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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: 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 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 danadeny
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of leantom
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite go-to beers while living in Richmond. Here goes:

A: Dark brown with a small white head that quickly dissipates. Not much lacing. The appearance is just OK.

S: Rich caramel, toffee, light coffee, brown sugar, etc. Some English hops, but this one is really a malt bomb.

T: Follows the nose, except somewhat milder than indicated by the smell. Maybe a little to light, but the flavors still follow the nose nicely.

F: Decent, but somewhat light.

O: Great beer. A classic that I remember from my younger days. (539 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (347 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 jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into perfect pint

A: pours brown with a light brown finger and a half head that is lacing a little.
S: nutty malty and sweet. almost reminds me of a scottish ale one not as malty and more nutty in aroma.
T: again nutty sweet, and malty. a nice hop earthy/floral flavor.
M: full but not thick medium to low carbonation
D: quite easy, makes me wonder why i had not tried it sooner. (390 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was recently on a vacation with my wife and her family visiting some of her extended family in Virginia and there was a Wegman's located close to the hotel we were staying at so I went in there and grabbed some singles of beers from Virginia breweries that I have never seen in Cleveland before (or anywhere else that comes to mind for that matter). This is one of the ones I grabbed. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, amber brown color with some deep ruby highlights when held up to the light with a nice fluffy looking white head that was initially about an inch thick when first poured before settling to a nice medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with a decent film layer of foam on the beer's surface. Pretty good lacing indeed too. Aromas of caramel malts and some roasty nuttiness along with hints of coffee and molasses. Has a good, sweet caramel malt flavor upfront followed by the roasted nuttiness and coffee hints followed by a bit of molasses and rounded out with a slight touch of hops. Has a slightly crisp, but mainly smooth, slightly creamy and sticky, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with mild to moderate carbonation. Has a dry, nutty after taste. A pretty solid brown ale here indeed!

Eric (1,274 characters)

Photo of nriech
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of zymurgy4all
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (371 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 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 vainosuomi
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown, cream color head. Toasty, heavy malt smell and taste, minimal hops. Slightly sweet. Medium carbonation. Thick feel. Very satisfying; one of my favorite local VA brews. (187 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 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 MadTown1000
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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 (392 characters)

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

Yep, looks like a classic brown ale. They nailed that. Brown, but allows light to pass through, but not really clear. A nice egg white colored head, not very thick but has excellent retention.

Hmm, not used to getting hops right off the bat from a brown ale. Obviously, this is an American brown ale. A little pine, a little grapefruit and the malts are pretty much missing in the nose. Well, not entirely. Cleared my palate and took another whiff and there's a nice balance here. The aforementioned hops, but also a bit of toast.

A nicely balanced beer. Just enough bite from the hops to balance out the bready sweetness of the malt. Neither really take center stage, but the hops do get the final scene. Not exceptionally complex, but nice nonetheless. It's like a really good two-man show of malts and hops.

This has very little aftertaste and is real easy to drink. The hops have a presence but don't add bitterness to the point that you can only handle one or two. Well, if you're a hophead this is a bad thing, but it makes for nicely balanced beer.

Nothing exceptionally or noteworthy about this beer, it's just a good beer. (1,137 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 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 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 arguemaniac
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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. (619 characters)

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