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

very good
3,634 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One sip of this beer and I fell for it, it is perfect for the winter season nice brown color with a creamy brown head with god retention in the glass. There is a good clean mouthfeel that is smooth and a chocolate sweet and bitter balance to it overall a great beer!

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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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%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

It pours a fluid dark amber with shots of red and a mild opaqueness that's inviting. A small, light tan head establishes itself quickly but stays around for a while as a thin cap.

Inviting smell of dark fruits, cognac, cinnamon, and ginger, with hints of that nice ale smell poking through too.

The taste of ginger is somewhat immediate given the hints in the smell, but as the beer spreads out on the palette, lots of mild roasts, and a finish of the wintery spices -- cinnamon, nutmeg, caramels. Aftertaste of mild hops. It's rather mild all around, and the three taste "phases" if you will are consistent throughout. It's nothing terribly complex, but it's good at what it does.

It's pretty damn smooth going down, with a light carbonation and a pretty light mouthfeel, and the buttery feeling on the tongue is nice and relaxing.

Overall it's a solid beer that absolutely accomplishes what it sets out to do as a nice, easily sessionable winter seasonal. Recommended.

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Photo of blacklabel67k
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this out of the 12 pack mixer. It was OK really fresh, this is the second bottle that I let age a little. Not as good as I remember.

A- Dark brown clear.

S-Smells like ginger. That's about all I can pick out of this beer. Almost like ginger in water.

T-Strong spices. Cinnamon, ginger, and other spices like that.

M-Nice and carbonated. Like carbonated gingerbread.

O- This beer is OK. I don't think it lives up to what everyone makes it. An average to slightly above average beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of hdf561
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Out of the Sam Adams Winter CLassics variety pack.

Hard to get appearance through a bottle but it did look like the darkish red that it advertises.

The smell to me wash harsh I did notice some of the cinnamon but it was hard to tell the rest as I felt the hop smell overpowered the rest

The initial taste is smooth, but the after taste is totally harsh and highly bitter almost like Long Hammer IPA

The the mouth feel was ok but it left me extremely dry

Overall this is just an average beer to me, nothing special and once I drink the 2nd on in the pack nothing I will seek out again. The only thing special about this beer is the name.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #102
Served On: 01/07/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 5.9%
Date/ Code: May

Got this from this year's Winter Classics mixed pack.

Look: Poured a clear deep ruby red color. Formed at tan head of about 1 finger. Carbonation looked a little low.

Smell: I got some ginger and spicy notes. Aroma was very similar to an Oktoberfest. Fairly malty. Also some Sam Adams funk that I find in most of their beers I’ve had.

Taste: First was a clean lager sensation with the ginger hitting in the middle. The back end had a slight roasted note with a semisweet chocolate and a faint alcohol warmth. Mouth feel seemed a little thin with low complexity for a Winter Warmer.

This was a good basic brew that covers the bases the style. I usually have a few in my beer fridge every winter.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle tonight at a friend's house. Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark brownish red colored body. Small sized head. Smell had faint aromas of cinnamon and holiday spices. Taste was good but didn't strike me as special. I could pick up the spice notes, but the orange peel stood out the most for me. Mouthfeel was on the smooth side, and a low abv made this easy to drink. Old Fezziwig is a beer that I've had a ton of times, but never got around to reviewing during past winter seasons. Thinking about it now, it's only a slightly above average winter warmer.

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

Pours a reddish brown into a pint glass. 2 inch creamy head fades away quick to a nice lacing.
Sweet spices on the nose, hint of raisin and nutmeg.
Nicely done on the palate, with the spices coming right up again, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel malts balanced by the hops.
A nice seasonal / winter warmer. Highly drinkable.
This beer complements the cooler weather like a charm!

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3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours brown with some ruby highlights even when not held to light. A small tan head that rises and falls quickly, leaving behind only a small patch and thin ring. Almost no lacing is left behind on the edges of the glass.

S: Smells pretty nice, with some cinnamon and ginger up front. I don't get much in the way of orange peel, but it could be there. Slight nuttiness and some chocolate and dark fruit are in the background.

T: Chocolate, cinnamon, some vanilla and ginger up front with dark fruit, slightly roasted malt and bread in the background. A touch of hops toward the end.

M: Medium-bodied with a good bit of carbonation. Starts out pretty sweet and finishes slightly spicy and bitter.

D/O: Very easy to drink, and overall pretty tasty, but not the greatest example of a winter warmer. A little out of balance, but a nice simple spiced beer to have on a cool winter evening.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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2.69/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from bottle, around 40 degrees. DEcent head, about two fingers. Lingered a little bit. The color is a nice translucent reddish/brown.

The aroma reminded me of cookies. Get the malty bready thing going on right away, then some trace of spices, and a bit of raisin/prune that is not unpleasant.

Sweetness hit me up front with the bread/malty notes as well. Then just a bit of the spices - cinnamon, nutmeggy, a bit of the raisin/grape and maybe plum-like flavor - definitely not the raisin I could smell. For some reason, liked the mouthfeel - seemed almost like you could chew this one for a bit. Liked the lack of carbonation too - wasn't very "bright" in that sense. Not a refresher for sure - something to just sit down and drink as a treat. Way too much of a Christmas cookie for me.

This is not my thing. Seems over done.

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.8 out of 5 based on 3,634 ratings.
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