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Tavern Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Tavern AleTavern Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Dark brown, cola color, large fluffy tan head supported by steady carbonation and large streaks and clumps of lacing. Mild aroma of caramel and malt, not very strong or complex. Body is very creamy and smooth, mildly thick and chewy, with a strong pinch of carbonation. Flavor is a little sweeter and syrupy than expected for the style, at first thought this might have been a porter. Strong malt body with caramel and brown sugar sweetness and slight hop presence in finish. Looking at my scores for this beer, the categories that "matter" are fairly pedestrian and the more frivolous categories I have jacked up but I feel like the overall scores represents how much I enjoyed this.

Photo of woodychandler
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear dark mahogany in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and moderate amounts of ruby red + garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall creamy foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted malts, caramel/brown sugar, cocoa, nuts, and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of toasted and caramel malts with a light amount of brown sugar sweetness and just a touch of nuttiness. That is followed by a very light flavor of earthy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness in the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: I think this beer is fairly well balanced - not too malty/sweet and not too hoppy/bitter. Enough complexity to be interesting but not overly complex. Overall, easy to drink and enjoyable. Reminds me of a slightly stronger version of the brown ales I used to grab in the pubs when in the UK.

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color with ruby tints and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A good aroma of malt, sugar, and that nuttiness you get with most brown ales.

T: Tasted of malt, brown sugar, and a bit of the nutty quality. The taste wasn't quite as sharp as the other components in this beer, but it was still pretty decent.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Despite a few bumps in the road, this is a solid and drinkable beer.

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a local bar and received a nice, thin head w/ a light brownish red color. Maybe the tap did something and I will admit it was served colder than I prefer, but there was not much smell (I will have to have another). But the taste delivered a moderate dryness from the malt (roasted maybe, but not burnt), but not overpowered by them. Also hints of fruit were picked up, and it went down very smooth w/ a touch of sweetness (caramel?). I will try this again, but is not at the top of my list as there are other brown ales that are better. I am hoping the temperature I received my beer (not ice cold, mind you) neutralized some of the malt and hop charateristics and it is better.

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of blackie
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Suds
3.43/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Batch code 08 24 11.

A: A finger of creamy, off-white head. Only the narrow bottom of the glass allows for translucency and sediment can be dimly seen. Otherwise, the beer is unusually dark and opaque for an American Brown. REally nice lacing. Promising.

S: Very typical. Nutty, dry malts. Not much else.

T/M: A nice beer, but of all of AleWerks efforts, this may be the most disappointing, not because it's poor, but because it's unspectactular. Round and creamy, with a smooth and delicious mouthfeel, the flavours are light, if pleasant. A touch of roasted malt, a dry nuttiness spiced with delicate carbonation, and a clean, ever-so-slightly bitter finish.

O: I'm going to go ahead and give this one a 4 for sticking to the style. Even if it's not the best beer AleWerks makes, it's a solid brown ale. I'd recommend it if one were in the mood for a brown ale, but otherwise I'd grab something else.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to breweryaprntc13 for sending this my way.

a - opened the bottle and filled my Founders sniftery tulip. Poured a rich brown with a thin white head that hung out for a bit. Lacing was slippery and didn't hang long.

s - molasses, brown sugar, nutmeg...classic brown ale. nicely balanced.

t - bit of a spicy kick to the taste. leads with molasses. pretty good brown ale. nothing too crazy.

m - medium bodied, good carbonation. maybe a bit on the fizzy side. somewhat bready.

o - overally pretty good brown ale.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Poured into a pint glass. Bottle.

3.75 A: Deep brown-black color. Two fingers of frothy creamy beige head. Retention is about average and a finger of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Big toastiness and nuttiness right off the start. Also some roastiness, chocolate, and a fairly powerful hop presence for the style. Floral and earthy hops.

3.25 T: Dry toastiness is the dominant flavor. Nuts underneath. Again there's notes of roasted malts, chocolate. Moderate hop bitterness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and very smooth.

3.25 D: Good beer, but run of the mill.

Photo of tgbljb
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of VeganUndead
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of KevMo84
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Tavern Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.