Old Stitch | AleWerks Brewing Company

Old StitchOld Stitch
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Old StitchOld Stitch

Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed exclusively for Colonial Williamsburg.

Added by bs870621345 on 01-02-2011

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.96/5  rDev +23.7%

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4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
4.79/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up a growler at the brewery, told it was a brown ale, but turned out to be much more than what I was expecting.

a standard dark color which a solid tan head. a decent amount of lacing.

smells of toffee, caramel, tobacco, some malts. really interesting.

taste is awesome. the toffee and caramel brings some sweetness, the tobacco flavors give it a bitterness, and the malts balance it out.

perhaps the fact I was expecting a standard brown ale skewed my perceptions, but I was blown away. finished the growler in an evening. ABV must be decently high.

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4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Don't drink much, but I love old stitch, can't get it in pa.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just going to say, not a huge fan of brown ales (until this one).

Pours a deep brown with a nice off white head. Leaves a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells nutty, tobacco, roasty. Not a lot of hops mixed in and a rather light smell.

Taste is amazing. Nuts and tobacco really overtake the palate. This gives way to a roasted nut flavor and finishes clean. Fantastic

Mouthfeel is thin but nice. Also had on tap with good carbonation.

Drinkability is outstanding. Finished a growler and went back to get another one. And I'm not one to have more than 1 of each beer in a week.

Fantastic beer, go get yourself some.

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4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Perduret
4.69/5  rDev +17%
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

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4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in Chownings Tavern, a favorite location for "gambols" while visiting Colonial Williamsburg. This beer is exclusive to Colonial Williamsburg, which is a shame because I'm quite a fan of it.

A - Pours a thick brown color with no head or lacing. Somewhat hard to tell since it comes in a colonial ceramic mug rather than a standard glass.

S - Molasses is a primary scent characteristic, followed by hint of a chocolate-y, nutty profile.

T - A roasted malty/caramel flavor really comes through with a finish of the nutty profile. It's unique and delicious, unlike anything I've really tasted before.

M - Somewhat thin with medium carbonation. Smooth though.

O - It really is a shame I can't get this outside of Williamsburg. It's based off of an old colonial recipe. I look forward to having a pint (or 5) of this whenever I visit this area.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Chowning's Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg. Told this is an 18th century brown ale recipe.

Appearance: Dark and caramel colored.

Smell: Molasses and grainy, almost earthy tone to the scent.

Taste: Molasses and spruce (pine, but not in a hoppy way).

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, lightly carbonated, unfiltered.

Overall: Really enjoy this, colonial tavern helps. I'll have a third!

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4.36/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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