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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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2,875 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,875
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 44
Gots: 90 | 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 hckyfn9999


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

Pours a brownish ruby color, with a nice creamy, off-white colored head. Lots of sticky lace on the glass. Aroma is of sweet caramel, fruit, and a touch of cocoa. Not a very strong aroma.

Taste here is of roasted and toasted malts and caramel. The cinnamon and ginger noted on the label are noticeable also, as well as the orange, which I am not sure I would have been able to pick out with out reading the label first as it is in the background for sure. Good seasonal beer here. I, as many others, would like to see this sold by itself.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 03:22:16 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of eporter66

New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle into a pint glass.

A - Brown/red coloring, 1 finger head that quickly reduces to a small ring around glass. Minimal Lacing

S - The malt is upfront with a hint of spice in the background (not picking up the ginger, cinnamon or orange in the smell), a hint of something sweeter, maybe molasses.

T - Get that malt sweetness, a little bit of sweet orange on the tongue, but not overly spiced.

M - Medium feel, light carbonation

D - This was my first taste of Old Fezziwig and I enjoyed it. I could easily have a few of these in a row. Pleasant, not overpowering taste, very smooth with the light carbonation, just right for the beer. I might continue to get the winter pack, as this and the Holiday Porter are very tasty beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 23:05:53 | More by eporter66
Photo of GreenCard


3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: color of dark-brewed tea, good clarity, fine-beaded layer of tan foam that slowly compacts, lace

Aroma: lightly bready with hints of ginger, orange marmalade, and rust

Flavor: medium sweetness balanced by a hint of coffee roast and an herbal hop flavor; not sure I really taste the added cinnamon, ginger, and orange

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, slight warmth in the throat from the ginger

Other comments: A fairly festive, OK ale but it doesn't really have that certain X factor that makes a beer memorable.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 23:03:22 | More by GreenCard
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
October 24, 2008

Pours blood red with a then head, dissipates quickly. Nose of malt. Little lacing. Tastes super malty, cinnamon, ginger, almost like an oktoberfest malt-wise. Finishes clean, smooth texture, decent palate, little carbonation. Thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 19:23:22 | More by Vendetta
Photo of Georgiabeer


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

I hadn't had one of these beers in years, and I've never reviewed it, so I decided to grab a 12 of the winter pack from this brewery and try one again. Pours a medium reddish brown with good clarity and an okay head that settles to a thin ring. Smells a bit like a wassail cup with malt, spice and citrus peel, as well as a bit of cherry. Pretty similar in taste, and there is a nice mellow bitterness throughout, as well as gentle malt and chocolate flavors. Very smooth and somewhat creamy, but there is also a touch of chalkiness in the mouthfeel and a hint of spicy ginger in the finish. Smooth and somewhat porter-like in overall feel, but a bit sweeter. I like this as an alternative to some other Christmas beers. Mellow and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 04:27:49 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of gciccarelli


4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Deep reddish-brown with fluffy 1 finger tan head. Good head retention.

S - Ginger, cinnamon, malt. Smells like the season...but not overly pungent. Could maybe use a little more power in it's aroma.

T - Best way to describe it has been said on here before - Christmas cookie in a bottle. Cinnamon, spice, nutmeg, with a slight bitter note in the finish. Overall semi-sweet.

M - Moderate carbonation and a silky, creamy feel. Leaves a nice residue afterward.

D - Very tasty, but I don't know if I could have a bunch of these in one sitting...

A very awesome SA offering - one of my favorites. It's a shame you have to buy a twelve pack to get it...

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 02:49:57 | More by gciccarelli
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours a ruby amber color with a slightly sticky cap of cream colored foam. The aroma is balanced with caramel malt, earthy cinnamon and some hoppiness. Fairly smooth and light to medium bodied on the palate. The flavor is sweet caramel malt with some more cinnamon and perhaps other spices common in the holiday season. Some bitterness toward the end as well. The beer finishes with a strange hollow spicy aftertaste. This beer is well balanced but still comes off a little peculiar to me. I would say hype and the exclusive holiday packaging is the genius of this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 02:40:14 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

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

A: A dark garnet-brown color with a rather large, rocky off-white head with good retention. Lacing is quite nice.

S: Ginger, raisins, and cinnamon mostly. A hint of alcohol and some chocolaty malts.

T: Roasted, toasty malts upfront, with raisin/plum notes. Hints of ginger and earthy hops balance what would otherwise be rather cloying sweetness. Some burnt and estery alcohol flavors in the aftertaste. Perhaps some dark chocolate as well.

M: Rather rich mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Almost syrupy/chewy at times.

D: This one's very tasty, but it's a tad gimmicky. For that, I probably wouldn't drink more than one of these in a night. A lot of people clamor for it to be released in sixers, but I feel that a lot of the charm would be lost in the process. I guess that's my way of saying it's a touch overrated, not that there's anything wrong with it.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 23:18:31 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of CityBoy1986


4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark red with a tall beige head. Decent lacing.

The nose is sweet, like brown sugar, and spicy (holiday spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg). The taste is, as I've heard someone say, a Christmas cookie in a bottle. Cinnamon and nutmeg are the two main flavours, and there is enough bitterness at the finish to know you are drinking a beer.

Mouthfeel is light with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high if you're a fan of Christmas cookies, as I am.

I agree with others that this is the best of the Winter Classics pack (glad I saved it for last) and would like to see it in its own six pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 23:47:29 | More by CityBoy1986
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New Hampshire

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

A- pours a clear reddish brown with a frothy head.

S- Bready sweet, slightly spicy with a faint hop note.

T- Starts off sweet and mildly spicy. You can taste some grassy hops in the background. A little smokey chocolate malt on the tongue. Leaves a hoppy aftertaste.

M-Very little carbonation. Body is a little on the light side. A heavier body would be an improvement.

D- excellent, one of my favorite winter warmers.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 20:24:22 | More by JayNH
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The appearance is glassy, cherry-red brown. Tall bubbly head, two fingers high. Deceptively murky.

The smell is dark cherry and berry. Sweet but with a hint of darkness. Decent balance of some caramel and toffee; roasted. More winter ale than winter warmer (if there even is such a difference).

The taste is a common winter ale flavor, a bit too sweet, with cherry and raisin. As it warms, some sweet caramel. A bitter German hop. Some cinnamon. The caramel is nice but it's an all-too-sweet combination.

The mouthfeel is creamy, chewy and at the swallow a tad sandpapery. Thick and decent. Altogether just too sweet for the likes of me. Cherry and caramel with a little cinnamon.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 04:01:19 | More by williamherbert
Photo of Flippindiscs


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

Good beer with a redish/brown hue. Lots of carbonation out of the bottle. Great mouthfeel with lots of caramel and nutty tones. Good beer beer for when its snowing. It came in a 24 case with random mixed beers from Samuel Adams. Nice having the choice of beers.

Would definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 01:53:47 | More by Flippindiscs
Photo of colts9016


3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a dark brown with a reddish hue. The nose is caramelized malt, molasses, a fruity note, with hints of spice. The taste is is medium body fruity with hints of citrus and hops. The finish is slightly bitter, but overall a good beer. I think that Samuel Adams made this beer fun to drink and enjoy during the holidays

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 23:18:18 | More by colts9016
Photo of schellsbeer


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

By far, the best beer in the the Winter Sampler this year.

A - Dark brown with a small head. Very nice.

S - Fruit, raisins, molasses, figs, brown sugar, honey, some malt, and some hops.

T - A staple for the winter months. I just wish they sold this as a 6 pack. Too bad it only comes in the sampler. I would buy more of it but not worth the price to just buy 2 for a 12 pack price. Nice though. At least this beer tastes like a winter warmer. I have had several this year that are truly lacking something.

M - Ok and average.

D - Good. Lower on alcohol than some warmers which makes it better. However, I would like to purchase this beer without it being in a 12 pack. Too bad Sam.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 04:05:33 | More by schellsbeer
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Sensory pint. Poured a translucent chestnut with a one inch off-white cap embedded with ringlets. Foam eventually receded into a band of bubbles around the perimeter and a soapy slick in the center. Some spatterings of lacing present during the tasting. Nose was malty with a touch of nutmeg, but also a little metallic. Malt, nutmeg, cinnamon and caramel revealed in the mouth with a light hops bittering towards the back; flavorful without being cloying. Mouthfeel fell between light- and medium-bodied with a consistent level of carbonation throughout. Easily one of the most drinkable Winter Warmers out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 02:16:31 | More by Jwale73
Photo of Spikester


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

From a winter brew pack.
Deep clear amber color with a one-finger off-white head. Good amount of lacings.
Aroma reminds me of Christmas cookies.
Taste is rich bitter earthy hops followed by the spice flavors with orange in the forefront. There are plenty of complex sweet roasted malts. With hints of cocoa, some coffee, and slight alcohol.
Mouthfeel is good for the style. Not too thick with plenty of body for my tastes.
Drinkability is better than average and with a 5.9% you can have more than one per session.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 01:03:21 | More by Spikester
Photo of babaracas


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

Pours a clear dark red, brownish-red. Smell: candy sweetness from the malts, orange-ginger is fairly upfront with cinnamon and earthy hops in the background. Taste: big malt sweetness - caramel and a touch of chocolate, but not overly sweet. Out of the spices, the cinnamon is the most prominent, moreso than in the winter lager. Drinkability is good as is typical for SA offerings. For a winter warmer, it could certainly benefit by being a bit heftier in every area.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 01:09:19 | More by babaracas
Photo of Ruslanchik


3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from a Winter collection 12-pack. The bottle is marked best by April 2009.

Old Fezziwig is a dark ruby-hued ale topped with an ample layer of clumpy off-white head. A steady stream of bubbles from the bottle of the glass gives good head retention and causes lacing to circle the entire glass.

The aroma is full of sweet notes. The typical Sam Adams malt profile is evident, but also cinnamon and other spices. You'll find just a bit of hop aroma hiding in the back.

The flavor is well balanced between hop bitterness, malt sweetness, and spicy accents. Cinnamon is the most prevalent, which is nice. None of the flavors is very strong. I could actually go for a little more taste from the hops, malt, and spices. The aftertaste is mostly cinnamon. There is no alcohol in the flavor at all. I would have liked for the beer to be a little stronger with a touch of warmth at the end.

This beer feels a little thin in the mouth. I could definitely go for a bit more body here. As it is, it slides right off the tongue. The gives the beer a clean finish, but is not as satisfying as I would like.

The brewers have clearly shown some restraint here, sacrificing flavor and alcohol for drinkability. It is a good trade-off as they have produced a beer that can be consumed in bunches. Not huge bunches, but you can definitely down more than one.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 07:29:45 | More by Ruslanchik
Photo of Greggy


3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a 1 finger thick tan/cream colored head over a clear amber body. No sediment is present.

S- Cinnamon, some nuttiness, chocolate. Very reminiscent of cinnamon sugar.

T- Starts out with some nice creamy nuttiness with some cinnamon, a bit of chocolate. The finish has some light apple notes and is heavy on the spice. (Much like I liked the bottom of a spice rack). Cinnamon, sugar, anise.

M- Pretty smooth carbonation with ample body. The spices can at sometimes be a bit out of place (and cloying).

D- This was an ok beer but there were little nuances that were out of place and just hurt the overall beer itself. Probably won't drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 05:25:32 | More by Greggy
Photo of GilGarp


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

Pours into a pint glass with a deep redish amber color, perfect clarity, but almost no head.

Aroma is definately winter warmer with nice spice and dark fruits. There is also something similar to a Belgian ale yeast going on in there.

Flavor is nice and fruity but bright and not too heavy. Nice layers of spice and fruit. Cherries, figs and raisins.

Mouthfeel is good for the style. Like I said, not too heavy, well carbonated, everything balanced and in moderation.

Drinkability is good but not something I could enjoy more than two of without switching back and forth.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 01:21:48 | More by GilGarp
Photo of jlb307


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

A: Nice brownish red in color, like cherry wood. Thick, tan head which retains for a good while.

S: Hints of ginger and cinnamon. Typical Christmas spices.

T: Somewhat sweet and yeasty. Fairly long aftertaste, but not bad.

M: Feels thick on the tongue, which shows good balance with the carbonation.

D: Very good and easy to drink. Definitely getting more before the season is out!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 20:56:10 | More by jlb307
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep translucent brown with garnet-red tones on the edges. Nice head leaves some lacing and retains very well.

S- Smells like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, caramel, and somewhat citric

T- Tastes sorta like it smells but some piney, semi-bitter hops become apparent and cover some of the off-flavors from the spices. Caramel malts carry the flavor from start to finish

M- Quite a nice, chewy mouthfeel fitting for a "holiday cookie" of a beer.

D- Drinks well, but nothing this rich and spicy can be "chuggable"

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 05:48:41 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of GoodKnight1220


4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

Deep reddish copper with a two finger head.

Smelled of malt and spice

Taste was complex with dark fruit, lots of malt, heavy ginger, and a good cinnamon finish.

Could through a few of these back to ease the holiday madness.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 02:07:22 | More by GoodKnight1220
Photo of ajmoody76


3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

twelve ounce bottle pours dark copper with a one finger tan head. clear. looks good.

fruity nose. sweet smell. makes me think of the color red. no off odors.

sweet malt base. fruity with a nice bite. pretty clean aftertaste.

mid body beer. good carbonation. drank well. i like this beer. i will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 03:20:18 | More by ajmoody76
Photo of HoustonTX


3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Old Fezziwig

Pours dark clouded ruby brown, with ample carbonation, but a weak head.

Aroma of ginger, chocolate and caramel malt, and oranges.

Taste is very assertive. Tingles the palate right away with a snapping spiciness(cinnamon). Residual sugars including roasted barley and dark chocolate. Spiciness midway through with the cinnamon being crisp and melding well with the chocolate. Ginger adds a twang, and the oranges are non apparent. Finishes with a sweet ginger note, with mild notes of light florals and spices.

A nice holiday offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 05:46:29 | More by HoustonTX
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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