Tavern Ale | AleWerks Brewing Company

Tavern AleTavern Ale
BA SCORE
3.69/5
238 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:
#29,151
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
238
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
42
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 238 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of StoutSeth
2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of Seanecy
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of KomodoDragon
2.73/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hazy tan brew with deep orange hints and sediment. Tan head with some lacing.

S - Slight woodsy smell, dark fruits.

T - Mild toasted malt flavors, some spice and nut, mostly dull. Some hop evidance in the aftertaste. Some bread overtones.

M - The modest carbonation is nice, but the not much here

Next.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.82/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Taste: toasted dark malts mellow caramel malts. same with the nose. Dark brown, semi clear, with tall tan foamy head, sticky lace. Medium body. This sample might have aged to long in bottle?

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Photo of atsprings
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice light brown with a great frothy head that was lasting and left great lacing. Aroma was a decent blend of sweet malts and subtle hops. The taste was WAY too sweet for my tastes, almost wort-like or even characteristic of an unaged Barley Wine with low alcohol content. The beer is light bodied with decent carbonation, but the sweetness is too overbearing. This one was a drain pour.

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Photo of malprep
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had AleWerks Tavern Ale in a restaurant called Rocco's Steakhouse right in Williamsburg, NC. It was a nice Black Ale. No head at all in the pour. Beer has a nice smell to smell to it and a decent taste. Was not overwhelming. It was a average Black Ale to me.

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Photo of hdf561
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had in a bottle on St. Pattys Day 2012

Wanted to try it since it is brewed in Va and I am from here.

Immedietly smell some chocolate, and carmel with some hops

Taste wow this is a ton of carmel and choclate...it was super surprising. No bad but a little strong for my tatse only more chocolate I have tasted ina beer was Chcolate Bock by Sam Adams

Overall it is ok but kinda nutty and chocolatty but not a warming Choclate like Bock. it is a little heavy as well and rally fille me up just half way through drinking it. A good beer just not the best.

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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 avisong
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of RyanSparta
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a fizzy, bubbly tan head that pops down (in a rather unpleasant way) to a thin, slowly vanishing, cover.

The smell is nutty with a bit of caramel/toffee. There is a floral/leafy something going on that detracts from malt aromas.

The taste is of toffee - towards chocolate - sweet with a leafy bitterness that is slightly metallic. There's something I can't quite pinpoint, but is unpleasant (sourish?). It throws it off, but, thankfully, is in the background. Finishes sweetish.

It is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, with carbonation that borders aggressive.

A "forgettable" brown. The maltiness almost shows itself nicely, but there are detractors (metallic and that "something else") that get in the way. Maybe it was to create balance, understandably, but done in the wrong way. In the end, I neither "like" nor "dislike" this one. Ho-hum feelings about it, mainly from the little irritants about it that add up.

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Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of brpendergast85
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of teromous
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Below the bar code the beer is stamped with 11 04 15 so I'm assuming that's 04 NOV 2015 which indicates this is just over two months old.

Appearance: The body of the beer is dark brown and fairly hazy as light shines through it. There is a very short off-white head that doesn't last long. No retention or lacing. Eventually this thing ends up with zero head.

Aroma: Not much aroma. There is a very faint burnt toast aroma.

Taste: There is a light caramel flavor that lingers through the entire drinking experience. A bit of biscuit flavor too. There is a slightly nutty flavor to the beer...a bit like walnuts. It's not bad but it's very underplayed in the flavor department for an American Brown Ale.

Mouthfeel: It's a light easy drinking beer with just a very light touch of bitterness at the end.

Overall: It's not a beer I would recommend and it wouldn't be one I would buy if I'm looking for an ABA. The beer is just too limited in flavor and the aroma is nearly non-existent. In the glass it looks very poor. It just isn't a very well made beer. It is something that a person could just sit down and drink but it's no better than any run of the mill beer out there.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle thanks to Dad and Linda

Pours a medium chestnut brown with a creamy tan head that maintains. Decent lacing on the glass.

Herbal hops dominate the smell with a bit of toasted malt sneaking through.

Herbal hops upfront followed by a light toasted malt backbone. Rather bitter, which lingers after the dry finish.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

An overhopped brown, and not in an overly positive way.

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Photo of Josephjp
3.04/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Gavage
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: cloudy brown in color with a 1" head that slowly falls. No lacing develops during the session.

Smell: very mild aroma as only a hint of caramel is detectable.

Taste: caramel, bits of chocolate, ripe fruits, some hints of brown sugar, mild bitterness, and an overall earthy tone.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth throughout. Very brief aftertaste.

Drinkability: the flavor is all over the board, so this becomes tough to finish the pint glass. Try some other styles from this brewery first.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured deep reddish-brown color with moderate tannish head. Good retention and lacing.
Smell is lightly caramel with some dark fruitiness mixed in.
Smell is way too sweet. Almost like drinking strate maple syrup or molassses.
Left a not-too-pleasant taste in the mouth.
This beer needs some tweaking.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, bottled 12/14/15

pours a dark brown, but with no head. looks like flat cola. very mild aroma, just a little sweet. flavor is well balanced - bready and mild caramel flavor. thinner bodied, I'd like thicker.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks again to my local trading partner, tone77, who always helps me with some bottles to keep my numbers up.

I used my best aggro pour style to generate two fingers' worth of dense, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was a deep, dark brown with cola highlights. Nose was simply chocolate or cocoa. I felt like I was sniffing cocoa powder or a chocolate bar! Wow! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a roasty chocolaty taste in the mouth. It had a charcoal smokiness to it, along with the chocolate that I felt kind of unbalanced its flavor. Finish was likewise more roasty than chocolate. The style is pretty broad, but I am going to score it as middle-of-the-road.

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Photo of Braudog
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first bottle I tried from this new, very good local brewery. It presented itself very dark red, almost chocolate-colored, with a firm tan head. The aroma was not different than a bit of a bitter chocolate. Nutty to the max, this is like drinking a liquified bowl of warm mixed nuts ... it even gives you an illusion of saltiness. Robust and stout in body. Not for the faint of pallet.

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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 mkirkland80
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Sanchezrox23
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of bluedognever
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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Tavern Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 238 ratings
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