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Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 438
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 21.56%
Wants: 18
Gots: 62 | 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: 145 | Hads: 438
Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of danadeny
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear earthy brown body and a slightly brownish head. the smell is nice and malty, bready with some caramel and molases, a little toasty-ness. nice and smoth, balanced overall flavor. the front is mildly sweet, hint of alcohol. not as much maltyness as i would have expected. just a hint of a hop kick at the end, but still within balance of the rest of the flavors. the most interesting flavor is the hint of burnt toast in the after tase. Mouth feel is chewy, frothy, slick. and drinkability is pretty good, this could be a session beer.

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Photo of rlparker3
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2-Jan-2009 Baker's Crust at Short Pump Town Center

Poured a nice brown with a slight, creamy head. Smelled weakly of bread (as Legend beers always do to me). Sweet, roasty flavor without the sourness I associate with the brown ale style in general. Barely a bitter note. Very satisfying.

I always love this beer.

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Photo of pablot71
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of soupermirl
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of hops4me
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer alot. I have enjoyed all their beers thus far. Smells of cherries and faint chocolate. Some floral hops in there as well. Taste is slightly sweet with a subtle bitterness balancing it nicely. There is a very faint bitterness on the tongue. Light to medium body. This is a very good brown ale. I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: beautiful brown with very minimal transperency and 1/4" of fluffy off-white head

s: very mild toffee and grain

t: toffee malts are the dominant flavor; although there is also some chocolate and the lightest hint of coffee; light toasted malts finish

m: very smooth and english

d: this seems to me to be a virginia gentleman's beer; smooth and classic-i bet tj would have loved this one

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Photo of dino213aa
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really nice opaque dark brown with a good amount of a thick head.

Smells of malt and toffee.

Tastes of sweet malt up front, followed by toffee, and ends with a roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, not too much carbonation, but the body isn't too heavy as would be expected from this style. Has a fairly dry finish compared to other brown ales I have had.

Drinkability is very high.

Overall, I really like this beer. Some brown ales get too sweet, but this has a nice balance between the sweet and roasted malts.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 09/09/08.

Pours a clear mahogany color with about a finger of bubbly beige head. The head dissipated quickly to a thin layer. Aroma is sweet chocolate and caramel malt, with a bit of dark fruit and a butter-bread type of smell.

Taste starts with lightly toasted malt, caramel, and chocolate. Then a nice floral hop finish. A bit nutty all around. The finish is bitter and dry.

Feel is well-carbonated and crisp. Medium body and not too heavy at all. Drinkability is really good. It's not too sweet like some brown ales and it goes down easy.

Pretty good for a brown ale. Worth a try.

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Photo of blackie
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: dark brown in color with a well-retained head and nice lacing

s: a muted version of the taste, hard to pick up on too much but it carries a nice toasted maltiness and earthy hop aroma

m: carbonation a little on the low side for my taste, medium body

t: smooth toasted caramel malts dominate and give a moderate sweetness, great earthy hop character with a bitterness that builds in the finish with subtle notes of dry chocolate

d: easy

standard pint at Taphouse on Queensway, Hampton, VA

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

My first sampling from this brewery:

It pours a...whoah...lots of foam here and I just took it out of the fridge. Anywho, it has a nice hazy brown with some gold colour and a very thick head of offwhite foam.

The smell is nice and malty with notes of caramel, some earthiness, a touch of nuttiness, and something with a slight tart tinge to it.

The taste has a nice caramel malt base that is followed with some nutty tones, toffee, earth, and a noticeable tinge of tartness. I don't know if that was intended but it sure makes this Brown ale different.

The foam is really sticking around and there's sheets of lacing on the side of my glass. Perty looking, I'll say.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side but it works.

Overall an interesting interpretation of an English Brown Ale that for me, lets down only because of this tartness that I find out of place. Other than that, it sure is easy enough to drink. I'd say, try it if you see it.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slightly sour, bitter, with some caramel notes. The taste is malty, slightly sour, nice touch of bitterness, and caramel. Medium body, the finish is bitter/slightly dry. Drinkable, this is my first from Legend and not too bad, thanks Joe/John.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this 22 oz. bottle back from Virginia for me.

Pours copperish brown with a thin tan head that recedes to a thick ring.

The smell is of brown sugar with nutty, earthy, caramelish/toffeeish notes. Nice malt complexity.

The taste follows the nose precisely. Sweet maltiness - nice lightly roasted nutty tones mix with caramel/toffee. Sweet, but with some earthy balance.

It has a rich medium-to-full body. A bit prickly at first, the carbonation soon eases to a nice medium level.

This is a nice, malty, drinkable brown ale. Interesting.

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Photo of boston2bburg
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of tsewong
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't remember the smell exactly, but was about average. This was very smooth to drink and pretty sweet, with a good brown ale flavor. The texture was a little thin, perhaps from lack of enough carbonation. Overall it was one of the better brown ales I've had, but still nothing too spectacular. (Drunk straight from the bottle, so I don't have notes on the appearance.)

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light brown with reddish highlights. Or is that a light red with brown highlights? Off-white head is not thick but it is lively, rocking above the rim of the glass.

Nose has caramel, and a hint of cocoa. Tiny whiff of alcohol.

Taste kicks off with a quick dose of semi-sweet cocoa. More cocoa, which morphs into light roasted coffee. Earthy notes at the swallow. Smooth finish.

Nice smooth medium (at least) mouthfeel. Very easy drinkability.

Good take on an English Brown. Nicely done. Recommend a try.

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Photo of argock
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Great-looking deep brown with tall Legend 3 finger off-white head with ample lace.

S: Caramel and overtoasted malts with more than a little spicy hops.

T: Mellow caramel and toasted malts flavors with a flash of chocolate meld beautifully with an assertive but not oppressive spicy, earthy hops finish. Tastes like a more reasonable DFH Indian Brown -- more seasoned, less harsh, more balanced.

M: Pretty thick and full-bodied without feeling syrupy. Not overly sweet caramel and toasted malt aftertaste. Low carbonation fits the style.

D: A very accomplished English brown ale with a superb balance of toasted and caramel malts combined with a edgy but smooth hops spiciness. This is one of Legend's best.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of davidt
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.