Dirty Penny Ale - The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
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Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured from a growler into my frosted Ten Penny pint glass.
A: Pours a very nice brownish-black color that reflects dark ruby when held up to the light. A nice two-finger tan head billows to the top and fades to a decent lace.
S: An aroma of french vanilla coffee and toasted bready malts swirls into my nose. No real hop presence detected.
T: Those toasted malts are in full effect, but with a very slight herbal hop mixed in. It tastes more like a deep, burnt mahogany brown ale, then again, pre-packaged Black & Tans are sort of a unique style all their own.
M: It's a medium-light bodied brew. There's a bit more carbonation in the mouthfeel than what I'd expected, but then again, who knows what makes up the lager portion of this Black & Tan.
D: It's flavorful, light enough to drink for a session, and uses its relatively average ABV to full advantage. I'd pick up a growler of this again.
I think Ten Penny is one of the better Conn. breweries, but still has a pretty limited scope in terms of styles. Though I'm used to drinking layered Guinness and Harp black and tans, I think their blended version is better than average.
09-02-2007 19:44:06 | More by Gambrinus1184
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3.73/5 rDev +3.3%
Poured into a pint glass
Appearance: dark brown in color, 1 inch head, opaque, moderate carbonation
Smell: deep sweet caramel and chocolate-smalls amazing
Taste: unfortunately not nearly as good as the smell. dark chocolate, light caramel, and earthiness
Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet with a bitter backbone
Overall: This drinks almost like a good Euro dark lager or schwarzbier. For a black and tan, this is fairly good and would be one of the first black an tans I would reach for. For an overall beer this is ok. I much prefer Olde Burnside's Scotch ales more.
04-09-2012 13:33:24 | More by tigg924
3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
Root beer colored with a light brown/beige foamy head that rises up to a thick half-inch that longers long, and leaves spotty lace down the sides of the glass as I drink. The aroma is a rich, roasted malt. Mouthfeel is just a bit watery, not overly carbonated, but enjoyable. Flavor is a little smokey upfront, perhaps a bit chalky, with dark malts swirling in with brown sugar and dark chocolate. An understated hoppy undercurrent flows beneath and lingers a bit in the aftertaste. Yeast flavors seem under control on this one, and a pint is able to be poured without it foaming over. If this is truly the next incarnation of the Tartan Ale, it's a vast improvement.
04-02-2004 13:03:10 | More by far333
3.73/5 rDev +3.3%
dark brown color, with thick creamy butterscotch head.
smells of roasted carmel and toffee with bready english malts
tastes like chocolate butter.
and drinks smooth as that sounds!
great beer to drink by your fire place with your dog. throw your sweater on throw on some football and indulge in a growler of TPA's Dirty Penny.
10-13-2009 22:07:36 | More by Ezone024
4.05/5 rDev +12.2%
Drink local is my motto! I picked this growler up off the shelf at the local package store. The growler had no freshness indicators which worries me slightly. In the growler format the shelf life on this beer might not be very long.
The appearance is darker than i would expect from a black & tan but in my opinion it looks very appetizing. The head is a little much for me. I prefer not to have to wait for it to settle but it could have been my pouring method. Nice tan color with not very much lacing.
The smell primarily consists of toffee. There are also notes of coffee and chocolate. The hop profile is lacking, even for this style.
The taste again mirrors the aroma, tons of toffee and caramel notes, with a slight background of roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Again not very much hop profile comes through, but the beer is not cloying.
The mouth feel of the beer is lighter than I would expect from it's appearance. Of course carbonation is on the lighter end, not only because of the style but also the packaging method. This is not terribly far off style.
Dirty penny is absolutely a sessionable beer. I like this because it isn't light in color, it is full flavored, and local! Despite the fact that I wish my local beers offered better taste qualities and more variety, I will always support them. I will be picking this growler up again soon.
10-29-2010 22:39:22 | More by ams0286
3.25/5 rDev -10%
Pours a dark brown, decent bubbly head, good retention. Smells of sweet chocolate and coffee malt, caramel, hint of smokiness. Tastes of chocolatey and caramel like malt. Caramel sweetness dominates with just a hint of smoke. Moderate earthy bitterness giving way to a fairly neutral finish, touch of roasty dryness. Fairly high carbonation for the style, moderate mouthfeel.
An ok beer, way too highly carbonated, luckily this faded with some time. Fairly sweet and pretty one noted, but definitely drinkable.
02-08-2010 04:15:09 | More by bum732
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Growler from Ryan & Casey in Greenfield. Seems to be a fair amount of promotion going on by this brewery. Bottle came with a descriptive card, giving a brief history of the brewery and the beer.
Deep, deep red, almost black appearance. No head or retention for that matter. So few B&T's on BA, it's hard to know what "typical" characteristics are.
Smokey, toffee, and candy cane, a very complex mixture. Taste leans a bit to the burnt side of caramel; the stout seems to be more porter than stout. The sweetness is from the ale, which I have also had.
A fine tasting beer seems a bit confused as to what it is. A little too heavy for what it is.
04-14-2005 23:57:02 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
3.13/5 rDev -13.3%
Sampled on October 6, 2011 from an over-the-counter growler available in a local beer store. The pour is a nicely dark brown color with bubbles collecting at the bottom and slowly sneaking up top to the tan, silky head. The aroma brings out malts, earth, and a dark fruit like plum. The body was thinner than I would have liked considering 40% of this black and tan is from a stout. The taste had this sickly sweet flavor which might have been more from yeast that hadn't quite matured. Connecticut recently allowed growler sales outside of pubs and I wonder if the trip to New Hampshire via a distributor might have tainted it. I bet it is bette on tap at the brewpub.
10-06-2011 23:33:50 | More by puboflyons
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
Picked this up on a recent trip to CT... Any black and tan that is 60% Scotch Ale has to be pretty good, right?
A - A very active cascading pour... Audibly fizzy... Starts to settle a bit at around four fingers worth of light brown colored with a very rocky top reminiscent of a very thick batter... Impressive retention... The color is a deep dark brown with a faint reddish hue that lets a bit of light leak in around the bottom of the glass... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...
S - Roasted marshmallows... Some chocolate notes... Some faint coffee notes... A bit of graham crackers... Caramel... Faint roasted malts... Candied pecans... A slight nutty character... A very inviting malt forward sweetness...
T - A bit of coffee... A bit of roasted malt... Some sugary caramel... Some chocolate notes... A hint of hazelnut... A very very subtle smokiness... A nice bit of depth and complexity...
M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Muted carbonation... Quite quaffable... A bit of sleekness... Rather smooth... Consistent with each sip...
D - A very nice brew... Lots of flavor and character... Super sessionable given it's 5% ABV... This one blurs many a style guideline, but there's no denying it's a rather good brew... I can easily recommend picking this one up and will gladly do so if I'm every passing through CT again...
07-30-2011 01:10:15 | More by philbe311
3.8/5 rDev +5.3%
I have enjoyed several growlers of this beer. It pours dark, with a nice head and good carbonation at first, but it goes flat if you don't finish the growler in 1 night. Probably normal, but too bad since I can't buy it in smaller containers.
Taste is smooth, with roasted chocolate flavor, and very drinkable. Not so drinkable that I can pound away the whole growler in one sitting, but very enjoyable as a refreshing beverage in warmer weather.
01-16-2009 21:03:53 | More by bgjohnston
4.22/5 rDev +16.9%
I had this at whistling willies in cold spring.
a--very dark red and brown with limited head. Can barely see through.
S- slight nut scent.
t- nice nutty and toffee taste. Crisp and malty. Has a nice smooth and balanced very. Very easy to drink. Very good on a spring day
05-07-2011 21:26:33 | More by Amalak
4.25/5 rDev +17.7%
64 oz. growler poured into an American pint glass. No freshness date or inclination to the style.
Wow. Pours thick into a pitch black body with slight brown hues when held to the light. Massive 3 finger head surprised me, khaki-brown with nice retention. Average lacing and a nice bubbly cap stays on top of the pint till the end.
Buttery diacetyl and rich biscuity malt punches the nose. Soft cocoa and espresso beans in the middle with hop earthiness around the edges. A slight smokiness piques, but doesn't linger. Slightly boozy in the finish. I'm curious to try the two ales on their own and compare which notes come from which brew.
Porter-like chocolate and caramel malts create coffee, toffee, roasted almond, vanilla, caramel, and biscuit/bready flavors. Plenty of sweet flavors, but not overly sweet/sugary. Hops provide a decent balance with earthy peat flavors along the back of the tongue. Slight astringency between the hops and darkly roasted malt. There is a faint flash of dark berries somewhere in the middle, but has a hard time being distinguishable with all of that roasted malt. Full bodied with a creamy/oily mouthfeel. Rich chocolatey finish with a boozy cocoa aftertaste.
Great version of the bottled Black & Tan style. Normally I can enjoy this style bottled, but am never impressed. However, this definitely took me by surprise; worth buying again. Rich body and a great aroma. Despite it's heaviness, it's extremely drinkable and easy to put back a few pints - glad it came in 64 oz's.
Would pair greatly with any savory or hearty dish, such as corned beef hash, clam chowder, shepherd's pie, etc. Would also stand up to rich chocolate/coffee based desserts such as chocolate cheesecake or tiramisu.
07-21-2009 23:23:40 | More by dbmcrorie
3.2/5 rDev -11.4%
Found this for the first time in Maine and was pleasantly surprised, I've been wanting to try something from Olde Burnside for a while now.
Pours a dark brown, almost black color, a little light shines through for some dark ruby hues, great sized head that fades slowly to leave some decent lacing.
Smell has a weird metallic aroma to it, not all that pleasant, slight caramel aroma.
Taste is rather bland, has that metallic feeling that the smell had, good carbonation, seems to me that they might have soaked some dirty pennies in this beer for its signature flavor.
Bit disappointed but hopefully I'll get a chance to try some of their other offerings in the future.
12-27-2008 23:08:42 | More by deltatauhobbit
3.9/5 rDev +8%
bought as a growler and poured into standard chilled pint glass.
A- massive head, solid inch and a half of thick dirty white foam. Almost black in color, charcoal/black licorice, hardly affected by light when held up. Some bubbles collected along the bottom of the glass but none racing up the edges.
S- faint sweetness, molasses maybe. Hard to fully describe the scent other than it definitely had some sweet tones to it.
T- pretty sweet in taste. not rich or bitter. most tastes are faint and subtle of molasses or chocolate. Complex blending of subtle tastes with no single one overpowering the rest.
M- not creamy but not thin either. A perfect balance. mild dryness left on tongue. Faint leftover taste in mouth made me take sips quicker than usual to get it back on my tongue for identification.
D- bought the growler hoping to split it between two nights, but enjoyed it too much to put down. Just subtle and not overpowering enough to pour glass after glass, but not weak enough to mistake for poor quality. I will gladly get it another one!
06-22-2009 19:58:26 | More by ChugsMugs
2.93/5 rDev -18.8%
This is my first review here on BA, how exciting
Last night I ran into the beer store with only 5 minutes left to buy, I knew I had to act fast so I limited myself only to the selection nearest to the registers. In the first cooler was a wide variety of 8 dollar bombers of Rogue and a few different half gallon jugs. Ive heard of Olde Burnside and since their local I figured I'd give it a chance.
It just wasn't my cup of beer. It poured nicely, very dark; couldnt see through it. Decent head, a little creamy tan color. Smelled roasty; with hints of caramel.
The taste just felt empty. I was expecting a fuller bodied beer. Smooth to drink with a little bit of chocolate. Very dry aftertaste to me. Slightly bitter
My buddy loved it, so it must hit the spot for some people. Just not for me
03-13-2010 16:10:37 | More by humanbeer
Dirty Penny Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.