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

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Old Town Brown AleOld Town Brown Ale

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 16 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2004

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

Hops: Progress

Yeast: London, 1028
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Ratings: 147 | Reviews: 56
Reviews by krausenman:
Photo of krausenman
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-The beer poured a clear dark brown color and was capped with a tan head of foam that quickly changed to a lacey ring.

S-The beer had an aroma of dark roasted malt. It had little to no hop aroma.

T-At first, you can taste the malt sweetness that is followed by the roasted coffe and chocolate type flavors. The beer ends with a bitterness that lasts as you swallow.

M-With a low level of carbonation the beer has a lighter body.

D-Old Town Brown turned out to be an enjoyable brown ale but it lacked character and was punctuated with an abundence of roasted malt flavor that detracted from the overall flavor.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of hotpauko
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One day later on write up. This looked good, smelled good, and first tastes were fine. Not my style but was looking forward to a new Natty on tap. But it left kind of a different taste in my mouth, I can't quite describe, maybe a little bitter. Please don't be dissuaded by my opinion, give it a try if you get the chance. I will probably give it another chance.

Photo of tdm168
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ordybill
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a faint aroma of malt and coffee
Appearance- This is a very dark brown (near black) brown ale.
Taste- Has a mild roasted malt flavor that is not overpowering.
Palate- This is a medium bodied brew with mild carbonation and a thin texture
Overall- Not a bad brown ale, I would drink this again if I was out and wanted a brown ale.

Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cbleary
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rebel1771
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of antott0523
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a translucent dark brown with ruby red tones. Big light brown head that settles away. No visible carbonation.

S: Not much on the nose here. A hint malt sweetness and dry crackers.

T: Interesting malt sweetness that's reminds me of cola. A subtle sweetness, definitely not overpowering that is balanced nicely by a long, semi dry and nutty.

M: Mild carbonation and smooth.

D: Highly drinkable brown ale with a nice subtle malt sweetness and the expected dry finish. Overall a very nice brown ale.

Photo of tjdietz
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of wedge
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tightly bubbled light tan one finger head atop a light brown body with some red shining through. Thin sheets of lacing down the glass after each sip but it doesn't hold for more than about ten seconds.

Rich roasted toffee nose that's a bit nutty. Almost like a hazelnut cup of joe.

Similar taste explodes on the tongue. Thin slightly watery body that leaves a heavy toasted nuts taste on the palate.

Good beer from a great brewpub but it could use a little more body.

Photo of devilben02
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle with a deep, ruby-tinted brown color beneath a big, billowy, sticky tan head. The aroma features a wonderful caramel sweetness, but also a bit of toasted nuts that give an indication of some substance beneath the sweetness. The flavor doesn't quite deliver on the suggestions of the aroma, but there is still a pleasant combination of light, sweet caramel, a little coffee and milk, and a bit of earthiness. Unfortunately, the fine, prickly carbonation does not complement the smooth, sweet flavors, and it even distracts and drowns out the flavor to some extent.

Overall, this beer makes a great first impression, and if not for the texture, I would want to have another right away. Even so, this is still a nice brown ale that I will likely come back to.

Photo of BeerDocT
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Appearance 3.5: Poured out a deep and dark brown with a slight C02-powered head that quickly faded. Completely opaque, this baby almost looks like a stout!

-Smell 4.0: HUGE bouquet on this beer, which is great. Deep, roasted caramel malts predominate and make me think of a Scotch ale. I also smell some smokiness in here.

-Taste 4.25: Front is slightly sweet and features a very nice caramel/barley taste. Middle is dry, but there is still a pleasant, deep barley flavor. Finish is understated and pleasing with more barley and deep, dark, caramel grains. There is a slight hoppiness here, but it is of a very low alpha level. Aftertaste is long and features syrupy remembrances of maple syrup, caramel sauce and King's syrup. Nice.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Mouthfeel is definitely a contribution to the enjoyment of this particular brew. Carbonation is a bit over-stated, but this may be because the bottle I have is so old; there may have been a second fermentation in the bottle in addition to the CO2.

-Overall 4.0: Excellent brown ale. I am mystified as to why Natty Greene moved this one out of their 12-pack in favor of other beers, but there you go. This is one you should not pass up if you ever see it. Light, smooth but with a depth of flavor that you would not expect. Would be an excellent session beer. Recommended.

Photo of daliandragon
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Autumn is coming and with it the return of dark beer to my beer fridge...yay. This understated brown ale pours a dark cola color with a head that withers to nothing almost instantly. The nose is more impressive with chocolate and vanilla and plenty of deep roasted malt. Smells creamy and tempting.

The flavor is robust malts throughout with some very late bittering. Mouthfeel is thin and could stand less carbonation. A little more body would give this greater character. The flavor is there but texture and carbonation put this back a notch back from where it should be.

Drinkable brown but not quite living up to it's potential.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at a Ruby Tuesday in High Point, served in a pint glass.

A - Deep brown, with some light shining through on the edges. Half inch or so of foam never really goes away, with some moderate lacing.

S - Not much to smell. Faint caramel and buttery aromas.

T - Quick chocolately burst leads into a deep caramel flavor that dries out somewhat mid palate. A creamy, buttery flavor kicks in late palate along with just a touch of earthy, slightly floral hops. Finishes fairly clean with minimal bitterness.

M - Very smooth and medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

D - A great beer with food, though not too sure I'd session this for a night. A little more off balance than other offerings from Natty Greenes.

Photo of OldManMetal
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Town Brown Ale pulls a bit of a bait-and-switch right off the bat: the malt-forward nose is caramel, toffee and molasses, promising a sweet flavor, while on the palate the flavor is an admirably complex bitterness composed of dark chocolate, coffee and a roasted flavor that's damned close to burnt. The medium body and miles-past-dark-brown color almost require the briefly lingering coffee flavor found on the finish, and the lack of head and lacing are actually aesthetically appropriate for such a coffee-like beer. This would be a great breakfast beer with steak, eggs and hashbrowns.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear very dark brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of nutty malts with lighter notes of caramel sweetness. Very light hints of chocolate and earthiness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of slightly sweet chocolate malts with a light note of caramel. There is a light flavor of nuts and just a hint of earthy hops. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable - not too nutty in flavor but a decent amount of nutty aromas. Very well hidden alcohol and nice easy to enjoy flavors.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a chestnut color with a light tan head and a small amount of lacing. The nose brings some light toasted malt, caramel, and a bit of a nutty characteristic. The taste is pretty tame, with some bread, caramel, toffee, and nuts. Feel is good with adequate carbonation. Nice and smooth. Drinks well enough, but nothing special. Fairly sessionable.

Photo of FloppyDog
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass. A clear deep amber brown with a finger high off white head. Definitely filtered.

Aroma of chocolate malt up front along with a faint hoppiness that is really overpowered by the chocolate.

Taste is more of the chocolate malt, with a nice balance of hop bitterness that shows up in the middle of the sip, but fades back to chocolate after it goes down.

Overall, a light to medium bodied super easy drinking brown ale that I could drink no matter what the temperature is outside. Not too flavorful that it fills me up quickly, but still plenty of flavor to be delicious.

Photo of mikeg67
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The Liberty in Charlotte. Pours dark brown with an off-white head and some lacing. Aroma is of toasted, nutty malt, prunes and plums. Light, smooth, quite thin body. Taste is of some toasted malt and some dark fruit. I’m not impressed with this brew.

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Old Town Brown Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.