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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
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
221
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
16.62%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
38
For Trade:
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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 221
Photo of delta490
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It a deep, not quite clear brown with what comes out as a fizzy light tan head. You think it can't possibly last but somehow it settles down to a thin layer the persists and leaves some small soapy lacing. The aroma is a little soft, but it does have some hints of roasted nuts and a little dark sugar. The taste is similar, a little less nutty and sweet but with a big helping of earthy hops. It's medium-light bodied with a thin carbonated tingle and a mostly smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark red-brown, like mahogany, but clear. Head was rather thin, and lacing likewise.

S: Some mild aromas of dark bread, but not much else (perhaps the meager head didn't release the volatile compounds needed to really appreciate the aromas).

T: Mild malty sweetness, then a lot of toasted grain. Some coffee. The faintest citrus flavor. Hops bitterness is way in the background, but does show up in the finish.

M: Moist, but nicely carbonated.

O: A really solid American ale. Pairs nicely with cottage pie. I'll be buying more of these.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
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 vabeerguy
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. Has a deep brown color. Nice smell and ample lacing. Did not detect much hoppiness. This brown ale surprised me. I did not expect it to be anything more than average but it fooled me. I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of teromous
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
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 Stolenface1
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours deep brown with a small light tan head which diminishes quickly. Aroma of caramel, malt, toasted malt. Flavor back up the aroma with added notes of dark malt, a definite toasty-ness (which really stands out), nuts and maybe a little chocolate and a touch of coffee. Slightly more alcohol taste than expected for 6.2%ABV. Looks like I have a newer vintage(2015) than what is listed, as it says 5.6% ABV in the BA details. Mouthfeel is medium to med-full with a slightly higher carbonation that I would expect for this style and the flavors involved. Would like a little more creaminess. Overall a decent brown with a complexity that I was not expecting. Could use a little tweaking on the mouthfeel/carbonation in my opinion.

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Photo of JWU
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- a very, very dark mahogany color. Some clarity when held to light. A light khaki head dissipates kinda quick

S- Toasty malts, caramel/brown sugar sweetness, a light nut, and some english hops.

T- A light combination of the sweetness, combines with a toasty malt and cocoa flavor. Some earthy hops and fruity esters finish things out.

M- Medium bodied, and lightly carbonated.

O- A very drinkable and accessible brown ale. Nothing earth shattering, but tasty, and well done.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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 ordybill
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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 DavoleBomb
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Poured into a pint glass. Bottle.

3.75 A: Deep brown-black color. Two fingers of frothy creamy beige head. Retention is about average and a finger of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Big toastiness and nuttiness right off the start. Also some roastiness, chocolate, and a fairly powerful hop presence for the style. Floral and earthy hops.

3.25 T: Dry toastiness is the dominant flavor. Nuts underneath. Again there's notes of roasted malts, chocolate. Moderate hop bitterness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and very smooth.

3.25 D: Good beer, but run of the mill.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear dark mahogany in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and moderate amounts of ruby red + garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall creamy foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted malts, caramel/brown sugar, cocoa, nuts, and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of toasted and caramel malts with a light amount of brown sugar sweetness and just a touch of nuttiness. That is followed by a very light flavor of earthy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness in the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: I think this beer is fairly well balanced - not too malty/sweet and not too hoppy/bitter. Enough complexity to be interesting but not overly complex. Overall, easy to drink and enjoyable. Reminds me of a slightly stronger version of the brown ales I used to grab in the pubs when in the UK.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Not feeling too strong for this one, my peeps.

Light like a birdcage without the parrot; taste is fairly plain like that pigtailed brunette Raul sat next to in Home-Ec; and the mouthfeel is thin like a gymnast in training. Not offputting, but Raul would pass on another.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt and molasses
Head small (2 cm), light brown, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing good – mostly complete rings with small bubbles, a few stalactites
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt, some molasses, and nutmeg (?), somewhat sweet; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation.

A no too bad brown ale which from me is high praise since I don’t like brown ales. If the label had said “brown ale” it would still be on the shelf. That said, the beer is quite good. Despite the website description, I can find neither chocolate nor nutty tastes – but it does seem to have both molasses and nutmeg-like qualities.

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Photo of malprep
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
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 leantom
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love Alewerks's Pumpkin Ale, so I decided to give its brown a shot. Here goes:

A: Just OK. A very dark brown (nearly opaque). What really irked me was the fact that there was practically no head. What head was produced readily dissipated, leaving no lacing.

S: Not bad, but just OK. Faint hints of caramel and brown sugar, but on the whole almost no complexity or nothing to gawk over. Somewhat boozy, which is funny considering that it's only 5.6% ABV.

T: Slight better than OK, but not too good either. Brown sugar, some dark spices and a hint of dark fruit. Again, like in the nose, the taste was surprisingly boozy. Could taste lots of alcohol at the back of the tongue.

M: Rather watery, but not bad. Very little carbonation, too.

O: Just OK. Probably will not be getting it again.

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

A: Pours a dark garnet with a short pale tan head. little head retention but a wee bit of lacing.

S: Starts with a bit of chocolate and caramel. There is a bit of dark fruit with some bread crust and a mild undertone of earthy hops. Nice healthy malt aroma

T: Caramel and toffee up front with a bit of black coffee in the lingering on the palate. A little sweet. There's a bit of spicy, earthy hop that comes through. Nicely Balanced and has a good bitter hop foundation. A few dark fruity esters are present but not much. The finish is surprisingly a bit to the dry side and light bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body, low carbonation which is good in my opinion. I bit of a velvety mouthfeel. Not too much acidity or carbonation biting the tongue in this brew. Nice.

O: This is a very nice beer. Seems to live somewhere between a northern and southern English brown ale but with a touch more hop presence. The hops come through but do not over power the malt. I like this beer quite a lot. It's a smooth drinking beer that doesn't attempt to overwhelm the palate with sharp flavors. I'll be buying a six pack the next time I'm in Williamsburg.

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Photo of hophugger
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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 Roser
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- good looking, dark brown, opaque. Thin (weak) root beer colored head, disappeared fairly quick.

S- malt, spice, chocolate.

T- a little hop, bitter, gingerbread cookie.

M- light to medium. Thin. Warm bourbon barrel kind of feel.

O- a very solid, good beer. Recommendable. I've always been a fan of Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale, and I think this is better.

Cheers all!

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Photo of TheMirrorOwl
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
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 farrago
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gives you a little under a finger’s worth of mostly larger bubbles so there’s not much of a tight weave to the head and it dissolves off quickly, light tan in color, the lacing shows some initial stickiness but then slides downward without much fight or gumption. The liquid is fairly filmy and opaque, brown color base but with a great deal of orange tint, you don’t see many bubbles floating inside. Heavy malted and sweet nose, bursting with milk chocolate, butterscotch, root beer, vanilla and even coconut notes, challah bread and honey covered nuts, when warmer delivers more plum and cherry fruit scents, really nothing there for counter weight but it’s agreeable enough to not matter. Medium-bodied, has a bit more zip and punch than expected, decent prickle from the carbonation. More dough, bread notes here which suck up some of the sweetness. Not to say it lacks from chocolate, caramel, toffee and vanilla goodness. Still, tastes as much like soda as it does beer. Which is not necessarily a bad thing but you kind of have to be prepared for it. Cherry, golden raisin, fig fruit flavors. Nutty finish. Pleasurable.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Dark chestnut out of the bottle and hitting the glass with a deep mahogany brown color. Creamy forming small head of two fingers tall, tan in color with a creamy top. Settles to a simple well sized bubbles puck and collar.

Good nose. Hints of roasty nuts and toasty bread. Light hints of chocolate as well and some milky creamy sensations.

Creamy slightly light palate hits the mouth with lots of coating sensations. Good hints of chocolate and a grainy crunch malt density. Steely like finish and moderately carbonated to make for some playful flavor profile. Nutty slightly tannic in the mid palate as well.

Overall an interesting melding of flavors for a brown and well put together, quite solid.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
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 obywan59
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear deep amber with a 2 1/2 finger head. Decent lacing.

The aroma is really nutty with sweet malt.

Sweet with the flavor of light chocolate and caramel. Nutty here as well with some nice hoppy bitterness.

Moderate to moderately light in body. slight carbonation. Creamy and slightly stidky.

Decent offering for my first W. Alewerks sampling. Tasty, creamy and an easy drinker. It makes for a nice spring beer. Not too thick, not too thin.

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Photo of rorjets
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this six pack at a local Food Lion in Newport News, VA while staying with my cousin for a visit. I wish I had picked up a couple more, as we plowed right thru the six, and they were delicious! One of the better Ales I have had recently. I will definitely search it out the next time I am in the area, as I don't think it gets wide distribution.

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Photo of ckollias
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with a thin, 2-finger, white head that quickly dissipates leaving a wispy lace.

S: Malty aroma with a mild hop background.

T: Smooth malty flavor with hints of caramel and finishes slightly hoppy.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent brown ale – not my favorite offering from Aleworks.

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