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Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

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87
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144 Reviews
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Reviews: 144
Hads: 433
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 19
Gots: 59 | 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: 144 | Hads: 433
Photo of smakawhat
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (855 characters)

Photo of nofunyons
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my steady. I always have on hand. The best English style brown ale in the world.

From Legend Brewing Co.;

"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. 5.8% Alc. By Vol." (566 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (758 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
1.58/5  rDev -59.2%
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 wac9
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

wow just wow my mother in law pick this up in virgina dam she can pick good beers out. just a great tasting beer a very sexy brown ale in a glass, brown , very little head smells boozy but its not and the taste is wonderful find this beer and bring it home just wonderful (271 characters)

Photo of MrMegaton
4.71/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter directly from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Off white one finger head, decent lacing, and a beautiful reddish-mohogany hue.

S - Aroma of a predominately toffee note, light on the hop but a good sweet malt.

T - Probably one of my most visited beers. I almost always keep this on hand. Definitely my favorite beer of their line and well deserved. Sweet malt with toffee and caramel notes, finishes clean not bitter, very slightly earthy.

M - Very balanced, again finishes very clean.

Overall: One of my favorites. As a devout fan of Brown Ales this almost always is my first choice. Everyone has one brew that they cannot simply pass up. This one happens to be mine.

Happy brewing. (696 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,278 characters)

Photo of JMB
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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 (333 characters)

Photo of Guden
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium dark brown with a little haze. A big off white head fades to a finger that hangs around.

S- A little pecan with a big toffee smell and a bit of toast. There's also a hint of sour tang.

T- Like the smell there's a nutty and toffee mix. There's a very woody finish with a light sweetness and again that hard to place tang.

M- Medium in body and low in carbonation, lets the flavors play but also go down easy.

O- I like this one. The sour tangy flavor is hard to place but it plays well with the nuttiness and it's definitely an easy drinker. (554 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.52/5  rDev -9%
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 mckenziac
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mostly clear ruby with a beige thin head that has some retention and little lacing. Medium to light in body, smooth, finishes with lasting pine bitterness. Taste and smell rounded out by sweet bready, cookie dough with a little roast to it. Nice brown ale, but nothing too memorable. Paired well with the Q at Buz & Ned's. (328 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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 Darkmagus82
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,089 characters)

Photo of DasPuma
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (418 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 (449 characters)

Photo of mattbk
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a nice light brown colour with a small white head.

The smell was nice and malty with a bit of nuttiness. Not very strong though.

The taste was nice and malty, roasted malts, nut and a bit of caramel.

The mouthfeel was nice and smooth, a little bit thick with medium carbonation.

Overall a very nice brown ale would buy again. (344 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of TechTriumph
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can't read the bottling date as it has been rubbed off; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Two inch off-white creamy head with excellent retention; Deep mahogany brown in color, though the appearance is still clear; Nice webs of lacing left behind

S - The aroma is not too strong, but plesant and inviting; Notes of sweet caramel, toasted bread, earthy hops, light cinnamon, and light chocolate

T - Flavors of sweet, sugary caramel and toasted nuts come first; Toasty malts continue in the taste with mellow leafy/earthy hops and chocolate flavor; There's just a bit of bitterness present here with some very subdued dark fruits lurking behind the malty flavors

M - Below moderate carbonation; Medium bodied; Very smooth texture with a slightly dry finish

O - This is definitely Legend's most popular beer, and with good reason. It's very well rounded with a pleasant flavor, aroma, and smooth mouthfeel. Having just consumed one bottle, I am left wanting to have another for sure. Overall, this is a very nice offering from Legend Brewing and certainly one of the top examples of the style. (1,107 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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 tlazaroff
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet brown sugar dominates the nose on this one. There is a lingering background scent of caramel as well. The two play off each other and make a nice combination.

Pours out clear and dark brown with ruby highlights where the light penetrates. The head is thin, and a light mocha color leaving no decernable lacing.

This is a beautiful brown ale. The maltiness reigns supreme here with flavors of toasted pumpernickel, biscuit, molasses, and caramel. The toasted flavors really carry on through the aftertaste. What a joy to drink!

The body is a perfect medium for me. It's light enough to give it great drinkability, yet heavy enough to let you know you're not drinking a lite beer. Carbonation is on the lighter side but headed towards moderate. I really think this beer stands out as a favorite Brown Ale. (813 characters)

Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a clear, dark brown with red hues. Little carbonation. Zero head. Lacing sticks to glass.

Smell- Bock, malt, spice, yeast. Smells like a whole grain beer bread we get at a local restaurant. Heavy tobacco smell.

Very grain forward, to say this is bready is an understatement, yet, it is decent. Dark fruit, and still a little tobacco lingers.

Feel- thin, little creamy, little invisible chew left behind due to the grain heaviness here.

Overall, decent, but not impressive enough to ask for another. Got as an extra and am glad I got to try it. (565 characters)

Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.