Brown Ale
Legend Brewing Co.

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Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States
Brown Ale - English
Ranked #30
Ranked #20,225
3.81 | pDev: 12.6%
Mar 12, 2022
Oct 04, 2001
Very Good
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Notes: 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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Photo of milkshakebeersucks
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Mahogany hued with a medium size tan head and a fair amount of lacing. Whiffs of molasses floating above caramel malts. The taste up front reflects those sweet malts although there are some lingering floral hops as you ease towards the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel with a long lasting finish.

Mar 12, 2022
4 by kkazemi from New York on Feb 20, 2022
Photo of CobraChicken
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by CobraChicken

Pours cola with a mild off white head. Maybe it’s just me, but I wasn’t getting much aroma from this at all. The first sip was bitter, dry, with a hint of molasses. Not too heavy on the hops, but definitely noticeable. The carbonation is spot on. I’m not very big on this style and so maybe I just don’t appreciate it like others. I do love the 5.8 ABV. If you are into ales then this is probably worth trying. I’m more of a doppelbock and a lager guy myself, so I probably won’t be stocking the fridge with this one. But I will say that it is not unpleasant. Just not my favorite.

Jan 25, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

Pours a nice brown color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has caramel and malt hints
The taste follows the nose with a very well balanced and pleasant caramel and malt flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A great Brown Ale

Jun 12, 2021
Photo of mellonsm
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by mellonsm from Pennsylvania

Dark chocolate with a thin white head.
Light malty aroma. Not much really there to judge.
Basic brown malty taste. Nothing really unique.
Good mouthfeel.
A good beer, but nothing remarkable.

Apr 18, 2021
Photo of WickedBeer
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by WickedBeer from Alabama

Malty, roasty. On the sweeter side, but it’s a pretty balanced brown. Solid.

Nov 09, 2020
4.19 by foghornleghorn22 from Virginia on Oct 10, 2020
4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 02, 2020
3.5 by corneliustoad from Florida on Jun 17, 2020
4 by Velivolus from Vermont on Nov 27, 2019
Photo of NavyDoc
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by NavyDoc from South Carolina

I really enjoyed this beer, a lot. Usually if I’m trying out beers I’ll try something different the next time I’m I’m in the same bar. But I went back to this one again. It’s hard to find on tap outside of Virginia or even in Virginia, for that matter. This is one of my go to beers.

May 18, 2019
3.72 by jtk21351 from California on May 09, 2019
4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Apr 10, 2019
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Mar 19, 2019
3.9 by Dantefire from North Carolina on Oct 07, 2018
3.64 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia on Aug 12, 2018
3.88 by StevoQ452 from Virginia on Aug 12, 2018
Photo of ikapaMK
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by ikapaMK from Virginia

Dark, cola color, with a thick (~2-3in) tan head

Smells of dried fruit

Tastes of caramelized sugar, cola, and dark fruit, with a sweet aftertaste

Moderately full mouthfeel, with light effervescence on the tongue

Overall, a really easy drinker. Maybe a tad bit too sweet. Could very easily be an introductory beer for a non-beer drinker

Aug 06, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Trailboss76 from Virginia

Dark brown cola-like color. Light, not so foamy tan-ish head. Very nice malty, somewhat nutty aroma. Got the malty-ness going with the flavor as well. Smooth going down, decent finish. Getting various hints of flavor all around the mouth rather than just a particular area of the tongue. Aroma & taste playing well together and more so than a lot of beers. Wish the aroma was even "bigger."

Jul 17, 2018
5 by Spence94 from Virginia on Jun 18, 2018
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by connecticutpoet from Connecticut

Appearance – Four finger head on a clear ruby red body.

Aroma – Rich malt and brown bread, slightly boozy.

Taste – Strong malt and brown bread, molasses, slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel – Somewhat thick for a brown ale, but this one was 6 years old.

Overall – Very good, almost seemed like a barrel-aged beer.

Jun 12, 2018
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2.23/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
by joe5 from Iowa

They keep calling this "...perfectly balanced..." Sorry, not. There are too many flavors and things going on w/this beer (read the desc kidding me?) to pull off...and they proved it. I like Legends but this beer is highly overrated by most; don't get the appeal at all. I tried it recently for the first time in a long time...will probably be my last. It just doesn't work.

May 31, 2018
3.75 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire on May 05, 2018
3.25 by Kubishark from Maryland on Feb 27, 2018
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Dewsby from Kentucky

L) Pours a dark amber/brown hue with a large, creamy off-white head with good retention and lacing. Swirls with a full body.

S) The smell is nice. Has a pleasant nuttiness and light toffee. Ever so slight resin notes can be picked up behind the malt. A slight metallic presence can be noted on the nose as well.

T) The palate is dominated by slightly bitter and roasty toffee. It is quite nice, but again, a slight metallic taste is present detracting from the overall experience.

F) I quite enjoy the mouth-feel on this one, it is very creamy for a brown. Medium carbonation and a crisp nature.

O) This is a great go to brown, hopefully at some point the slight metallic note will be gone from the brew.

Feb 08, 2018
3.85 by wwoj from Virginia on Jan 26, 2018
3.81 by MisledTitan from England on Dec 13, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Pantalones from Virginia

My last bottle from the six-pack I picked up a while back when thinking "hey, I haven't had a brown ale in a while." Wasn't able to find a bottled-on or best-by date, but since these were in refrigeration at a grocery store that hadn't previously carried them I'm not worried about age.

This is a very nice-looking beer -- deep dark reddish-brown, with a huge layer of light tan foam on top (that may be partly due to how I poured it, but the fact that it's sticking around afterward points toward it being a feature of the beer itself that I might've amplified a little by pouring faster than usual.) Very clear, with rising bubbles visible when held up to the light. The foam leaves a good bit of lacing at first, but it fades after a bit.

Smell is light, but pleasant -- toasty, maybe a little sourdough-esque. Definitely malty rather than hoppy, like you would expect for a brown ale (especially one described as more traditional British style rather than a hopped-up American version.) After taking a few sips, I'm noticing a bit of a caramelly sort of thing blended in with the previously mentioned smells. Definitely adds some richness to the previously kinda faint smell of the beer, and reminds me a bit of some of the English ales I've had, which would make sense as this is described as an English-style brown ale.

Taste is similar to the smell initially, but noticeably richer right away -- the malt is really nice in this beer, with several different flavors mingling together. Toasty bread, the almost sourdough thing noticed in the smell, and a bit of an almost dry-leaves sort of thing (maybe almost tea-like now that I think about it?) that makes this feel even more appropriate for a late-fall/early-winter night. A bit of sweetness to it from the malt (that almost caramel-like thing is present here, maybe not quite as present as in the smell though) but overall pretty dry. Around the halfway point I'm getting hints of something almost woody. Flavors don't linger for long after a drink.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, light enough to be drinkable but substantial enough to not feel anywhere near watery and leave a bit of a lingering feeling in the mouth afterward. Carbonation is noticeable but not harsh/prickly.

This is one of those beers where the whole seems to be greater than the sum of its parts -- so I put my "overall" score higher than any of the main scores. Definitely worth picking up a six-pack!

Dec 13, 2017
3.83 by agreenman19 from Connecticut on Oct 28, 2017
3.67 by LauraJCreech from Virginia on Oct 06, 2017
2.75 by JeffKowalek from Tennessee on Sep 28, 2017
4.15 by DrBass from Maryland on Sep 08, 2017
4.16 by Yeldarb92 from Ohio on Aug 08, 2017
3.94 by h4ger from Connecticut on Jun 23, 2017
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4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by vwbus7 from North Carolina

Had it on draft at Whole Foods in Short Pump.

Amazing as usual.

Jun 21, 2017
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Legend Brewing Co. "Brown Ale"
on tap @ Murphys Grand Irish Pub, Virginia Beach,VA
$5 / pint

Notes: Clear mahogany brown beneath a creamy head of off-white. Excellent head retention and lacing. Clean, fresh aroma of lightly chocolatey and golden caramelish malt. The flavor follows with little variation but greater depth; the addition is its mildly leafy and grassy hops. Mildly bitter but still mostly dry in the finish. Short lingering notes of light milk chocolate, medium caramel, and floral/leafy hops in the finish.

Jun 19, 2017
3.75 by GarthDanielson from Virginia on Jun 18, 2017
Photo of Spiceboy
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Spiceboy from Pennsylvania

Currently my 6th favorite beer is this English Brown Ale brewed in Richmond, VA. I've only had it in a bottle, so I look forward to trying it on Draft;)

Apr 17, 2017
4.25 by rjp217 from Massachusetts on Apr 04, 2017
3.69 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Feb 08, 2017
Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
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