Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale

Rated 3.449 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Boston Beer Co.

Boston, MA, United States

Style:  Spiced Beer

5.9% Alcohol by Volume

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Old Fezziwig Ale is in the tradition of special seasoned beers for the winter Holidays, and takes its name from the festive character in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." This is a hearty, rich brownish-red ale that gets its character fromlarge amounts of specialty malts. These roasted caramel and chocolate malts give it a very full body and a smooth taste that's then spiced with a touch of cinnamon, ginger and orange. Happy Holidays!

ID: 3525 Last updated 14 years ago Added to database 19 years ago

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Overall Rank4213
Overall Percentile90.9
Style Rank84 of 1207
Style Percentile93
Lowest Score1.0
Highest Score5.0
Average Score3.467
Weighted Score3.449
Standard Deviation0.601

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  • CYBERCAT 9603 reviews
    rated 3.3 4 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours clear chestnut with a thick, though not too persistent, eggshell head. Aroma has woody and spice hints, a little malt, not strong but promising. Flavor features firm toasted malt, woody, cinnamon, toffee, chocolate, and subtle citrus tones. Mouthfeel features typical body but some good fizz. Enjoy.

  • FISHINGFAST 603 reviews
    rated 3.5 5 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours out brown with a thick lingering foamy head. The aroma is of light clove and spice. The mouthfeel is just average. The taste is of roast malt and mild coffee. It's sort of a cross of the Holiday Porter and Winter Larger.

  • STANG 237 reviews
    rated 3.3 6 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    12 oz bottle . Reddish-brown hue with mostly diminishing light brown fizzy head. Good lacing. Dark malt, chocolate, orange citrus hop, spice and sweet floral aromas. Malt taste up front with a strange orange citrus hop and spice finish. When it warmed it had almost a peachy finish. Fizzy carbonation on the palate.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 2.7 7 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 5

    Not all that rich and unique as the product description lead me to believe. A spiced beer for the holidays that drinks a bit thin and really doesn't have the malt background to carry it.

  • ALEFAN 118 reviews
    rated 2.7 7 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    OK this one was a doozy. It was spiced in all the wrong places. I like the intent and after one the second went down smooth. The festive brews always scare me as I don't like too much "spice" in my brew. I must say iot does go well with turkey and stuffing. No one else would try this. There were nice notes of floral, and then a hoppy note as well. In the mouth the malts were present but it was more like drinking a SN then a SA.

  • CHOPZ 5347 reviews
    rated 3.3 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Part of their "Winter Favorites" 12-pack for winter 2013-14, with the first time seeing their gold labels. Cola-looking with a frothy beige head, good retention and creamy-soapy lacing. Mild aromas of caramel and darker malts with hints of spices (cloves, cinnamon). The cinnamon appears a little stronger in the taste, but not much else. Maybe a little roasted malt in the aftertaste, but overall, a little too filtered.

  • RICHSBEER 1654 reviews
    rated 2.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    purchased as part of sampler pack (otherwise would be ticked about buying it.) pours a nice drark brown in color with virtually no head to speak of. The aroma of cloves was nice but also seemed like there was a hard alcholal aroma as well which really took away from the cloves. Flavors of cinnamon and some clove, rather muddled, and confusing. this beer didn't do it for me, trade others from the pack to a friend.

  • AIRFORCE1 680 reviews
    rated 2.9 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Pours fizzy with a decent sized head. Aroma is average with hints of hard liquor. Taste is a bit bland and you can taste the alcohol more than usual. Overall not very good but not terible either.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 2.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 4

    From the winter sampler 12 pack 2010- Old Fezzwig just didnt do it for me, aroma of alcohol and clove, mouthfeel was decent, as was the appearance. Flavors of cinnamon and some clove, rather muddled, and confusing, I ended up pouring out the last quarter of the glass.

  • TVAIL4 114 reviews
    rated 3.5 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Aroma of malt and caramal, with a nice one finger head that dissipates leaving decent lacing. Medium bodied mouthfeel with a bitter malt and slight caramel flavor. Would like to try this one again.

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