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Dirty Penny Ale - The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

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82
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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -5%

Picked up this growler in Norwalk, Connecticut while there for bmanning's wedding. Consumed at our Christmas in July party last weekend. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Currently the #3 Black & Tan.

Pours dark brown with a good light tan head and some spotty lacing along the sides of the tulip. Thin cap throughout and a bit of a collar. The nose brings some light diacetyl and toffee. Mostly the latter, though I think the former was present was well. Roasted malt there as well. The flavor is better with a nice combination of roast and some light caramel and toffee. Medium body and light carbonation. Good roast in finish. Pretty nice beer.

Thorpe429, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -3%

nmann08, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -3%

At the time of this review, this is the #3 Black and Tan, growler shared by Thorpe429, thanks served in a snifter.

Beer is copper and mostly clear with a thin off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is toffee and sweet, some butteryness but it is hard to separate from the toffee, caramel and heavy malts.

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the palate, creamy in the mouthfeel, sweet on the leadoff and decent finish. Not a great beer but an interesting one.

A side note, this beer is a 60% blend of the Ten Penny Ale and some stout, and the beer comes across as a Scotch ale to me at least, almost no roast or anything dark about this beer at all. Interesting but I doubt it is a repeat for me.

drabmuh, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is sour almost lambic like. I think this might have sat a while. It has a mild caramel/roasted scent. The taste is average. It has a light and easy drinking flavor that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It goes down easy, but it has a sour finish. I guess the yeast has given it some off flavors. Anyway, the mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. I would have liked to try this one fresh out of the tanks. As it is, I think I drank a sat beer that was past it's prime.

WesWes, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -3%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%

Excellent domed head. The brew is a solid brown; light shines through. It appears clear. Very little long term lace.

There's a mild sourness to the otherwise toasty malt nose.

Acidic flavor and quite thin. The darker, bisuity flavors are present but muted. Light hop throughout the taste, but the finish sour and citrusy.

smcolw, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%

Review from notes taken on 11/21/09

Growler care of my frend Dan who was paying a visit from CT. Pours a dark brown with more than two fingers of tanned creamy head. Lacing about the glass from a slow and steady recession of the thick head of foam. Nose is hoppy with citrus and some malt. Also includes some sweetness and burnt grain akin to chocolate. Taste is minorly bitter upfront. Little bit of the chocolate character comes through as well. Med feel and low carb. Finish is quite crisp. Overall not bad and one of the more flavorful "stock" black and tans.

stakem, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

ppoitras, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of puboflyons
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.

puboflyons, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Dark burnt caramel brown/black with a nice off-white head that dies quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Aromas are lovely, like a nice scotch ale and porter mixed together. I get a lot of chocolate and coffee notes as well as some freshly greened piney hops. Also some sweet caramel, roasted malts, and more! Quite complex for a low abv black and tan and actually reminiscent of a toned/watered down version of Alpha Klaus from FFF. Anyways, taste is hoppy with nice green oily flavors of pine needles and such. There is also some nice roasted malt flavors, as well as the mentioned coffee and chocolate rounding it out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied/light and almost cask-like. Drinkability is quite good because of this and how damn tasty this one is. The #1 black and tan on this site for a reason!!!
Thanks C and BIF 16...

:-)

francisweizen, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of tigg924
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.

tigg924, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

jfcaa193, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Dope
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Dope, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Boto
3.43/5  rDev -5%

Draught @ Connecticut Brewfest: This one pours an opaque brown color, with a little bit of head. The nose was fairly weak on this one. Some roastiness to the nose, but not much else. The taste was a hint of sweet malts, with roastiness and a hint of chocolate. Good, but a very unexciting beer.

Boto, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured a dark brown out of the growler with a full rocky tan head and good lace.

Lots of toasted malt here, bready scents, maybe some hop.

Toasted maltiness, brown bready, some hop bitterness, and hints of sweetness -- maybe a little vanilla. Pretty decent. Fresh brew flavors.

This is medium bodied with substantial amount of carbonation. Maybe would have liked it to have a little less.

Overall, you can put these down. Wish it was available in a bomber or smaller, and not in a $10.00 growler, but hey...why am I bitching -- right next to it was a $16.00 Rogue Dead Guy Growler! This was very decent. Worth the try.

OtherShoe2, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%

Off the tap at the Bluebird Tavern this beer was an opaque, burned-caramel color with a skim of mocha-like head. The retention was pretty good and the lacing in sliding curtains. The aroma was of mocha, roasted malt, toffee and chocolate. The flavors were equally complex and tawdry. I tasted dark caramel, rich molasses, coffee, chocolate, hints of wood, roasted malt and caramel. Yum. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body full and the carbonation perfect. Sweet and satisfying.

thekevlarkid, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of philbe311
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...

philbe311, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

shigg85, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Amalak
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

Amalak, May 07, 2011
Photo of 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.

Gambrinus1184, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +10.8%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of far333
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.

far333, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of bum732
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.

bum732, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of NEhophead
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%

1/2 gallon growler.

Porous, off white head that fades to a few pools pretty quickly. Some scattered, spotted lace with good strength. Opaque, deep brown in color.

Caramel, milk chocolate. Creamy with a subtle roasted maltiness (no doubt from the stout mixed in). Semi-sweet vanilla bean aroma.

Sweet vanilla and milk chocolate with some pretty deep earthy tones. Dry roasted malt character. Not bitter at all. Aftertaste is caramel and even more vanilla. A bit one sided with the sweet vanilla character, but still pleasant.

Medium bodied; clean, mellow, and cramy on the palate. A touch touch for the style.

A pretty good offering from Olde Burnside even though it takes the fun out of making a Black & Tan yourself.

NEhophead, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
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Dirty Penny Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.