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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
162
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
19.41%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 162
Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Rusel_G for the bottle.

Appearance: Perfectly clear dark brown. Some nice dark reds creep around the edges. Head is a light tan, creamy, and leaves a small loose cap. No real lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Caramel and molasses baked brown bread. Sweet and bready with an underlying herbal and grassy hop profile. Chewy malts. Deeply roasted with a ton of cooked and caramelized malt sugars. Nice yeast profile adds some undefined fruity notes.

Taste: A bit of grape jelly smeared on chewy brown bread. Cooked and caramelized malts. Sweet through and through without being sugary. Some backing earthy and herbal elements. A bit grassy. Warming just makes it sweeter. Delightful English yeast adds a bit of depth through the sip. Dark fruit and slightly roasted.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to slightly above carbonation. A bit crisp on the finish, but it's clean. Not quite what it should be.

Overall: A pretty standard English brown ale. Yeasty esters and caramelized malts do what they need to. The mouthfeel is a bit off and hurts the overall enjoyment.

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Photo of hernamesbarbara
4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Natty Greene's Brown blew me away. It pours red-brown and has a nice fluffy head. It has very little aftertaste and is extremely refreshing.

I was so impressed with this adult beverage that I emailed the brewer to see if they'd ship some to me in NYC. Unfortunately, they don't have out of state distribution yet!

If you're ever in Greensboro, NC, it would be no small tragedy to miss out on sampling some of this beer.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Dope
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a big fluffy light brown head. Fades somewhat fast, leaving decent lacework behind.

S: Toasty crackers and a little bit of nuts. A hint of brown sugar.

T: More toasted cracker and lots of it. Mild nuttiness and just a hint of toffee and cocoa in the finish. Pretty simple but smooth and almost creamy brown ale.

M: Borderline watery, it is only 4.5% ABV after all. Not bad for the low ABV to be honest.

O: A simple and very light brown ale. Tasty enough, especially for only 4.5%. Very drinkable, balanced and smooth.

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Photo of Luigi
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich dark brown with some ruby highlights. Light tan one finger head that does retain throughout the life of the ale. There is was a bit of sticky lacing on the glass.

The aroma is rather light but still matches the profile of this style. Carmel malt, roasted malt, a bit of sweetness from the combination of the malt and alcohol.

The flavor has a rich caramel and brown sugar taste. Now this taste was not over powering, it was just enough to match the hops. Hop flavor is mild, but does have a bit a bitterness to balance out this ale.

Medium bodied and mildly carbonated

This brown ale sticks to the style and is a great session beer. I think Natty Green's pub has done great job at brewing a traditional English Brown ale.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very deep brown, clear and slightly red at the edges, with about 1/2 finger of medium tan head. Head fades fast, but leaves some nice gobs of lacing.

Smell is pleasantly sweet. Brown sugar is the dominant aroma. Unfortunately, I don't get much beyond that. Rather simple. A touch of dark fruit on the edges, but that's about it. The smell also fades really quickly. After the first sip or two, I can't pick it up.

Taste has a little more variety, but lacks that one strong character. A mishmash of malty flavors, with nothing really standing out. A bit nutty (hazelnut), a faint hit of grassy hops. Finishes rather dry.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied, good lightly tingling carbonation. And that dry finish again. I like it.

A well-rounded, straightforward brown ale. There's nothing really remarkable about it, but somehow it's all working together quite well. Nice, easy-drinking, reasonably tasty, and sessionable.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a barely translucent warm chocolaty brown with a fairly thick and rather persistend light tan head. Malty aroma has an overtone of molasses and hints of miso and caramel. Satisfying malty flavor has caramel and molasses notes and a woody hop undertone with just a bit of bitterness. Texture has average fizziness and average body. Though nothing special, it still merits at least a try.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a dark opaque brown, minimal light passes through and only around the edges. Medium thick tan head, dissipates to a film and retains there.

Smells of rich caramel, coffee, roasted nuts and toasty breadiness.

Taste is of toasted buttered bread, nutty bitterness, and mild tart acidity.

Body is medium, carbonation is pretty subtle and light, mostly on the tip of the tongue and in the back of the mouth.

Overall a pretty decent brown ale, nothing to turn your nose up at, but I've had better in the style. Still, glad that I had the opportunity to get some of this and will enjoy it, and I would have it again. The taste is a bit on the bland side.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
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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Photo of tdm168
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of wedge
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of devilben02
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of tjdietz
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

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Photo of dmbdusty41
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jsdunlop
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of ClarkPinnock
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of krausenman
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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

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