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Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

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87
very good

144 Reviews
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Reviews: 144
Hads: 434
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 19
Gots: 60 | 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: 434
Photo of iannutter
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking this beer for some time now and I have to say, I have never once been disappointed with the product.

Poured this beer into one of my favorite German mugs and the head quickly faded into almost nothing, but the lacing it leaves around the glass is beautiful. The colour is a deep amber, exactly as a brown ale ought to be.

The smell is reminiscent of roasted nuts and a faint smell of hops and true to the smell, the flavour follows suit.

The mouthfeel is not quite as smooth as could be hoped, but is still far about average.

Overall, I would say that this is one of the better brown ales I've ever had, certainly beating Newcastle, and although Samuel Smith's Nut Brown is still better, I would only say marginally so.

Enjoy! (757 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 330ml Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark (almost black) brownish/amber color with a huge tanned head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind both large and small spots of lace.

Smell: White grapes and caramel malt with a slight biscuity character and just a touch of grassiness.

Taste:Begins with caramel flavor that stays throughout with a sweet and sour grape-like taste in the background toward the end. Also has hints of biscuit and a touch of citrus in the finish. Superbly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with sharp carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: A very good beer for its style and an excellent session brew. I was pleasantly surprised. (704 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (755 characters)

Photo of Kuromaru
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance--Pours a semi-translucent tawny with a slightly-darker-than-eggshell head that dissipates quickly.

Smell--Grainy, with maybe a faint hint of rye. Brown sugar. Malty in general with a whiff of chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel--Moderate carbonation. Creamy, smooth, medium/ light body. Clean and somewhat velvety on the palate at once.

Taste--Nutty, wheat-y, some chocolate, and faint sugary fruit.

Overall--Very drinkable, creamy and lightly sweet. Not especially flavorful, but hard not to get along with. (521 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Chesnut brown color with a solid 1+ finger head
S: Toasted grain; not much else going on
T: Again some toasted grain and nuttiness.
M: A bit thin, light bodied but smooth.
O: Not bad but at the same time fairly meh. (255 characters)

Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Dimpled mug]

The pour was a clear medium brown with a large (2-3 finger) foamy head that was mostly diminishing and had fair lacing.

The aroma was light of roasted cereal malts and a lightly sweet leathery yeast with hints of milk chocolate, coffee and a touch of molasses.

The taste was mildly sweet with just a hint of chocolate and a pinch of molasses from the onset and finished with a slightly bitter chocolate-coffee flavor that lasted an average amount of time after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was somewhere between light and medium in body and a bit watery in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall a mild tasting and well balanced Brown Ale that possessed an excellent drinkability. (712 characters)

Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a small one-finger, cream head that dissipated quickly. Dark brown with a hint of red when held up to the light. A nice looking ale. 3.5

S - Roasted malt smell with a hint of cocoa, fig, and plum. Slightly fruity and roasty...an interesting combination that works out really well. 4.0

T - Slightly sweet malt flavor with a twang of bitterness right from the start. Follows up with a burst of fruity flavor, chocolate, espresso, and more roasted malt. Bitter hop flavor at the end is subtle but inviting. 4.0

M - Very smooth with little carbonation. Medium bodied and yields a slight tingle on the sides of the tongue. 3.5

O - I have to say I've always had a soft spot for Legend Brewing Co. As a Richmond local and a lover of brown ales, this beer has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Make sure to try the Porter if you have the chance! 4.0 (863 characters)

Photo of bertram
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice, rich brown with a one-finger white head. Looks really good in the glass - just what I want from a brown ale.

The smell is just okay - there's some nuttiness there, but it's not overpowering (which I prefer).

The mouthfeel is really nice - good and thick with just the right amount of carbonation.

The taste here makes this beer a winner - malty, nutty and a bit sweet...again, just as I like a brown ale to be.

Overall a really good brown ale that I'm glad to have gotten as an extra in a trade and that I'd definitely like to enjoy again! (567 characters)

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to funkybottoms for sending this one my way!

pours a rich dark roasted chestnut brown... very dark with a off-white two-finger foamy meringue-like head that fades relatively quickly and leaves good bits of lace.

aroma is great. roasted malts, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, molasses and turbinado sugar.

taste is roasty with a strong, intense, almost boozy malt backbone. then a rush of fresh, potent herbal and grassy hops, followed by a clean, sweet caramel nutty malt finish.

mouth is good, although slightly high on the carbonation for the style. moderate body, and after the carbonation bubbles away, it becomes pretty decent with a pleasant lingering clean bitterness.

all in all, I'm definitely impressed. I'm not a big brown fan, but this one has enough malt carachter and a touch of hops that it really works while keeping things interesting. I'd drink this by the growler if it were local! (916 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for half of this beer

Review adapted from notes taken 4/2/11

Note: Written in my notes as "Legend of the Brown Ale." Uhhh...

Appearance: Brown with some hints of red, a nice, wispy white head with some lacing

Smell: Mostly uninteresting - baked/toasted biscuits, caramel malts, toasted grains, some earthy hops

Taste: Not bad, not exciting - dry biscuits, caramel malts, some hints of burnt malts, grains - hops seem very English in nature - hints of nuts

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little light but it works, nicely carbonated

Overall: Pretty boring but definitely not bad

As far as brown ales go, this is a little above average. I would drink this again, but I wouldn't seek it out. I don't find it legendary. (738 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (688 characters)

Photo of biteme398
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the color of root beer. Good head that settles slowly. Plenty of malt in the nose. Good sweetness too, perhaps caramel. Taste up front is strong, perhaps a little coffee and chocolate. The ending is sweeter but finishes just right. There is a small taste of hops for balance. Mouthfeel is a little light, but fits with the style. This is quite a surprise from an in-state brewery. Never tried any of their stuff before but this is one of the better brown ales I’ve tried. (479 characters)

Photo of tommy78
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper color with medium head, poured out of a bomber.

S: Quite malty in aroma. Picked up some caramel smell as well.

T: My favorite...quite sweet, with the malty aroma translating well into the taste.

M: Low carbonation. Pretty consistent with brown ales.

O: I enjoyed this beer. I tried it with a margarita pizza and the beer complemented the basil and olive oil tastes. I would have this beer again when in VA. (422 characters)

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

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. (422 characters)

Photo of Matt1516
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well carbonated ale results in a frothy ephemeral tan head on a dark chocolate body (little lacing). Smells of caramel and sweet malts.

Thin taste but refreshing. Not much by way of hops but lots of chocolate malt and some vanilla tannins. Sweet with a little sourness in the aftertaste but I wish more bitterness prevailed or for a drier finish. A bit cloying in the end.

Still, it's a better than average example of the style. (430 characters)

Photo of engagechad
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased in a 12er from Kroger here in Glen Allen, VA - poured into English pint glass

Pours an amazing mahoghany, crystal clear brown color with brilliant lacing. Smells of Chocolate chip cookies and brown sugar.. man.. almost buttery but not in a bad diacetyl way. Taste follows, silky smooth brown sugar malty goodness. not much in the hop presence proper to style.

Overall this beer is an amazing E Brown. I could live on this beer. really. (448 characters)

Photo of gopens44
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark almond color and mostly clear with a thin foamy head.

S - The most slight presence of bitterness in the nose was nearly exhausted by the malty sweetness that climbed aboard the nose relatively quick.

T - Very similar to the nose. Slightly bitter at first that gives way to a very clean and sweet molasses-y malt flavor. Refreshing yet decent depth.

M - Well carbonated and fairly thin with a rather heavy bitter and a touch sour aftertaste.

O - For being a local beer, this one stands up with most any Brown that I've had. (535 characters)

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

APPEARANCE: Had this at Flemming's Steak House in Richmond, VA. This was the only craft beer on the menu (the wine menu, by comparison, was some five pages long). Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass (don't blame me -- not my choice), this beer had a 1/2" fizzy, off-white head that dissipated quickly with fair head lacing. The clear brown body showed little carbonation.

AROMA: Aroma reflected slightly toasted malt, with hints of caramel and toffee, together with a light hops inflection of grapefruit and pine.

TASTE: Taste consisted of a nutty roasted malt with some caramel and toffee and a light hop flavor of grapefruit and pine. The hop taste was slightly surprising but not unpleasant.

MOUTHFEEL: This medium-bodied brew's texture was a bit thin with light carbonation. There was virtually no body lacing. The initial taste was sweet, morphing into a lightly bitter dryness with a very slight bitter aftertaste at the short finish.

DRINKABILITY: This was a tasty, well-balanced, brown ale but certainly was not best of breed. It was easy to drink, could be consumed all night long, and was a reasonable value, even at the restaurant's sizable markup. I'd order it again and wouldn't hesitate to serve it to friends. (1,241 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

....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! (913 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blind BIF, Round 4. Blind beer #8 from Thorpe429.

A-Crystal clear ruby with a frothy off tan head and some sticky lacing.

S-Sweet caramel malts with a bit of mild sourness and some breadiness.

T-Some black cherry sweetness with a bit of balancing sourness and some red grape and brown sugar. Nice.

M-Medium bodied with fine carbonation.

D-Quite tasty and smooth.

HV (371 characters)

Photo of Cyrano41
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown in Color, nutty rich aroma with a good half inch of head. Good carbonation and nice lacing on the glass all the way down. The nutty aroma carries over to the flavor. Robust flavor you'd expect from a brown ale, but finishes mild. Just shy of bitter but not sweet, very well balanced. I had it on the recommendation a bartender, on tap, a while back and had to look for at my local Total Wine. Great beer! I took a six pack to a friend's and they where a hit even with the MGD die hards. (492 characters)

Photo of Justin23060
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown leaning toward amber. 1/2 finger head. Smells caramely chocolate with some sweet tobacco and dried fruit. Tastes sweet with a semi-sweet finish. Nice and malty with just enough hop to bitter. Adequate carbination and a creamy mouth feel. Pretty solid offering and quite drinkable. I'd recommend it without any reservations. (334 characters)

Photo of Retsinis
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Wegmans while staying in Woodbridge VA on vacation with family. Love to check out local beers anytime I travel, and since this is made in VA, had to check it out.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from a six pack into a wine glass.

The beer pours a very lightly hazy amber to dark copper color with a half inch of tan head, not too much lacing, but the head settles to a thin layer that sits on top.

The aromas are of caramel, toffee or roasted almonds, toasted bread with melted butter, some mild hops.

The taste follows the nose quite nicely, toasted malts, caramel, roasted mild toffee, nuts, some bitterness of dry hops in the middle and a bitter dry finish. A good malt to hops balance.

The mouth feel is fairly crisp, with medium carbonation. It is both drinkable and goes down smooth.

Overall, this one surprised me a bit. Researched Legend Brewing company before arriving (being from CA where it is not distributed to my knowledge) and am glad I had the opportunity to try this one. Also a plus that I get to take one of these back to share with friends at the next tasting. (1,102 characters)

Photo of palthainon
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the most drinkable beer I would advocate to anyone. Be they beer snob or simple-drunk, everyone loves a Brown ale from legend.

It also has to added bonus of being readily available in many places and extremely affordable.

Give this beer a chance and it'll be something you regularly stock from here on out. (317 characters)

Photo of pnkRed
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a mahogany brown and crystal clear with a short head that dissipates rather quickly. The smell was nutty and malty, and although the aroma was there, it was light and humble. The taste was spot on average for a brown ale. Nutty and malty. Nothing to be too impressed with, but definitely better than a Newky Brown. Light on the body, and easy to sip, this one you can definitely drink a bottle or two and not have to worry about not making the evening news at 10. (480 characters)

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