Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.
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3.79/5 rDev -0.5%
A: The beer is clear but dark brown in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of nutty malts are somewhat stronger and there are also notes of dark malts. No bitterness is perceptible, but there are enough underlying hops to mask any sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather malty, but its lighter mouthfeel doesn't make it seem heavy or filling and is therefore relatively easy to drink. It is a good representation of the style.
08-08-2014 22:18:18 | More by metter98
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Appearance: Pours a tea brown color capped by an inch of foam; decent retention and a few shards of lace
Smell: Caramel, nuts and chocolate powder with a hint of fruit
Taste: Nutty caramel, up front, with a chocolate malt character developing by mid-palate; the fruit flavors build, after the swallow, rounding out the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: Not a very exciting style, but this beer makes the most of it
04-10-2012 22:13:51 | More by brentk56
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
1.56/5 rDev -59.1%
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.
05-25-2013 02:14:14 | More by Rifugium
3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
03-02-2012 02:48:26 | More by oline73
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
04-22-2008 13:07:18 | More by jwc215
3.69/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
06-08-2013 16:47:03 | More by woodychandler
4/5 rDev +5%
On-tap at Capital Ale House in Richmond. I didn't realize this brew's strength until seeing it hear. If it were lower in booze, it'd make a heck of a session beer. It's got a roasty edge, like a brown porter, and then underlying cocoa and toffee flavors. It's dry, drinkable, and tasty. Just watch yourself, a few too many will put you in a ditch.
03-03-2010 02:45:46 | More by tempest
3.85/5 rDev +1%
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.
05-28-2008 00:38:54 | More by Wasatch
4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
22oz bottle purchased from Wine & Beer - Westpark, Richmond, VA.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the burnished copper brew. Head is resilient, and laces well. Aroma is is malty, with a sweetish component, vanilla, perhaps. Taste is sweet caramel malts, with that vanilla flavor so strong as to seem artificial adding a bit of depth. Mouthfeel good and drinkability high. And interesting take on the style, I like it, and would love to find it on cask...
08-06-2004 20:58:43 | More by ppoitras
3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
07-22-2013 22:34:26 | More by smakawhat
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
On draft at the Williamsburgh International Airport, Va.
Poured a deep amber hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.
The smell featured an earthy caramel malt and a grassy hop.
The taste consisted of sweet and earthy malts, cocoa and a balancing grassy hop.
The mouthfeel was full and creamy.
Overall a tasty and well done brown ale.
05-05-2010 21:15:23 | More by plaid75
3.41/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
01-03-2014 13:29:17 | More by DrJay
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Otter Creek World Tour shaped pint glass. Poured a dark, caramely brown color, with a bit of cherry red coming through where the light hits it. It started with a huge foamy and bubbly head but it settled a bit after a minute or so. It did leave a good covering over the beer though as I drank it and left some decent lacing.
The aroma has a big toasted malt, toffee and caramel flavor to it. It has a bit of brown sugar sweetness coming through as well. Very nice and appealing brown ale aroma.
The taste also shows a good amount of the caramel and toffee flavors. It has some good toasty malt and nuttiness coming through as well. Some hop bitterness helps it from becoming too sweet. It finishes though with a little malty sweetness that lingers for a bit. Excellent taste and one of the better flavored brown's I've had.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice and enjoyable brown ale. it really had some nice caramel, toffee and nutty flavors to it.
05-23-2010 22:16:51 | More by billab914
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
10-21-2012 23:53:21 | More by ccrida
3.58/5 rDev -6%
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.
07-06-2008 17:16:29 | More by Bitterbill
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
12-15-2008 13:47:30 | More by avalon07
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
02-19-2012 04:50:33 | More by thagr81us
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
03-02-2013 19:48:46 | More by tone77
Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.