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Old Stitch - AleWerks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | 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 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.

StonedTrippin, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of anzb
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

anzb, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Vaultdweller27
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Vaultdweller27, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

HattedClassic, Nov 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

AngusOg, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of Jeremy_Peacock
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Jeremy_Peacock, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of DLS168
4/5  rDev -1.7%

DLS168, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of StoutSeth
2/5  rDev -50.9%

StoutSeth, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of brendaniel
3.5/5  rDev -14%

brendaniel, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of ChefHopMeister
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

ChefHopMeister, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Rdc67
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Rdc67, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of CreightonSM
4/5  rDev -1.7%

CreightonSM, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Molson2000, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of surfrogue1
3/5  rDev -26.3%

surfrogue1, May 02, 2013
Photo of ThomasAWilson2
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

ThomasAWilson2, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Mattyb79
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Mattyb79, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Perduret
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Old Stitch is an Old English brown Ale from 18th century recipe made for Colonial Williamsburg by the folk at Williamsburg AleWorks. Pours no head,Very Light malty chocolate nose and flavor is roasted chocolate with a burnt chocolate finish...the best Brown Ale I have ever had...Can't wait to get some more

Perduret, Feb 02, 2013
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.

ckollias, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of phishbone23
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

kjkinsey, Jan 20, 2013
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!

sommersb, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of TribeBeerDrinker
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

TribeBeerDrinker, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of djdetar
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the most tasty beers I've ever tried. It has been sold on tap for a few years and has only recently be bottled. Still only sold in Colonial Williamsburg. I stock up every time I visit.

a - Dark golden in appearance. The bottle claims it is unfiltered, but it is crystal clear if you ever view it in a clear glass. I've never seen an unfiltered beer with at least a little bit of trub, but this does not have it.

s - it smells of a dark bitter choclate

t - is quite amazing, sweet, pleasant, very easy to drink. It goes down smooth it's just a wonderful experience. The colonials sure knew how to make a good brew.

m - light with a slight effervescent feel. It is not overly carbonated at all

o - I never cared for sweet beers before this one, it was quite a change. I really wanted to try something native to the colonial atmosphere. I enjoyed it so much, that it is now one of my favorites. I really recommend trying it. If you have a taste for micro brews, you should enjoy. I had a friend who like New Castle a lot and did not enjoy this one. So it's not necessarily for everyone that loves brown ales.

djdetar, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

plumcrazyfx, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ncaudle, Oct 13, 2012
Old Stitch from AleWerks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.