Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

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86
very good

421 Ratings
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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 19
Gots: 53 | 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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Ratings: 421 | Reviews: 147
Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +5%
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 DavoleBomb
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Clear deep mahogany brown color. Two and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Nutty with a dry toastiness. Grainy malts and quite clean. Not a whole lot of flavor, but what is there is quite nice.

3.0 T: Taste is like the nose. Nutty, toasty, and dry. Grainy. Again it's not very intense, but it's well made and tasty.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Extraordinarily creamy for what the body is and super smooth.

3.5 D: Decent beer with a great mouthfeel, but could use more intensity in the taste.

Photo of Florida9
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of argock
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a nice opacity in spite of its shade. I think the head is quite beautiful, a one finger light khaki shade that retains itself in a consistent manner. Lacing is good, as well.

S: Surprisingly peppery - the black pepper component is pretty strong here. Beneath that lies some pleasant nuttiness (I'd say something along the lines of pecan and almond) and even a touch of lemongrass. A bit strange in its construction, but not offputting.

T: The nut flavor is what dominates, first and foremost. Afterwards, the nuttiness will roll into a slight tartness. The finish has a balanced bitterness, keeping the sweetness in check without becoming harsh. A vague cream flavor is on the aftertaste - creating the suggestion that this seems well layered, if not complex. Very, very good, and much better than what the aroma suggested.

M: Creamy smooth at first, before finishing clean and dry. Carbonation could be toned down ever so faintly. Otherwise, the general feel of the palate is quite pleasant, avoiding the excess chalkiness prevalent in some browns.

O: I admit, this one caught me off guard a bit. Aromatically, it's not much cop, but the flavor and texture helps compensate. Very good in general.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Head is an off-white half-inch layer of soft creamy lather; color is a rusty brown. Ribbons of lace slash the glass. Very much looks the English part.

Aroma is nutty with hints of soft caramel-vanilla candies. Hazelnut is prominent. Nice, big, welcoming nose.

This brown ale doesn't skimp on flavor or go the route of some of its milder, more boring counterparts. There's a balanced nuttiness taking the spotlight, lightly sweet with hints of brown sugar and toffee. Caramel corn comes to mind. Something candy-like and almost syrupy comes in just enough to please, but it remains balanced and utterly drinkable.

Mouth is tingly from carbonation, slick and a bit creamy. Fairly light in body but lacking nothing, texturally.

Drinkability is just ridiculous when you consider the accessible 6.5%, the bigness of the flavor, and the fact that none of its characteristics are cloying or out of whack. A sensible and, most importantly, delicious beer.

Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

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 arizcards
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the brewpub today. Solid representation of the style.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of nickd717
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle via trade thanks to billab914.

Pours clear amber-brown in color with a one-finger white head that leaves some foam on the beer.

The aroma is very chocolatey with caramel and some plum and fig notes. Pretty nice.

Fairly sweet flavor with lots of caramel malt and a little chocolate. The fruits come out on the flavor as well, with a slight hint of molasses.

Medium body with average carbonation and a pretty standard mouthfeel.

A good brown ale overall. Not amazing, but good enough.

Photo of JayQue
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is served all over Tidewater Virginia in restaurants. I have had it on tap, 12 oz bottles and 22 oz bottles and have never gotten around to reviewing it. I bought a 12 oz bottle at Total Wine, Chesapeake for the express purpose of a review.

Pours a mahogany brown color with plenty of red light shining through. Medium size antique white/very light tan head with average retention. Some lacing on the glass.

Smell is roasted malt and a little chocolate. Fairly mild.

Tastes pretty good. Malt forward with roasted malt and a little chocolate. There is some mild balancing hops. Overall a fairly mild but tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp, maybe a little on the light side but goes well with food. A little potent for a session beer at 6.00% but the alcohol is not noticeable.

Nothing outstanding but I am always happy to see it on a menu.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of atsprings
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of MDDMD
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A-medium brown with hint of red, a nice tan head and decent lacing

S-toasted malt, light nutty, hint of caramel

T-toasted malt, light caramel, nutty, hint of chocolate, mild bitterness in the finish

F- light time dim body with moderate carbonation, a little light for my taste

O-decent if not great brown ale, easy drinking

Photo of lackenhauser
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper color-not quite brown still retains a coppery hue. Big foamy head that fades fast. Low aroma-somewhat of a mild chocolate/metallic mix. Some soft malt notes. Nice malty flavor upfront. Just enough hop bite to cover the malt. Mild residual sweetness. Nice lite mouthfeel-suprising for the somewhat higher abv. Enjoyable brown ale. Another decent brew from Legend.

Photo of Kendo
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is mahogany-amber with a small ivory head on top. Lots of fine particulate in suspension is odd - makes it look gritty. Leaves behind a bit of lace.

S: Pleasant brown ale nose: caramel malt, fruit and nuttiness.

T: Pretty much follows the nose, with a touch of caramel malt up front, some generic fruitiness and then nuttiness toward the back end. It's all wrapped up with a slightly minerally hop bitterness that provides a bit of balance.

M: Lighter side of medium in heft; carbonation is prickly but fine.

O: An easy drinker and a good version of the style.

Photo of sholland119
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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 Phatz
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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

Pours mostly clear ruby with a beige thin head that has some retention and little lacing. Medium to light in body, smooth, finishes with lasting pine bitterness. Taste and smell rounded out by sweet bready, cookie dough with a little roast to it. Nice brown ale, but nothing too memorable. Paired well with the Q at Buz & Ned's.

Photo of robwestcott
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to hopeinhop for this one.

poured from a bomber a dark amber to light mahogany into a dogfish head signature glass. 1/2 finger off white head that held up for just a couple minutes leaving little noticeable lacing.

strong buttery brown sugar nose up front leaning into a sweet hazelnut after a few minutes, and a few swirls bring the head right back.

one of the sweetest browns I've yet to taste. easy to drink - I'd love to have another...

thumbs up.

Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.