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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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2,948 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,948
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 46
Gots: 130 | 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 BigPapaLager


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

From the 2003 Winter pack from Sam's. This is a good winter spiced brew. Poured a reddish brown with a modest head but decent lacing anyways. This is one of the better balaced spiced beers of the season, not too overpowering, though it had a strong ginger taste. Too bad I had to give away a couple lights and lambics for this baby and a couple stouts. O'well, happy holidays.

12-17-2003 01:12:24 | More by BigPapaLager
Photo of yankeeheel


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a nice deep brown with an off white head. Smells very leathery and nice.

Tastes a lot like a porter/brown hybrid if that makes any sense. Lots of dark fruit, smoke, and malt up front. Very smooth a just a little bit of carbonation to keep the mouthfeel solid. Minimal hopping helps it go dawn nice.

12-12-2003 18:40:54 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a deep cherry red witha small creamy white head. Smell is very fruity and malty sweet.

Taste is dominated by sweet malt. Caramel flavors and fruity undertones. Sweet, sweet, sweet.All malt driving the flavors here. A bit of underlying spice. Mouthfeel is lightly sticky. This is a fine holiday beer and a good selection for the Winter Classics but it is not as good as I remember. Makes me wonder whether I will endure the Light and Lambic next year just to get to this one.

12-12-2003 16:45:53 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of dpend


3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured a nice mahogany with a well-built beige head. Aroma is of berries,malt and spice. An extra syrupy sweetness is there as well. Sweet roasted malt, cinnamon and a nuttyness preside in the taste. A bit of a watery brew that lacks a chewy definition. All in all, a good beer.

12-09-2003 22:13:40 | More by dpend
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

First time trying this brew picked it up in the variety 12 pack,pours a deep brown/red with a light but lacey head,the aroma is mainly malty with some light brown sugar notes.Taste is very raisiny and bready with a syrupy taste that lingers,a definent malt accented beer wich is nice.I think one of the better BBC offerings but not the easiest beer to drink.

12-09-2003 01:53:39 | More by oberon
Photo of putnam


4/5  rDev +5.8%

Dark reddish brown under a mottled beige/gray head.
The aromas have the slate, blueberry and cream notes that I associate with the Old Tadcaster brewery. It is a milk chocolatey, voluptuous richness expressed as perfume.
On the palate it's fizzy and clean with simple rootbeer-like sweetness and mild, roasted tannins. A pleasantly short, slightly dilute finish still allows for impressions of cocoa and cinnamon.
Certainly decent.

12-07-2003 21:05:51 | More by putnam
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

This is a pretty good brew. It's got a very nice smell of various raosted things and some citrus. It's got a creamy taste/mouthfeel. The taste is most malty, mixed with citrus, some various spices, and some roasted nuts. It actually tastes a lot like a lighter Skullspliter, which is one of my more fav beers. If you have the chance, don't deprive yourself of this one.

12-03-2003 04:07:39 | More by JISurfer
Photo of flaminghomer


4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

the first look and taste of this beer had me thinking scotch ale.

the look of this beer was a dark reddish brown with a great looking light tan head, very sticky.

compared to the scotch ales that i have drank, this beer tastes very much in that order. i could taste no spices.

i thought that this was a really good beer. a six pack of it would do me just fine. this beer comes in the winter sampler pack and you only get two. which is a shame.

11-30-2003 06:06:59 | More by flaminghomer
Photo of mschofield


3.73/5  rDev -1.3%

Copper towards brown with a slight haze
1 finger khaki head, laces well as it slowly dissipates.
Caramel aroma with cinammon, the ginger is subtle and hides in the back.
In the taste the orange peel becomes more pronounces with the cinammon sliding back, and a ginger-ale undertone. Quite malty at this point - chocolate and roasted caramel.
Orange comes out even more as it warms. Full but flat feel to it.

Good, but I probably wouldn't like it as much if I got more than 2 bottles a year. A few years ago I didn't like it at all, but it has grown on me over time.

11-24-2003 19:47:52 | More by mschofield
Photo of shippos

New York

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

deep garnet-amber color with a thick slightly off-white head. picking up cinnamon mainly in the aroma combined with hints of malt and hops. has a chewy mouthfeel with some toffeeish notes, this is an awesome beer. spices are don't come at you very strong, they are very nicely balanced with the malt and hops with each ingredient coming through. very slight hot cinnamon bitter aftertaste. definetly one of there finest beers.

11-14-2003 13:44:56 | More by shippos
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%

(Samuel Adams "Winter Classics" pack, 2003)

Old Fezziwig Ale is one of the Sam Adams beers that I only see in their winter sampler. The fact that I've never had this beer warranted my decision to purchase the sampler pack (which includes the infamous Cranberry "Lambic" :-) . This ale turns out to be what I consider the better of Sam Adams winter offerings.

Old Fezziwig pours a clear, medium-dark brown color with a ruby hue. A decent tan foam head forms and dissapears in under 1 minute. There is a nice smell of caramel malt and roasted malts, some citric and fruity hoppiness, light spiciness (some cinnamon), and a very light orange smell. Smells is a little remicient of a pale ale, but "enhanced." The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated. The flavor does have some nice complexities. There are decent darker and roasted malt flavors here, with a nice fruitiness abound. The hop bitterness is pleasant, lending some citric and spicy qualities along with some dryness in the finish. The hoppiness is reminicent of the Boston Lager in a way. The beer is mildly spiced and definitely not overdone. I thought I could pick out the cinnamon, and the orange peel presence was very light (I couldn't really pick out the ginger). The aftertaste continues with the hoppy dryness, and there is an "orange flesh" flavor here, along with some woodiness. This finishes out with some alcoholic warmth.

This would be nice if it were put into six-packs. It would make for a nice drinking ale during the cold months. This seems a bit more flavorful and assertive than the Winter Lager, but at the same time it doesn't overdo anything. Mild enough for the average beer drinker, enjoyable enough for a BA.

11-13-2003 04:32:08 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of winomark


2.88/5  rDev -23.8%

Appearance: Pours a deep red/mahogany color with a foamy off-white head.

Aroma: Tart citrus tones with some conveyance of the cinnamon. Fairly mild nose.

Taste: Ginger and cinnamon make an appearance with some dark malts in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Flavorful, but not much character. Coffee in the back, with nothing but carbonation everywhere else.

Drinkability: Worth trying once, but you have to buy the sampler 12-pk for the experience.

11-11-2003 15:40:32 | More by winomark
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a dark mahogany with a thin, web-like foam. Nice lacing. This beer has a very intriguing aroma. Ginger and orange stand out in the smell, with the cinnamon in the background. The spices completely dominate the smell, and it's hard to get to the malt aroma because of their presence. Likewise, the taste is decidedly spicy...I get an awful lot of ginger...with a very pleasing maltiness underneath. Caramel and toasted qualities are very nice. Medium body, quite drinkable, and a whole lot of fun to sniff. Overall, the beer is well-made, and definitely worth picking up..

11-09-2003 22:16:55 | More by Suds
Photo of Quaffer


3.93/5  rDev +4%

Bottle states "Ale brewed with cinnamon, ginger, and orange."

Appearance: The label had a cool, Dickens-esque scene on it. Glad to see that, considering the changes that have been made recently to the other Sam Adams labels. The beer poured a beautiful, deep red color that had some brown highlights around the edges. A dense, three-finger head exploded out of this beer even with a careful pour. The beige foam sank back down into the beer very slowly and left some nice streamers of lace around the top of the glass. As I downed the pint, thick sheets of foam were left in the beer's wake. A thin layer of bubbles persisted for duration of the drink.

Smell: Hardly any spice aromas came out in this brew, which really surprised me. A hint of ginger occasionally bit at my nose, and once and awhile I thought I could pick out some orange, but that was it. The main smells that I could discern were dark fruits, such as cherries and plums, caramel, chocolate, candy sugar, and bread.

Mouthfeel: A medium-bodied beer that was even a little chewy on the sides of the tongue. It left the mouth with a slightly coated feel to it. The ginger left a bit of a "scratch" on the back of the throat.

Taste: This beer first hit the mouth with a mild cherry tartness and some sweetness. Then the sweetnes grew and was joined by caramel and malt. There was also a light chocolate flavor that helped add some depth to the brew. On the finish, the chocolate malt gained a little strength and the cinnamon that was absent from the aroma started to emerge.

This was a nice spiced beer, but it is not something that I would want often. A good winter brew for the occasional night by the fire.

11-08-2003 22:29:45 | More by Quaffer
Photo of Dmann


3.2/5  rDev -15.3%

This beer looked great out of the glass as it poured a great medium brownish color with a great white head that settled into a small foam on top of the beer. The ginger really came through in the smell as did the cinnamon. The taste of this beer was a little too on the spicy side for me, and did not do much for the palate. I would have to say this is very balanced as far as the spices go but this is just not my cup of tea(or beer!). Having said that though, this is one of the better spiced beers that I have had but I do not think I could drink more than one at any given setting.

11-08-2003 12:32:42 | More by Dmann
Photo of TastyTaste


3.23/5  rDev -14.6%

Pours a beautiful reddish-brown, whichis the best part of this beer. I didn't drink this on a nice day. It was about 30 some degrees with howling wind and freezing rain. Started out as a fine beer, that had a very rich flavor. By the end of the glass, however, it became a chore to drink. I don't know if it warmed up to much, or my taste buds just got defeated, but one is all i can drink of this beer. Worth a shot, if you live somewhere that has snow for 4-5 months out of the year, and you know how to use a snowblower.

10-29-2003 15:48:31 | More by TastyTaste
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3.93/5  rDev +4%

What the hell I'm I doing drinking this holiday ale on a 100 degree fall day in southern California? Despite the inappropriate setting, this was an enjoyable beer. The color is a very eye-pleasing copper with a nice white head that lingers. Spices abound in the smell and taste, but they're not overwhelming. One or two during the holidays would suffice, but I'd start looking for something else after that.

10-19-2003 00:48:01 | More by mickeymac
Photo of JAL67


4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

Great color. Nice dark amber and the taste is fantastic. I didn't think I would like a "spiced" beer but this one doesn't overwhelm with spices, instead it compliments and has a good kick as well. Really look forward to this beer come the Winter. Just wish it came in 6/12 packs. Very festive artwork on the bottle adds a nice touch. A beer that will warm you on cold winter nights. Here's to the Holidays.

09-25-2003 20:00:15 | More by JAL67
Photo of beerguy101


4/5  rDev +5.8%

Dark brown color, large head. Spicy and sweet aroma. An ale brewed with "orange, cinnamon and ginger". A nice malty brown ale, spicy. Good malt flavor, slightly sweet. Spices are noticeable, but add to the flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is malty, and slightly bitter.

09-20-2003 01:39:17 | More by beerguy101
Photo of aaronh


3.33/5  rDev -11.9%

Pours a deep amber color with a slight reddish hue. Offers up a thin, rather paltry off white head. A slight collar is left after it's quick evaporation. Strong fruit and caramel notes, actually has a bit of a tawny port aroma. Pronounced sweetness that some could find too strong, but I like it. The taste is kind of funky, with a strong oaky character atop roasted caramel and a bit of pine resins. Husky sharpness in the finish wrapped in a slight bitterness. Decent smoke component as well. This brings to mind clenaing out the fireplace, with a bit of smoke in the throat to accompany the sooty coating on the tongue and gritty mouthfeel. Feels like wintertime on the farm once again. I hated wintertime on that farm. This beer smells great, leaves a bit to be desired on the taste. Another slightly better than average offering from Boston Beer.

08-25-2003 03:12:53 | More by aaronh
Photo of ZAP


4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

I'm re-rating some of the winter beers I rated when I first got on board and have since tried several more times..

This is a fine beer...one of Sam Adams best (and that is really saying something)..minimal head, but a creamy soft head is there...carbonation appears minimal...Darker in color than I thought it would be...Spices are used perfectly...they don't overwhelm but you know they are there...real sweet aroma with some alcohol smell coming through in a minor way....nice malt base..some good chocolate flavors...like I said spices are perfect...I don't get the orange peel but definitely the ginger...This is one of my favorite Holiday Beers, but I have a hard time finding it in anything but the holiday 12-pack..

06-01-2003 21:20:12 | More by ZAP
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United Kingdom (England)

3.1/5  rDev -18%

ABIA 2003: Caramelly with cinnamon spices, and some orangy citrus flavours, interesting, but doesn't quite work. I think that this could have been a fantastic seasonal, but i i think Sam Adams underdoe themselves at times, even though, it is fairly solid and they do brew some solid brews, still a nice find at the Aussie beer awards festival.

05-05-2003 02:40:24 | More by rastaman
Photo of marburg


3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

I had to drink this out of a frosted glass mug (ie, the glass was textured not covered in ice), so my perception of its appearance is a little off I'm sure. Definitely dark -- kind of a burgandy brown? A little more heady than I expected, but that's hardly a bad thing. Aromas cinnamon chex cereal, raisin bran, and sweet spices. It smelled a lot like the breakfast trail mix did that was sitting right next to me as I drank this. Big, smooth, malty taste that lingers through the spicy finish. A medium-bodied brew that left me with a little bit of a cottonmouth feeling. A good beer but not exceptional.

04-21-2003 07:20:28 | More by marburg
Photo of GeoffRizzo


4.55/5  rDev +20.4%

From the Sam Adams Winter Classic 12 pack.
Pours a deep red, borderline brown, a nice ring of a head that will cling in little patches throughout. The smell of wonderful spices, ginger, cinammon, a little chocolate and caramel are also noted. The aroma couldn't be better. Taste of winter spices, ginger, roasted malts (specialty malts according to the label) and a dash of cinammon, followed by a biscuity feel and a small taste of chocolate left on the palate. Creamy, yet smooth, dark in nature, but easy to drink, in my view, the best BBC product to date.

03-23-2003 06:33:09 | More by GeoffRizzo
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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

I absolutely love this beer. I just wish it was available all year round and in 6 packs. It came mixed in with the Sam Adams Winter Sampler. Pours a dark amber/brownish color with a rich tan head that fades down leaving a thin lace on the glass. Nose is full of spices, malts, and coffee aromas. The taste is quite full of an array of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and orange peel. Roasted malts mixed with a bit of fruitiness seemed to remind me of fruitcake. This is a great slightly full-bodied beer. It’s best enjoyed on a cold winter day sitting next to the fireplace.

03-23-2003 05:45:49 | More by Scooter77
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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