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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jman892
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark amber color, looks a little like root beer. Not a big head, but a decent off white cap remains

S - Little bit of spice, but some dark fruits also stand out, along with some caramel

T - Nice, like the nose picking up dark fruits, raisins or figs maybe. The spices are minimal which makes this work for me, as I dont like overspiced beers

M - Medium body, lively carbonation

O - Winter warmers are not my favorite style, usually b/c I fond them overspiced. This one is more mild on the spice, the dark fruit stands out to me, which make this a winner in my book.

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3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a cola colored body with a reddish tint. The head is brow/tan that disappears quickly to form a thin line of lace. There is not much for lace just a little bubble island.

Smell: It has a good roasted malt aroma with a great coffee tone with a bit of spice but not much.

Taste: The flavor is well roasted with chocolate and coffee esters. The aftertaste is a bit fruit like.

Mouthfeel: There is a bit of alcohol warmth which I thought was odd because it is only 5.9%. Full bodied.

Overall: Not bad other than the appearance.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours Coca-Cola brown with about a half inch off white head, medium retention and spotty lacing.

decent aroma, cinnamon, can pick out some of the orange peel, little spice to it

not bad wintery flavoring to it, but nothing to get excited about. some spices and malts

high carbonation, kind of dry

overall, it is a nice enjoyable beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. The holiday pack thrashing begins in EARNEST! Good till April 2012, we are so ready for this.

A real nice together and evenly foaming head, off tan light caramel in color. Body color is a real nice but clear super dark red almost very dark brown color. Some clumpy retention but head falls quite a bit, but does leave islands on the glass. Minimal lacing.

Nose is a basic dry malt. Nothing really interesting or spectacular. Simple.

Taste has some mild malt thickness with a gamey faint flavor. Not much spice or citrus angle that the beer description claims. A good solid texture behind this with minimal carbonation.

Overall, easy drinking but a little bit forgettable. However, I could have another without any trouble.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a reddish amber color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Some mile lace develops.

Smell: caramel and spices are very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, holiday spices including cinnamon, pears, golden apples, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: a nice beer to sip in front of a fireplace on a cold night. The spices give you a nice holiday spirit without going overboard.

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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer served in a Sam Adams pint glass, don't believe me, check my twitter. At the time of this review, this is the most reviewed Winter Warmer on beeradvocate and the #38 beer on the "Top Beers - Winter Warmer" list on the best of styles on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is dark brown but clear at the corners, thin off white head, small bubbles, lacing on the glass. Moderate to low carbonation, low retention, looks fine.

Aroma is sweet, mildly cinnamon mild spice. Nutmeg perhaps.

Beer is medium in body and really sweet, finish is a little dry the spice comes through nicely, overall the beer is fine. I like it, very good for a winter warmer, enjoyable. I'm running out of beers that have greater than 1000 reviews, just a few left now.

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3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark, copper red. Not much of a head, less than a finger, but it hung around. Vibrant carbonation.

Smell: Spicy, citrusy. A bit of malt sweetness.

Taste: Light roasted malt sweetness. Slightly nutty. Soft bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body, slight carbonation coming through.

Overall: An average winter ale. Not boldly up front and in your face with spice-like flavors like many holiday brews. Good if you prefer more malt tones to spice flavors. Okay but unexceptional.

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 3,638 ratings
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