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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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3,263 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,263
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 68
Gots: 322 | 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 jwinship83
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- dark ruby red color with a small cream colored head.

S- lots of spices. lots of ginger and fruit. cherries mostly

T- lots of gingerbread. reminds me of christmas. some cherry but not as much as i could smell. other spices in there too, i just cant name them. possibly cinnamon.

M- light to medium body with lots of carbonation.

D- an interesting beer with alot going on. i can see why people want this one sold on its own. i could drink more than one in a sitting, but not a whole ton. check it out if you get the chance. the winter mixed pack is a winner.

Photo of marcpal
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the Sammy Winter Pack. Poured into warm pint glass.

Bottle Graphic: 7/10. Got me thinking happy holidays.

A: Shimmering red color with a fluffy white head. Deep amber with tiniest visible carbonation after searching for it. It is what it is.

S: Truly smells of gingerbread cookie, and then I read the bottle. They are spot on. Definitive dried cherries like a dried fruitcake. Cloves and spices also present.

They should make scented candles that smell this good.

T: It may be the label or the thought of orange rind, this is the closest semblance to fruitcake, good fruitcake, Ive ever tasted in a bottle.

Brown sugar, candied ginger, cookie dough. I get everything but chocolate and love every sip of it. Im a sucker and will probably buy more of this mix packs and pawn off the lesser selections of the pack to guests- the ones Ive had arent bad but Im a bit fearful of the cran lambic.

M: Creamy and a fairly thick body. Sweetness plays on the tongue, aftertaste again of a cookie.

D: Winter warmer is a broad category that usually has be expecting something with fuel like Mad Elf but this one is mild yet still warming. It was definitely comforting with some fresh baked cookies.

It has taken me too long to try this beer. Im not entire sure what a winter warmer category really is but given that I cant depict myself sipping on this in July, it fits the bill. It is terrific, why cant they just pump out six packs of this or even 22oz bottles?
Merry Christmas.

Photo of soupyman10
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really tasty addition to the tasters pack. This one is just what a winter warmer should be. A fairly deep brown color with a solid head and a touch of lacing. Nose is super malty, caramel and toffee, with a bunch of spices tossed around in there as well. A touch of hoppiness, but this very much a spicy malt brew, and not a huge alcohol presence either. A solid mix of dried fruit in there. Body is medium with appropriate carbonation. I liked this one a lot. A good, tasty, fairly straightforward good winter-drinking brew. Overall, a very tasty beer, and an excellent entry to the winter warmer style.

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very beautiful dark red color that looks slightly purple in the glass. Head got very thin with some lace.

Moderate nose with spices and fruits. Ginger, orange, and cinamon.

Tasted like the spices with some dark malt flavors. The chocolate malt flavors really complemented the spice flavoring.

Very smooth drink all the way through. After the sip is a nice dark fruit finish. Very good drinkability. This had a nice full body but it was like a dessert; once you have a sip you want another.

This paired really well with ginger cookies, just like the bottle said. I'll have to buy another mix pack this season, suggestions welcome for what I should do with the cranberry lambic.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Samuel Adams shaker glass. Appears a clear brown/amber color with about two fingers of ecru head that dissipates to a thin layer within a few minutes. Smells of rich dark fruits such as cherries, and plums. There are also notes of cinnamon, ginger and caramel malt. Taste is bready, cinnamon, mildly spicy ginger, and cherries with a bitter finish. Medium in both body and carbonation. I look forward to a few bottles of this each holiday season.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

haven't had this stuff in ages, and never previously reviewed it. it looks pretty much identical to soda, has the same dark caramel color to it, as well as a similar style head. taste is interesting, but i remember the first time i tasted it, it was a completely new experience. the cinnamon and ginger really come through in the smell and the flavor, also an overall nice maltiness is present, just a real nice mixture of flavors, a really nice winter brew.

Photo of matt062286
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a glass tankard. Came as part of the Sam Adams Winter Classics 12 pack.

Appearance - Deep golden, reddish brown with a short, tan colored head that dissipates quickly and maintains a bit around the edges. Decent lacing as well.

Smell - rustic with a subtle note of the malt.

Taste - A bit sweet with a hint of maple syrup. Some hints of citrus fruit, and a slight aftertaste of coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel - A bit thick and syrupy, which causes it to stick in the mouth for a bit after drinking. Decent amount of carbonation which results in a hearty belch.

Drinkability - Even though this beer is classified as a winter warmer, it tastes to me more like a bock. In that case, I think there are better options out there. Not much of a session beer for me due to the thick aftertaste and overall heaviness. All in all, not bad; Sam Adams has yet to miss it's mark, other than the Black Lager ;)

Photo of bum732
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper red, not much head. Smell is strong with orange, cinnamon, vanilla and sweet malt. Taste has orange up front and bitter orange rind at the end. Nice sweet profile throughout, ends sweet but bitter. Mouthfeel is creamy and rich.

Very good beer, fits the classic winter warmer profile. Orange bitterness near the end drags down the drinkability a tad, but still very nice.

Photo of KeefD
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber brown color with red highlights. Head is minimal on this one and lacing is sparse. Spicy aroma, notes of cinnamon and orange peel with a light citrus aroma in the background. Flavor has a nice spicy quality, lots of caramel malt, hints of chocolate and orange. Somewhat sweet, bitter in the middle, and dry on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, slick and semi-chewy. I liked this winter warmer, and like most BAs, I wish they made it available in sixers instead of only in the holiday mixed pack, but I must say I enjoy the Winter Lager more.

Photo of beernut
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a reddish/brown color with AN OFF-WHITE head that is full of bubbles. Aroma is malty, caramel, cinnamon and orange. Taste is malty, cinnamon with ginger, can't really taste the orange. This beer is awesome!! I really wish they would put a 6pk of this out for the winter season not just in the variety pack. Like it reads on the website, Old Fezziwig is the Christmas cookie!!

Photo of Biscuit033
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber with a large off-white head with OK retention and nice lacing.

S: Malts, orange/citrussy aromas, and a touch of mulling spices.

T: Cinnamon and orange jump out and are supported by a nice malty background.

M: Full but granular on the tongue with a long but clean spicy finish.

D: This is a fine example of a spiced winter warmer. Both the spices and the beer blend well and play their parts well.

Photo of Proteus93
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: New penny copper, crisp and clear. A golden coloured head with decent retention, leaving a creamy little layer to sheet the brew.

S: Nice, warm malts complemented nicely by the spices added.

T: Cinnamon is a big spice on the palate. Notes of ginger, as well, but cookie-like. Nice, smooth, and malty, with a big spicy finish.

M: Sparkling with a medium body, and a bit of a dustiness passing by as it goes down.

D: While it's not a big booze-bomb, I find the flavour to get a little intense over the course of the glass, so it does make for a better sipper. Not too shabby, though!

Photo of bigdeuce
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent "winter warmer". It is actually a WINTER WARMER, also, unlike many phoneys that slap the title 'winter warmer' on their beer at this time of year. Smells of roasted nuts, caramel, and cinnamon. Tastes of the same, very nice flavorful beer, one of the best warmers you can find. Filling in nature and has some nice juicy twinge of hops on the back. A dry warming alcohol flows through. Probably could have been another percent higher in alcohol and kept the balance.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with a dark rocky head.

Smell is full of spices like cinnamon, clove, ginger, Like a christmas candle.

Taste is creamy and buttery malt with brown sugar, spices, and a bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Drinkability is high. I really liked this beer from SA.

Photo of tommy78
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nice dark copper color with a thin head

S - fruity and malty; immediately could smell ginger and citrus aromas as the beer poured out of the bottle

T - very spicy; combination of cinnamon and the citrus detected in the aroma

M - serious body; quite intense at the first sip but the beer settled in after a few

D - as the label stated, it def. goes very well with gingerbread cookies; i tried it out myself and I was pleasantly surprised. plus, it was cold outside as I drank it and it warmed me up well!

Photo of selecter70
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer & am excited when it shows up each year, but can not answer why this is not available on draught here in Boston. Sam Adams could definitely do this & Harpoon has no immediate threat with a similar offering. While the head dissipates to lace after pouring, the roasted chocolate with a hint of porter-coffee aroma excels. The taste builds on this with a Christmas zest of cinnamon-ginger-cittrus spice, yet not too sweet. Nice dark, black-amber brew for a snowy night!

Photo of bolus14
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 2008 Winter Variety Pack

This poured a dark ruby like color with about an inch and a half head the dissipated to a thin film with lots of lacing down the glass.

Lots of spices in this, i'm not good enough to distinguish all of them but definitely some cinnamon and citrus. Couldn't wait to taste after smelling.

After my first sip... I love this beer!!!! To me it taste like a beer with thin creaminess like marshmallows in hot chocolate with roasted chocolate malt. The cinnamon and other spices make it slightly sweet but very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is nice. Just right on the carbonation and thickness.

Very much a drinkable beer. After reading other reviews I wondered if I'd like this one but now I agree with most.

They really need to offer this as a sixer or in twelves all year long. Of course a name change would be ideal for year round.

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

Appearance: Dark ruby color which is clear, with small head that disappears quickly. The color shimmers well in the light.

Aroma: Cinnamon, some ginger, mild on citrus, and an array of spices. Also can detect the chocolate and toasted malts

Taste: Chocolate, and sweet malts. The spices (notably cinnamon) comes through in the finish. Everything is just the right amount. Ends up not dominating on any of the various flavors.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium bodied. The malts give it a nice touch too. Goes down great, the cinnamon makes it a little sharper, but not in a bad way.

Drinkability: This is easy enough to drink, and it does do well for a cold night. I could come back to this often.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12-ounce botlle with Mr. Fez tipping his cap to a courtly lady, poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a clear, dark reddish-copper body capped with two and a half fingers of fine-bubbled, glossy pale beige foam. The head recedes very slowly and leaves plenty of fine-bubbled lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweetly frutiy with the advertised orange front-and-center. Savory toasted malts and a mild note of dark chocolate round out the savory armoma profile.

The taste is sweetly malty with more than just a kiss of mild orange. An undertone of creamy, succulent, somewhat chocolatey malts is layered with mild caramel and a slpash of unsweetened cola. A note of dusty, lightly drying cinnamon marks the finish.

Old Fezziwig is fullish in body, very smooth, and mildly carbonated. The drink is mild, easy, and very refereshing, and is without a doublt one of my favorite seasonal offerings from SA.

Photo of livingregret
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pured from a 12 oz bottle. Festive label on it...la di da

Appearance: Pours a lovely dark amber to ruby colour, sadly no head but plenty of lacing that last throughout the whole experience.

Smell: Sweet malt, a touch of the "warmer", and a little spice mixed in. Dried fruit? No real cinnamon comes to my nose but a big malt smell. Very nice

Taste: A very large malt taste up front followed by a slight roasted coffee taste. The hops kick in toward the end making it feel slighty bitter toward the end but it ends w/ the lovely alcohol that some also lovingly refer to as Winter Warmer. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, good amount of carbonation, the taste and feel lingers in the mouth. Very pleasing

Drinkability: I only wish I could have this year round...it is very tasty and I would love to pick up a few cases for the non winter season :)

Photo of bonkers
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. Old Fezzi pours a dark orange, some red hues, with a huge head. The head disipates rather quickly leaving beutiful rings of lacing. The aroma is of dried fruit. The label list the generous amounts of spices used, but I can neither smell or taste them. The malt profile is huge. The taste is of dates and raisins, a smooth beer. The finish is lingering, the malty sweetness holds. A medium bodied beer that is very drinkable.

Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber brown with a thin tan head.Decent retention and very nice laceing. Aroma is of sugar and spice with some fruit and alchol notes. Body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is of carmel malts and spice. Hints of burbon and fruit with a peppery finish.Very nice!

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear brownish-reddish-amber-caramel (lots of different colors show through when held up to light). A tight, creamy, eggshell-colored head sits atop and retains nicely. Not much lace to speak of.

Smell: Caramelized malts, red berries, brown sugar, and astringent alcohol.

Taste: Caramel, bourbon, spices, and some black pepper. Heavily malted and yummy.

Mouthfeel: Really creamy, chewy, somewhat dry, and lightly carbonated. Medium body.

Drinkability: Couldn't imagine myself getting tired of this, especially if it's cold outside. Reminds Wiseman Justin of FW DBA in this category. Nick gives it a 4.0; Justin gives it a 4.5 -> Justin wins since he bought it.

Photo of jjanega08
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= dark amber color with a 2 finger head that falls quickly and leaves a very small amount of lacing
S= ginger up front, some nutmeg toasted malts and carmel
T= ginger carmel toasted malts and a little hint of citus that I couldn't smell
M= good nice carbonation a little sticky on the lips
D= decent I like it enough to drink a few but I would want something more complex

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am glad to try this one again after many years.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This winter warmer is a beautiful dark auburn color that goes ruby red when held up to some light. Light tan head does not last long, and leaves no lacing, but there is still a desirable looking film of head atop the beer.

Aroma of roasted, dark malts, some caramel sweetness, mild ginger spicing. The spices are subtle, sitting behind the roasted malt/dark fruit nose and backing it up nicely. Taste of dark malts, a mild citrus and spice, a fleeting fruity bitterness if there can be such a thing.

Nice body, good carbonation leading to a great overall feel. I like this warmer. Seems a bit filling though so I probably would not run for another.

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,263 ratings.