Well it’s time to take our new logo out for a spin. While we are upgrading our site and branding ourselves, it is time to get back to what we do: rate some beer. And how this beer escaped our list is beyond me. This beer has been on our list for a while now and it’s been a strong go to for our little clan. Our local establishments like to keep the local stuff on tap, and you don’t get any more local for us than Alewerks in Williamsburg, Virginia. And their Tavern Ale has a ton of big, malty flavors to it which works well any time of day (or night).
Tavern Ale, Alewerks Brewing Company (Williamsburg, VA)
American Brown Ale, ABV: 6.0%
Presentation: Tap Pour into Pint Glass
Appearance: Dark Brown but clear with minimal off color head
Smell: Brown sugar and malt
Taste: While this is labeled as an American brown ale, it’s closer to a imperial brown ale with all of the heavy molasses and roasted spices. Sometimes you can pick up on some plum-like flavors on the back end, but it finishes light sugary.
ABV/IBU Feel: While the aroma and flavors are heavy, it actually does not have a super heavy finish. At 6.0%, it does not stick to your mouth like a Tripel or Quad would, but it is sweet whatever flavor you pick up.
Overall: It is a really enjoyable beer once you know what you are getting into. If you think of it more like a Brown Tripel, this is the beer for you. Great for an autumn final barbecue or some ginger-soy salmon. It’s not an all day beer, as it tends to get a little sweet after a few, but it is a great change of pace or ‘beer with dinner’ drink.