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

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig AleSamuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2001

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "enjoy before" date April 2016.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, reddish-brown color with one-finger tan head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of bubbles remained, medium carbonation, there is significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: brown sugar, bread, cinnamon and ginger, very pleasant to the nose.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially brown sugar and roasted malt, bread then cinnamon and ginger.

PALATE: medium carbonation, somewhat creamy.

OVERALL: this is probably my favorite beer in this style, I always enjoy a winter warmer during the season, Sam Adams is making some good beers right now, I enjoyed this and will have again next year, I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of Ale_Dog
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Perfect Holiday ale. Nice malt backbone, well balanced spices. I look forward to this every year; and, by the 55 other pages, others seem to enjoy it too. SA seems to be doing fine.

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Photo of weaselface89
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- a darker reddish copper color. off white small head that doesn't stick around. very clear
S- smells of chocolate malts. maybe alittle raisin
T- tasting the chocolate and also some spices in the aftertaste.
F- medium mouthfeel
O- becoming a yearly tradition with this one. better than I remember. will get again

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Photo of Anacross
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite holiday brews. Smooth and crisp, well balanced and spicy. Perfect for warming up for the holidays with friends around the fireplace. A true classic.

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

Smooth and velvety with a well-blended and balanced Christmasy spice profile. One of my favorite seasonal beers; leaves you warm and glowing and always puts a smile on my face. Yum!

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

Brown, Amber in the light. Light fruit, spice smell. Some malt, sweet spiced fruit. Not bad. I'll drink it in the mixed pack. Like some of the others better, but I'll take it.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's been years since I was luck enough to have this on draught in the late 90's. My local store split out the singles from the winter pack apparently. Anyhow, glad to revisit - this pours mahogany with thin off-white head. Aroma is malty with mild spice, chocolate, and fresh-cracked hazelnut. Flavor is similar, but somehow different in a good way, with the nut and spice mixing to produce the dominant, but never overwhelming, flavors. This on top of malt and slight caramel sweetness is fantastic. I really enjoy this one, then and now.

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Photo of hman43
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours dark amber with plum overtones. The head is tan, with a slight yellowish color in it.

Smell: it has aromas of chocolate, roasted, and a bit of toffee. There is also a slight citrus smell of oranges. It has aromas of brown sugar, nutmeg, and maybe a bit of cinnamon.

Taste: It has a sweet, fruity combination mixed with the malts. There are flavors of orange, chocoalte, roasted malts, and some spices highlighted by nutmeg. The combination also gives it a licorice type flavor with it as well.

Feel: It has moderate carbonation with a moderate fell to it. There is a slight bittering on the palate with a wee bit of tart.

Overall: This is a good holiday warmer with a good mixture of malts and spices combined with sweet fruity flavors.

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Photo of BillBrasky
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Nice appearance with a one inch head of creamy off-white head. It is dark brown sparkling with nice lacing.

Smell: Could detect some spiciness, maybe molasses, chocolate & cinnamon

Taste: starting with a slight sweetness, average carbonation and a slight bitterness at the end.

Feel: Light to medium mouth feel

Overall: Really enjoyable beer. I would certainly buy this again or anticipate it in another seasons pack.

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

Smooth, puts me in the mood for a fireplace and footy pajamas. Poured into a stemmed goblet, darkest brown, three finger head even with a gentle pour. Smells of malt, tastes of spice, cinnamon, not overly sweet. Velvet mouthfeel, overall quite enjoyable.

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- dark amber with a thin white head
S- malt and spice
T- spice, hint of cinnamon, kind of sweet at the end
F- medium body and lightly carbonated... very smooth

Not bad for a Sam Adams. Good Christmas-time beer.

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Photo of illpass78
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber that becomes red when held to the light. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: Nice arrangement of aromas here. It has a malty sweet smell along with spice and maybe a whiff of smoke.

Taste: Very tasty. Big sweet malt flavor along with cinnamon, ginger, raisins, plums, a touch of maple and toast.

Mouthfeel: Easy on the palate and very smooth.

Overall: One of Sam Adams's best in my opinion. Terrific cold weather beer. Tastes as close to "like Christmas" as a beer can. Now let's go a-wassailing.

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

Part of a 12 pack winter variety. Brown amber color, smooth caramel malty taste, medium mouthfeel, overall an easy drinking beer. It's not something that's notable, but you wouldn't mind drinking it.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a reddish, brown color, clear, some lacing, not see much carbonation, no head retention, looks thin.

A: Caramel, roasted malts, hint of nuttiness, not getting any of the spices that are on the label, sweet, malts, hint of nuttiness.

T: Like the nose, some caramel, roasted and sweet malt combination, hint of nuttiness, picked up a hint of citrus, slight ginger, slight cinnamon, has some complexity and depth, very enjoyable.

M: On the light side, easy drinking, smooth.

O: Sam Adams makes some good middle of the road beers, they don't disappoint but they don't impress me, this beer falls into that category, good amount of flavor, easy drinking, enjoyable, it just does't pop with flavor and aroma, probably won't seek this out again but it would not refused if offered.

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

12 ounce bottle poured in to a can glass.

a: Gorgeous ruby brown body. Dark but clear. 2 finger tight beige head after a vigorous pour.

s: Caramelized, malty backbone holds up a huge scent of currants and plums. Faint clove and cinnamon.

t: Nice roasted and toasty malts. Carmelized sugar, currants, plums, followed by a mild mingling of hop spice and ginger bite. Nice, slighty dry finish.

mf: Medium plus body. Low carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a slight sting from some ginger.

o: A very nice winter warmer. I love the label. Wish it had more alcohol. Not much. Just a bit.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper color with thick light tan head. You can smell orange has a sweet smell a little cinnamon coming through as well. Taste is pleasant little orange and nutmeg up front slightly bitter on the back end.light and smooth with slight bitterness. Overall a decent beer seems like a cross between a Christmas ale and maybe an IPA.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep crystal clear brown with ruby highlights producing a 3+ fingers of fluffy, chunky, variously bubbled, lasting, tan head that leaves a thick, frost-like coating of clumpy lacing. Aroma is deeply toasted dark malts, browned cornbread, roast, chocolate, molasses & brown sugar, dark fruit & faint hints of cinnamon, ginger & orange zest. Taste is deeply malty with spices: dark & roasted malts, pumpernickel, cornbread, chocolate, toffee, dark fruit, ginger, cinnamon & orange spiciness. The aftertaste is a thinner version of the taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, lively in the mouth with prickly carbonation but smooth, creamy, thinly syrupy & mildly chewy. Absolutely delightful! I wish I could buy this in six packs. I'm tired of having to obtain it once or twice a year as a seasonal in 12 to 24 pack samplers of 6 beers. It is certainly good enough to be a seasonal on its own. Quite possibly the best Boston Beer Company brew made to date other than Utopias.

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Photo of lic217
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: reddish brown, light tan head, some lacing 4.75
Aroma: Light spice, slight malt sweetness, toffee/dark fruit 4.25
Taste: Mild, vanilla, malt, sweet, dry, roasted malt,vanilla, and chocolate 4.25
Feel: Creamy, but with prickly carbonation, moderate thickness 4.25
Overall: A nice mild beer that will pair nicely with many foods 4.25

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Photo of teromous
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The body is a dark brown color to the point where I can barely see through it. Despite the darkness it has good clarity. The head is a short eggshell white color. Decent retention and good lacing.

Aroma: Not much aroma here. It has a very faint malt aroma.

Taste: It has a nice light biscuit flavor with a bit of bitterness at the end. The neckerchief says "spiced with a touch of cinnamon, ginger and orange." None of this comes across.

Mouthfeel: It has a good mouthfeel with medium presence and a nice bitterness at the end. That bitterness really saves the beer overall.

Overall: It's not much of a winter warmer. It's fairly low ABV and it doesn't have any spice character at all. The beer as a whole (not considering any spice) is pretty good. It's drinkable and enjoyable. What's disappointing is to buy a holiday beer that mentions spice and to get a plain beer. It's not a beer I'd recommend but if somebody picked up a mix-pack for a holiday party and this was in it, I wouldn't have a problem drinking it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark red and brown appearance, this one comes in looking hearty. Aroma was a robust spice thing.

Taste, I liked it. Had some orange peel, cinnamon, chocolate malt. Tasted like the holidays. Little bit dark bread. Somewhere between a traditional porter, brown ale and winter warmer.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass in November 2015. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark Amber with light head. Beer color is deep. Head is thin, and leaves a thick film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma is sweet. There is some caramel aroma as well, and a little hops.

Taste: The taste is also dominated by the sweetness from the malt. There is a little bite from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Light alcohol, which confirms the 5.9% on the bottle.

This is a smooth light-bodied Winter Ale. Good drinking, and something different for winter.

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Photo of MACrist
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

LOOKS: Dark ruby/Mahogany. Tan 2 finger head, aggressive pour into pint glass. Very tiny bubbles streaming up the glass.
AROMA: That Sam Adams yeast and malt quality that is found in pretty much every beer they make. Some very subtle cinnamon and nutmeg.
TASTE: Mild. Malts. Nothing is offensive, but nothing really stands out. Some very mild chocolate, very mild.
MOUTHFEEL: Carbonation is perfect. Definitely does not feel like a light beer but not too heavy either...medium. Finish is very dry.
It's an ok beer. I would drink this over any BMC, any time of the year. No off flavors, just pretty blah.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy before April at 42 degrees into tulip
Aroma – faint orange, doesn’t last
Head average (Four cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to four mm frothy ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body mahogany, clear, effervescent
Flavor starts with some chocolate followed by weak orange and cinnamon
Palate medium, slightly creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of CNoj012
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a nice brown color with amber highlights. The head is off white with good retention and excellent lacing. The smell is orange, sweet caramel malts and winter spices. Taste is similar but kind of muddled. Medium feel and totally coats the mouth. Overall not bad I guess. This is my first winter warmer and I'm certainly not blown away. Not sure if it's just this beer or the style as a whole that doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Part of the 2015 SA seasonal 12 pack. Looks like a root beer when poured in my glass. Very slight orange and spice aroma. Feels really silky in your mouth, tastes malty sweet with a touch of cherry and orange. Finishes a bit spicy, real nice. This is one of SAs best seasonals.

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