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

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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3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Doing a little ref clearing and I see I had a coupel of Old Fezziwig Ales from a SA sampler pack. The beer pours a deep ruby red with creamy off white head that is lacing nicely. The smell includes spice and sweet malt base. The taste, initial sip, was a slight surge of Alcohol, sips after briing out the cinnemon spices and touch of orange. Definitely some caramel malt. The mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer.

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

12 oz bottle as part of a variety pack into a tulip

A: Deep ruby-auburn. Clear. Pours 2" head of tight beige bubbles. Falls but maintains a presence. Okay lace.

S: Caramel, fruity (almost berry?) notes, baking spices and a slight metallic note on the alcohol aroma with a touch of banana.

T: Rich sweet bready malt. Very bitter finish. The spiciness isn't over the top but is a little muddled. Not sure about this one. Some clovey phenols seem to present themselves on the finish.

M: A little astringent (dry/bitter).

O: Not great. Only okay.

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4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my SA Snowflake Holiday pint.

Appearance: A huge tofee colored head rises from the light coffee colored body. Nice lacing throughout.

Aroma: Ginger with a light cinnamon give way to cherries and a huge malt finish. This smells like Christmas in a glass.

Taste: The nose is reversed here. The nice bready malt hits me up front while those nice holiday spices linger in the background with gentle English hops providing just a touch of bittereness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy with low carbination.

One of the best Christmas ales out there.

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

I really enjoyed this beer. I usually enjoy most of Sam Adams offerings, so i was not surprised. Had a good smell that made me want to dive right in. After the first sip, i was won over. Definetely a great seasonal beer that i wish was more readily available. When it comes to winter, this beer is a great holiday treat. Hopefully the people at the Boston Beer Company will make this a 6pack, to enjoy on Christmas and New Years! Cheers!

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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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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 3,701 ratings