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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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Reviews: 1,370
Hads: 3,494
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 81
Gots: 498 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 MartiGras
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

I must admit, Winter Warmer styles are my favorite of the seasonal types. I look forward to this beer every holiday season. Maybe it's the label, maybe its the idea of Christmas being right around the corner, or maybe its the great taste of the unique malts that this brew offers. If you haven't tried it, I recommend picking it up in a seasonal sampler that Sam Adams has out during the holidays.

Pairs With: some favorite holiday tunes with friends or White Christmas on TV.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Appearance: A: Pours a dark amber brown color with a thick, large, dark body.

Overall: Has a malty and balanced taste of toasted caramel and chocolate hints. Perfect blend of malt/sweetness. This is a great winter ale. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of Caveworm
4.69/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's got a 1/2 finger thick off-white head with solid lacing, and a dark brownish amber body. Quite visually appealing.

The aroma that I'm picking up here is the caramelized and chocolate malts mentioned on the label. Seems like these guys always keep the fruit spices to a very low roar (no metal puns intended).

Tastes like the aforementioned malt characteristics, but the fruit tastes are present now. Again, subtly executed. This is an easy drinking winter warmer versus some of the astringent brews I've experienced these past few months. Its certainly a "creeper" with the alcohol warmth, but it does arrive in style late to the party.

This beer's mouthfeel is smoother and very much a cleaner finish than, like I've said above, most of the beers I've had in this style recently. This area was done astonishingly well.

Overall, I've choosen a 4.75 for Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). A more tame choice amongst the other availible winter warmers. I'd liken this to an imperial style of porter, to go out on a "genre limb". This needs to come in six packs or cases where I live, so I can enjoy this more often and not have to purchase the disappointing winter seasonal sampler pack.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale brewed by Boston Beer Company, with an ABV of 5.90% This brew pours out a nice brown color with a nice off white head. Old Fezziwig Ale has the look of cola, not saying that it a bad thing. The smell is rich sweetness and grains. Now for the taste , it is sweet with some grains, and malts. You also pick up on some spices in this brew. The mouthfeel is nice ,it is also rich,and clean. There is nothing overpowering in this brew, it has a nice balance to it.I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market. Boston Beer Company did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again. Overall I'm giving Old Fezziwig Ale a 4.25 out of 5.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Superb clear red-brown brew, with thin white head, lacing.

S - Spun sugar, spice in the form of cardamom and cloves, caramel, and a touch of doughiness.

T - The promise of the nose is delivered, but in a restrained manner. Flavors of bread and malt, sugar and spice mingle nicely. The close is clean.

M - Light and thin, with moderate carbonation.

O - This delivers the flavors of a winter warmer, but is not a punch to the nose. Pleasant and drinkable, and one of my favorite SA brews.

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A deep, clear amber. Inviting.

S: Roasted, malty, caramel, and dark candy. A small hint of spice. A heavy smell, but perfect what it intends.

T: A moderately spiced beer with a honey finish. Notes of chocolate, caramel, and cinnamon are present.

M: Maybe a bit TOO heavy. I'm not a fan of heavy beers, and this is a little heavier than I like.

Overall, an excellent winter beer. Don't miss out.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a nice 1 inch head that takes time to dissipate leaving nice lacing down a 16oz pub glass.

Smell is of sweet malts of chocolate and caramel. I get some spices in the smell as well just cant make out what they are, the bottle says cinnamon, ginger and orange.

Taste is of the malts up front with their rich sweetness, the middle of the taste brings in the cinnamon, and ginger. The end of the taste has a little sourness that reminds me of a tart fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium to full with good carbonation.

Overall, a good winter beer. Just what I needed for the beginning of this Thanksgiving week upcoming.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a rich dark brown, almost black with ruby undertones. A medium sized tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a lot of thin lacing.

Smell is heavy in caramel and cocoa, a lot of citrus as well dark fruits, and a faint amount of cinnamon and ginger.

Taste is sweet chocolate, caramel, and toffee malts up front. The spices come through, especially towards the finish which all together makes for a really nice flavor profile front to back as the chocolate remains strong throughout. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Overall, a really good, balanced winter warmer, always worth having a few each year.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into SA Perfect Pint.

A: Pours a slightly lighter than cola brown color with a thick, large, dark tan head that slowly faded into a thick fuzzy film that left sheets of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Cinnamon and toast on the nose, hint of orange and maybe sweet brown sugar and something synthetic.
T: I get notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, coco, and vanilla, leather, with caramel and slight crème brûlée in finish, and toasted malt in the aftertaste. Aftertaste is earthy with a touch of apple juice and figs.
M: Frothy creamy carbonation, medium-full body, sticky mouthfeel. Sweet but not cloying.
O: Not a bad winter warmer for what it is, but probably not something I need to drink again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark red amber with a fine half finger tan head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet bready and caramel malt, cinnamon, allspice, gingerbread. Flavor follows aroma, with rich caramel malt, holiday spicing leaning towards gingerbread, light chocolate, finishes with cinnamon and light hop spicy bitterness. Really quite nice creamy medium bodied adds to the holiday festiveness. A very nicely made winter beer with holiday spicing that is well done and supported by the malt, which is selected well to support and allow light spices to be the centerpiece. Uncommon in my area, or I would add this to my winter holiday rotation.

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Photo of Slagpile
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My buddy asked me what I was going to try that week, and I said I was partial to an Old Fezzy. Found out the Old Fezzy's are only sold in the variety seasonal. My first impression was of a good cordial cherry from out of the candy box, chocolate, cream, and a cherry finish. Boston had brought back memories of my childhood, minus the alcohol, on spot feeling of nostalgia. This beer definately impresses me because the goal has met with the impression, for me anyway. All the notes of a seasonal beer have been met, hazelnut, cinnamon, chocolate, coriander and cherries. This is a good beer to share with loved ones on the holidays.

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Photo of RVigz
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A very dark nearly black amber with a toasted white head.

Smell: Very malty with a roasted chocolate smell.

Taste: This beer starts with a malty base and develops into toasted caramel and chocolate hints.

Mouthfeel: Super malty with good carbonation, balanced aftertaste of malt/sweetness.

Overall: This is a great winter ale that is super malty but finishes bitter/sweet.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark copper color. Clear. About a one inch head, off white. Little lacing.

Smell: Spices, citrus, cinnamon. Tiny bit of ginger.

Taste: I get a lot of spice and ginger at first. Little chocolate at the end. Not too much orange.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, mild carbonation. Easy to drink.

Overall: A great winter beer, dark in color. Good for a cold night. Great name. Easily drinkable. I would have it again.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark crimson color with little clarity. Nice frothy layering as the beer was drank.

Smell: bready, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, all spice, and candied orange peel.

Taste: Nice bready and caramel malts, spices, orange peel, and slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, chewy, and delicious.

Overall: Solid beer. So surprised to find it in draft this late in the season. I'll make sure to grab another.

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Photo of Boca-X
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased this ale in a winter sampler, 6 beers, 2 each. Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Nice nutty brown color with a hint of red on the edges. Medium head with some medium lacing.

Bready, malty, yeast and honey was the first thing I noticed on the nose. After my smell adjusted, the sweetness of the honey takes over with a hint of brandy or cognac. Very nice.

Perfect carbonation in the mouth, malty with a slight hoppy tang. Light, watery but creamy at the same time. There is a underlying hint of roasted marshmallow mixing with honey. Just enough alcohol on the finish to warm your insides.

Pretty decent "special release". Similar to SA Winter Lager minus the sour finish. This ale also has more depth and character than the SA Winter Lager. Old Fezziwig is perfect for sipping with friends or a loved one around the fireplace, cheers.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours light deep red with a one finger white head that dissipates but leaves nice lacing. Smells of spices and very slight fruit. Tastes of citrus and spices, especially a cinnamonny taste. Beer is nicely carbonated and light bodied, nice clean finish. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark purple brown, translucent up to the light with a short, medium mocha ring of head.

S: Cinnamon, some spicy Belgian yeast, sweet grapes, almost like ice wine, cardamom, nutmeg and sweet malt in the nose.

T: Sweet malt and grapes, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom and spicy Belgian yeast.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: One of the best beers I've had from Sam Adams, and one of my favorite festive winter ales.

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Photo of Caj1
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pretty nice surprise for a Sam Adams beer, especially with their winter sampler, which can often be hit-or-miss. I'd been wanting to try this beer for a while and now I relish the opportunity, since this is pretty good, especially by Sam Adams standards.

The beer pours a very nice and clear reddish copper brown with a good deal of head that takes its time to dissipate and leaves a great deal of lacing on the side of the glass and a good bit on the surface of the beer, along with a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Smell is a pretty standard winter ale fare: some malt, bread and yeast, and a little bit of gingerbread quality, and maybe some orange peel in there. Not incredibly complex, but it's pleasant.

Taste is definitely the highlight of this beer, as it should be. At the forefront there are some very nice butterscotch, chocolate and caramel flavors, also a bit of roasted hazelnut that lingers quite nicely long after the beer has been swallowed. Some bitterness and a little bit of burn follows. Cinnamon is apparent, and the ginger has a very distinct kick after swallowing that sticks around even after the nutty notes have gone away. Mouthfeel isn't incredible, but it's clear, foamy, medium-bodied and burns a little more than the average beer, which is perfectly fine for me.

If only this wasn't a seasonal release, because I could probably drink this any day of the year. When they put their minds to it, the Sam Adams crew can really come up with some interesting and delicious beers, and this one is no different. I love this beer, plain and simple, and I hope that you will, too. Grab some before the spring release comes (all too soon, I say.)

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark maroon color with decent off white head and mild carbonation. Fruity spiced aroma. Tastes alcoholic even though it's only 5.9%. Mild malty flavor, no real hop flavor. Not great but not bad. Mostly spice and orange citrus notes. It's missing something.

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Photo of SylviaFaye
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Winter ale yields a dark ruby body with a lingering caramel head. The nose is very light with hints of cinnamon, cherry, chocolate, and figs.

The complexity and deepness of the brew are meritable. Baked figs give way to rum-raisin bread before culminating in a smooth, bubbly finish with caramel notes. The full-body foams in the mouth, tickling the pallet and providing texture.

This hearty ale would go well paired with heavy meals such as gravy-based stews.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost two fingers of taupe head. Airy foam. Rich rusty red color with a deep shade. Looks really good.

Malty red fruitiness and toffee with UK stylings. Dark sugars, caramel, and hints of red apple. Sweet wintry aromas with notes of cinnamon and orange rind. Slight whiff of the added ginger.

Rich toffee malts with hints of chocolate, brown ale notes, cinnamon, and orange fruits. Ginger and dark sugars. Alcohol is very subdued, but it doesn't carry warmer strength; perhaps, the most obvious flaw. I could use more oomph. This beer is smooth and tasty enough to handle it. Very soft bitterness is leftover from mild Noble hopping. Carbonation ruffles it up a bit more, but she's smooth and malty. A real treat this time of year.

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Photo of RobsVolt
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams glass.

A: Dark brown but some light is getting through here. About a finger and a half of dark beige/khaki, fluffy head that thins out after the first couple sips.

S: I didn't get much for smell here. Maybe some cinnamon and faint spices. Not all that impressive.

T: Somewhat bitter, cherries, some nutmeg, and cinnamon. After taste stays with you for a long time. Still tasting it now, 5 minutes later after the beer is done.

M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel, not a lot of carbonation.

Overall: A very good beer from Samuel Adams. I would drink again, or get a 6 pack to share.

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Photo of kaplunk02
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: poured a clear dark brown with a resilient white head which left a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of dark fruits (fig, cherry) and caramel malt.

T: Cinnamon and allspice upfront and then orange and ginger flavors follow up.

M: Smooth mouthfeel. A bit oily and very little carbonation.

O: This is a really great seasonal by sam adams. Its very dominated by the spices of the season and very flavorful but balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of Craigory
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle notched best by May 2014, poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a deep auburn/reddish-brown body, with a nice khaki head. That head sticks around to the end, leaving some splotchy lacing along the way. It's pretty.

S: Not much to speak of; the aroma is really lacking. I get a little chocolate malt and a bit of an anonymous fruit.

T: There's some nice malt bitterness up front from the roasted malts, followed by that still anonymous and aloof bit of fruit. Some generic spice follows; as the beer warms, the fruit shows itself as the bitter orange peel advertised on the label, and the ginger meekly steps forward for a brief moment before falling back in line as just another bit of spice. The beer is not complex, but the flavor is really quite nice, and the malt bitterness leaves a nice, long finish.

M: Moderate carbonation, medium body, but manages to really fill the mouth. It has a satisfying presence yet remains easy drinking.

O: This is another mildly flavorful, easy drinking beer from Samuel Adams. It's by far the least sweet offering in the current (2013) winter pack, and works well as an anytime beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the winter 12 pack
Pours a crystal clear dark brown color with brilliant ruby highlights at the edges and a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of toffee and brown sugar with a heavy handed attempt at spicing. Cherry, a hint of wet dog, and earthy herbal make up the rest of the nose. The flavor is dark fruity caramelized sugars with a hint of mineral water and a whole of spices. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Worlds better than the White Christmas I just finished, but still an over spiced beer for my tastes.

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 1,370 ratings.