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

very good
3,633 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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4/5  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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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brown ale with medium carbonation and a modest amount of foam.
Smells like fruitcake.
Taste is dominated by cinnamon. Chocolate, ginger and orange are also claimed to be involved with the flavoring, but this isn't obvious to my taste buds. Regardless, the ingredients are melded into a beer that not only tastes great, but it also has a very satisfying warmth to it, just as it should.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of tsauce2
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter

A: SRM is brown. Translucent. Head is light tan, 1 in, dissipates to the outsides of the beer. Meduim/heavy carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Rich malt base with robust winter spices. Light hop additions.

T: Malty with medium spice/sweetness combination. Nutmeg and clove seem to be apparent. Caramel tones with a bit of natural/earthy spice. Aftertaste is some malt, spice, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body. Ingredients give a touch of chewyness, carbonation lends a bit of creaminess. Semi dry finish.

O: Easy drinking with a moderate amount of flavor. Nothing overly impressive, but a solid beer. I feel like SA is the kid who wants to be liked by everybody, so it does just enough of everything to be good but not so much that it pisses the other kids off. I could drink a bunch of other beers that are of the same caliber, so it would come down to a preference of brewery and price as to whether or not I would by this again.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Cummins9110
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with small head

A - small tight head that fades quick but leaves a small layer the entire time

S - Dark carmel malt (dark fruit) chocolate malt, smells like an Old Ale should

T - Contrary to other reviews I taste more darker fruits, but chocolate is detectable, no roasted barley, defineatley no spices tastes almost makes me wonder why they did it, nobody else seems to detect them either

M - Nice carbonation, medium bodied, finishes "moist" not wet but not dry

Overal this is a good beer, my last two Sam Adams beers have really redemed them in my Craft Brewery status

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got all warm and fuzzi' with a nonic pint.

Appearance- The two-fingers of sandy-khaki head is very airy and bubbly. The lid is pretty smooth and has a great mass of tiny bubbles.

The body is a glowing dark amber with ruby highlights.

Smell- This has so much malt. There is a little crystal malt and some earthy notes. I sort of get some orange and cinnamon, but it is muddled and hard to pick out.

Taste- There is a strange earthy and slightly musty character right away that does not give a good first impression. The mid-drink features some crystal malt mingling with some ginger.

The finish is where the spice and cinnamon really begin to show, but by this point it is a little late in the drink.

Mouth feel- Old Fezziwig has a good medium body, but I would not call it big. There is some coating and the carbonation is well done.

Overall- The malt flavor in the beer is a little too spastic to really make a cohesive profile. The spices should work, but they seem really muddled, which is unfortunate.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of DaveBlack
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I feel a little strange saying this, but this beer has a really pretty color. A deep reddish chesnut brew, with only a thin layer of off-white head and a small smattering of lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts, very roasty smelling. Underneath that is cinnamon and ginger, with a hint of what smells like allspice (but that isn't listed as one of the spices).

T: Initial taste of dark malts, then sweet malts and spices. The cinammon and ginger add a pleasant spiciness to the beer. It finishes dry, with a fairly grainy taste that I am not loving. Still the flavors are good and well-balanced.

M: Medium bodied and creamy, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: A decent beer to be sure, and one of the best in the winter pack fr sure. I do find the cereal grain aftertaste to be a llittle off-putting, but the spices are nice and the malts bring a good amount of sweetness.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.8 out of 5 based on 3,633 ratings.
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