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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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3,084 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,084
Reviews: 1,314
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 59
Gots: 189 | 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 AlexJ
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chestnut brown pour with dark orange highlights and a thick beige head that lasts a while before depositing layers of crusty lace on my glass.

Aroma is sweet and malty with hints of caramel, chocolate, gingerbread cookie dough, and sweet citrus.

Flavor has those chewy malts with great spice notes and hints of candied orange peel. Warming and quite tastey with a nip of bittering hops in the finish, but can't touch OSA.

Body is barely medium, yet smooth and creamy textured with soft, micro carbonation.

AlexJ, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of nlmartin
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pub style glass.

Appearance: This beer pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. The head was almost a inch high creamy white. Loads of staying power on the head. The beer laced in concentric circles around the glass.

Smell: The aroma was full of roasted caramel and chocolates. There was a large amount of fruityness raisins and orange citrus. Gingerbread maltyness plays with cinnamon goodness.

Taste: The taste is equal to the smell. Lots of roasted caramel and chocolate make a sweet entarance. There is a moderate amount of hoppyness that keeps the sweetness in check. Dam this is good.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a sweet meduim body. Very clean finish almost bone dry. This is a very drinkable beer. I wish it was sold in six packs or bombers.

nlmartin, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of WeymouthMike
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this out of the Sam Adams Winter Sampler. Visually this beer was gourgeous, a dark mahogany color with an inch or so off white head in a standard pint glass. Smells of cinnamon and nutmeg are very profound and the taste is what I expected from the aroma. Mouthfeel is smooth with no carbonation. I think this a very good beer but the sweetness would limit me to one or two, overall I loved the Sam Sampler and would like to see something new replaced the Cranberry Lambic next year.

WeymouthMike, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasantly surprised to see the Sam Adams Winter Sampler at a family Christmas party.

Pours a warm tangerine/amber tone with a finger of bubbly off-white head and some decent lacing. Smells and tastes like Christmas cookies - cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, with hints of corriander and a dash of orange peel. Has a caramel sweet malt base that gives it some heft. Mouthfeel is lager slick, matching the spice and caramel well. The spice and sweetness mean I could probably only drink one or two of these, not quite sessionable, but it's still a tasty winter warmer and welcome this time of year.

Golden2wenty1, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of stof0048
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very deep, dark red, moderate lacing, little head that forms a ring around the glass.

S: Smells a bit like chocolate, hint of ginger and the orange added... I don't pick up on any of the cinnamon that it's supposedly brewed with.

T: Orange and citrus are perhaps the easiest flavors to pick out, dark malts, hint of chocolate.

M: Moderately carbonated, smooth, has a nice warm finish.

D: Pretty easy to drink, a nice beer for hanging out and sippin' on.

stof0048, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of jslot38
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz from 05-06 Winter.

Appearance: Red amber hues penetrate a deep wooden body with an off white head of a few centimeters. Lacing is lovely.

Smell: Notes of cinnamon, a few dried fruits linger through. Classic winter warmer smell. Orange and pear rinds. A few hints of alcohol.

Taste: Spices first penetrate the tongue. Cinnamon, ginger, and other spices linger into a malty backbone of dried fruit. Lingering of hop oils, but only a slight mix at first sip. Malts are a mixture of orange, raisin, and dark nuts. If just only one of these flavors had held the tongue a bit more, it would have taken 4's across the board.

Mouthfeel: Lovely level of carbonation up front, malts in the end even off the brew to allow for a smooth going down. Flavours only linger for a few moments past the downing.

Drinkability and Notes: May have to write Sam Adams a letter asking for a release of this beer in 6 packs during the winter. Could easily sit around and drink a few of these in the winter months, a winter warmer with a beautiful use of cinnamon and orange peel. At almost 6% this does great to warm you up, but won't hold you back. Something I will look forward to at the first drop of temperature.

jslot38, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of UberWasser
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark mahogany with little light penetration. When held up to a light source, though, it isn't cloudy at all. The head develops nicely as the beer is poured, and self-settles in a bit of a Guiness Draught-like fashion. It's of a slightly dirty-white color and is made up of very fine bubbles. It dissipates quickly, but leaves some lacing on the surface and the glass.

The smell is mainly a dark fruity scent with some hints of bread dough and subtle spices. A clean hop and alcohol mix lies in the background. Not quite as rich as their Winter Lager.

The taste centers on the rich fruitiness, reminiscent of chocolate covered berries, perhaps. Rather sweet most of the way through, but ends with a subtle bitterness and a definite tinge of alcohol. Warms your throat and stomach. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but has a nice tingly carbonation that goes well with the warming sensations.

Overall, another nice winter warmer from Samuel Adams.

UberWasser, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burnished copper with an off-white head that is rather short-lived but left much lacing in its wake. Aroma is spice (cinnamon) and malts and vinous hops. Flavor is hoppy up front wth a cinnamon middle and a malty finish. Tasty. This brew is a nice treat on a december evening.

Citadel82, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

MurphyMacManus, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of rowew
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

rowew, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Bitterbill, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of skynxnex
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

skynxnex, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of evanackerman
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

evanackerman, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Zorro, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of Hagbard
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Hagbard, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ColoradoBobs, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of metallistout
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

metallistout, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of jakester
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jakester, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of LordChesterfield
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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?!"

LordChesterfield, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

russpowell, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

whartontallboy, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of fromage
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

fromage, Nov 27, 2005
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of SteveO1231
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

SteveO1231, Nov 26, 2005
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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