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

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig AleSamuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale
BA SCORE
63.7%
Liked This Beer
3.77 w/ 3,638 ratings
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig AleSamuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,709
Reviews:
1,406
Ratings:
3,638
Liked:
2,317
Avg:
3.77/5
pDev:
13.53%
Alströms:
4.02
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
599
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,638 |  Reviews: 1,406
Photo of monk2021
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dvmin98
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kurzman
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kevin3046
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber color with small head and lacing. Sweet malty taste with slight hoppiness following and nice creamy texture. Reminds me of a honey bock. Another decent seasonal from Sam Adams.

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Photo of jvnsks
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ewelvaert
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sexmortus
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Narthax
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Zuidman
3.02/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Pantalones
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Last bottle from the variety pack; bottled on the 324th day of 2016, best-by month listed is May 2017.

Nice dark red-orangey, bordering on brown color to this one. It's very clear too, though dark enough that I need to shine a light through it to see the swirling, rising bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice layer of light tan foam on top, not huge but definitely densely-packed and seems to be sticking around for a while.

Smell is malty -- some breadiness up front (maybe almost sourdough-ish at time), some sweetness hanging out in the background. Fairly mild in the area of smell, I can maybe pick up a little bit of some spices blending in there but they don't really stand out. Seems like maybe a little bit of something that I can only describe as "English-ness" present -- not sure how to put it other than that, there's a particular flavor/smell that I notice in a lot of English ales and it's present here too.

Taste is also primarily malty on the first sip, but with a much nicer richer medium/dark bready flavor to it -- I'm noticing a flavor like bread crusts on the end for sure, a little toasty. The "English-y" flavor is present here too, though secondary to the rich breadiness. I'm not really picking up much of the spices in the flavor either, but the malt is really nice so that's okay. There's maybe a bit of a cinnamony-spicy thing going on, but it's just hanging out behind the malt, adding a little something extra every now and then -- seems to mostly pop in on the end. Seems to be a little bit of noticeable bitterness on the end too (at least now that I'm over halfway through the bottle), which surprises me a bit, but I suppose with this being 25 IBUs a little bit of bitterness being present isn't unusual. Burps are coming up sweeter and more caramel-y than the beer itself is, interestingly.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice too, matching the flavor pretty well -- not too fizzy, drinkable but not too light or thin-feeling. It's got a substantial feel to it which works nicely with how much bready-toasty malt flavors are going on. Though the flavors don't seem especially sweet, there is this lingering bit of stickiness, especially after getting near the end of the glass it seems.

Overall, a very nice seasonal beer that I'm glad I finally got a chance to try. It actually reminds me a bit of Hobgoblin and other English-style ales, albeit a darker version with richer bready malt -- I suppose that shouldn't be too surprising considering that the Winter Warmer style is English in origin, though! I figure if it seems "English-ish" despite being made by an American brewery, that's a good sign that they knew what they were doing with this one. I'll join the masses (at least on this site, it seems) in saying that I'd definitely buy a six-pack if they ever finally0 decide to put this one in six-packs.

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Photo of syzygy0
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of justinm4bama
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle freshness notched for April 2017 poured into a pint glass.

Look: Clear, dark, red brown coloration with a 3/4 finger head of thick off white foam that rapidly collapses, leaving a soapy residue across the top of most of the beer.

Smell: Mostly malts , not much of a spice profile.

Taste: Mostly malts, slight bitterness from the spices, and faint alcohol heat in the back of the throat on the swallow.

Feel: Medium body with carbonation on the high side.

Overall: An average beer, nothing special but not offensive either.

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Photo of ThePold
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a fresh bottle at 43 degrees in a snifter for fun, doggone it! Okay head, not long lasting. Brown. Beer color is also brown, nice looking brew. I don't smell a lot of cinnamon or orange. Some ginger. Tastes like Christmas time to me, though!

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Photo of wuthrichj15
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark brow. Small head that dissipated rather quickly. Not a bad winter warmer. Good flavors, cinnamon, orange, nice maltiness. Had one last night. Lacing was nice around the glass as well.

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Photo of DesertFox24
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcscientist
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was decent, but not as good as their winter lager. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there was just something missing from this to really make it a good winter warmer. Sam Adams has done better.

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Photo of PMarcy78
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fitzy01
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greasy
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HamdenHector
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; deep mahogany in color; 2+ finger light brown head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: somewhat restrained; sweet malt - reminds me of a Scottish ale;

T: orange zest for a moment, then ginger gets added in; the orange and ginger go side by side to the finish; no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O not especially interesting, but easy to drink;

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Photo of bb-magic
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeremiah87
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 63.7% out of 100 with 3,638 ratings
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