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Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

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86
very good

357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 13
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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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vfgccp

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-01-2014 01:23:38 | More by vfgccp
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atrocity

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.3%

04-29-2014 17:50:20 | More by atrocity
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5%

11-16-2013 19:25:56 | More by Boone757
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-18-2014 21:16:56 | More by Axnjxn
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

07-14-2013 18:04:41 | More by pathman
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blackie

California

3.85/5  rDev +1%

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

08-20-2008 05:04:20 | More by blackie
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a lightly hazed brown with moderate cap of off white foam. Scent is wonderfully nutty with light touches of caramel and roast, mild earthy hoppyness with a kick of herbal scent. Taste follows scent, slightly less aggressive then the nose would lead to believe. Medium bodied, lightly creamy but a faint bit of wateriness and the carbonation escapes. A nice brown ale with a good chunk of different scents and tastes.

07-04-2011 16:55:05 | More by rfgetz
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mhaugo

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-02-2012 23:50:28 | More by mhaugo
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Pencible

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

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.)

03-29-2008 03:26:44 | More by Pencible
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from bomber into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium to deep brown color with a billowy off white head. The head fades relatively fast initially but thickens, and fades more slowly over time. It does eventually fade however and leaves a medium amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell of this one is quite delicious. It has a nice roasted malt base with sweet toffee accents. Caramel, brown bread, and light coffee aroma are there as well. A wonderful roasty sweet smell.

Taste – A sweeter brown sugar and brown bread flavor meet the tongue. These form a base for the taste and are present throughout. Notes of the toffee and caramel come and go as the taste moves on with at the end the taste bittering up ever so lightly; bringing on some more roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation level of this brew is a bit on the higher side with the body on the mid to higher side as well. The carbonation level creates a more refreshing style at a little expense to the creamier and roasty flavors of the body.

Overall – Very easy drinking with great flavors and aromas.

07-15-2012 21:28:35 | More by Darkmagus82
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

Enjoyed my first-ever Legend bier.... This Brown (currently at 6.0%) has an attractive amber color, a little lace, and a fine, creamy tan head. Nose consisted of some caramel and malty notes....nice! Pleasant mouthfeel and good flavors abound. Some of the caramel and roasted malts show up nicely, and the hops (Tettnang & Mt Hood) make a brief cameo at the finish. Easy drinking!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

237

07-05-2002 16:03:09 | More by Bierman9
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

22 oz bottle purchased from the cooler of the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, on the recommendation of one of their staffers.
Appearance: Served chilled into an imperial pint glass, the body is a clear and glowing copper mahogany color. Two fingers of creamy, tightknit beige head tower above. Decent head retention eventually gives way to draping sheets of lace. The body captures interest with lots of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: Maltiness dominates the nose with chocolate and caramel accents, but is restrained. Some apple and pear skin provide a tasty fruity note. Some roasted hazelnut is also apparent.
Mouthfeel: Light medium body with moderate carbonation. A bit of chewy malt is noted.
Taste: Nicely hopped for an English Brown, with some spicy and fruity hop bitterness. Well balanced, with toffee and caramel flavors as the malt backbone. Hazelnut provides the nuttiness that really nails the style. Some fruity pear skin on the backend adds to the complexity. Slightly bitter spicy hop and burnt malt finish.
Drinkability: Very well done, and very fresh tasting. ABV seems less than listed here. I had never heard of this brewery before, but they've gained my attention with this fine offering.

06-19-2005 02:28:08 | More by merlin48
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AgentMunky

California

3.58/5  rDev -6%

Poured from a 2L swing-top growler into a St Bernardus goblet. Filled at Fry's Spring Station in Charlottesville about ten minutes ago.

A: Large amounts of white head top a dark brown beer. Translucent in direct light, with reddish hues, Legend Brown is otherwise opaque and nearly black. Nice lacing.

S: Vaguely metallic. Some malty sweetness. Actually, very malty and deceptively deep.

T: A bit watery, but a nice beer. Balanced, malty, and pleasant. Maintaste is full of sweet malts, vaguely nutty? The aftertaste is

M: Full-bodied, malty-round. Very nice.

O: Good beer; very drinkable. Still, not especially compelling. Would drink again, in the right circumstance. Recommended.

07-19-2011 01:42:09 | More by AgentMunky
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

08-06-2012 00:22:56 | More by DavoleBomb
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Florida9

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -10%

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.

01-02-2012 00:40:57 | More by Florida9
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argock

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

03-18-2008 04:06:59 | More by argock
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

Head is an off-white half-inch layer of soft creamy lather; color is a rusty brown. Ribbons of lace slash the glass. Very much looks the English part.

Aroma is nutty with hints of soft caramel-vanilla candies. Hazelnut is prominent. Nice, big, welcoming nose.

This brown ale doesn't skimp on flavor or go the route of some of its milder, more boring counterparts. There's a balanced nuttiness taking the spotlight, lightly sweet with hints of brown sugar and toffee. Caramel corn comes to mind. Something candy-like and almost syrupy comes in just enough to please, but it remains balanced and utterly drinkable.

Mouth is tingly from carbonation, slick and a bit creamy. Fairly light in body but lacking nothing, texturally.

Drinkability is just ridiculous when you consider the accessible 6.5%, the bigness of the flavor, and the fact that none of its characteristics are cloying or out of whack. A sensible and, most importantly, delicious beer.

04-23-2010 22:46:22 | More by Metalmonk
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bigred89

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-24-2013 23:45:16 | More by bigred89
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5%

03-03-2012 21:55:09 | More by Hanzo
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

....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!

04-02-2011 01:40:09 | More by Chaney
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -20.5%

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.

01-04-2009 20:03:51 | More by NJpadreFan
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

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

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-13-2012 15:31:33 | More by ncaudle
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-16-2013 21:48:31 | More by buckyp
Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.