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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

1,335 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,335
Hads: 3,321
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 79
Gots: 409 | 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 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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Photo of Talbott92
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a dark cherry color with a coffee colored head that fades quickly.

S- Mainly just malt and slight bitterness. I'm not really catching anything else.

T- Malty and slightly bitter with a warm creamy finish on the back of the tounge.

MF- Drinkable, slightly thick with medium carbonation.

OV- Great beer! It's perfect for any cold day.

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

This Ale is very very very near perfect!!! The Appearance, Smell, Taste, Feel, and overall experience is friggin' awesome..
Sam Adams... pleasing of the masses.. A brewer seeking the Nectar of Deity?? QA of a n Anal, 1st time, Want to please Everyone Inspector...
But rest assured, rookie... This is a DAMN fine beer.. and an EXCELLENT cuzzin' to the Sam Adams way of brewing...
Unhurried, Unpretentious, UnBS'd perfection.. God Bless Mr. Koch and your Beer Minions!!! Kicking Ass Again and taking no swill Beer Prisoners.. Brings a Tear to one's Eye!!!!
Carry On, Citizens!!!

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Photo of Fergyx825
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a very dark colored beer with some head on the pour, this went away quickly as i walked away to do my laundry. No bubbling, but you can see a dark amber hue in the light.

Smell: malt and hops are obvious when smelling this beer, you can also take in hints of spices that would be part of your holidays. This smells pretty good.

Taste: very malty, with some spice at the end. Its not so bitter, just a good soft malt/spice and hoppy taste. I enjoy it.

Mouthfeel: A high carbonation, and a very smooth beer. This goes very well together with the taste.

Overall: It looks the way its supposed to, it smells the way its described, yet its tastes very malty and the mouth feel works well. This is what they were aiming for, and they hit it on the head.

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Photo of dbossman
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a reddish tint and a steady, sudsy one-inch head and decent lacing

S: Toasty and roasty malts and burnt brown sugar; some subtle fruits and definitely ginger on the finish

T: A lot of roasted semi-sweet bready malts up front with a balanced finish of fruit and spice--this beer is so much more balanced than I remember it; with toffee and brown sugar and toast followed by just a touch of ginger, orange rind, and cinnamon--though as it warms the flavors do become a bit cloying

F: Medium body--actually a touch chewy on the finish

O: A really nice holiday beer that I hadn't had in years; glad to come back to Old Fezziwig; unfortunately, as I said I find it to get a bit sweet and taxing to drink as it warms

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Photo of bubseymour
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a very nice dark brown ale with beautiful 2 finger frothy head and decent retention.

Smell of nice malts and caramel.

Tastes like the nose. Very malty and sweet with excellent flavor and balance.

Mouthfeel - very full bodied and creamy

Overall - An exceptional winter warmer. Definetily a good creation by Sam Adams and highly recommend and will revisit next winter.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

re-review of this -2014 bottling, enjoyed chilled from the 12oz in a willybecker purchased at Giant Beer Garden and eatery.

The color is deep bronze with thin band of tan cream with fine bead and translucent clarity with lace that sticks ok. The smell is slightly caramel/toffee-like with dark sugar and subtle spice in the aroma and light nutty aroma with slight yeast ester and ginger-like earthiness. The feel is moderately carbonated with mild spice and slight toasted texture with mild sweetness and subtle spice in the sem-dry finish

The taste is gently spiced up front with a mild dark caramel/toffee flavor in the taste with slight orange/ginger mix with bready light graham cracker taste. Overall this is a decent spiced ale, but not as good as I remember of course I may be romanticizing this since it was one of the beers I enjoyed when I first got into craft beers - still good but not exceptional in my opinion.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice frothy beer that has interesting flavours of not-very-sweet dried fruit. Malt and dextrose on the finish. It's not very warming, but it's definitely a good all-around beer. Nothing impressive, though. I don't taste much of the spice, which is great because I hate ginger, which it supposedly has in it.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Reddish brown.
Smell: Chocolaty.
Taste: Cinnamon and chocolate malt. Hints of other spices. Egg.
Mouthfeel: Creamy carbonation.

This really is a good tasting holiday treat from Sam. The smell is mostly chocolate in my opinion, and then the taste of the cinnamon and chocolate compliment it nicely. It's almost like a lightly spiced maple syrup with carbonation. I will get this again next Christmas.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance - poured into a tumbler w/ a nice head of about 3/4". retained reasonably well. dark pour similar to a porter.

Smell - malts overtook the hops for a rich malty smell

Taste - mirrored the smell with a richness

Mouthfeel - not too harsh or bitter

overall - worth the try but not a goto beer

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Photo of karait95
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark reddish color with a medium sized head formed by light brown bubbles with low dissipation, some traces are left behind on the glass, a thin layer is formed on top of the beer, carbonation is medium.

S: Not as intense as expected, of course malty and some spicies can be detected like the hops and the orange peels.

T: Very rich flavor, many things can be detected such as the malty backbone and the hops, in line with aroma, also some species even not easy to know but flavor is complex, caramel malts and high alcohol.

M: Balanced and with a good lasting ending, start with some sweetness and then neutral for a sweet with some bitter ending.

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 1,335 ratings.