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

Poured into an A-B flute on 12/15/11

Enjoy before April

A slow brown turns into a really pretty dark shade of scorched rust and copper. The head is nearly three fingers and deflates moderately leaving pepperings of lace that become strands.

Ah, smells nice. The label boasts cinnamon, ginger and orange peel. The ginger is faint at most and the other two aren't a glaring focal point. I like the tamer aspect of the spices. Notes of dark grains, raisins, plum and caramel. Seemed like a dusting of cocoa, but that has diminished.

Toasted (think bread) and roasted (think chocolate) flavors abound; the beer has a plump malt presence, yet maintains a dryness that suits it well. I'm thanking the subtle spiciness for that. The orange peel has a distinct showing, but the cinnamon and ginger are kept well in line. Works for me. Soft dark fruit tones.

The feel is a robust medium, moving slowly about the palate. Carbonation isn't low, but it moves slowly; it's calm in that respect. Finishes with some toasty malts and residual spices.

This is my first crack at this beer and I can see why folks like it. Though not entirely my thing, I think it's well-done. It's a languid sipper - and I like that about it.

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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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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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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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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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