Willimantic Brewing Company Reviews




Bulk_Carrier
3.6
Willimantic Cupidís Elixer
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a red to brown sort of color with a fingerís worth of white foamy head that fell off at a decent pace. Light lace. The aroma centered around some caramel/toffee malts, some toast and some hints of honey. Slight earthiness on the back end. The flavor was towards the sweet side with a subtle clean grassiness rolling over the malts in a nice way. Light honey in the aftertaste and a quick malty sort of finish. The feel was between light and medium bodied with a nice sessionability about it. Nice smoothness along my tongue. ABV felt good. Overall, pretty nice brown ale worthy of coming back to.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

bellco33
2.3
Willimantic Just Gruit!
I have no idea how to categorize a gruit, so I just followed what most of Earth Eagleís beers were categorized as. On tap at the brewery in a sample glass. Pours a translucent b with no head. Aroma of eartch, lemon, leftover lo mein, and light floral notes. Taste is sweet, dirt, spiced, and flat cherry cola. This really sucks.
Friday, March 31, 2017

bellco33
3.3
Willimantic Tart Of Gold
On tap in a tulip: Pours clear gold with a thin white head. Aroma of grapes, sugar, cracker malt, tart funk, and lemon. Taste is very candy tart, grapes, sugary sweet. This has a chaulky dry mouthfeel and a little acidic burn to it. Medium to high tartness, itís sour and nothing else.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
3.9
Willimantic Brown Ryed Girl
This one was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a ruddy brown color with a thin off white foamy head that dissipated at a level pace. Some lace. The aroma had some roastiness, sweet rye, spicy rye and some citrusy bitter hops. Nuttiness is far underneath. Some earthiness. The flavor brings the previously mentioned aromas together gently between the earthiness to the spiciness to the sweetness. I dig that blend, thatís really nice. Nicely blends all together on into the aftertaste and on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body. Good sessionability. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt appropriate. Spiciness is tamed by the brown ale malts. Overall, all seems to be well with this one. Definitely one to come back to.
Monday, February 20, 2017

mcox90
3.4
Willimantic Poor Richardís Olde Ale
Pint pour at the source. Pours a chestnut/mahogany brown, to the clear side, with a thin off white head. Light molasses, brown bread and earthy hops on the nose. Semi sweet taste. More of that brown bread flavor, light roasted malt and light caramel. Faint tartness in the finish. Body is a bit thin. Not bad.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

john44
3.4
Willimantic Downtown Willi IDA
Draft Third of a Pint at GBBF 2010 (Day 2), Earlís Court, London Aug 2010 - Dark Brown, almost Black, in colour. Malty; roasty malts. Hoppy; earthy hops. Fruity; citrus grapefruit. Fairly bitter with a dry finish. Good. (2010-08)
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

bellco33
3.6
Willimantic Hop Justice IPA
On tap at the brewery in a pint glass: Pours clear golden with no head. Aroma tropical, bread, grapefruit. Taste more of the same, light sweetness and a decent hop bitterness. Solid beer.
Saturday, December 17, 2016

boto
3.7
Willimantic Brown Ryed Girl
Draught @ Brewpub: This one pours an opaque brown color. There was a thin tan head that left minimal lacing. Lighter nose. Roasted malts, rye and some hops. The flavor is good. Roasted malts, rye, nutty, some spice earthy with a good amount of bitterness. Nice!
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

boto
3.9
Willimantic First Class Festive Ale
Draught @ Brewpub: This one pours a hazy golden color. there was no head or lacing. It has a good nose. Malty, with lots of hops. Tropical, pine and citrus. the taste is similar. Very nice!
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Westchesterco
3.5
Willimantic First Class Festive Ale
On draft at the brewpub it is a clear golden color with a slight head. The aroma is malty and the taste is strong and bitter with hints of caramel. Has a caramel and slight boozy finish.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Westchesterco
3.7
Willimantic Impetuous Imperial Stout
On tap at the brewpub it is a dark brownish black color with a slights head. The aroma is cocoa with hints of roasted coffee the taste is strong bitter roasted coffee beans and hints of chocolate
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Westchesterco
3.7
Willimantic Six Shooter Oyster Oatmeal Stout
On draft at the brewpub it is a dark brownish black with a tan head. The aroma is toasted oats. And the taste is srrong roasted coffee with some hints of bitter chocolate and smooth, bitter roast finish.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Westchesterco
3.6
Willimantic Commemorative IPA
On draft at the brewpub it is a clear golden color with an off white head. The aroma isof citrus and the taste is strong bitter grapefruit and a bitter finish.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Iphonephan
3.5
Willimantic First Class Festive Ale
On draft at the brewpub. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Grassy nose. Flavors of pine and caramel. Smooth, slightly boozy finish.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Iphonephan
3.6
Willimantic Impetuous Imperial Stout
On draft at the brewpub. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of cocoa and coffee. Flavors of chocolate and toasted grains. Moderately bitter roast finish.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Iphonephan
3.7
Willimantic Willi Wonder #7
On draft at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy god with an off white head. Aroma of peach. Flavors of tart white grapes. Mildly sour, refreshing finish.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Iphonephan
3.8
Willimantic Six Shooter Oyster Oatmeal Stout
On draft at the brewpub. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of toasted oats. Flavors of chocolate and leather. Uber smooth, bitter roast finish.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Iphonephan
3.6
Willimantic Commemorative IPA
On draft at the brewpub. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Aroma of citrus and hay. Flavors of grapefruit and pine. Bitter finish.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Ratman197
3
Willimantic Certified Gold
Poured a clear gold with a small lasting white head. Aromas of bread and yeast. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, yeast and a hint of chalkiness with a smooth dry finish.
Monday, November 14, 2016

JStax
3.9
Willimantic Willi Wonder #7
Draft sample at the source. Hazy yellow with a white head of foam. The aroma has soft sour melon notes. Dry citrus. Juicy tartness. Soft sour taste. Medium body and moderate carbonation.
Thursday, October 20, 2016

JStax
3.7
Willimantic Willi Creek Reserve
Draft sample. The beer is a clear gold with a white head of foam. The aroma is fruity and citrusy. Strong grapefruit. Some honey. Bigger body and medium carbonation.
Thursday, October 20, 2016

JStax
3.5
Willimantic Six Shooter Oyster Oatmeal Stout
Draft sample at the source. The beer is a dark brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has ashy chocolate and roasty coffee. Taste is more chocolate, but I get a bit of raisin as well. Medium body and medium carbonation.
Thursday, October 20, 2016

JStax
3.6
Willimantic Certified Gold
Draft sample at the source. The beer is a clear yellow with a white head of foam. The aroma has bready and grainy cereal. Doughy and crisp taste. A. It of a spice bite in the finish. Medium body and medium carbonation.
Thursday, October 20, 2016

JStax
3.5
Willimantic Blanche de Willi
Draft. Clear yellow with a white head of foam. Aroma has spice, fruit, especially bananas. Moderate sweetness. A bit of spice. Lighter body and medium carbonation.
Thursday, October 20, 2016

LilBeerDoctor
3.8
Willimantic Itís Bikini Saison
On tap. Pours a hazy orange brown with little head. Aroma of bready malt, anise star, peppery spices, light fruits, apple. Flavor of peppery spices up front with Belgian yeast, bready malt, roasted nuts, more spices in the finish. Light, spicy, very good saison! 8/4/8/4/14 (3.8/5)
Friday, July 22, 2016

LilBeerDoctor
3.9
Willimantic Hopportunity Knocks
On tap. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruits, grapefruit, grassy hops. Flavor of citrus, tropical fruity hops, bitter hops, earthy hops, with a bitter grassy finish. Delicious and super hoppy! 8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)
Friday, July 22, 2016

bellco33
3.3
Willimantic Flying Cigar Ale
On tap in a sample glass at the brewery: Pours brown with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, leaves, and brown beer. Taste is brown beer, decent body, more leaves and brown. Brown mouthfeel, brown carbonation, brown. Brown beer is brown.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

bellco33
3.9
Willimantic Bohemian HOPsidy
On tap at the brewery: Pours golden amber with a decent white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, melon, orange zest, and grape fruit. Taste more of the same, a little caramel sweetness, cracker malts, balanced with a nice hop bite on the back end. They have stepped their game back up and are making some very enjoyable IPAs again.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

bellco33
3.4
Willimantic #Biggestsmallbeerever Porter
On tap in a sample glass at the brewery: Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of cocoa, dried leaves, caramel, roasted malts. Taste is more of the same, a little thin, very dry finish. Not bad but not their best porter effort.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

bellco33
3.9
Willimantic Willi Wonder! Series #5 (2016)
On tap at the brewery in a sample glass: Pours brown / red with a thin white head. Aroma of lactic funk, cherry, dried leaves, dark fruit. Taste is more of the same, lots of sour funk, fruity, fairly dry, not cloying sweet like some of these in the past. Medium body, hides the 10% ABV very well, this is really good.
Friday, June 17, 2016

bellco33
3.5
Willimantic Victorian Neighbor Ale
On tap at the brewery into a sample glass: Pours golden with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, German malts, slightly floral. Taste is more of the same, slightly sweet, nice malt bill balanced out by slight bittering hops. Itís a pretty solid Vienna.
Friday, June 17, 2016

bellco33
3.2
Willimantic Hoppopotam.I.P.A.
On tap in a sampler: Pours dark golden / little red with a tiny white head. Aroma of caramel, pineapple, grapes, sugar, lemongrass. Taste is similar but fairly sweet with some bubblegum. Weird things going on with this one, but still decent. Heavy, sticky, body.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Reynolds314
3.4
Willimantic Bohemian HOPsidy
Growler to glass. Caramel color with offwhite head. Aroma is soft melon, grapefruit, orange, and bready. Taste is a bit caramel sweet and moderate to heavy bitter. Good hop flavor and no flaws just a bit outdated for my taste.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

bellco33
3.7
Willimantic Impetuous Imperial Stout
On tap in a tulip at the brewery: Pours jet black with a thin khaki head. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, earth, and sugar. Taste is mildly sweet, cocoa nibs, leaves, earth, a tiny bit of booze, and roasted goodness. Medium to heavy body, pretty solid.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

bellco33
2.2
Willimantic Willi Wonder! (2016)
On tap at the brewery: This one was bad. Poured golden with a thin head. Aroma of tart funk, booze, and sugar. Taste was very sweet up front, a lactic tartness, and then chalk and earwax. Really bad, didnít finish it.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

bellco33
3.6
Willimantic S.W.A.K. Stout
On tap at the brewery: Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of cocoa, vanilla, roasted malts, and toffee. Taste is cocoa, sweet vanilla, and a little bitterness from the roasted malts. Medium body, solid stout.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

bellco33
3.1
Willimantic Goodbye Rye
On tap at the brewery: Pours copper with no head. Aroma of pale malt and sugar. Taste is sweet with almost no rye notes, no hop profile, just thin and sweet. Extremely disappointing. They must have hated Ben.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

bellco33
3.3
Willimantic Cupidís Elixer
On tap at the brewery: Pours brown with a hint of red, very little head. Aroma of caramel, earth, toasted pale malt, metal. Taste is slightly metallic, a little sweet, and then brown. Brown beer is brown. Light to medium brown body, itís brown.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

bellco33
2.9
Willimantic Willi Whammer
On tap at the brewery: Pours dark brown with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and sugar. Flavor more of the same with fermented raisins. Barley wines are gross.
Friday, March 4, 2016

bellco33
3.5
Willimantic E-Mail IPA (2014 +)
On tap at the brewery: Pours clear gold with a small white head. Aroma of light citrus and sugar. Taste is more of the same, little resinous hop bite on the back end. Itís alright.
Friday, March 4, 2016

bellco33
3.4
Willimantic First Class Festive Ale
On tap at the brewery: Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma of pale malt and booze. Taste is boozy up front and then toasted malt, and dough. Not much going on here.
Friday, March 4, 2016

bellco33
3.3
Willimantic Colonial Ale
On tap at the brewery: Pours hazy amber with no head. Taste is pale malt, booze, cloves, and bubblegum. Aroma sweetness and malts. Medium carbonation. Meeh.
Friday, March 4, 2016

boto
3.7
Willimantic Dopple Alt
Draught @ Brewpub: this one pours a dark coppery color. it was crystal clear. There was no head or lacing. There was a malty nose, but not much sweetness. Earthy notes also. the taste is very good. Caramel malts, some sweetness, faint wheat, earthiness and a slight dryness to the finish. Nice.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

boto
3.5
Willimantic Dyvyl Hopyard IPA
Draught @ Brewpub: This one pours a hazy orangish amber color. There was a thin white head that left some lacing. Nose is a bit lighter than expected. Spice, pine and some citrus. The taste is good. It has a subdued sweetness. The bitterness is also subdued. Lots of hop flavors, but nothing stands out above the rest. Some spices and malts.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

argo0
2.6
Willimantic Sirius Rysing
Draft, on menu as Syrian Rising, 5.6% Rye IPA. Crystal clear amber body, no head. Aroma is moderately sweet, spicy/rye, light orange. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, some spicy, caramel. Medium body, some stickiness, minimal carbonation.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

argo0
3.1
Willimantic Edge Of Darkness
Draft. Minimal off-white head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some coffee, orange. Taste is moderately sweet, chococaramel, some caramel, light orange. Medium body, some stickiness, minimal carbonation.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

argo0
2.6
Willimantic Brewerís Vengeance IPA
Draft. Small off-white head atop murky apple cider body. Aroma is mild, medium sweet, spicy, peach, some pine/grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, bread, some pine/lemon. Light-medium body, low carbonation.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

anders37
3.3
Willimantic WilliBeeríD Solstice Saison
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2015. Pours a hazy golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity spicy citrus yeasty aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty citrus flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty citrus finish.
Thursday, November 26, 2015

fonefan
3.5
Willimantic WilliBeeríD Solstice Saison

Cask (gravity) @ GBBF 2015, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

[ As Willimantic WilliBeeríD Solstice Saison ].
Clear medium orange yellow color with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, caramel, light to moderate hoppy, orange - citrus, moderate yeasty, riped fruit. Flavor is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20150811]

Friday, November 20, 2015

Theydon_Bois
3.1
Willimantic WilliBeeríD Solstice Saison
Cask at GBBF í15, day 1, 11/08/15. Lightly hazed copper golden with a beige cap formed of bubbles. Nose is light citric shavings, melon, straw, hint of spice, buttery notes. Taste comprises bitter orange, farm yard, tangerine, citric peel, bready notes, light yeast. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. A long way from being a great in the style.
Monday, September 14, 2015