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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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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-16-2012 05:18:52 | More by NCbeerpirate
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -22.5%

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.

01-01-2012 16:54:19 | More by mikeg67
Photo of PuckPuck

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-26-2011 02:25:49 | More by PuckPuck
Photo of asustevo

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-09-2011 01:21:45 | More by asustevo
Photo of jnice1984

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-07-2011 23:51:50 | More by jnice1984
Photo of cantfindme

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-04-2011 06:21:43 | More by cantfindme
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-02-2011 04:42:46 | More by cbyrd4088
Photo of EasyReader

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-16-2011 22:52:19 | More by EasyReader
Photo of Lantern

3/5  rDev -17.8%

11-16-2011 20:21:12 | More by Lantern
Photo of eerbayman

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-16-2011 00:33:14 | More by eerbayman
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
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

09-06-2011 02:08:18 | More by daliandragon
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3.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Appearance is a very dark brown with a full tan head. The head fades very quickly however, with no lacing. Scents of chocolate and caramel are nice and strong. The taste is composed of chocolate, nut, and dark fruit flavors. Definitely malt-forward. The thin mouthfeel detracted from the experience.

09-02-2011 06:45:26 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
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
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

03-07-2011 13:47:27 | More by devilben02
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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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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +11%

From bottle, to glass = great head, lingering head, nice brown head, after it finally setles, leaves great lacing. It's a really dark brown, however lighter on the pallet than I was expecting from the color. However it can start to sit a little heavy on the gullet. If a beer is even good at room temp. it's a good beer and Old Town Brown is a good beer.

02-25-2011 22:03:28 | More by dmbdusty41
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a dark, dark brown with some red hues. The head makes an appearance with an off white foam, then recedes fairly quickly to sparse bubbles on the top of the brew. The smell is malt forward, with some sweet, caramel like notes. Some mild chocolate is noticed, along with a touch of dark fruit. At first sip, this one is quite watery on the mouthfeel, with some moderate carbonation. It has a nice nutty and roasty character with a prune-ish aftertaste. There is a touch of sweetness, but nothing overpowering, reminds me of just a touch of lactose with some faint vanilla notes. Slight chocolatey taste seems to accent the roasted character very well. Nice,creamy, refreshing beer, just a tad bit watery but a good beer nonetheless.

01-28-2011 03:36:09 | More by jsdunlop
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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
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4.33/5  rDev +18.6%

Best When Served By: BLANK. I'm sure it's fine, though. I'm sure of it!

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark brown body with a bubbly, light beige-hued head.

Smell: A malt, chiefly nutty nose, though there's plenty of chocolate, caramel, and light roast to be found as well. Meager dehydrated dark fruits beneath the maltiness. Again: nuts.

Taste: Where I found the aroma to be largely nutty, the taste was mainly of chocolate powder. Supported by additional malty influences of sweet dark caramel, toasted nuts, and a splash of mellow coffee. Light raisin-like fruitiness. Subtle earthy hop character with a light hint of clean bitterness. Finishes smooth, sweetish, and with more of those fine malt tastes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, tasty, low-alcohol, malt-forward brown ale. Were I to have regular access to this, I'd keep it in steady refrigerator rotation.

11-23-2010 17:35:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

10-29-2010 01:00:00 | More by Thorpe429
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North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev 0%

Have had this from a bottle and on tap. Not surprisingly, it is much better on tap.

Pours very dark, nearly opaque with a 1/2-1'' of head. Smell captures notes of caramel and chocolate. Taste is similar, with the faintest notes of coffee. Not too bitter, with a decidedly sweet finish.

Has a full mouth feel yet little carbonation. Perhaps this is reflective of the style, but this beer came across as flat--which detracted from it.

Certainly drinkable and enjoyable. The type of beer that one visits once or twice a year.

09-12-2010 20:33:57 | More by ClarkPinnock
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

07-05-2010 22:21:34 | More by krausenman
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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
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Simple head of cream white, gets to about half a finger, loose and swift to dissolve, Cherry wood colored liquid, reddish hues link brown to orange zinc, clear but not exactly transparent. The nose is light in terms of weight but super-loaded with caramel, toffee, molasses, chocolate pudding, cherry and black grape fruit, not much else although you get a swipe of scones and then a quick herbaceous blast. Medium-bodied, bottom heavy enough to gain traction across the palate, particularly as the carbonation is slight. More sweetness, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, milk chocolate, doesn't reach an oppressive state. The nuttiness sweet as well, not candied though. Apricot and yellow apple join the cherry, grape fruit, mixed complexion. The hops like field straw or hay, not green nor bitter. Faint metallic accent lingers at the end. Easy enough to drink, little pisses you off or, conversely, holds your attention.

04-04-2010 03:37:10 | More by farrago
Old Town Brown from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.