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Old Stitch - AleWerks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed exclusively for Colonial Williamsburg.

(Beer added by: bs870621345 on 01-02-2011)
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Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a tasty but somewhat pedestrian brown ale here, lacking a distinctive feature, but hitting all the necessary bases to be a good brown. english in nature, this pours a dark amber autumnal color, with nice bubbling and a half inch of fading tan head. it smells like a brown, a mix of sweeter caramel crystal malts and that dry cocoa chocolate malt. maybe 50/50 in terms of aroma, maybe 60/40 in terms of flavor, with the sweetness overtaking the cocoa just a little bit. long finish, and the thinness of the body is exposed here, which is a big weakness. needs more body to really satisfy, and its slight overcarbonation makes it simply too light for the style. maybe more of a summer brown, but even in that context some frothy body would serve it well. not as impressed with this as the bourbon barrel porter from alewerks, but a solid brew overall with an old school and elegant label.

Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Chownings Tavern Williamsburg, VA. 18th century recipe. Pours no head, no lace. Deep brown color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Light malty chocolate nose and flavor is roasted chocolate with a burnt chocolate finish. $5.50 for a pint mug.

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Chowning's Tavern.

A: This poured a dark mahogany with no head.
S: It smelled like earthy and nutty malt, with some coffee and bittersweet chocolate.
T: It tasted like earthy and nutty malt, with some coffee and bittersweet chocolate and pumpernickel. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Somewhat thin body.
D: This was a great historic beer. It had a nice scent and taste, but weak body. Very easy to drink. Recommended.

Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of bacher468
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of rorjets
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Bought a bottle during a trip to Colonial Williamsburg. Pours a nice creamy head, very brown in color with a slight magenta cast to it. Head settles quickly. My first sip was surprising good, with a complexity of flavors that was not expected. Malty, with some spiciness and a bit of an bite in the aftertaste. They mention on the bottle using an old recipe from the colonial period, and it was very tasty. I will definitely buy a sixer the next time I get down there.

Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this growler from Williamsburg Alewerks.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with a two-finger tan head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass and leaves a nice lacing.

S: Malty coffee aroma with a toasted malt background.

T: Similar to the smell a great coffee malt flavor with a good mix of toasted-toffee.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Really good brown ale – very smooth and went down easy.

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Mattyb79
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of cjgiant
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Bottle (date unknown):
Pours a semi-clear brown with an off-white foamy head that lasts a bit, and collects with medium thickness at the edges - not much lacing. The nose is pretty full on toasted malts, toasted to lightly burnt bread, and a hint of nuttiness.

The taste is a bit more flavored coffee (maybe hazelnut), but with some other flavors that resemble the nose. The body is a bit light, with a minor bitter bite in the transition to the end flavors that I get: cigarettes and chocolate (a bit more of the first, and occasionally the latter).

I liked the beer more than I expected. It had a fair amount if complexity in the tastes, especially for the medium light body. Definitely will grab this agsin, if possible.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of phishbone23
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of sommersb
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 01-10-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Received as a gift

A: Semi-clear, dark brown beer topped by a small off-white head. I only get a little bit of lacing and the retention is low.

S: Heavily toasted malts, it smells very porter-like. Other aromas are of brown bread and earthy English hops.

T: The taste has the same roasted malt character as noted in the nose, plus some caramel sweetness, nutty flavors and a slight coffee-like bitterness.

M: Medium body with a low level of carbonation. The aftertastes are of nuts and a light bitterness from coffee and hops. Fairly dry

O: A unique beer in that it reminded me of both a nut brown ale and a porter. Well executed, unique and enjoyable.

Thanks to Billy for this one!

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of crowsnest
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of hophugger
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

not a brown ale fan, but felt that this beer held up its part in being allowed in the brown ale category. The beer has a nice flavor, not too bitter, and holds well as it is drank. Kudos to Alewerks for producing an ale from an ancient recipe that is very enjoyable today

Photo of CreightonSM
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Old Stitch from AleWerks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.