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Tavern Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Tavern AleTavern Ale

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bleedingshrimp on 11-06-2006

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Ratings: 175 | Reviews: 83
Photo of PhageLab
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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 cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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 bs870621345
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in my fridge since December and finally popping it open. Bottled October 10.

Pours a cloudy brown with a little head, little bit of lacing.

Smells like cola, nuts, caramel, and biscuits. No real hop aroma to speak of.

Taste is rather nuts and caramel, little pine shows through, long sweet and juicy finish. Very nice beer with my NY 1 year cheddar.

Mouthfeel is moderate with good carbonation for cleansing.

Overall its good. I personally tend to not like brown ales, especially american versions, but this is nice. If it was available to me I would buy it over and over.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (no date anywhere on bottle) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Vigorous pour yielded a dark and translucent cola-brown beer with some orange notes when held up to the light. Light tan head about 1/8" upon pouring died down to a very thin skin across the top and a ring around the edge. Some islands and strands of lacing here and there, but not a lot. I noted that this beer has yeast sediment in the bottom - some of which came along with the pour and some that did not, so obviously aspects of the appearance are due to the sediment.

Smell: With a good swirl I get some mild citrus hops mixed in with roasted malt. Without a swirl the hops are not as noticeable. Good combination of smells though.

Taste: Everything runs together very quickly on sips and deep drinks - hard to tease it apart. Definitely roasted malts with some coffee-like flavors up front that merge quickly with citrus-like bitterness from the hops and just enough malt sweetness to balance it all out. The end of the sip though is more clear - hop bitter finish, not overpowering, and a nice finish to the whole blended flavor. Pretty tasty combination here.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation on the tongue - almost British in style. Otherwise a little chewy with some lingering oils on the teeth. The low carbonation and mouthfeel actually work well here - it doesn't get in the way of the flavor.

Overall / Drinkability: This one really grew on me and I wish I had bought a six pack rather than a single bottle. Quite drinkable, versatile with a meal (fish and veggies in this case), and good all by itself. Good appealing flavor and I could see myself having another one in an evening. And for the name...well, I think it's well done. I could see myself having several of these in a pewter tankard in Colonial Williamsburg and getting transported back in time. I have no idea if this is historical or not (probably not) but it works quite well. An all around good beer.

Photo of fastpass17
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of ramseye4
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date. Williamsburg Alewerks is probably Virginia's premier brewery at the moment, though I think as Blue Mountain gains momentum it can definitely challenge for the top spot. Pours a chocolate brown color with a 2.5 finger head that slowly fades down but never completely disappears, great lacing. Aroma is of roasted and nutty malt, faint cocoa as well. Tastes primarily of nuts and toasted malt. Not bad, but very simple. A bit of bitterness comes out in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky and sweet, and the drinkability is about middle of the road.

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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 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 pnkRed
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Went down to the brewery and after a few tasters I got a growler of this.

It pours an amber brown with a nice light head that dissipates rather quickly, but leaves a nice lacing down the glass. The smell isn't really there. Nice and nutty, but nothing extraordinary. Caramel and nuts hit you up front with a bit of toastiness. Dry on the finish with a little hop bite. The taste is nice, but doesn't explode. I can drink this all day with no problem.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.93/5  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.

Photo of velkyal
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of dzien
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of breweryaprntc13
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
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!)

Photo of argock
4.17/5  rDev +13%
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 TAMU99
3.28/5  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.

Photo of Minkybut
3.47/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of alcstradamus
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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

Photo of yourefragile
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
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 rtepiak
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

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 rugerj
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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 yidbeer
4.06/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Tavern Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.