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Tavern Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

Tavern AleTavern Ale

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.51%

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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Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 04:47:13 | More by atsprings
Photo of KomodoDragon


2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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


Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 02:05:46 | More by KomodoDragon
Photo of hdf561


2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 01:07:10 | More by hdf561
Photo of jwc215


3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 22:01:10 | More by jwc215
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 03:21:58 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of tgbljb


3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 22:23:10 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 19:21:28 | More by Gavage
Photo of woodychandler


3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 20:07:44 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Braudog


3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 01:39:46 | More by Braudog
Photo of TAMU99


3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2010 19:52:38 | More by TAMU99
Photo of 7ways


3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 03:47:43 | More by 7ways
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 21:46:37 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of wingman14


3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 04:50:44 | More by wingman14
Photo of PhageLab


3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Dark murky brew with a soda-like bubbly froth which quickly sizzled away. Double checking bottle - yes, it is beer.

S - Caramel malt sweetness on the nose, not much else.

T - Brown sugar dominates most of the profile, good malty body with just enough bitterness on the back end to round it out. Simple, yet quite enjoyable.

M - Medium body with a dry finish, yet an odd carbonation that again reminds me of soda.

D - I'm on the fence here. Tasty, yet there are some glaring flaws which kept me too distracted to really enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 17:11:36 | More by PhageLab
Photo of Suds


3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a six pack of this variety during a visit to the AlewWerks (a diversion during a family vacation to Williamsburg). The beer is a dark, murky brown color with a firm off-white head. A little haze. The appearance is appropriate, but not remarkable. Nice, nutty, malty, medium-roast brown malt aroma. Bread-crust and toast character with a little biscuit and cracker flavor. The beer is low in both esters and hop aroma. The mouthfeel is medium in heft, but a little slick on the tongue as you work through the beer. Semi-sweet and quite drinkable. This is a pleasant, unoffensive brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 01:21:24 | More by Suds
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a deep reddish brown color with a moderate sized off white head. Smells of caramel and chocolate with a hint of mineral and ash. Taste follows the smell really well. A bit of mineral watered caramel, raisin, and chocolate with a hint of earthy mineral in the finish. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet chalky mouthfeel. Middle of the road brown ale with hints of flavor. :) I would have loved a bit more body on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 01:00:11 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 21:57:09 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of fastpass17

New York

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle. Thank you Russ.

A: Auburn in color, one finger quick fading head, good carbonation.

S: Rich caramel, burnt sugar, cocoa, with a strong malt backbone. The aroma is very appealing.

T: Caramel, raisins, biscuits all meld together. There is a light bite of pine near the end of the drink.

M,O: This is a good American brown ale. It is a very drinkable brew, I would go back to this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 03:18:34 | More by fastpass17
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle located in the fridge at my folks place. Offered up since my pops refuses to drink anything "dark" so his loss becomes my gain.
The burgundy liquid touches down into the glass, stirring up a minimal head and revealing a brilliant clarity.
A bit nutty, a little melanoidin, some caramel, but overall a pretty subdued malty nose. Flavor is very similar, malty and just a little bit sticky sweet.
That little stick knocks it just a hair down on the mouthfeel. If a brown ale is going to linger longer in there, there needs to be something a little sexier going down. I've had quite a few very good brown ales in the last year, and, while this isn't bad by any stretch, it seems to mostly lack vibrant character. I know, easier said than done in a brown, but I want to remember it for being delicious.
Cheers, Alewerks crew, I look forward to trying your Bourbon Porter and Grand Illumination..

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 03:34:07 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of Minkybut


3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice mahogany color and poured a tan head that did not hang around long. Smell was nice like toffee. taste was a little bitter but not too bad. Lacing was good. I liked the beer and will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 19:25:41 | More by Minkybut
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: very cloudy, dark orange; virtually no head; good lacing though
S: sweet, slightly malty smell
T: nutty, toasted malts; the malt is a strong element; hopping is medium, a nice balance for the style; very flavorful
M: watery

Really solid, very flavorful brown ale; cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 01:52:40 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of TheMirrorOwl


3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
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
Photo of HugoGrim


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite a good look to this beer. Deep chocolate brown body with a thick lingering foamy head. The head is so good it reminds me of a Guinness from the tap. Decent lace.

Aromas of toasted malts and caramel.

The flavor is a nice balance of rich bitter hops and a smooth caramel maltyness.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 23:12:36 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of rugerj


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

Beer pours a deep brown color with a half finger head that dissipates quickly, little lacing left in glass. Smell is of caramel, chocolate and brown sugar with a subtle hop aroma. Taste, malt dominates here, caramel, chocolate and brown sugar with faint toasty highlights that blend together well, beer finishes malt with some earthy hop bit in the background. Carbonation is good and not overdone.

I nice brown ale overall, well made but nothing outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 14:23:39 | More by rugerj
Photo of Bleedingshrimp


3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great looking beer. Smell was earthy, hints of apricot and brown sugar. Taste was like an Imperial Brown Ale. Alcohol very prominent.made that leathery brown ale taste even harsher. Hops were barely there. Kind of mess in the taste department...all over the place. It looked and smelled great though.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 07:40:16 | More by Bleedingshrimp
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Tavern Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
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