Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 141
Hads: 427
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 19
Gots: 56 | 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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Photo of Rifugium
1.58/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

First had: on tap at Legend

Clear, medium brown pour with a small white head that fizzled out pretty quickly, leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass. Very little in the nose, toasted cereal grains, and not much else. Buttery off-flavors, caramel malt sweetness, grainy, phenolic fruitiness, and a tiny hop bitterness coming through. Thin body, not very drinkable. I'm not a big fan of brown ales to begin with, but this one was just flat-out poorly made. (459 characters)

Photo of pentathlete
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was a dissapointment for me. Ordered it with a sandwich. In the low lighting it appeared a true brown color with no head or lacing on the pint glass. Smell was barely perceptible with some maltiness showing up. Taste starts out like a typical brown ale then the aftertaste ruins it for me. In an effort to be bitter it merely comes across annoying like a kid trying to get a attention by acting up rather than just saying "excuse me." I found the aftertaste distracting and it discounted any hope I had for this beer. Mouthfeel was about right, not quite full, but coating the palate up front. I left about a third of this in the glass. (646 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Chesnut brown color with a solid 1+ finger head
S: Toasted grain; not much else going on
T: Again some toasted grain and nuttiness.
M: A bit thin, light bodied but smooth.
O: Not bad but at the same time fairly meh. (255 characters)

Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Dimpled mug]

The pour was a clear medium brown with a large (2-3 finger) foamy head that was mostly diminishing and had fair lacing.

The aroma was light of roasted cereal malts and a lightly sweet leathery yeast with hints of milk chocolate, coffee and a touch of molasses.

The taste was mildly sweet with just a hint of chocolate and a pinch of molasses from the onset and finished with a slightly bitter chocolate-coffee flavor that lasted an average amount of time after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was somewhere between light and medium in body and a bit watery in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall a mild tasting and well balanced Brown Ale that possessed an excellent drinkability. (712 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (353 characters)

Photo of davidt
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-brown color with off-white short lived head. The aroma is caramel with a bit of brown sugar. Caramel malt flavor, not too sweet. Some citrus hops come through at the end giving the beer a bit of a zing. A decent but not outstanding english brown ale. (266 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Medium brown in color, Legend Brown Ale emits an aroma of sweet, lightly roasted, nutty malts. The body of the beer is a little hazy and there is a small amount of lacing.

This beer serves up flavors like caramel malt, toffee, nuts, a touch of dough, and bread. The overall flavor is more on the sweet side, but there is some balancing from the hops. The beer is medium in body and is generally drinkable and likeable.

Legend Brewing Brown Ale is a decent beer, but I don’t rank it among my favorite examples of the style. The reason is because the flavors don’t necessarily mesh together the way they should. The individual tastes are okay, but they don’t have much synergy, leaving the consumer with a less then pleasant experience.

A decent beer overall, but far from the best brown ale I have ever tried. (817 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the tap with a thin off-white head, which quickly evaporated with just a hint of a collar in the wake. The body was an optically clear garnet-tinged medium brown... little traces of visible carbonation.

S- Overall a very mild nose. I am straining to pick up any aroma... I'm in a smoke-free bar, with no food on the table... and while this was served a little on the cool side, I still should get SOMETHING off the nose... but I nothing...

T- A fairly nice balance of some vienna malts and some earthy hop flavor. This balance persists through the midpalate, until some mild hop bitterness kicks-in and lingers a bit in the finish. Overall, I feel that the flavor is good, but still somewhat weak... like someone took a nice Brown Ale and diluted it with some water.

M- A very thin body with a- I don't want to say a coarse carbonation, but perhaps a 'spritzy' carbonation... Low level of astringency. No real texture.

D- Overall drinkable... while it fails to break the mediocre barrier in all other categories, it's refreshing enough to drink in quantity on a hot day. (1,089 characters)

Photo of vtsaltydogg03
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer in a 22oz draft at the Quaker Steak in Newport News VA. It was a good beer, nothing super special to remark about, but in a town where bud, bud light and yeungling are the readily available beers on draft. Would drink it again if I were looking for a good brew that wouldn't over power my wings, yet maintained a good body and mouth feel. (354 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep brown with a reddish hue topped by a thin beige cap. Good head retention, some lacing. Not much other than grapefruit citrus in the aroma, perhaps a bit of malt and brown sugar. Moderate bitterness, citrus dominates the flavour, fainter notes of dark malts, nuts, and brown sugar. Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation, a bit dry. Decent overall, particularly if you like a lot of citrus in your brown ales. (427 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear chestnut brown in color. Forms a very large light tan head that slowly reduces to a very thick, very creamy surface coating. Some good lacing.

S: Aroma of leather, brown sugar, and caramel malts. A little toast. Then there is a slight sour grape quality as well that seems out of place.

T: Taste is strong on the caramel malts with a little chocolate malt as well. Peanut, brown sugar, and some faint molasses. Mild sweetness. Just not much going on here.

M: Medium bodied, but much lighter than one would expect for the style. Mild sweetness. Nearly non-existent bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: Light flavor and body makes this a rather drinkable ale, but the aroma is slightly off and in the end this one is just not very interesting. (755 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Clear deep mahogany brown color. Two and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Nutty with a dry toastiness. Grainy malts and quite clean. Not a whole lot of flavor, but what is there is quite nice.

3.0 T: Taste is like the nose. Nutty, toasty, and dry. Grainy. Again it's not very intense, but it's well made and tasty.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Extraordinarily creamy for what the body is and super smooth.

3.5 D: Decent beer with a great mouthfeel, but could use more intensity in the taste. (616 characters)

Photo of dino213aa
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Somewhat transparent with a deep amber hue. No haze. Lightbodied head which recedes quickly and leaves minimal, uneven lacing.

S: Very faint notes of walnut, butter, a whisper of cappuccino.

T&M: Elements of peat with a strong sour finish that leaves a resilient bitter aftertaste. Not terribly complex. There is an overall smoothness that helps this slide down and increases overall drinkability.

D: Although not very interesting, it would be easy to make this a session brew. Not offensive and certainly an improvement over most macros. (545 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle via trade thanks to billab914.

Pours clear amber-brown in color with a one-finger white head that leaves some foam on the beer.

The aroma is very chocolatey with caramel and some plum and fig notes. Pretty nice.

Fairly sweet flavor with lots of caramel malt and a little chocolate. The fruits come out on the flavor as well, with a slight hint of molasses.

Medium body with average carbonation and a pretty standard mouthfeel.

A good brown ale overall. Not amazing, but good enough. (499 characters)

Photo of gopens44
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark almond color and mostly clear with a thin foamy head.

S - The most slight presence of bitterness in the nose was nearly exhausted by the malty sweetness that climbed aboard the nose relatively quick.

T - Very similar to the nose. Slightly bitter at first that gives way to a very clean and sweet molasses-y malt flavor. Refreshing yet decent depth.

M - Well carbonated and fairly thin with a rather heavy bitter and a touch sour aftertaste.

O - For being a local beer, this one stands up with most any Brown that I've had. (535 characters)

Photo of Kuromaru
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance--Pours a semi-translucent tawny with a slightly-darker-than-eggshell head that dissipates quickly.

Smell--Grainy, with maybe a faint hint of rye. Brown sugar. Malty in general with a whiff of chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel--Moderate carbonation. Creamy, smooth, medium/ light body. Clean and somewhat velvety on the palate at once.

Taste--Nutty, wheat-y, some chocolate, and faint sugary fruit.

Overall--Very drinkable, creamy and lightly sweet. Not especially flavorful, but hard not to get along with. (521 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Light caramel and maple syrup nose up front. Wheat bread crust character asserts as it warms. Light earthy and cedar like hop notes. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Deep shoe leather brown with ruby edging. Low one finger off-white head that retains well. Beer appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Light caramel flavors up front with low honey notes. More wheat crust character with earthy hop bitterness to provide a counterpoint. Finish is clean and dry. Balance is nearly even but slightly leaning toward the malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high, prickly carbonation. No heat, astringency, or creaminess.

Overall impression: A solid American Brown Ale. It seemed to bitter to be an English Brown even though that's where it's slotted here. I'd try it again but in general, browns don't get me too excited. (842 characters)

Photo of KeithStolte
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had it for lunch with Garlic Roasted Red Potatoes and a Tuscan Tomato soup from AW Shucks in Norfolk, VA where it is consistently on-tap.

A - Poured from tap to pint glass. Classic brown color with a thin off white head. Some leftover bits of carbonation through out the drink. Good Retention and some lacing.

S - Nutty Aroma, Slightly sweet

T - Earthy Tones, Slightly sweet but not overbearing.

M - full but not thick, medium carbonation.

D - Very Drinkable. Matchs with a lot of dishes. (493 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent this one my way as an extra in a past trade (can’t remember who, but will look it up soon)! Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a deep red-orange with a five to six finger cream colored head that subsided to three finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, subtly roasted malt, nutty, earth, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, tart, caramel, nutty, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. I was concerned that this one was going to be infected based on the amount of head that formed upon being poured gently into my glass. Upon smelling the brew it didn’t seem like there was any infection evident. But on the flavor there was the slight tart note that one would not expect. It was not sharp or strong, but it was definitely present. Still a fairly easy drinking brown ale that I wouldn’t mind having again sometime. (1,042 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (916 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into my large Duvel tulip, Legend's Brown Ale is a murky brown with an off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is fairly rich, toffee, and a little charred roast.

Taste is malty, nougat, a touch nutty. A little herbal hop snap, earthy, but little bitterness and really none of the char I picked up on the nose.

Mouthfeel is slippery, light bodied.

Drinkability is ok, a little to much like a milky way candy bar for my taste, I tired of the sweetness quickly. The fairly high ABV is well hidden though. (532 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, a bit nutty. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, a bit of nuts, just a touch of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer. (255 characters)

Photo of Matt1516
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well carbonated ale results in a frothy ephemeral tan head on a dark chocolate body (little lacing). Smells of caramel and sweet malts.

Thin taste but refreshing. Not much by way of hops but lots of chocolate malt and some vanilla tannins. Sweet with a little sourness in the aftertaste but I wish more bitterness prevailed or for a drier finish. A bit cloying in the end.

Still, it's a better than average example of the style. (430 characters)

Photo of tkelley
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from my Beer of the Every Other Month Club poured into a pint glass.

A -- Pretty nice looking body. Its got some stuff flotsam and jetsam floating around in it--sediment, if you will. Nice color, not too dark. Eggshell colored foam with solid lacing and very good retention of a layer of foam.

N -- Kind of nutty. Mostly malt smells here... breads or crackers or biscuits or something.

T -- Straightforward brown ale. Nothing crazy going on. Malty with a nice hop dryness and a little nut or fruit backdrop.

M -- Very drinkable and smooth.

O -- I liked this, i would drink it again.

Cheers. (610 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for half of this beer

Review adapted from notes taken 4/2/11

Note: Written in my notes as "Legend of the Brown Ale." Uhhh...

Appearance: Brown with some hints of red, a nice, wispy white head with some lacing

Smell: Mostly uninteresting - baked/toasted biscuits, caramel malts, toasted grains, some earthy hops

Taste: Not bad, not exciting - dry biscuits, caramel malts, some hints of burnt malts, grains - hops seem very English in nature - hints of nuts

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little light but it works, nicely carbonated

Overall: Pretty boring but definitely not bad

As far as brown ales go, this is a little above average. I would drink this again, but I wouldn't seek it out. I don't find it legendary. (738 characters)

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Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.