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Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

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405 Ratings
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 17
Gots: 45 | 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:
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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Ratings: 405 | Reviews: 143
Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of eljefe21
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: See through, ruby red brown liquid. Single finger head quickly rises and then fades to nothing. Lacing washes off quickly without much of a signature.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee notes. Fairly tame nose like most browns but maybe a touch sweeter than usual.

T: Roasted malts with sweet hints of caramel, toffee and biscuits. Sweetness lingers in the center of the tongue.

M: Medium bodied beer that coats the tongue in sweetness. Decent carbonation lifts some of the flavors.

D: Glad to have found such a good brown that's brewed so close to home. Will definitely stock up the fridge with this since my wife is a fan too. I assume this is a good session beer; it certainly doesn't feel too big. Had this with some sweet biscuits and this was a great match.

Served: in a standard pint glass.

Review from notes taken on: 12/5/09.

Photo of whtguitarguy
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has a nice dark reddish brown color, with a decent head that sticks around. Not a lot of aroma, a little bit of malt. Very thick, creamy. Roasted coffee fills the mouth with notes of chocolate in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy. Very drinkable, I am quite impressed with this one.

Photo of wahhmaster
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Guinness-branded tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light brown color. The head is tight, white, and foamy and dissipates slowly leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Gives off a strong aroma of nuts and roasted malts.

Taste: Starts with a strong nutty flavor that develops into hoppy bitterness and finishes with strong flavors of roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side, but not overwhelmingly so.

Drinkability: A great brown ale. This beer is complex and satisfying. It's certainly worth a try if you can find it.

Photo of ironchefchris
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Legend makes easily the best beer around, and this is the "go to" beer of their collection. Heavy, but very drinkable, great smell and taste. It's very Sam Adams "esque" in the quality, but just has better drinkability than most brown ales out there. The color is a darkish brown and has nice tan lacing. Just a fantastic beer.

Photo of MadTown1000
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2nd Street Bistro in Williamsburg - an hour from the brewery, so maybe that helps. At any rate, the bartender described it as "kind of like Newcastle, but with a little more bite less syrupy", and that's a pretty good description. Foam leaves lots of lace as it recedes, and the ale is a very dark golden amber with enough translucency to differentiate it from a heavier style. Has a good deal of carbonation, and some hop bitterness, leading to the aforementioned bite. It also has some of the caramelized sweetness you'd expect, though, and lots of malt, although not as heavy as some browns I've tasted. I just had a pint, but easily could have had more. All in all a very solid beer.

Photo of henrysunset
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

clean filtered reddish brown with a nice big head of tan bubbles. light visible carbonation.

smell is mild, malty and maybe a bit of nutty. sweet tot he nose.

so smooth and easy to drink. light malt finish with a pecan flavor. slight alcoholic tang in the mouthfeel.

exceedingly drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of skeeordye11
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: beautiful light brown in color with no head or lace.
S: biscuit maltiness with a touch of nuttiness as well. Very inviting
T: the malt hits you up front with a good touch of roasted grain as well. There is a bitterness at the end that may be from the roasted grain but could also be from hops. Complex.
M: fuller than expected based on the color.
D: good accompaniment to a meal. I'd have another.

Photo of auxiliary
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Nice mahogany color and a beige head and lots of lace on this. Real nice looking beer.

smell - Malt, caramel, and some nuts here.

mouthfeel - medium body.

taste - Lots going on here, nut flavor with a bitterness from the hops and some nut taste here too, finished out with a bit of a burnt aftertaste.

drinkability - Always a good brew. Enjoyed this one. Easy drinking.

Photo of mralphabet
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber poured into a clear Pilsner glass.

A: Great-looking brown with huge 3 fingers off-white head, very little lacing, but a little bit of head always lingers.

S: Caramel and malts with a little more hops than expected.

T: Caramel, toasted malts with a flash of chocolate melded with a earthy hops finish... There is a little bitterness in the aftertast... not at all harsh.

M: Pretty thick and full-bodied with a little syrupy feel. Low carbonation fits the style.

D: Very nice English brown ale with a superb balance of toasted and caramel malts combined with a edgy but smooth hoppiness. Very good brew from Legend's.... Right up there with Chocolate Porter.

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of danadeny
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear earthy brown body and a slightly brownish head. the smell is nice and malty, bready with some caramel and molases, a little toasty-ness. nice and smoth, balanced overall flavor. the front is mildly sweet, hint of alcohol. not as much maltyness as i would have expected. just a hint of a hop kick at the end, but still within balance of the rest of the flavors. the most interesting flavor is the hint of burnt toast in the after tase. Mouth feel is chewy, frothy, slick. and drinkability is pretty good, this could be a session beer.

Photo of rlparker3
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2-Jan-2009 Baker's Crust at Short Pump Town Center

Poured a nice brown with a slight, creamy head. Smelled weakly of bread (as Legend beers always do to me). Sweet, roasty flavor without the sourness I associate with the brown ale style in general. Barely a bitter note. Very satisfying.

I always love this beer.

Photo of pablot71
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a mug from a 22oz bottle.
A-Has a dark reddish brown color and a medium off-white head that leaves some lacing.
S-Nutty and malty aroma.
T- The malt and nuttyness of roasted malts is prominent but not overdone. Finishes off hops bitterness.
M- Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation
D- Overall a and tasty great beer. This one of my hometown favorites.

Photo of soupermirl
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Preety freakin' good. Had it at the Taphouse in Hampton, VA and it was very nice. At first sight, it is a brown ale, nice color. The scent left a little to be desired. Not what I expected. Kind of like old beer, but when I tasted it, yummy, very nice. The taste of malt filled my mouth, followed by an ever so slight hops. Very nice finish. And each time a drank it, I think I enjoyed it more. Nice.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BeerSox
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Clear deep brown hue that turns to a mahogany color when held up to the light, with a thick and frothy two finger head that slowly settles to a thin even cap. Patches of solid lacing.

Light malt aromas, consisting of some walnut and a little it of brown sugar.

Soft nutty malt flavors with a touch of roastiness. A touch of caramel is in the background. Toward the end a little bit of hop bitterness comes in, with very little flavor from them. Full bodied. Some of the burnt flavors linger for a bit.

This is a solid Brown Ale that isn't too watery, and isn't exactly like a Porter, which is something that's hard to find sometimes. Good solid flavors, with just a touch of complexity. Recommended.

Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of hops4me
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer alot. I have enjoyed all their beers thus far. Smells of cherries and faint chocolate. Some floral hops in there as well. Taste is slightly sweet with a subtle bitterness balancing it nicely. There is a very faint bitterness on the tongue. Light to medium body. This is a very good brown ale. I will definitely buy again.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: beautiful brown with very minimal transperency and 1/4" of fluffy off-white head

s: very mild toffee and grain

t: toffee malts are the dominant flavor; although there is also some chocolate and the lightest hint of coffee; light toasted malts finish

m: very smooth and english

d: this seems to me to be a virginia gentleman's beer; smooth and classic-i bet tj would have loved this one

Photo of dino213aa
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Somewhat transparent with a deep amber hue. No haze. Lightbodied head which recedes quickly and leaves minimal, uneven lacing.

S: Very faint notes of walnut, butter, a whisper of cappuccino.

T&M: Elements of peat with a strong sour finish that leaves a resilient bitter aftertaste. Not terribly complex. There is an overall smoothness that helps this slide down and increases overall drinkability.

D: Although not very interesting, it would be easy to make this a session brew. Not offensive and certainly an improvement over most macros.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really nice opaque dark brown with a good amount of a thick head.

Smells of malt and toffee.

Tastes of sweet malt up front, followed by toffee, and ends with a roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, not too much carbonation, but the body isn't too heavy as would be expected from this style. Has a fairly dry finish compared to other brown ales I have had.

Drinkability is very high.

Overall, I really like this beer. Some brown ales get too sweet, but this has a nice balance between the sweet and roasted malts.

Photo of bkilpatr
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 09/09/08.

Pours a clear mahogany color with about a finger of bubbly beige head. The head dissipated quickly to a thin layer. Aroma is sweet chocolate and caramel malt, with a bit of dark fruit and a butter-bread type of smell.

Taste starts with lightly toasted malt, caramel, and chocolate. Then a nice floral hop finish. A bit nutty all around. The finish is bitter and dry.

Feel is well-carbonated and crisp. Medium body and not too heavy at all. Drinkability is really good. It's not too sweet like some brown ales and it goes down easy.

Pretty good for a brown ale. Worth a try.

Photo of blackie
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

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