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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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2,878 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,878
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 44
Gots: 92 | 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:
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Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

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

A: Pours a dark orange-copper-brown color with an short, yet stiff head that retains well and leaves some fairly impressive lace.

S: Orange and cinnamon, some caramel. Also a nutty character. For a sessionable winter warmer, it's solid.

T&M: Nice malty flavor profile with some fruitiness. A strong array of spices, though not too overpowering. The flavor profile is decent, but I think a bit more fullness would help things along. The mouthfeel is decent, but a slightly fuller body would certainly help things.

D: Drinks easily--solid flavor, light body, no extreme flavors. Definitely a more sessionable winter warmer. Another solid effort by Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 04:10:32 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of tconboy


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

Pours a dark almost black opaque amber with a nice white head that fades to a film. Less than average carbonation, moderate lacing. Nice aroma of light coffee, chocolate, dried fruits, and malt. Tastes malty, spicey, dried fruity, a little chocolate, fizzy. Flavors are more subtle than I anticipated. Very smooth and a little bubbly on the tongue. This beer has a nice balance of flavors and nice spices that really remind me of SA's winter lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 00:55:04 | More by tconboy
Photo of nrbw23


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

A- Pours a dark red color with a creamy head. Head leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Toasty malts, dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar and some spices. I thought this was a little bit weaker than I expected.

T- Roasted, toasty malts upfront, with some dark fruit notes. Hints of spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) Not to much of a hop bite and malts everywhere.

M- Medium in body and carbonation is fairly light.

D- I wish I could this one more often and not in the Winter mixer pack. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 22:03:59 | More by nrbw23
Photo of Surefire


3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid ale, but a little too much on the sweet side (IMO due to all the cinnamon, etc they put in it) to drink more than one at one sitting.

A: Very nice
S: Cinnamon, brown sugar
T: Cinnamon, brown sugar spices. Reasonable levels of malt and hop taste.
M: Fairly thick for the style, perhaps at the high end of medium body. Quite a nice amount of body in it.
D: Drinkable if limited to one per day. There is too much sweetness and non-beer flavors going on for me to enjoy more than one in a day, but it is quite drinkable in small amounts.

Overall, it is a solid brew, but definitely not one of my favorites from the collection.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 18:41:36 | More by Surefire
Photo of tigg924


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 05:53:39 | More by tigg924
Photo of StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a very clear reddish-mahogany color, with a three finger off-white head. A thin blanket of lacing was left as the head slowly subsided.

Smell: Clove, ginger, and malts. Almost no hops. Some cinnamon begins to come through as it warms.

Taste: A burst of cinnamon and gingerbread up front, into a smooth malty flavor. A nice bitterness in the aftertaste, especially considering how light the aroma was on hops. Definitely reminiscent of a Christmas cookie. Does taste a little watered down, however, and isn't as full flavored as I might have liked. That being said, it's good.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, and creamy in the mouth.

Drinkability: A very smooth, easy drinking beer, and another quality Sam Adams offering. My only drawback with this beer is the taste isn't as full as I would have liked, but it's a solid winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 19:33:39 | More by StarlightSeraph
Photo of philipquarles


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

Pours a clear burnt amber with a medium tan head. The foam dies down rather quickly to leave a film and some decent lacing. Spices are dominant on the nose, with cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg over a faint crystal malt backing. This is echoed on the palate, with the same spices, a bit of cocoa, and a dry, bitter, dark roasted malt finish. Very faint fruitiness in the background--I guess it's the orange. Decent, somewhat oily mouthfeel. Overall a pleasant beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 04:09:20 | More by philipquarles
Photo of scootny

New York

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

A malty, hearty beer with a generous holiday spicing. Clear and ruddy brown with a decent head and lacing. The beer gives cheer to the eye. Smells of toffee and cinnamon, roasted malt and lightly burnt caramel. Sweet breadiness follows. Major spicing hits the tongue with a big malt profile to balance it. Aromatic coriander and cinnamon as well as nutmeg. This beats eggnog for me. Caramel malts and sugariness. Crisp and light bittering cuts through the sweet to dry the finish leaving a touch of graham on the palate.

Very lively carbonation cuts through the thickness of the medium weight brew. A light creaminess against the roof of my mouth.

Easy drinking and smooth. A good holiday party maker.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 03:27:31 | More by scootny
Photo of stoutman


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

Not a bad winter warmer. Deep red-brown color pour with a foamy tan head. Ripe fruit, roasted malt, holiday spices and a touch of nuttiness in the aroma. Flavor is slightly sweet with all of the above characteristics. The spice comes through nicely on the finish. Smooth on the palate. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 23:18:50 | More by stoutman
Photo of Jablonski


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

Poured a bottle into a pint glass.

A: seems to be a mahogany color that turns amber when held to the light; small beige colored head that stays around for a while

S: the first thing I notice in the smell is the spices; there is also a nutty aroma and a hint of orange

T: dark fruits are most apparent in the taste with some hops; nuts are apparent in the aftertaste

M: carbonation is maybe a bit weak; beer is slightly watery

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 02:41:34 | More by Jablonski
Photo of whoneeds8


3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into pint glass dark brown with nice white head, average retention and good lacing. Smell is rather absent. Taste is very strong of ginger with citric acid feel. Carbonation is a little high and very evident. Which brings the mouthfeel down for a warmer. Overall, this is a very bland winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 03:13:45 | More by whoneeds8
Photo of zymurgy4all

New York

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

This beer pours a deep reddish brown that looks almost red in light. It has a nice tight small head that lingers. It has a caramel toffee smell. It has a nice taste of roasted malts, and some spices in the background. It is warming, and leaves the mouth with a lingering toffee like taste. Fairly easy to drink, and great on a cold winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 22:39:00 | More by zymurgy4all
Photo of RAdragna

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Sam Adams Holiday 12 Pack. This beer was different, in a good way. Drank more from the bottle, so I can't judge on appearance. Smell was invigorating with spices, toffee, chocolate, and some orange zest. You could even taste them with each sip of this brew. Aftertaste was sweet from the toffee notes.

Overall, a really good session beer. Something I would like to drink regularly every winter.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 03:48:39 | More by RAdragna
Photo of Dodo2step


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P- Beer Xpress in Harrisburg.

A- a deep amber and copper tone color. a fizzly head that hangs around for a bit. A somewhat sticky lacing but nothing major.

S- dark raisins and pudding smell. Caramel and toffee malt tones as well. orange and ginger hints as well. A very sweet aromatic and inviting smell.

T- spices shoot out in the mouth. Carbonated quite nicely. orange zest and toffee. roasted caramel malts. A bitter sour/sweet taste on the taste buds.

M- creamy and carbonated. Smooth and bitter yet strong on the spice in the mouth.

D- a good beer and a good drink. A nice case would work of this to drink. Goes back easy and a decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 01:02:19 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of errantnight


4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really what I want my Winter Warmers to be. A rich amber hue with a creamy head, medium to full body with a malt forward character with nice balance. Rich caramel and toffee notes melding with toasted malt flavors. Warm spices playing in the background without making the beer distinctly and noticeably spicy. Smooth finish.

Most years the Sam Adams Holiday Sampler is a fixture, and I make sure to claim one of these as my own. Hopefully this never goes away!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 07:58:36 | More by errantnight
Photo of damienblack


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

Pours amber, with a good amount of bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Thin head, but the bubbles make a nice pattern before it dissipates. Smells like Christmas spices and gingerbread cookie, in just the right balance.

Nice and malty, bready backbone balanced out by a touch of hops. Both sides in harmony. I get a slightly acetic taste that intermingles with the spices (which are pretty sparse, compared to some winter warmers, which is a bonus... the malt definitely carries the beer), it's not too bad, but a little bit of a slightly sour taste. Aside from that, there's a little zest up front not to be confused with the sourness, something like the orange or coriander you'd get from a wit. Rich and bubbly mouthfeel keeps things lively. Nice balanced medium body, not overly coating yet not real watery, either. Not the greatest thing ever, but a nice little session beer for the winter months. A shame it only comes in the winter mix 12.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 06:04:14 | More by damienblack
Photo of czfreeman


2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Number 3 from my Holiday Pack. Pours a dark copper toned caramel color. Head settles quickly.
Smells of malts, caramelized sugar,very sweet orange, touch of alcohol,toffee, raisins,dark Christmas Pudding, this is a very "English Christmas" beer in the aromatics,if you will.
Tastes of caramelized malts, slightly bitter toffes, candied sugars, a touch of phenol bite, no hops..but the holidays aren't about the hops! Finishes with candied orange zest and cinnamons. I don't know if I would call this a "Christmas cookie" drink, as about 50% of the flavors labled are tasted, but its a decent offering.
Mouthfeel is medium..But if you want my reccomendation for a Winter Warmer, drink Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome; Stone-Jolly Pumpkin-Nogne O Winter Ale, or Delirium Noel & La Chouffe's N'ice De Chouffeif you need some Holiday Cheer!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 04:36:43 | More by czfreeman
Photo of johnnieoz


3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer out of the ol' Holiday 12-pack. April (2009?) freshness date.

A: Nice and creamy head atop a dark, clear amber ale. Very clean.

S: Light caramel and a whiff of the added spices: cinnamon, ginger and orange.

T: Now you can tell it's a winter warmer: slighty sweet malts with more than a hint of spiciness. Very balanced.

M: Nice on the palate, well carbonated and medium bodied.

D: Could easily down several of these. The nearly 6%abv is near perfect for the style, warming yet sessionable.

One of the better U.S. brewed winter warmers available in a 12oz bottle. Too bad it's not available in a six-pack?

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 05:02:49 | More by johnnieoz
Photo of birchstick


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

A - pours a dark amber with a small head
S - smells of cinnamon, honey, and a bit of orange zest
T - tastes interesting. Very malty, with roasted and caramel malts sticking out. There was also some cinnamon and other spices in the taste as well.
M - thin but well carbonated
D - this is a fun beer to have. It has an interesting taste that keeps me wanting more. Too bad I can't buy this in a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 05:24:37 | More by birchstick
Photo of PatronWizard


3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another two bottle mini-session from the winter 12-pack.

Does the whole twelver look like coca cola or is it just me? Big white head. Settling at a moderate pace. Nice ruby burgandy shades in the light.

Smell is ... faint. I think I get a light breath of Vicks cherry cough drops. And tea.

Taste is ... different. Not a lot going on. Maybe some tea leave flavor and I don't know what else. Marginal.

Can a beer be thick yet watery at the same time? Probably not but that's my claim anyway.

The flavor is neither great nor offensive, so I could drink many, but I think I would opt for something with a little more pep.

Overall: next

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 20:27:02 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/23/08. Bottle. Pours a clear dark mahoghany with a thick light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and a hint of cinnamon. Flavor of vegetable stew and sweet roasted malt. Meh. I don't know what other people see in this beer...(however, the annoying little flies in my apt seem to like this so I'm going to use some to trap and drown them!)
7/4/5/3/12 (3.1/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 19:52:56 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of adamette


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle from the holiday gift pack into a clean, clear glass.

A Brown ale look with nice head which dissipates in a minute. Nice look

S Ale, some spices, nice brown ale with maybe some nuts, malt.

T Nut Brown ale with seasonal spicing, very nice. I cannot discern which spices are present but the ones that are there are subtle.

M Moderate with tastes, ABV.

D Really good. A really solid brown ale with spices.

Notes: Really glad that I had this and yes, it should be generally released (not just in the holiday pack).

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 16:33:53 | More by adamette
Photo of MarzenMan


4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark amber/black with a quickly disappearing head. Festive artwork.

S - Roasted malt sweetness with slight cinnamon.

T - Fizzy. Very sweet and nicely malty. Some chocolate but overall fairly mild. Some flavors remind me of a dopplebock :). Very little hops to be had. Finishes abruptly.

D - Very drinkable. A session beer. A red ale/malt flavor throughout. My favorite of the Winter mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 19:55:26 | More by MarzenMan
Photo of philbe311


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

A - Big two fingers worth of active fluffy tan head... Recedes to leave a nice lacing... Still bronze copper color... Translucent... Coats glass well leaving rings of big chunky bubbles...

S - Chocolate and cocoa... Malts... Caramel... Toffee... Sweet and pleasant... Perhaps a hint of orange rind...

T - Roasted malts... Smokey... A slight glimmer of hops comes and goes quickly... Dark fruit... Slight hint of nutmeg and cinnamon... Coffee... Hints of nuttiness...

M - Light to medium bodied... A little on the thin side... Creamy with lush carbonation... Coats tongue will with a constant and lingering taste...

D - Enjoyable winter brew... Not sure it's worth all the hype, but definitely a brew I'd look to enjoy once per season...

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 01:33:21 | More by philbe311
Photo of KOPBeerDrinker

North Carolina

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

Served in a pint glass from a bottle. Color is a deep ruby. Tan head of about three quaters of an inch formed. Decent lacing left as I drank the beer. Smells of plums and cherries, with caramel and biscuit notes. Tastes of rosted malt, with hints of dark fruits with spices. Also some nuttiness. Mouthfeel is medium. Easier to drink than I thought it would be. I think this is a pretty good seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 23:06:57 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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