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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:
462
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
21.93%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
82
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 154 | Ratings: 462
Photo of engagechad
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased in a 12er from Kroger here in Glen Allen, VA - poured into English pint glass

Pours an amazing mahoghany, crystal clear brown color with brilliant lacing. Smells of Chocolate chip cookies and brown sugar.. man.. almost buttery but not in a bad diacetyl way. Taste follows, silky smooth brown sugar malty goodness. not much in the hop presence proper to style.

Overall this beer is an amazing E Brown. I could live on this beer. really.

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Photo of gopens44
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark almond color and mostly clear with a thin foamy head.

S - The most slight presence of bitterness in the nose was nearly exhausted by the malty sweetness that climbed aboard the nose relatively quick.

T - Very similar to the nose. Slightly bitter at first that gives way to a very clean and sweet molasses-y malt flavor. Refreshing yet decent depth.

M - Well carbonated and fairly thin with a rather heavy bitter and a touch sour aftertaste.

O - For being a local beer, this one stands up with most any Brown that I've had.

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

APPEARANCE: Had this at Flemming's Steak House in Richmond, VA. This was the only craft beer on the menu (the wine menu, by comparison, was some five pages long). Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass (don't blame me -- not my choice), this beer had a 1/2" fizzy, off-white head that dissipated quickly with fair head lacing. The clear brown body showed little carbonation.

AROMA: Aroma reflected slightly toasted malt, with hints of caramel and toffee, together with a light hops inflection of grapefruit and pine.

TASTE: Taste consisted of a nutty roasted malt with some caramel and toffee and a light hop flavor of grapefruit and pine. The hop taste was slightly surprising but not unpleasant.

MOUTHFEEL: This medium-bodied brew's texture was a bit thin with light carbonation. There was virtually no body lacing. The initial taste was sweet, morphing into a lightly bitter dryness with a very slight bitter aftertaste at the short finish.

DRINKABILITY: This was a tasty, well-balanced, brown ale but certainly was not best of breed. It was easy to drink, could be consumed all night long, and was a reasonable value, even at the restaurant's sizable markup. I'd order it again and wouldn't hesitate to serve it to friends.

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Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

....and for tonight another Legend beer! This is only my second one ever. I'm really getting into a "support you local brewery" kick!

A: Poured a crystal-like, effervescent brown color, with about a finger or so dirty white head that whiddled away into a thin sud formation after about a minute or so.

S: Nice candy scent: brown sugar, a tinge of butterscotch, and bit of milk chocolate. Malty!

T: A bit more hop sizzle than I was expecting, however, this had a nice fresh, cracked wheat bread quality on the finish. The candy quality I got on the nose wasn't as present on the taste, but it was still tasty.

M: TONS of carbonation on this bad boy... which I felt instantly. Nothing strong or lingering here.

O: I appreciate the fact that the brewer(s) craft this one more towards the entree (bread dough) side as apposed to the candy, sugary one. This was a different kind of brown ale for sure. Good stuff!

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Photo of sholland119
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blind BIF, Round 4. Blind beer #8 from Thorpe429.

A-Crystal clear ruby with a frothy off tan head and some sticky lacing.

S-Sweet caramel malts with a bit of mild sourness and some breadiness.

T-Some black cherry sweetness with a bit of balancing sourness and some red grape and brown sugar. Nice.

M-Medium bodied with fine carbonation.

D-Quite tasty and smooth.

HV

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Photo of Cyrano41
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown in Color, nutty rich aroma with a good half inch of head. Good carbonation and nice lacing on the glass all the way down. The nutty aroma carries over to the flavor. Robust flavor you'd expect from a brown ale, but finishes mild. Just shy of bitter but not sweet, very well balanced. I had it on the recommendation a bartender, on tap, a while back and had to look for at my local Total Wine. Great beer! I took a six pack to a friend's and they where a hit even with the MGD die hards.

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Photo of Justin23060
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown leaning toward amber. 1/2 finger head. Smells caramely chocolate with some sweet tobacco and dried fruit. Tastes sweet with a semi-sweet finish. Nice and malty with just enough hop to bitter. Adequate carbination and a creamy mouth feel. Pretty solid offering and quite drinkable. I'd recommend it without any reservations.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Wegmans while staying in Woodbridge VA on vacation with family. Love to check out local beers anytime I travel, and since this is made in VA, had to check it out.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from a six pack into a wine glass.

The beer pours a very lightly hazy amber to dark copper color with a half inch of tan head, not too much lacing, but the head settles to a thin layer that sits on top.

The aromas are of caramel, toffee or roasted almonds, toasted bread with melted butter, some mild hops.

The taste follows the nose quite nicely, toasted malts, caramel, roasted mild toffee, nuts, some bitterness of dry hops in the middle and a bitter dry finish. A good malt to hops balance.

The mouth feel is fairly crisp, with medium carbonation. It is both drinkable and goes down smooth.

Overall, this one surprised me a bit. Researched Legend Brewing company before arriving (being from CA where it is not distributed to my knowledge) and am glad I had the opportunity to try this one. Also a plus that I get to take one of these back to share with friends at the next tasting.

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Photo of palthainon
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the most drinkable beer I would advocate to anyone. Be they beer snob or simple-drunk, everyone loves a Brown ale from legend.

It also has to added bonus of being readily available in many places and extremely affordable.

Give this beer a chance and it'll be something you regularly stock from here on out.

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Photo of pnkRed
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a mahogany brown and crystal clear with a short head that dissipates rather quickly. The smell was nutty and malty, and although the aroma was there, it was light and humble. The taste was spot on average for a brown ale. Nutty and malty. Nothing to be too impressed with, but definitely better than a Newky Brown. Light on the body, and easy to sip, this one you can definitely drink a bottle or two and not have to worry about not making the evening news at 10.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Poured from a 22oz. Bomber into a pint glass. Deep, dark brown with a thin head that dissipated quickly. Only a few wisps of foam were able to cling to the glass. The color was impressive, the head and lacing left something to be desired.

SMELL: The Legend Brown Ale had a brown sugary, malty smell, but it was not overpowering, a rather pleasant nose.

TASTE: A nice example standard and straight forward brown ale. Nutty, malty and sugary, but as with the nose, the taste was not overwhelmingly sweet. In fact, it was dryer than most browns I have had. The sweetness does slowly creep in as the beer goes down, but it gives way to a subtle smoky finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Slightly oily and the little carbonation that there is lightly tickles the tongue on the way down.

OVERALL: My only issue with Legend's Brown Ale is the carbonation (or lack there of). It made for a weak head and gave it an oily feel. In terms of flavor, however, this is one of the better brown ales I have had. So, if you are not as sensitive to texture as I am, pick one of these up next time you find yourself in Richmond, VA.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Legend Brown Ale looks great in the glass. It has a red-brown colour and an excellent 1cm head that is maintaned by high carbonation. This beer has a big malty smell. The flavour is similarly malty with a coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is noticeable too. This beer feels great in the mouth: very thick and carbonated.

Malterrific!

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Photo of KeithStolte
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had it for lunch with Garlic Roasted Red Potatoes and a Tuscan Tomato soup from AW Shucks in Norfolk, VA where it is consistently on-tap.

A - Poured from tap to pint glass. Classic brown color with a thin off white head. Some leftover bits of carbonation through out the drink. Good Retention and some lacing.

S - Nutty Aroma, Slightly sweet

T - Earthy Tones, Slightly sweet but not overbearing.

M - full but not thick, medium carbonation.

D - Very Drinkable. Matchs with a lot of dishes.

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Photo of nickd717
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle via trade thanks to billab914.

Pours clear amber-brown in color with a one-finger white head that leaves some foam on the beer.

The aroma is very chocolatey with caramel and some plum and fig notes. Pretty nice.

Fairly sweet flavor with lots of caramel malt and a little chocolate. The fruits come out on the flavor as well, with a slight hint of molasses.

Medium body with average carbonation and a pretty standard mouthfeel.

A good brown ale overall. Not amazing, but good enough.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the tap with a thin off-white head, which quickly evaporated with just a hint of a collar in the wake. The body was an optically clear garnet-tinged medium brown... little traces of visible carbonation.

S- Overall a very mild nose. I am straining to pick up any aroma... I'm in a smoke-free bar, with no food on the table... and while this was served a little on the cool side, I still should get SOMETHING off the nose... but I nothing...

T- A fairly nice balance of some vienna malts and some earthy hop flavor. This balance persists through the midpalate, until some mild hop bitterness kicks-in and lingers a bit in the finish. Overall, I feel that the flavor is good, but still somewhat weak... like someone took a nice Brown Ale and diluted it with some water.

M- A very thin body with a- I don't want to say a coarse carbonation, but perhaps a 'spritzy' carbonation... Low level of astringency. No real texture.

D- Overall drinkable... while it fails to break the mediocre barrier in all other categories, it's refreshing enough to drink in quantity on a hot day.

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

Yep, looks like a classic brown ale. They nailed that. Brown, but allows light to pass through, but not really clear. A nice egg white colored head, not very thick but has excellent retention.

Hmm, not used to getting hops right off the bat from a brown ale. Obviously, this is an American brown ale. A little pine, a little grapefruit and the malts are pretty much missing in the nose. Well, not entirely. Cleared my palate and took another whiff and there's a nice balance here. The aforementioned hops, but also a bit of toast.

A nicely balanced beer. Just enough bite from the hops to balance out the bready sweetness of the malt. Neither really take center stage, but the hops do get the final scene. Not exceptionally complex, but nice nonetheless. It's like a really good two-man show of malts and hops.

This has very little aftertaste and is real easy to drink. The hops have a presence but don't add bitterness to the point that you can only handle one or two. Well, if you're a hophead this is a bad thing, but it makes for nicely balanced beer.

Nothing exceptionally or noteworthy about this beer, it's just a good beer.

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Photo of kola
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with hints of red. Pours a big head that quickly settles with some lace.

S - Nuts, roasted malts, a hint of sweetness like brown sugar or caramel

T - The caramel comes through the roasted malts nicely. This is a sweet brown, but the sweetness is not overpowering. Hints of nuts during the drink, and a little twist of hops in the finish.

M - Has enough carbonation, and is not too thin.

D - If you have a hankering for a brown ale that brings some sugar to the party, this is a highly drinkable beer. The aroma and taste make it a pleasant experience.

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Photo of vtsaltydogg03
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer in a 22oz draft at the Quaker Steak in Newport News VA. It was a good beer, nothing super special to remark about, but in a town where bud, bud light and yeungling are the readily available beers on draft. Would drink it again if I were looking for a good brew that wouldn't over power my wings, yet maintained a good body and mouth feel.

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Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Otter Creek World Tour shaped pint glass. Poured a dark, caramely brown color, with a bit of cherry red coming through where the light hits it. It started with a huge foamy and bubbly head but it settled a bit after a minute or so. It did leave a good covering over the beer though as I drank it and left some decent lacing.

The aroma has a big toasted malt, toffee and caramel flavor to it. It has a bit of brown sugar sweetness coming through as well. Very nice and appealing brown ale aroma.

The taste also shows a good amount of the caramel and toffee flavors. It has some good toasty malt and nuttiness coming through as well. Some hop bitterness helps it from becoming too sweet. It finishes though with a little malty sweetness that lingers for a bit. Excellent taste and one of the better flavored brown's I've had.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice and enjoyable brown ale. it really had some nice caramel, toffee and nutty flavors to it.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to hopeinhop for this one.

poured from a bomber a dark amber to light mahogany into a dogfish head signature glass. 1/2 finger off white head that held up for just a couple minutes leaving little noticeable lacing.

strong buttery brown sugar nose up front leaning into a sweet hazelnut after a few minutes, and a few swirls bring the head right back.

one of the sweetest browns I've yet to taste. easy to drink - I'd love to have another...

thumbs up.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Williamsburgh International Airport, Va.

Poured a deep amber hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured an earthy caramel malt and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of sweet and earthy malts, cocoa and a balancing grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a tasty and well done brown ale.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into perfect pint

A: pours brown with a light brown finger and a half head that is lacing a little.
S: nutty malty and sweet. almost reminds me of a scottish ale one not as malty and more nutty in aroma.
T: again nutty sweet, and malty. a nice hop earthy/floral flavor.
M: full but not thick medium to low carbonation
D: quite easy, makes me wonder why i had not tried it sooner.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Head is an off-white half-inch layer of soft creamy lather; color is a rusty brown. Ribbons of lace slash the glass. Very much looks the English part.

Aroma is nutty with hints of soft caramel-vanilla candies. Hazelnut is prominent. Nice, big, welcoming nose.

This brown ale doesn't skimp on flavor or go the route of some of its milder, more boring counterparts. There's a balanced nuttiness taking the spotlight, lightly sweet with hints of brown sugar and toffee. Caramel corn comes to mind. Something candy-like and almost syrupy comes in just enough to please, but it remains balanced and utterly drinkable.

Mouth is tingly from carbonation, slick and a bit creamy. Fairly light in body but lacking nothing, texturally.

Drinkability is just ridiculous when you consider the accessible 6.5%, the bigness of the flavor, and the fact that none of its characteristics are cloying or out of whack. A sensible and, most importantly, delicious beer.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper color-not quite brown still retains a coppery hue. Big foamy head that fades fast. Low aroma-somewhat of a mild chocolate/metallic mix. Some soft malt notes. Nice malty flavor upfront. Just enough hop bite to cover the malt. Mild residual sweetness. Nice lite mouthfeel-suprising for the somewhat higher abv. Enjoyable brown ale. Another decent brew from Legend.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Capital Ale House in Richmond. I didn't realize this brew's strength until seeing it hear. If it were lower in booze, it'd make a heck of a session beer. It's got a roasty edge, like a brown porter, and then underlying cocoa and toffee flavors. It's dry, drinkable, and tasty. Just watch yourself, a few too many will put you in a ditch.

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Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
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