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

BA SCORE
86
very good
3,630 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
Ratings:
3,630
Reviews:
1,403
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.42%
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
588
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 3,630 |  Reviews: 1,403
Photo of redsoxjim
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I know my rating will probably be higher than most, but this beer is an almost perfect Winter Warmer to me. Brilliantly clear deep amber-reddish hue with a nice fluffy white head. Smells like Christmas! Cinnamon, citrus, mulling spices carry perfectly into the flavor backed by a sweet caramelly breadiness. Well balanced, and light enough to chug, heavy enough to savor. One of the only Sam Adams beers I have continued to look forward to year after year. Cheers!

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Photo of mmorris15
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of Buck89
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A moderately hazy muddy brown color with a frothy tan head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, nutmeg, and coffee. The taste was warm and malty, with a prominent toffee and caramel flavor but not sweet. All was accentuated with restrained spices - cinnamon and nutmeg. Medium-bodied and flavorful.

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Photo of Tbulling
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jjmj51
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nwhittin
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire123
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5.9% ABV, 25 IBU

Dark mahogany color with a reddish cast, moderate cap and good lacing.

Dark toffeeish malt aroma with hints of spice peaking out like tiny whitecaps on a relatively calm sea.

This is a full flavored brew with roasted malt, caramel, toffee, also touches, and I mean touches, of the cinnamon, ginger and orange peel mentioned on the label. Hops are enough to be noticed from the beginning to the finish with lingering roasted nuts in the aftertaste.

Texture is full, almost chewy.

Overall a good effort for what I will call a Winter Warmer style. Everything is neatly in it's place with all the gears meshing in good order. Not an alcohol or hop monster, it manages to convey bigness without the support of those two. Classy without being flashy.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, amber in color with a good foamy head and lacing. Smells of malt, grain, and some nuts. Taste is pretty decent, get a sweet malt taste with some mild grain and light bitter flavor. Overall a smooth finish. Not a bad beer, nothing extreme about it just a good mix from the norm.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nater919
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L -- Dark amber with a dense and foamy off-white head that leaves a little lacing on the glass
S -- Cinnamon, malts, orange peel, squash,
T -- Pumpkin ale - like. No hoppiness but a solid malt backbone
F -- Starts off medium bodied, but finishes watery
O -- Festive and vibrant. Great name, too

78/100

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Photo of valkyre65
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Aisha
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Stardusthotel83
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of porters4life
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1angrydwarf
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: dark brown with reddish hue darker than their winter lager.
S: Faintly sweet roast grain/malt with unidentifiable spice note. I really had to huff this to get much anything. I think my allergies killed my nose.
T: Primary tastes are heavy malt forward ale with a booze forward profile to provide the warmth. Secondary flavors are the roast with mild caramel sweetness. The only spice I detect is ginger on the finish. Unfortunately my bottle had a pronounced metallic taste. that died down a bit after it warmed.
F: pretty average mouth feel with medium carbonation.
O: Pretty good overall but the metallic taste killed it for me. I will try again though.

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Photo of mattjp03
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Peter_M_Morris
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.8 out of 5 based on 3,630 ratings.
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