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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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very good

1,345 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,345
Hads: 3,374
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 21.32%
Wants: 86
Gots: 439 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 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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Photo of Auraan
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear brown with a thin ring of off-white head. Nothing fantastic, but not bad looking at all. Scents of cinnamon, slight ginger and orange peel, some sweet malt and some yeasty funk. A pretty good, very sweet aroma. Taste begins with sweet, molasses malt, moving into some sweet spices in the middle, including a bit of cinnamon spice and finishing with more cinnamon spiciness. A bit of ginger spiciness is also present in the background, along with some orange peel, some dark fruit, mostly raisin, and bready malt in the middle. Spiciness is more present on the finish, ending the sip nicely. A very good winter warmer, with enough spice to make it to style, but not enough to detract from the malt. Well balanced and quite well done with a good variety of flavors. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Very nice. Overall this is a good winter warmer. I don't normally go for the style but this was a very good beer, balanced between sweet and spicy, not overly done in either area. Recommended.

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Photo of delta490
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-deep copper with a creamy light tan head. Good retention and nice lacing.

S- deep caramel malt and some dark fruit

T- similar to the aroma but with a nice earthy hops balancing it out

M- crisp finish and a full body

O- a nice, if not overly complicated winter ale.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours out a rich amber color with a brownish, strong and lasting creamy head.

S - Ginger with a hint of orange. Very pleasant.

T - An interesting combination of cinnamon, orange and ginger. The ginger dominates the finish.

M - Very rich and thick and creamy - good carbonation level.

O - This is a fine seasonal beer. I got it as part of a case of "Beers of Winter" and will certainly buy it again.

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Photo of Roguer
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, shines through with garnet when held up to the light, a fuzzy translucency. Pours a thick (2-finger) beige head which dies down to a thin film, leaving fantastic lacing on the glass.

Smells like a Belgian dubbel: dark fruit - figs and prunes - candi sugar, yeast, caramel malt, and spices. Very nice.

Lots of flavors appropriate for a winter celebration: dark fruit, light cinnamon, caramel malt, nutmeg, walnuts or pecans, prunes.

Lighter than a double, but smooth and lively, with a lingering lightness at the back of the throat (possibly cinnamon). Light (leaning toward watery vice viscous) but full-flavored.

This is a tasty celebratory ale, and is at a fantastic price point. Get this if you have the chance this Winter and try it out.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. May notched on the label.

A: Pours a clear dark amber brown with a slightly tanned head. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: As the label eludes, there is some spice to this beer. Cinnamon, ginger and the orange peel are all evident. A dark fruit aspect comes through as well.

T: Nice balance between spice and malt on this one. Similar to the aroma there is a nice ginger and cinnamon flavor to this one. A bit of sweetness from the malts.

M: Medium body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low to moderate. Finish is a touch sticky but crisp enough to remain drinkable.

Overall one of the better ones in the winter mix pack. Spice doesnt dominate the flavor and the beer isnt too sweet.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - ruby-brown with a creamy ivory head
S - malty and spicy aroma with cinnamon and orange
T - overly spicy, especially with the cinnamon. Bready malt, caramel, earthy hop, orange and faint ginger
M - medium body, I feel like I can feel the cinnamon on the palate but I think it's my imagination because I'm finding it to be too much cinnamon
O - not my favorite winter warmer. Not crazy over the ginger or the cinnamon...

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

Poured from a longneck into a sampler. A moderate pour produces about 1/2 inch of frothy, light tan head. The beer is a medium dark reddish brown with plenty of carbonation and very clear. A very nice looking beer.

I can smell a little orange in the aroma, along with a generic spice aroma and a kiss of hops. Creamy mouthfeel with a bit of tang on the palate, along with some chocolate, nut, dark fruit, and orange peel. The spices are detectable but not overbearing, and everything meshes well. Bitterness from orange rind, chocolate malt, and earthy hops lingers on the palate.

I bought this as part of a sampler 12 pack for 14.99. It's fun to get these holiday samplers and I wish there was more variety in my area. This beer is pretty good, but nothing too special.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure what the fuss is about this one. Minimal head upon pour. OK aroma. Nice red brown color. Had to sniff a few times to figure out the aroma which is slightly chocolatey. Tastes ok and very light, somewhat sweet but not a lot of body. Slightly creamy. Can't detect much ginger or orange. I think I could drink a couple of these no problem. Was expecting a more complex beer upon reading the latest reviews. Again, not a bad beer, but then again, maybe I'm spoiled after experiencing so many other brews. A very decent beer that you can relax to.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A- Deep garnet with a good amount of clarity and a medium dulce de leche head that dissipates slowly.

S- Malty sweetness, some chocolate, toffee, slight Berliner Weisse-like sourness and slight spices.

T- Getting a real California Common flavor, light toffee and malt sweetness and a slight cinnamon on the back.

M- Nice medium/heavy mouthfeel, has a real creaminess.

O- This is one of my favorite offerings from Sam Adams. It has a full flavor and really good mouthfeel. I look forward to the winter variety pack each year mostly for this one.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at best before March 2014. Another new winter seasonal to me from Samuel Adams, acquired as part of the winter variety twelve pack, and the second beer from that pack also brewed with cinnamon, ginger, and orange peel, just like the Samuel Adams Winter Lager I just drank. Expectations are somewhere in there.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a still coppery ruby colored body with about a finger of tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Smell is light and subdued, just like the Samuel Adams Winter Lager, only I think this beer's aroma is more boring. Chocolate malt, some cola-esque carbonation, some vague cherry, mineral water, and a hint of ginger spice, but the spices are mostly nonexistent.

T - Taste is of grains, chocolate malt, cola / cherry sweetness, vague cinnamon spice, some creaminess, earthy woodiness, raisins, and some leafy herbal hop bitterness on the finish. Hardly any discernably ginger and orange peel on the flavor.

M - Feel is smooth and clean, with just a hint of sweetness and ginger spice lingering on the palate. Medium bodied with brisk carbonation.

Overall, I found this to be a disappointing offering from Samuel Adams, especially after trying the bock from the variety pack, which was a far better beer brewed with the same spices. The taste is far more interesting than the rest of the beer would lead you to believe, but it is still pretty boring. Worth a try, I suppose.

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of CASK1
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from winter mixed pack poured to a tulip.

A - Beautiful deep red-brown color. Nice garnet highlights. Tan head with decent staying power.

S - complex aroma with toasty and caramel malt, light roast, and low nondescript spiciness. No hops to speak of.

T - Similar to aroma, but the spices are just a bit more prominent. A hint of astringency, possibly from the spices. Nice complex malt flavor with just enough hops to balance.

M - medium full and satisfying. Astringency detracts overall. Very low alcohol warmth.

O - Nice beer to have on occasion as the holiday season progresses.

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Photo of Weston19
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark copper, finger head with a vanilla color.

S: Caramel, malts, milk chocolate, bread, pecan, some faint alcohol.

T: Vanilla, toffee, caramel, roasted barely, some hoppiness at back of the throat, some milk chocolate flavor. Has a bitter/sweet finish. Very nice set of flavors.

MF: Heavy MF and very creamy; leaves your tongue well coated.

O: Very malty and tasty beer. Has a lot of characteristics of a stout/porter but obviously lighter. Flavors are precise and standout clearly. Great beer for the winter.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a quickly disappearing head.

Smell: Malt, brown sugar, spices.

Taste: Caramel, brown sugar, cocoa, toffee, spices, orange.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy. Slight cocoa aftertaste.

The Verdict: Pretty good. A decent winter warmer with enough flavor to keep the tongue happy. Nothing over the top, not as complex as some, but still a good solid brew.

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Photo of marv3mania
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a thin off-white/light tan head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Very nice. Taste is a good, though somewhat weak, balance of the caramel malts and spices. It tastes like someone mixed holiday spices into a Boston Lager, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Thin mouth feel. Overall, this isn't too bad, but not my favorite holiday ale.

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Photo of watermelon
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Obtained in the Sam Adams holiday pack.

A: Pours a rich ruby body with an off white head. Good head retention and a ton of lacing

S: Caramel malts in the nose slight cocoa as well.

T: Spices are more pronounced as well as some bitterness, the malts smelt in the nose are apparent in the taste as well.

M: Thick mouthfeel with solid amount of carbonation.

O: Good winter warmer I look forward to drinking this holiday seasons to come.

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Photo of KingJason
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was eager to try this since the BROS gave it such a good rating. Since the BROS have drank so much beer on their journey through the matrix we consider as an objective reality, and since their taste in beer is respected and quite honestly envied, any time they give a beer over a ninety rating I go buy it. I know that George Clooney has a good taste in women since he has sampled so many just like the BROS have a quality acquired taste in beer, and when I had this beer I felt as if I was Batman. I know it sounds wild, like Jennifer Lopez dating Maynard James Keenan from the progressive rock band TOOL, and even if that could only occur on Bizzaro's square planet, then good, I am fair with the hype that responds to the crowd as Shawn Kemp's massive thunderous dunks rocked Chicago Bulls stadium in the Reinman's heyday. If we are aliens and thisw world is a video game we created and our human body is a Super Mario that us Aliens created to play an inter-galactic video game, than is it possible that beer is the mushroom?

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark brown, with a tannish/creamy head.

Smell - it is the roasted caramel and chocolate malt smell that hits the nose first, with a hint of the spices.

Taste - a nice mix of winter spices, with the malts as a good base that give it a sweet and bitter taste to it.

Mouthfeel - a good bodied beer.

Overall - this is a pretty good Christmas beer, although the spices could have been turned down a bit, to let the malts come in more.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the winter pack this year.

Pours a clear brown. Tan colored foamy head forms, with decent lacing down the glass.

Smells include cinnamon, caramel, nutmeg, cocoa powder, and ginger.

The taste includes the same mouth-watering spice combo. Lots of cinnamon and caramel, some maple syrup like sweetness, light chocolate, gingerbread, nutmeg, and other spicing I can't distinguish.

Slightly thin bodied, but it makes it a bit more drinkable. Starts sweet, finishes dry, crisp mouthfeel.

Possibly my favorite Sam Adams beer now, tried it for the 1st time this winter.

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Photo of vkv822
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip

Clear, deep mahogany with a thick, foamy toffee colored head that dissipates to leave a thin film.

Spicy, both from the hop character and a cinnamon, nutmeg spice character as well, floral notes, toffee, caramel malts.

More of the same in the taste, with a tasty blend of spices, caramel, toffee malts and lightly floral, spicy Noble hop character. The orange peel helps bridge the spices and malts to the hops.

Medium- body with fizzy carbonation.

A tasty Winter Warmer. Complex, but subtle flavor profile.

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Photo of BB1313
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark copper; fluffy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are subtle and very malty. Lots of bread. There's hints of caramel and graham cracker. The graham cracker flavor follows up in the flavors. Subtle hints of spices. Tons of caramel. Hints of cocoa. Very grainy. Subtle hints earthy hops. The mouthfeel is wonderful and really stands out. It's on the heavier side of light-bodied. It's extremely creamy and fluffy with active carbonation. Very smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It becomes even more enjoyable as it warms up.

This is a solid beer. It's been awhile since I've had it. The aromas and flavors are very subtle and plain, but not bad. The mouthfeel alone makes this very enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled on 11/9/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a very dark cherry red/brown in color with a 1-finger tan head that leaves some lacing with each sip. The aroma is of some malts, hops with some spices. Perfect carbonation. The taste was excellent with a perfect balance of spices and roasted malts. Very easy and smooth to drink. A great brew for the colder months.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P: Pours an opaque brown with ruby highlights and a dollop of dark beige head. No real retention and minimal micro bubble lacing.

S: Roasty caramel malt, cheeries, brown sugar, fruit cake, holiday spices

T/M: Malt heavy and robust. Chocolate oranges, burnt brown sugar, caramel, toffee, dark breads, cinnamon, amaretto, rye and orange oil in the background. Bready and nutty profile. Subtle warming but not overly boozy which is nice. Finishes dry with lingering bitter cocoa and and smoldered wood. Prickly carbonation in a medium sticky body.

O: One of the best winter warmers I have had. Most focus too much on heavy handed booze. This really has a well married flavor profile that anyone could enjoy. I would love to drink this around a nice fire during the holidays.

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Photo of zac16125
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Stella glass
2013 Vintage

A: Pours a dark caramel with red hues when held to light. 1.5 fingers width of tan colored head has great retention. Carbonation bubbles can be seem rising to the top of the glass. Leaves lots of lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Caramel malts, biscuity, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruits. Aroma smells quite sweet.

T: Lighter than the aroma implies. Yeasty, doughy, candied sugar, some roasted flavors, a bit of bitterness, faint cinnamon/nutmeg.

M/D: On the lighter side of medium bodied, carbonation on the heavier side, no ABV but has a somewhat generalized warming effect on the body.

O: Overall, this was quite good. I generally prefer my winter warmers heavy, bold and with a high ABV. This doesnt hit any of those, but its very good nonetheless.

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 1,345 ratings.