Old Town Brown | River City Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
River City Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Quaffer on 03-10-2003

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by SuperSpy:
Photo of SuperSpy
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep mahogany (I hate using the restaurant's own description but it's so very true), with an almost completely white, long lived head that leaves behind a fair amount of lacing.

It smells of caramel, chocolate, some nuttiness and roasted malts. The beer had to warm up to get these aromas but the beer was served way to cold to begin with.

Medium bodied and the taste is very good with chocolate, caramel and toast being the most evident flavors, followed by enough hops to balance out the finish. As it gets a little warmer more flavors start to come out of the woodwork. There is hint of coffee and also of some dark fruit esters mixed with the previously mentioned flavors. All in all, very nice and well balanced.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BrewAskew
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 12/20/2005. Deep brown color and off-white head with very nice lacing effect. Aroma can be best described as "chocolately" --presumabley from the use of roasted malts. Flavor is malt dominant with roastiness, nuttiness and chocolate dominating and enough hops to balance. Finishes smooth and roasty. No flaws evident. Very good.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep mahogany with a small off white head that quickly fades out into a collar. Spotty streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of yeasty, fruity esters with some caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, cocoa, and light French Roast coffee. Smells deliciously of either an English Ale yeast, or a West Coast Ale yeast. Fermentation temp must've been right on b/c the esters are hitting me just the way that I would expect.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a mellowed fruity sweetness to start and a yeasty/hoppy bitterness.
Mouthfeel is a subtle balance of sweet and bitter with doughy yeastiness.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Jmurph8081
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arc3636
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of AGoodStout
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waiting4lunch
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Wobbly
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Quaffer
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled at home from a growler.

Appearance: A nice, deep brown beer that lightened up to an amber hue around the edges. Depending on the server, the head has the potential to be nice and thick. This was a good looking brew.

Smell: There was not much going on in the aroma department with this beer. It was very light, consisting of some mild, roasted malt aromas.

Mouthfeel: Thin- to medium-bodied and fairly smooth.

Taste: Fresh from the tap, there wasn't much flavor at all. Just a very mild malt taste. However, if you give the beer a chance to warm up, some nutty flavors start to emerge on the finish. Once it is at the proper temp, it becomes very pleasant and fills out even more.

I have re-reviewed this beer, discovering that it becomes pretty good if you give it plenty of time to warm up. The bad thing about RCBC is that they serve their beer too cold.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of 22Blue
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 10Crumra
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sludgeman
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Miss-categorized - but rated to the style indicated.

A - Reddish brown, Thin looking - 3.5

S - Can't describe it other than Octoberfest - 3.25

T - Nutty, more Octoberfest than brown - but then again what is the difference. - 3.25

MF - Medium body, dry finish, thin in the mouth - 3.25

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Photo of CSFerrier
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Old Town Brown from River City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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