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

very good
3,633 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jadpsu
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a bountiful clinging tan head that quickly settles to a thin skin.

Aroma leads with some spices, ginger and orange hops and caramel.

Taste has some raisen, caramel, along with toasty malts.

Full bodied mouthfeel that starts with the spicy hops, maltiness with a tad of semi-sweet chocolate and a warming dry finish. Would be great with filet, strip or rib-eye.

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Photo of imasloth
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep chocolate brown with a roughly half-inch head that dissipates quickly and leaves little at the top of the glass. The beer is too dark to see carbonation, but large bubbles appear when held to light.

S- Gingery with a hint of alcohol.

T- Laugh if you must, but I get a bit of green olive flavor upfront. Then sweet with a dry alcohol flavor. Malt to finish and little aftertaste.

M- Medium-bodied, with little after-mouthfeel. Perhaps a little dryness on the inside of the cheeks.

O- I like the flavor but there is nothing special for me. Try it in the sampler and move on ...

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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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%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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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%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown, 1/4 inch creamy head, some lacing.

Smell - Malts, some spices, a little hop presence, not overly aroma heavy.

Taste - Roasted malts with a spice and minor hop flavor. Not very flavor heavy, some spices like ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg stand out along with some molasses. A little bitterness from the hops. ALcohol is masked.

Mouthfeel - A little thin and watery actually. TOunge gets some malts, spices, and a little bitter from the hops. Palette gets some spices, sugars and malts but is left intact. Aftertaste is weak and flavorless.

Overall - Nothing that great, needs more flavor, too watered down. Spices add flavor, as does the sugars but the ginger overpowers everything making it unbalanced and forgetable. Not terrible but nothing worth seeking out.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours nice brown, hint of red. Light tan head that stays for a little while. No real lacing.
(11/11) '09 Vintage: Very creamy looking head, nice splotches of lacing.

S: Spicy, pretty malty, hint of citrus.
(11/11) '09 Vintage: Dark fruits and musky malt come through.

T: Low roasty malt flavor, met with the spiciness of cinnamon. Faint citrus aftertaste.
(11/11) '09 Vintage: Mellowed malt taste, roastiness is now faint. More of an allspice taste going on, more savory than sweet. Tart cherries, prunes. An almost canned cranberry (jelly) flavor. More fruity with some age on it.

M: Light to medium bodied. Just enough carbonation, not overwhelming.
(11/11) '09 Vintage: Very smooth, nearly creamy.

D: It's a solid beer, and tasty. It's a shame they only come with two in a variety twelve pack.
(11/11) Are the rumors of this being in six packs true now?

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of abgba121
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a dark reddish hue, yet black at the same time, with about one and a half inch of head and light lace

S: sweet and malty, not very strong or appealing, just average

T: same here, some sweetness, no hop profile detectable, though holiday spices abound

M: thin to average, moderate carbonation

O: nothing special by any means, I think Sam Adams needs to rethink this recipe

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BeerDocT
2.34/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

-Appearance 2.0: Poured out with little to no head and lots of soft drink style carbonation. The beer has a cola-like color and this, along with the cola carbonation, makes me confused. This is a beer, right?

-Smell 3.0: I smell a nice malty flavor, but also a very strong sweetness. That's about it.

-Taste 2.5: Sweet up front and then a barley-esque flavor, followed by a very unpleasant...what the heck is this? Sour and bitter at the same time? What beer ingredient is this? Aftertaste is pure adjunct dregs.

-Mouthfeel 2.0: Cola carbonation and the same "runny" liquid feel as a mass-produced beer. Again, this is beer, right?

-Overall 2.5: The Boston Beer Company just dropped a load of coal in my stocking of aesthetics. Someone notify the bald dude with the Heavy Metal chin-whiskers from the commercial: you need to get back in the brewery and start all over again with trying to find a holiday ale recipe. Not recommended.

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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%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.8 out of 5 based on 3,633 ratings.
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