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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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2,946 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,946
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 44
Gots: 127 | 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 Biggness

New York

3.18/5  rDev -15.9%

This slightly spiced beer was a pleasant suprise. It has a little.. Christmas flavor to it and is usually a holiday staple for me. It is an acquired taste as beers like Guinness are, but overall I enjoy it. This beer is not something you can drink all night but it has a nice flavor after a cold hard days work :)

01-17-2005 22:15:45 | More by Biggness
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

Light tan head leaves nice lacing over clear medium reddish brown liquid. Spicy nose smells of cinnamon and toasted malt/subtle orange peel. The taste is complex with roasted grains, spices and hoppiness. Nice astringent mouthfeel. Finishes slightly winey and dry. Better than I remember it being.

01-14-2005 01:18:38 | More by beerluvr
Photo of ism

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours a pleasing amber with a frothy taupe head. Sweet caramel and ginger in the nose is reflected in the flavor. Low carbonation, a slick and medium body gives a good mouthfeel. Full-on sweetness accompanied by cinnamon and ginger spices, with nary a hop, gives it a warming kind of feel. Just complex enough for a winter brew and something I'll look forward to next year. Goes great with lean and roasted meat.

01-12-2005 02:10:54 | More by ism
Photo of tweeder263


3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours out a dark amber color with a one finger head.Smells sweet of malt and spices.Tastes sweet and malty with hints of spices that show up here and there during drinking. Has a nice medium bodied mouthfeel.This is a nice winter brew i wouldnt mind keeping a couple in stock.

01-12-2005 01:06:55 | More by tweeder263
Photo of hero27


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Sampled out the Sam Adams Holiday Pack...

Appearance: Pours a very deep, dark amber color. Off-white head leaves a spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of spices..and not the clove crap that I find disgusting, but rich hints of nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. Somewhat reminds me of a more subtle version of Anchor OSA.

Taste: I have to be honest, this beer really surprised me. The flavor is much more rich and complex than expected. The taste is different than anything I've had, but very good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Couldn't be much more smooth. Very well-balanced with good carbonation as well. I like the added alcohol content and it's a very well-done winter brew.

Drinkability: A great Christmas ale which I'd recommend to anyone. Wish they made it a bit more available..I've only seen it in the holiday packs, not in six-or-twelve packs by itself.

01-11-2005 22:44:56 | More by hero27
Photo of ken3c


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Reddish Brown in color with half inch of foam. Lacing is evident from the ring and island of foam that remain to the end of the beer.

The aroma is all malt. No sense of hops but a little sense of roastiness and some spices.

Sweet and roasted flavors blend nicely on my toungue. There is a sense of spices but not much. There's a little sense of hops in the finish that lingers a while. Aftertaste is a little strange maybe sulfer. Not bad, just not what I expected.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonated and full bodied.

Interesting beer.

01-11-2005 04:31:09 | More by ken3c
Photo of Ave


3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a dark scarlet amber, generous tight head that retains well. Very sweet malt caramel nose. Comes on a bit surgery, but has a decent body of spice in the back. Very slick on the tongue, creamy lavender with a tart sour finish. Medium hop body. Very decent over all. Lingers a bit stale on the sides of the tongue afterwards, but that could have been the two pots of coffee I drank this morning. All in all a very nice offering from the BBC, certainly one of the better. Wouldn’t be something to spend all night with, but very enjoyable brew.

01-10-2005 20:45:02 | More by Ave
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

12 ounce bottle. Pours out a dark brownish red. The one inch tan head doesn't last very long. Earthy aroma and noticable ginger. Rich malty flavor. Heavily spiced with cinnamon and ginger. Finishes bitter. Medium mouthfeel and an above average drinkability. This beer is interesting, and I like the use of ginger, but I wouldn't want to drink this more than once in a while.

01-09-2005 09:57:15 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of aracauna


2.73/5  rDev -27.8%

This one is a dark clear copper with an ok head. The aroma is slightly malty, the spice is evident but far from overpowering. There’s also a slightly cheesey or mushroomy smell, that I think may actually be a trick of the spice/malt interaction on my nose instead of more sinister reasons. The flavor’s a bit flat, fairly dry, with no finish.

01-07-2005 02:21:30 | More by aracauna
Photo of arizcards


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

This is part of a case sampler pack picked up at Costco.

This is a ruby red brew that poured a generous head and is leaving a fine lacing down my glass. Nose is picking up hints of sweet toasted malts and spices. Taste is very good, starts with malts that are somewhat toasted followed by a wonderful combination of holiday spices and finishes with an ever slight dry hop. Mouthfeel is reasonably full and is lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a nicely done holiday brew that I would seek out again!

01-07-2005 01:24:37 | More by arizcards
Photo of alexgash


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Dark ruby body with a festive, light-tan head. Smells of rich, sugary malt, maple syrup, and lots of spices: cinnamon, vanilla, and orange potpourri. Quite spicy, eh? But good spicy.
Caramelly malt up front. Sweet, but not overly so. Spices dominate. Cinnamon, vanilla, zesty ginger (?). Not bad, especially for something so spiced. Bitterness rises just before the finish, and sticks around with some residual spicy sweetness. Medium-bodied, with an almost creamy feel. Not something I would drink often, but a good choice for when I feel like "spicing" it up. Haha.

12-31-2004 03:57:26 | More by alexgash
Photo of nortmand


3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours deep amber red, with little head. Clear as a bell.
Spicy sweet scent. Coriander...ginger...orange peel maybe.
Must be a pinch of choclate malt in their, sweet caramel flavors blend with a spicy tone. This is quite good until the aftertaste, which is off flavor and kind of sour.
Well carbonated, a little less would be nice, otherwise uninteresting.
Pretty drinkable for a spiced ale, but nothing I would probably seek out.

12-30-2004 23:54:48 | More by nortmand
Photo of beertaster13


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

Sam Adams loves the winter beers, and this one is a great one to add to the list. Pours a cherry-wood color with oakness hues. The smell is of orange zest, nutmeg and ginger, a slight rasin tone. The taste is a great blend of spices and citrus with a nice deep dark oaked raisin taste. Medium bodied with great drinkability, curl up with these next to the fire for a perfect winter night.

12-23-2004 02:35:06 | More by beertaster13
Photo of JackStraw22


3.78/5  rDev 0%

This beer looks nice in the glass, clear amber with ruby accents. Decent tan head that holds pretty well, good amount of lacing. My favorite part of this beer though is the smell. Ginger and nutmeg really come through here, with some cinnamon and apples in there too. Some pleasent hops smell is drifting around, very nice. Unfortunately, I can't really taste much of that. There's a nice bitterness in the hops, but nothing else seems to be going on. The beer feels very thin too, just not much to it. It doesn't taste bad, just not a lot of complexity. On the plus side, the drinkability is great.

12-21-2004 01:20:41 | More by JackStraw22
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a nice dark ruby red amber. Not a huge head but good lace.
Smell of malt with raisin and decent hop aroma. Fruity. Taste is quite nice. Chocoate malt notes with raisin, ginger and slight orange flavors. Balanced with just enough hops to offset the sweetness. Some alcohol is evident, but not much. Finishes a bit dry with a nice bitter, roasted aftertaste. Decent drinkability. Not a bunch and not something to have in the summer, but great around this time of year.

12-19-2004 19:26:37 | More by sabrills70
Photo of brewQ


3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

'Tis the season...

Brown to purple-red tones with an irregular beige head.
Not much lacing evident.

My take on the aroma is fruit/citric plus sweet. I can not pick up the distinct cinnamon, ginger and orange promised on the label.

I do enjoy the cherry and chocolate notes I found or imagined!

This beer has an enviable balance to it. It is drinkable, while providing some hints of special holiday flavors.

12-12-2004 07:29:01 | More by brewQ
Photo of GreenWBush


3.1/5  rDev -18%

Deep scarlet. True to the BBC it features proper head and lacing.

Nose is spicy with uge carmelized maltiness, large, spicy ginger, and orange rind. The doughiness and peppery characterisitics appear at cellar temperature.

In a weird way I found this beer to be the equivalent of eating a cinnamon cookie, a touch like some of the better pumpkin ales.

Strangely "coin-y" mouthfeel that distracts from the flavor.

A well crafted spiced beer, but not of my personal preference.

12-11-2004 20:38:33 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of mobyfann


3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

Paid only $10.99 for the "Winter Classics Holiday 12 pack"

This beer starts off with a clear dark brown base with a medium white head, pretty good retnetion and some scattered lacing throughout. The aroma is a bit weak but I smelled mainly raisins with some faint smells of alcohol, malts and spice.

The taste was a nice hybrid of raisins, malt, sweetness and a bit chocolaty too. This beer hinted a little porter to it, but not completley. The mouthfeel was a low point, it felt extremely heavy in the mouth. The drinkability is good, relatively smooth and at 5.6% not too noticeable.

Final Thought: This is a very unique beer, so I like it on that basis; however, it's not that great of a beer.

12-11-2004 04:31:31 | More by mobyfann
Photo of allengarvin


3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance: Reddish-mahogany color, with head of white foam, fairly small, but laces nicely.

Aroma: Sweet malt mainly, but cinnamon scent is also apparent.

Flavor: Malt sweetness dominates, slightly toasty, mostly caramel flavors. Cinnamon is present, along with medium-low hop bitterness balancing it out. Cinnamon flavor is not as strong as the aroma suggests. I can't taste the ginger or orange peel (which the label says are ingredients) at all.

Body: A bit watery for a beer of this strength. Medium carbonation.

This was one of my favorite beers in the mid 90s, but I guess my tastes have changed since then. It's not bad, but not very interesting. Bringing the spices out would help a lot.

12-10-2004 02:24:52 | More by allengarvin
Photo of UncleFrank


3.63/5  rDev -4%

A dark burnt orange colored ale with little to no head.
Aroma is nice, spices, cinamon, sweet malts, caramel, almost like a belgian ale.
The taste is mellow, a nice blend of spices but not able to tell what the underlying stule is supposed to be. Body is a bit thin and seems more so as the beer spices dry out the palate. Hop flavor none. The spices do not overwhelm amking this a holiday beer I could drink alot of. ABV is not detectable at all.

12-06-2004 23:28:19 | More by UncleFrank
Photo of soper2000


4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Third beer of the evening. An aggressive pour into my Sam Smith pint yields a quickly disappating 1 finger slightly off white head atop a dark ruby body. Carbonation is subdued. Smells great. Strong notes of spice mingle with sweet malts. Taste is very well balanced spice and a very distinct nuttiness comes through at the end. Finish reminds me of walnuts actually. Mouthfeel is a little thin in my opinion but otherwise this is a very good beer and perhaps my second favorite Sam Adam's after their cream stout.

12-05-2004 00:09:17 | More by soper2000
Photo of mynie


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Looks purple. Decent head. Ruby hues. Nice, but nothing too great.

Smells like chocolate and ginger and malt. Very nice, very complicated, just as strong as it should be.

Doesn't taste quite as good as it smells. Spicy, malty, loads of caramel. The malt and spice are upfront and in the back there's a very soft, smooth almost candy taste. Did you ever have divinity? It's a chocolate candy made with baking soda and it fizzes--it's what kids had to eat before they came out with poprocks. This reminds me of that. Neat.

Nice mouthfeel, but it's a bit too spicy to drink too many of these.

12-02-2004 03:39:03 | More by mynie
Photo of Gagnonsux


3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

This was a little bit of a disapointment after SA's excellent Holiday Porter. Still, Fezziwig is enjoyable, and one of SA's better brews. Color is dark ruby, short head. Aroma is malty with a touch of the cinnamon and ginger touted on the bottle. Taste starts with dark, bready malts. Finish is ginger and cinnamon, which linger on the palate a little too long. A slight roasted taste is in the finish too. This is pretty good, but this isn't my favorite style. I like this as a part of a sample, but I don't think I'd buy a sixer of it.

12-02-2004 02:11:48 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of KoG


3.38/5  rDev -10.6%

A nice deep red fills the glass and creates a generous amount of creamy head that soon turns chunky and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell is fruity with a bit of spice and alcohol coming through on the back. Nothing really jumps out and says "Hey, sniff me!" but it does balance what aroma it has very nicely.

Taste is a bit bland. Seems a bit hoppy and bitter for what the smell gives off. Toasted background with a decent amount of malt to finish.

Mouth is acceptable, but a bit thin and leaves a sour feeling in the throat. The active carbonation saves it from being below par.

This is not something I really enjoy. I only have one other winter warmer to compare this to, but I think I would pick Jubelale over this if both were in sixers next to each other.

11-30-2004 05:06:26 | More by KoG
Photo of xgrigorix


3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Best by month notched on label.

Dull deep brown with ruby red highlights throughout. Dense tan head leaves patchy lace behind.

Ginger, cinnamon, & orange are clearly defined in the nose. Also aromas of roast malt to add some depth.

Hints of chocolate, along with roasted & toasted malt, make for a sweet start. The spices come in with plenty of ginger & orange, along with subtle hits of cinnamon. Dries out slightly for a short finish. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation.

11-29-2004 18:21:30 | More by xgrigorix
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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