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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,244 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,244
Reviews: 1,341
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 66
Gots: 286 | FT: 0
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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 livingregret
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
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
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of quikfish13
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours copper and comes up dark ruby red. It also retains a very frothy tan head that laces and clings well to the side of the glass.

S: Up front Orange peel with some floral notes. Also ginger, cinnamon and brown sugar follow to finish off the aromas.

T: Faint hints of bakers chocolate, chocolate malt (with a hint on a more roasted flavor) and ground coffee come at the forefront. The malt sweetness hits in the middle and makes an almost bitter honey type of flavor. The "warmer" part comes at the end with a very nice alcohol warmth.

M: Smooth and frothy with high carbonation that warms as it goes down.

D: This style was never meant to be drank in excess quantities IMO. So to stay in the season this beer is perfect to enjoy a session with during the family holiday event.

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

A: poured a nice red brown with an off white/soda colored head. Crystal clear. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: this smells like christmas!nutmeg/cinnamon/cloves/honey/brown sugar and even some citrus hints.

T: a lot of the same smells follow through in the mouth. Almost a buttery taste to accompany cinnamon and nutmeg and cloves. There are a few citrus tastes that are there too. A faint hint of alcohol.

M: pretty middle of the road. Not terribly thick but balanced. Very smooth. Nice finish begs for another sip.slight alcohol warmth.

D. Very drinkable. This goes down easy and is perfect for a chilly night like tonight. I really like this and wish it was more readily available!

Photo of thespaceman
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Samuel Adams's Holiday Sampler Pack

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance: Amber/brown in color, a little clearer then the holiday porter, nice tannish head depleats but leave excellent lacing.

Smell: Ginger, caramel, dark chocolate, with a toasty backdrop makes this a perfect smelling holiday brew. This beer is like bottling Christmas and serving it. Refreshing to the nose!

Taste: Maltiness is awesome here, but not overpowering. Again, all the flavs in the smell pop out huge, the spiciness is paired perfectly with malts, not too much and not too little, this beer tastes excellent with some holiday cookies or even a nice piece of chocolate cake.

Mouthfeel: Not as creamy as the Holiday Porter, yet carbonation is well maintained, the body is full of richness! Not too heavy for an ale at all!

Drinkability: Is this even a question? This is SA's stand out beer that should be given to every beer lover to try. Even ol' Scrooge would enjoy this brew. It's really too bad they don't bottle these by themselves but I guess good things come in little quantitys. I could sit by the fire all night and polish these babies. An excellent offering that should be on Jim Koch's radar for more mass production.

Photo of kinger
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember enjoying Ol' Fezziwig back in college with my friends, pretty sure it was available in sixers then, now the only way I find it is by being part of the winter sampler. Nice dark amber pour, thick light tan head, and mild lacing. Aroma is faint but I can detect some sweet malt and cinnamon. Surprisingly creamy mouthfeel, smooth on the palate and well received. Flavor is a nice blend of malt and spices. A touch of citrus is detected. The cinnamon really comes through in the flavor as well. Thoughts of vanilla and ginger come to mind. Mildly spiced this is another nice winter treat by Sammy's.

Photo of beltyrion
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep reddish brown, tan head. Decent lacing

S: Orange, cinnamon, vanilla and some nutmeg

Mouthfeel: Rich and smooth with some hop character.

Tasting Notes: Spicy, with hints of nutmeg, orange and cinnamon, with a sweet malty aftertaste.

For my money, Samuel Adams makes no finer brew and I dearly wish they made this in 6 packs.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a redish brown a thin mocha head that faded fast. The malt dominates the smell, with the sweet and roasty notes. Hard to pick up the spices that are advertised (cinnimon, ginger, and orange). The taste is malty with some of the cinnimon and ginger showing through, but still dominated by sweet malt, but not super sweet. Aftertaste is spicy, a nice smooth finish. The mouthfeel is light, could be somewhat thicker, but still not bad, a decent balance.Drinkable

Photo of gpogo
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear deep brown, which held up to the light reveals a brownish red tint. Small tannish head that dissipates to a small covering. Leaves sparse lacing.

A- Rather weak aroma. Slight hints of roasted malt and very faints smells of ginger.

T- Seems rather weak on the spices, though as it warms they come through slightly. Nice toasted caramel malts.

M- Slightly thin, but with very nice carbonation.

D- Nice to style beer. Rather drinkable as I could drink a few of these in a row.

Photo of dmamiano
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of course, this one obtained from a wnter sampler pack. I am told its the only way to get this beer.
Beer had a nice spicy character in the nose. Hints of candy, gum and some orange or maybe a cinnamon stick slightly defined. Caramel malts also intermixed.
Malty of the palate with once again some spices coming out. Hops are there but not in big amounts. More on the malty side that is gently spiced with spices.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with cool holiday label.

Appearance: Bright orange/red amber beer. A hard pour produces a two-finger, dense light beige cap.

Smell: The aroma is much milder than I expected from a spiced holiday beer. There are notes of dark fruit, chocolate, and hints of orange and cinnamon. If there's a criticism, it's just that I wish there was a little more power behind the aromas; they seem a tad muted.

Taste: Here the spices come through a bit more. There's definitely an orange/cinnamon presence, though I'm not getting much of the ginger. There are mild toffee/chocolate notes in the background as well, along with a mild herbally hoppiness. Again, overall the taste just seems a bit muted for a spiced Winter Warmer.

Mouthfeel: Slick and smooth feeling, with medium body.

Drinkability: Fairly high, but due to the spice probably not something I'd session.

Conclusion: I'm really a bit torn. From years past, I remember absolutely loving this beer. Now it seems pretty good, but nothing spectacular. Don't get me wrong, it's tasty and festive (esp. as it comes up to cellar temperature, the spice notes come out nicely). Do I like it? Yes. Do I love it? No.

Photo of likethetaste
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful holiday brew. Just a perfect blend of spiciness and malt. Pours a beautiful chestnut brown color with a very good head that has great lacing. Just a good beer from pour to last taste. This just taste darn Good!!!

The Sam Adams winter variety pack is the best.

Photo of DarrellK
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I looked this brew up in my database and foud that I'd tried it when it first came out over a decade ago. I gave it kind of a B-/C+ (my system is different that BA, it's a 100 pt system). The 08 version did much better than the originaland is a compliment to a semi-mass producer like BBC.

The appearance is very clear and a dark copperish color to me (I'm color-blind) about 7.5 with 10 being stout.REgardless it's lovely.

Compared to the original the nose is very pronounced. I know the bottle says cinnamo, ginger and orange but both nose and finish come off as a raisiny of maybe dates.

The mouth is not bad but compared to the other characteristics it is , while not thin, just not up,there.

The distinguising feature of the beer is the linking of the nose to the finish as one combined experience.

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

A- Dark clear brown. It was hard to get head with this beer. The, what you would call, head was very thin and was very much not paying attention to what it should have been doing.

S- Aside from having to practically stick my nose into the beer to smell it, it didn't smell to bad. It smelled more what I would look for in a winter warmer. There is a great caramel malt smell, as well as a slight smell of herbs/spices.

T- This is loaded with malts, very nice malt taste. Loaded with caramel taste. The spices are nice, and this is a solid winter warmer. I do have to say this is very similar to their Octoberfest. The only difference I'm finding are the spices that add another level of taste to the beer.

M- Feels good in the mouth, not too thick or too thin for a beer of this style.

D- Yeah this is very drinkable.

Photo of sevopie
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Solid Ruby Brown with a voluminous dark tan head.

Smell - Smells rather light, though a couple spices do stand out, namely ginger/cinnamon.

Taste - Again the spices are the mainstay, but its very malty behind all of that. Cinnamon and nutmeg are more dominant here.

Mouthfeel - On the lighter side of solid, with a moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - Not too bad, a fair shade better than the cranberry "lambic" that I decided to try first. Definitely won't mind having the other here.

Photo of ewright
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark brown beer is capped by a thin layer of fluffy foam that recedes to a few islands of large bubbles. Decent lacing is left on the side of the glass.

S: Disappointingly weak aroma to this beer. Some ginger is evident, with a bit of nondescript toasted grain aromas. Faint whiffs of cinnamon lurk about as well.

T: The cinnamon is much more evident in the mouth than the nose. I also get faint notes of nutmeg, even if there isn't any in the beer. This may be from the interplay of cinnamon with toasted caramel grains. There are enough hops late to balance the malts, but no obvious flavor components come to mind.

M: As with a lot of BBC brews, I find this one a bit thin on the tongue, but with decent carbonation levels.

D: This was my first ever winter warmer back in 1995, so it holds a special bit of nostalgia for me. I look forward to it every year, but there are better winter beers than this.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice chestnut color. Aroma is ok. Malty with a low level spiciness to it. Great, great malt taste. Just enough buttery/creaminess sort of flavor. Some spices but they are so well blended against the strong maltiness that they just seem to fade into the mix. Very solid mouthfeel. Just a great beer for the holidays or winter in general. I could make a session out of this. Put this in six packs, please Jim?

Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from a mixed 12-pack from Tower on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours a clear ruby-brown color with a one-finger foamy off-white head. The head sticks around as a thin pancake for the life of the beer, augmented by a stream of bubbles along the edge of the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells of caramel malt, raisins, and slight spices, namely cinnamon.

Tastes of caramel malts up front, followed shortly by subtle raisin and brown sugar flavors. There are hints of cinnamon at the end, and a very slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. It's very smooth from the low carbonation, and the thickness is good.

Drinkability is good. I could see myself having another one of these, but not too many more after that.

Overall this is a solid beer for the style, and one of the better ones that I've had. Definitely worth a shot.

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

Pours a deep ruby hue with a slight brown tinge, raising a one-finger light tan head that fizzles away fairly quickly and produces only a light amount of cling on the glass.

Smells largely of sweet toffee and butterscotch malt aromas a some fruitiness as well, with a fair bit of toasted malt aroma as well.

Body is relatively full with a decent amount of carbonation and a rather smooth mouthfeel. Very malty in flavor, with caramel, chocolate, and bread/biscuit notes filling the front, middling with a slight bitterness and a faint hint of orange peel, finishing with a sweetness and a slight toastiness that lingers long afterward.

Fairly drinkable, but wouldn't make a very good session beer; one or two of these and the maltiness would be overwhelming. The oft-spoken "Christmas cake" comparison holds very true. This is a superb brew for the holiday season.

Photo of leif86
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewery-fresh date is March.

A: Dark, dark ruby colored brew that, when held up to light, becomes apparent that it is pretty clear. Thin off white and frothy head that doesn't linger very long and near no lacing.

S: Malty (caramel) and other sweet goodness with a hint of something coffee in the back. No hops. No spices (disappointing).

T: Sweet and fruity with no hops to be found. The back labels says it is spiced up but I'm not finding that to be true. Maybe a hint of ginger. Maybe.

M: A little over carbonated for my liking, but not too bad.

D: Drinkable but I certainly wouldn't go buy this stuff. I was hoping for some subtle spices to up the taste but keep it drinkable - too bad there are near no spices (at least in this one).

Photo of nasty15108
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Sam Adams Winter Sampler. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Poured a a dark reddish/brown color. The pour produced a rocky head of tan foam that quickly subsided into a bubbly film. Good carbonation and lacing throughout.

S - Malty, with hints of caramel and spice. When first poured I noticed a slightly metallic aroma that went away as the ale warmed.

T - Malty up front with a slight sweetness. Finishes crisp and slightly dry. Slightly herbal with a slight sizzle from the hoppy bitterness.

MF&D - Thin/Medium bodied ale. Went down well. A nice Holiday treat.

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,244 ratings.