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Dirty Penny Ale | The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
oldeburnsidebrewing.com

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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!)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
149
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
25.68%
 
 
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 149
Photo of q33jeff
2.61/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

**
08/09/2014
On tap at the ginger man,nyc.
Appearance...dark brown,
Aroma...mush, dark fruit, somewhat non-distinct.
Taste...a little sour, plum, malt, orange rind.

Ok beer, tough to categorize. I might even taste some copper."

**

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Photo of jlindros
2.66/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

They attempted to put the date but it's too smudged and illegible.

Pours a huge huge fizzy over carbonated possibly infected or under attenuated like head, fades pretty quickly spotty lacing, dark mahogany brown color.

Nose big dark brown malts, little porter like dark almost black malt, mild roasty slight burnt like notes, caramel and toffee, char, burnt molasses rich yeasty and faint herbal hops.

Taste is loaded with carbonation, almost undrinkable, slight tangy sour malts, little metallic, sweet little syrupy, burnt caramel and molasses, little roast and char, brown malts. Faint grassy hop thing, mild bitterness, slimy tangy metallic yeasty old under attenuated and over carbonated unhappy beer.

Mouth is med mod, syrupy and slimy and way way way over carbonated.

Overall bad. I'll have to try this again sometime since it's obviously not at its prime, but just a bad beer.

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Photo of scotorum
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

OLD BURNSIDE DIRTY PENNY ALE 8/20/15

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick pint.

a: Dark brown with clear ruby highlights at the sides. Enormous four inch thick tan head receded slowly to even surface foam and spotty lacing. Not bad looking once the foam tsunami subsided.

s: Dark roasty malt and alcohol turns to overripe dark fruit as it warms.

t: Follows the nose somewhat along with an intense sourness which persists. Sour finish.

m; Medium, good body and over the top carbonation.

o: Probably an off bottle, purchased as a single recently. Black and Tans should not be sour, and the foam should not be out of control. Beyond the first whif, eminently unenjoyable drainpour.

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Photo of humanbeer
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Bert's
Slightly hazy auburn brown with a decent sized bubbly off white head. Rich caramel and hints of chocolate with bits of earth and fruit. Nothing extraordinary here.

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Photo of bum732
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of stakem
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

64oz Growler @ 1776, $11. Always a sucker for the growlers. Poured into my 1L Lowenbrau seidel. Hell yeah! Bought this one without knowing what style it was... expecting an amber, but it's a black + tan.

A- A huge but weak dirty head that lacks any staying power. Beer itself is a nice, roasted brown, like brownie batter. Head is active but dissipates fast.

S- Rich, sweet malts, not much else. Fairly standard, not bland, but on the border of bland.

T- Better. A smoky, robusto supremo coffee malt goodness takes center stage. Hopped enough to provide some good counterbalance. Not the best B+T, hell, tastes more like a standard stout, but it's tasty nevertheless.

M- Too thin.

D- Fairly high, would have liked a better, fuller mouthfeel, although I'll have no problem finishing off this growler. I can't say I'd buy it again, though, @ 11$ I can get many better growlers for a few bucks cheaper.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Boto
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours the color of motor oil, with a thick, big bubbled tan head that sinks into the beer to form a thin dusting on top of the body. Some soy sauce smells in the nose, along with heavily roasted, coffeeish malts and freshly innocculated dough. On the palate, heavily bitter malts and fruity bittering hops hit first off, then doughiness comes in at the mid-palate before the beer finishes long and dry. Mouthfeel is quite thin and just a bit watery; I could have used more body in this beer. Overall, this is a drinkable beer that is only OK in the taste department.

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Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a dark burnt brown with some brownish head and some slight lacing.

The smell is pretty malty, mostly dark malty flavor with a hint of a roasty nut flavor.

The taste is biscuty with a nice robust malt finish. Some coffee flavor and a bit of a bitter hop flavor does come out to counteract the sweet feel.

The feel of this beer was a bit of a medium feel. It was pleasing but not too exciting. It did go down pretty smooth and would make a good beer for food pairing.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky brown, light tan head. Less than stellar lacing.

S: Dirt and malt, kind of odd. Faint hoppiness. Decent chocolate notes.

T: Very much malt forward. A burly beer, quite flavorful, especially for 5%. Has a strong mineral and metallic taste to it, almost as if a dirty penny was sitting at the bottom.

M: Fairly thin, but surprisingly crisp. Carbonation is pretty good, nothing great.

O/D: Quite a bit of flavor packed in this brew, not something I'd want over and over again, but worth giving it a shot. Light, but a decent offering.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of erosier
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black from the growler with a light airy caramel colored head that is huge - something like 3 fingers. It smells of dark malted grains and some light hoppiness, almost a homebrew smell to it. The taste is pretty good. Mostly a roasted grain taste to it with a hint of chocolate aftertaste. Not much hop flavor to it, but it seems to be there. The mouthfeel is nice and velvety and it is a decently drinkable beer. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of TangTKE402
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Dark-Chocolate in color with a milk chocolate mousse, 2-finger head. Very inviting and rich-looking. The head dissipates, and leaves a thin, off-white ring around the edge. No discernible lacing.

S: The aroma is light and airy, like fresh-baked bread, with the distinct notes of chocolate milk, coffee and chocolate malts, vanilla, and sweet cream.

T: A breezy, mild flavor with malt notes on the front, and smoky burnt flavors on the swallow. Oat and bread notes come through in the middle with some roasted mocha, white pepper, and earth. Slightly timid in flavor profile, but what's there is fairly tasty and drinkable.

M: Mild and milky, this beer doesn't leave a big impact in the mouth. It's silky, with a light bubble and a thin texture. A light musk is left in the afterfeel.

O: Drinkable, but not the first beer I'd reach to in the taproom. Definitely a good session beer, however, and I find Black and Tans notoriously hard to pin down as a style, so all things considered, give it a try!

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Photo of davey101
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local restaurant. Poured into a smithwicks stout glass.

A - Dark dark brown with some reddish tints. Mocha head, some lacing.

S - Roasted sweet malts, nuts, light chocolate. Fairly simple.

T - Dark roasted malts and some sweetness towards the end. Nuttiness and some bittersweet chocolate. Almost milk like lactic notes. Very smooth and velvety, yet well carbonated.

O - Not bad. I always pass on this in stores due to the price and sizes. I'm pretty sure its only available in growler or flip top bottle. It was nice on tap though. I was actually shocked to find out it was a black and tan as the taste reminded me of a milk stout.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a Ten Penny Ale glass with several refills from the growler throughout the night.

A: Poured dark chocolate black with anywhere between a few millimeters to two fingers of eggshell head. A few strips of lacing circling the glass. Last pour came out looking literally like chocolate milk with lots of sediment at the bottom.

S: A little bit of musty sourdough while still fridge-cold, mixed with notes of caramel and bitter cocoa. Caramel and sourdough notes come out more as it warms.

T: A bit of roasty carbon char and earthy scotch ale. Stout end of this black & tan style brew is dry and toasty. Very subtle touch of hop spice on the backend. The more I have, the more the Stout qualities tend to dominate.

M: Smooth and creamy and rather viscous. Carbonation was soft and pillowy on the tongue on the first sip, but subsequent swigs proved more sodalike. Final glass was very thick and a little gritty with sediment.

O: A nice dark offering from Old Burnside. My favorite beer? You'd think it would be, but no. I'm just a homer for the few nice things to come from my hometown. East Hartford needs more nice things.

Would you believe that I used to drink these right from the growler? My little joke was that I could say I "only had one beer." About as good as I remember, though I keep waffling on whether I like this or Ten Penny better. Maybe it's just that I had several of these in a row, but I felt like the stout started to dominate after the third pint. Kind of curious what it would be like on its own.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour was a molasses brown color with a barely visable ruby color in the light. A thick chesnut color head of about an inch disappeared quickly. No carbonation to be seen.

A very nice aroma of slightly burnt coffee wafted out of the glass. A subtle hint of chocolate brough a sweetness to balance the bitter aroma.

The blend has a flavor exactly like my morning coffee. A slightly roasted flavor with a hint of cream taste. Has a slightly bitter finish that evens out the cream taste.

Despite the appearance, this beer has a watered down feel. Although no carbonation can be seen, it is very apperant on the tongue.

Overall a slightly above average offering. This would be a nice offering to complement a dessert course involving chocolate. Another solid offering from Olde Burnside.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Dirty Penny Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 149 ratings.
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