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Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

300 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%


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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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 19:22:17 | More by angrybabboon
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tkelley

Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 22:50:11 | More by tkelley
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real solid looking brown, with a deep copper red hue, and large brown mahogany dark body. Large evenly tan and four finger tall head is produced with a large staying foaming cap. Solid and impressive looking with very slow rising carbonation barely seen in the middle.

Light toasty notes, but a bit grainy with a weak sense of caramel. Kind of dry. A little gaseous perhaps also. Otherwise ok.

Palate is interesting. Most of the flavor hits in the aftertaste. Predominant on milk chocolate with a very good coating mouthfeel if a bit fizzy just a tad in the finish. Flavors don't seem to last and provide a little bit of sticky syrup quality after some time.

Overall sort of missing the nutty character and malt depth, but it's not a bad brew though and certainly not a horrible brown that's for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 22:34:26 | More by smakawhat
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kemoarps

Missouri

3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is the last of the beers my little brother brought me when he came to visit a little while back (he's the best).

The pour is considerably lighter and more opaque than I expected. Looks almost more like and amber, with it's light toffee/mahogany shading. Decent sized suds on top, an off-white almond colour. Effervescent.

The smell is quite enticing. Nutty and sweet with a bready background, it's not something I look for in all of my beers, but for a brown, it seems to be about what I want.

I have to admit it's a little bit of a let down as it goes down the hatch. Primary notes of are crisp and refreshing, a light caramel, which is backed up by a caramel creaminess. A bit of deeez nuts, before tapering into a bitter finish. There's a doughy character somewhere in there that is kind of disappointing, tastes like raw gingerbread dough: brown sugar and yeast that feel unfinished, like they were supposed to get together and make something, but just decided to sit by themselves on the sideline instead.
There's a lot of really enjoyable components here, and the makings of a very good brown, but it just didn't all come together as I had hoped. Glad I tried it, much love to my brother for bringing it through, but ultimately not one I'll probably ever have again.

edit: As I have a bomber and a tiny glass, it has taken several refills, and each refill has caused it to try to overflow with head, while the beer part stays in the bottom inch or so of the glass. This coupled with some other things that came out as I drink make me wonder if there's something up with this bottle (I admittedly don't know much about what can affect a beer/what effect it can have). Is this a possibility?

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 22:53:52 | More by kemoarps
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queenboadicea

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice, well balanced and highly quaffable brew. Living in the Richmond vicinity, you find it on tap in a lot of local restaurants and pubs. Hints of nuts and a little malt on the palate, with a clean finish. Goes great with a variety of foods. Legend doesn't pasturize it's beers, so it always has a pleasantly fresh taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2003 01:45:02 | More by queenboadicea
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skeeordye11

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: beautiful light brown in color with no head or lace.
S: biscuit maltiness with a touch of nuttiness as well. Very inviting
T: the malt hits you up front with a good touch of roasted grain as well. There is a bitterness at the end that may be from the roasted grain but could also be from hops. Complex.
M: fuller than expected based on the color.
D: good accompaniment to a meal. I'd have another.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2009 20:07:41 | More by skeeordye11
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A-medium brown with hint of red, a nice tan head and decent lacing

S-toasted malt, light nutty, hint of caramel

T-toasted malt, light caramel, nutty, hint of chocolate, mild bitterness in the finish

F- light time dim body with moderate carbonation, a little light for my taste

O-decent if not great brown ale, easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 21:42:51 | More by MDDMD
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Jredner

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is very fruity with apple dominating and notes of a more sugary sweetness. Red/brown body holds a world champion fader of a head that leaves tiny white slick. Lots of caramel malt, fruity apple and pear along with peantu skins and meatier nut notes. The flavor is spot on for the most part, but the alcohol is a touch more noticeable than expected for the style. Still a decent Brown.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 18:20:36 | More by Jredner
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the locals, so I feel obliged to give it a try... I went with this one based on a Richmond native saying "He's a big fan" of the brewery, and the fact that I like a brown ale.

A: A nice pour... a deep cinnamon brown, and a great 2 finger head. Moderately sticky, leaves a little latticing lace. (tongue twister not intented!)

S: A nice, mild aroma... a little nutty and a caramel scent in there.

T/M/D: A big malt front here... nice, round body, maybe even a touch heavy for its class - I personally like the attribute, so don't see it as being a negative thing. Not noticing a caramel flavour like I found in the aroma. Rather, an earthy, somewhat buttery flavour of malts. They seem to diminish a touch in the finish, but don't know if making it 'bigger' would change that or ruin it all. All around, it's a nice and straight forward brown, and something that could show further potential with tweaking over time.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 00:07:42 | More by Proteus93
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a somewhat thick texture. There was quarter inch of foamy head and some good lacing.

S: There was a malty, nutty quality to the smell, along with some sugars.

T: Not as complex as I would've like, but not bad. Roasted malt, toffee and a nutty quality common to brown ales.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry, yet slightly thin finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a pretty good beer, though not my favorite among Legend's output. The taste was good enough, but bordered on mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 13:47:30 | More by avalon07
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A one-finger frothy on top of a see-thru brown body. Subdued roasted malt smell mixed with some toasted and sweet malt smells as well. Nice smoothness with a subdued dry backbite. Has caramel sweetness and maybe some sugar cane with a little tartness from the hops. A low-key quality brown.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2009 17:31:56 | More by clayrock81
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JMB

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown and thick appearance, frothy head that gathers on the glass, good looking amber

T - somewhat malty with a mix of sweet and slightly bitter, ends nicely with a hidden hint of bitterness, subtle caramel

M - hearty and smooth, satisfying

O - enjoyable ale that does not overwhelm, taste is sweet yet subtle at the end

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 23:16:49 | More by JMB
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Once again, my local, in-person trader, tone77, has come through with an interesting beer for me to try. I tend to eschew beers not in CANs or other than AIPAs so he keeps me honest and in the game. Well done!

An aggro pour resulted in a brief finger of light-tan head with limited retention. Color was a mahogany brown with NE-quality clarity. Nose gave off notes of milk chocolate, nuts, caramel and toffee. Whee! Mouthfeel was unexpectedly effervescent with a very nutty flavor on the tongue. This was turning out much better than I had expected. Finish was semi-dry with the nuttiness being offset by a butterscotch-caramel-toffee flavor. For not being my cuppa tea, this was quite a nice beer. It just reinforces my need to diversify whenever possible.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 16:47:03 | More by woodychandler
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: cask

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


3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a rich, dark brown color. Has a small, foamy head that dissipates quickly down to a small cap that leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of caramel, nuts, and earthy hops.

Taste: Mildly hoppy with caramel malts, nuts, and a strong coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and crisp.

Overall: A fairly average brown ale. A bit of a sentimental favorite because it's semi-local and definitely something I wouldn't mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 23:59:54 | More by mckenziac
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber body with lots of carbonation bubbles. Big off-white head that disappates quickly. No lacing.

Smells very tasty. Roasted malts, a hint of sourness, and some floral hops.

Sweet malts up front give way to sourness and a slight bittness. Finishes with roasted malt character. Medium bodied.

A fairly drinkable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 02:13:56 | More by Hojaminbag
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pnkRed

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a mahogany brown and crystal clear with a short head that dissipates rather quickly. The smell was nutty and malty, and although the aroma was there, it was light and humble. The taste was spot on average for a brown ale. Nutty and malty. Nothing to be too impressed with, but definitely better than a Newky Brown. Light on the body, and easy to sip, this one you can definitely drink a bottle or two and not have to worry about not making the evening news at 10.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 20:59:27 | More by pnkRed
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mattbk

New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, mostly clear, maybe slightly cloudy. Small head.

Smell: Faintly sweet, not a lot of aroma from this beer.

Taste: At first chocolate, then sweet caramel, and then slightly roasty. At the same time, not overwhelmingly flavorful, but it is fairly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is fairly good for the style, medium-full, just enough carbonation to give it a bit of zip.

Overall: A drinkable, very decent brown ale, won't knowck you socks off but definitely not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2012 22:35:34 | More by mattbk
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a nice opacity in spite of its shade. I think the head is quite beautiful, a one finger light khaki shade that retains itself in a consistent manner. Lacing is good, as well.

S: Surprisingly peppery - the black pepper component is pretty strong here. Beneath that lies some pleasant nuttiness (I'd say something along the lines of pecan and almond) and even a touch of lemongrass. A bit strange in its construction, but not offputting.

T: The nut flavor is what dominates, first and foremost. Afterwards, the nuttiness will roll into a slight tartness. The finish has a balanced bitterness, keeping the sweetness in check without becoming harsh. A vague cream flavor is on the aftertaste - creating the suggestion that this seems well layered, if not complex. Very, very good, and much better than what the aroma suggested.

M: Creamy smooth at first, before finishing clean and dry. Carbonation could be toned down ever so faintly. Otherwise, the general feel of the palate is quite pleasant, avoiding the excess chalkiness prevalent in some browns.

O: I admit, this one caught me off guard a bit. Aromatically, it's not much cop, but the flavor and texture helps compensate. Very good in general.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 22:34:41 | More by ThisWangsChung
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soupermirl

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Preety freakin' good. Had it at the Taphouse in Hampton, VA and it was very nice. At first sight, it is a brown ale, nice color. The scent left a little to be desired. Not what I expected. Kind of like old beer, but when I tasted it, yummy, very nice. The taste of malt filled my mouth, followed by an ever so slight hops. Very nice finish. And each time a drank it, I think I enjoyed it more. Nice.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 04:00:30 | More by soupermirl
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DasPuma

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stein glass.

Forms about 1" of light tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves a surprising amount of lacing still.

Very dark brown appearance with slight orange hues around the edges when held directly to light. Can see active carbonation that slowly dies down as it settles.

Somewhat of a sweet smell, hints of caramel/toffee. Pleasant.

Slightly heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Roasted malts and caramel come through in the taste, leaving a slight aftertaste in the back of the mouth that doesn't detract from the flavor. For the ABV, it's hidden pretty well. Didn't detect any alchohol at all.

Overall a very good brew, but due to its heaviness, couldn't see having more than 2 or 3 at one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 00:46:12 | More by DasPuma
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hchinaski

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have drank this beer for over 10years on and off. it's available all over town, as legend is the most significant, if no the best local brewery in the area. i shall review my favorite legend brew today.

12-oz. tap poured at the local sports bar.

A- always liked the look and feel of this brown ale. dark and lovely, with a little bit of see-thru ability, this is how i like my browns to look

S-malty aroma. gives off the impression that speaks to exactly how it will taste.

T-Today's brew was surprisingly good. i had previously had a Sam Octoberfest an hour beforehand, and this beer made me forget all about that.

M-No bad lingerings, could be a bit maltier in fact.

D-as above, this beer is pretty much the status quo around town for the bars and restaurants. it's not a bad brown ale at all, in fact quite good. have used this a couple of times session style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2007 00:44:19 | More by hchinaski
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper color-not quite brown still retains a coppery hue. Big foamy head that fades fast. Low aroma-somewhat of a mild chocolate/metallic mix. Some soft malt notes. Nice malty flavor upfront. Just enough hop bite to cover the malt. Mild residual sweetness. Nice lite mouthfeel-suprising for the somewhat higher abv. Enjoyable brown ale. Another decent brew from Legend.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 00:11:00 | More by lackenhauser
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oline73

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown with a half finger of thick off white head. The head sticks around pretty well.

Smell: The smell is mild and malty. I'm getting a faint sweetness along with some dark fruit.

Taste: This is a very nice brown. The malt is the star. Not particularly sweet with a slightly fruity undertone. Bready and a tad bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thin side of medium with aggressive carbonation and a slight dryness in the finish.

Overall: Very good and easy to drink. Nothing I didn't enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 02:48:26 | More by oline73
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Steamer

Missouri

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with reddish hues; a thick 2-inch, tan head with lots of staying power. The smell is surprisingly hoppy and brisk. The taste is an interesting blend of the hops and malts; citrus-grapefruit, nutty, a little bitter after taste more in line with a mild IPA but still a very good on the palate. Dry and high carbonation mouthfeel. Overall: Although the taste, aroma, and mouthfeel don't track with most brown ales, this brew is very good and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 02:09:25 | More by Steamer
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