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Brown Ale | Legend Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
461
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
21.93%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
81
For Trade:
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Reviews: 154 | Ratings: 461
Photo of constantine_272
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Lovely dark chestnut color. Medium carbonation. Sticky very viscous foam. Not sure if this is normal, but my bottle had a good amount of chunky sediment at the bottom. Maybe it was mistreated before I got it or just plain pushing the 'best by' date. I don't get many Virginian brews out here in Brewvana Oregon. Loses points for the sediment whether its Legend's fault it not.

S: Rich deep nuttiness of hazelnut. Sweetness of caramel and molasses. Slight applewood smokiness. Supple leather. A little mineral smell: carbon, steel, iron and copper.

T: Starts off nutty and rich and leathery like the smell. A little bit of cedar and oak builds in also. Sweetness builds a bit in the back of the tongue shortly after. Also there's a little cinnamon spice that starts to come through. Slight bit of tangy dry hops comes through at the end which mostly finishes clean. The hops finishes dry and slightly floral. Crisp and fairly clean. A little bit of grass and a fair amount of straw towards the end. Mild sweetness persist in a weak aftertaste.

M: Medium body, not too thin. Finishes crisp and bright; I really like that and could go for a touch more. Finishes clean; only mild sweetness lingers but not for long.

O: Quite nice brown ale. Very balanced; great rich flavors and the crisp finish really plays off the richness well.

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Photo of Steamer
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with reddish hues; a thick 2-inch, tan head with lots of staying power. The smell is surprisingly hoppy and brisk. The taste is an interesting blend of the hops and malts; citrus-grapefruit, nutty, a little bitter after taste more in line with a mild IPA but still a very good on the palate. Dry and high carbonation mouthfeel. Overall: Although the taste, aroma, and mouthfeel don't track with most brown ales, this brew is very good and enjoyable.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Medium brown in color, Legend Brown Ale emits an aroma of sweet, lightly roasted, nutty malts. The body of the beer is a little hazy and there is a small amount of lacing.

This beer serves up flavors like caramel malt, toffee, nuts, a touch of dough, and bread. The overall flavor is more on the sweet side, but there is some balancing from the hops. The beer is medium in body and is generally drinkable and likeable.

Legend Brewing Brown Ale is a decent beer, but I don’t rank it among my favorite examples of the style. The reason is because the flavors don’t necessarily mesh together the way they should. The individual tastes are okay, but they don’t have much synergy, leaving the consumer with a less then pleasant experience.

A decent beer overall, but far from the best brown ale I have ever tried.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Light caramel and maple syrup nose up front. Wheat bread crust character asserts as it warms. Light earthy and cedar like hop notes. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Deep shoe leather brown with ruby edging. Low one finger off-white head that retains well. Beer appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Light caramel flavors up front with low honey notes. More wheat crust character with earthy hop bitterness to provide a counterpoint. Finish is clean and dry. Balance is nearly even but slightly leaning toward the malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high, prickly carbonation. No heat, astringency, or creaminess.

Overall impression: A solid American Brown Ale. It seemed to bitter to be an English Brown even though that's where it's slotted here. I'd try it again but in general, browns don't get me too excited.

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Photo of DrJay
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep brown with a reddish hue topped by a thin beige cap. Good head retention, some lacing. Not much other than grapefruit citrus in the aroma, perhaps a bit of malt and brown sugar. Moderate bitterness, citrus dominates the flavour, fainter notes of dark malts, nuts, and brown sugar. Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation, a bit dry. Decent overall, particularly if you like a lot of citrus in your brown ales.

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Photo of obywan59
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent brown to orangish brown with a ond finger light tan head that rapidly recedes leaving a bit of nice lacing.

The aroma is fruity with caramel and nutty malts. Light coffee.

Faintly sweet malts with a bit of caramel. Nutty. Light bitterness in the end.

Medium full in body with a prickle of light carbonation, but otherwise smooth and lightly creamy. Slightly warming.

Pretty decent brew. Nothing amazing, but it's satisfying and refreshing. I would try it again.

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Photo of Kendo
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is mahogany-amber with a small ivory head on top. Lots of fine particulate in suspension is odd - makes it look gritty. Leaves behind a bit of lace.

S: Pleasant brown ale nose: caramel malt, fruit and nuttiness.

T: Pretty much follows the nose, with a touch of caramel malt up front, some generic fruitiness and then nuttiness toward the back end. It's all wrapped up with a slightly minerally hop bitterness that provides a bit of balance.

M: Lighter side of medium in heft; carbonation is prickly but fine.

O: An easy drinker and a good version of the style.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark brown color, with a slight head of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the beer in wispy clouds.

Aroma: Very malty and bready, with some good nuttiness there too. I get some slight chocolate notes too as well as some molasses. Very pleasant.

Taste: Like the aroma, the beer is very malty and nutty with some pleasing sweetness of toffee and/or molasses. The beer finishes with some nicely balanced hops bitterness to round everything out.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a slight chewiness. There is some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds, and with an ABV of 6.4%, there’s just the slightest hint of alcohol on the palate, but not much

Overall: I was very impressed with this brown ale. Nicely balanced, very tasty and very drinkable. I’ll certainly pick up a few more of these.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A-medium brown with hint of red, a nice tan head and decent lacing

S-toasted malt, light nutty, hint of caramel

T-toasted malt, light caramel, nutty, hint of chocolate, mild bitterness in the finish

F- light time dim body with moderate carbonation, a little light for my taste

O-decent if not great brown ale, easy drinking

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Photo of kemoarps
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is the last of the beers my little brother brought me when he came to visit a little while back (he's the best).

The pour is considerably lighter and more opaque than I expected. Looks almost more like and amber, with it's light toffee/mahogany shading. Decent sized suds on top, an off-white almond colour. Effervescent.

The smell is quite enticing. Nutty and sweet with a bready background, it's not something I look for in all of my beers, but for a brown, it seems to be about what I want.

I have to admit it's a little bit of a let down as it goes down the hatch. Primary notes of are crisp and refreshing, a light caramel, which is backed up by a caramel creaminess. A bit of deeez nuts, before tapering into a bitter finish. There's a doughy character somewhere in there that is kind of disappointing, tastes like raw gingerbread dough: brown sugar and yeast that feel unfinished, like they were supposed to get together and make something, but just decided to sit by themselves on the sideline instead.
There's a lot of really enjoyable components here, and the makings of a very good brown, but it just didn't all come together as I had hoped. Glad I tried it, much love to my brother for bringing it through, but ultimately not one I'll probably ever have again.

edit: As I have a bomber and a tiny glass, it has taken several refills, and each refill has caused it to try to overflow with head, while the beer part stays in the bottom inch or so of the glass. This coupled with some other things that came out as I drink make me wonder if there's something up with this bottle (I admittedly don't know much about what can affect a beer/what effect it can have). Is this a possibility?

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Photo of smakawhat
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real solid looking brown, with a deep copper red hue, and large brown mahogany dark body. Large evenly tan and four finger tall head is produced with a large staying foaming cap. Solid and impressive looking with very slow rising carbonation barely seen in the middle.

Light toasty notes, but a bit grainy with a weak sense of caramel. Kind of dry. A little gaseous perhaps also. Otherwise ok.

Palate is interesting. Most of the flavor hits in the aftertaste. Predominant on milk chocolate with a very good coating mouthfeel if a bit fizzy just a tad in the finish. Flavors don't seem to last and provide a little bit of sticky syrup quality after some time.

Overall sort of missing the nutty character and malt depth, but it's not a bad brew though and certainly not a horrible brown that's for sure.

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Photo of nofunyons
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my steady. I always have on hand. The best English style brown ale in the world.

From Legend Brewing Co.;

"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. 5.8% Alc. By Vol."

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Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Once again, my local, in-person trader, tone77, has come through with an interesting beer for me to try. I tend to eschew beers not in CANs or other than AIPAs so he keeps me honest and in the game. Well done!

An aggro pour resulted in a brief finger of light-tan head with limited retention. Color was a mahogany brown with NE-quality clarity. Nose gave off notes of milk chocolate, nuts, caramel and toffee. Whee! Mouthfeel was unexpectedly effervescent with a very nutty flavor on the tongue. This was turning out much better than I had expected. Finish was semi-dry with the nuttiness being offset by a butterscotch-caramel-toffee flavor. For not being my cuppa tea, this was quite a nice beer. It just reinforces my need to diversify whenever possible.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.58/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

First had: on tap at Legend

Clear, medium brown pour with a small white head that fizzled out pretty quickly, leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass. Very little in the nose, toasted cereal grains, and not much else. Buttery off-flavors, caramel malt sweetness, grainy, phenolic fruitiness, and a tiny hop bitterness coming through. Thin body, not very drinkable. I'm not a big fan of brown ales to begin with, but this one was just flat-out poorly made.

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Photo of wac9
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

wow just wow my mother in law pick this up in virgina dam she can pick good beers out. just a great tasting beer a very sexy brown ale in a glass, brown , very little head smells boozy but its not and the taste is wonderful find this beer and bring it home just wonderful

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Photo of MrMegaton
4.71/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter directly from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Off white one finger head, decent lacing, and a beautiful reddish-mohogany hue.

S - Aroma of a predominately toffee note, light on the hop but a good sweet malt.

T - Probably one of my most visited beers. I almost always keep this on hand. Definitely my favorite beer of their line and well deserved. Sweet malt with toffee and caramel notes, finishes clean not bitter, very slightly earthy.

M - Very balanced, again finishes very clean.

Overall: One of my favorites. As a devout fan of Brown Ales this almost always is my first choice. Everyone has one brew that they cannot simply pass up. This one happens to be mine.

Happy brewing.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, a bit nutty. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, a bit of nuts, just a touch of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a nice opacity in spite of its shade. I think the head is quite beautiful, a one finger light khaki shade that retains itself in a consistent manner. Lacing is good, as well.

S: Surprisingly peppery - the black pepper component is pretty strong here. Beneath that lies some pleasant nuttiness (I'd say something along the lines of pecan and almond) and even a touch of lemongrass. A bit strange in its construction, but not offputting.

T: The nut flavor is what dominates, first and foremost. Afterwards, the nuttiness will roll into a slight tartness. The finish has a balanced bitterness, keeping the sweetness in check without becoming harsh. A vague cream flavor is on the aftertaste - creating the suggestion that this seems well layered, if not complex. Very, very good, and much better than what the aroma suggested.

M: Creamy smooth at first, before finishing clean and dry. Carbonation could be toned down ever so faintly. Otherwise, the general feel of the palate is quite pleasant, avoiding the excess chalkiness prevalent in some browns.

O: I admit, this one caught me off guard a bit. Aromatically, it's not much cop, but the flavor and texture helps compensate. Very good in general.

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Photo of JMB
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown and thick appearance, frothy head that gathers on the glass, good looking amber

T - somewhat malty with a mix of sweet and slightly bitter, ends nicely with a hidden hint of bitterness, subtle caramel

M - hearty and smooth, satisfying

O - enjoyable ale that does not overwhelm, taste is sweet yet subtle at the end

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Photo of Guden
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium dark brown with a little haze. A big off white head fades to a finger that hangs around.

S- A little pecan with a big toffee smell and a bit of toast. There's also a hint of sour tang.

T- Like the smell there's a nutty and toffee mix. There's a very woody finish with a light sweetness and again that hard to place tang.

M- Medium in body and low in carbonation, lets the flavors play but also go down easy.

O- I like this one. The sour tangy flavor is hard to place but it plays well with the nuttiness and it's definitely an easy drinker.

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Photo of ccrida
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into my large Duvel tulip, Legend's Brown Ale is a murky brown with an off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is fairly rich, toffee, and a little charred roast.

Taste is malty, nougat, a touch nutty. A little herbal hop snap, earthy, but little bitterness and really none of the char I picked up on the nose.

Mouthfeel is slippery, light bodied.

Drinkability is ok, a little to much like a milky way candy bar for my taste, I tired of the sweetness quickly. The fairly high ABV is well hidden though.

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Photo of mckenziac
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a rich, dark brown color. Has a small, foamy head that dissipates quickly down to a small cap that leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of caramel, nuts, and earthy hops.

Taste: Mildly hoppy with caramel malts, nuts, and a strong coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and crisp.

Overall: A fairly average brown ale. A bit of a sentimental favorite because it's semi-local and definitely something I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of garuda
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mostly clear ruby with a beige thin head that has some retention and little lacing. Medium to light in body, smooth, finishes with lasting pine bitterness. Taste and smell rounded out by sweet bready, cookie dough with a little roast to it. Nice brown ale, but nothing too memorable. Paired well with the Q at Buz & Ned's.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Clear deep mahogany brown color. Two and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Nutty with a dry toastiness. Grainy malts and quite clean. Not a whole lot of flavor, but what is there is quite nice.

3.0 T: Taste is like the nose. Nutty, toasty, and dry. Grainy. Again it's not very intense, but it's well made and tasty.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Extraordinarily creamy for what the body is and super smooth.

3.5 D: Decent beer with a great mouthfeel, but could use more intensity in the taste.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium to deep brown color with a billowy off white head. The head fades relatively fast initially but thickens, and fades more slowly over time. It does eventually fade however and leaves a medium amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell of this one is quite delicious. It has a nice roasted malt base with sweet toffee accents. Caramel, brown bread, and light coffee aroma are there as well. A wonderful roasty sweet smell.

Taste – A sweeter brown sugar and brown bread flavor meet the tongue. These form a base for the taste and are present throughout. Notes of the toffee and caramel come and go as the taste moves on with at the end the taste bittering up ever so lightly; bringing on some more roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation level of this brew is a bit on the higher side with the body on the mid to higher side as well. The carbonation level creates a more refreshing style at a little expense to the creamier and roasty flavors of the body.

Overall – Very easy drinking with great flavors and aromas.

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Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.
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