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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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2,967 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,967
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 46
Gots: 134 | 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 CityBoy1986
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

CityBoy1986, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of JayNH
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

JayNH, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

williamherbert, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Flippindiscs
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

Flippindiscs, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of colts9016
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%

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

colts9016, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of schellsbeer
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

schellsbeer, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

Jwale73, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Spikester
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Spikester, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of babaracas
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

babaracas, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of Ruslanchik
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

Ruslanchik, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of Greggy
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

Greggy, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

GilGarp, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of jlb307
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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!

jlb307, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

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"

EnojysAnyBeer, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

GoodKnight1220, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of ajmoody76
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

ajmoody76, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of HoustonTX
3.63/5  rDev -4%

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.

HoustonTX, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Deep, dark amber with a garnet tint. Two fingers of tan head rise with decent retention. Head falls to a thick cap with moderate lacing.

S - Great aroma. Lots of spice with ginger and clove sticking out the most. Some orange peel pulls through as well with other Christmas-like spices. Sweet butterscotch aroma from the malt holds everything together.

T - Very much in line with the nose. Butterscotch/caramel mingles with cinnamon/allspice flavor upfront with the sweetness gradually tapering off somewhat. Mid palate a sort of sourness comes into play with mild earthy tones. Afterwards the full force of the spices hit with ginger as the top note and a healthy dose of orange peel. Finish is semi-sweet and bready/nutty.

M - Near the full side of medium bodied. The brew gets a little watery in the middle but overall holds it's own. Carbonation is low to moderate, accenting the spices well.

D - A little spicy to have more than a couple of, but certainly a great way to start an evening. Very good beer.

PatrickJR, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of 6stringfunk
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Bottle from a Winter Classic pack.
Appearance - poured dark brown with little head. I suspect my glassware may be a problem, since I've gotten no head from the last few beers I've poured.

Smell - sweet smell of malts, toffee.

Taste - Malts, toffee and yeast. Some bitterness coming through on the end.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation with a medium feel and coating on the tongue.

Drinkability - very drinkable. I'm finding a don't care for hops too much as I'm new to beer, so this one is definitely good for me.

6stringfunk, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Sycodrummer
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint the beer was a medium chestnut brown with a creamy just off white head. Very still in the glass and some decent lacing throughout.

The nose is malty with cereal grains, nutty with hints of dates, figs, gingerbread and sugar cookies.

The taste is semi-sweet malt upfront with a nutty caramel backing. Sweetness gives way to spice: touch of cinnamon, ginger, figs, raisins, prunes, and gingerbread.

Medium body with a hints of a robust finish, but diminished a bit with the spice.

A solid beer but a bit to "spicy" from my taste. Not "over the top throw everything into the kettle spicy" but just a bit more than I care for. I like with the warm from winter warmers comes from alcohol and sweet maltiness. Still, an enjoyable session winter beer.

Sycodrummer, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of AChamberlain
3.78/5  rDev 0%

Bottle from Winter Pak.

A: Cool label, different from the basic Sam Adams packaging. Dark amber color. Thin offwhite head with delicate lacing.

S: Spices, vanilla, great malt aroma.

T: Almost a perfect aroma/flavor match. Exactly what I was expecting after smelling. vanilla and spices.

M: Smooth with a slight zest. Medium bodied.

D: Decent. Good overall. I have other winter

AChamberlain, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of Soozy
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

A-Pours a dark ruby color, very dark almost like molasses.

S-Smells like raisins, some spices, couldn't pick up on much else

T-Tastes like caramel and chocolate, a hint of spices. Nothing overpowering, a very well balanced holiday beer.

M-Low carbonation, smooth.

D-Decent, could only have one or so of these, but it's a nice treat to compliment the season. I'd suggest it to others.

Soozy, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of crayphish
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Everyone's favorite beer found only 2 beers per 12 pack. This winter warmer pours a deep brown liquid with a fleeting off white head. Lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet cinnamon spiced desserts. Fruit and nuts are also present. Taste is the above Christmas dessert platter livened up by a nice hop addition. Mouthfeel is helped a lot by the hop aspect, otherwise it might just be too full of a brew. That said it's still very drinkable and very enjoyable!

crayphish, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of Beerislife652854
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

This bottle surprised me (San Adams winter variety 12-pack).

A - Crystal-clear dark amber/ red with a small white head that laces the glass amazingly thoroughly.

S - Apples and pears.

T - Classic Sam Adams. Flowery hops, a bit sweet at first with a slightly bitter finish.

M - Slight carbonation, almost a silky smooth finish.

D - A lighter brew than most Sam Adams beers.

Beerislife652854, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of Matty1918
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a bottle into an Imperial Pint Glass.

Pours a nice dark amber with a nice 2 finger faomy head. A descent amount of lacing on the glass throughout the entire beer.

Aroma is of cinnamon, citrus and sweet malts.

The first sip is spicey...cinnamon with a touch of nutmeg. There is also a touch of hops...dry bitterness....This is followed up by a hint of citrus then sweet, toasted malts. The malts really finish the beer. Very nice and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is nice....good carbonation....not too watery but not to full.

Overall this is a well brewed beer. I wish they would sell this in a 12 pack. Go buy some.

Matty1918, Nov 28, 2008
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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