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Old Town Brown - Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.

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Old Town BrownOld Town Brown

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malts: Maris Otter, Cara Vienna, Cara Pils, Crisp Caramel 77, Chocolate Malt, Special DH3, Aromatic, Biscuit

Hops: Progress

Yeast: London, 1028

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2004)
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Reviews by Falcone:
Photo of Falcone

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11%

03-01-2014 01:20:21 | More by Falcone
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a meium brown but with a few lighter notes near the bottem of the pint glass with pretty thin head,aroma is lightly sweet of chocolat a touch of nuttiness.Taste is very smooth lightly sweet but not overdone I picked up even a little caramel, no earthiness or nutty tones seemed to be more a northern England style brown then a nut brown.Very quaffable for the the style in my opinion a solid brown in my opinion.

08-07-2004 13:03:07 | More by oberon
Photo of Mantooth

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

11-18-2012 18:53:36 | More by Mantooth
Photo of rambleglitch

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

02-11-2012 23:26:40 | More by rambleglitch
Photo of twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-21-2012 14:31:00 | More by twowheelssoar
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -6%

On tap at Natty Greene's in Raleigh

Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin lacing of head. The nose has notes of sweet caramel and faint toast. The taste is caramelly, sugary sweetness, faint toast, faint yeast, and there's faint earthy hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

This ones a little sweet at times which for me detracts from its drinkability, but overall it's decent brown ale.

10-30-2011 12:49:58 | More by tdm168
Photo of Boitnott

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-06-2012 05:39:18 | More by Boitnott
Photo of russpowell


4.13/5  rDev +13.2%

Pours an effervescent caramel/chestnut color with a pinky of mocha colored head. Not much head retention or lacing

S: Toastyness to the nth power, some toffee

T: Much toastyness, a kisss of brown sugar & nuttyness, plus some herbal hops up front. Dryness, mineral hoppyness & toastyness blend together as this warms. Finishes dry with toffee sweetness & toastyness & just a whisper of astringency

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly low carbonation

Pretty sessionable, nice example of a well put together English brown. Was slightly better on draft IMO

06-26-2010 02:31:30 | More by russpowell
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Pours a massively dark brown with a red hue when held up to the light with a one finger off-white head that subsides to a minimal amount fairly quickly. Maintains decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, and subtle coffee beans. The flavor is of roasted malt, cream, bitter chocolate, and subtle coffee. It has a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this is a pretty nice brew. The aroma and flavor on this one are nothing at all like I expected, but this is in a good way. Well balanced flavor and aroma. Will definitely be having this one on tap next time I'm at the brewpub. I suggest you either do the same or find a bottle.

12-04-2010 22:18:41 | More by thagr81us
Photo of cbleary

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

This is a good american brown ale. It poured nicely with a deep brown color and a humble head. It had a pleasing moderate hop bitterness which gave way into a nutty malt finish. It's a bit less sweet than a lot of brown ales I have had, but this isn't a bad thing. It was quite drinkable and satisfying.

02-07-2008 18:12:21 | More by cbleary
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -17.8%

06-10-2013 15:02:27 | More by ghowehattrick
Photo of rebel1771


3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

A: Pours a nice dark brown color with an off white head that fades quickly.

S: Strong roasted malt character with chocolate aroma right up front.

T: Flavor of pumpernickel dominates with a slightly charred nutty flavor at the end.

D: Decent brew, not my favorite though.

01-26-2010 23:39:07 | More by rebel1771
Photo of dvmin98

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11%

03-22-2013 01:11:23 | More by dvmin98
Photo of asustevo

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-09-2011 01:21:45 | More by asustevo
Photo of KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11%

01-09-2013 05:10:04 | More by KevinGordon
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-30-2012 02:26:22 | More by matt82gill
Photo of tjdietz

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

Served on tap, came to me in a pint glass with about 1.5 fingers of head clinging to the pint glass. Normally Not a big fan of Natty Green's, but gave this one a try for 2 bucks and was glad I took the risk!

A-was dark brown, with ruby highlights when held up to the light.

S-was a little weak, some nuttiness and chocolate/toffee flavors which had me wondering if i overpaid.
T- was spot on for the style, got a good bit of nuttiness accentuated by caramel, toffee and chocolate. Finish was lightly bitter.

M- felt very nice on the palate with a nice creamy texture to it. A little too much carbonation but I'm not one that likes an overcarbonated beer.

Drinkinability was fair, I could easily enjoy a few of these!

Overall very solid offering out of a local brewery and one I'm sure to enjoy over!

03-04-2011 12:31:35 | More by tjdietz
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3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
4.7% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Onenote81 for the N.C. gift pack :)

A - A moderately aggressive pour fills the pint with an effervescent dark ruby mahogany-colored beer and a quickly fleeting inch of khaki foam. Lace is absent from the pint and only a thin ring of bubbles remains.

S - The beer's aromatic, yeasty quality disappears with the head, leaving it tough-to-smell, but a swirl brings back some scents of booze-soaked wood and plum which is interesting considering it's low ABV. Slight cardboard undertones poke out around roasted malt, which imparts bittersweet chocolate and cocoa nuances though the majority of the malt is a pale base with caramel hints. Very earthy in nature.

T - Malty and straightforward, Old Town Brown has a simple base with a nice addition of roasted malt for a pinch of dark chocolate and coffee nuance to it. Subtle woody earth notes combine with dark fruit yeast esters well on the finish.

M - Highly effervescent, abundant carbonation is a bit distracting from the rest of the beer. The mouthfeel is otherwise smooth and medium bodied with a light dry and mildly acrid bitter finish.

O - Kind of all over the board, Natty Greene's Old Town Brown manages to keep a couple things consistent; detrimental high carbonation and moderate earthiness. The roasted malt works well though this beer, adding nice nuances, but the rest of it could use a little work.

08-16-2012 21:58:16 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

05-18-2014 05:37:02 | More by CM31
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.98/5  rDev +9%

12 oz received as a bitchin extra from Onenote81.. Thanks Jon!! This is a new to me brewery... Poured into my shaped SA glass.

1" lite tan head dies back fairly quickly with a good cap and a brew that is deep brown and then just brownish red when held to a light..

Aroma is a little toffee and just a bit of a nutty maltiness... as expected for the style.. just enough going on to keep it interesting..

Flavor again has a good amount of nutty maltiness with a shotgun of lite caramel... a fairly large toasty element mid palate... as it warms a bit of chocolate emerges.. and possibly some diacetyl too... just a tad buttery.. but that's all good.. so far.. this is a nice English brown that is sorta surprising me.. even is sorta minerally too.. I like it.

the body is lite/medium with a good carbonation..

It's not often that I get a chance to try a good American Stance on such an established style.. but I am pretty impressed.. I would love to check out more Natty Greene beers... Now I just have to remember to look for them!! No kidding.. You want my Deschutes or Grand Teton locals.. let's do business :-)

Thanks again Jon on the super trade!

07-01-2009 08:33:19 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-20-2013 18:56:09 | More by enelson
Photo of cantfindme

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-04-2011 06:21:43 | More by cantfindme
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9%

Dark chestnut brown under a nice, creamy tan head. Creamy, nutty aroma...more toasty than roasty with a solid dose of toffee, brown sugar, and chocolate. Smooth caramel and bittersweet chocolate malt flavor. Nuts, dark bread, and a light raisin sweetness. Just a whiff of hops. Smooth, lightly drying medium body. Nice local brown ale! Not sure why I overlook this so often, but it hits the spot when wanting something malty and sessionable.

05-19-2011 03:33:07 | More by wedge
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

Had the chance to try pretty much the entire lineup from Natty Green's and I just do not pass up the opportunity to try these things.

Nice pour here and about what I would expect. Light brown in color with a small off white head on top that faded out quickly and left only light lacing on the glass. Nice aroma of molasses and brown sugar on top of some decent malts. Warming brought out some nice sweet notes as well. Smooth even flavor here. Clean with hints of brown sugar and molasses as well as an herbal bitterness toward the back of the palate. Little light on the body for me but it was still very drinkable.

Overall a nice little sessionable brown ale, little light on the body but pretty big on the flavor. Would not mind going after this one again one day, but dont know if I would seek it out.

09-20-2009 22:50:29 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of marshmarsh

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

06-14-2014 15:07:19 | More by marshmarsh
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Old Town Brown from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
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