Porter | Legend Brewing Co.

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Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 08-31-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 70
Photo of doerickson
1.96/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Dark pour with a bit of ruby at the edges. Mocha-colored pebbly head settles down to not much of anything pretty quickly.

The aroma is pure diacetyl. Maybe a touch of coffee and cream soda as well, but this does not smell good.

Slick, almost greasy mouthfeel. Taste follows the smell right into the butter churn, with a bit of faint mocha and vanilla.

Sad to say, but I dumped 2/3 of this into my kitchen sink. I hate to cut on a local beer, but this is one to avoid, in my opinion.

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Photo of rapidsequence
2.02/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle.
Appearance: One of the darkest black porters I've ever seen. Huge head, but it appears overly bubbly, like a soda.

Smell: Its a little toasty with some chocolate notes, but there's a weird plasticy smell too. Not good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste and mouthfeel cannot be separated because this is the most insanely overcarbonated beer I've ever tasted. My wife tried it and compared it to diet Coke. The bubbles tingle inside your nose. Its horrible. Once you force all the bubbles down your throat, the aftertaste is actually a decent toasted chocolate malt taste. Burps are guaranteed by the overcarbonation and taste like plastic.

Drinkability: I've forced the bomber down for some reason. I think this is probably a sub-par bottle of an OK beer. This kind of quality control is not impressive though.

EDIT: I had this on draft at one of the taverns in colonial Williamsburg. It was actually pretty good. I ordered another one. I dont know what happened with my bottle.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.06/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a black body with a foamy tan-colored head. Looks like a ton of fun!

Smell: Aroma of roasted coffee, year-old Easter chocolate, and a heaping dose of prune-like sourness.

Taste: Light chocolate and coffee flavors. Unfortunately, that leaves room for large doses of prune juice. And is that a sharply sour twang in the finish? All signs point to "Yes!"

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin bodied, with an uncomfortably oily mouthfeel. Very low carbonation (who could blame the bubbles for not wanting to be seen with this beer).

Drinkability: Here are the problems I currently have: the body comes across as far too thin and those surprisingly sour prune juice notes.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.54/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Legend Brewing Company.

Dark black in color. Just a bit of light makes its way around the edges. No head. Things begin to go awry from here on...the aroma was all ripe raisins. Crazy, but true. Very different and very un-porter-like. Flavor, as expected, followed the aromas, with the taste profile being almost completely dominated by sweet raisins. Just the slightest bit of coffee undertones. Low carbonation and decent drinkability. Very uncharacteristic flavor for a porter.

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Photo of dedrinker
2.56/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black with tan head.

Weak aroma of roasted grains with something like turned milk.

Modest roasty notes of coffee and chocolate with oxidative and sour notes.

Over-medium body with a dry astringent burnt malt finish.

Most certainly past its prime, but it gets reviewed as such because both me and Legend live in Virginia and ever since they expanded and ramped up production and started bottling in six packs, it has been actually harder to get a fresh Legend - even in their home state.

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Photo of tchenery
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 22 in a pint glass. This beer pours a deep syrupy dark chocolate color and has a nice off-white to tan head - so far so good. The head however is popping so fast it looks like a soda foam and is disappearing fast.

The smell is like chocolate malts and even a little cola in there. No hop aroma to be told.

The taste is a bit watery. It tastes thin, and I've had this beer before and it was much fuller. Carbonation is a bit low making it taste flat and the most forward notes I pick up on are raisins, dates, and dark fruits. I don't pick up any on chocolate malts, which makes me think they used mostly base malt with a bit of black patent.

Mouthfeel is ok, but like I said a bit watered down for my taste. Not exceptionally drinkable in the sense I wouldn't want another one, but it is drinkable in the sense it's not chewy.

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Photo of delta490
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

No idea how old the bottle I have is. It immediately fizzed over on opening and proceeded to do so twice more after the initial pour. Nice dark black with a creamy tan head but significant floaters visible. There's yeast bits on the head, too. Nothing about it being bottle aged, so...
Not much by way of aroma but there was a big alcohol astringency with a metallic bite in the flavor. Not at all good.
All in all, nothing good about this bottle. It went down the drain, sad to say.

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Photo of obywan59
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very, very dark brown, almost black with a dark tan head that recedes quickly leaving no lacing.

Decent aroma of coffee, light metallics and wood.

Very tart relative to the style, not what I would expect at all in a porter. Some earthiness or woodiness as well.

Medium-bodied. It leaves a light stickiness throughout the mouth. Warming in the throat.

No born on date, but perhaps this was past it's prime. I see no other mention of it beint overly tart. It improved just a bit in the end, but to me, a porter shouldn't be tart.

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Photo of csmiley
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown to black. Good one inch head. Retention is good. Lacing is good.

S - Roasted malt and maybe a little chocolate. Pretty light on the nose.

T - Roasted notes come through in the flavor. Maybe bitterseet chocolate in the background. Aftertaste gets a little powerful.

M - Kind of a thinner beer. Carbonation is good.

D - This is an average porter. Nothing really stands out and grabs my attention.

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Photo of oelergud
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pitch black body with a dark mahogany edge. Head is a solid tan with good retention but little lace.
Never smelled buttermilk from a beer but thats the scent off of this one, some burnt alcoholic notes mingled with roasted coffee bean.
Chocolate, lactose and a slightly sour flavor, again like buttermilk, makes up the taste. Faint sensation of roasted coffee beans. Very little aftertaste. Not alot of hops in this one.
Medium body and minimal coating.
Somewhat boring to drink.


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Photo of biglite351
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - touch of red around the edges. Tall tight darker head.

S - chocolate hops and yeast. Coffee and malts through the finish.

T - prime and organic tones up front. Chocolate, malts and yeast.

M - medium coating and just a slight tingle on sides.of tongue.

O - not bad, but I would probably pass it over for other choices.

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Photo of Chaney
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Whoa! Two finger + head after a very hard pour. The color of that head was beige, and despite its size, it died down rather quickly (I was actually surprised at exactly how quickly). The brew itself was about the darkest brown you could imagine. Absolutely NO retention.

S: Kinda gnarly actually. Very metallic.... almost like rusted copper pipes. I got a bit of roast, but it was so faint that if I were doing a blind taste test on this, I may not have even known the style.

T: More fruity and yeasty than roasty. Figs, dark roasted malts, and maybe a tinge of chocolate. As I got into the session, I picked up some vanilla. Fairly smooth finish.

M: Skimpy and thin. However, I appreciated the low sugar content. No lacing whatsoever.

O: This was the worst Legend brew I've experience so far.... hands down. The smell alone was a real turnoff. Avoid this brew, but please try their other ones... you'll be a better person for it!

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Photo of nriech
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pretty dark with just a tad of light at the edges. Decent light brown head that retained itself well for the style.

Smell: Roasty malts, choclolate, vanilla.

Taste: More rasin like, a bit too sweet but not offensive. A little bit of a tart on the back of the pallate .

An ok brew from a brewery that has a lot better selections. Must be the bastard child.

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Photo of kkipple
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A basic porter gets a basic review.

Gosh, what to say here... Legend has made a pretty unmemorable Porter... opaque dark, malty roast, chocolate notes in the nose and flavor, nice head at first, fades quick... taste is rather boring burnt malt, some sweetness that is vaguely milk-stout like, dry cocoa... mouthfeel is middling, finish a bit sour and unimpressive.

I mean, yeah, it's just... not bad, not really good, just kind of there. Is not a text-book example of the style and isn't unique. There are much better porters out there. On to something else!

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Photo of argock
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. Says :Fresh Beer -- Keep Cool," but no freshness date is on the label.

A: Thick black with bubbly, ice-cream float-like tan head that dissipates very quickly and leaves no lace.

S: Clear chocolate overtones with less prominent coffee and dark fruit aromas as well.

T: Initial flavors are chocolate and mild coffee/espresso with dark fruit flavors as the beer warms. Very acrid finish that is a bit too harsh for my taste, bu others who like extreme toasting might like it.

M: Pretty thin for a porter -- kind of a disconnect with the color -- and the aftertaste is very long, very powerful, and not all that pleasant. Carbonation is low-to-medium.

D: Not terrible, but not my type of porter with the heavy bitter, acrid, burnt aftertaste. Not my cup of tea, but fans of burned porters will ike this.

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Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The fudge colored liquid arrives in a pint glass with a small head that manages to leave a few dots of lace behind

Smell: Chocolate, coffee grinds and toast

Taste: Chocolate, toast and coffee elements, up front, but a robust husky, grainy flavor takes over in the middle; suprisingly little flavor lingers, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: There is a husky, grainy bitterness to this beer that overwhelms the flavors that might round it out; would be better with a bit more chocolate and coffee character

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a black color with a frothy brown foam. Fades at an average clip and does not leave much lacing.

Nose is light, unsweetened chocolate, a little bit of licorice and cola. Not much sweetness and there is low fruitiness, just a few hints of raspberries perhaps.

Taste has a touch of smoke and more licorice. A little overcarbonated and thin, it would be better with a sweeter, fuller body. Perhaps some more fresh roast? Light chalk comes in as it warms and feels a little old-worldly, hops are in the background for sure. Decent value at 3.99 for a bomber, but the contents are pretty forgettable.

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Photo of blackie
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: pours a one-finger mocha head that soon fizzles down to nothing, the beer is a very deep brown in color

s: sweet chocolate malts, chocolate caramels, malty sweetness, a little off-balance but pretty decent

m: low-medium carbonation, light-medium body, somewhat dead on the palate

t: much the same as the aroma, heavy on the bittersweet chocolate and caramel, some light-medium roasts coming out after the swallow, earthy hops, lingering sugars

d: not great, not bad...get tired of it pretty quickly

there are better Legends out there

bomber from The Caboose, Ashland, VA

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 08/27/08.

Pours very dark brown, almost black. A moderate pour produced a two finger fizzy tan head that quickly disappeared to nothing. No retention, no lacing. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, and toffee.

Taste is sweet toasted malt with lots of chocolate and caramel flavors. Hints of toffee, vanilla, and butterscotch also. Nice bitter aftertaste. The taste is a bit on the sweet side but has a nice mix of flavors.

Feel is medium body with ample carbonation. Fairly smooth with a lingering aftertaste. Drinkability is pretty good. It goes down smooth.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber with no freshness date. It is essentially black, with an inch of light brown head that is fizzy at first but subsides to 1/8" and leaves decent lacing. The main aromas are roasted and chocolate malts with light green hops. It tastes like roasted/chocolate/coffee malts with cocoa, tobacco?, a faint pine/juniper spiciness, and a mild bitterness. The medium to light body is fairly carbonated, almost tingly, and it leaves a short finish. An average porter I'd say, but it tastes good enough and is easy to drink.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I need more local beers in my life (or, at least, in my stomach). This one pours an opaque black brown topped by more than two fingers of light tan foam, which settles into a nice foggy layer on the surface. The nose comprises toasted wheat, a pinch of nutmeg, and a soapy quality I can't put my finger on. The taste holds notes of light molasses, brown sugar, roasted malts, and, possibly, a bit of bitter coffee (I thrive on controversy). The aftertaste is a watery bit of dark wheat. The body is a light-ish medium, with light carbonation and a very fluid feel. Overall, a decent porter, but definitely middle-of-the-road.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ChuckCook for the chance to try this offering.

A: Pours a dark brown with a frothy one and a half finger caramel colored head. Retention of a good thick film on top with and fine lacing.
S: Sweet chocolate, caramel, and toffee notes. Vanilla and almond notes with a good background of cherries. Smooth milkyness to the aroma.
T/M: This is a sweeter than normal porter. Caramel and toffee flavors blend well with an undertone of vanilla and cherry. Decent bitterness with a burnt coffee finish. Mouthfeel is a bit too sharp and thin for me. Slick across the palate with a dryness in the finish.
D: A decent porter from Good 'ol Virginia. A bit sweet for my tastes. Also a bit thin. Glad I had to try this offering from Legend.

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Photo of Deuane
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Deep, dark lack/brown with a massive, effervescent tan head that slowly reduces to a thin cap of retention and leaves decorative lace.

S-Light chocolate malt, touch of sweet caramel, a hint of coffee and even a little damp earth. Nice but all of this is rather light.

T-Much like the aroma with a decent dose of bittersweet chocolate, sweet caramel malt, earthy hops and even a subtle hit of anise in the drying, chalky finish.

M-Medium-light bodied and disappointingly thin. This lacks the robustness I like when enjoying a porter. To much carbonation and lack of body brings this one down.

D-Decent but needs some tweaking. Good flavour profile but lack of aroma and wimpy body makes this one drinkable but certainly not memorable.

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Photo of vincehayter
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Got to try this on nitro; believe it made a noticeable difference. Head retention was a bit lacking for a nitro beer but okay overall. Flavor and body were both great and spot on for a porter. One of the desserts offered at the Legend restaurant is a float made with this brew; I could see that working well but didn't try it.

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Photo of byrd
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was a bit weary to try this after being very disappointed in my last two Legend brews (the Trippel and Doppelbock), nontheless I gave it a shot anyway.... on tap at Stillwater's On Main, Gloucester, Va.

It turned out to be better then I had expected. Pitch black in color with a large thick-thick, dark brown head. The head slowly recedes to become a quarter inch thick lace that remains until the glass is emptied. Roasted aroma with notes of coffee and dark chocolate. The flavors mimic the aroma quite well... dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt notes. The chocolate notes make this one tend to be a touch on the sweet side, but I didn't notice any of the negative attributes mentioned previously (sour, slick, butter, etc). A standout among porters?... maybe not, but worth a try. I'll try it again.

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