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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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1,334 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,334
Hads: 3,320
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 21.32%
Wants: 78
Gots: 405 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2001

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark red amber with a fine half finger tan head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet bready and caramel malt, cinnamon, allspice, gingerbread. Flavor follows aroma, with rich caramel malt, holiday spicing leaning towards gingerbread, light chocolate, finishes with cinnamon and light hop spicy bitterness. Really quite nice creamy medium bodied adds to the holiday festiveness. A very nicely made winter beer with holiday spicing that is well done and supported by the malt, which is selected well to support and allow light spices to be the centerpiece. Uncommon in my area, or I would add this to my winter holiday rotation.

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Photo of Slagpile
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My buddy asked me what I was going to try that week, and I said I was partial to an Old Fezzy. Found out the Old Fezzy's are only sold in the variety seasonal. My first impression was of a good cordial cherry from out of the candy box, chocolate, cream, and a cherry finish. Boston had brought back memories of my childhood, minus the alcohol, on spot feeling of nostalgia. This beer definately impresses me because the goal has met with the impression, for me anyway. All the notes of a seasonal beer have been met, hazelnut, cinnamon, chocolate, coriander and cherries. This is a good beer to share with loved ones on the holidays.

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Photo of RVigz
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A very dark nearly black amber with a toasted white head.

Smell: Very malty with a roasted chocolate smell.

Taste: This beer starts with a malty base and develops into toasted caramel and chocolate hints.

Mouthfeel: Super malty with good carbonation, balanced aftertaste of malt/sweetness.

Overall: This is a great winter ale that is super malty but finishes bitter/sweet.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark copper color. Clear. About a one inch head, off white. Little lacing.

Smell: Spices, citrus, cinnamon. Tiny bit of ginger.

Taste: I get a lot of spice and ginger at first. Little chocolate at the end. Not too much orange.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, mild carbonation. Easy to drink.

Overall: A great winter beer, dark in color. Good for a cold night. Great name. Easily drinkable. I would have it again.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark crimson color with little clarity. Nice frothy layering as the beer was drank.

Smell: bready, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, all spice, and candied orange peel.

Taste: Nice bready and caramel malts, spices, orange peel, and slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, chewy, and delicious.

Overall: Solid beer. So surprised to find it in draft this late in the season. I'll make sure to grab another.

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Photo of Boca-X
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased this ale in a winter sampler, 6 beers, 2 each. Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Nice nutty brown color with a hint of red on the edges. Medium head with some medium lacing.

Bready, malty, yeast and honey was the first thing I noticed on the nose. After my smell adjusted, the sweetness of the honey takes over with a hint of brandy or cognac. Very nice.

Perfect carbonation in the mouth, malty with a slight hoppy tang. Light, watery but creamy at the same time. There is a underlying hint of roasted marshmallow mixing with honey. Just enough alcohol on the finish to warm your insides.

Pretty decent "special release". Similar to SA Winter Lager minus the sour finish. This ale also has more depth and character than the SA Winter Lager. Old Fezziwig is perfect for sipping with friends or a loved one around the fireplace, cheers.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours light deep red with a one finger white head that dissipates but leaves nice lacing. Smells of spices and very slight fruit. Tastes of citrus and spices, especially a cinnamonny taste. Beer is nicely carbonated and light bodied, nice clean finish. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark purple brown, translucent up to the light with a short, medium mocha ring of head.

S: Cinnamon, some spicy Belgian yeast, sweet grapes, almost like ice wine, cardamom, nutmeg and sweet malt in the nose.

T: Sweet malt and grapes, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom and spicy Belgian yeast.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: One of the best beers I've had from Sam Adams, and one of my favorite festive winter ales.

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Photo of Caj1
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a pretty nice surprise for a Sam Adams beer, especially with their winter sampler, which can often be hit-or-miss. I'd been wanting to try this beer for a while and now I relish the opportunity, since this is pretty good, especially by Sam Adams standards.

The beer pours a very nice and clear reddish copper brown with a good deal of head that takes its time to dissipate and leaves a great deal of lacing on the side of the glass and a good bit on the surface of the beer, along with a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Smell is a pretty standard winter ale fare: some malt, bread and yeast, and a little bit of gingerbread quality, and maybe some orange peel in there. Not incredibly complex, but it's pleasant.

Taste is definitely the highlight of this beer, as it should be. At the forefront there are some very nice butterscotch, chocolate and caramel flavors, also a bit of roasted hazelnut that lingers quite nicely long after the beer has been swallowed. Some bitterness and a little bit of burn follows. Cinnamon is apparent, and the ginger has a very distinct kick after swallowing that sticks around even after the nutty notes have gone away. Mouthfeel isn't incredible, but it's clear, foamy, medium-bodied and burns a little more than the average beer, which is perfectly fine for me.

If only this wasn't a seasonal release, because I could probably drink this any day of the year. When they put their minds to it, the Sam Adams crew can really come up with some interesting and delicious beers, and this one is no different. I love this beer, plain and simple, and I hope that you will, too. Grab some before the spring release comes (all too soon, I say.)

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark maroon color with decent off white head and mild carbonation. Fruity spiced aroma. Tastes alcoholic even though it's only 5.9%. Mild malty flavor, no real hop flavor. Not great but not bad. Mostly spice and orange citrus notes. It's missing something.

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Photo of SylviaFaye
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Winter ale yields a dark ruby body with a lingering caramel head. The nose is very light with hints of cinnamon, cherry, chocolate, and figs.

The complexity and deepness of the brew are meritable. Baked figs give way to rum-raisin bread before culminating in a smooth, bubbly finish with caramel notes. The full-body foams in the mouth, tickling the pallet and providing texture.

This hearty ale would go well paired with heavy meals such as gravy-based stews.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost two fingers of taupe head. Airy foam. Rich rusty red color with a deep shade. Looks really good.

Malty red fruitiness and toffee with UK stylings. Dark sugars, caramel, and hints of red apple. Sweet wintry aromas with notes of cinnamon and orange rind. Slight whiff of the added ginger.

Rich toffee malts with hints of chocolate, brown ale notes, cinnamon, and orange fruits. Ginger and dark sugars. Alcohol is very subdued, but it doesn't carry warmer strength; perhaps, the most obvious flaw. I could use more oomph. This beer is smooth and tasty enough to handle it. Very soft bitterness is leftover from mild Noble hopping. Carbonation ruffles it up a bit more, but she's smooth and malty. A real treat this time of year.

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Photo of RobsVolt
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams glass.

A: Dark brown but some light is getting through here. About a finger and a half of dark beige/khaki, fluffy head that thins out after the first couple sips.

S: I didn't get much for smell here. Maybe some cinnamon and faint spices. Not all that impressive.

T: Somewhat bitter, cherries, some nutmeg, and cinnamon. After taste stays with you for a long time. Still tasting it now, 5 minutes later after the beer is done.

M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel, not a lot of carbonation.

Overall: A very good beer from Samuel Adams. I would drink again, or get a 6 pack to share.

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Photo of kaplunk02
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: poured a clear dark brown with a resilient white head which left a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of dark fruits (fig, cherry) and caramel malt.

T: Cinnamon and allspice upfront and then orange and ginger flavors follow up.

M: Smooth mouthfeel. A bit oily and very little carbonation.

O: This is a really great seasonal by sam adams. Its very dominated by the spices of the season and very flavorful but balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of Craigory
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle notched best by May 2014, poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a deep auburn/reddish-brown body, with a nice khaki head. That head sticks around to the end, leaving some splotchy lacing along the way. It's pretty.

S: Not much to speak of; the aroma is really lacking. I get a little chocolate malt and a bit of an anonymous fruit.

T: There's some nice malt bitterness up front from the roasted malts, followed by that still anonymous and aloof bit of fruit. Some generic spice follows; as the beer warms, the fruit shows itself as the bitter orange peel advertised on the label, and the ginger meekly steps forward for a brief moment before falling back in line as just another bit of spice. The beer is not complex, but the flavor is really quite nice, and the malt bitterness leaves a nice, long finish.

M: Moderate carbonation, medium body, but manages to really fill the mouth. It has a satisfying presence yet remains easy drinking.

O: This is another mildly flavorful, easy drinking beer from Samuel Adams. It's by far the least sweet offering in the current (2013) winter pack, and works well as an anytime beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the winter 12 pack
Pours a crystal clear dark brown color with brilliant ruby highlights at the edges and a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of toffee and brown sugar with a heavy handed attempt at spicing. Cherry, a hint of wet dog, and earthy herbal make up the rest of the nose. The flavor is dark fruity caramelized sugars with a hint of mineral water and a whole of spices. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Worlds better than the White Christmas I just finished, but still an over spiced beer for my tastes.

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Photo of Auraan
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear brown with a thin ring of off-white head. Nothing fantastic, but not bad looking at all. Scents of cinnamon, slight ginger and orange peel, some sweet malt and some yeasty funk. A pretty good, very sweet aroma. Taste begins with sweet, molasses malt, moving into some sweet spices in the middle, including a bit of cinnamon spice and finishing with more cinnamon spiciness. A bit of ginger spiciness is also present in the background, along with some orange peel, some dark fruit, mostly raisin, and bready malt in the middle. Spiciness is more present on the finish, ending the sip nicely. A very good winter warmer, with enough spice to make it to style, but not enough to detract from the malt. Well balanced and quite well done with a good variety of flavors. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Very nice. Overall this is a good winter warmer. I don't normally go for the style but this was a very good beer, balanced between sweet and spicy, not overly done in either area. Recommended.

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Photo of delta490
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-deep copper with a creamy light tan head. Good retention and nice lacing.

S- deep caramel malt and some dark fruit

T- similar to the aroma but with a nice earthy hops balancing it out

M- crisp finish and a full body

O- a nice, if not overly complicated winter ale.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours out a rich amber color with a brownish, strong and lasting creamy head.

S - Ginger with a hint of orange. Very pleasant.

T - An interesting combination of cinnamon, orange and ginger. The ginger dominates the finish.

M - Very rich and thick and creamy - good carbonation level.

O - This is a fine seasonal beer. I got it as part of a case of "Beers of Winter" and will certainly buy it again.

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Photo of Roguer
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, shines through with garnet when held up to the light, a fuzzy translucency. Pours a thick (2-finger) beige head which dies down to a thin film, leaving fantastic lacing on the glass.

Smells like a Belgian dubbel: dark fruit - figs and prunes - candi sugar, yeast, caramel malt, and spices. Very nice.

Lots of flavors appropriate for a winter celebration: dark fruit, light cinnamon, caramel malt, nutmeg, walnuts or pecans, prunes.

Lighter than a double, but smooth and lively, with a lingering lightness at the back of the throat (possibly cinnamon). Light (leaning toward watery vice viscous) but full-flavored.

This is a tasty celebratory ale, and is at a fantastic price point. Get this if you have the chance this Winter and try it out.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. May notched on the label.

A: Pours a clear dark amber brown with a slightly tanned head. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: As the label eludes, there is some spice to this beer. Cinnamon, ginger and the orange peel are all evident. A dark fruit aspect comes through as well.

T: Nice balance between spice and malt on this one. Similar to the aroma there is a nice ginger and cinnamon flavor to this one. A bit of sweetness from the malts.

M: Medium body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low to moderate. Finish is a touch sticky but crisp enough to remain drinkable.

Overall one of the better ones in the winter mix pack. Spice doesnt dominate the flavor and the beer isnt too sweet.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - ruby-brown with a creamy ivory head
S - malty and spicy aroma with cinnamon and orange
T - overly spicy, especially with the cinnamon. Bready malt, caramel, earthy hop, orange and faint ginger
M - medium body, I feel like I can feel the cinnamon on the palate but I think it's my imagination because I'm finding it to be too much cinnamon
O - not my favorite winter warmer. Not crazy over the ginger or the cinnamon...

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a longneck into a sampler. A moderate pour produces about 1/2 inch of frothy, light tan head. The beer is a medium dark reddish brown with plenty of carbonation and very clear. A very nice looking beer.

I can smell a little orange in the aroma, along with a generic spice aroma and a kiss of hops. Creamy mouthfeel with a bit of tang on the palate, along with some chocolate, nut, dark fruit, and orange peel. The spices are detectable but not overbearing, and everything meshes well. Bitterness from orange rind, chocolate malt, and earthy hops lingers on the palate.

I bought this as part of a sampler 12 pack for 14.99. It's fun to get these holiday samplers and I wish there was more variety in my area. This beer is pretty good, but nothing too special.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure what the fuss is about this one. Minimal head upon pour. OK aroma. Nice red brown color. Had to sniff a few times to figure out the aroma which is slightly chocolatey. Tastes ok and very light, somewhat sweet but not a lot of body. Slightly creamy. Can't detect much ginger or orange. I think I could drink a couple of these no problem. Was expecting a more complex beer upon reading the latest reviews. Again, not a bad beer, but then again, maybe I'm spoiled after experiencing so many other brews. A very decent beer that you can relax to.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A- Deep garnet with a good amount of clarity and a medium dulce de leche head that dissipates slowly.

S- Malty sweetness, some chocolate, toffee, slight Berliner Weisse-like sourness and slight spices.

T- Getting a real California Common flavor, light toffee and malt sweetness and a slight cinnamon on the back.

M- Nice medium/heavy mouthfeel, has a real creaminess.

O- This is one of my favorite offerings from Sam Adams. It has a full flavor and really good mouthfeel. I look forward to the winter variety pack each year mostly for this one.

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 1,334 ratings.