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

very good
3,634 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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2001

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4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown bottle. Freshness date on label.

A: Pours a reddish brown color with a good tan head. Little lacing is created.

S: A potent aroma of spices, including ginger and cinnamon. Some chocolate and citrus can also be found.

T/M: Full bodied and smooth. Great balance, as the malts and spices combine to create a wonderful beer. Hops are not as distinct but present. Nice semi-clean aftertaste with some lingering spices.

O: An excellent brew, with great balance and great taste. I look forward to it each year. It really is one of the best winter brews around and one of Samuel Adams best offerings.


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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours clear ruby red with a one inch white head. The head settles rather quickly into just a thin cap. Thin, delicate rings of lacing.

S: Caramel and toffee with a fruity backing. Raspberry jam and orange marmalade (though it doesn't smell overly sweet). Subtle spice scents of cinnamon and maybe some nutmeg. Good.

T: Spicing up front with ginger and nutmeg being the most prominent tastes. Toffee and brown bread comprise the malt backbone, with light tastes of chocolate and cocoa supporting. Orange peel comes out just before the finish. Hops don't seem to contribute much besides a balancing bitterness, though the orange peel adds a bit of its own bitterness too. Finishes with tastes of caramel, toffee, and orange peel.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Full on the palate and very lush and creamy, and a bit velvety. Moderate scrubbing carbonation rounds out the mouthfeel perfectly and makes it very smooth.

O: This is the highlight of the winter mix pack, in my mind. A very well balanced winter warmer with some unique character and an enticing mouthfeel. I like how the orange peel was incorporated as well.

Notes: I'm pretty picky with winter warmers and spiced beers in general, but this one hit the spot for me. It achieves a nice balance, keeping the spicing in check enough to let the rest of the beer shine.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One last review for the weekend, next to last one out of the holiday sampler 12 pack (Porter will have to wait until next weekend):

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH snifter:

A-Deep, dark brown with some reddish tint, a half finger of head and a tiny bit of lace

S-Malt, roast, spice, maybe some dry cherry

T-Really quite good, a bit dry, there is orange and ginger at play here also

M-Well carbonated and balanced

O-Again, this is a very good winter warmer, one of the stronger offerings from their line-up

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a a very dark, but transparent brown (at least at the lighter bottom) with a thick off white head and great lacing (some of the best I've seen from a non-stout).

S - Nice blend of spices, I can pick up cinnamon, a little bit of ginger. Almost like a dark fruit, candied sugar smell. Nice blend of chocolate and caramel malts as well. Very nice.

T - I'm picking up a nice blend of dark fruits, some orange, spices (cinnamon is the most apparent) and rich maltyness. Chocolate and caramel flavors are both present. Complex, with a lot of things going on, but still quite delicious. This one is meant to be savored.

M - Medium bodied, with a creamy feel. Good carbonation levels. Pretty drinkable.

O - Old Fezziwig lives up to the hype and may just be the best widespread release in the Samuel Adams lineup. It's a great Winter Warmer that is appropriate for all cold evenings. Let me join the chorus: PUT THIS IN SIX-PACKS! I'll buy at least 12 of these a year if I could.

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.8 out of 5 based on 3,634 ratings.
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