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

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3,630 Ratings
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig AleSamuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle as part of winter pack, from Hyvee in Omaha, NE
Best by April 2012 on label
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Pours a dark caramel brown color, looks dark brown in glass, but give a brown-red translucent body when next to light. Head can be > 3cm, quite soft as it's composed of small bubbles. Leaves lots of generous lacing. Head is tan in color, descending to a very thin cap atop the beer, with a more solid ring around glass.

Aroma of deep fruity esters, caramel maltiness, slight port wine or astringent character, cinnamon, somewhat like mulled wine.

Taste of cinnamon and candied orange peel. Hearty caramel and toated malt flavors with slight fruitiness, somewhat like dark cherries. Almost fruit-cake like at times. Lingering aftertaste of caramel malt and cinnamon.

Medium-bodied with gentle, moderate carbonation. Slightly foamy on palate, not harsh, somewhat creamy. Finish is semi-dry.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with a singe finger of light tan soapy head that retains for about a minute but leaves no lacing at all behind. Smells and tastes heavily of nutmeg, cinnamon, and gingerbread dough. Very festive. A small nitpick I have is that the citric peel hopping could stand to be somewhat more forward relative to the other characteristics of this brew. All the other hopping aspects are firmly in the earth toned spectrum, and that is perfectly fine by me. Texture is again slightly thin and watery relative to the flavors that it is supposed to support, but the carbonation is also kind of sluggish as well. For a winter warmer, it satisfies, but it could have been much better with just a little bit of fine tuning.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 12/25/11:
Best by May 2012; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch of very light tan, creamy head; Clear, dark ruby-brown appearance; Moderate lacing left behind

S - Light aroma, but pleasant; Notes of light chocolate, roasty qualities, and a touch of orange and ginger

T - Much like the aroma, but with more presence for sure; Good amount of chocolate smoothness and roasty character; Small amounts of citrus orange, ginger spice, and earthy flavors compliment the taste

M - Medium bodied; Low to moderate carbonation; Somewhat smooth with very mild bitterness throughout

O - This is certainly a quality brew to enjoy during the holidays. The drinkability is high with this beer, and the added citrus and spice to the chocolate and roasty character make this one my favorites from the Sam Adams Winter Classics. Old Fezziwig is definitely one of the beers I look forward to having at the end of the year.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – 1 finger tan somewhat fizzy head had some retention turning to a thin layer, brew is a clear & deep mahogany brown 3.5
S – Pretty mild cinnamon & nutmeg notes with a benign sweetness, reminiscent of but not as strong as fruit cake 3.5
T – Christmas spices did not overpower, caramel, nice malt base with a definite floral hop finish to it. I’m not loving the taste, but it does have very good balance. 3.5
M – Moderate to full body, a bit to watery and thin for my tastes 2.5
O – Decent beer that failed to impress, I did like it but I have not reason to seek it out again 3.5

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A - Pours a very dark ruby brown with a tan two finger head good lacing and retention around the glass.

S - Small amount of ginger and cinnamon and malts, didn't get any hops.

T - Spice, ginger, and cinnamon, and a little chocolate. A pretty strong malt presence.

M - I love the mouthfeel on this beer perfect carbonation medium bodied couldn't be any smoother or perfect. Even has a creamy feel to it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown, almost mahogany color with a light tan head that leaves modest lacing.

Lots of spice, meshed with roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruit, especially fig.

Taste follows the nose. It is very complex. Also, there is a hint of citrus from the orange.

Creamy carbonation and medium body.

Overall, one of my favorites out of the winter collection pack.

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.8 out of 5 based on 3,630 ratings.
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