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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

3,267 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,267
Reviews: 1,346
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 68
Gots: 323 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2001

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Photo of hmvalp
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bestinyourgirl
4.64/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

As lively as ole Fezziwig himself.

Photo of Beric
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 31 Dec 2014

Appearance: Pours a deep amber brown with a dirty dish-water colored head that sticks around for a while but eventually collapses into a spotty mess on top of the beer that looks almost like mold. Leaves good lacing.

Smell: Not too much in the nose- sweet caramel malts and a hint of cinnamon and clove.

Taste: Wow, definitely not expecting this. The taste is incredibly well rounded- robust without whacking you over the head. The flavor is dominated by a sweet-ish malt backbone with muted caramel notes and a hint of dark wheat bread. The spices in this beer are nearly perfect, adding just a layer of seasonal complexity without dominating the flavor- adding soft notes of cinnamon, clove, allspice, and anise.

Feel: Smooth and silky. Refreshing.

Overall: If Sam Adams made this in 6 packs or 12 packs, I'd definitely pick one up in winter time. Sad that there were only two bottles in the winter sampler. A great beer.

Photo of Zombill
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bigdood33
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DJoe
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite winter/Christmas brews. It's a sweet ale with hint of cinnamon, but without the sharper, overly intense spices of some other seasonal brews (I'm talking to you Harpoon Winter Warmer!).

Photo of malprep
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jtalley1138
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kcmiller33
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sunstealer
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KrissyKat6
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Duoglass
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of APH
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nickpd
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnnyI
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The lively pour quickly overwhelms my porter glass, leaving a 3-finger head peaking over the top of the rim, with at least 2 oz. remaining in the bottle. In time, the rocky creme-colored head receded, leaving scalloped edges and moderate lacing. There is a nice clarity to the garnet-brown beer, accentuated with ruby highlights. The brew gives off a mild fruity aroma, with tame holiday spice and bready malts. There is the faintest trace of hops, and no alcohol in the nose. In total, the smell of the beer is pleasant, but muted. In contrast, the flavor is complex and bold. Sweet caramel and chocolate malts dance with a rye-like grain and fruity esters. There is a hint of black licorice, sweet vanilla bean, and distinct cinnamon and allspice in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy with a medium-full body. There's a little warming heat on the breath from the spice and ABV, which is just south of 6%. The distinct "Sam Adams" flavor is present in the backbone of this beer, but it has enough character to stand on its own for sure. Winter warmer? This is more like a holiday amber ale. Perhaps my palate has matured, but I seem to recall this beer being bigger in seasons past. I'd really like to see them beef this up with a higher ABV, creating more warmth. A richer, fuller body and more potency in the aroma would allow it to stack up against some of the other winter craft wonders. Especially if they are going to put only 2 in each seasonal pack. For what it is, it's still a delicious brew, and one I will continue to seek out during Christmas time.

Photo of rdoggg
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjyost
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atone315
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrewsBrews450
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark Amber with sticky lacing at first but dies halfway through.. A/T ginger and Orange with a sweet Amber chocolate malt sweetness.. Earthy and spicy.. Light medium body.. Awesome beer.

Photo of wtighe03
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brpendergast85
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Perfectly serviceable, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of DrBass
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of McLoad17
2.3/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Made me want to gag.

Photo of Furley80
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,267 ratings.