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Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

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86
very good

362 Ratings
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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 13
Gots: 27 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2001)
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Photo of Jredner
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

Jredner, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

22 oz. bomber with no freshness date. It pours a reddish chestnut color with a dense 2 finger off-white head that looks very nice, reducing to a half inch and leaving some lacing on the glass. There is a lot of diacetyl on the nose, mainly butter and caramel, along with some perfumy hops and maybe some nuts. It has a medium body that is tingly and it tastes like leafy hops, diacetyl, some malt in the background, and a distict bitterness that is not quite controlled by the malts, though it tastes low in IBUs. Overall a pretty drinkable brown, but the body wasn't thick enough and it wasn't too complex. However it did pair well with some Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies.

mmmbeer, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of merlin48
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.

merlin48, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%

This beer was a dissapointment for me. Ordered it with a sandwich. In the low lighting it appeared a true brown color with no head or lacing on the pint glass. Smell was barely perceptible with some maltiness showing up. Taste starts out like a typical brown ale then the aftertaste ruins it for me. In an effort to be bitter it merely comes across annoying like a kid trying to get a attention by acting up rather than just saying "excuse me." I found the aftertaste distracting and it discounted any hope I had for this beer. Mouthfeel was about right, not quite full, but coating the palate up front. I left about a third of this in the glass.

pentathlete, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.38/5  rDev +15%

Presentation: 1 pt 6 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber in color, beer poured with a generous head that retained at first, then gradually faded into a lace.

Aroma: Rather malty.

Taste: Sweet; also a little nutty. A hint of caramel malt perhaps. I never did detect any hops in the taste, but here I think that's a good thing.

Overall: This is an excellent beer.

FenwaySquid, Feb 10, 2005
Photo of TinusTime
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a nutty brown colour with just a tinge of amber. Decent fluffy white head. The aroma is nutty with a bit of sweetness with a decent back end of bitterness. Taste is initially subtle caramel sweetness. A middle note of toasted hazelnuts comes in followed by a kind of bitterness found in burnt sugar ALA creme brulee. The flavour is nice and deep and not water or too sweet like some brown ales I have had recently. Mouthfeel is good. One thing about legend is that they seem to always taste fresh. Drinkability is good as well. While not a session brew in my eye, I wouldnt mind a couple of pints of this in an evening. The best Legend I have had so far.

TinusTime, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
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...

ppoitras, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

OldFrothingSlosh, May 20, 2004
Photo of byrd
3.85/5  rDev +1%

I’ve had this brew once previously, but it came to my rescue in the days immediately following Hurricane Isabel when power was out all over the place and my fridge was nothing more then a closet. Oddly enough, one of the only gas stations in the region with power (for days after the storm) was a Texaco only 10 minutes from home. Not having a generator, I had no need to wait in the insane lines for gas, so just stopped in to get something cold to drink. On a whim, I passed by the beer cooler, and to my surprise right in the middle of all the 40s was a row or 22oz Legend Brown Ale bombers. This is the only Legend brew (or micro brew for that matter) that they carry, and I was surprised to see it at all. And after being out of power for a number of days meant no cool beer at home, I didn't ask any questions, and picked up a few bottles. Now on to the review...

Legend pours a nice clear copper color with carbonation cascading from the sides of the glass. A decent head forms on top that is slightly sticky and recedes to a fairly rocky top before falling to a bubbly lace that coats the surface for a rather lengthy period of time. The aroma is a well balance mix of both malt and hops. The malts have a noticeable caramel character while the hops are citric. The start is smooth with the caramel malt notes being evident first. The sweetness is very restrained, and compliments the hops well. Citric hop notes are also well stated and a bit lemony, but don’t overtake the malt flavor. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. Well balance brew that is very easy to drink. Although I enjoy this brew, I’ve had better brown ales.

Addition 09/04
I've since had this brew on tap a number of times at the River's Inn Restaraunt in Gloucester, VA, and have grown to enjoy this brown ale quite a bit. I'll also have to add that I enjoy it more on tap than from a bottle. The mouthfeel is a bit fuller and smoother on tap. The malt charateristics are more dominate. The malt is a little on the sweet side, but doesn't take away from the brew. The hops while still present, tend to have a less citric quality then I had noticed in the bottle. With no other craft brews to choose from at the River's Inn, I'll continue to be a happy customer as long as they keep this one available. Good session brew.

byrd, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of queenboadicea
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

queenboadicea, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
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

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Bierman9, Jul 05, 2002
Photo of DrDocRudge
4.9/5  rDev +28.6%

When in the Central Virginia area, make sure you treat your tastebuds to this smooth, slightly sweet concotion. The deep brown color says it will be heavy. It is not. The aroma says nutty, and it is, but its in the back fringe of the flavor profile. Stops just short of making your mouth giddy. Can be dangerously seductive which leads to mass consumption. Then when you stand up the alcohol kicks in and the world spins. Tap version far superior to bottle.

DrDocRudge, Oct 04, 2001
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Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
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