Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
Appearance: Dark cola ruby brown hue forms a nice tan head with two finger measure tan head leaves thick even lacing, not bad. Aroma: Definite citrus tones along with holiday spices and a bready biscuit malt with caramel notes as well. Taste: Darker roasted malts bring a roasty sweetness, somewhat tart and bitter with orange peel and ginger additions coating the palate a bit mixes well with slightly burnt roasts. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied solid carbonation flows nicely for some holiday cheer. Drinkability: Very festive Sam Adams offering I've tried many times just 2 bottles per 12 pack, shame no sixers are available.
12-09-2005 00:13:05 | More by WVbeergeek
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
Bottle into Imperial pint glass.
Appearance: Medium red-brown with thick, cream-colored head that sticks to the glass and stays to the end.
Smell: Malty at first; as it warms the spices start to become more apparent.
Taste: Bready, toasty, and caramel malts; light spicy flavour from the ginger and cinnamon, just a hint of the orange peel.
Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and creamy.
Drinkability: I could deal with another, but, as I find with many Sam Adams brews, it's too sweet to really drink a lot of it.
12-08-2005 19:12:17 | More by MurphyMacManus
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
Presentation: Festive looking 12 oz bottle with bestby notched on the side.
Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with a great off-white head. Good retention.
Smell: Lots of years, mixed with some nice spice aroma and bready malty.
Taste: Starts off with a slightly sweet malt flavor, and then the spices come in. Not at all overpowering - they mix nicely with the sweet malt.
Overall impression: Decent winter warmer - the spices are complimentary and it is pretty drinkable.
12-06-2005 23:33:29 | More by rowew
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured from the bottle(room temp) with a good sized head that dissipated to a fine ring around the edge of the glass. The colour is a very attractive deep gold.
The smell was sweetish and there was defintely some spiciness there though I couldn't pick out which they were.
The taste was a mix of malt sweetness and nutmeg and even a bit of chocolate...nice brew! Oh yes....now there's some cinnamon notes also hitting my taste buds. Ok, like I was saying, nice brew!
I got this in the holiday pack(well duh) and it's the main reason I bought it because I haven't had it in many years. Good to see that it's *still* made to be a quality product.
12-04-2005 21:52:29 | More by Bitterbill
4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
Notched to drink by March, 2006. Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip with a small white head with moderate lacing. Color is Brown transparent red.
Smell is sweet; some spice and a hint of ginger. Taste is sweet, toasty, and a bit of alcohol. There are also notes of that spice and citrus rind that balance the sweetness. Mild hops. Perfectly normal mouth feel and although one bottle is very drinkable, it's a bit sweet for more than one. Very nice beer.
12-04-2005 02:22:47 | More by skynxnex
4.15/5 rDev +9.8%
this is a very interesting beer! the nose is oranges and ginger, the taste is very complex, the first thing i noticed was cinnamon followed by dark malt followed by hop bitterness with an orange aftertaste - this beer has an exeptionally long finish that rivals any wine i've ever tasted.
mouthfeel is superb. drinkability scores a bit lower simply because one is probably enough (this is in now way a bad thing).
great beer, i'll look forward to it on the holidays.
12-03-2005 18:07:37 | More by evanackerman
4.05/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours a clear chestnut brown beer with a tall light brown head.
Smell is clean and a little sweet with lots of fresh spice scents. Vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, cinnamon, clove and ginger are the individual spices I can pick out.
Taste is brown sugar with a trace of bitterness, vanilla and ginger in the first taste. Fair flavor of chocolate in this and a good amount of Christmas spices. Mostly the flavor is dominated by chocolate; vanilla, pumpkin pie spices and a woody dry bitter finish. A tasty pleasant winter beer here. There is a bit of a tongue prickle here I can't tell if it is the ginger or the carbonation.
Mouthfeel is quite good, very fine carbonation gives this a creamy mouthfeel.
Very nice drinking beer here. Nice and tasty yet no overload on spice, alcohol or hops. Recommended for everyone.
12-03-2005 02:33:08 | More by Zorro
4.05/5 rDev +7.1%
Old Fezziwig, a holiday tradition! As much as I dislike not being able to buy sixers of this, it would almost seem disappointing not to have to purchase the whole Holiday mix pack. Old Fezzi pours a dark reddish amber with almost purple highlights. A large fluffy tan head forms, eventually yielding to lace. The aroma is very nice, a deep malty sweetness evokes many sweet flavors like sugar plums and candy. In the background is nutmeg and/or cinnamon. The taste is very sweet due to a very strong malt base. There are candy flavors and fruit flavors that meld to create a unique candied fruit impression. Sugar plum fairies maybe. There is some brown sugar towards the finish followed by a slight bit of cinnamon and nutmeg. The mouthfeel is silky and soft. The drinkability is good in the sense that I love drinking the stuff, but suffers somewhat in that I probably wouldn't ever want more than 1 (maybe 2) on a given night. Overall, this is one of my favorite Sam Adams' (maybe the favorite) beers and I look forward to it every year.
12-01-2005 14:38:10 | More by Hagbard
3.33/5 rDev -11.9%
After the truly gorgeous dark-red pour, this beer was only just above average in every way.
Smell and mouthfeel were pretty okay, and decently balanced. The ginger flavor is not something I'm crazy about: too pronounced.
It's a nice enough winter warmer, but there's really nothing to make it outstanding. Still, it's worth a try.
11-30-2005 04:35:20 | More by ColoradoBobs
4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
Bought this in the Sam Adams Winter Pack.
Pours a reddish-brown color with a tan medium head
The Aroma of orange, caramel, cinnamon, ginger.
Tastes of caramel, nutty flavor, cinnamon, very malty, very little hop presence. A chocolate flavor noticed. Almost a brown ale or porter, but with a little spice kick to it. Also alcohol is noticed.
I would like to see this in replacement of THe Winter Lager that they make in seasonal rotation. I do like the winter lager, but would prefer to see this one in the taps of bars as the regular winter season brew for Sam.
11-29-2005 02:58:53 | More by metallistout
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
This is from the Winter sampler case. I drank it in a goblet. Expiry date clearly notched on the label.
Pours a crystal clear ruby red with a one finger head of beige foam. The head falls to islands and a ring, with decent lacing. Carbonation looks slow.
Aroma is wonderful cinnamon and orange, with notes of vanilla, and maybe even cotton candy. Gentle spicy hops are way in the back. This smells like it's going to be yummy!
Flavor is sweet cinnamon, caramel malt, a little orange, and spices like vanilla and nutmeg. The flavor is just a tad thin compared to the smell, but enjoyable, nonetheless. Aftertaste is spicy and sweet.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, just slightly thin; refreshing for a holiday beer. Carbonation is soft, finish is shortish and spicy.
The body is just a little thin, IMO, for this to be a great beer. The spices are smartly understated, the hop character rightly low, the smell is wonderful, and the taste is very good. A damn fine example of a holiday beer, and I would drink a sixer of this anytime.
11-28-2005 16:41:36 | More by jakester
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
It pours like a translucent porter and the flavor begin like one too, but it's much more smooth. It has a light mouthfeel and it ends clean; not unlike a lager. Very lightly hopped, just enough to keep the malt in check. I don't get the winter warmer name, as It didn't make me warm....just drunk. Though it's not your typical beer as you can drink it cold during cold weather without feeling like an idiot. Anyone ever get this feeling? "It's so freakin' cold out, well time to settle down with a nice COLD BEER?!"
11-28-2005 07:42:37 | More by LordChesterfield
4.08/5 rDev +7.9%
Bright copper to red in color with a rocky tan head that held up great and left a significant lace trail down the pint glass.
Smell: Malt, cinamon, raisins & alcohol.
Taste: Some hop bitterness on the tounge with malt, orange, brown sugar & cinamon coming through.
Mouthfeel: Thick, balanced and carbonated just right.
This would go great with gingerbread or leiberkuchen (sp?). Will try to find if I can buy just sixer vice the holiday 12 pack. Better than last year's vintage IMHO
11-28-2005 04:17:30 | More by russpowell
4.08/5 rDev +7.9%
Pours out a dark orange-brown with a finger of bubbly white head. Decent lacing left behind by this one.
Smell is spicy, with a lot of nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and maltiness in there. Some little hints of cloves as well, and a light fruitiness, but I'm not getting the orange peel the bottle promised.
Flavor is nice for a winter warmer. It's malty and sweet, but the spices keep it from being cloying. The aforementioned blend of spices come through pretty clearly, particularly the ginger, which tempers the sweetness nicely. The finish is very spicy, but not in an over-the-top kind of way. Mouthfeel is medium and solidly compliments the flavor.
Overall: A very nice winter warmer; I can see what all the fuss is about. Just spicy enough.
11-28-2005 01:08:17 | More by whartontallboy
3.4/5 rDev -10.1%
Not bad, nice and spicy.
Poured into a tumbler. Nice, big, foamy, tan head that left lacing for the glass. Deep mahogany color. A fair amount of bubbling.
Nice caramel, toffee, and molasses smell, with just a bit of orange and ginger. Orange is probably more from hops than the actual orange in it.
Taste is a good deal of malty, toasted caramel with a spicy finish. Not cloying at all. Not all that complex.
Good medium mouthfeel. Quite drinkable. Not strong enough to really stand up to pumpkin pie, though. Probably good with something mild like ginger snaps or other holiday cookies.
11-27-2005 20:15:18 | More by fromage
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
Appearance - 1 1/2" antique white creamy head atop a brown liquid with some amber tint. Good retention and great lace.
Smell - Great spice mingled with orange peels and toffee.
Taste - Sweet malt. Spice. Candied orange and cinnamon nicely placed in the background. Caramel. Slightest hint of maple. Nice hop tang in finish.
Mouthfeel - Creamy and medium bodied with mid level carbonation.
Drinkability - Great. Very enjoyable SA brew. It has been several years since my last Old Fezzi and I won't let that happen again.
11-27-2005 04:47:57 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.18/5 rDev +10.6%
Working away on the Sam Adam's Winter Pack over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Pours an almost opaque dark red, nice ruby higlights. Nice bubbly tan head that thins out quickly.
Very nice malt smell, Spicy and fruity (cinnamon and of fruit cocktail.)
Nice on the palate, nice caramel matls. Nice mild fruity sweetness. Light citrus taste. Leaves a tartness on the tongue like cranberry sauce.
Very crisp, fruity and spicy. Nicely balanced but I can probably only tolorate a few at a time.
11-26-2005 20:36:22 | More by SteveO1231
4/5 rDev +5.8%
Enjoy by March ('06 I'm assuming) notched on the label.
Appearance: A clear amber pour with golden honey edging. A small ivory head develops that retains nicely.
Smell: Honey, maple syrup, carmel malts. Almost smells like their Double Bock. Very dark and fruity. A nice inviting aroma.
Taste: More of the same...dark fruits, honey, a bit of yeastiness at the end. To me, it tastes like they poured their Winter Lager and Double Bock together to get this. That being said, those are two of my faves from SA. No bitterness or off flavors noted.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a touch creamy with some balancing carbonation.
Drinkability: With the lower ABV and the maltiness of this beer, it's easy drinking. SA makes another winner with this one! A pleasant holiday treat.
11-26-2005 19:09:32 | More by mattcrill
3.88/5 rDev +2.6%
Decent head but it descends rapidly. Beer is a nice amber color. The aroma is slightly malty with spices, most dominant to me is orange and vanilla. The flavor is smooth, clean, with some caramel and honey notes as well as some just plain sweetness. Hops seem present only for a little bitterness at the end. This isn't bad, its interesting, but kind of mild and also not very "ale-like"; it reminds me of a less complex, less strong Belgian ale.
11-23-2005 01:58:45 | More by KroMagnon
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours a nice reddish brown color with an off white head. It has a nice head retention.
The aroma is very nice. Pretty sweet with a fruity hint to it. I wouldn't mind smelling it more often.
Taste is very pleasant. The fruit comes through a little, but not enough to distinguish it. The mounthfeel also lacks. It's just missing some thing, it feels a little watery.
But overall I enjoyed it and wouldn't mind buying a 6 pack if I'm presented with the option.
11-23-2005 00:57:36 | More by BrewRunner
3.63/5 rDev -4%
Another one sampled from the 2005 Sam Adams Winter Sampler.
Pours a deep dark garnet/brunette hue and makes an offwhite head. Leaves a nice bit lacing down my glass. Aroma is a hint of cinnamon and lots of roasted barley. Flavor is lightly spiced with a hint of bitterness and some roasted chocolate malts. Crisply carbonated, light to medium palate, a solid drinker with a clean dry finish. This is a solid offering from Sam Adams, I found it quite enjoyable. A brew that I am glad there are 2 of in the Winter Sampler.
11-22-2005 05:47:12 | More by kmcnair
3.95/5 rDev +4.5%
12 oz. with purchase before March notched on the label. Pours reddish with a hint of red and is a deep ruby in the light. The head is about a finger thick, yellow/tan, and leaves lacing on the glass from most of the sips. Smells of cinnamon, ginger, chocolate, and orange, along with floral/green hops. Roasted malts and spices on the palate, along with some bitter chocolate, traces of alcohol, and floral hops that leave a mild to medium bitterness. The mouthfeel starts medium but thickens as it warms, becoming smooth but retaining some of the tingly carbonation. A good winter spice beer.
11-22-2005 01:10:24 | More by mmmbeer
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
This pours a dark amber with a very large,three finger head,It really is a nice looking beer.The smell has a little bit of spices,but there also is alittle bit of cooked veggies.It's only a little bit,but it's there.The taste has a small amount of the usual holiday spices,but I don't think it's overpowering like some reviewers.There is a sweet maltiness thats nice,but you're not bombarded with cinnamon and nutmeg.The m/f is a nice even medium feel,a good distrobution of flavor.This is an OK beer,nothing great,but not bad.I would just work on the smell.
11-21-2005 22:52:26 | More by jmz62565
4.4/5 rDev +16.4%
Geez, I wish I could get this in a 12 pack, instead of just 2 in the winter sample pack. What a great warmer, exceptionally rich and smooth, good for 2 or for 12. Nice pour, dark caramel brown in the light, almost black in the shade. Only drawback, somewhat weak malty aroma.
The cheater label told me about the cinnamon, ginger and orange which were in the quaff, but subtle! A medium to full bodied brew, full carbonation.
The festive label really lets you know this one is gonna be fun to drink gotta find more!
11-21-2005 16:02:19 | More by Vancer
2.25/5 rDev -40.5%
Let me start by simply stating that I do not like spice-beers. But, I decided that maybe I should try and expand my palate a little, so I was kinda excited about this beer. It pours pretty much like SA's boston lager, and it smells pretty good. As my girlfriend described it, "It smells very Merry Christmas". It even poured with a nice solid head, to help me enjoy the smells.
That was where my enjoyment of this beer ended. Baaag! The cinnamon and other spices just didn't do it for me. Nononononono. I didn't want to pour it down the sink, since I figured maybe it would get better as the temperature of the beer rose. Big mistake. The spice flavours continued to dominate, and even grow in strength as the beer warmed. Man, it was like dumping a bunch of mulling spices in SA Boston Lager. Gross!
If I want a christmas drink with these spices, I'll mull some cider, or (if I want booze) make some gluehwein or some mulled mead.
Then again, I freely admit that I just don't dig spice flavours in my beer. If that's your thing, then you'd most likely love this beer. Enjoy it. I've got one that'll be sitting in my fridge for a while if you want it.
11-17-2005 17:46:54 | More by shbobdb
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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