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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of PatDreadful
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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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of rdunigan
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 3,691 ratings