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Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 433
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 19
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2001

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: 144 | Hads: 433
Photo of DrDocRudge
4.9/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When in the Central Virginia area, make sure you treat your tastebuds to this smooth, slightly sweet concotion. The deep brown color says it will be heavy. It is not. The aroma says nutty, and it is, but its in the back fringe of the flavor profile. Stops just short of making your mouth giddy. Can be dangerously seductive which leads to mass consumption. Then when you stand up the alcohol kicks in and the world spins. Tap version far superior to bottle. (464 characters)

Photo of MrMegaton
4.71/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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. (696 characters)

Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.69/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

One of the best brown ales we've ever had. The smell and taste feature an intense caramel note. Perfectly balanced. Light hops. Beautiful dark brown color. (155 characters)

Photo of engagechad
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased in a 12er from Kroger here in Glen Allen, VA - poured into English pint glass

Pours an amazing mahoghany, crystal clear brown color with brilliant lacing. Smells of Chocolate chip cookies and brown sugar.. man.. almost buttery but not in a bad diacetyl way. Taste follows, silky smooth brown sugar malty goodness. not much in the hop presence proper to style.

Overall this beer is an amazing E Brown. I could live on this beer. really. (448 characters)

Photo of iannutter
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking this beer for some time now and I have to say, I have never once been disappointed with the product.

Poured this beer into one of my favorite German mugs and the head quickly faded into almost nothing, but the lacing it leaves around the glass is beautiful. The colour is a deep amber, exactly as a brown ale ought to be.

The smell is reminiscent of roasted nuts and a faint smell of hops and true to the smell, the flavour follows suit.

The mouthfeel is not quite as smooth as could be hoped, but is still far about average.

Overall, I would say that this is one of the better brown ales I've ever had, certainly beating Newcastle, and although Samuel Smith's Nut Brown is still better, I would only say marginally so.

Enjoy! (757 characters)

Photo of nofunyons
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my steady. I always have on hand. The best English style brown ale in the world.

From Legend Brewing Co.;

"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. 5.8% Alc. By Vol." (566 characters)

Photo of jburris64
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional brew with plenty of flavor. I've enjoyed other browns but this is the best so far.
The molasses is pronounced but the combination of barley, nuts and caramel balance the flavors into a smooth note.
Enjoyed from the bottle in Virginia Beach, I will be back for more. (278 characters)

Photo of Enola
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as a bonus in a trade with nriech.

This beer is a nice clear brown with a fair head that leaves little lacing. The smell is of brown sugar and cappachino. The taste is caramel and molasses. The mouthfeel is smooth and this is a very drinkable beer. If I visited this brewpub, this would be a beer I would order each visit for sure. (344 characters)

Photo of palthainon
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the most drinkable beer I would advocate to anyone. Be they beer snob or simple-drunk, everyone loves a Brown ale from legend.

It also has to added bonus of being readily available in many places and extremely affordable.

Give this beer a chance and it'll be something you regularly stock from here on out. (317 characters)

Photo of kola
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with hints of red. Pours a big head that quickly settles with some lace.

S - Nuts, roasted malts, a hint of sweetness like brown sugar or caramel

T - The caramel comes through the roasted malts nicely. This is a sweet brown, but the sweetness is not overpowering. Hints of nuts during the drink, and a little twist of hops in the finish.

M - Has enough carbonation, and is not too thin.

D - If you have a hankering for a brown ale that brings some sugar to the party, this is a highly drinkable beer. The aroma and taste make it a pleasant experience. (570 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice a deep brown with white head which resolves rather quickly. Smells pleasantly of toasted malts, bready. Malt forward tastes, well balanced with taste of molasses, grains, and good clean finish. Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation.

Solid brown ale, very enjoyable and easily quaffable. Reliable and tasty.

update: another beer that the more I try - the more nuanced and enjoyable this beer becomes. A truly stellar American Brown Ale and one that I keep returning to - a great session beer - tasty and clean finish - think I'll have another. . . (560 characters)

Photo of oldn00b
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer holds a special place in my heart as one of my first true "local" craft loves. 10+ years ago before the boom started in earnest in VA, Legend was one of the true leaders and this was/is their best brew.

Everything you want from a brown ale here - color is on point, head forms fast and recedes but very nice. Lots of caramel flavor and earth tones come through in the flavor. Finish is bitter but not overly so. It's a clean beer and one I still enjoy very much, especially in the fall. (501 characters)

Photo of Cyrano41
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown in Color, nutty rich aroma with a good half inch of head. Good carbonation and nice lacing on the glass all the way down. The nutty aroma carries over to the flavor. Robust flavor you'd expect from a brown ale, but finishes mild. Just shy of bitter but not sweet, very well balanced. I had it on the recommendation a bartender, on tap, a while back and had to look for at my local Total Wine. Great beer! I took a six pack to a friend's and they where a hit even with the MGD die hards. (492 characters)

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pt 6 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber in color, beer poured with a generous head that retained at first, then gradually faded into a lace.

Aroma: Rather malty.

Taste: Sweet; also a little nutty. A hint of caramel malt perhaps. I never did detect any hops in the taste, but here I think that's a good thing.

Overall: This is an excellent beer. (391 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Large mug off the tap,
Aroma- Has a strong malts aroma and maybe a slight coffee aroma at the edges.
Appearance- This beer is a dark brown color with red highlights when viewed through the bars neon!! Legend Brown Ale has a white head
Taste- Has a really good malt flavor that I didn't expect. It went down really smooth.
Palate- This is a medium bodied beer with a low carbonation with an oily feel.
Overall- A really good beer from Legend. I will definitely drink this again. (484 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 330ml Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark (almost black) brownish/amber color with a huge tanned head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind both large and small spots of lace.

Smell: White grapes and caramel malt with a slight biscuity character and just a touch of grassiness.

Taste:Begins with caramel flavor that stays throughout with a sweet and sour grape-like taste in the background toward the end. Also has hints of biscuit and a touch of citrus in the finish. Superbly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with sharp carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: A very good beer for its style and an excellent session brew. I was pleasantly surprised. (704 characters)

Photo of tsewong
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Legend Brown Ale is one of my absolute favorite brown ales. Plenty of malty character with a touch of hoppiness - beautifully balanced. The warm, inviting color coupled with a light tan head makes a very pleasing presentation. The aroma is sublimely malty with a slight chocolatey note and a hint of hop aroma. The hop presence in the flavor effectively supports the maltiness for a very well-balanced brown ale. (412 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Legend Brown Ale looks great in the glass. It has a red-brown colour and an excellent 1cm head that is maintaned by high carbonation. This beer has a big malty smell. The flavour is similarly malty with a coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is noticeable too. This beer feels great in the mouth: very thick and carbonated.

Malterrific! (332 characters)

Photo of boston2bburg
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (509 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Clear deep brown hue that turns to a mahogany color when held up to the light, with a thick and frothy two finger head that slowly settles to a thin even cap. Patches of solid lacing.

Light malt aromas, consisting of some walnut and a little it of brown sugar.

Soft nutty malt flavors with a touch of roastiness. A touch of caramel is in the background. Toward the end a little bit of hop bitterness comes in, with very little flavor from them. Full bodied. Some of the burnt flavors linger for a bit.

This is a solid Brown Ale that isn't too watery, and isn't exactly like a Porter, which is something that's hard to find sometimes. Good solid flavors, with just a touch of complexity. Recommended. (727 characters)

Photo of Tom_Taylor
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Surprising balanced and very drinkable. Very pleasant color and very nice thick head (from tap). Caramel, nutty, and sweet notes, hops is present, but not overwhelming like so many microbrews; low on the IBU scale. The beer was good enough for me to take the time to review it, which is saying something, as I have never reviewed a beer before (at least not publicly!)... Now back to drinking... I will definitely be having another one. :) (439 characters)

Photo of pablot71
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a mug from a 22oz bottle.
A-Has a dark reddish brown color and a medium off-white head that leaves some lacing.
S-Nutty and malty aroma.
T- The malt and nuttyness of roasted malts is prominent but not overdone. Finishes off hops bitterness.
M- Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation
D- Overall a and tasty great beer. This one of my hometown favorites. (381 characters)

Photo of ironchefchris
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Legend makes easily the best beer around, and this is the "go to" beer of their collection. Heavy, but very drinkable, great smell and taste. It's very Sam Adams "esque" in the quality, but just has better drinkability than most brown ales out there. The color is a darkish brown and has nice tan lacing. Just a fantastic beer. (332 characters)

Photo of tommy78
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper color with medium head, poured out of a bomber.

S: Quite malty in aroma. Picked up some caramel smell as well.

T: My favorite...quite sweet, with the malty aroma translating well into the taste.

M: Low carbonation. Pretty consistent with brown ales.

O: I enjoyed this beer. I tried it with a margarita pizza and the beer complemented the basil and olive oil tastes. I would have this beer again when in VA. (422 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

....and for tonight another Legend beer! This is only my second one ever. I'm really getting into a "support you local brewery" kick!

A: Poured a crystal-like, effervescent brown color, with about a finger or so dirty white head that whiddled away into a thin sud formation after about a minute or so.

S: Nice candy scent: brown sugar, a tinge of butterscotch, and bit of milk chocolate. Malty!

T: A bit more hop sizzle than I was expecting, however, this had a nice fresh, cracked wheat bread quality on the finish. The candy quality I got on the nose wasn't as present on the taste, but it was still tasty.

M: TONS of carbonation on this bad boy... which I felt instantly. Nothing strong or lingering here.

O: I appreciate the fact that the brewer(s) craft this one more towards the entree (bread dough) side as apposed to the candy, sugary one. This was a different kind of brown ale for sure. Good stuff! (913 characters)

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Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.