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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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2,909 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,909
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 44
Gots: 102 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2001)
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Photo of skrib09


3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured a dark red/brown with a tan head. ok lacing but the head faded rather quickly.

smells malty with some of the spices coming through.

decent balance in the taste. i get some roasty malts mixed in with a hint of the winter spices.

a good carbinated feel if i let it roll towards the back of my tongue. good mouthfeel... roasty.

average drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 02:47:16 | More by skrib09
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note, this beer is much more enjoyable at cellar temperature. It loses most of its attraction in the fridge.

A- A festive deep ruby red with a light tan head that settles rapidly. Very attractive, but I wish there was a bit more head retention.

S-Pungent sweet malts and a hint of cinnamon and fruit.

T-Creamy sweet caramel malt and toffee and nuts with a very light hint of cinnamon. Spicing here is very subtle and plays into the holiday theme without overpowering the brew. A mild lingering astringent hop afterbite balances out the sweetness yet still allows it to shine. Very well done.

M-Creamy, smooth, Balanced carbonation, a tad lighter than medium but well done overall.

D-Very drinkable without being cloying or tiresome like some warmers. I regret that this only seems to be available in the winter 12 pack....Everyone says the same thing...love to have this one in sixers during the holiday season but I guess there needs to be some reason to sell that Winter Classics box. Probably my favorite SA brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 00:01:12 | More by caddybuyer
Photo of malcontent


3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, clear mahogany pour with a pretty darn good, off-white head. Looks nice.

Shows the same, buttery odor that a number of SA's lesser beers do. Buried underneath are some genuinely nice roasted and nutty aromas but no real spice notes to speak of. Isn't that the point of a winter warmer?

Once again, the diacetyl comes through more than it should. Fortunately there is a strong measure of nuttiness on the palate as well complimented by a combination of burnt and hop bitterness on the finish. I get a touch of gingerbread on the finish but mostly this seems like an amped-up brown ale. Not bad.

A tad slick on the finish but good body throughout and mellow carbonation is right for the style. In fact, it might have benefited from a bit less. Overall, one of the more drinkable winter warmers and one that could easily find enjoyment outside of the season.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 23:41:33 | More by malcontent
Photo of BirdFlu

New Jersey

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

Pours dark brown with hints of red in the light passing through and a slightly off white head. It resembles pepsi quite a bit, actually. Smells raisiny, chocolatey, malty.
Tastes sort of like an alt bier. Really malty and fig-like. Aftertaste is nice, a bit dry in the mouth. Aftertaste doesn't linger much. Mouth is slightly viscous but medium balanced..
Certainly the best part of the holiday sampler. Too bad its not available on its own though.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 16:58:21 | More by BirdFlu
Photo of VaTechHopHead

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

A - Nice medium brown/reddish color. Off white/tan head which holds shape most of the way through.

S - Quite complex...a little bit sweet, a little citrus in there, and a little floral. Individual flavors are hard to pick out but I get a little orange ad cinnamon in there.

T - Sam here, it starts off sweet with the caramel malt but then turns citrusy. It finishes a little bitter with a slight sweetness in there.

M/D - Not a lot of carbonation and a medium body. Very creamy on the palate and easy to drink.

One of the more complex beers Sam Adams has ever made...I wish they would sell it on it's own and not in mix packs.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 07:15:24 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of sonicdescent


3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a Holiday Sampler, poured into a pint glass.

A=Decent looking knuckle sized head that dissapeared after a few minutes, left minimal lacing.

S=Just slightly above average smell, hints of the cinnamon described on the label.

T=Probably the most interesting in the sampler, but no one flavor jumped out at me.

M=Smooth but not too thin. Probably the highlight of this beer for me.

D=I probably wouldn't have more than one of these in any session.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 01:45:45 | More by sonicdescent
Photo of Arbitrator


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

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Deep red/amber color with brown. Some carbonation. 1.5 finger head dissipates quickly, leaving a thin film on top and a ring around the glass. Lacing sticks.

S: Dark fruits, some molasses/syrupy smell, hints of orange citrus.

T: Toast, some hoppy bitterness on the first sip that brings with it pepper and cloves. Finish contains hints of citrus and revives the pepper, with a slight hint of alcohol. Later sips as the glass warms reveals that the bitterness balances well with the other flavors. A nicely mixed brew.

M: Medium body, light carbonation.

D: My first try of Fezziwig, on what passes for winter in California. Quite pleasant. I'd have more of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 23:14:07 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of phantomwyse


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

A: Reddish brown, the color of good red mahogany with what was a sort of disappointing head given the concentration of malts.

S: Rich caramel malts, chocolate powder, slight whiff of orange and brown sugar.

T: A nuanced brown ale, to me. Cinnamon, all-spice, and just a touch of orange liqueur come to masquerade themselves on the malty dance floor.

M: Light and dry.

D: Anglophile at best. It's like a Brooks Brothers suit, classic but just a bit boring when you get down to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 23:22:25 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of Rayek


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber color with somewhat active carbonation. Rocky off white head has very nice retention. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Dark fruits with a strong dose of cinnamon. A small amount of orange citrus can be smelled in the background.

T: Tastes of toasted biscuits up front. Bitterness comes on with a pepper, clove and cinnamon bite, plus a hint of citrus. Finishes with a lingering pepper bitterness.

M: Medium body is quite dry and has the right amount of fizz.

D: I really enjoyed this on the sub-zero night I drank it. A very well done warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 16:06:58 | More by Rayek
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Photo of JayNH

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
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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
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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
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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
Photo of Jwale73

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
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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
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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