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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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164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 81
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 leantom
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love Alewerks's Pumpkin Ale, so I decided to give its brown a shot. Here goes:

A: Just OK. A very dark brown (nearly opaque). What really irked me was the fact that there was practically no head. What head was produced readily dissipated, leaving no lacing.

S: Not bad, but just OK. Faint hints of caramel and brown sugar, but on the whole almost no complexity or nothing to gawk over. Somewhat boozy, which is funny considering that it's only 5.6% ABV.

T: Slight better than OK, but not too good either. Brown sugar, some dark spices and a hint of dark fruit. Again, like in the nose, the taste was surprisingly boozy. Could taste lots of alcohol at the back of the tongue.

M: Rather watery, but not bad. Very little carbonation, too.

O: Just OK. Probably will not be getting it again.

leantom, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Acks
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Acks, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of bluedognever
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

bluedognever, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

bacher468, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of PackPride
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

PackPride, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of csurowiec
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

csurowiec, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of xseanprimex
4/5  rDev +8.4%

xseanprimex, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Kaiyotee
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Kaiyotee, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of KevMo84
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

KevMo84, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of slusk
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark garnet with a short pale tan head. little head retention but a wee bit of lacing.

S: Starts with a bit of chocolate and caramel. There is a bit of dark fruit with some bread crust and a mild undertone of earthy hops. Nice healthy malt aroma

T: Caramel and toffee up front with a bit of black coffee in the lingering on the palate. A little sweet. There's a bit of spicy, earthy hop that comes through. Nicely Balanced and has a good bitter hop foundation. A few dark fruity esters are present but not much. The finish is surprisingly a bit to the dry side and light bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body, low carbonation which is good in my opinion. I bit of a velvety mouthfeel. Not too much acidity or carbonation biting the tongue in this brew. Nice.

O: This is a very nice beer. Seems to live somewhere between a northern and southern English brown ale but with a touch more hop presence. The hops come through but do not over power the malt. I like this beer quite a lot. It's a smooth drinking beer that doesn't attempt to overwhelm the palate with sharp flavors. I'll be buying a six pack the next time I'm in Williamsburg.

slusk, May 25, 2014
Photo of hophugger
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice ale which I am sure is suited for all of the masses that visit Williamsburg, VA and are looking for an authentic ale. It is a good beer but seems to fall a little flat as far as head and flavor. Overall, a commendable effort and I will definitely follow Alewerks in all beers that they produce in the future. Thanks for all the authentic beers that you produce !

hophugger, May 02, 2014
Photo of neil2me
4/5  rDev +8.4%

neil2me, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of dexterk1
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

dexterk1, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of Roser
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- good looking, dark brown, opaque. Thin (weak) root beer colored head, disappeared fairly quick.

S- malt, spice, chocolate.

T- a little hop, bitter, gingerbread cookie.

M- light to medium. Thin. Warm bourbon barrel kind of feel.

O- a very solid, good beer. Recommendable. I've always been a fan of Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale, and I think this is better.

Cheers all!

Roser, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of VeganUndead
4/5  rDev +8.4%

VeganUndead, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of TheMirrorOwl
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

TheMirrorOwl, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of doctorb
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

doctorb, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of farrago
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gives you a little under a finger’s worth of mostly larger bubbles so there’s not much of a tight weave to the head and it dissolves off quickly, light tan in color, the lacing shows some initial stickiness but then slides downward without much fight or gumption. The liquid is fairly filmy and opaque, brown color base but with a great deal of orange tint, you don’t see many bubbles floating inside. Heavy malted and sweet nose, bursting with milk chocolate, butterscotch, root beer, vanilla and even coconut notes, challah bread and honey covered nuts, when warmer delivers more plum and cherry fruit scents, really nothing there for counter weight but it’s agreeable enough to not matter. Medium-bodied, has a bit more zip and punch than expected, decent prickle from the carbonation. More dough, bread notes here which suck up some of the sweetness. Not to say it lacks from chocolate, caramel, toffee and vanilla goodness. Still, tastes as much like soda as it does beer. Which is not necessarily a bad thing but you kind of have to be prepared for it. Cherry, golden raisin, fig fruit flavors. Nutty finish. Pleasurable.

farrago, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of kierancarobine
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

kierancarobine, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of tard24
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

tard24, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of jlivings757
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

jlivings757, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of 67cuda
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

67cuda, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of corneliustoad
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

corneliustoad, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of fishrunner
4/5  rDev +8.4%

fishrunner, Nov 30, 2013
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.

smakawhat, Oct 14, 2013
Tavern Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.