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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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2,985 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,985
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 48
Gots: 145 | 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 DogFood11
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of a mixed 12 pack. Poured into a pils glass it forms a silky smooth tan head that is thick and has good staying power. Brown with a red outer shell.

First drink and I immediately though of syrup and mollasses. Cinnamon and some pie like bread notes come into play. The description of this beer on the neck of the bottle is perfect. Ginger comes in to play and adds some complexity while also giving it a spicey edge. For all the sweet products advertised in this beer it sure doesn't come across as overly sweet at all. Cinnamon covered apple pie, crust and everything mixed together is my take on it.

Notes: A well done winter warmer that has a nice plesent warming at the end of each pull amid a complex malty, spicey beer. Glad I had the opportunity to find this for the first time even if its only in mixed twelves, keep it coming.

DogFood11, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark mahogany with a fluffy off-white head that quickly drops to a textured sheet. Subdued toffee and caramel smell supported by ginger and orange. Smooth malty taste: orange and raisins with a hint of chocolate in the middle, finishing with spices. Very lightly roasted. It all blends together really well, making it hard for me to pick out individual flavors. Nice, smooth mouthfeel is a little more that medium and slick.

Not super complex, but very enjoyable. I wish there were a couple more of these in the 12 pack.

wedge, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is dark orangy brown with a taupe head that has a fine silty character to it. Almost like a nitro head in texture. (Not size). Nose and taste a smooth in malts, spice, orange and toffee. Ginger with a cinnamon touch fit nicely with the variety of malts. Blends together all very smooth and well. I'd like to try this with some ginger snaps. (This winter warmer is waaay better than the harpoon one. I couldn't even finish that one.) Mouthfeel is delicate, smooth, and tingly with spiced soft carbonation. Even hops add just enough bitterness to balance the malt and compliment the spice. This beer has a good holiday feel to it. I'd get it in a six pack if I could during the winter months.

Good winter warmer. One of SA's good ones.

tastybeer, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep, but clear burgandy. Head is a thick white mass. Nice lacing.

Smell is a tasty mix of caramel malt, spices, and a nice woodyness. very full and satisfying.

Taste is more of a bready malt than caramel. Spices are much stronger than in the nose, and have a bit of a bite. A touch of fruity tartness. Finish is clean and adds a shade of bitterness to this complex mix.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Quite smooth.

This is an enjoyable winter seasonal. The spices are a little overpowering for my pallet, However I would still recommend this one.

Blakaeris, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of Litterbean
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, bordering on brown. Head is large, fluffy, and white, really offsetting the dark body of the beer. It retains for a bit then dies down.

Smell is dominated by the caramel malts and cinnamon in the beer, with a hint of citrus and whatever else they've thrown in. Very sweet smelling, like a fresh pastry or a pumpkin pie.

Taste is on par with the smell. Spicy cinnamon notes, good amount of malt sweetness, and some citrus which I'm sure is more from the flavoring than the hops. Medium bodied, warm tasting and spicy, this is a good beer to sip or drink normally on a cold day.

Litterbean, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of rebel1771
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with color with an off white head that sticks around a while.

Aromas of sweet malts combined with touches of ginger and cinnamon make this one awesome smelling brew.

The taste does not let disappoint either. Sweet toasted malts make up the main body of the brew, with hints of ginger, cinnamon and orange peel in the background. This nice thing about this brew is the accent flavors do not overpower, they hit just right.

rebel1771, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with ruby-red highlights and a finger of off-white head. Smells malty, somewhat roasty, and spicy. Rich, creamy, and roasty. Has roasty chocolate notes like a porter, but a little lighter in flavor and body than one. Medium to full bodied. Very rich and tasty.

MrHurmateeowish, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of bashiba
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice clear brown with a creamy inch of long lasting silky head.

Smell had a light semi sweet chocolate nose with a touch of nuts.

Had a very nice sweet malty flavor with strong hints of chocolate with hints of spices like cinnamon. Finishes with a slightly bitter burnt malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

Very tasty and drinkable, I would definitly drink more of this if I could get it outside of the winter samplers.

bashiba, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured one from the winter sampler pack (nothing like a winter sampler pack when it's 71 degrees outside!)

Pours a very typical looking brown ale look with plenty of body and a nice rich brown color. I smelled a lot of nuts, choclate, and just a touch of sweet cookie like flavor in this brew. The taste is simply delightful as it starts off with a nutty flavor and then goes to a very nice cookie like sweetness as it warms on your tongue. As with most of the BBC's brews, all of the flavors are very well balanced. This brew is not that heavy, but it's by no means light either.

I haven't had the other brews yet (excpect for the Winter Lager, which is great). I can't wait to have more of these as the weather gets cooler. Simply a great beer that is a joy to drink.

AustinBeerLvr, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of numenor1
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

First Old Fezziwig i've had, though i bought the winter sampler pack primarily for it (though you can't go wrong with the winter and boston lagers--the cran lambic is another story)

Pours chestnut brown with a dense head that leaves nice lacing. Smells of dark fruits, caramel and a little nutty, but there's a medicinal thing going on that i'm not liking too much. Starts off with dark fruits and green walnuts (medicinal quality again) with caramel supporting and emerging. Some slightly chocolate malt becomes evident midway through and then lingers through the finish. Spicy throughout, the ginger edge is certainly noticeable, and a faint orange through the finish, the cinnamon i'm not getting so much. With hops playing a supporting role, slightly grassy. Mouthfeel is medium, with medium carbonation creating a creamy texture. Altogether a complex brew, but it doesn't all come together for me. All the flavors are there, but it just doesn't strike me as particularly tasty.

It was worth a shot.

numenor1, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at just under cellar temperature. This year's seasonal, 2006, with a February '07 label notch. Let's drink!

Appearance- Pours a beautiful deep amber ruby, with an alarmingly loud hiss from the bubbles going crazy upon entry. After settling to a full centimeter of soapy, off-white head, the beer is deadly still, devoid of any motion whatsoever... very fresh looking and visually rich.

Smell- Big cinnamon and gingerbread leap olympically from my glass, I can virtually picture the sugar crystals on the cookies themselves. Sumptuously appetizing and wonderfully fragrant for Winter, this beer is a sheer joy to breathe in.

Taste- The combination of caramel and chocolate malts with the natural spices create a full-bodied, roasty, interesting treat. On the sip, there is a bready, cookie-like freshness that concedes to the roasted malt notes and spices, namely the ginger and orange... and the finish is very nicely drying with some quick, easy noble hops. Very nice, a happy feelgood beer indeed.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The highlight of this tasting experience, the mouthfeel is absolutely amazing. Subtle prickliness on the tongue's end quickly moves ahead and coats the inside of the mouth... it expands and foams up impossibly, perfectly... then finishes with a grace unlike anything I've seen for the style. Wow. Big flavors, moderate alcohol strength, sublime textural structure... two big thumbs up for this year's Sam Adams Old Fezziwig.

yelterdow, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of MrHolland
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark reddish-brown with ruby hues, has a thin off white head.
Smell is of cinnamon, ginger, and orange just like the label advertises, don't pick up any hint of malts or hops with this one.
Taste is very complex with the spices up front then with a very malty aftertaste which is very satisfying on a cold night.
Mouthfeel is very thin but full bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

MrHolland, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of gunnerman
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, look is a reddish brown with heavy fluffy thick head that leaves awesome lace to the glass. Smell is of nuts and figs and also some roasted malts as well. Taste is a very good balanced malt with hints of spice thrown in there, though the spice is not over whelming, this beer goes down to smooth and it is a very good holiday addition.

gunnerman, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of rustymoore
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Fezziwig pours a deep amber brown with a nice thick head and good lacing. Smells much like Sam's Winter Lager. Malty with spice notes and some dried fruits etc. Taste is very sweet with spices such as nutmeg cinnamon etc. Mouthfeel is very malty and carbonated. Drinkability is very high...I will frequent this one when I can.

rustymoore, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of BurnsTau
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep brown, amber highlights, fizzy pale tan head. The appearance is outstanding, definitely very appealing.

Smells are definitely malty, sweetish (but not overpowering) giving way to roasty, chocolately aromas. Tastes is almost strictly of malts. Very little, if any, hops to this brew. However, it works, and well. Great malty character, hints of chocolate and spice. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, great carbonation.

Overall this beer works. Reading the description on the bottle, you think they'd play it up, but you get exactly what they advertise. A great spiced malty ale that's great for the cold nights. Definitely recommended.

BurnsTau, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of treehugger02010
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First things first, this is a great ale. I poured it from a 12 oz bottle into a "playboy" pint glass, and the first thing I noticed was the magnificant color (I really enjoy looking at a redish color drink, I have no idea why). Immediatly afterward, I noticed the smell. I hesitate to say it knocked me over, because it was such a pleasant aroma, but the smell was extremely strong. I didn't need to "waft" at all, just to pouring opened up my nasal senses. The least best thing about this ale was the mouthfeel, but that is not to say that it was bad at all. In my opinion, I was hoping for a little something extra in that department considering how great everything else was. Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of n0rmann
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favorite beers that Sam Adams produces.

It has a nice sweet, matly taste with some spices -- I can detect ginger and cinnamon -- make it a nice winter beer.

I wish they offered it in six packs, but it is something I'd definitely like to have sitting in my fridge during the winter.

It's lightly carbonated. This was sampled out of an imperial pint glass.

n0rmann, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a winter sampler 12-pack.

This ale poured a clear, deep red-brown color with creamy, fluffy, light brown foam that persisted and left lace. The smell was malty with notes of dark caramel, cocoa, and a hint of mollasses. The taste was malty and lightly tangy with hints of fruit (oranges?) and light spices in the finish. There was low hop bitterness apparent. There was a very light memory of sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and dry with medium-full body and modest carbonation. The finish and aftertaste were dry with spices lingering. This was a very easy to drink and enjoyable winter warmer. Very nice.

UncleJimbo, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of dherling
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice copper color pours into my pint glass. I immediatly get the spicyness of the holidays in my nose. Clove, ginger, cinnamon, it's all there. When I drink this, the hops come out of nowhere (didn't get it that much in the nose), but there's some new maltyness to balance it out as well. All of the spices are there from the nose, but I also get some orange now. It surprising how smooth it finishes, a little sweeter than I would normally expect also. I could actually drink 2-3 of these, not expected out of a 'spiced' beer like this.

dherling, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle from mix-pack.

Poured a nice, dark red color with a great head. Interesting malty-sweet and spicy aroma. Clean flavor with some roastiness, malt and subtle spice background. Mouthfeel is not too light. A nice beer that is spiced well for the winter and pretty tasty.

AaronHomoya, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of bort11
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at Bubbles in Gladstone, MO as part of a mix-and match sixe, so I got it for a buck. It was only today when I noticed it was marked best by April. Only off by a month, plus if it's a drain-pour I'm only out a buck.

Poured into my Honey Brown Beer God pint glass. Color is a dark ruby red. Nice frothy head, about two fingers. It took about 4-5 minutes for it to receed. Leaving a sticky lace on the glass. Smell isn't much, but I can detect a slight hint of cinnimon.

Taste up front is a mellow chocolate malt. A bit of orange peel bitterness towards the end, and finishes with a little spiciness. The cinnimon andds to the warmth. Medium body, light on the carbonation. Kind of a dirt aftertaste, I think that's from the cinnimon.

I think this would have a bit higher drinkability in the winter. Right now in May it's already almost 90 degrees. It does come off as a bit of a holiday sweet. I'll try this again in season.

bort11, May 20, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fun beer...unfortunately the sample I am tasting is in May so it's past it's prime. Suffering most is carbonation.
Pours a deep, deep amber ...no comment on head that disappeared immediately because I think that is due to age.
Aroma is roasted sweet malts and cinamon
Taste is sweet toasted malt, mixed winter spices and a little hops.
Mouthfeel weak, but again, I think due to age.
I enjoy the flavor of this beer a lot.

IntriqKen, May 07, 2006
Photo of PuckLSHS
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this the other night right before bed and after a pretty damn tasty meal. I was in the mood for something with a lot of flavor and when this happens, I tend to pick a winter seasonal.

I bought this about a year ago, so it had been aging a while.

The appearance was a dark red/amber. It had a nice head that went away very quickly but left a nice little lace around the top of the glass.

The beer was malty with hints of corriander, orange and vanilla. It was a nice thickness and had an overall happy mouthfeel. I am not a huge fan of Sam Adams, but I would definitely drink this one again if it was available to me. Eh, I would drink most any winter beer though...happen to like them all a lot.

PuckLSHS, May 03, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A lager with initially fizzy carbonation that fades as it warms to just significant carbonation. Clearly orange and cinammon, a spot of ginger for spice, and caramel. Weak finish. Medium mouthfeel. Rather a bold herbal tea. Nice chestnut amber colour.

Sammy, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep copper color with a short and foamy off-white head and leaves a thick, even lace.

S: Cinnamon, ginger & malt with a slight bit of hops and fruitiness, but not very strong.

T: You definitely taste more hops than you smell, which you wouldn’t necessarily expect from a Winter Warmer and I don’t think that’s a bad thing in this case. There’s also the cinnamon, ginger & malt sweetness that you detect in the smell and remains in a faint after-taste.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, not as thick as other Winter Warmers that I’ve had.

D: Tasty and not to filling, given the style. I could definitely drink more that the two bottles that I get in one sampler 12-pack.

This was a very good beer and an excellent representation of the style. I’ve had other Winter Warmers that go overboard with the spice and sweetness. This beer gets it just right and still maintains the Sam Adams signature.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 09, 2006
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 2,985 ratings.