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Dirty Penny Ale - The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

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82
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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Olde Burnside Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our popular “Dirty Penny Ale” is a hearty, but never heavy “black’n’tan” style* which is mixture of 60% Ten Penny/40% our own signature stout. This beer is also available year-round at your local bar or favorite beer store.

(Motto: Dirty Penny Ale …Polish One Off!)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2004)
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OzmanBey

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +37.7%

12-06-2011 23:19:43 | More by OzmanBey
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neil2me

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +37.7%

01-03-2013 02:31:41 | More by neil2me
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PorterBoy14

New York

4.5/5  rDev +24%

04-21-2012 23:03:08 | More by PorterBoy14
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cbsoftware

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +24%

05-02-2013 15:18:06 | More by cbsoftware
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cstellats

New York

4.5/5  rDev +24%

12-30-2011 02:05:26 | More by cstellats
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brass Cat, served to me in a 20oz stein.

A: Very dark brown, almost black, at least from what I could tell in the bar lighting. Head is big, rocky, and brown and sports great staying power.

S: Very malty, as expected. Huge hit of French roast coffee, some hazelnut, chewy caramel, light whiffs of milk chocolate, and some dirty, earthy yeast.

T: Taste followed the smell very closely. Lots of coffee up front, a light nuttiness, a bit of toffee, tons of chewy caramel, earthy, gritty yeast, and some slight milk chocolate toward the finish. Hops were not prominent, and played a balancing role only.

M: Medium to medium-thick. Smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Good enough.

O: Very good. A malt lover's darling.

Notes: I have had this beer many times, but mostly out of the growler. This was my first time having it on tap at a respectable beer bar (I had it on tap at Hooters once, don't judge). Normally this is a solid B beer for me, but getting it fresh on tap was a real treat. All the flavors I remembered were there, but dialed up a few notches. Great stuff.

More notes: I understand that this is a blend of their Ten Penny Scotch ale and a house-special stout. I would really like to try that stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 23:26:20 | More by ryan1788a5
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at flatbread with small twink, soupedup, and andrea.

A - Dark brown, tan head.

S - Roasted to the point of burnt burnt coffe, which I quite enjoy. A very distinct take from the brewery. They hit it very nice.

T - Again that pleasant burnt coffee with a caramel sweetness that really lingers.

M - Nice and smooth. Looks very heavy but is actually pretty light.

D - Goes down so easy. Very refreshing. I could have multiple pints of this. I've never really had a beer like this one before. The only other beer I've tried from this brewery is the ten penny ale. Can't wait to seek some more out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 13:44:50 | More by DNICE555
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just found my notes recently from last summer's Northwest Connecticut Brewfest. I was told that this 'black & tan' brew consisted of 60% Ten Penny; 40% stout. Poured a dark brown hue, with over a finger of beige head, good retention, and good lacing. Detected all of the same essence in the nose from Ten Penny, e.g. coffee and caramel, as well as a big chocolate/mocha presence. Great, great aroma. The taste began with more of a caramel/malty tone, and then eventually progressed to a mocha flavor with a dry coffee/chocolate finish. Thick yet manageably smooth mouthfeel, with low carbonation. Very sessionable, and again, another one of my few repeat table visits during the 'fest.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 21:46:57 | More by donniecuffs
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dbmcrorie

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation:
64 oz. growler poured into an American pint glass. No freshness date or inclination to the style.

Visual:
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.

Aroma:
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.

Taste:
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.

Overall:
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: growler

07-21-2009 23:23:40 | More by dbmcrorie
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slim2043

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

09-30-2012 18:03:29 | More by slim2043
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Buford_t_justice

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

02-13-2014 19:13:21 | More by Buford_t_justice
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hefferee

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

06-04-2013 17:39:14 | More by hefferee
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shigg85

Japan

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

09-29-2012 23:34:53 | More by shigg85
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Theniz

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

11-13-2012 11:14:47 | More by Theniz
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Amalak

New York

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 21:26:33 | More by Amalak
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WhiteHillsStore

Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's always nice to get a growler of something. The appearance was nice and black with a coffee colored head. The smell was a lot of malt and very sweet. The taste was great with nice notes of the malt and a lot of chocolate flavors in the beginning which then led to a very clean finish. Easy drinking but with a lot of flavor. My favorite part though was the feel of the beer. Not overly thick, but a nice consistency that coated my mouth. I liked it a lot and would definitely recommend.

Serving type: growler

06-12-2014 14:58:10 | More by WhiteHillsStore
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this ale pours a dark dark brown, not quite black, but impenetrable by light, with a pillowy three finger head

S - a surpsrisingly pleasant chocolate aroma surrounded by a hops/roasted malt background, inviting

T - roasted malts dominate the taste, with a stout-esque chocolate/espresso flavor lying in wait

M&D - very smooth and balanced beer, as with other Olde Burnside brews, my father likes them as well, and he is a prototypical High Life Man, a great session beer for any hard worker, or oaf like me

Serving type: growler

08-09-2006 00:22:50 | More by sinstaineddemon
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim. Growler. Did not realize it was a B&T. Kind of liked the name. It poured dark, dark brown in color with a stubborn head. There was also an incredible amount of lace. The glass was pretty much coated. The aroma was burnt malts, kind of like putting my nose into a wood fire. The flavor is kind of wierd. It has the mellow malts of a pale ale, but the bold and rich flavors of a porter. Dark chocolate, smokey malts, toffee, vanilla and caramel. Mouthfeel was very full, chalky and cloying. Just takes over the palate. Still very easy to drink and I wished I was closer to the brewery.

Serving type: growler

04-27-2005 00:45:26 | More by MuddyFeet
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pre-packaged growler from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a frothy 1/2" tan head above the barely translucent dark caramel-hued brew. Head hangs on at 1/4", with nice lacing. Aroma is creamy dark malts. The taste is upfront dark malts, coupled with the lighter body character of the "tan" portion of the brew. Closes with an almost slight citrus crisp hops bite. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great, an obvious result of the creaminess of the overall package. Nice one here.

Serving type: growler

04-19-2005 21:08:58 | More by ppoitras
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ams0286

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

10-29-2010 22:39:22 | More by ams0286
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 23:57:02 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-03-2013 00:28:54 | More by OatmattStout
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SenatorSpaceman

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-06-2014 02:49:17 | More by SenatorSpaceman
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KelsoSaaz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.2%

02-27-2014 21:56:39 | More by KelsoSaaz
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arnulfooxblood

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.2%

04-29-2014 03:13:41 | More by arnulfooxblood
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Dirty Penny Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.