: Sweet, caramel aroma is the most prevalent. Nice on the nose and very inoffensive.

T: Sweet caramel malt, with a light breadiness is what first comes through, followed by a finish that is a little dry and bitter. Overall, very smooth and easy to drink.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy texture, with average-to-lively carbonation.

D: Quite good, not too heavy, a nice winter warmer that is well-sipped on a cold evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 15:08:58 | More by berley31
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear ruby color with a bubbly, light tan foam that fades pretty quick and does not leave much in the way of lacing.

Nose is honey drizzled toasty malts with maybe a hint of ginger and cinnamon. Not overly spiced, which is nice. There's a bit of orange in there as well as some light fruitiness - apple pie and orange marmalade.

Spices come out to play a bit more on the tastebuds, but the beer still maintains a nice toasty and caramel malt presence. Ginger and cinnamon seem to be a nice beer combination, but I can do without the orange peel in a darker beer style like this - especially without some coriander compliments. It's pretty light bodied overall and an easy drinker for a holiday beer. One of BBC's finer offerings, but not at the top of my wish list for winter releases.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 20:39:40 | More by twiggamortis420
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mithrascruor

California

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber-red color. Off-white/light tan head of about 1 finger; turns into a nice film. Leaves nice lacing too.

Smell: Warm but subtly spiced malt aroma.

Taste: Lightly roasted malts and light spices (especially cinnamon) from this dark and rather warming beer. The flavor isn't too extreme, but is quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and relatively light mouthfeel despite feeling filling. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable with little to no taste of alcohol, and a session-able ABV.

Rather mild for a winter warmer, but I actually prefer it this way. Still a full-bodied beer, but a bit more subdued in the spice and alcohol than other beers of this style. Wouldn't mind having this in a 6-pack. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 02:45:22 | More by mithrascruor
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Ezone024

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark mahogany like a coffee table, not much head room,
smells metallic and cinnamon
taste's good with hints of vanilla and cinnamon, but it's not too much, it balances well with the malt backbone .
lots of roasted flavors going on in this brew.
drinks nice and easy helped out by the fact the spices aren't too strong.

nice winter warmer

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 02:26:22 | More by Ezone024
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HalfFull

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. pryoff bottle, best by March 2010. Pours a clear mahogany amber red in color with a hard fought quarter inch of off white foam which doesn't linger. Does offer some light lacing as one can pull a surface cap back with a bit of a swirl.

Caramel malt on the nose, bit of cinnamon initially. With some exposure and warming the nose improves somewhat as the notes meld, yet never getting highly robust and enticing. The beers best attribute nonetheless.

Sweet caramel flavor with a bit of an oily orange clover feel. Cinnamon and ginger on the finish linger briefly before being cloaked once again with a caramel cleanse. Mouthfeel is supported by a bright small bubble carbonation, a bit unexpected given the lack of foam on the pour. Decent drinkability but leaning a bit towards the syrupy side as there is less complexity in flavor than the nose might suggest. Bit bittersweet towards the bottom of the glass. Not bad, but seems to vary excessively from one bottle to the next.

---Revisit 12/15/2012 yields a slightly better pour as for head retention. Nose is more subtle and flavor doesn't linger. Sweetness is less evident leaving it a tad hollow. T/S dropped .5..

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 01:26:44 | More by HalfFull
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imanidiot777

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pretty dark brown with made a little red tint to it. Cream color head that stays for most of the drink and some lacing on the glass.

S: Malty, that is about all my bad nose can pick up.

T: Very malty, some kind of fruit aftertaste that I am not particularly fond of.

M: Pretty heavy in the mouth, could use a little more carbonation.

D: Goes down OK but don't like the aftertaste and it is really heavy. Not a bad thing if you are having one of course.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 22:16:47 | More by imanidiot777
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a perfect pint. 2+fingers of beige head with tons of structure. Decent amount of lacing left behind.
Deep amber color with brown/maroon highlights.

Aroma is musty, earthy with sweet malt and a touch of orange.

Flavor is bold malt, rich caramel and some cinnamon. Truth be told I would never say that I can taste ginger. I smell a touch of the orange and there is a touch of orange peel in the flavor. Very subtle and nice. A touch of molasses.

Really full bodied, velvety and it lays thick on your tongue.

Ok, so this is a very good winter ale. I would buy this if it was sold on its own.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 23:59:28 | More by Reagan1984
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rootbeerman

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Boston lager perfect pint

A: pours reddish brown clear. light brown finger thick head that fell on the first sip oddly, but is lacing in patches
S: sweet winter spices, malt, very faint citrus
T: malty sweet, the winter spices come in lightly, cinnamon, slight clove. roasted malts linger on the aftertaste
M: mild carbonation, coating
D: going down rather quickly, good Christmas night brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 03:53:03 | More by rootbeerman
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CMW

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a reddish brown color with noticeable carbonation and a fluffy off-white head.

S - Caramel malt, dark fruit, and some sweet spices.

T - Sweet spices upfront that beg of nutmeg and cinnamon. Definitely has those Christmas flavors nailed. Toasted caramel malt blends in nicely and makes for a perfect balance.

M - Creamy with a medium level of carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. I wait all year for the seasonal pack to have a couple of these. Great ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 17:03:40 | More by CMW
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams special pint glass.

A: Nice 1 finger frothy head that fades slowly with a lacing on the glass. Very clear copper reddish brown color showing all the nice bubbles rising to the top.

N: A nice red/amber malt aroma with some toasty malts, slight aromatic hops, slight spices, a creamy fruit and sweet fig newton like aroma.

T: Starts with a dark malty sweetness and some roasted and smoked malts. Theres a nice smoked malt flavor. A slight hoppy taste, but it's semi faint. Dark rich porter like flavors, with lots of maltiness. A slight spicy warming feel as well, and hints of spices.

M: Semi thick with good carbonation.

F: Semi dry, a little bit of the smokiness still, roasted malts lingering with a little bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 00:50:40 | More by jlindros
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JordonHoltzman

New York

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice bottle illustration.
I guess i gave it a bad pour, because there is no head to speak of, but I gave it an aggressive finish and it didn't gain anything. As for the color of the body. its a brown ale that is a cranberry red when held up to the light.
I smell cranberries and raspberries, along with a little ginger. can't pick out any cinnamon or orange from nose.
It tastes actually doesn't match the smell as most beers do. I do taste cinnamon, which helps knock away at the intense fruitiness that was advertised by the smell, which I like. I taste dried fruit a bit, as well as ginger. Caramel malt is there in the flavor as well.
There is a dry finish in the mouthfeel. The carbonation is good, and I get a warming sensation from the alcohol as I swallow, which I'm assuming is intended due to it being a winter warmer.
Its a good beer, that has drinkability, I'd have a few of these in front of a fire. Good seasonal brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 20:12:49 | More by JordonHoltzman
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pulled this one out of the ole' winter mix pack this evening for reviewing purposes. Had this for the first time last year but can't recollect the flavor very well.

Appearance- Pours a very dark translucent brown with a very nice looking two fingers of tan head on top. A good deal of carbonation bubbling up and great head retention. About a half finger of head sticks around for the entire time I'm drinking and leaves a ton of lace.

Smell- Huge amounts of dark fruit on the nose for me. Lots of figs, some spice mixed in, maybe some plum, and a lot of residual sweetness as well.

Taste- Lots of dark fruit and malt. Again, tastes like candied dates and figs primarily and comes across rather sweet. Lots of noticeable caramel as well, along with some cinnamon and other spices. Some slight warming alcohol on the finish. Flavor profile actually really reminds me of a bock.

Mouthfeel/drinkability- Mouthfeel is thick for the style and well carbonated. However, drinkability is not better than average at best for me, as I find it very very sweet in a tooth coating sort of way. Something about the way the flavors mix together for me.

Overall, a very solid Sam Adams offering. I couldn't have probably more than one or two though because I really found it to be too sweet for me to session.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 23:50:42 | More by boatshoes
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JTahoe

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice clear amber brown with thin tan head, scant lace.

S - Very light aroma, some burnt sugar and toasted malt presence.

T - Deep toasty malts with some dried fruit, burnt sugar, and sublte spiciness. Slightly sweet with a decent bitter background. Fairly muddled with no specific flavor jumping out much, but a nice rich traditional English style ale quality.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-light carbonation. Decent lasting finish with some bite.

D - A nice winter warmer, and definatly a sessionable for the style. One of my preferred Boston Beer offerings .

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 03:55:43 | More by JTahoe
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful brownish ruby with a beige head that has a skim retention. No lacing. Great clarity and color.

Hunting for the aroma, and it is hard to find. Is this possible? Some very light hints of toasted malt, but that is it.

Great winter warmer. Deep toasted malt flavors , with alot of burnt sugar. Subtle spices creep in (this is not the Harpoon gingerbread man and beer combo). Light sweetness with crisp bitterness, light fruit, balanced with some hop bitterness. Brown bread and just a hint of alcohol round his out. Great beer, even if you only get 2 out of 12.

Medium bodied but fairly long in the finish.

Overall, one of my favorite winter warmers. Haven't had this in ages, and can kick myself now as to why I've gone so many years without revisiting this. This beer might just be the reason to get the otherwise mediocre seasonal 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 22:30:41 | More by OtherShoe2
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown, with a small off-white head that doesn't stick around too well. Smell is malts and a little spicy. Taste is winter spices, ginger, orange peel, fresh bread, a touch of caramel, Christmas sweets. A pretty nice flavor profile but the spices are a bit over the top. Mouthfeel is good, malty but a bit too much carbonation. A little alcohol shines through. Drinkability is alright, a little too heavy for me personally to session. Nothing I'd go out of my way to get, but a good winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 09:07:24 | More by Chico1985
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is last years vintage, which has aged nicely.

A: Deep chestnut brown, tan head, retention is thin, but it leaves a little lace.

S: Fruit bread, caramel, roasted nuts & cocoa with a light cinnamon & nutmeg spicing. Enticing.

T: Dark fruit, caramalized raisins, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, roasted nut, cocoa, bread & toffee. There's some sweetness, but some decent bitterness to back it up.

M: Moderate body has some residual sweetness.

D: A little sweet for my taste, but at this strength it's one of the few sessionable christmas ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 19:20:49 | More by Derek
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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