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Willimantic Raisin Olde Ale | Willimantic Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Willimantic Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by woosterbill on 12-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 3
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - this brew arrives a dark mahogany color that is an impenetrable brown, a thin white head sitcks around for the show

S - subtle hops up front, dark fruits are powerful, raisins of course, but also the like of dates and currants, the dark sweetness that typically is associated with these fruits is also present, molasses and burnt caramel especially come to mind

T - more hops in the taste, then some vanilla oakiness shines through, supremely followed by the dark fruits, plums and raisins, and ends with a recurrence of the vanilla with the molasses adding its two cents in a sweet finish

M&D - easily quaffable, smooth enough for a craft beer newbie to enjoy, layered and complex, wish this was more readily available

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Photo of woosterbill
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery, served in an hourglass pilsner glass. Willibrew batch #1000!

A: Very dark brown body glows vermillion when held up to light; on top rests a solid finger of dense light-brown head that provides great retention and leaves lots of lace. Excellent.

S: Nice but a bit one-dimensional nose: sweet raisins. The fruit really shines, but I'd like a bit more depth. Perhaps if had been served in a more aroma-friendly glass I would have been able to get more out of it.

T: Damn that's delicious. The raisins jump out at first, delivering pure, sweet, deep fruitiness that rivals the tastiest Quad out there; after a long moment the malt begins to assert itself with some delicious toffee and caramel notes. After all the sweetness some understated but welcome earthiness provides depth and balance. Long, sweet, but neither boozy nor cloying on the finish. Absolutely amazing.

M: Sticky full body full of very fine but very active froth. A bit livelier than I'd like for the style, but still quite nice. Velvety.

O: What a beer. I remember having a conversation with a brewer who was thinking about doing a collaboration beer with Willibrew, and I suggested they do an Old Ale with raisins. I don't know if he passed the idea along or what, but regardless it was like my dreams had come true. This beer combines the best qualities of Quads and Old Ales, delivering a truly decadent flavor experience. A must try.


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Willimantic Raisin Olde Ale from Willimantic Brewing Co.
4.56 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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