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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,911 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,911
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 44
Gots: 103 | 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.

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abcsofbeer

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams hit the nail on the head with this one. In stores at the end of October, but, should be out all year round. Pours a dark amber brown with nice clarity. The head is ample and leaves a thin amount of lace at the top of the glass.

The aroma is coffee like and cola like at the same time, indicating a nice blend of malts. The taste is very good with a background of coffee and blended malts. There is also a hint of a strong tea. There is also a nice spiciness too. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2004 00:52:19 | More by abcsofbeer
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bronxlord

New York

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Merry Christmas! This is a great winter beer. Again, Sam Adams surprises me with this spicy, rich, caramel ale. Wonderful aftertaste and overall great beer. Along with the Cream Stout, this ale should liven up your winter! I wish I was able to get it year round easily.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 22:05:23 | More by bronxlord
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DFN

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A coppery-red beer with a nice creamy tan head. I poured one into a cut-glass tumbler and it really looked classy! Taste is on the light side, with just a hint of fruits and spices, making this an ideal beer to have with Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. You probably wouldn't want to drink this every day, but as a Holiday Treat, it's a definite contender!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 02:48:56 | More by DFN
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fezziwig pours a very red colour. Nice single finger head that stuck around for a while. Decent lacing. The smell to me, reminded me a toasted almonds. I do not know why. It just smelled like almonds; had a toasted/roasted smell to it. The taste was very complex, but there is definite spice in there, and a little bit more hops than I was anticipating, which it hurt its rating as I do not care for hoppy beer/ale. Nice full body. A bit heavy. Quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2004 04:10:56 | More by SilentSabre
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BobLuvBeer

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick brown color. Medium head. Head has a brown/almond hue. Citrus aroma, with a hint of caramel and chocolate. Strong roasted malt flavor, however it rests softly on the palate and finishes with a tangy, slightly spicy aftertaste. Very well balanced ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 14:23:11 | More by BobLuvBeer
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Guinness4me

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imagine creamy turtle pralines that melt in your mouth and you've got Old Fezziwig Ale.

It pours smoothly with a creamy head and a mahogany body with ruby highlights. Its aroma is malty and sweet and very indicative of the flavor to come.

As I said above, the flavor is much like a praline with chocolate, caramel and pecans. Vanilla and warm winter spices finish the taste....quite sweet.

The mouthfeel was a bit carbonated for me at first, but mellowed nicely and was extremely easy to drink.

In the future, I hope Jim decides to sell it in six packs and not just part of a sampler.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2004 02:44:13 | More by Guinness4me
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was another good one from Jim Koch. A nice deep brown in color, but with a rather short head. It has a nice, lightly roasted malt aroma with hints of citrus and spice.

The taste was reminiscent of roasted malt and caramel, with a slight cinnamon aftertaste.

I first had this one when they had it available in larger bottles individually... I wish they'd offer it by itself again. This one makes it worth buying the multipack, though.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 03:42:33 | More by connecticutpoet
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cbl2

New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: 2003-2004

Appearance:

Crystal clear deep reddish brown with an inch thick tan head.

Smell:

An orange/citrus with brown sugar/maple syrup tingle the nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Very malty with definite orange flavors and a bitter hoppy finish. Well balanced, and goes down smooth. I wish they sold this in six packs, rather than forcing us to purchase a sampler, and only get two of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 19:55:15 | More by cbl2
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Fezziwig name couldn't be more appropriate for such a rich and lively ale. Its reddish-chestnut body displays glowing ruby highlights and its creamy ivory head holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass. Rich, caramel-soaked and hop-infused malt dominates the nose, beckoning you to take another whiff where subtle spicing may be found. In the mouth its fine, median carbonation gently zests on the tongue before warming to become just slightly creamy. The spicing is far from over-done, and simply lends a bit of extra character and depth to an already rich brew. Deeply caramelized malts abound, and a touch of dark chocolate helps to anchor it although that's where the hops come into play. Much like the spicing, they play a supporting role, but a full on at that. The bitterness is firm enough to balance the sweetness of the malts, but never surpasses that function; and the grassy and floral hop flavors help to thin the richness of the malt so that it doesn't appear as "sweet", all the while adding breadth of character. The cinnamon, ginger and orange perk up in the finish as the dark caramel subsides, allowing you to notice them more at the start of the next sip. Like a bright, well-orchestrated symphony, Fezziwig evolves with each new movement, adding new layers to its themes without losing focus, and ending with a brilliant crescendo once the beer has warmed. It may not be quite the beer it once was, but it's certainly worth buying the winter seasonal case to have it on hand when friends and relatives drop by. An exceptional holiday beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 12:22:08 | More by NeroFiddled
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CSquared

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown color with a light brown head of tight bubbles. Moderate lacing.

Aroma: Pleasant nose of malt prevails, with a slight spice notes present

Taste: Malt prevails again in the taste, with suprisingly little spice flavor as advertised. This beer was donated to me though, and was rather old. It was slightly oxidized, and I'm thinking some of the spices may have mellowed.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thin, but hangs and lingers of the tongue a bit.

Drinkability: This was OK for the age of the beer, but I wouldn't seek out another one in this condition. Will definitely try to get a newer sample this winter.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2004 22:15:39 | More by CSquared
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andyo

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definately my favorite Sam Adams beers. Why don't they sell this apart from the mix packs? I'm tired of buying mixed 12-packs for this beer...and then having to give away the cranberry Lambics to unassuming friends. Anyhow, this is a nice, malty treat. Hints of spice, cinnamon, and faint chocalate notes makes this one a nice holiday warmer.

Now, will they please release this one in 6-packs next year?

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 04:58:00 | More by andyo
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yeagerbm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Dark reddish brown color with a creamy light brown head. Looks very good. Very aromatic with malt and spice and a discernable chocolate malt smell. Taste is great with a complex blend of fruit,spice and chocolatey malt.
overall a very tasty, enjoyable beer. Now will they just sell this apart from the cran. lambic next year, preferably solo?!?

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 00:54:33 | More by yeagerbm
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is a very dark amber, with an uneven white head. The smell is orange and malt. The taste is a chocolate maltiness with a strong orange taste and a slight ginger. Mouthfeel is for average. As for drinkability, it's a bit much to sustain with, so maybe another one.

I had this one with today's debate about Sam Adams in mind. All in all, not a terrible beer, but not a great one either. Still, I'd probably give this one another try next holiday season.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2004 04:34:35 | More by beergeek279
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watermelonman

California

3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured to a solid brown with very little head. However, it left a very nice lace behind as I drank it.

The smell is off-spice and off-lager, if that makes sense. It tasted pretty good, though. The claimed spices and oranges were very apparent.

It's not something that went down too easily, but I'd probably drink another if I had one.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 00:56:51 | More by watermelonman
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HardTarget

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: The spices nicely compliment a malt base. The ginger really comes out nicely with a hint of cinnamon. This has a nice Christmas smell to it.
Appearance: Clear dark brown with a long lasting tan head that left a wisp of lace.
Flavor: Spiced malt. No hops noted, but the malt was nicely kept in check and didn’t become sweet. The spices are at a nice level; strong enough to get your attention, but not so much that it takes away from the overall beer taste. More of the orange came out in the taste. Without the spice, I’d call this a brown ale.
Mouthfeel: A rich creamy feel with a medium body and a pretty clean finish. A touch of oil at the end extended the aftertaste.
Overall Impression: While not a huge Sam Adams fan, this is a good Christmas beer! Well-spiced, well-balanced, nice total package. It started to fade in taste as it warmed and while I enjoyed it, I don’t think it would make a session beer. I do think I’ll pick up a sampler 12-pack next season though. Worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 02:08:38 | More by HardTarget
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Southernbrew

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours red-brown with a medium bubbly head.

Aroma is full of spices, orange and ginger most noticably with a light cinnamon element also.

Full body, low carbonation. Very noticable ginger presence. Slight caramel sweetness noticable as well. Very slight bitterness comes in at the end as do warming qualities from the alcohol.

A very fine winter ale, one of the better ones I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2004 06:05:04 | More by Southernbrew
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange-copper topped by a very large, tight-bubbled, ecru colored crown. The lid eventually falls to a thick disk and deposits shredded sheets of lace. There isn't a great deal going on with the nose. Just toasted malt and assorted spices that I'm unable to guess at due to a lack of power.

The flavor is decent, but isn't especially exciting. Like the nose, sweet caramel malt and indeterminate spices are present. According to the label, Old Fezziwig Ale is brewed with cinnamon, ginger and orange. There's no way that I could have identified any of them without knowledge of their presence.

As the beer gains a few degrees, cinnamon comes to the fore, ginger is questionable, and orange peel is essentially absent. There's also a little coffee lurking around the edges. The mouthfeel is at least medium and is enjoyable enough for the above score to be granted.

Sam Adams Old Fezziwig is a nice attempt at a winter warmer, but I've had better. I'm not sure what changes would improve it. A different combination of flavors perhaps? But then it would be a completely different beer and there's not much point in that. Or is there?

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 01:15:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
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travolta

California

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Apperance: Amber in color. I cannot judge on the head as i am using a glass which does not produce a good representation.

Nose: Malt, cinnamon and caramel, it is sweet at first. A nice wintery smell to it.

Taste: I got a very wheaty taste, nice and dry. Not like crakers, but more like dry, wild wheat. if you just took the plant and stuck it in your mouth. You get a bitterness from this beer that is interesting. It is right in the middle of the taste. this beer smells sweeter than it tastes. Some cinnamon at the end. this gives it a nice finish.

Notes; What I loved about this one was it's taste and it's nose were a bit different.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 09:22:34 | More by travolta
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Dukeofearl

California

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive semi-opaque brown that contains a tinge of reddish-orange. A hard pour produced a small-medium head that lasted a few minutes; a moderate amount of carbonation kept it from going away all together. The aroma was the best part of this beer to me- it was a combination of sweet fruits (apples & cherries) and spices (cinnamon) that was somewhat bready, kind of like the way you always hope fruitcake will taste (but it never does). The flavor was a bit surprising, in that the aroma did not follow through as much as I would expect. The flavor was much more sharp than sweet, with spices (cloves & others I can't identiy) coming though much sharper than the bready fruits. Not a bad thing, just surprising. It finished with a warming alcohol glow. Overall- not a bad brew, but I was surprised by the switch from aroma to taste. I could not drink a lot of this at one sitting, but would not turn one down if offered!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2004 07:02:13 | More by Dukeofearl
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ark57

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This holiday beer is ruby-brown in color. The aroma brings showcases the cinnamon and some citrus notes. It is full bodied with tastes of caramel and slight chocolate. It is quite smooth and has a spicy finish. I like the taste, but do not think I could have more than 2 in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 13:33:51 | More by ark57
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish brown in color; nice light tan head which provides decent lace. Burnt oily caramel and butterscotch aromas with a slight hop note.

The caramel comes through distinctively on the first sip. Sweet crystal malt is followed by a small, but noticeable, hop bitterness. Rich, thick with a low carbonation. Similar to a Scotch Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 22:08:00 | More by smcolw
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WetCoaster

California

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, I’ll be darned, looky what turned up in the basement. I guess this bottle has been cellared for about three months. Let’s see what happens.

Appearance: Looks good, anyway. Pours a clear, glowing mahogany with about an eighth-inch of tan foam that dissipates moderately quickly. Coats the glass with thick lacing. Very nice.

Smell: Hmm. First thing that hits me is a citrusy/green apple blast of hops and esters. Once that peels back, there is a cake-like base of malt, nutmeg/cinnamon, caramel and batter. Strong butterscotch diacetyl emerges later. It’s not as booming as The Tree, but it’s interesting and complex.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Ass-backwards. STARTS with a blast of alcohol—that’s a first. Begins with a malty, boozy, burnt sugar flavor; I think whatever spice was there got swallowed by this syrup. Thins out considerably, and finishes with a seriously sour hop pucker. Carbonation is fine and mild. Aftertaste lingers with a slight smokiness. Ambitious, but not entirely pleasant.

Drinkability: Pretty good, but the flavor isn’t working for me, so I don’t think I’d drink too many more.

I suppose that part of the reason you cellar a beer is to blend and mellow the flavors. In this case, though, it didn’t really work; I found this a bit syrupy and muddy, with the alcohol way out of focus. Maybe fresher would have been better, but not a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2004 04:59:22 | More by WetCoaster
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jlervine

Georgia

2.53/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a deep brown with ruby hints. Glorious off white/nearly tan head formed, fell back, but stayed creamy throughout. Smell of oranges, ginger, toasted and caramel malts. Taste was a harsh orange and ginger at the beginning, giving way to roasted characteristics and finishing with a weird herbal astringency. Mouthfeel is very rough and unfinished. Blech. Not my bag, baby.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 20:00:45 | More by jlervine
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear but dark reddish/brown body with a decent sized white/tan head.

The nose was interesting. Malt, sharp pepper, spice, nutmeg, harsh orange peel, white pepper, some light cinnamon, apples, pears, caramel, cherries, sweet malt. Really the best way to describe it is as malt and fruit cake.

The beer was medium to full bodied. Nice and spicy. A big cinnamon and nutmeg attack mixed with the smooth full-bodied malt. It actually had some characteristics of decent pumpkin beer almost. Even bitterness from start to finish. The cinnamon is sharp but at the same time totally subdued as it sits well in the mix. Dark malts balanced well. It ends smooth with just a touch of spice.

How did I miss this beer? Really a fantastic holiday beer, like something you’d have at a local brewpub around x-mas. Fruit cake and malt. Maybe not the most drinkable beer if you’re having one after the other but a wonderful myriad of flavors that balance well to make an enjoyable holiday experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2004 08:17:52 | More by taez555
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JamesBerry

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very consistently "good" beer, from start to finish. Came out a nice, soft brown color with a fair-sized head. Couldn't make out the ginger and cinnamon mentioned on the label, but there was definitely a light, zesty orange presence in the aroma. Has a nice, warm mouthfeel, a notch or two lighter than a stout. Taste had more pronounced orange and ginger qualities to it, without any noticeable alcohol taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2004 17:10:02 | More by JamesBerry
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 2,911 ratings.