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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz poured into pint glass

A-poured a deep brown color with a finger of head. it laced a little but not alot

S-Smells exactly what it says is in it on the bottle. cinnamon ginger way up front. couldnt find orange peel. smelled pretty good though

T/M-whoa whoa, what the hell happened. cinnamon and ginger come rushing in unabashed and reek havoc on my taste. just way too strong for me.

O-all good until i tasted it. not a fan

* I will have to try this again another night. not ready to blacklist this just yet

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a deep amber that looks reminiscent to Robitussin cough syrup, perfectly clear with a small amount of carbonation bubbles visible, pours with two fingers of thick sticky light tan head that lingers beautifully and leaves a nice amount of spotty lacing on the glass
S: roasted nuts, dark fruits and molasses
T: begins with a bit of taste like grape or raisins then moves into some nice depth of nuts and leaves off the back of the palate with a slight dark sweetness, the remaining taste in the mouth is similar to the initial taste of raisins
M: smooth, medium carbonation, kind of thin on the palate, leaves a bit of a feeling of stickiness on the palate
O: a real nice brew, really fits the season as well as my perception of the style, great taste, appearance, and smell, mouthfeel was a little funky at the end if im looking for a complaint

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer/Brewery - Old Fezziwig Ale/Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
City/State- Boston, Massachusetts
STYLE – Winter Warmer
ABV – 5.9%
IBU – 27
DATE – 10 DEC 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 OZ bottle
APPEARANCE – Mahogany in color with a thin head with a brownish white color
AROMA- Fruity and winter spices, all spice, clove and nutmeg I think
TASTE – Pumpkin pie without the pumpkin, a lot of clove, also has a bit a of a bitter (Non Hop) after taste
MOUTHFEEL – Very light and bland ob feeling
CONCLUSION – Other than the after taste this is a great Christmas beer, not quit a winter warmer as they ABV is a little low, but still a good flavor to think of around Christmas.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Deep ruby mahogany in color with a crisp white 1-finger head; a nice touch of lacing; and a thin blanket of foam left on top. Just like snow.

S: Spicy and inviting. Orange, Cinnamon, Coriander, ginger, a hint of banana. The spiciness is hard to penetrate, but there are nice roasted caramel malt notes behind it.

T: Ginger and cinnamon up-front, with a nice orange-peel zest and bread finish. The flavors are not over-powering, and though the spice is certainly dominant, it doesn't feel out of whack with the rest of the body of the beer. This is a rare (IMO) winter spiced ale that finds a harmonious balance between beer flavors and added flavors. There is the obvious orange, ginger, cinnamon, but also some notes of chocolate-covered bananas that most likely come from the malt, and some raspy hop notes in the aftertaste.

M: The spiciness adds some pop and zing to the feel, but the swallow is a touch shallow and watery. Overall it is pleasant and even-keeled in the mouth with a slightly dry after-feel that brings you back for more.

O: I usually only get one holiday 12 pack per year from Sam Adams, and I usually get it because I remember liking this beer. My memory is correct, and this is the kind of beer that is enhanced with the season. Much like egg nog: I love drinking this beer in the season, even if only once a year.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass

Appearance - This beer pours a deep ruby/brown with a quickly dissipating, finger width, off-white head.

Smell - It smells of sweet malt, molasses, cinnamon, and ginger.

Taste - The taste is along the lines of the nose, but I also pick up some roasty chocolate notes. It reminds me somewhat of a a Christmas cookie.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Overall - This is a solid winter beer. I enjoy this seasonal offering from Sam Adams and will purchase it again.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, reddish brown with a compact, clinging tan head.

S: Aromas of caramel, chocolate, and spices fill the nose. The spicing really complements the malty aromas.

T: Notes of dark bread, chocolate, cream, caramel, orange peel, cinnamon, and ginger follow a malty, rich entry. The finish is smooth and malty with bread, cream, and chocolate notes. A hint of holiday spices is just barely present in the background. I love the way the spices are so noticeable on the entry and then fade into the background on the finish. Though this ale is not terribly complex, it does a good job of accenting each of its flavor components at the appropriate time.

M: Medium bodied and very dry with spritzy, energetic carbonation. At first I felt that the carbonation needed to be reigned in quite a bit, but as I consumed more of the beer, I realized that it did not detract from the overall character and quality of the beer. Actually, the active carbonation seems oddly fitting.

O: This may now be one of my favorite Samuel Adams beers. Unlike other spiced winter warmers, the spicing is not so heavy-handed that it detracts from the toasty malt sweetness that is synonymous with this style. A very nice effort.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- clear, pours dark amber/brown in color. small head on it.

S- hints of cinnamon, lots of malt

T- very malty, a little bit of a ginger taste, some bitter orange in the aftertaste, no hops

M- thicker than I remember, a little on the flat side but I wouldn't want this over-carbonated, goes down very smooth

O- one of my favorite winter warmers, had this on-tap once at the Sam brewery and it was a real treat. probably the only reason I buy the Sam holiday pack every year.

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.8 out of 5 based on 3,632 ratings.
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