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

Pours a deep amber, with hint of a somewhat burgundy red tinge.

Has an aroma of rich malts with a hint of orange peel and cinnimon.

Rich malty flavor, not overly sweet but a nice smooth drinkable winter warmer

I will be getting this beer every christmas season, just a shame i can only get them two at a time!!!!

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

From the winter variety case. In a tumbler.

A: The ale is darker, nearly cola brown but with brighter orange hues at the base of the glass. The base is the lightest aspect, darkening at I elevator it. The culmination is a thin tan colored head, a mere band after the first pour.

S: Chocolate malts and spices. The darker malts have a bit of roastedness to them; the spices aren't exactly occidental. The cinnamon and ginger are strong, an interesting colonial aroma in imperial beer (imperial as in empire, not double).

T: Chocolate and bready pale malts give the first sip a rich chewy flavor that has molasses undertones. It's been a long time since I last had it; I certainly don't remember grooving so much on this first sip. The spices follow, drying the ale out with cinnamon and ginger. Orange comes later with a zest flavor. Toffee, the breadiness from the start, is quite rich, giving the ale that all-important imperial flavor (I like the buy-in). The orange lingers, a reminder of the spice profile. The cinnamon comes through like pepper, a flourish of spice where you wouldn't expect it.

M: Toffee, chocolate and spices, what more do you want from a winter warmer? The orange and cinnamon, sweet ginger, toffee, chocolate and molasses. Darn good.

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

A- Pours a translucent brown, almost red color. Looks like a Marzen almost. Two-finer, light-tan, frothy head. Good lacing.

S- Lots of caramel malts. Fairly sweet smelling. Hints of cinnamon are apparent under the caramel.

T- Right off the bat there is an interesting jumble of flavors. Cinnamon and caramel malts intermingle nicely. Underlying orange peel that was not on the nose adds an odd flavor to the mix. Slight chocolate malt flavor, but not prominent. Let this one warm up a bit more than normal. The flavor starts to come together after a bit. Big malty profile comes out and greatly improves the drinking experience. Very complex taste.

M- Typical Sam Adams mouthfeel. A little lighter and more carbonated than I would like, but not so much so to detract from the beer.

Overall, I'm a little confused by the taste profile they were going for here. Still, once the malt profile comes out with a little warmth, it's a pretty solid flavor.

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 3,647 ratings
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