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Tavern Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Tavern AleTavern Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bleedingshrimp on 11-06-2006)
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Ratings: 149 | Reviews: 79 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by damndirtyape:
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

12oz bottle (no date anywhere on bottle) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Vigorous pour yielded a dark and translucent cola-brown beer with some orange notes when held up to the light. Light tan head about 1/8" upon pouring died down to a very thin skin across the top and a ring around the edge. Some islands and strands of lacing here and there, but not a lot. I noted that this beer has yeast sediment in the bottom - some of which came along with the pour and some that did not, so obviously aspects of the appearance are due to the sediment.

Smell: With a good swirl I get some mild citrus hops mixed in with roasted malt. Without a swirl the hops are not as noticeable. Good combination of smells though.

Taste: Everything runs together very quickly on sips and deep drinks - hard to tease it apart. Definitely roasted malts with some coffee-like flavors up front that merge quickly with citrus-like bitterness from the hops and just enough malt sweetness to balance it all out. The end of the sip though is more clear - hop bitter finish, not overpowering, and a nice finish to the whole blended flavor. Pretty tasty combination here.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation on the tongue - almost British in style. Otherwise a little chewy with some lingering oils on the teeth. The low carbonation and mouthfeel actually work well here - it doesn't get in the way of the flavor.

Overall / Drinkability: This one really grew on me and I wish I had bought a six pack rather than a single bottle. Quite drinkable, versatile with a meal (fish and veggies in this case), and good all by itself. Good appealing flavor and I could see myself having another one in an evening. And for the name...well, I think it's well done. I could see myself having several of these in a pewter tankard in Colonial Williamsburg and getting transported back in time. I have no idea if this is historical or not (probably not) but it works quite well. An all around good beer.

04-01-2011 22:52:52 | More by damndirtyape
More User Reviews:
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sdsimkins

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

04-08-2013 04:49:11 | More by sdsimkins
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Zonian1

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.4%

10-21-2012 12:49:32 | More by Zonian1
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +14.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color, that lightens a little at the bottom of the glass with a quarter of a finger of off-white colored head that quickly disappeared into a thin wispy lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of strong dark bread and roasted malts. There’s hints of dark chocolate and caramel as well. Very pleasant.

Taste: Very malty and bready with some nice, slight hoppy bitterness at the end. Roasted nuts and fresh bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium and a little chewy, with some really good carbonation to tickle the taste buds and coat the palate.

Overall: This is a very tasty, very satisfying brown ale. I’ll certainly get it again.

08-29-2013 21:28:04 | More by Jeffreysan
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -8.4%

Williamsburg Tavern Ale

A- Cola brown with a good size foamy head. Good lacing.
S- Sweet molasses malt with a touch of cocoa powder.
T- Sweet malt hints of molasses and dried fruits. Good dry cocoa powder body.
M- Sweet and malty. Decent dry body and finish.

Overall- A bit weak for a nut brown but easy to drink and enjoyable. After finishing my 6er I'd move on though.

07-04-2008 21:46:37 | More by NJpadreFan
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asabreed

New York

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice dark brown with red highlights, billowing head slowly going down, and wild lacing left in smaller clumps, all amidst the tons of tiny carbonation bubbles surging toward the top.

Smell: Brown sugar along with nice mildly roasted malts, some graininess, and mid chocolate and coffee sweetness.

Taste: Roasred malt, brown sugar, mild chocolate with some hop sourness and citrus. An interesting balance and take on a brown ale.

Mouthfeel: More medium bodied, thought slightly slick, even with its mildly effervescent burst of carbonation at the end.

Drinkability: Flavorful where I could session it, though the sourness may end up being a bit too much after one or two. Still a solid choice and an enjoyable one.

08-12-2008 18:04:00 | More by asabreed
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%

Muddy brown that looks like melted Tootsie Roll, with a thin dirty white head.

Aroma is toasted grain and chocolate malts. A lighter milk/cream sweetness sneaks in with warming. Not quite as nutty as I'd expect from a brown ale. As with so many brown ales, the aroma is merely pretty good and incredibly faint all the way around.

Mild chocolate turns into an almost metallic bitterness, with husky nut flavors riding their way through the finish. Faint burnt toffee in the background. Very much helped out by the creamy yet light body, probably the best aspect of this brown ale.

It's okay...I've certainly had many more boring brown ales. This one asserts itself with some enjoyable flavors. Goes down enjoyably enough, but I'm not enough of a brown ale nut to be flipping out over this or anything.

05-27-2008 21:57:09 | More by Metalmonk
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avisong

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18.7%

04-06-2012 03:54:35 | More by avisong
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hophugger

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -11.1%

Nice ale which I am sure is suited for all of the masses that visit Williamsburg, VA and are looking for an authentic ale. It is a good beer but seems to fall a little flat as far as head and flavor. Overall, a commendable effort and I will definitely follow Alewerks in all beers that they produce in the future. Thanks for all the authentic beers that you produce !

05-02-2014 02:09:11 | More by hophugger
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

Big thanks goes out to breweryaprntc13 for giving me a bottle of this as a gift at Sexual Chocolate '11! Served from bottle into a Warstenier mug. Poured a deep chocolatey brown with a four finger light tan head that subsided to a two finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, chocolate, roasted malt, slight burnt malt, nutmeg, and roasted pecans. The flavor was of bitter chocolate malt, roasted nuts, slight sweet malt, and nutmeg. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent Brown Ale. The aroma on this one was stupidly complex for its style if you ask me. The flavor on the otherhand felt just a bit dilute to me. I did like the flavor I got of the bitter chocolate malt coupled with the sweet malt to help balance the brew. I just wish some of the flavors in this one were a little more robust as it would surely make this an excellent brew for the style. Still worth trying at least once for any fan of the style.

02-21-2011 17:25:20 | More by thagr81us
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yidbeer

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%

A nice dark brown color. I like a beer you can't see through. Took a sniff and really didn't smell anything. First taste was bitter with a lot of chocolate notes. Smoothed out with caramel and coffee. The bitterness mellowed out and became just a sharp note to remind me it wasn't a soda pop i was drinking. A nice session beer for me. Didn't want to switch up for any other taop.

03-17-2009 03:21:01 | More by yidbeer
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TheMirrorOwl

Virginia

3.49/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance: Dark, faint ruby tint. Thin off-white head, thick lacing. Carbonation visible.

Smell: Licorice malt, some chocolate.

Taste: Molasses owns the flavor. Licorice, bread, chocolate, caramel, faint raisin and cherry fruitiness. Some peaty smoke in the malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied feel with fuzz from the carbonation. Could do with more body and less carbonation.

Overall: Very tasty ale that I've come back to many times. Definitely darker,sweeter flavor than most brown ales, but it's tasty and unique, and will remain an erstwhile go-to for this Virginian.

03-14-2014 05:09:18 | More by TheMirrorOwl
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

04-20-2014 14:32:11 | More by dexterk1
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TAMU99

Guam

3.3/5  rDev -10.6%

Hazy brown ale pours with a thin, but persistent lace. Slightly alcoholic smell with hoppy, tart tastes to create a pleasant mouthfeel. A solid entry for brown ales. I enjoyed it. Probably would buy another, but wouldn't make it a regular choice.

Not spectacular, but certainly worth a pint.

01-31-2010 19:52:38 | More by TAMU99
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kierancarobine

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-04-2014 00:13:08 | More by kierancarobine
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some hops. Taste is good, malts up front, a bit nutty, some hops are present. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality brew.

02-20-2011 14:50:03 | More by tone77
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PaleAndBitter

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

08-17-2014 00:37:18 | More by PaleAndBitter
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%

Thanks to guinnessfan for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The brown ale is aptly named, a dark brown wonder that has a cola color and is opaque. Atop the ale, a 3 finger head has left dried patches all around the glass.

S: The nose is mostly malts, caramel and nuts primarily. Decent hops midway through.

T: The ale delivers a nice pop from the first sip, lots of caramel malt mixed with nutty dryness. The result is a dry yet sweet malt body. The ale seems to be under-carbonated, removing some of the crispness from it, but also allowing each sip to linger. Caramel and chocolate, spiced up with some coffee, drive the finish.

M: The ale is a heavy hitter in the malt department, full of chocolate, coffee and caramel. A very filling ale that is a nice dessert.

D: Much better than I was expecting, a warming ale that doesn't skimp on the flavor.

08-16-2009 23:02:54 | More by akorsak
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VeganUndead

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.4%

04-06-2014 02:28:04 | More by VeganUndead
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n2185

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

A: Pours a dark brown with two fingers of light tan head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Nutty aromas dominate the nose along with some bitter roasted malt and cocoa notes. Some sweet vanilla with a slight floral quality bring up the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, nutty flavors strike first followed by some roasted malt notes of bitter chocolate and coffee. Slight vanilla flavors also peek through.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is pretty highly carbonated for the style. I'd like it to have a creamier body, but the carbonation prevents it from being watery.

O: A good brown ale, overall. It has a nice mixture of roasted and nutty characters and is very flavorful for the style. Quite drinkable as well.

01-08-2012 03:07:44 | More by n2185
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bluedognever

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

06-23-2014 01:30:30 | More by bluedognever
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wingman14

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours dark brown with a light tan head that stays for awhile. The smell is sweet up front, not much going on, some faint malty smells. Starts very sweet, some sour notes in the middle, then finishes with some strong roasted notes. The aftertaste is of the roasted malt and gets pretty strong. The mouthfeel is ok, the different flavors don't work well together, lots of carbonation, not great balance. This one is an decent drinker, ok flavor, nothing amazing, but still worth a try.

03-07-2009 04:50:44 | More by wingman14
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Dark chestnut out of the bottle and hitting the glass with a deep mahogany brown color. Creamy forming small head of two fingers tall, tan in color with a creamy top. Settles to a simple well sized bubbles puck and collar.

Good nose. Hints of roasty nuts and toasty bread. Light hints of chocolate as well and some milky creamy sensations.

Creamy slightly light palate hits the mouth with lots of coating sensations. Good hints of chocolate and a grainy crunch malt density. Steely like finish and moderately carbonated to make for some playful flavor profile. Nutty slightly tannic in the mid palate as well.

Overall an interesting melding of flavors for a brown and well put together, quite solid.

10-14-2013 19:36:21 | More by smakawhat
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campfirebrew

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

04-04-2013 17:11:13 | More by campfirebrew
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blackie

California

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%

a: pours a thick, deep khaki head, the beer a deep brown in color, nice retention

s: herbal hop aromas drift about a bed of chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts, chocolate coated caramel is the centerpiece aroma here, good start

m: smooth, medium carbonation and a medium-full body

t: begins with chocolate coated caramel candies and a soft roast undertone, on the sweeter side, after swallowing the roast creeps a bit, introducing some astringent char notes, mild bitterness, tasty and well-rounded

d: easy, a nice brown

single from the brewery store

04-25-2009 02:30:58 | More by blackie
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Tavern Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.