With this beer review of Old Fezziwig Ale, you might be thinking that Sam Adams is getting a lot of exposure here on The Brew Club lately, aaaand you’d be correct! During the Fall season, I snagged their Fall Sampler Pack, (and of course had to try all of the great beers within) and now that I’ve got the Winter Variety Pack in my possession, I have to do the same!
Sam Adams Old Fezziwig Ale is part of their 2010 Winter Variety pack, and if you haven’t picked it up this year I think you should. The only lame-ish beer in the batch is the Boston Lager, which I think they throw into every variety pack, and the White Ale is just OK, not great.
However, the Holiday Porter, Chocolate Bock, and Winter Lager are really fine beers. I’ll probably grab another variety pack actually because that the only way to get these great winter seasonal beers!
Old Fezziwig is a great ale – one of the better ones I’ve had that embodies the Christmas beer spirit. Its a deep-ruby colored ale, and although you can’t see it in the picture, this beer actually overflowed my glass when I poured it! It creates a nice, dense head, and it leaves an incredible amount of lacing on the glass all the way (as I found out) to the end! Nice!
The aromas are typical of a Winterish or Holiday beer – dominated by roasty malts but accented with evident spices. This ‘Winter Warmer’ is just perfect for the season.
The taste is just wonderful! In addition to the roasted malts, slight flavors of caramel and chocolate, and one really gets a feel for the cinnamon, ginger and orange peel that really give this beer a nice warm flavor profile. There’s a little bit of burn, I suppose from the ginger, left on the tongue that is just great. I found it very hard to put this beer down and didn’t really get to see what the taste was like after it had warmed up a bit. Oh well, I guess that’s what the second bottle will be for!
I said it with the Holiday Porter and Harvest Pumpkin Ale – this Old Fezziwig Ale is good enough to be made available in six packs. I’m sure they would sell a ton of them! Still, I thing its cool that a beer this good is only available for a short time and in small quantities. It will make me look forward to grabbing it again next year.
Once again, I think Sam Adams has another winner. I find myself more impressed than not, and for a brewery the size of Sam Adams, I think they do an excellent job at making consistently great beers. Old Fezziwig Ale is a great example, and I hope you get to try some this year!
I think this is one of my favorite Christmas beers now! What about you? Have a favorite Christmas beer you’d like to share with the class. (Not literally, of course.) I’d almost like to give this a 4-star rating, but we tend to round-down here at The Brew Club so Old Fezziwig is getting a respectable 3.5!