Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig AleSamuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale
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Winter Warmer
Ranked #52
Ranked #29,610
3.8 | pDev: 13.16%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig AleSamuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale
Notes: Old Fezziwig, Rich & Sweet: Like the character that inspired it. This beer is festive and worthy of a celebration all its own. Bursting with spices of the season, its full body accompanies a deep malt character, with notes of sweet toffee and rich, dark caramel.
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Label is notched to indicate best before April of 2021.
Deep amber colored body. Thin finger of off white head, further recedes to a partial cap. Leaves some bands of lacing on the non-drinking side.
Aroma of dark malts with toffee. Also expresses spices of nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon.
Taste is a mix of the dark roasted malts and the spices. Has toffee from the malts. Has spices of black pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg. All quite subtle, but the aftertaste brings the spices into the nose.
A little thinner than medium mouth feel. Very little sweetness nor bitterness. Mostly a savory presentation. Good carbonation.
Good beer to sip during the colder months. Not bold in smell nor flavor, but pleasant enough as an alternative to a basic porter or if a truly spiced holiday ale is too much.

Nov 08, 2021
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Iamaskier from Idaho

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Ruby brown body, pretty light head.
S: Rich caramel malt, sweet, slightly alcoholic, notes of cinnamon and allspice, a bit of cherry.
T: Some dark fruit- plum and cherry, sweet caramel, citrus notes, hints of spice, and a bready finish.
F: Very crips, high carbonation, lightly syrupy.
O: Tastes like the big brother to their winter lager. I dig the dark fruit and caramel, though there isn’t as much spice present in the body as I had hoped. Still, really enjoyable.

Nov 08, 2021
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PolishHurricane from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's back! 11/5/2021

L: Very red, with some brown.
S: Up the nostril, took in some heavy gingerbread, spice, I wish I knew my spices better, nutmeg? Even some sweetness.
T: Unique spice taste. Clove, molasses gives way into spice, then ends with a bit of a bitter tinge to them at the end, not really a light metallic, have a feeling it's the spices. Followed by a sweet malty and bitter aftertaste.
F: Good carbonation. Not watery at all in my opinion, no sticky mouth feel. Not sure what this other guy was talking about unless he heated his up haha.

Nov 05, 2021
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1009 from Massachusetts

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

The old man only makes an appearance during the Christmas season and he’s very limited this Covid year, but he definitely brought the cheer! This poured into a nice burnt firewood color that would appear to warm you as if it was brewed in a chimney on a cold Christmas Eve. A nice snow cap like froth sits on this dark sea of holiday liquid. A lift of the glass to the nose and you are greeted by ginger and cinnamon notes. As you dive into this beer you are hit with the cinnamon and ginger that you had smelled previously but now an orange after taste tickles your throat. A nice roasted taste that reminded me of cola. Lastly, this beer is such an easy ale that warms your soul! Merry Christmas!

Dec 11, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Gorgeous, clear ruby red. Slightly over 1 finger of foamy off-white head with decent retention.

Smell: Sweet, doughy malt, molasses, baking spices.

Taste: Bready malt, light molasses, a light metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy, with good carbonation.

Overall: Surprisingly dull. I think a higher alcohol content could bring it out more.

Jun 08, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

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

Pours copper with a 1/2 inch tan head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma of molasses, coffee, roast malts, maple, cloves.

Taste is malty, toffee, caramel, nutmeg, cloves.

Full bodied, lively carbonation. Sweet, malty finish.

Outstanding. One of Sam Adams best.

May 12, 2020
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Imperatum15 from California

4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Clear with a moderate amount of carbonation. Deep dark reds along with some copper brown. The head dissipates quickly with little lacing. Looks nice.

F: A bit watery and has a light-medium mouthfeel while also being a bit sticky. Probably the weakest aspect of this beer.

S: Notes of gingerbread and sweet malts come through. Not much scent but it is pleasant.

T: Holiday spice notes like cinnamon and nut meg come through followed by a note of gingerbread. Sweet maltyness comes through as well. Overall a very pleasant and moderately sweet taste that feels appropriate for the holidays.

O: A very good seasonal beer. This beer definitely embodies the tastes we associate with Christmas. Unfortunately only ever available in Sam Adams winter variety 12 packs with only 2 bottles of these. 6 packs of these would be greatly appreciated but for some reason, Sam Adams isn't keen on doing that.

May 04, 2020
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JohnnyEd from Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark red-amber/brown from the bottle. Excellent taste, but seems a little light. Not a lot of alcohol, but not exactly a session beer, either. Mainly detect cinnamon, but suspect there is a bit of cardamom in it, as well. Good Holiday beer.I've been drinking it a long time - only miss the old label, not the new, all red one.

Jan 12, 2020
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fedt from Arizona

3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sam Adams Old Fezziwig Ale, 5.9%
12oz bottle poured into glass

L: Dark, translucent, red-brown beer with thick head
S: Raisins, winter spices, bread and malty goodness
T: Heavy spices up front, raisins, dried fruit, cinnamon, nut meg, nice malty body underneath
F: Light-bodied and good carbonation, despite being a darker beer
O: An interesting one for sure. Overall, 3.75. Pretty different from their other beers.

Jan 06, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-burgundy with a translucent consistency. Head is a finger and a half of khaki foam. Head retention is great. Aroma is spices, plum, fig, and toasty, caramely, bready malts. Great malt sweetness. Flavor profile is plum, fig, raisins and toffee layered over caramely, toasty, bready malts. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a full, velvety creaminess. Overall, thick and full with a little spice zing but overall a sweet, malty delight.

Served in a 12oz shaker with a 12oz bottle.

Dec 28, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark golden almost brown color with full head and heavy lacing. Scent is a combination of sweet, malt and some spice. Taste follows wit ginger coming through also. Medium mouthfeel and a mostly dry, sweet finish

Dec 22, 2019
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Bluecrow from New York

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-clear red-brown bottle pour with a thin foam cap and an aroma of caramel and allspice. The flavor includes toffee and a bit of nutmeg. There is a bit of orange too. The brew is flavorful and not overly sweet. The body is a bit thin.

Dec 08, 2019
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EJPA_0425 from California

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

It's a fun holiday beer. Pours brown with a light tan head. Smells malty, a little similar to the Boston Lager. Tastes nutty, malty, slighty hoppy, and christmasy. Best to be drank at room temperature by the fireplace. Overall probably one of the best from the winter pack.

Dec 05, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a muffin top, taster pint glass; best by April 2020.
A: Pour a crystal clear copper color with ochre highlights, a one finger, foamy, wheat color head, brief retention, but spots of lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, molasses, mocha, cherry, ginger, nutmeg, and cardamom.
T: Semisweet. Flavor follow the nose with the addition of cinnamon. Bitterness in the background.
M: Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Spicy.
O: Why don't they make this all year round? Really, really enjoyed it.

Nov 26, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

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

A-Pours a very dark amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has malt, caramel, toffee and spice hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice malt, caramel, toffee and spice flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer with a dry finish
O-A good Winter warmer

Nov 10, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

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

Amber hued with a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering the vast majority of the top. The aroma is of muted ginger, orange, and cinnamon. I'm tasting a murky blend of cinnamon, ginger, and orange. The mouth is moderately carbonated and crisp.

Mar 03, 2019
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Brewhound from California

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into goblet probably about 50 degrees (let it sit out awhile). Clear brown to reddish copper when held to light. Nose is malts and mild spices. Tastes is quite nice with sweet start, followed by spice and fresh bread with fairly bitter finish. Full mouth-feel and bitter finish makes it quite balanced and I don't find spice over done as some suggested. Only thing I would say is more lace would be nice and the alcohol content is a little low at less than 6% so it is hard to respect it as a winter sipper because it goes down too fast. Overall very nice winter gulper rather than sipper lol.

Jan 02, 2019
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Clear, darker neutral brown with light tan head. There's a decent amount of cinnamon in the smell, with a hint of ginger, and toasty, sweet malt undertones. The flavor has a definite Tootsie roll/ chocolate-like note, stronger than the added aromatics in my opinion. Low carbonation, medium body. Dry, lightly bitter finish.

Jan 01, 2019
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HardCider from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured a clear coffee color with a significant head. The subtle aroma is malty and sweet. The primary taste is of a good quality coffee with just the right amount of bitterness and sweetness. A perfect beer for the Holidays!

Dec 21, 2018
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SoccerSeuss from Virginia

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

Poured from bottle into goblet. Poured clear, deep amber with cream head. Sweet malts with a bit of spice in the aroma. Taste followed the nose, sweet malts with a bit of cinnamon in the finish to keep the sweetness from being to dominate. Medium bodied. A nice winter beer

Dec 19, 2018
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MNAle from Minnesota

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

Sweet malty aroma, slight spice. Tall tan head over a deep ruby body with rising bubbles. It certainly looks the part of a Christmas beer. Moderate body and mouth feel, if slightly flat. Sweet malts and spices in the taste, cinnamon is there but only slightly, with a nicely bitter finish to keep the sweetness under control.

Dec 17, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

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

Pours a deep amber with a quarter inch off white head that left excellent lacing. Smells and tastes of orange, orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and sweet malts. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, spices linger on the finish.

Dec 12, 2018
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Milktoast75 from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden hue with a touch of red. Minimal head with terrific lacing.A scent of orange, ginger as advertised.
Nice pleasant malty taste with cinnamon, ginger with a carbonation enhanced with the spicy zing. A clean satisfying finish with a bit of spice lingering.
I’m not a huge spice beer guy but I did buy the variety pack from Sam Adams for a whirl.
I do like this as very doable holiday beer. I see why fans buy this as a stand-alone 12 pac.

Nov 21, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - dark amber red color, decent foam head with tons of lacing
Smell - It's familiar yet unique...sweet malt, tangerine peel, a little pumpkin pie spice, and some chocolate mousse
Taste - Less flavor than the aroma....basically just a malty ale with some background flavors. It's delicious but it's not too complex. Medium body and medium carbonation. It's not super spicy and not super bold even though the label suggests otherwise. The subtle chocolate and fruit gives it the overall pleasant taste.

Overall, my first time trying this, so can't compare to previous years. I think it's a solid beer, very good but not outstanding or anything. I think it's one of the better holiday ales.. Grade is an A-

Nov 12, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

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

The beer is a dark copper or brown with a little red in color and has a light tan colored head that disappears quickly. The taste is if nuts, orange peel, with hints of cinnamon to finish on the palate. This is a good session beer for winter.

Oct 17, 2018
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