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Tavern Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Tavern AleTavern Ale

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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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Reviews by obywan59:
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obywan59

Virginia

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear deep amber with a 2 1/2 finger head. Decent lacing.

The aroma is really nutty with sweet malt.

Sweet with the flavor of light chocolate and caramel. Nutty here as well with some nice hoppy bitterness.

Moderate to moderately light in body. slight carbonation. Creamy and slightly stidky.

Decent offering for my first W. Alewerks sampling. Tasty, creamy and an easy drinker. It makes for a nice spring beer. Not too thick, not too thin.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 01:35:50 | More by obywan59
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theroguebrewer

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

07-28-2014 20:33:54 | More by theroguebrewer
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt and molasses
Head small (2 cm), light brown, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing good – mostly complete rings with small bubbles, a few stalactites
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt, some molasses, and nutmeg (?), somewhat sweet; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation.

A no too bad brown ale which from me is high praise since I don’t like brown ales. If the label had said “brown ale” it would still be on the shelf. That said, the beer is quite good. Despite the website description, I can find neither chocolate nor nutty tastes – but it does seem to have both molasses and nutmeg-like qualities.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2014 11:44:38 | More by Ozzylizard
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.9%

07-20-2014 02:21:15 | More by Howlader
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malprep

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had AleWerks Tavern Ale in a restaurant called Rocco's Steakhouse right in Williamsburg, NC. It was a nice Black Ale. No head at all in the pour. Beer has a nice smell to smell to it and a decent taste. Was not overwhelming. It was a average Black Ale to me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2014 23:35:12 | More by malprep
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leantom

Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love Alewerks's Pumpkin Ale, so I decided to give its brown a shot. Here goes:

A: Just OK. A very dark brown (nearly opaque). What really irked me was the fact that there was practically no head. What head was produced readily dissipated, leaving no lacing.

S: Not bad, but just OK. Faint hints of caramel and brown sugar, but on the whole almost no complexity or nothing to gawk over. Somewhat boozy, which is funny considering that it's only 5.6% ABV.

T: Slight better than OK, but not too good either. Brown sugar, some dark spices and a hint of dark fruit. Again, like in the nose, the taste was surprisingly boozy. Could taste lots of alcohol at the back of the tongue.

M: Rather watery, but not bad. Very little carbonation, too.

O: Just OK. Probably will not be getting it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 18:36:46 | More by leantom
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Acks

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.1%

06-28-2014 14:03:58 | More by Acks
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bluedognever

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

06-23-2014 01:30:30 | More by bluedognever
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-23-2014 01:01:41 | More by bacher468
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PackPride

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

06-19-2014 17:09:35 | More by PackPride
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csurowiec

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-18-2014 00:18:04 | More by csurowiec
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xseanprimex

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.1%

06-11-2014 13:24:47 | More by xseanprimex
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Kaiyotee

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.1%

06-10-2014 14:58:42 | More by Kaiyotee
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KevMo84

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-09-2014 02:45:17 | More by KevMo84
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slusk

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark garnet with a short pale tan head. little head retention but a wee bit of lacing.

S: Starts with a bit of chocolate and caramel. There is a bit of dark fruit with some bread crust and a mild undertone of earthy hops. Nice healthy malt aroma

T: Caramel and toffee up front with a bit of black coffee in the lingering on the palate. A little sweet. There's a bit of spicy, earthy hop that comes through. Nicely Balanced and has a good bitter hop foundation. A few dark fruity esters are present but not much. The finish is surprisingly a bit to the dry side and light bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body, low carbonation which is good in my opinion. I bit of a velvety mouthfeel. Not too much acidity or carbonation biting the tongue in this brew. Nice.

O: This is a very nice beer. Seems to live somewhere between a northern and southern English brown ale but with a touch more hop presence. The hops come through but do not over power the malt. I like this beer quite a lot. It's a smooth drinking beer that doesn't attempt to overwhelm the palate with sharp flavors. I'll be buying a six pack the next time I'm in Williamsburg.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 22:38:17 | More by slusk
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hophugger

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 !

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2014 02:09:11 | More by hophugger
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neil2me

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +8.1%

04-24-2014 14:40:56 | More by neil2me
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Virginia

3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- good looking, dark brown, opaque. Thin (weak) root beer colored head, disappeared fairly quick.

S- malt, spice, chocolate.

T- a little hop, bitter, gingerbread cookie.

M- light to medium. Thin. Warm bourbon barrel kind of feel.

O- a very solid, good beer. Recommendable. I've always been a fan of Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale, and I think this is better.

Cheers all!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 23:13:03 | More by Roser
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VeganUndead

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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

Virginia

3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-06-2014 02:49:57 | More by doctorb
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farrago

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gives you a little under a finger’s worth of mostly larger bubbles so there’s not much of a tight weave to the head and it dissolves off quickly, light tan in color, the lacing shows some initial stickiness but then slides downward without much fight or gumption. The liquid is fairly filmy and opaque, brown color base but with a great deal of orange tint, you don’t see many bubbles floating inside. Heavy malted and sweet nose, bursting with milk chocolate, butterscotch, root beer, vanilla and even coconut notes, challah bread and honey covered nuts, when warmer delivers more plum and cherry fruit scents, really nothing there for counter weight but it’s agreeable enough to not matter. Medium-bodied, has a bit more zip and punch than expected, decent prickle from the carbonation. More dough, bread notes here which suck up some of the sweetness. Not to say it lacks from chocolate, caramel, toffee and vanilla goodness. Still, tastes as much like soda as it does beer. Which is not necessarily a bad thing but you kind of have to be prepared for it. Cherry, golden raisin, fig fruit flavors. Nutty finish. Pleasurable.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 01:32:05 | More by farrago
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kierancarobine

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-04-2014 00:13:08 | More by kierancarobine
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tard24

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

01-02-2014 09:49:47 | More by tard24
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Tavern Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
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