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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2001

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Ratings: 3,665 |  Reviews: 1,412
Photo of nukem5
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: r with a big rocky top of tan foam that clings lovingly to the glass.

S: Not a whole bunch here going on. I get a bit of malts and some dark fruity wiffs.

T: Sweet and malty winters finest roasts in a nice blend of flavors. A bit bready with a little bit of hop oils coating the tongue and tastebuds.

M: Slight warming sensation light esters.Slight metalic taste with a medium body.

D: Very drinkable nice with a fire and some crackers and cheese, nice 12 month aged sharp New York cheddar,.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes, part of the big sam adams tasting on xams day. we plowed through everyone we could find in the damn state! served cold and poured into a pint glass.

nice pour with a thick look to it that id manage to let some light through though not terribly much, still not a terrible look overall by any means, aroma is charged with spice, cinnamon, hints of brown sugar, ginger and touches of all spice dot the landscape among a sea of nice malty notes. flavor is interesting as it starts sweet and quickly moves over with an earthy hop note and a decent mix of spices that dry the finish and give it a kick,

overall not bad, it seemed to hold its own quite nicely, would definitely try this one again,

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Photo of southsider
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle(yes,the holiday pack)into a pint glass.

A-Poured a deep ruby red into my glass with a dense two finger khaki head that slowly dissolved into a film with some lacing.

S-The beer gave off a strong,spicy,malty cinnamon aroma.

T-Nice big malty,carmelly,spicy beginning that finished semi-sweet and chocolaty. No real bitterness here and roasty grains were very subtle.

M-Very good body with restrained carbonation. Rich and silky texture.

D-This beer has excellent drinkability. The malts play the lead role in this brew and who doesn't like chocolate and caramel? My current favorite of the Sam Adams Holiday Pack.

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Photo of mellowmark
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. brown bottle to Imperial Pint glass. Drink before May 2011. Part of the Sam Adams Winter Pack, 12 bottles for $15.99.

Appearance: Dark ruby color with a three finger creamy tan head that takes it's time to go away. Nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt and spices. Not much at all in terms of hops. Toasted bread. Cinnamon is very prominent. Orange citrus.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts with a hint of bitter grassy hops. Lots of spices. Ginger and cinnamon. Semi-bitter roasted coffee aftertaste lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Medium

I will seek this out again. The spices can get a little annoying, though, which brings down the drinkability a little, but it's still a very solid brew.

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Photo of Dodt
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another review from the Sam Adams winter variety pack
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass
appearance a ruby colored brown with a head that will bounce when touched .
smell malty with a hint of cinamon
taste a wonderful blend of roasted coco and malt.
mouthfeel a medium body with not a hint bitterness

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Photo of geryeb624
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a pint glass.

A- A ruby-tinted brown in color, with a creamy 1-inch ran head. Solid lacing and retention.

S- Sweet and malty in aroma, with definite notes of the cinnamon and other spices. Almost reminds me of the Winter Lager on steroids.

T- Sweet, toasty malts predominate, with a nice spiciness to it as well. Also a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish.

M/D- Goes down easy and is fairly drinkable.

A nicely executed winter beer. Pretty robust in flavor and quite tasty.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice amber-brown hue with a very clear body. Head is two modest fingers of fizzy, frothy tan foam. A pretty decent looking beer.

Smell: nutty, caramelly malt aroma with a hint of something spicy -- nutmeg, perhaps? Not much in the way of hops, but it does smell like a winter warmer should.

Taste: nutty, caramelly and a touch biscuity, but in a good way. Again there's something like nutmeg in with the mix. Bitterness is well balanced, but as in the aroma there is not a lot of hop flavor here. A pretty solid example of the style.

Mouthfeel: medium body with plenty of carbonation -- it walks the line between creamy and fizzy, and I think that works well for this beer. Good stuff!

Drinkability: I could definitely have a few of these to put me in a festive holiday spirit.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly decent winter ale from Sam Adams. Sports a big, healthy, somewhat creamy 1" white head o'er top a rich, dark ruby red body. Potent ginger spice wafer scent with a tiny bit of booze poking through - fair amount of depth for a SA brew.

Noting 3 adjuncts listed on the neck label - cinnamon, ginger, and orange peel - a tiny tingle of the ginger greets up front, while the orange peel comes across most prominent of the three, mostly in the middle, and the cinnamon perhaps just a specter in the background. Overall, the flavor is reminiscent of holiday spice cake (oh...cinnamon?), dominated by its malts, which have some vague Belgian fruitiness and chocolate tones. The malt profile is nice but could perhaps benefit from a little more depth and a wetter, more rounded or smooth feel. Its dryness is light and need not be overstated.

I could drink a few of these. It's a good recipe they've got here and one of the more notable US winter warmers - touches more on the Belgian examples than most.

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Photo of phishgator
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. Medium white head with low carbonation. The hue is a deep amber and hazy. The aroma is slight cinnamon and some other spice(?). The taste is bland at best. Nothing jumps out onto your palate. The body is medium and the beer goes down smooth, but not enough there to keep you from drinking something else.

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Photo of bigdrewsmoove
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this out of the Sam Adams winter mixed case. Pleasantly surprised with this beer. Poured a very rich brown with decent head retention. Had a pleasant sweet smell and average mouthfeel. Very smooth with extra flavor from the spice. Great session beer for a cold night as I downed 5 of these while eating oysters and watching football in my buddy's driveway.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark ruby/amber with a thin beige head on top. Retention is fair; some light lace sticks around. The nose carries notes of molasses, syrup, toffee, and light cinnamon.

Medium-to-full bodied brew. Heavier than I expected. The flavor is somewhat of a let-down. In all honesty, this tastes very similar to one of the others in the mixed pack. Toffee, dark fruits, alcohol, little-to-no spice presence. I don't know. This was my most anticipated brew in the pack, but it ended up being my least favorite. Boo.

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Photo of Duxx
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. Part of the winter seasonal pack. Best before June on the label.

A: Dark brown with a hint of cooper when held up to the light.

S: A little hard to pin down. Kind of hot and spicy, I guess thats the cinnamon. No apparent hop aroma but there is some caramel malt sweetness in the nose.

T: Malty and caramel at first then the spice. The finish is dry and peppery hot in the back of my throat. Must be the ginger. I don't get any of the orange though.

M: Slick or even oily. Leaves a pleasant coating in my mouth. Carbonation is not overly assertive. The re-taste (is that a euphemism for beer belch?) is really, as my daughter would say, "yuckooohhh"...unpleasant.

D: One is enough for after dinner or to sip on in the evening. Not an every day drinker for me.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark ruby red, transparent, tan head with huge lace left behind.

S-lots of caramel malts, notes of cinnamon, with hints of pale malts in the back. light hay hop spice in the finish.

T-the flavor is more potent, stronger malt presence, lots of chocolate malts with notes of caramel and toffee. theres some light brown sugar and cinnamon in the back with a light spicy hop finish and bitterness.

M-medium body, syrupy soft feel to it with a nice carbonation and crisp semidry finish.

D-easy drinking and not too spicy. i don't like when they get too spicy. reasonable malt presence and easy to drink. sam puts out some classy stuff.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= Color looks really good on this one nice brown/amber in color, nice amount of head and some nice lacing on this one.

S= Nice nose on this one good amount spices on this one with a little bit of oranage or some type of citrus.

T= Taste is kid of bready but I like it on this one also notice some notes of rasins or something along those lines.

M= Medium bodied good amount of carbonation.

D= Really decent beer one of my favorites out of the sampler pack. I also grab these first out of the pack.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass.

Look - dark red in color, clear, with about 2 fingers of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - Malts in general, then comes the caramel aroma. I can only pull the ginger from the smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Malts at the beginning but a slight bitterness in the middle. Hints of the ginger in the finish, but I don't taste the cinnamon. Texture is somewhat more on the creamy side.

Drinkability - Not a bad brew, but I wish I could pull out more of the flavors in the taste which are listed on the beer's label. Could be my fault, could be the brew...hard to say. Good-tasting though not terribly complex.

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Photo of cooncat
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my SA glass at fridge temp. I was able to just barely fit the entire bottle into the glass with a pour down the center. A nice inch of tan head tops the garnet colored beer. The head is not long lasting, and reduces to a rim around the glass, but some nice lacing is left behind.

The nose is a bit underwhelming, but I do detect caramel malts, as well as roast malt, which comes from the chocolate malt used in the beer. Spices are not picked up, nor are any decernable hop variety.

The taste for me centers on the malt additions, especially the roast of the chocolate malts. A hint of cinnamon is there, but ginger and orange don't seem to be making a contribution. The latter 2 are mentioned on the bottle as ingredients, which is why I mentioned them. A moderate carbonation of about 2 volumes gives this a medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is good, as nothing here is over the top.

As a Winter Warmer, this is decidedly light, both in flavor (especially spices), and in ABV. Perhaps this would fall into a Winter Warmer Light category, at least as compared to other breweries offerings. I can understand that BBC tries to market more to the general masses than 'beer geeks', so I find this entirely acceptable and within their 'wheelhouse'.

This is a nice, easy drinking seasonal, which you should definitely try, and add to your resume of 'beers I've tried'. Recommended.

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams Turbinator glass.

A - Pours a ruby-tinted deep brown with a nice off-white head.

S - Smells of spice - cinnamon and a bit of raisin. Some roasted malts are present as well.

T - The taste compliments the smell with the cinnamon and raisin apparent immediately. Some dark fruit flavors and a nice toasted malt backbone. Some sweetness but not overpowering. A slight hop flavor is floating around in there too.

M - Pleasant, smooth.

D - Not bad for a couple, but the spice might wear on your palate after a bit.

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Photo of gskitt
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Ruby brown with thick pillowy head.
S- Raisins, cloves and orange spice.
T- Subdued, little bit of a hop bite in the front, not bad.
M- Clean, slightly syrupy finish.
D- Yes but not for me. I'm glad I tried this winter classic, but I don't have to try anymore.

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

Appearance: Red, with 1 finger of head that fades to a ring with a nice curtain of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malt and molasses with notes of cherry and butter

Taste: A ton of roasted malt body right off the bat, then a quick bite of bitterness followed by a sweet and bready malt finish

The Rest: Finish is lingering with toasted malt flavors that are mildly astringent with hints of orange rind, body is medium and drinkability is very good. Quite tasty!

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Photo of cheesepuffs
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very malty right off the bat, spicy middle, chocolately end with a touch of hops. Aftertaste is of subtle raisins as it drys to a clean finish. Highly carbonated (which I can't say I enjoy very much) and well-bodied, it's decent for it's purpose as a winter warmer but I can't say I'd buy a six pack if they sold them. It's a great choice for the Winter Classics pack but to me it's just not a standalone type of beer.

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Photo of JMD
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark copper with tones of garnett and ruby. Thick off-white head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Light sweet malty aroma. Some carmel, fresh baked cookies and light spice.

T: The flavor is nice, but nothing spectacular. Carmel malt upfront with some hints of cookie dough and raisins. Light spice as well. Definitely better as it warms.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Nice texture.

D: This beer isn't as good as I remember it, but it's still a great Christmas time ale. Nicely spiced, it's perfect for those cold winter nights. I wish Sam Adams would release this in a 6pk instead of the mixed 12.

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Photo of outdoorbrewer
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into "perfect pint" glass that created perfect fitting pour 5/4" head lasts as it fades to 1/4" well coating a clear dark amber brew some lacing. Malty aroma of specialty and roasted malts that blend with a presence of cinnamon and ginger. Malt flavor "Scottish Style" with a hint of hops and the added spices - not overwhelming. Enjoyed this overall and liked the finish which slowly faded dry. Lively carbonation seems full bodied. Nice Winter Warmer that's not overpowered by the "Special Ingredients"

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up the Winter Classics pack basically just to try this one... here's hoping I haven't overhyped it in my mind.

Poured into a pint glass, it's a clear deep amber color... huge head, good retention and lacing. So far so good.

It smells spicy... with a base of toasted malt.

The taste is almost exactly the same as the smell... a toasted malt base with spices coming through. There's a little bit of hoppiness but not much. Reminds me of gingerbread on the aftertaste.

Good mouthfeel... kinda sticky with the aftertaste, super easy to drink as well. This one didn't blow me away, but I think it lived up to the hype as a well above average beer from Sam Adams.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep burgundy color, 1-finger head, somewhat inert carbs; but what beautiful, full lacing on the empty glass!
S: bit of bubble gum, caramel in the bouquet
T: really prominent hop character, around which revolve the advertised spices: cinnamon, ginger, and orange
M: silky and smooth

Very nice Christmas ale. Bob Cratchett, bottoms up.

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Photo of artdob
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Brown to dark amber pour with modest head. Light lacing.

S-Sweetness on a breadlike base accentuated by toasty malt and spices.

T-Spices dominate the initial taste - ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg. Breadlike yeasty character provide a strong base to the foundation - hops are mild. Midway through the beer, chocolate comes through. Fitting for the holidays.

M-Medium heavy body. Mild to low carbonation.

D-Good drinkability - look forward to this one in the annual winter package.

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 3,665 ratings
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