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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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2,971 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,971
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 46
Gots: 137 | 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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Photo of BeerMasterD
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear dark amber/brown with orange in light. A good sized offwhite fluff head with great sticky lace rings.
S- Cinnamon and nutmeg, malty.
T- Tootsie pop candy sugar, Spicey and malty, sweet with a faint bitter trace of hops.
M- A smooth medium feel and moderate carbonation.
O- There is just enough spice going on here for a good aroma and taste.

BeerMasterD, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of aggiearcher13
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle that's been in the back of the cellar since last winter.

A: Dark ruby with a great head, sticks around the whole time and leaves excellent lacing.

S: Toasty, some caramel malt, and spices that I can't distinguish which is a good sign.

T: Beery up front, which I appreciate in a spiced ale. Mostly caramel and raisin. Also some orange notes and dark fruit. Spicy, cinnamon on the back end.

M: Great body to this one, carbonation is spot on.

D: Most drinkable winter warmer I've had in a while, but then again it's august in Texas so maybe my perspective is a little skewed.

aggiearcher13, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of jacobseyb
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer, poured from the bottle into a goblet. Ruby red body with an offwhite head, about one finger worth. Smell is fruity primarily like a sweet grape or raisin with significant malts. Taste is much the same maybe even a bit sour. Feel is nice and warming with pretty medium body and appropriate carbonation. Overall very enjoyable and drinkable.

jacobseyb, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of LuthersMug
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - The beer's color reminds me of ice tea, but when it catches the light, a warming reddish hue comes through. A tan, creamy 1/2 inch head lasted for most of the beer.

S - The sweet caramel was dominant with hints of orange.

T - Roasted dark chocolate was the first flavor to come. Next, a sweet, creamy malt with caramel and other sweet flavor settled in. Finally, the beer finished with a spicy ginger bite.

M - The creamy malts were the best part of the beer. The carbonation was just right.

D - One was enough for me.

LuthersMug, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, dark brown with big off white head. Reduces to ring, with some clingy tan lace.

S - Burnt chalky malt, hops hiding up and around the end.

T - Rich deep dark malt, not enough hop to balance, IMO.

M - Medium body, good coat and card.

D - Surprisingly low ABV and therefore very drinkable.

srandycarter, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of bifrojm
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a beautiful reddish brown with a small head.

The head quickly dissipated, which sucks because the aroma is the best part of this beer. Strong hints of cinnamon, and other spices, maybe a little clove, over top of some nice sweet fruit.

Taste is sweet, malty and warm, with a touch of creaminess. Much of the spice aroma is lost in the taste, but it is there in the backgound, and adds some character.

Very drinkable, and a solid winter brew. I could have several of these in a sitting, but would probably move on to something else eventually.

bifrojm, May 19, 2010
Photo of CBlack85
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours an amber / brown color with a huge off white dense head, that leaves a little bit of lacing.

Lots of spices in the nose. Cinnamon, nutmeg, a slightly sweet fruitiness. Not overly hopped, but a decent hop presence.

Malty, fruity flavors are most noticable. The spices are not nearly as present in the taste as they are in the smell. I am able to detect some cinnamon and maybe a little nutmeg, but not much else in the way of spices. I actually get a nice hint of coffee that I wasn't expecting. Medium bodied and well carbinated (almost overcarbinated). Easy to drink and well crafted.

CBlack85, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of DNICE555
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a bottle at Mora and Josh's

A - A dirty rust color with head that dissipates into lacing which paints a good portion of the glass

S - Nice spices, cinnamon, ginger, fruit.

T - A nice spicy kick up front with some bitterness towards the end.

M - High carbonation in this fizzy spicy winter warmer. Makes my palate feel like it's in a warm cozy house by the fire on Christmas day while it's snowing outside.

D - One of my favorite winter warmer's right next to the BBC cabin fever.

DNICE555, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of jimj21
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle purchased as part of Winter Classics sampler twelve pack. Best by date April 2010. Poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangey red color. Pour produces about two fingers of tan colored head. Decent retention and fades to a small cap. Some spotty lacing. Not much activity in the glass.

Malty sweet aromas. Holiday spices. Cinnamon and ginger stand out slightly. Not much hop presence. I am picking up a little bit of citrus.

Tastes pretty similar to how it smells. Malty and sweet. Some caramel. Spices are present but blend together with orange flavor. Spices linger in the aftertaste. Not really any hop presence.

Medium bodied. Good level of carbonation. Fairly creamy. Slightly drying on the finish. A touch of warmth.

Easily drinkable. Spices are not overpowering in the least. A good beer for celebrating the holiday season. One of the better ones from the Boston Beer Company.

jimj21, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of jmfc8237
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Chestnut in colour w/ bone white lacing with mild retention and legs. Syrupy web around the galss that stayed for the duration.

S- Malty and spicy with a touch of earthy fruit

T- very nice spice and malt taste.

M/D- smooth and relaxing. easy to drink on a cold night

jmfc8237, Feb 26, 2010
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.

Mora2000, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a rather clear dark ruby chestnut color with a quickly disappaiting head that just leaves a thin layer on top. no real lacing to speak of. the color is nice, but the rest of the appearence kind of suffers. slightly above average.

the aroma consists of some sweet roasted malts, fusil solvent like alcohol as it warms up a bit, spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe a hint of citrus. a real faint woody like hop aroma. aroma mostly ruled by the alcohol and sweet malts.

nice flavors going on, non of that alcohol as the aroma suggests. sweet, roasted, chocolate malts. spices of cinnamon, and nutmeg. slightly chalky. maybe a touch of a woody flavor as well. perhaps from the hops. chocolaty finish.

medium body. decent carb. a little bit of a chalky mouthfeel, but not too bad in this department. good drinkability as well. but i prolly wouldnt session this. 2 or 3 would be enough. i wouldnt really seek this out again, unless it fell into my lap as it did this season as well as last (traded with a friend). but one of the more solid offerings from sam adams.

dogfishandi, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of bamadog
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerman207 for hooking me up with a bottle of this. Review is from notes taken on 2/18/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is deep toffee color that is highlighted by equally deep ruby notes; starts with a light tan one finger head that fades to a full and even skim; body is dark, but still clear and shows moderate carbonation; loose washes and spots of lacing stick around -- really a beautiful beer all around.

Smell: Smells of sweet caramel malts and light baking spices like cinammon and nutmeg, slight hitns of orange as well; smell is not especially strong though and I feel as if I've gotta pull pretty hard from my nostrils to pick up on it.

Taste: Pretty tasty overall -- the sweet caramal malts are nicely complimented by the baking spices (cinammon and nutmeg) and there is a certain bready quality to it as well that is reminiscent of pie crust; a slight juicy orange flavor is hidden in there as well; with the maltiness and spiciness, it almost reminds me of a pumpkin ale.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and the carbonation is strong enough to actually make it feel foamy; could be a little thicker and chewier, but overall it's quite solid.

Drinkability: No problem getting through a couple of these in a night - a great winter warmer from a solid brewery.

bamadog, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Chestnut brown, deep red amber when backlit. Minimal head, but alright lacing.

S: Malty, toasty and sweet backbone with fruity esters - predominantly dark fruits. Spices - especially cinnamon. Very inviting, almost cozy (now where is my crackling fire).

T: Malts come through more in palate. Caramel with hints of toffee, raisiny fruit notes, residual sugar (maybe a touch burnt), and a touch of chocolate. Distinct cinnamon and other spices too (but I had to read the label to tell which).

M: Medium to full body, sweet without being sticky. Spices contribute a drying effect. Medium carbonation, but I think it would benefit from a tad less.

D: A nice holiday / seasonal beer. Balanced and complex - with distinct parts but without being put together. Pretty good, but not a session beer for me. I would like it bigger, malty, more body....something more for sipping.

SickGnar, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of kimcgolf
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright amber with only a skim of a head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Aroma is strongly licorice and winter spice and as the beer warms, more and more alcohol. Mouthfeel is tingly and medium bodied, but the alcohol seems to overtake most flavors in the taste (which is hard to understand since it is only 5.9%). Finish is a little dry and non-memorable. Not a real fan of this one.

kimcgolf, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of showell
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I LOVE the appearance on this one. It pours a really pretty reddish brown with a nice off white head that just lasts and lasts. Very pretty, lol. The smell is nice. It has a hint of cinnamon. Definitely smells holiday. Tastes nice. It's absolutely a holiday brew. Cinnamon and other spices with a bit of malt flavor. Feels and goes down good. All in all, it's a very nice holiday beer. Hope to find it again.

showell, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Thur123
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear ruby brown color with moderate carbonation and very little head. The smell is a lightly spiced winter smell with cinnamon and maybe a little nutmeg...reminds me of the winter lager but with spices.

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Whoa, this reminds me of Coke and holiday cinnamon and caramel with a bit of a woodsy taste. Cola and a bit of cocoa are present as well as a kind of bitter cherry flavor. The cola hits me last in the profile and really kind of makes me want a Coke, which is weird because I don't really drink soda anymore. Overall the mouth feel is a bit thin but the flavor is nice and this is super drinkable. A holiday session.

Thur123, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best by date of April, 2010.

Old Fezziwig is an appealing mahogany color with a tight, tan head that retains nicely.

Holiday spices are definitely detectable in the aroma and they follow through into the taste. Spicing is balanced by a solid malt body that sports notes of toffee, figs, and raisins. Hops get out of the way to let the spices and malt shine. Finishes surprisingly dry and neither the spices nor malt ever becomes cloying.

Old Fezziwig is a pleasant holiday ale. The spice levels are just right and never overpower. My only complaint is that I'd like to see a little fuller body and more depth in the malt character.

bump8628, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of beerman207
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark reddish brown with an off white head.

S- Smells of caramel, some coffee, and maybe some orange/raisin

T- Malt is very strong along with caramel, orange zest, and a bit of chocolate

M- Medium bodied - easy to drink

D- I am very pleased with this offering from Sam Adams. I haven't seen this one sitting out with the single beers lately but found it in 12 pack of winter beers. This was beer #1 and if all the rest suck, it will still be worth it. Good winter warmer.

beerman207, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of Mardukk
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby red with a slightly offwhite head and lasting lacing.

Smells of cinnamon with other holiday spices and malt.

Countless flavors converge including cinnamon, allspice and lots of caramel malt. I'm loving this complex taste as I like slightly more malty sweet beers. There is a slight hop bitterness in the finish to help balance out the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy/thick with medium carbonation.

I find this ale to be very drinkable as the spicy/malty taste is too good. Smooth drinking with no offtasting flavors.

This is one of the better winter warmers I've had. It seems a lot of brewers are afraid to make malty beers due to the hop crazy craft beer crowd, not SA...nice work.

Mardukk, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Nice clear ruby brown, tight, creamy, frothy off white head, stays nicely just under 1 finger, really sticks to top of glass, decent lace throughout

S: Smells like roasted caramel malt and spicy gingerbread, definitely like a spicy Christmas cookie

T: Starts again with toasted malt, then has a very earthy hop taste when combined with those spices, much less bready than smell though, don't really taste the spices distinctly, just kind of add to that earthiness

M: Decently thick, but not heavy, just full

D: Decent, tastes good, but for some reason just doesn't go down super fast for me

Notes: I've been looking forward to this one for a while and finally decided to buy a winter pack. I actually ended up liking the Holiday Porter better, however this one is good for its own reasons. I really like the smell of this one. If the taste incorporated just a little more distinction between flavors like the aroma does it would be amazing.

dpodratsky3, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of chicagoish
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A dark coffee,brown with an off-white head.

S- caramel malts, coffee smell with a hint of orange peel.

T- Lots of malty flavors (caramel, chocolate, bready and sweet) with a slightly smokey note. The warming alcohol is quickly noticeable.

M- Medium to full body with a nice smooth flow.

D- Very good, goes down nice. Lots of flavores combine well in this one..

chicagoish, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of travduke
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep mahogany body with a minimal head and lacing.

Smell: Weak spices. A little cinnamon, and a little ginger.

Taste: Bready, sweet. A little spice. Nothing really stands out here.

Drinkability: I'd rather not. It goes down easy but so does water. This isn't a good example of the style and I don't understand the hype.

travduke, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
2.3/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I poured into a pint glass to a half inch of light tan head. It is copper colored. I have to admit that I am hugely disappointed in this beer. From the threads it is supposed to be one of the better beers in the Sam Adams winter sampler. I have not found this to be the case.

As I poured it I immediately smelled caramel and toffee. The taste was pretty much the same. As a winter warmer I expected some spices on the nose and in the flavor. It leaves an almost gritty coating on my mouth and tongue. This is my least favorite winter warmer of the season. This is disappointing because Sam Adams makes quality beers.


buschbeer, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of theopholis
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Very clear, deep ruby with a small, off-white head that settles down quickly. Pretty much no lacing. No effervescing after just a minute or two.

Aroma- Strong aroma of old cinnamon. Smells like it ain't fresh either. Can detect a bready malt base with some toast notes in it. Lots of all-spice too. Not very inviting. Quite cloying actually.

Taste- Again....over-heavy on the cinnamon and all-spice. Once you get past that, there is a nice, underlying, toasty malt with a nice bittering hop background.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability- If they halved the amount of spices, this would actually be a decent beer.

theopholis, Jan 17, 2010
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 2,971 ratings.