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Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

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86
very good

357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 13
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our most popular beer, Legend's is a full bodied version of a British Brown Ale. Expect a rich, malt-forward brew with a beautiful mahogany tone. Generous amounts of specialty malts bring flavors of sweet caramel, toasted nuts, coffee, and molasses, all perfectly balanced by a steady but cautious hop dryness. Fruity undertones provided by our house yeast strain bring the final flavor element to round out this world class ale.

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Reviews by obywan59:
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obywan59

Virginia

3.81/5  rDev 0%

Pours a translucent brown to orangish brown with a ond finger light tan head that rapidly recedes leaving a bit of nice lacing.

The aroma is fruity with caramel and nutty malts. Light coffee.

Faintly sweet malts with a bit of caramel. Nutty. Light bitterness in the end.

Medium full in body with a prickle of light carbonation, but otherwise smooth and lightly creamy. Slightly warming.

Pretty decent brew. Nothing amazing, but it's satisfying and refreshing. I would try it again.

12-17-2013 04:28:05 | More by obywan59
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a chesnut brown with a thinner white head that is gone pretty quickly.Nice roasted nut and brown sugar notes in the nose,one of the more appetizing aromas for a brown ale that I have come across.Praline flavors are very nice but the mouthfeel is a little prickly,in saying that the flavors are still pretty rich and satisying.The abv% is high for the style but it's very well hidden,a solid offering from Legend.

04-25-2012 20:17:22 | More by oberon
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boston2bburg

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Three plus fingers of creamy head, dense bubbles slowly settling, leaving 1/4" of head over the mahogany-amber body. For all the froth, lacing is minimal.

Watermelon, yeast, bubble gum on the nose. Fruity, malty, refreshing and light, but complex.

Fruity, candied malts up front, while light citrus hops provide a dry finish, and round out the malts.

Mouthfeel is spot on for a brown. Wet at first and dry on the finish.

Easy drinker, sits well. Perfect with some hot dogs watching the afternoon ballgame.

04-15-2008 23:05:07 | More by boston2bburg
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sdsimkins

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-01-2013 13:50:53 | More by sdsimkins
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Guden

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

A- Medium dark brown with a little haze. A big off white head fades to a finger that hangs around.

S- A little pecan with a big toffee smell and a bit of toast. There's also a hint of sour tang.

T- Like the smell there's a nutty and toffee mix. There's a very woody finish with a light sweetness and again that hard to place tang.

M- Medium in body and low in carbonation, lets the flavors play but also go down easy.

O- I like this one. The sour tangy flavor is hard to place but it plays well with the nuttiness and it's definitely an easy drinker.

11-03-2012 03:32:20 | More by Guden
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

22 oz bottle purchased from the cooler of the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, on the recommendation of one of their staffers.
Appearance: Served chilled into an imperial pint glass, the body is a clear and glowing copper mahogany color. Two fingers of creamy, tightknit beige head tower above. Decent head retention eventually gives way to draping sheets of lace. The body captures interest with lots of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: Maltiness dominates the nose with chocolate and caramel accents, but is restrained. Some apple and pear skin provide a tasty fruity note. Some roasted hazelnut is also apparent.
Mouthfeel: Light medium body with moderate carbonation. A bit of chewy malt is noted.
Taste: Nicely hopped for an English Brown, with some spicy and fruity hop bitterness. Well balanced, with toffee and caramel flavors as the malt backbone. Hazelnut provides the nuttiness that really nails the style. Some fruity pear skin on the backend adds to the complexity. Slightly bitter spicy hop and burnt malt finish.
Drinkability: Very well done, and very fresh tasting. ABV seems less than listed here. I had never heard of this brewery before, but they've gained my attention with this fine offering.

06-19-2005 02:28:08 | More by merlin48
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Off the beer engine at the Innsbrook Capital Ale House.

Having had the St. George IPA on the cask, it was time to try the Legend offering. Per the (massive) beer menu, it's "dark golden in color and dry hopped to perfection."

It arrived in a 20oz. English Imperial Pint glass with an amazingly thick and creamy white head that really reminded me of a nitr-tap brew. Distinct and impressive rings of lace on the glass as this one was drained. Color was indeed dark golden. Aromas were very different from what I'd expected. I was thinking I'd be able to pick up something resembling a hoppy note but all I got was a very pronounced "applesauce" aroma. I'd be curious to see what hops they used in dry-hopping this. Flavor, too, was not very influenced by the hops, IMHO. Pretty mild, and toned down by the conditioning in the cask. Quite malty-caramel sweet up front, tempered nicely by the hops. Finishes with a sweet, tangy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice...creamy smoothness coates the palate. I really like cask-conditioned beers and this one was easy to drink. One that I would certainly order again.

05-20-2004 23:46:48 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-19-2012 02:41:49 | More by standardcherry
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-06-2014 23:01:49 | More by Mantooth
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mjh0527

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-22-2013 23:49:12 | More by mjh0527
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amstokesdb9

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-01-2012 03:44:02 | More by amstokesdb9
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HoppySeb

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-09-2014 19:24:23 | More by HoppySeb
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JuniperJesus

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-13-2014 21:56:15 | More by JuniperJesus
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Samichez

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-30-2012 13:36:00 | More by Samichez
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MrMegaton

Virginia

4.74/5  rDev +24.4%

Served in a snifter directly from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Off white one finger head, decent lacing, and a beautiful reddish-mohogany hue.

S - Aroma of a predominately toffee note, light on the hop but a good sweet malt.

T - Probably one of my most visited beers. I almost always keep this on hand. Definitely my favorite beer of their line and well deserved. Sweet malt with toffee and caramel notes, finishes clean not bitter, very slightly earthy.

M - Very balanced, again finishes very clean.

Overall: One of my favorites. As a devout fan of Brown Ales this almost always is my first choice. Everyone has one brew that they cannot simply pass up. This one happens to be mine.

Happy brewing.

03-16-2013 04:09:13 | More by MrMegaton
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

3.51/5  rDev -7.9%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark brown color, with a slight head of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the beer in wispy clouds.

Aroma: Very malty and bready, with some good nuttiness there too. I get some slight chocolate notes too as well as some molasses. Very pleasant.

Taste: Like the aroma, the beer is very malty and nutty with some pleasing sweetness of toffee and/or molasses. The beer finishes with some nicely balanced hops bitterness to round everything out.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a slight chewiness. There is some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds, and with an ABV of 6.4%, there’s just the slightest hint of alcohol on the palate, but not much

Overall: I was very impressed with this brown ale. Nicely balanced, very tasty and very drinkable. I’ll certainly pick up a few more of these.

10-30-2013 00:36:33 | More by Jeffreysan
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ChadA83

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-06-2012 00:41:14 | More by ChadA83
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VCUgrad

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-08-2014 18:00:01 | More by VCUgrad
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Loveyourbeer

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5%

11-30-2011 00:29:28 | More by Loveyourbeer
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -20.5%

Legend- Brown Ale

A- Deep hazy red/ brown with a thick foamy head. Good head retention and lacing.
S- Woodsy oak chips with sweet molasses malt and varnish.
T- Sweet oak molasses malt, smokey. Slight brown sugar and licorice.
M- Smokey, smooth, and malty. Big wood/ leather finish.

Overall- The wood/ leather taste and feel limit this to the 1 bomber.

01-04-2009 20:03:51 | More by NJpadreFan
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syntheticwings

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5%

05-13-2012 21:37:45 | More by syntheticwings
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

Head is an off-white half-inch layer of soft creamy lather; color is a rusty brown. Ribbons of lace slash the glass. Very much looks the English part.

Aroma is nutty with hints of soft caramel-vanilla candies. Hazelnut is prominent. Nice, big, welcoming nose.

This brown ale doesn't skimp on flavor or go the route of some of its milder, more boring counterparts. There's a balanced nuttiness taking the spotlight, lightly sweet with hints of brown sugar and toffee. Caramel corn comes to mind. Something candy-like and almost syrupy comes in just enough to please, but it remains balanced and utterly drinkable.

Mouth is tingly from carbonation, slick and a bit creamy. Fairly light in body but lacking nothing, texturally.

Drinkability is just ridiculous when you consider the accessible 6.5%, the bigness of the flavor, and the fact that none of its characteristics are cloying or out of whack. A sensible and, most importantly, delicious beer.

04-23-2010 22:46:22 | More by Metalmonk
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crwrunner

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-02-2013 01:42:50 | More by crwrunner
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-23-2012 02:40:33 | More by whatname
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avisong

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.3%

04-14-2012 10:57:16 | More by avisong
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Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.