Tavern Ale | AleWerks Brewing Company

Tavern AleTavern Ale
BA SCORE
49.6%
Liked This Beer
3.69 w/ 236 ratings
Tavern AleTavern Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
alewerks.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bleedingshrimp on 11-06-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,620
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
236
Liked:
117
Avg:
3.69/5
pDev:
10.84%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
42
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 236 |  Reviews: 99
Reviews by GeoJ:
Photo of GeoJ
4.65/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is an opaque looking, dark brown. Almost stout/porter-like compared to other brown ales. No real head, minimal lacing. Aroma of bready malts - quite inviting.

Taste is simply wonderful. More hoppy than most brown ales. A quick hop jolt followed by malt sweetness in perfect balance. Nutty, almost chewy, mouthfeel is superb - just the right amount of carbonation, goes down so smooth that I can easily see quaffing a bunch of these. This just might be the most perfect balance of hops/malts I've ever tasted.

The hops sneak back in for a palate cleansing finish, nice and dry with an aftertaste that makes you excited to reach for the glass for the next sip. And it gets even better as the brew warms a bit.

I LOVE brown ales and porters/stouts. This is very close to a perfect cross between the styles. Not as heavy as a porter, a little less sweet than most brown ales, totally refreshing in any case.

I regret having only one bottle as part of a "make-your-own" six-pack. Can't wait to pick up a six-pack, at the very least.

Outstanding! Gives the venerable Sam Smith Nut Brown a serious run for the money, and I'm proud that's it's brewed right here in Virginia. Kudos, Williamsburg Ale Works!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great brew from Dr. of Psychology friend.

This brown ale pours a dark mahogany color with a decent head of off white foam that dissipates to a thin ting and light lacing. Nose of nuts, roasted malts, sweet dark chocolate, and mild hops. Flavors follow the nose with sweet toasted malts and light chocolate notes blending with a light raisin flavor on the back somewhat akin to a bock flavor. Light hop bitterness comes in on the aftertaste rounding this FINE brown ale out between roasted chocolate malt flavors and subtle hop notes. Smooth mouth feel and moderate carbonation. Excellent.

I just finished mowing the lawn and THIS is Just what the doctor ordered!

Cheers!

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Photo of sdsimkins
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: Darker brown with a thin beige head.

Smell: Nutty notes and malt.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of nutty notes

Overall: Not bad for a brown. Personally I'm not a fan of browns.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color, that lightens a little at the bottom of the glass with a quarter of a finger of off-white colored head that quickly disappeared into a thin wispy lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of strong dark bread and roasted malts. There’s hints of dark chocolate and caramel as well. Very pleasant.

Taste: Very malty and bready with some nice, slight hoppy bitterness at the end. Roasted nuts and fresh bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium and a little chewy, with some really good carbonation to tickle the taste buds and coat the palate.

Overall: This is a very tasty, very satisfying brown ale. I’ll certainly get it again.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Williamsburg Tavern Ale

A- Cola brown with a good size foamy head. Good lacing.
S- Sweet molasses malt with a touch of cocoa powder.
T- Sweet malt hints of molasses and dried fruits. Good dry cocoa powder body.
M- Sweet and malty. Decent dry body and finish.

Overall- A bit weak for a nut brown but easy to drink and enjoyable. After finishing my 6er I'd move on though.

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Photo of asabreed
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice dark brown with red highlights, billowing head slowly going down, and wild lacing left in smaller clumps, all amidst the tons of tiny carbonation bubbles surging toward the top.

Smell: Brown sugar along with nice mildly roasted malts, some graininess, and mid chocolate and coffee sweetness.

Taste: Roasred malt, brown sugar, mild chocolate with some hop sourness and citrus. An interesting balance and take on a brown ale.

Mouthfeel: More medium bodied, thought slightly slick, even with its mildly effervescent burst of carbonation at the end.

Drinkability: Flavorful where I could session it, though the sourness may end up being a bit too much after one or two. Still a solid choice and an enjoyable one.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Muddy brown that looks like melted Tootsie Roll, with a thin dirty white head.

Aroma is toasted grain and chocolate malts. A lighter milk/cream sweetness sneaks in with warming. Not quite as nutty as I'd expect from a brown ale. As with so many brown ales, the aroma is merely pretty good and incredibly faint all the way around.

Mild chocolate turns into an almost metallic bitterness, with husky nut flavors riding their way through the finish. Faint burnt toffee in the background. Very much helped out by the creamy yet light body, probably the best aspect of this brown ale.

It's okay...I've certainly had many more boring brown ales. This one asserts itself with some enjoyable flavors. Goes down enjoyably enough, but I'm not enough of a brown ale nut to be flipping out over this or anything.

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Photo of Skabiski
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of McMatt7
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bierleichen
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of ordybill
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Aroma- A very nice malt aroma with maybe an earthy undertone.
Appearance- A dark brown ale with an off-white head.
Taste-Has a strong malt flavor with a light bitterness at the end.
Palate- Medium bodied with a well balanced mild carbonation.
Overall- This is a really good beer. Doesn't appear to have a wide distribution. if you can find it I would give it a try.

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Photo of Bdel34
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DerekP
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hophugger
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice ale which I am sure is suited for all of the masses that visit Williamsburg, VA and are looking for an authentic ale. It is a good beer but seems to fall a little flat as far as head and flavor. Overall, a commendable effort and I will definitely follow Alewerks in all beers that they produce in the future. Thanks for all the authentic beers that you produce !

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to breweryaprntc13 for giving me a bottle of this as a gift at Sexual Chocolate '11! Served from bottle into a Warstenier mug. Poured a deep chocolatey brown with a four finger light tan head that subsided to a two finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, chocolate, roasted malt, slight burnt malt, nutmeg, and roasted pecans. The flavor was of bitter chocolate malt, roasted nuts, slight sweet malt, and nutmeg. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent Brown Ale. The aroma on this one was stupidly complex for its style if you ask me. The flavor on the otherhand felt just a bit dilute to me. I did like the flavor I got of the bitter chocolate malt coupled with the sweet malt to help balance the brew. I just wish some of the flavors in this one were a little more robust as it would surely make this an excellent brew for the style. Still worth trying at least once for any fan of the style.

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Photo of yidbeer
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice dark brown color. I like a beer you can't see through. Took a sniff and really didn't smell anything. First taste was bitter with a lot of chocolate notes. Smoothed out with caramel and coffee. The bitterness mellowed out and became just a sharp note to remind me it wasn't a soda pop i was drinking. A nice session beer for me. Didn't want to switch up for any other taop.

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Photo of TheMirrorOwl
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark, faint ruby tint. Thin off-white head, thick lacing. Carbonation visible.

Smell: Licorice malt, some chocolate.

Taste: Molasses owns the flavor. Licorice, bread, chocolate, caramel, faint raisin and cherry fruitiness. Some peaty smoke in the malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied feel with fuzz from the carbonation. Could do with more body and less carbonation.

Overall: Very tasty ale that I've come back to many times. Definitely darker,sweeter flavor than most brown ales, but it's tasty and unique, and will remain an erstwhile go-to for this Virginian.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of TAMU99
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy brown ale pours with a thin, but persistent lace. Slightly alcoholic smell with hoppy, tart tastes to create a pleasant mouthfeel. A solid entry for brown ales. I enjoyed it. Probably would buy another, but wouldn't make it a regular choice.

Not spectacular, but certainly worth a pint.

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Tavern Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 49.6% out of 100 with 236 ratings
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