Tavern Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Tavern AleTavern Ale

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 187
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | 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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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 187
Photo of engagechad
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Tom Leonards I think.. Tulip pour

In a word. Solid.

Pours a very nice mahogany color with great clarity, clean head and lacing. Smells wonderfully spicy in a mild mannered way with sweet backbone. Hop balance is great but not as hop heavy as a lot of other am browns these days, still a very good ale.

Tastes smooth and prickly, as I said, great balance. This is a quaffable, easy drinking brown. (427 characters)

Photo of GeoJ
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is an opaque looking, dark brown. Almost stout/porter-like compared to other brown ales. No real head, minimal lacing. Aroma of bready malts - quite inviting.

Taste is simply wonderful. More hoppy than most brown ales. A quick hop jolt followed by malt sweetness in perfect balance. Nutty, almost chewy, mouthfeel is superb - just the right amount of carbonation, goes down so smooth that I can easily see quaffing a bunch of these. This just might be the most perfect balance of hops/malts I've ever tasted.

The hops sneak back in for a palate cleansing finish, nice and dry with an aftertaste that makes you excited to reach for the glass for the next sip. And it gets even better as the brew warms a bit.

I LOVE brown ales and porters/stouts. This is very close to a perfect cross between the styles. Not as heavy as a porter, a little less sweet than most brown ales, totally refreshing in any case.

I regret having only one bottle as part of a "make-your-own" six-pack. Can't wait to pick up a six-pack, at the very least.

Outstanding! Gives the venerable Sam Smith Nut Brown a serious run for the money, and I'm proud that's it's brewed right here in Virginia. Kudos, Williamsburg Ale Works! (1,254 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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! (304 characters)

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can see if this is rated to being a Brown Ale it getting the "B" it has on here but I think it is a kind of hybrid beer so I wont pigeon hole it.

It pours a brown with little white head.

The smell at first is hoppy but as it warms some nutty malt along with cherries comes through.

The taste is a slight bitterness to balance but mostly malt taking the stage. Caramel, toasted nuts, and a dark cherry slight plum on the back.

I really dug this beer and to me is almost a Belgian Dubbel/Brown Ale mix. (506 characters)

Photo of KomodoDragon
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
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

Next. (312 characters)

Photo of dball
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I believe this is the flagship brew for AleWerks, a brewery I look forward to digging into a bit more. The smell is the strength of this tasty brown ale. It pours a dark late autumn oak leaf color and carries brilliant aroma of caramel richness. The flavor keeps the rich theme going and might be a little heavy for some. Personally I think it is a very solid brown beer. Give it a try, particularly at the $8 to $9 6pack price. (428 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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.. (897 characters)

Photo of drizzam
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - The body is an opaque brown in color. A swirl in the bottle and finishing pour into the glass produced a nice two finger khaki head. Nice dimpling in the head and decent head retention. A smattering of lace was left on the inside of my glass.

S - Sweet caramel malt mostly, a tad bit nutty. Not overly aromatic.

T & M - That caramel malt body carries a sweet chocolate flavor with a bit of a nutty finish on the swallow. On the lighter side of medium bodied with a bit of an abrasive mouthfeel from the carbonation.

D - To me, this is a brew that I could stock a sixer of for daily sessioning. It's easy to drink and tasty. Maybe not the perfect brown, but one that tows the line. I wouldn't be ashamed to serve this at a party. (736 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter ruby brown color.
I too, did an agressive pours and produced a large tan head dense and long lasting with good lacing down the glass.

Aroma has a nice rich malty smell. Also in there are nutty, bread crust and toasted malts. A sutle hint of floral hops.

Taste finds a nice richly malted brew.
Slightly roasted malts hazelnuts and chocolate.
Sweet, caramel malts. Hops? just enough to balance and lend some bitterness.

A medium mouthfeel brew. Litely carbonated giving the beer a smooth soft feel, like a bitter.

I liked this beer, it' a pretty good example of the style. (590 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of PhageLab
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of bs870621345
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,969 characters)

Photo of fastpass17
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.2/5  rDev -13%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of ramseye4
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,029 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of pnkRed
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of velkyal
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of dzien
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,436 characters)

Photo of breweryaprntc13
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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!) (824 characters)

Tavern Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.