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Tavern Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Tavern AleTavern Ale

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BA SCORE
84
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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.24%
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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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy brown body with a red tint with about 1 1/2 finger head that creamy in texture and off white in color. The head quickly diminishes, but leaves behind a good amount of lace.

S: A strong aroma of cocoa nips, caramel, and nuts. Has a floral hoppy backbone, but for some reason reminds me of chocolate milk.

T: A great flavor of chocolate malts with caramel notes and hints of roasted coffee and nuts. Finishes a bit dry with a hoppy bitterness.

M: A mouthcoating beer with a medium body and carbonation.

D: Great brown ale. A must try if you're able to get your hands on this. Really easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 01:41:09 | More by BrewCrew2010
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velkyal

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 00:15:03 | More by velkyal
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dzien

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

American brown ales, oh how you can be so different from your brothers, the english!

Poured into a tulip. BOD unknown/didn't look. Whoops.

Smells include espresso and a general malty-ness. Not overpowering but definitely there.

Decent head for the style, beige colored. Not too bad , some concentric lacing as it settles. Body itself is dark brown with some cloudy red hue as light passes through. Not opaque but not as light as most brown ales. Cloudy.

Taste includes the initial mocha/espresso from the malt and a tad bit of bitterness from the hops. A very feint sourness in the finish accompanied by some metallic notes though not nearly noticeable enough to detract from the beers excellent overall taste. Very reminiscent of a single estate dark chocolate bar - bold in its flavors and confident in what it is.

Mouthfeel is medium to full. Silky and lowish in carbonation. It suits the flavor profile very well.

Drinkability is decent for such a beer though i'm not sure I'd be able to throwback more than a few ( even if I wanted, which I would). It isn't that the taste becomes unwelcome but rather it is much too filling to make it a long session beer.

Overall, a fine first taste from a local microbrewery. I can be both a hops head and otherwise. This beer definitely has a noticable bitter hops taste to it that would appeal to a hops head but not nearly so much as to offend a seasoned craft beer drinker that isn't.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 02:48:26 | More by dzien
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breweryaprntc13

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: dark brown, with slight haze towards the bottom of the glass. one finger tan head that quickly disappears. Thin lacing that is slow to recede.

A: Great smelling beer! Nutty with a caramel presence leaning towards toffee. Slight floral hops presence but it is difficult to detect upon the first smell.

T: Caramel malts with a slight hopiness, but not enough to be distracting. Surprising dryness with a slightly sour finish. However it is primarily a rich caramel taste with a slight coffee note.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation and as I said before, surprisingly dry.

D: Definitely a drinkable beer but not what I would consider a top tier brown ale. However I would buy this beer again and continue to drink it. Great for session drinking or for a movie (it is on tap at the local movie tavern which is great!)

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2010 17:51:04 | More by breweryaprntc13
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argock

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 03:27:39 | More by argock
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TAMU99

Guam

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
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Minkybut

Virginia

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
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alcstradamus

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 18:27:27 | More by alcstradamus
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 01:24:08 | More by yourefragile
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rtepiak

Poland

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a good color and poorly rounded brown. good earth. coffee. caramel. mild smoke some sour but a nice tobacco. no fruit really. bitter hop quialty. a finish of pepper. one sided but still consistent. i can see this opening in the presents of wood. so cask maybe.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 07:31:10 | More by rtepiak
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 23:02:54 | More by akorsak
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rugerj

Virginia

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
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blackie

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 02:30:58 | More by blackie
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yidbeer

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2009 03:21:01 | More by yidbeer
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wingman14

Ohio

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
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TheMistler

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured the color of brownie batter, and just as opaque. Thankfully, however, it isn't sludge. Soda-like, off-white head displays decent retention, settling to a thin but creamy cap and fairly thick ring. Good lacing.

Smell isn't unlike brownies either. Chocolate, maple sweetness, with slight nuts and grains. Roasted notes.

Nutty, grainy flavor. Roasted coffee grains. Malty, but not the sweet concoction I was expecting. A strong amount of bittering at the end, and definitely some drying to go with the roasted qualities. It's almost like the hops just jump out of concentration with the malt, they don't quite fit in.

A bit thin. A good amount of carbonation, some creaminess. A solid effort, but not one of Williamsburg's best.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 19:38:32 | More by TheMistler
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soupermirl

Mississippi

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker than expected, nice color. This beer was malty in taste with some what of a smokie taste in there somewhere. Very rich flavor and a bit of hops near the end to finish it off. It smells malty, almost chocolaty. Tavern Ale is good, it is much like the dark nut brown ales of many microbrews and very rich. Not a beer you want to drink one after the other, it more of a sipper's beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 03:15:14 | More by soupermirl
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7ways

Georgia

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
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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
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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
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asabreed

New York

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice dark brown with red highlights, billowing head slowly going down, and wild lacing left in smaller clumps, all amidst the tons of tiny carbonation bubbles surging toward the top.

Smell: Brown sugar along with nice mildly roasted malts, some graininess, and mid chocolate and coffee sweetness.

Taste: Roasred malt, brown sugar, mild chocolate with some hop sourness and citrus. An interesting balance and take on a brown ale.

Mouthfeel: More medium bodied, thought slightly slick, even with its mildly effervescent burst of carbonation at the end.

Drinkability: Flavorful where I could session it, though the sourness may end up being a bit too much after one or two. Still a solid choice and an enjoyable one.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 18:04:00 | More by asabreed
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Saunapoika

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: growler

07-28-2008 03:18:04 | More by Saunapoika
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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
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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
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JayQue

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 01:31:07 | More by JayQue
Tavern Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.