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Tavern Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Tavern AleTavern Ale

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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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2/5  rDev -45.8%

08-28-2013 21:41:03 | More by StoutSeth
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -24.7%

Pours a nice light brown with a great frothy head that was lasting and left great lacing. Aroma was a decent blend of sweet malts and subtle hops. The taste was WAY too sweet for my tastes, almost wort-like or even characteristic of an unaged Barley Wine with low alcohol content. The beer is light bodied with decent carbonation, but the sweetness is too overbearing. This one was a drain pour.

07-03-2008 04:47:13 | More by atsprings
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2.78/5  rDev -24.7%

A - Hazy tan brew with deep orange hints and sediment. Tan head with some lacing.

S - Slight woodsy smell, dark fruits.

T - Mild toasted malt flavors, some spice and nut, mostly dull. Some hop evidance in the aftertaste. Some bread overtones.

M - The modest carbonation is nice, but the not much here


09-26-2011 02:05:46 | More by KomodoDragon
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2.9/5  rDev -21.4%

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.

07-15-2014 23:35:12 | More by malprep
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2.95/5  rDev -20.1%

Had in a bottle on St. Pattys Day 2012

Wanted to try it since it is brewed in Va and I am from here.

Immedietly smell some chocolate, and carmel with some hops

Taste wow this is a ton of carmel and choclate...it was super surprising. No bad but a little strong for my tatse only more chocolate I have tasted ina beer was Chcolate Bock by Sam Adams

Overall it is ok but kinda nutty and chocolatty but not a warming Choclate like Bock. it is a little heavy as well and rally fille me up just half way through drinking it. A good beer just not the best.

03-18-2012 01:07:10 | More by hdf561
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

04-06-2012 03:54:35 | More by avisong
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

08-09-2014 19:04:07 | More by RyanSparta
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Pours dark brown with a fizzy, bubbly tan head that pops down (in a rather unpleasant way) to a thin, slowly vanishing, cover.

The smell is nutty with a bit of caramel/toffee. There is a floral/leafy something going on that detracts from malt aromas.

The taste is of toffee - towards chocolate - sweet with a leafy bitterness that is slightly metallic. There's something I can't quite pinpoint, but is unpleasant (sourish?). It throws it off, but, thankfully, is in the background. Finishes sweetish.

It is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, with carbonation that borders aggressive.

A "forgettable" brown. The maltiness almost shows itself nicely, but there are detractors (metallic and that "something else") that get in the way. Maybe it was to create balance, understandably, but done in the wrong way. In the end, I neither "like" nor "dislike" this one. Ho-hum feelings about it, mainly from the little irritants about it that add up.

09-09-2008 22:01:10 | More by jwc215
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Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.7%

07-20-2014 02:21:15 | More by Howlader
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3.03/5  rDev -17.9%

12oz. bottle thanks to Dad and Linda

Pours a medium chestnut brown with a creamy tan head that maintains. Decent lacing on the glass.

Herbal hops dominate the smell with a bit of toasted malt sneaking through.

Herbal hops upfront followed by a light toasted malt backbone. Rather bitter, which lingers after the dry finish.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

An overhopped brown, and not in an overly positive way.

02-09-2008 03:21:58 | More by MaltyGoodness
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New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -14.6%

Appearance: cloudy brown in color with a 1" head that slowly falls. No lacing develops during the session.

Smell: very mild aroma as only a hint of caramel is detectable.

Taste: caramel, bits of chocolate, ripe fruits, some hints of brown sugar, mild bitterness, and an overall earthy tone.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth throughout. Very brief aftertaste.

Drinkability: the flavor is all over the board, so this becomes tough to finish the pint glass. Try some other styles from this brewery first.

10-12-2008 19:21:28 | More by Gavage
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3.15/5  rDev -14.6%

Poured deep reddish-brown color with moderate tannish head. Good retention and lacing.
Smell is lightly caramel with some dark fruitiness mixed in.
Smell is way too sweet. Almost like drinking strate maple syrup or molassses.
Left a not-too-pleasant taste in the mouth.
This beer needs some tweaking.

09-05-2007 22:23:10 | More by tgbljb
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3.18/5  rDev -13.8%

Thanks again to my local trading partner, tone77, who always helps me with some bottles to keep my numbers up.

I used my best aggro pour style to generate two fingers' worth of dense, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was a deep, dark brown with cola highlights. Nose was simply chocolate or cocoa. I felt like I was sniffing cocoa powder or a chocolate bar! Wow! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a roasty chocolaty taste in the mouth. It had a charcoal smokiness to it, along with the chocolate that I felt kind of unbalanced its flavor. Finish was likewise more roasty than chocolate. The style is pretty broad, but I am going to score it as middle-of-the-road.

03-06-2011 20:07:44 | More by woodychandler
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3.2/5  rDev -13.3%

The first bottle I tried from this new, very good local brewery. It presented itself very dark red, almost chocolate-colored, with a firm tan head. The aroma was not different than a bit of a bitter chocolate. Nutty to the max, this is like drinking a liquified bowl of warm mixed nuts ... it even gives you an illusion of saltiness. Robust and stout in body. Not for the faint of pallet.

02-04-2007 01:39:46 | More by Braudog
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

06-23-2014 01:30:30 | More by bluedognever
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

03-13-2013 08:48:45 | More by speedvagen
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

10-20-2012 01:14:12 | More by RyanMcCaughey
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

08-18-2014 23:31:00 | More by Kinger86
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

12-12-2013 19:39:05 | More by jlivings757
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

07-14-2013 12:06:28 | More by dgherm
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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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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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3.3/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

07-11-2014 18:36:46 | More by leantom
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3.35/5  rDev -9.2%

A Dark, rich, earthy color, 1 inch malted milk head. Nice lacing that inexplicably disappeared when I wasn't looking.

S Sweet toffee, rich hop character. Kinda smells German. Some kind of vegetable/plant thing going on. Smells sweeter as it warms.

T A little better than the smell suggested. Sweet malt, moderate spices, and I still want to say German or Bohemian hoppiness. Some aluminum on the finish.

M Smooth, nice tingle. The body reminds me of a bock/doppel bock more than an ale. Dry.

D A fine session beer, at least until the dryness becomes too much.

11-15-2008 03:47:43 | More by 7ways
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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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Tavern Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
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