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

very good
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2001

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Photo of cousineddy
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep auburn color with impressive clarity. Big thick rocky white head. Big roasted malt and dark fruit character on the nose. Sweet orange peel comes through slightly as well.

Roasted sweet bready malts up front with an underlying dark fruit sweetness. Hop presence balances the beer out very well. Thick and creamy mouthfeel that thins out a little bit on the finish but the flavors still hold together pretty tightly.

Ginger lingers on the finish. Flavors are complex. being both layered at times and blended at others. Would get a higher rating if it wasn't for the ridiculous availability of only being found in sampler packs. Deserves to come in 6's.

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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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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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

a: dark mahogany in color with a thick white head that slowly settles into a thin lacing that sticks for a long time.

s: sweet, malty aroma with notes of spices (cinnamon, ginger). smells interesting but it's nothing too crazy.

t: lots of malt flavor with notes of toasted bread and caramel. nicely balanced by notes of cinnamon and ginger. adds a bitter character that keeps the beer from being too sweet and adds a bit of complexity yet it's still very drinkable.

m: good mouthfeel.

looks like another old review bit the dust. not to worry, i have no qualms about reviewing this one again. this is a beer i look forward to having every winter. recommended.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of tut2528
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours like a brown ale, about 1 finger's worth of head formation and thin lacing throughout the duration of the brew

smell: dark fruits are evident and there is a nice sweet malt and caramel mixture that enriches the nose

taste: cinnamon is definitely present and there is a some ginger that sits at the back of the tongue. a nutty note seems to present itself. bottle says its has "very full body", but i will completely disagree.

overall, a nice Christmas beer, and it has high drinkability.

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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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