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Ten Penny Ale Reserve - The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

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Ten Penny Ale ReserveTen Penny Ale Reserve

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.84%
Wants: 11
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Olde Burnside Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ten Penny Ale Reserve the much stronger version of our original Ten Penny recipe. This beer is a dark brown ale, topped by a thick, loose tan head. The smells of roasted grain and toffee are the first things you will notice with your nose when you crack open the bottle. The tasting experience begins with a splash of caramel like flavor on the tongue, but quickly melds into a full bodied roasted-malt taste. As you savor this fine ale you will also encounter subtle hints of chocolate and a smoked-malt essence. After you have finished your bottle you will realize this beer is truly a wonderful merging of high alcohol content and rich full body flavor that will make you want another pint to drink.

(Beer added by: jastack on 04-02-2007)
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steph1974, Jun 23, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint swingtop blue glass growler/bottle into Duvel tulip. This year's release.

Appearance: Frantic pour (it gushed; carbonation) yields a 2 inch fizzy offwhite head that dissipates steadily and lacelessly. Pours a semi-opaque light maroon. Leaves no lacing, but I quite like the color.

Smell: Sweet, brown sugar. After a few seconds, it smells spot on like a freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookie. It's as if one took an oatmeal raisin cookie, melted it, and added it to a beer. Smells like cinnamon, sugar cookies, etc.

Maybe a bit too sweet tooth-oriented to really get me excited, but I have to admit that it smells great. I especially like how it has that sort of hard cookie bite to it... I wish I could describe that better. It doesn't just remind me of cookies, it has aromas so tell-tale of cookie that I would be fooled in a blind test ("sweet beer, or beer soaked cookie?").

Taste: Yikes, assaulted by this overwhelming malty tanginess. That's all I get from the first sip, and I hate it.

Second sip tastes like cinnamon up front, with some bready notes tempering the insipid tanginess. With time, the oatmeal cookie notes from the aroma come out, along with some toasted rye bread and butterscotch. After awhile, the trademark Ten Penny hard water profile emerges as well. The unforgivable tang disappears early on, thankfully.

The taste is good, but it could really use some hop bitterness, or roasted malt, or smoked / peated malt, or hot alcohol, or *something* to tame the sweetness. I'd hate to see the donut bills for whoever wrote the recipe of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Watery at times--which actually isn't as bad as it sounds; a sugary feel would be disgusting with this level of sweetness, so you're grateful for the juicy/wateriness.

Moderate carbonation. Boring finish (mildly underattenuated feel). Forgettable feel overall, but no outright flaws and not the worst vessel for the flavor.

Overall: I liked the version of this that came out last year and the year before better... can't say this beer speaks too highly of my hometown brewery's quality control (as in lack of batch variation). This bottle definitely solves some of the mystery of why this year's cognac barrel aged Amazing Grace (this beer, barrel aged) was so unbearable: like adding 5 sugar packets into a glass of Coca Cola.

That said, I actually do like the beer. It goes a little too far with the sweetness, but it provides some good, unique flavor.

Pahn, May 24, 2012
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found at Pies & Pints in Middlebury, CT this brew has a hazy, dusty mahogany appearance with a strapping creamy oatmeal colored head and lots of sticky lacing. The aroma offers herbal hops and brown sugar malt, a bit yeasty and swampy with sourdough qualities. Very nice. Upon my first taste I get a nice blast of flavor that runs parallel to the aroma. Very malty, a little bit of herbal hop, brown sugar/brown bread and tangy butterscotch yeast. In the finish you can even detect an earthy chocolate idea. Very tasty stuff with little or no sign of any booze, just easy drinking. Body is medium but feel is silky with a hint of luxurious resin. Malt is definitely the theme but it’s presented in a beautiful blend of compatible nuances. All accompanied by a perfect, delicate carbonation. Even better here on tap than I recall from the bottle, but either way, another reason to get behind the folks at Burnside.

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3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown swing-top bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear amber color with a small white head that doesn't really leave any lacing.

Very mild aroma of some sweet malts, fruit, and a touch of caramel.

The nose was a bit misleading as this beer has some flavor. Intertwined notes of sweet fruit, caramel malts, brown sugar, peat, and a slight wood in the back.

Very light body for the ABV, wet mouthfeel.

Surprisingly light body keeps this one an easy drinker. I expected a more potent and less sweet flavor, although I won't complain. Overall a good beer to try and a world apart from the regular ten penny.

BranfordBound, Dec 18, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with half a finger of off-white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Fruity notes of dark malt with black cherry and plum. Some toffee in the background.

T - Sweet malt and dark sugar up front with lots of brown sugar and red apple character. Some more subtle plum and raisin character in the middle that gives way to red apple and caramel in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This beer is complex, with a nice aroma, but the alcohol is just a bit too much for my taste. It comes across as a bit of spicy character in the finish, but it also adds some harshness to the fruity malt character that hurts the drinkability.

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Ten Penny Ale Reserve from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.