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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2001

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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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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Crundy
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear dark cherry ruby color. creamy tan head.

S: caramel malt sweetness, alcohol astringency, sweet fruity notes as well.

T: subtle cinnamon flavor, sweet malt, bland and flat flavors, minimal bitterness, yeast flavor

M: kind of bland and boring, medium light bodied, minimal carbonation

O: I did drink this warmer than is recommended but I don't think that even at the appropriate temperature would I enjoy this beer. It was bland I couldn't really taste the flavors that were advertised on the label.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a nonic glass. Served cool. Pours a light beige to an off white head. Brown, red garnet body. Smells like a snickerdoodle. Taste of cinnamon and nutmeg are present up front . Some hop in there (English). Very light carbonation is a nice touch. Ale sits on the tongue longer. A nice beer that I haven't had in a long time. I will have to drink this one more often.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottled into a pint glass. Color was brown with some red and black trying to creep in. About ¾ inches of head. Bubble caramel lacing. Healthy amount of sporadic film.

Smelled spices, almost cigarette like. Cinnamon, pepper and caramel, too, but just didn’t smell too hot.

Tasted much better than the smell, but that’s not saying that much. Tasted caramel and chocolate malts with some cinnamon spices.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Spicy, somewhat bitter finish.

I wasn’t too fond of this beer after having it a few days earlier. I tried it again today and it just didn’t cut it.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tawny reddish copper color, filtered with bright clarity. Thin loose head of tan foam. Thin ring at the edges, no lacing. Carb visible rising around the edges.

Pleasant nose of bready gingerbread sweetness, vanilla, nutmeg.

Some light astringent bitterness, earthy toasted malt and light dry spices that mirror it's aromas. Light bodied and mellow, finishes slightly watery. Spices are light and not overdone, rather they are an accent in the aftertaste that compliments the primary toasted maltiness. Lingering dry bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall a good Winter Warmer, fairly middle of the road.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Medium to dark brown with hints of deep red. Very clear. One and a half finger off white head with decent retention and OK lacing.

S: Very light aroma. Very malty. Cinnamon is upfront. Very bready and grainy. Touches of caramel and toffee.

T: Caramel upfront. Grainy and bready, with touches of cinnamon and a very light spice. Finishes bready with a touch of earthy notes.

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. A touch creamy.

O: It's alright. Easy drinking. For the price it's decent and the family or in-laws might actually drink some.

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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1/5  rDev -73.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of perrymarcus
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a deep amber / borderline chestnut tone while yielding a big, billowing head - 3" and creamy - with strong retention and some lacing evident. very good looking beer.

nose is likewise nice, offering strong notes of caramel / toffee, toasted malts, and some light spice.

flavor follows the nose with those caramel / toasty / roasty characters coupled with some spice and subtle fruit notes. medium bodied mouthfeel / medium carbonation.

no wow factor here, but overall a pleasant, tasty winter warmer. i'd go as far as to say this is one of my favorite brews put out by SA.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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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