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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of zaphodchak
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two fingers tan head. Good retention and lacing. Ruby-brown clearish body.

Nose is malty, sweet with orange and maybe raisin.

Taste follows nose, spicy, interesting. Lots of malt, some orange peel, cinnamon. Finish is slightly more bitter than I would've liked, almost metallic. Could be the ginger, which in this case, I think is misplaced.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard, not too prickly but not outstanding either.

Solid for the style. Not amazing, but good, inexpensive, relatively easy-to-find.

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Photo of sobeleg
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of TK5150
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear brown with ruby highlights and a beige head.

S- Molasses, caramel, oaky (smells almost barrel aged at first) orange, ginger. The oaky aroma mostly wafted off as I let the beer sit.

T- Malty sweetness and spice in the mouth, then finishes with orange, bread, and biscuits. Lingering spice of cinnamon/coriander.

M- Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation.

O- A very nice holiday beer. One of Sam Adams' best.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Chaney
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Winter warmer dark brown look, with a frothy winter warmer head. Color was that typically found in a winter warmer.

S: It had a rich winter warmer malt bill, with roasted chocolate and caramel malts. It smell like a winter warmer wrapped up in tons of spices: cinnamon, ginger, and orange.

T: This tasted like a mild winter warmer. It had a truly winter warmer-like taste.... Sam Adams profile to be exact, with a good bit of spiciness that reminded me of a winter warmer.

M: This definitely had the carbonation, frothiness, and spiciness of a winter warmer, along with the sweetness that only a winter warmer can bring to the table.

O: This tasted like a winter warmer... produced my Sam Adams.

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Photo of fields336
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into SN snifter
out of the holiday 12 pack, $14.99

A: Dark brown, reddish-purple when held up to light. 1/2 finger of white head that dissipates really quickly and leaves a light ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is decent, hangs around

S: dominant smell is chocolate and caramel malts mixed in with spices, along with some oranges, cherries, grapes, etc. Smells like a dark chocolate covered orange or other fruit. some spices, definitely cinnamon, clove, nutmeg etc. kinda have to work to get to the spices, surprisingly

T: light chocolate bready malts mixed with a slight fruity taste and a good amount of cinnamon and other spices. finish is nice, with a small touch of citrus/grassy hops almost

M: medium bodied, carbonation is low, but expected. actually a surprising decent amount of hop presence on this beer.

O: Really nice beer. I drank this one on a warm-ish night, but i will definitely save the next one for a chilly night, because it definitely has a warming quality to it, and the spices and slight hops with the chocolate and sweet malts give it a really well rounded winter beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Fadefury
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a red/amber color with a 1 and a half to 2 inch head

S - Cinnamon and Citrus fruity scents

T - The citrus/orange with a slight with of cinnamon is the most noticeable. The ginger is in the background a bit much for me to really notice it's there.

M - Initially spicy but goes down smooth with no aftertaste

O - Great beer that makes me wish I had it during the summer. With the overabundance of citrus/orange taste to this beer, it makes me think back to warm summer days. Could easily sit back and drink a couple of these.

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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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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of blackcompg
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle from their Winter Sampler, into my beer glass -

Appearance - Poures about a finger of lite tan head, color of the ale is a dark red amber.

Smell - Smells of wheat, molasses, nutmeg & spices.

Taste - Taste is semi sweet spiced wheatbread, maybe a touch of gingerbread too. I get a touch of orange peel too, and a bit of grassy hops. I'm getting a little bit of charry-almond like flavor as this warms. A good balance, no transitional flavors really, finishes with dry spiced breadcrust.

Mouthfeel - Lite to medium mouthfeel, a good amount of carb provides alot of crispness and drinkability, finishes with just a touch of dryness.

Overall - This is a pretty good winter warmer, definitely on the lite side, making it easy to have a few. Alcohol is non-existant in the taste. A decent beer, and very sessionable.

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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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