Dirty Penny Ale | The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

Dirty Penny AleDirty Penny Ale
152 Ratings
Dirty Penny AleDirty Penny Ale

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

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

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Ratings: 152 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of founddrama
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tastes ... red!? Big, bold, malty.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TBonez477
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle into snifter

A: Pours chocolate brown in color. No noticeable head to speak of, but some very light colored lacing on the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet, roasted notes playing at chocolate. Slight anise undertone.

T: Rich, bold roasted flavor hits palate upfront, mellowing into the sweetness promised by the nose. Subsequent tastes devolve into a mineral aftertaste possibly carried forward by the high carbonation level.

M: Lots of carbonation distracts from the urging toward smooth mouth feel.

O: A decent choice for those who enjoy sweet, malt forward beers. Carbonation keeps the beer slightly refreshing yet does derail the direction that the taste implies.

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Photo of Petegrieco
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gwiedman1
2.94/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It's a sour. Not bad but not expected.

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Photo of Dan269605
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Duffman79
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of jFRIDAY4
2/5  rDev -43.7%

Photo of jaxon53
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of IanMcGuire
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of jpd7374
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of jlindros
2.66/5  rDev -25.1%
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 Belittle
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Spectre1966
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of John_Squires
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

Photo of SenatorSpaceman
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of pisano
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of magnusdave
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of arnulfooxblood
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of squezey
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Dirty Penny Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 152 ratings
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