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Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

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86
very good

382 Ratings
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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 14
Gots: 28 | 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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Photo of blackie
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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

blackie, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Bitterbill, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Hojaminbag, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Wasatch, May 28, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

jwc215, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of boston2bburg
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

boston2bburg, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of tsewong
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

tsewong, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.)

Pencible, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

RonfromJersey, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

argock, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Proteus93, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of davidt
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

davidt, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of hchinaski
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have drank this beer for over 10years on and off. it's available all over town, as legend is the most significant, if no the best local brewery in the area. i shall review my favorite legend brew today.

12-oz. tap poured at the local sports bar.

A- always liked the look and feel of this brown ale. dark and lovely, with a little bit of see-thru ability, this is how i like my browns to look

S-malty aroma. gives off the impression that speaks to exactly how it will taste.

T-Today's brew was surprisingly good. i had previously had a Sam Octoberfest an hour beforehand, and this beer made me forget all about that.

M-No bad lingerings, could be a bit maltier in fact.

D-as above, this beer is pretty much the status quo around town for the bars and restaurants. it's not a bad brown ale at all, in fact quite good. have used this a couple of times session style.

hchinaski, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served a crisp brown with a decent sized head that was somewhat quick to diminish. The aroma was of roasted malt, slight burnt caramel and a hint of hops. The taste had a great roastiness to it along with some subtle caramel and a hint of chocolate. The hops were quietly doing their job in the background. The beer was medium to light bodied with the alcohol well hidden. This is a very enjoyable brown ale and certainly worth trying if you're in the area.

atsprings, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oh brown man. Your crystal maltiness, your faint sweet roastiness. Your hazelnut appearance and sometimes light diacetyl aroma and finish. Your low hop profile and lush mouthfeel. How I miss you at times, but when you are fresh in my mouth on a good November evening, I am happy. I recomend you to others. Those that like classic brown ales, but yearn for a colonial twist in the plot.

dedrinker, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of zymurgy4all
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice micro brew brown ale. Highly recommend if passing through Richmond. It has a flavorful malt bill along with some decent hop and yeast flavors. My pour had little head, but some lacing on the glass. Nothing sticks out with this beer--it is just a good beer with good flavor overall. Complex malt nutiness is present that makes it somewhat unique. Very drinkable beer.

zymurgy4all, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of nriech
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear light brown. Medium head, some lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Sweet and malty. A little nutty.

Taste: A decent mixture of lightly sweet caramel with malt. A little citrus hop is balanced in well. Very easy to drink and not offensive to any foods I have eaten with it.

Its overall a pleasant beer thats always fresh as it has a short expiration date and cant be left unrefered. Its always a good solid standby in the Richmond area.

nriech, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of Enola
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as a bonus in a trade with nriech.

This beer is a nice clear brown with a fair head that leaves little lacing. The smell is of brown sugar and cappachino. The taste is caramel and molasses. The mouthfeel is smooth and this is a very drinkable beer. If I visited this brewpub, this would be a beer I would order each visit for sure.

Enola, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pour an amber brown color with some deep reddish hues. It has mostly translucent to the point of almost clear copper (that is for a brown ale). The big ivory head had great retention in the one glass I have here on vacation in VA. I didn't bring a pint glass, but the glasses the resort supplies are like a Stange glass. The head pushed right up in the glass proud 3-4 fingers and lasted for quite some time and the body showcased large carbonation bubbles that rise slowly through the brew. The lacing is nice as well.

Smell: A very malty nose with toffee a hint of coco and some toasty caramel, splash of vanilla and nuts fill the nose with a very pleasant aroma.

Taste: On the front end toasty malts and burnt caramel lead into a toffee flavor. Swirls of cocoa and Karyo syrup in there before the nuts take over and dominate for a bit. the finish has a bit of gentle earthy bitter that leads into the aftertaste which is a solid hazelnut flavor left cling to your palate long after the beer is gone.

Mouthfeel: Crisp land lively around the edges with a hint of hop and spice tingle aiding the carbonation. It is lighter in body than many Browns but it is not filling and remarkably easy to drink.

Drinkability: This is my kind of beer. The beer seems to have a laid back attitude. I have to put my feet up and simply enjoy the heck out it. I downed this bomber too fast and with I had another. I am a fan of the Brown Ale style and this is certainly an easy drinking Brown.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of arguemaniac
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a copperish brown with a very brief head that leaves no lace whatsoever. The slightly sweet aroma has notes of toffee. The roasty palate features rich toffee and caramel flavors, a touch of coffee, a slight fruitiness, and a sharp but not overwhelming burnt bitterness that pairs nicely with a mellow hop bite. The mouthfeel is slightly thinner than medium-bodied with very mellow carbonation.

One of the best tasting brown ales Virginia has to offer. My only complaints are that there is little to no head or lace, and the body could be a bit fuller. But, as it is, this beer is fantastic. Highly recommended.

arguemaniac, May 03, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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 +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.