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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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3,245 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,245
Reviews: 1,341
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 66
Gots: 287 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2001

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Photo of Homerbag
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark red with finger thick head.

Smells like cinnamon raisin bread mixed with some roasted malts. Very interesting. Tastes of raisin, malts, orange, and some woody flavor towards the end. I hesistate to call it a mild hop bitterness, I think it is more of a spice that I can't figure out. Very balanced and easy to drink.

I wouldn't make this an everyday drink but it was good and brought up the value of the Winter sampler after the cranberry lambic disaster.

Photo of Redwood21
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:not bad, there is a dark color that isnt completely black but with a decent head that though ends to a thin white

S:it has a coffee first aroma followed by slight esters also smells of watered down mulling spice

T:there is an almost peaty taste to this beer, reminds me of a an isaly scotch, but mixed with a spiced porter...weird i know but there is an eartyh coffee roasted grain taste mixed with mulling spices on an end note

M:very creamy with correct carbonation it finishes a little more watery than i would have proffered.

D:decent, and i enjoy this beer, that said i dont see myself sitting down to multiples of these, not that they are readily available. that said i really liked it and would easily have one again,

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

Pours a deep reddish brown color that actually has brilliant clarity if you hold it up to the light. Nice head that stands about an inch tall following a medium pour....good stick too!

Taste is a nice balance of hops, caramel, chocolate malts, and spices (cinnamon, ginger, and orange). A very nice winter warmer too be had.

Morey's Bottom Line: If you like Anchor Christmas Ale, or Sam Adams Holiday Porter, then you'd love Old Fezziwig. Very Nice.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This last bottle had gotten passed between my friend Adam and I since Christmas. Neither of us wanted to take it, but finally I decided to open and review it.

I guess I was a bit harsh on Old Fezz...the bottle poured beautifully into my Unibroue tulip, leaving a dark, seal brown ale that lit up to a deep plum in the light. The khaki head retained fairly well, thanks to lots of bubbles from below, and left behind some decent lacing. The aroma brought soft chocolate notes, fig, raisin, and a touch of piney hops. Again, not bad at all.

The backbone of the flavor is caramel-chocolate malts, balanced with lots of fruit and spice. Citrusy, resinous hops are in there, but not anywhere like those in my favorite IPA's. The aftertaste leaves behind powdered cocoa and a touch of coffee. The body is over-carbonated, but the thickness is spot on and the finish is almost strong enough to keep my interest. Drinkability is decently high for a Winter Warmer...I'll be having this again next year.

Photo of Slynger
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought I'd better review this one before it gets too too late in the season. It Pours a dark, clear, bronze color with a decent sized beige cap. The aroma is nice; light sweetness of chocolate and caramel malts with distinctive orange and ginger spices, and earthy hops. The taste is light, but still pretty nice. Light amount of malt sweetness, but mostly toasted malts with some citrus coming in around the edges. A bit of nutty earth and bitter chocolate in the finish. Light-medium body with decent carbonation keeps this one quite fresh and drinkable. A fairly light and tasty offering that doesn't really border on greatness. A pretty good offering from Sammy.

Photo of BMan1113VR
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate molasses and orange hops with ginger and cinnamon on the scent. Clear reddish brown color with a tan head. Flavor is a strong fruit and spice burst at first followed by a moderately bitter finish. Not watery at all for a 5.9%, rather explosive actually.

Photo of Murchmac
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I kinda mailed it in on my last two reviews so here goes.

Pours a christmas mahogany red, like santa bled on some wood.

You can smell the cinnamon and orange like it says on the bottle, maybe the spicy smell is ginger, but smells pretty good.

Tastes ok. Some caramel, sweetness, kinda weak though.

If this beer had the body of the cream stout, it would be fantastic.

Find me the biggest christmas goose you can find.

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

From a 12 oz bottle from the Winter 12 pack, this poured a nice rich brown, with a light brown head and strong lacing. Nose of floral hops, chocolate malts, and roasted nuts. Rich and smooth mouthfeel. Flavor of roasted malts with some floral overtones. Nice clean finish. Very drinkable brew.

Photo of fitzy84
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in the fridge for awhile, thought I would finally review it. The appearance is just great; hints of amber within its dark brown colors. The head thinned out relatively fast but it was pretty frothy when poured. Nice razor-thin lacing. Thick malt and caramel aromas are very explicit, almost as if your drinking the beer through your nose. The taste is a menagerie of flavors such as spices, malt and caramel. The drink is thick and not carbonated that much at all. You will definitely feel great after sitting out in the cold with this one. Samuel Adams continues in excellence!

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

Pours dark reddish brown,with a good amount of head and no lacing,a lot of carmel,and citrus aromas with a little spice.The taste is not as complex as the smell leads on,some chocolate and carmel malts are right up front with a good amount of cinnamon,and sweet citrus aftertaste.It has a medium body good amonts of carbonation,a litle dry.I found this to be very enjoyable,as well as drinkable.

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

A - Pours a deep redish brown. Very nice color with clearness for the color. Has a thick frothy head that pours a few fingers high and slowly melts away.

S - A spiced malt smell with sweetness. I pick up citrus and a cinnamon.

T - Not as much sweetness in taste as smell. It rolls over the tounge with a little citrus malt but doesn't seem to burst with any moving flavors. There is a cinnamon, ginger finishing taste. Overall I feel that the smell is much more complex than the taste.

M - Fairly smooth. A dry finish.

D - Fairly drinkable, but nothing special. I expected a little more complexity from the smell, but it just wasn't there.

Photo of NitroGen
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 oz. Brown longneck bottle from a Winter Variety 12-pack.

A: Maple syrup brown pour with a tan head that settles with no lacing.

S: Bight roasted grain, sweet malt and feint alcohol and spice for the nose.

T: Smooth roasted grains, slight caramel sweetness with a slight spicy ginger and allspice finish,

M: Very well balanced, well within the winter warmer style that is not overpowering in alcohol or spices that really do a lot of warming.

D: Nice beer that is well balanced in taste and mouthfeel, Not trying to push any boundaries as it is a ‘mild’ winter warmer. Will have the other and then wait until next years release to see how it compares.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a good amount of head.

Smell is mostly controlled by the caramel malt, some chocolate hints along with a strong orange citrus presence.

Taste has caramel at first, this follows up with a ginger twinge and finishes with a slight aftertaste of orange. Quite an interesting beer.

Easily one of the best Sam Adam's beers available, too bad they're not offered as a sixer, it would make the holiday season so much better.

Photo of shabbtastic
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yet another in the mix holiday pack. Presented in a 12oz bottle with freshness date clearly marked. Also, the label is awesome, very festive and creative (the whole dickens thing). From notes.

A - Pours a deep ruby reddish amber with a white foamy head that slowly faded into a medium size white cap. Lacing was scarce and didn't make it all the way down the glass.

S - Yum, Orange & cinnamon spice, coffee or toffee which ever were present.

T - Just like it smells. A bit more on the sweet side with a nice finish.

M - Warm and smooth. The finish is very warm, although upfront it lacks in capturing the scents.

D - Overall a medium bodied and semi creamy textured brew. This is very true to the Sam styles in its characteristics of being well balanced and not too complex.

Photo of jmalex
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I skipped the winter variety pack last year and was regretting it ever since. Finally this year's came out with this being one of the jewels of the pack.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a clear red-hued dark brown. The head starts at one finger high and drops to a thick collar with a generous amount of residual bubbles (some aided by the glass, no doubt).

SMELL: The aroma is full of all different types of smells. The spicing seems most prominent with ginger and some vague citrus notes coming out. This is accompanied by some bready malts, caramel, and chocolate. Some fruity esters make their way through, and balancing it all out is just a hint of a noble European hop aroma.

TASTE: The flavor is much more neutral than the aroma and suffers in the complexity department because of it. Caramel malts are most prominent. Soon to follow is the light spicing, foremost of which is the ginger. It finishes with the spice dominating with some esters playing backup, but everything still stays in sync with the beer as a whole enough as though not to get out of whack.

MOUTHFEEL: It's medium bodied but feels thinner than it should. Carbonation is at average and acceptable levels.

DRINKABILITY: A fantastically easy drinking with no high ABV to get in the way. It'd be easy to drink these all night if, you know, you could get more than 2 at a time.

Definitely the best of the Sam Adams Winter 12-pack. It just tastes like winter should. Delicious.

Photo of dirtsocks
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in my Samuel Adams Winter Brew Case

A- It pours a dark red to brownish color with a tan head leaving some nice lacing.

S- Smells of malt and ginger(reminds me of christmas)

T- The taste of some dark malts, ginger and reminds me of a cookie or chocolate

M- feels good and smooth in the mouth and allows for easy drinking

I really enjoy this beer and it fits the season perfectly, Jim has made an excellent beer once again. thanks jim

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark garnet-hued body with a beige-colored head.

Smell: Some caramel, some chocolate, with dried orange peel, cinnamon, and just a tiny bit of ginger.

Taste: Light chocolate taste with some toasted bread and a caramel sweetness. Spicy, with hints of cinnamon, orange peel, and ginger. Y'know, it actually reminds me of some pumpkin ales I've had. Finishes with the spices lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid wintertime release, and a fine addition to the Sam Adams Box of Winter Delights.

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

Mocha colored with a tan head & heavy lacing.

Strong aroma where chocolate, ginger, and cloves jump out. Can make out plenty of citrus zest and biscuity malt.

Quite a bit going on in this winter warmer where upon the palate is bombarded with chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and plenty of sweet/caramel malt. Chewy mouthfeel, mouth left dry with spicy goodness.

Not for the BMC'er and an enjoyable winter brew. The alcohol content is not noticeable and a definite sipping beer. Will enjoy this one next Holiday Season as well.

Photo of huck1081
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a deep burgundy with two finger off-white head that
faded quickly, good lacing.

S- Big fruits, I smell something almost port like??

T- Roasted chocolate and caramel malts in the front and finishes
with an orange and ginger.

M- Fairly dry light to medium body

D- If I only had a fireplace!!

Photo of IPAcraig
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my De Garre snifter after getting home from work on this pleasant Monday. The BCS (so called) championship game is tonight.

This beer pours a very dark ruby brown (black at a distance), with a nice white head. The head faded quickly, but a nice looking beer, nonetheless.

The aroma has a faint aroma of dark fruit up front; simialr to a dubbel. The cinamon shows up next followed by a huge malty body.

The cinnamon is most present in the taste. it really jumps out, but is not overpowering. This beer does have a nice malty profile, bits of chocolate and just a hint of roasted flavor really make this beer enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is a bit light, but not detracting.

Exceptionally drinkable. This made my first purchase of the SA Winter Classics worth it.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Classic mahogany appearance, head is not huge but the lacing sticks around.

Aniseed and plenty of other spices abound in the nose; the trouble is that I don't adore "dark spicing" and sometimes it hinders my enjoyment of the ale.

It's a decent flavor overall, rather mild for a winter warmer, with enough hops to be enjoyable enough for me. The spicing leaps in where the hops are done and carries the taste a bit out of my favored profile. That said, the allspice is significantly more prominent in the nose than the mouth.

Thickness is medium to slightly thin, I would have been a bit more impressed with a silkier mouthfeel to round out the "sit by the fire, reading Joyce" feel I really enjoy from great cold weather beers.

After a glass my taste buds were a little sick of this one; hops are prominent but don't carry the flavor, the spicing is big but the beer is not commensurately so...just a little out of whack.

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

Poured a deep reddish-copper color with modest off-white creamy head. Some attractive lacing.
Smell combines a rich dark fruitiness with winter spices (cinnamon, cloves) and some chcolate textures.
Taste is very thirst quencing. The rich spiciness makes this beer taste more like a dessert.
Leaves the perfect taste sensation in the mouth, with nice retention.
To me, this is the perfect winter beer, flavorful, hoppy, and very refreshing. Great job.

Photo of PaleAlien2
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish copper in color.
S: Roasted malt and ginger snaps.
T: I think the predominate flavor is ginger. Quite spicey - probably the spiciest winter warmer I've had. Has a perfectly balanced warming effect in the finish that is beautiful.
M: Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. Very, very dry.
D: Overall, this is quite good. Maybe a little on the spicy side.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = A very attractive ruby-red colored medium dark brown ale, pour resulted in a good head of foamy bubbles that dissipated quickly but left good lacing.

S = Caramel smells of roasted malts predominate in the first smell, subsequent sniffs result in hints of orange, cinnamon and nutmeg. Well balanced smells, the spice comes through but very subtlely.

T = Very rich malt, well rounded flavors of caramel, roasted grain, with light flavors of hops, cinnamon and nutmeg. As with the smell, the spices are not overdone, and though quite sweet, this is a very well balanced, flavorful, malty brew. Nice bitter finish even as the sweete flavors linger on the middle of my tongue.

M = Medium bodied. I find one of my biggest complaints (when I have them at all) with Sam Adams beers is that they often are a little thin and lack the body I expect for the style. This is NOT one of those cases. The body is perfect, maybe even a little thicker than medium bodied. Carbonation is good and foams nicely while swishing the beer in my mouth. Very good mouth coating, too.

D = This is a highly drinkable beer, drink one, drink many, it doesn't matter, you will enjoy them all.

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

A - poured a very dark brown color with a thin tan head

S - Roasted malt and hints of coffee

T - Is much like it smells roasted malt and coffee

M - Medium bodied beer

D - I was a little disappointed that I only got two of these in the mix pack as it was a very good beer

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