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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Ratings: 3,688 |  Reviews: 1,416
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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1/5  rDev -73.5%

Photo of jmarklan
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, reddish brown color with a nice dense head. Good retention and lacing.

S: A dash of spices, cinnamin and orange followed by substnatial caramel and a nice dash of chocolate.

T: The spices are more subtle in the flavor... not very prevelant. The maltiness takes center stage here; caramel and bittersweet chocolate followed by a nice toastyness which lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Very smooth, almost creamy. Medium body. The smoothness lends to the high drinkability.

Overall: This is probably my favorite of the SA holiday sampler and i wish this brew was available in six packs for this season since it's become a christmas tradition.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of fx20736
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Nonic, served at cellar temp.

Deep dark amber, a few shades past copper with a thin beige head, nvery nice lacing.

Aroma: very fragrant, very floral

Mouthfeel: soft and supple

Taste: nice raisiny fruit on a soft bed of malt with a slight bitterness on the fade.

Notes: A very nice beer, lots of character. I am fan,

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mccarltone
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color with creamy head...about a finger thick.

Smell: Sweet swelling with hints of spice...namely clove and cinnamon.

Taste: Lots of flavor and very smooth/drinkable. Not harsh at all. Pretty nice balance that I usually find with Sam Adams beers. For a winter warmer it is lower in alcohol but that does not take away from it's quality.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated with a bit of a spice kick after it goes down.

I wish you could find this beer in cases and kegs instead of the winter sampler. This could be a great Christmas seller for Boston Beer Co.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep mahogany brown into my sam adams pint glass, nice half finger of fairly dense toffee colored head. Moderate thin lacing, little retention

S - Caramel, sweet rich malts, toffee, chocolate, slightly roasty. Cinnamon and orange is prevalent. Maybe a bit nutty, dark fruits as well.

T - Caramel + toffee sweetness, little spice, little orange, dark fruits. Sweeter at the beginning and fruitier at the end. spice up front kind of gets in the way of the experience of the other flavors a little bit. Pretty tasty, a wee bit dry.

M - Medium bodied or less, lots of carbonation (and spice up front) mask some of the flavors I am trying to experience but make the brew more drinkable at the same time, still would like less carbonation

O - Probably my favorite from the winter collection (although the revamped the lineup this year). Really good, I wish the carbonation and spice didnt over power the toasty sweetness at the beginning as much as it does.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Shiner Helles pint. The beer is a medium dark reddish brown with a light tan 1/2" head that dwindles pretty quickly to cover the beer thinly.

The aroma is heavy carmely malts with touches of cinnamon, orange, and ginger.

The tongue follows the nose with this medium mouthfeel medium low carbinated brew. Somewhat sweet on the tongue as well as in the throat.

Not a bad Winter Warmer, but not great. Not one I would actively seek out although it is an easy drinker. The spices are there but are muttled and the brew is not that complex even with the addition of the afore mentioned spices.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany brown with a little orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid four fingers of off white head with good retention. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel and toffee malts that are lightly roasted. Subtle hints of chocolate with some cinnamon and ginger spice. Also a little orange peel and noble hops. A very bready aroma. Kind of smells like gingerbread.

Taste: Moderately sweet and spicy. Rich lightly roasted caramel and toffee malts. A good presence of spices with some ginger and cinnamon. Orange peel and a subtle taste of chocolate and nuts. Tastes bready, spicy, and roasty. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth. Spices linger in the aftertaste.

Overall: A pretty solid winter beer. Rich and well balanced.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light chestnut colored with an oatmeal brownish tannish head that settles out slowly. Aroma of caramel and toffee. Flavors of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, spruce tips. cinnamon and spices. Notes of plums and prune. Mild bitterness, no hop flavors. Even mouthfeel, rich and full, finishes tingly. Tasty beer.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with a tan head - good retention.

Smells of ginger, yeast, orange, and a little nutty.

Nice full bodied mouthfeel. bitter citrus and spice balanced by a malty sweetness, with earthy nut tones. High carbonation keeps the flavor lively.

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 3,688 ratings
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