Dirty Penny Ale | The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 150
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 MuddyFeet
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of MediocreatBest
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murkey, muddy brown. Now that i am at the bottom of the growler i am noticing a good deal of sediment, that didnt occur in the first couple pours. As soon as i poured it i smelt the burnt/chocolatey malts mixed with a sweet hoppy aroma. oh so smooth. slightly chocolatey and somewhat like a rbwon ale but with thef ruity nature of a pale ale. very soft hop profile. at the end i am getting a more grainy feel to it, but i am also sipping a sediment filled glass. went down very well during opening day festivities.

i had a bowl of cherry vanillia ice cream taht went very well with this. i was surprised becuase i dont even normally like beer with ice cream, even an appropriately matched beer. but for some reason this went really well, very enjoyable and somethgn i will surely try again.

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Photo of far333
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Dirty Penny Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
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