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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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Appearance: It pours a clear reddish brown color and is topped with a ½” of foamy white head that disappears to a thin layer.
Smell: The waft of aromas coming from the glass is more than I expected. I get aromas of malt, orange peel and some cinnamon possibly.
Taste: The bitterness from the oranges is the first thing that I taste and followed by sweetness of the malt to help balance it out.
Mouthfeel: Old Fezziwig has a nice balance to it between the sweetness and bitterness; it makes it very easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of rlee1390
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear deep ruby red, one finger head that tries to leave behind some lacing but can't quite seem to.

S-Spices, cinnamon, some roasted malt.

T-Very spice heavy, cinnamon predominately, roasted malt follows.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-This and OSA are the best christmas beers. Almost a shame you can't get a 6 pack of this. Such a wonderful winter beer.

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Microbrewtaster
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear dark brown with an off white maybe cream colored head with moderate retention and light lacing.

S: There is a wonderful caramel sugar smell that is delightful. There is a slight pine smell and some chocolate. This beers smells a lot like Christmas.

T: It is an awesome mixture of chocolate malt, caramelized sugar, slightly hoppy at the end but the sweetness returns to finish. maybe an extremely faint coffee flavor with some vanilla. thoroughly enjoyed this.

M: Medium body with a smooth creaminess with mild carbonation.

O: A beer that i thoroughly enjoyed. may not be the best example of a winter warmer but one that I wish could be sold in sixers.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Brewsky29
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown to really dark red with quarter inch of head that dissipated quite fast and no lacing.

Smells very sweet very much like ginger slight roasted malt.

The taste is also fairly sweet once again roasted malts and ginger with slight bitterness mixed in.

Medium bodied and slight carbonation. Fairly easy to drink.

Overall I like this beer, not my favorite Sam beer but would buy again. One of the better beers in the winter pack.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rodney45
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown walnut, with a cream colored head.

S: Intense caramel malt aroma with hints of chocolate and cinnamon.

T: Crystal and chocolate malt are the first flavor profile. Toasted barley and maple syrup are secondary flavors. Slightly sweet. Hop profile is bavarian-esk and citrusy. Dry astringent finish that has vanilla and malt flavor throughout.

M: Medium to Medium heavy body, with mild carbonation.

O: An average example of a winter warmer. Personally its underhopped and under spiced for it to be a great beer.

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3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

A-dark amber, nice medium head that fell at sort of a medium pace

S-smelled like a spiced malt.

T-tastes of a caramel malt and winter spices mix. Maybe a little hops at the end

MF-medium bodied but weird aftertaste.

O-Good. Not a big fan of the spices in it. Had sort of a weird bite to it. Not sure how to describe it. Overall very average compared to many other winter beers.

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3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, with a best by date of April notched on the label.

appears a clear dark ruby color, with off-white colored head that fades quickly. rich malt aroma, with some muted spice.

taste is mild caramel and biscuit, a little buttery. very mild winter spices. medium body, medium carbonation, that works well for the beer.

overall, I liked it much better than their Winter Lager

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Pours a solid brown with white head.

The smell is nutty with some caramel and bready malts. Some spices but nothing specific jumps out at me.

The taste is chocolate, nutty, cinnamon, and a slight dark fruit.

Overall a pretty decent beer and I was glad I had a couple in the Winter Pack.

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3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

#5 in the Sam Adams winter pack. Poured into a beer mug. As a side note, how the hell can I get into the holiday spirit when it's 60 friggen' degrees outside?

A: Dark brown colored body with a 1.5-finger light mocha head. Head retention and lacing aren't spectacular.

S: Hints of dank aromatic hops and spices (perhaps nutmeg?), not very strong, but nice.

T: Starts off slightly malty, finishes with a very (and I mean very) mild hint of English hops, while the middle has a prominent nutmeg and cinnamon note. As a rule of thumb, I don't like nutmeg and cinnamon notes in my beer, but I'll spare it from a lower score because A) it's not a strong flavor (that's good in this case), B) it does feature a nice flavor balance overall, and C) it paired well with the peanut butter cookies I ate. I could only taste the orange flavors if I really concentrated.

M: Smooth, with light carbonation. The body itself has moderate thickness on the tongue and goes down easy.

O: Well, like the Holiday Porter and Chocolate Bock, it's pretty average. I admit, I'm biased against nutmeg and cinnamon flavors in my beer (it's why I didn't like the Sam Adams Pumpkin Ale), but on the whole, this didn't blow me away. Still, an okay introduction to the style.

(Come to think of it, the Holiday Porter deserves better than the C I gave it yesterday...I know I enjoyed it more than this one. Expect a re-review)

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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