Tavern Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company
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4.7/5 rDev +27.4%
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance is an opaque looking, dark brown. Almost stout/porter-like compared to other brown ales. No real head, minimal lacing. Aroma of bready malts - quite inviting.
Taste is simply wonderful. More hoppy than most brown ales. A quick hop jolt followed by malt sweetness in perfect balance. Nutty, almost chewy, mouthfeel is superb - just the right amount of carbonation, goes down so smooth that I can easily see quaffing a bunch of these. This just might be the most perfect balance of hops/malts I've ever tasted.
The hops sneak back in for a palate cleansing finish, nice and dry with an aftertaste that makes you excited to reach for the glass for the next sip. And it gets even better as the brew warms a bit.
I LOVE brown ales and porters/stouts. This is very close to a perfect cross between the styles. Not as heavy as a porter, a little less sweet than most brown ales, totally refreshing in any case.
I regret having only one bottle as part of a "make-your-own" six-pack. Can't wait to pick up a six-pack, at the very least.
Outstanding! Gives the venerable Sam Smith Nut Brown a serious run for the money, and I'm proud that's it's brewed right here in Virginia. Kudos, Williamsburg Ale Works!
10-12-2011 23:48:01 | More by GeoJ
4.5/5 rDev +22%
Found this six pack at a local Food Lion in Newport News, VA while staying with my cousin for a visit. I wish I had picked up a couple more, as we plowed right thru the six, and they were delicious! One of the better Ales I have had recently. I will definitely search it out the next time I am in the area, as I don't think it gets wide distribution.
03-22-2013 14:18:28 | More by rorjets
4.28/5 rDev +16%
My first sampling from this brewery, I'm skeptical. Label looks a bit cheesy... and why would you spell it like that? Needs some class. Poured into an Allagash glass, with the yeast swirled and added. reading the BJCP guidelines for American Brown as I review.
A- Very dark brown, so dark that I can't really tell if it's clear or not... when held up to the light, I can see some mahogany highlights around the edges. Poured with a finger and a half of creamy light tan head, and retains it quite well.
S- Mmmm. Big, malty, nutty aroma with notes of roasted grain and molasses.
T- Malty and sweet up front, with a bit of caramel and a lot of cane sugar. Gives way to a deep, roasted grain character with just a light hint of hops in the back. Finish is malty with roastiness and some faint hops balancing nicely.
M- Medium-full body, medium-low carbonation, and a bit dry in the finish. Spot on.
D- I love it. I just presented it to my roommates, however, and they didn't like it... but then again, my roommate doesn't like brown ales, period, so... I'll have it again, and it makes me wish I was closer to VA. I highly suggest trying it. It's closer to the porter side of brown ales, but well within style. If you like roasted grain, this one's for you.
07-20-2007 01:28:41 | More by khiasmus
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
4.22/5 rDev +14.4%
A: A nice looking pour with a one finger head quickly receding to a lingering ring around my pint glass. Dark brown pour that invites a taste.
S: Malty with a slight hoppiness in the whiff. Certainly some hoppiness but it was entwined with some musty, chocolaty, woodiness that was very enticing.
T: Wow! I really like the woodiness in this brew. A definate recommendation.
M: Very good.
D: I could quaff a couple of these. Very good brown ale. I think George Washington would like this one.
07-28-2008 03:18:04 | More by Saunapoika
4.22/5 rDev +14.4%
Pours a lighter ruby brown color.
I too, did an agressive pours and produced a large tan head dense and long lasting with good lacing down the glass.
Aroma has a nice rich malty smell. Also in there are nutty, bread crust and toasted malts. A sutle hint of floral hops.
Taste finds a nice richly malted brew.
Slightly roasted malts hazelnuts and chocolate.
Sweet, caramel malts. Hops? just enough to balance and lend some bitterness.
A medium mouthfeel brew. Litely carbonated giving the beer a smooth soft feel, like a bitter.
I liked this beer, it' a pretty good example of the style.
07-23-2011 11:23:25 | More by micromaniac129
4.2/5 rDev +13.8%
Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.60.
A: Murky brown with solid 1-finger beige big-bubbled head with decent retention and a few specks of lace.
S: Surprisingly hoppy aroma with citrus and pine blended nicely with caramel and toasted malts
T: This brown ale gives DFH Indian Brown a run for its money and then some. A very substantial malt backbone of caramel and roasted dark malt to given a slightly toastier sweet malt flavor plays very well off of the PNW type of hoppiness with citrus, pine, and lighter herbal flavors. I would even say that, flavorwise, this is an ale in the mold of St Rogue's Red but in the brown ale style. Really big flavor and well-done.
M: Medium body is right on with medium carbonation and a slightly sour but most sweet and lightly bitter aftertaste.
D: A very nice surprise from Williamsburg Alewerks. I will be buying a fair amount of this in the months to come -- it surpasses even the big craft brewers' brown ales with its exceptional flavor aroma and very good feel.
04-03-2010 03:27:39 | More by argock
4.18/5 rDev +13.3%
I'm not normaly a Brown Ale kinda guy but I find this to be very drinkable and nicely complex for the style.
Smooth and sweet with a nice bready mouthfeel. Very dark in color. A nice wood and earth smell.
This bier takes you to a cool, dimly lit pub with stone walls and a roaring fire.
An excellent brew from this new local.
12-16-2006 21:29:38 | More by BierManVA
4.15/5 rDev +12.5%
I was really pleasantly surprised with this one. Pours a slightly cloudy brown color with plenty of light getting through and reddish highlights. Medium size light tan head, decent retention and light lacing on the glass. Very pronounced and pleasant smell of malt and dark fruit (plums etc.)
Tasted good. Malty but not overly sweet, rich taste of fruit and a little bitterness in the finish. Not a boring, non-descript Brown Ale
Mouthfeel was best of all. Very rich and smooth, reminiscent of a good stout after a few sips. No annoying sweetness or chalkiness with the malts. The hint of bitterness at the end is just right.
This is a very drinkable beer. Ideal for savoring or for mass quantities.
06-27-2008 01:31:07 | More by JayQue
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
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
Sight - deep crimson, slightly cloudy from being bottle conditioned (hurrah, more of this please!). Thin off white head.
Smell - mostly cocoa, but edged with a nice hoppiness - not in some psycho hop whore delighting way but actually an appealing hoppiness.
Taste - sweet up front, a gentle chocolate and nutty toffee blend. Mild and balanced, like cocoa edged with lemon peel.
Sweet - 3.5/5
Bitter - 2.5/5
Originally had this on draught in a local pub, had to try the bottle to get a proper impression. Very smooth and tasty, easy, all night drinking. My kind of beer.
08-23-2010 00:15:03 | More by velkyal
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
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
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
4.05/5 rDev +9.8%
I believe this is the flagship brew for AleWerks, a brewery I look forward to digging into a bit more. The smell is the strength of this tasty brown ale. It pours a dark late autumn oak leaf color and carries brilliant aroma of caramel richness. The flavor keeps the rich theme going and might be a little heavy for some. Personally I think it is a very solid brown beer. Give it a try, particularly at the $8 to $9 6pack price.
09-25-2011 19:23:03 | More by dball
4/5 rDev +8.4%
Reviewed from notes
Glowing brown pour with a finger of head. Lightly toasted malt nose, very clean and pleasant smelling. Hints of caramel and cocoa present as well.
Taste is mostly roasted malts. Nice flavor profile for a brown ale, which is a style I often find to be too bland for my palate. This one is pretty solid though. Background notes of caramel, ash, bakers chocolate, and tree bark.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation levels. Nicely crafted beer here, I'm impressed at how much solid flavor is packed into this 5.6% frame
12-06-2009 18:27:27 | More by alcstradamus
Tavern Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
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