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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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass:

A: light tan head, the color of the body is a dark red amber

S: wheat, nutmeg & spices

T: all of the previously mentioned flavors and adds a bit of a gingerbread with some light orange peel

M: light to medium, crisp, sessionable, orange watery aftertaste, quick sharp finish

O: good winter warmer that I would have again, nice to have with some ginger snaps

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Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep reddish chestnut colour with a thin cap of fine beige bubbles. There was a little bit of lace left on the sides of the glass as the beer disappeared. Smells sweet, a bit spicy (mostly ginger), caramel, slight orange character. The flavour had more of a roasted malt quality, a chocolatey mid, and mild bitterness. Spices and orange were more muted than in the aroma and were present mostly in the finish. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent winter warmer.

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2/5  rDev -46.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jadpsu
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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%
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 -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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 +6.1%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +6.1%

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3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
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 +6.1%

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 3,689 ratings
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