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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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3,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,244
Reviews: 1,341
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 66
Gots: 286 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2001

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Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. A large head forms and hangs around for a bit leaving some nice lacing.

The aroma is caramel malt, cinnamon and other winter spices. I think I sense some alcohol there also.

When I tried this beer I expected bigger flavors. It is not as sweet as other winter warmers and not as spicey as other winter seasonals. I taste the malt with just a hint of cinnamon. The low ABV I think hurt this beer. No warming feeling. It is also a little thin for a winter release. I want a beer with some body this time of year. It does make it easy to drink on the other hand. It is a good beer but I don't know what all the fuss is about.

Photo of animal69
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

i'm glad i saved this one for last ; it pours a dark reddish-brown w/ a thin off-white head which dissapates quickly leaving little lacing ; a strong, roasty caramel aroma with a slight citrusy undertone, not really sensing the exotic spiciness claimed, maybe some faint orange ; a tangy, rich caramel and choc. malt flavor, you can taste a hint of nuts and some mingled spices but nothing pronounced ; a good, med. body, slightly dry, not too much co2 feels warm on the tounge ; not a bad beer, i just don't care for flavored beers....

Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark ruby color with a small tan head that dissipated into a light ring around the glass. The smell is of raisins, perhaps plums. The spices don't really come out in the nose. The brew has a chocolate malt base, with dark fruit notes. The spices follow in the end; the ginger and orange peel being pronounced. The feel is fairly light and crisp, pretty balanced with a lean on the bitter side. A good dark ale with some nice fruity and spicy notes. A good change up from other malt heavy brews.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"For Brewery-Fresh Taste, Enjoy Before Month Notched: MAR"
Part of an 07/08 SA Winter Classics 12-pack I picked up from the Columbia Schnucks for $14.39.

a: Pours mahogany with a light tan head that slowly dissolves leaving some bubbles around the edge and some lacing.

s: Sweet roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and some subtle spice notes.

t: A nice blend of malt, spices, fruit and a touch of hops. I don't detect cinnamon, ginger, or orange specifically because I think they are balanced well enough that none of them really shine thru, but the aggregate is a good spiced flavor.

m: A lighter body than most winter warmers makes for a smooth texture with an easy finish.

d: Much more drinkable than most beers stuck with Winter Warmer label. Not too filling, rich, or bitter. You can tell it has a lower abv, which helps make it sessionable. Overall a pretty good beer, I wish I could purchase more than 2 at a time so I could get a better read on it. Having only 2 bottles a year makes it difficult to remember specifics, but I guess that's half the fun (and one of the reasons why we review).

Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice dark amber color with a nice copper head that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is malty, sweet, and some holiday spices - cinnamon and nutmeg hints. The taste is really good. It has a nice malty taste with undertones of nuts, cinnamon and some nutmeg flavoring. It is really smooth and goes down well. This is an excellent winter warmer. It is very drinkable and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a nice winter warmer.

Photo of scottyshades
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a SA Winter Classics collection for $13 at Publix...other than this one, the collection contains Winter Lager, Cream Stout, Holiday Porter, Cranberry Lambic, and Boston Lager

Born on date indicates March of 2007

A:Pours a deep brown color with hues of red in the light, 3 finger caramel color head that leaves a nice patchy lace

S: Complex nose consisting of roasted malts, toffee, spices, and a touch of hops followed by a note of alcohol at the very very end...very sweet smelling

T: I didnt even read the label of the bottle until I took my 5th sip and then I began to notice the ginger, cinnamon, and orange...the ginger tastes more like gingerbread than anything, the cinnamon is present along with maybe some nutmeg, but I could never really sense much of the orange...also the alcohol is apparent at the finish

MF: very clean, finishes silky smooth and creamy, mediumish in body, spicy aftertaste

D: Highly drinkable...I am going to pick this guy up whenever I see it from now on...good session beer in my opinion

Overall a very interesting brew, highly recommended for its balance of spices and sweetness...it really does warm as it goes down

Photo of boblog
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Brownish red, sort of a oak color. Average head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, cinnamon, hints of vanilla.

Taste: Spice flavors are strong, malt flavors are detectable after a second or two. No evidence of hops at all.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, light bodied, in general a disapointing mouthfeel.

Drinkablility: Fairly drinkable, I mean the flavor isnt over the top and the ABV isnt that high, but I dont want another one that much.

Photo of Realale
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep walnut with a slight burgundy cast to it. Extremely fine 1/2" beige head sits and stays, leaving nice lacing. Beautiful beer.

Nose is rich Munich roastiness, balanced against holiday candied fruit notes of Marashino cherry, lime rind and date.

Dusty, dry brown bread notes lead the palate. The malt is not as deep as the nose leads you to believe. Some fruitiness (a bit of prune and dried cherry) comes through, but it too is more subtly done. Good length, and in no danger of being ponderous.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly crisp and lively, which contributes nicely to making this beer sessionable, rather than an evening-ender. Very drinkable for a winter warmer. From the '07/'08 Holiday mix pack.

Photo of Floydster
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from a Winter Classics pack purchased at Cooke's Family Maket in El Segundo for about ten dollars

Poured into a pint glass with a deep reddish brown color and a very small silky white head that faded away fast, left small amounts of lacing

Smell had scents of cinnamon and oranges mostly, some vanilla, gingerbread, and various sweet malts as well

Taste was not bad for this style of beer, wish it could have been a little more complex, pretty smooth though, nice sweet and dry finish, sweetness of the malts overpower the hops, so it has more of a tangy taste than bitter, can be nutty and bready at times, got different tastes almost every sip which was odd, but as it warmed the other flavors really started to come out

Could drink a few of these, alcohol content is relatively low but these can be very heavy at times, the two bottles in the twelve pack are just right

Not my favorite beer out of this Sam Adams but certainly not the worst, cannot really go wrong for the price and get to try six different beers

Photo of Gehrig
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the excellent Samuel Adams Winter Classics 12-pack, Old Fezziwig Ale is a genuine treat. Coupled with a good, durable head, its deep brown-red color delivers a very nice presentation. It is positively packed with mild fruity flavors like orange, some cinnamon and other spices, and is extremely smooth. All flavors blend harmoniously, and Old Fezziwig is all too easy to consume. This is really one of the best seasonal brews that Sam Adams offers, making the Holiday season all the sweeter. The only drawback is that Sam Adams doesn't market Old Fezziwig in six packs. Too bad. I guess I'll just need to get another 12-pack after the weekend.

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with a nice frothy brown head. Aroma is subtle upfront with some spice in the nose. I detect a hint of gingerbread as well. Taste is malty upfront with only a bit of the spice. The taste at the back of the throat is more reminiscent of gingerbread and spice. Very subtle and not overbearing like a few other winter warmers I've had. The finish is clean as well. Very drinkable and works well on a cold night.

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

Ahhh. More Sam Adams holiday stuff! Very nice indeed. I started my sampling with the porter, which kind of spoiled me - it is sooo good. But this baby is no slouch. I have taken a liking to spiced stuff in recent years. Things like Great Lakes Christmas Ale are not intimidating, bring it on (but watch it, those are strong).

Fezziwig is missing that kick, and has much more subtle flavor, so in the end is more drinkable (I probably rated it lower, but I am not consistent). I would never refuse one of these, but I would prefer something more powerful when drinking a "winter warmer."

I'll have to buy another Holiday Classics 12 or two so I have some to share, but this box is for me!

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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, fair head, but leaves a nice circle of off-white bubbles around the glass.

S: Heavenly smell of gingerbread, cinnamon, Christmas cookies, citrus/orange, and malt, very inviting.

T: A heavy malt flavour, with a bit of bitter cinnamon starts off the flavour, melds with a nice ginger finish with a bit of orange. The closest beer to a liquid Christmas cookie I have ever found. Very tasty.

M: Not the most robust Winter Warmer ever, but fairly full-bodied and smooth.

D: A great Winter Warmer, one of the best, my favourite for sure out of the Sam Adams Winter Pack, why they don't put this in 6-packs is beyond me. Probably the best beer to pair with fragrant, spice-filled pumpkin pie right out of the oven. A truly fantastic beer.

Photo of JDK
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark red amber with a nice 1 finger head than was a nice tan color. Light lacing that clung throughout.
Smells of caramel, roasted malts and a touch of hops
Nice mouthfeel, mild carbonation with a slight roasted coffee malt aftertaste.
Tastes of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts but much more mild and smooth than the Cream Ale.
I think most everybody would like this brew, it's a surprise like SA Black Lager, definately worth a try. Just wish it came in it's own 6'er instead of the Holiday 12 Pack.

Photo of vtfan77
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- This beer has a nice copper color with a tilt towards the red end of the spectrum; unfortunately it lacks a decent head, only producing a small ring of lace even with a fairly vigorous pour.

S- Wow, this is quite malty! Almost barleywine-like with its malt. Big caramel and butterscotch flavors dominate with a hint of raisin-like fruit. Very nice.

T- Similar to the smell, but the caramel notes aren't as strong as the aroma might indicate. There's a bit of a graininess in the flavor as well. The beer starts out fairly sweet but finishes dry with a touch of bitterness and lingering grain.

M- Kind of thin in this department; the carbonation level is decent. Pretty average.

D- Pretty good. I'd certainly have another; maybe even two.

Another nice beer from Sam Adams. I really like the malt character in this one. I've found that most Sam Adams beers have a distinctive caramelly maltiness, but this one takes it farther and succeeds. I'll echo the sentiments of many folks on here in wishing that this was put out in six-packs rather than just as a part of the Holiday mix-pack. I'd still recommend picking up the mix-pack. Aside from the infamous cranberry lambic, all the beers in it are solid.

Photo of botham
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a new Sam Adams glass. pours a dark copper color with garnet highlights. a couple fingers of light tan, creamy head sit on top, making this one a great looking brew. great lacings as well.

aroma is of roasted malts, with notes of chocolate and caramel malts. a hint of spices is present as well, possibly from cinnamon or hops. not much else for the nose, but very balanced and rich.

taste is malty up front, which brings roasty, caramel and chocolate flavors. background flavors include cinnamon and a touch of citrus. there is not much more here, but the complexity and balance are exceptional. there is nothing that would make this one better on the palate. perfectly proportioned.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a creamy texture and a very smooth character. finish is smooth and satisfying.

drinkability is great. this is not a very filling brew, though it is bold and flavorful. an excellent flavor profile on this one. cheers!

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

A- Dark brown with amber and red hues. Head is 1 finger of off-white and thick. Leaves nice, very thick layer that lasts the duration.

S- Orange, Ginger, Cranberry, Hint of cinnamon and pepper like spice. Honey is there as a subtle touch. After it warms a little and give the glass a quick swirl, the hops come out for you.

T- Tastes of toffee, caramel, pepper and cloves. Orange is in the aftertaste and is nice.

M- Creamy and malty but lacks thickness. Mid-carbonation and tongue feel. A little watery for a winter warmer.

D- Nice beer. A little bit "far out" for a session beer. It definitely does the job for a couple though. Hoppy Holidays!

Photo of nickfl
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of soft, light-brown foam on top of a dark brown body with enough transparency to tell that it has good clarity.

S - Toffee, raisins and a weak coffee note. Somewhat spicy: cinnamon and cloves with a caramel backbone.

T - Lots of sweet malt and spice upfront, followed by roastiness and some subtle hop flavor. Raisins and toffee are big players here, as they are in the nose. The finish is clean and round, consisting mostly of roast malt notes and a mild alcohol warmth.

M - Medium body that doesn't linger on the palate and moderate to high carbonation.

D - A very rich and flavorful beer but not too difficult to drink. This beer has an excellent wintry character to it and it is one of the primary reasons that I buy the Sam Adams holiday sampler every year.

Photo of bigchiefbc
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got two bottles out of a Sam winter pack. Initial pour shows a beautiful deep amber/red, with at least two fingers of head, then it setles down to just a touch of foam. The smell is just as described on the label, cinnamon and orange most of all, maybe a touch of nutmeg. The taste hits you with the cinnamon and nutmeg first, then the orange at the end in a nice aftertaste. I find this to be very drinkable, not as strong as some other warmers, but that's sometimes a good thing. Definitely recommended

Photo of Rudgers73
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Ommegang chalice. Nice deep cola brown. Frothy head that sits 1/4 inch tall before turning into a thin tan layer. Leaves nice lacing as the head creeps down the glass. Lots of aroma in this beer. Foamy, chocolaty malt, roasted and nutty with brown sugar and cinnamon in the back. Full in flavor that starts like a brown ale and finishes dry and tart. The orange is what I believe pokes out right at the end that gives the tart flavor to an overall malty and porter-like beer. The roasted flavor is characteristic of a porter, but the lighter body makes it almost like a spiced schwartzbier. The body is clean and smooth with rich and mellow roasted malt. This is a great winter warmer as the fall sets in in Rochester, NY. Great value for the taste, and one of the best winter warmers I've had to date.

Photo of JamesS
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite in the holiday pack, it has a very nice dark copper color with good head, although it has little lacing. Considering its wonderful taste, I’m always a bit disappointed in its scent, which is just average, with barely a hint of orange. Still, it has a wonderful taste, a nice crisp ale with an excellent maltiness, along with very nice spice flavors, most notably orange and nutmeg. Goes down very smoothly and is a wonderful winter warmer.

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

12 oz bottle> 16 oz SA Boston Lager glass

A very vibrant crimson amber color comes rushing out and up with a nice lively look creating a 1" thick and dense tan colored head, great retention and both foamy and sticky.

Roasty chocolate malt with cinnemon, herbal spices and red grapes later on as the brew warms toward room temprature. Nice aroma complexity overall.

The roasty malted flavor is perfect for winter, very reminisant of fall time actually, the malt is pretty deep with roasty, maple-oak'ed and spicey chocolate, pops right out. Way down deep there's a more subtle but spicey oats 'n wheat effect that I'm attributing to the hops and yeast creating a mighty fine balance. In the end your left with a grassy, herbal and sour lager yeast aftertaste.

This brew feels full bodied, really smooth and lively til the end. Highly enjoyable feel. This is a fine fall/winter brew with a great malt backbone and flavors that compliment the season very well.

Photo of Overlord
2.35/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a tough beer to review, because I realize that my subjective reaction to it is probably significantly more negative than the beer's objective qualities.

Pours an attractive, ruddy red, with a dollop of nice white foam. Smells, and tastes, of malt, orange, cinnamon, more than a little vanilla, and some coffee and chocolate notes. Sounds good, but the combination, for me, was head-ache inducing. It could be that I just hate cinnamon. Put cinnamon in any product, and I'm guaranteed to hate it.

Not nearly my favorite Sam Adams offering.

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

Reddish-brown color and very aromatic. Tastes very much like a brown ale, but a bit more complex. Not much head that dissipates quickly. Pretty good beer. I liked it very much. Flavor of Chocolate and Caramel. Decent lacing on glass. Flavor is nice blend of malt and spices. Good Stuff.

Photo of lonestar4lunch
2.08/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is almost the same as the AB winter warmer. Light head that dissipates quickly. A dark color with a red tint, can barely see fingers through glass. Light smell of spices, very minimal for a winter warmer. Not much here to enjoy. Not sure if this should be listed as a "winter warmer". I am not trying to be rude here but I am not a beliver of Sam Adams and this proves that it is basic if that. I just don't get how this gets such good reviews.

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,244 ratings.