Brown Ale | Legend Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States
legendbrewing.com

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:
465
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
21.93%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
84
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 154 | Ratings: 465
Photo of DasPuma
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stein glass.

Forms about 1" of light tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves a surprising amount of lacing still.

Very dark brown appearance with slight orange hues around the edges when held directly to light. Can see active carbonation that slowly dies down as it settles.

Somewhat of a sweet smell, hints of caramel/toffee. Pleasant.

Slightly heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Roasted malts and caramel come through in the taste, leaving a slight aftertaste in the back of the mouth that doesn't detract from the flavor. For the ABV, it's hidden pretty well. Didn't detect any alchohol at all.

Overall a very good brew, but due to its heaviness, couldn't see having more than 2 or 3 at one sitting.

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a chesnut brown with a thinner white head that is gone pretty quickly.Nice roasted nut and brown sugar notes in the nose,one of the more appetizing aromas for a brown ale that I have come across.Praline flavors are very nice but the mouthfeel is a little prickly,in saying that the flavors are still pretty rich and satisying.The abv% is high for the style but it's very well hidden,a solid offering from Legend.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a tea brown color capped by an inch of foam; decent retention and a few shards of lace

Smell: Caramel, nuts and chocolate powder with a hint of fruit

Taste: Nutty caramel, up front, with a chocolate malt character developing by mid-palate; the fruit flavors build, after the swallow, rounding out the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a very exciting style, but this beer makes the most of it

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

Appearance: Dark brown, mostly clear, maybe slightly cloudy. Small head.

Smell: Faintly sweet, not a lot of aroma from this beer.

Taste: At first chocolate, then sweet caramel, and then slightly roasty. At the same time, not overwhelmingly flavorful, but it is fairly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is fairly good for the style, medium-full, just enough carbonation to give it a bit of zip.

Overall: A drinkable, very decent brown ale, won't knowck you socks off but definitely not bad.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a nice light brown colour with a small white head.

The smell was nice and malty with a bit of nuttiness. Not very strong though.

The taste was nice and malty, roasted malts, nut and a bit of caramel.

The mouthfeel was nice and smooth, a little bit thick with medium carbonation.

Overall a very nice brown ale would buy again.

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Photo of oline73
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown with a half finger of thick off white head. The head sticks around pretty well.

Smell: The smell is mild and malty. I'm getting a faint sweetness along with some dark fruit.

Taste: This is a very nice brown. The malt is the star. Not particularly sweet with a slightly fruity undertone. Bready and a tad bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thin side of medium with aggressive carbonation and a slight dryness in the finish.

Overall: Very good and easy to drink. Nothing I didn't enjoy.

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

Can't read the bottling date as it has been rubbed off; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Two inch off-white creamy head with excellent retention; Deep mahogany brown in color, though the appearance is still clear; Nice webs of lacing left behind

S - The aroma is not too strong, but plesant and inviting; Notes of sweet caramel, toasted bread, earthy hops, light cinnamon, and light chocolate

T - Flavors of sweet, sugary caramel and toasted nuts come first; Toasty malts continue in the taste with mellow leafy/earthy hops and chocolate flavor; There's just a bit of bitterness present here with some very subdued dark fruits lurking behind the malty flavors

M - Below moderate carbonation; Medium bodied; Very smooth texture with a slightly dry finish

O - This is definitely Legend's most popular beer, and with good reason. It's very well rounded with a pleasant flavor, aroma, and smooth mouthfeel. Having just consumed one bottle, I am left wanting to have another for sure. Overall, this is a very nice offering from Legend Brewing and certainly one of the top examples of the style.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent this one my way as an extra in a past trade (can’t remember who, but will look it up soon)! Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a deep red-orange with a five to six finger cream colored head that subsided to three finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, subtly roasted malt, nutty, earth, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, tart, caramel, nutty, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. I was concerned that this one was going to be infected based on the amount of head that formed upon being poured gently into my glass. Upon smelling the brew it didn’t seem like there was any infection evident. But on the flavor there was the slight tart note that one would not expect. It was not sharp or strong, but it was definitely present. Still a fairly easy drinking brown ale that I wouldn’t mind having again sometime.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet brown sugar dominates the nose on this one. There is a lingering background scent of caramel as well. The two play off each other and make a nice combination.

Pours out clear and dark brown with ruby highlights where the light penetrates. The head is thin, and a light mocha color leaving no decernable lacing.

This is a beautiful brown ale. The maltiness reigns supreme here with flavors of toasted pumpernickel, biscuit, molasses, and caramel. The toasted flavors really carry on through the aftertaste. What a joy to drink!

The body is a perfect medium for me. It's light enough to give it great drinkability, yet heavy enough to let you know you're not drinking a lite beer. Carbonation is on the lighter side but headed towards moderate. I really think this beer stands out as a favorite Brown Ale.

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Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a clear, dark brown with red hues. Little carbonation. Zero head. Lacing sticks to glass.

Smell- Bock, malt, spice, yeast. Smells like a whole grain beer bread we get at a local restaurant. Heavy tobacco smell.

Very grain forward, to say this is bready is an understatement, yet, it is decent. Dark fruit, and still a little tobacco lingers.

Feel- thin, little creamy, little invisible chew left behind due to the grain heaviness here.

Overall, decent, but not impressive enough to ask for another. Got as an extra and am glad I got to try it.

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Photo of iannutter
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking this beer for some time now and I have to say, I have never once been disappointed with the product.

Poured this beer into one of my favorite German mugs and the head quickly faded into almost nothing, but the lacing it leaves around the glass is beautiful. The colour is a deep amber, exactly as a brown ale ought to be.

The smell is reminiscent of roasted nuts and a faint smell of hops and true to the smell, the flavour follows suit.

The mouthfeel is not quite as smooth as could be hoped, but is still far about average.

Overall, I would say that this is one of the better brown ales I've ever had, certainly beating Newcastle, and although Samuel Smith's Nut Brown is still better, I would only say marginally so.

Enjoy!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 330ml Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark (almost black) brownish/amber color with a huge tanned head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind both large and small spots of lace.

Smell: White grapes and caramel malt with a slight biscuity character and just a touch of grassiness.

Taste:Begins with caramel flavor that stays throughout with a sweet and sour grape-like taste in the background toward the end. Also has hints of biscuit and a touch of citrus in the finish. Superbly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with sharp carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: A very good beer for its style and an excellent session brew. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Florida9
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear chestnut brown in color. Forms a very large light tan head that slowly reduces to a very thick, very creamy surface coating. Some good lacing.

S: Aroma of leather, brown sugar, and caramel malts. A little toast. Then there is a slight sour grape quality as well that seems out of place.

T: Taste is strong on the caramel malts with a little chocolate malt as well. Peanut, brown sugar, and some faint molasses. Mild sweetness. Just not much going on here.

M: Medium bodied, but much lighter than one would expect for the style. Mild sweetness. Nearly non-existent bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: Light flavor and body makes this a rather drinkable ale, but the aroma is slightly off and in the end this one is just not very interesting.

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Photo of Kuromaru
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance--Pours a semi-translucent tawny with a slightly-darker-than-eggshell head that dissipates quickly.

Smell--Grainy, with maybe a faint hint of rye. Brown sugar. Malty in general with a whiff of chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel--Moderate carbonation. Creamy, smooth, medium/ light body. Clean and somewhat velvety on the palate at once.

Taste--Nutty, wheat-y, some chocolate, and faint sugary fruit.

Overall--Very drinkable, creamy and lightly sweet. Not especially flavorful, but hard not to get along with.

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Photo of ONUMello
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Chesnut brown color with a solid 1+ finger head
S: Toasted grain; not much else going on
T: Again some toasted grain and nuttiness.
M: A bit thin, light bodied but smooth.
O: Not bad but at the same time fairly meh.

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Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Dimpled mug]

The pour was a clear medium brown with a large (2-3 finger) foamy head that was mostly diminishing and had fair lacing.

The aroma was light of roasted cereal malts and a lightly sweet leathery yeast with hints of milk chocolate, coffee and a touch of molasses.

The taste was mildly sweet with just a hint of chocolate and a pinch of molasses from the onset and finished with a slightly bitter chocolate-coffee flavor that lasted an average amount of time after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was somewhere between light and medium in body and a bit watery in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall a mild tasting and well balanced Brown Ale that possessed an excellent drinkability.

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Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a small one-finger, cream head that dissipated quickly. Dark brown with a hint of red when held up to the light. A nice looking ale. 3.5

S - Roasted malt smell with a hint of cocoa, fig, and plum. Slightly fruity and roasty...an interesting combination that works out really well. 4.0

T - Slightly sweet malt flavor with a twang of bitterness right from the start. Follows up with a burst of fruity flavor, chocolate, espresso, and more roasted malt. Bitter hop flavor at the end is subtle but inviting. 4.0

M - Very smooth with little carbonation. Medium bodied and yields a slight tingle on the sides of the tongue. 3.5

O - I have to say I've always had a soft spot for Legend Brewing Co. As a Richmond local and a lover of brown ales, this beer has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Make sure to try the Porter if you have the chance! 4.0

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Photo of bertram
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice, rich brown with a one-finger white head. Looks really good in the glass - just what I want from a brown ale.

The smell is just okay - there's some nuttiness there, but it's not overpowering (which I prefer).

The mouthfeel is really nice - good and thick with just the right amount of carbonation.

The taste here makes this beer a winner - malty, nutty and a bit sweet...again, just as I like a brown ale to be.

Overall a really good brown ale that I'm glad to have gotten as an extra in a trade and that I'd definitely like to enjoy again!

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to funkybottoms for sending this one my way!

pours a rich dark roasted chestnut brown... very dark with a off-white two-finger foamy meringue-like head that fades relatively quickly and leaves good bits of lace.

aroma is great. roasted malts, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, molasses and turbinado sugar.

taste is roasty with a strong, intense, almost boozy malt backbone. then a rush of fresh, potent herbal and grassy hops, followed by a clean, sweet caramel nutty malt finish.

mouth is good, although slightly high on the carbonation for the style. moderate body, and after the carbonation bubbles away, it becomes pretty decent with a pleasant lingering clean bitterness.

all in all, I'm definitely impressed. I'm not a big brown fan, but this one has enough malt carachter and a touch of hops that it really works while keeping things interesting. I'd drink this by the growler if it were local!

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for half of this beer

Review adapted from notes taken 4/2/11

Note: Written in my notes as "Legend of the Brown Ale." Uhhh...

Appearance: Brown with some hints of red, a nice, wispy white head with some lacing

Smell: Mostly uninteresting - baked/toasted biscuits, caramel malts, toasted grains, some earthy hops

Taste: Not bad, not exciting - dry biscuits, caramel malts, some hints of burnt malts, grains - hops seem very English in nature - hints of nuts

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little light but it works, nicely carbonated

Overall: Pretty boring but definitely not bad

As far as brown ales go, this is a little above average. I would drink this again, but I wouldn't seek it out. I don't find it legendary.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 2L swing-top growler into a St Bernardus goblet. Filled at Fry's Spring Station in Charlottesville about ten minutes ago.

A: Large amounts of white head top a dark brown beer. Translucent in direct light, with reddish hues, Legend Brown is otherwise opaque and nearly black. Nice lacing.

S: Vaguely metallic. Some malty sweetness. Actually, very malty and deceptively deep.

T: A bit watery, but a nice beer. Balanced, malty, and pleasant. Maintaste is full of sweet malts, vaguely nutty? The aftertaste is

M: Full-bodied, malty-round. Very nice.

O: Good beer; very drinkable. Still, not especially compelling. Would drink again, in the right circumstance. Recommended.

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Photo of biteme398
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the color of root beer. Good head that settles slowly. Plenty of malt in the nose. Good sweetness too, perhaps caramel. Taste up front is strong, perhaps a little coffee and chocolate. The ending is sweeter but finishes just right. There is a small taste of hops for balance. Mouthfeel is a little light, but fits with the style. This is quite a surprise from an in-state brewery. Never tried any of their stuff before but this is one of the better brown ales I’ve tried.

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Photo of tommy78
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper color with medium head, poured out of a bomber.

S: Quite malty in aroma. Picked up some caramel smell as well.

T: My favorite...quite sweet, with the malty aroma translating well into the taste.

M: Low carbonation. Pretty consistent with brown ales.

O: I enjoyed this beer. I tried it with a margarita pizza and the beer complemented the basil and olive oil tastes. I would have this beer again when in VA.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed brown with moderate cap of off white foam. Scent is wonderfully nutty with light touches of caramel and roast, mild earthy hoppyness with a kick of herbal scent. Taste follows scent, slightly less aggressive then the nose would lead to believe. Medium bodied, lightly creamy but a faint bit of wateriness and the carbonation escapes. A nice brown ale with a good chunk of different scents and tastes.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well carbonated ale results in a frothy ephemeral tan head on a dark chocolate body (little lacing). Smells of caramel and sweet malts.

Thin taste but refreshing. Not much by way of hops but lots of chocolate malt and some vanilla tannins. Sweet with a little sourness in the aftertaste but I wish more bitterness prevailed or for a drier finish. A bit cloying in the end.

Still, it's a better than average example of the style.

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Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
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