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
Ratings:
152
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
15.62%
 
 
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6
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14
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5/5  rDev +37%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of tigg924
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mnrider
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with large tan head. Settles down to a pretty decent head. Not much lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate. Also a nutty hint of caramel. Sweet, strong and impressive.

T/M: Almost completely like the aroma. Sweet with a strong roasted malt flavor. medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth with a somewhat malty aftertaste.

O: One of the better Black/Tan's I've had, that was bottled from a brewery. Tastes good and has excellent session ability. Gotta drink it or it will go flat.

Cheers!!

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Dirty Penny Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 152 ratings.
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