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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

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.

Added by jastack on 04-02-2007

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71
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3.76
pDev:
16.22%
 
 
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Photo of Pahn
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Durge
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
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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Photo of BranfordBound
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  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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Photo of Naugros
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This comes in an attractive cobalt blue swing top bottle that will be saved for the collection.

It pours with evident carbonation and raises a very short-lived, sizzling head, kind of like the one you get when you pour a cola. The beer is amber with some orange tones in the glow. Carbonation remains evident despite the absence of any appreciable head.

The nose and the flavor are both pretty sweet. The nose has a very distinct odor of burnt sugar, as if someone were making caramel and had to walk away for a minute or two and got back too late. I've done this making caramel sauce and this is exactly what it smelled like. The taste is similar, burnt caramel, but there is an added bitterness that does not seem to come from hops. What hops presence there is comes off as floral...honeysuckle maybe. The expected peaty smoke of a wee heavy is barely there and shows up as more of a sweetened tobacco, but before being burned in the pipe. There are also hints of vanilla and rum...presumably from the barrel.

It's a little light in body for my taste, but that is not inappropriate to the style, so no points lost there. What IS bothering me is the stickiness left on my lips and trying to wrap my mind around a beer that is both thin-bodied and syrupy at the same time. It's got the consistency of generic brand light maple-flavored syrup.

The shame of this beer is that I think I would have liked it a ton if more of the sugars had been converted to alcohol. Okay yes, it still is a 9.3% beer so I am astonished that it remains this sweet after the yeast have done such a fine job on helping me get my revenge on my liver. And yes, wee heavys do have a sweetness to them, but not this much. The flavors are so complex and perhaps a 1 or 2% bump in ABV could have allowed more of the underlying flavors to break free of the cloying mass of sugars.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into rather a large mug. I need more glassware.

A: Poured with over an inch of head which slowly departed over a few minutes. Mahogany colored with slight cherry and amber highlights.

S: Dark fruits and flowers. Malt dominates the nose.

T: Fruit, toffee and caramelt malts. Somewhat sweet and woody, with alcohol and brandy tones at the finish. Hops are present but subdued.

M: Medium-bodied with a slight liquerlike viscosity. Moderate carbonation. Evaporating spirits haunt the tongue. (boo)

O: Damn fine beer, though I feel like it has almost nothing in common with its common cousin. I wouldn't call something with a 9.3 ABV sessionable but it is eminently drinkable. If availability weren't an issue it'd be easy to throw back two or three of these in a sitting, then just relax and let the happy feelings in.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smart looking 16.9oz blue swing top bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear, dark reddish brown. Thin white head. retention leaves a bit to be desired, though the beer is of decent strength.

S: Bread, sweet caramel, toffee. Moderate tea-like herbal hops. Earthy yeast. fresh coffee beans.

T: Sweet caramel, bread, bread crust, toffee. Maybe some light fig-like esters. Earthy yeast. a bit of coffee. Slight hints of smoke and cocoa. Even, low herbal bitterness. Finishes with caramel and earthy tastes.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Very creamy and smooth. just a bit chewy. Moderate carbonation. Good.

O: Very good, accurate representation of the style.

Notes: An excellent Scotch ale. A perfect beer to reach for when a malt craving strikes. Glad it's local and fairly accessible. Probably my favorite Olde Burnside beer to date.

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Photo of DirtybeerguyRI
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Deep golden amber with a fizzy tan head that dissipates quickly. Attractive, warm looking beer.

SMELL: Spicy and bready. Lots of roasted malts hit the nose immediately. Also, at a 9.2% ABV this is a pretty boozy smelling brew.

MOUTHFEEL: Full-bodied and sticky. There's a moderate amount of carbonation that keeps this Scotch ale from being oily.

TASTE: This brew starts with dark fruits followed by a boozy warmth and a mix of coffee and toffee. The finish hints at a nice, smooth whiskey. It's a complex beer but not overwhelming in any particular regard.

DRINKABILITY: Considering the high ABV, this beer is so drinkable it's a bit dangerous. While complex, it's also well balanced and smooth.

VERDICT: I'd love to try this beer with a thick cut of steak or duck. I've liked several other Old Burnside beers, but this one is one of their best. It's a very warm, luxurious ale.

Cheers,
John Harvey
Dirtybeerguy.com

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a brandy snifter at Backstage in Torrington, Conn.

A: Rich, golden amber with a two-finger head of beige foam which settles to a fine lace. Nice, bright clarity to the brew which looks like a glass of scotch after while.

S: Vanilla, oak, peppery and fruity malt aromas swirl in the boozy aroma of this brew. Evokes thoughts of a liquor, warming and sweet.

T: Sweet, slightly hot and boozy malt flavors up front rush caramel and brown sugars to the forefront. An herbal, mellow hop resin creeps towards mid-palate with a deep, sweetened earth and peat flavor which washes down bittersweet and buttery. There's a hint of fruitiness to the brew, but its mostly like a oaked and sweetened scotch.

M: Full-bodied and a bit syrupy with enough balance to cut it short of being too sweet and boozy.

D: A very nice after dinner drink to go with any red meat or duck meal. The 9.3% ABV and rich malt flavors really warrant this brew be chosen for it's liquor like qualities as opposed to a bee to knock back at a gathering. Grab 4 oversized wine glasses or snifters, pour and distribute among your lucky guests.

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Photo of chefelf
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is like the Olde Burnside Ten Penny Ale but much stronger at nearly double the alcohol content. One pint was enough for me at ABV 9.2%.

It has a nice caramel and malty taste to it and if the bottle was any bigger it would be dangerous because I would feel compelled to finish it.

Also it has one of those Grolsch-style growler-hinge tops and that is just fun. I am easily distracted.

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Photo of Sam21
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz cobalt blue swing-top bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with a murky amber body with a healthy looking khaki head that recedes quickly leaving small patches of wet lace here and there.

Smell - I notice rum soaked dark fruits first and foremost. Layers of rich toffee malt sweetness lie beneath. The nose is not in your face, but rather composed and balanced.

Taste - Dark fruits up front and loads of sweet malt depth. There is a mellow boozy bite in the back that works well with the fruit. The finish is sweet with some countering earthiness. There is also a strong smoky note that hands in the balance. The dark fruit linger nicely into the next sip.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with silky smooth carbonation. A tad oily. The soft carbonation accentuates the fullness of this beer's body while keeping it from feeling too thick.

Drinkability - True to style, Ten Penny Reserve is a malt-emphasized treat with some nice subtle complexities to entice your taste buds. It is smooth going down and is not a challenge to drink. A great local option for me and an enjoyable one at that.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL Swing-top poured into a chalice

This came by way of a very generous extra, from the very generous trader Pahn. I was skeptical looking at the ornate and font-confused trappings on the swing-top, but now I'm a believer. Thanks again Pahn.

L: Musty, rusty, muddy, ruddy brown. Dark and murky, 2-fingers creamy rich head. It looks the part.

S: Smells like a malty pils. Kind of weird, but good. Has that wheaty funk, but lots of sweetness behind. Honey and mealy caramel notes.

T: Nothing like it smells, but if it is ... it's reversed. Mega-sweetness up front peeling back in layers into a pils-ey funk-y freshness. Lingering apple and berry notes.

F: Thick. Very thick, and delightfully low-carbonated. Pretty damn good.

D: Very enjoyable, easy drinking.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Badass 16oz swing-top bottle. Pours a deep, dark caramel color with a good-sized head. Minimal lacing. Great aroma. Smells buttery, with caramel and alcohol aromas. Tastes just like it smells. Caramel and butter upfront with a boozey aftertaste. Some toffee flavor as well. A bit pricey, especially with the $1.50 deposit, but this is a great tasting beer worth picking up again and again.

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Photo of Zodijackyl
4.94/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Flip-top bomber - rubber sealed!

Pours dark brown with a moderate foamy white head. Aroma of crystal malt, ultra-creamy. Taste is very smooth, between a very light hop balance, a blend of caramel and crystal malts, and a mild yeast. Mouthfeel is almost like a light milkshake, minus the dairy. Extremely drinkable, I can't believe I lived in Connecticut drinking their growlers for years before getting this bomber for $7. Exceptional

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Photo of kelticblood
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Since I love Ten Penny Ale so much I'd thought I'd give this a try. First I had to get past the $9 price tag. This better be good!
Poured out a decent head that didn't last long. Color is a dark gold with sediment swirling around. Half way through my glass it's almost basically flat right now.
Aroma was weak and smelled of sweet malt with nothing being complex.
Taste was ok being very sweet with a hit of bitterness on the finish. High ABV is moderately hidden. Body is a bit watery. Not really impressed with the taste.
Mouthfeel isn't that bad with nice carbonation. Too sweet for my liking. It's drinkable and not too offensive.
For the price tag I expected alot more and received much less. I fell into the whole gimmick of the cool looking bottle. I'll just stick with the growlers of the regular Ten Penny Ale.

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Photo of neonsox
4.77/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Hazy caramel/brown color with a light head that dissipates quickly. Pours smooth and is on the thicker side, so it coats the glass. Chunky sediment at the bottom of the glass can be a little unnerving but the taste is not effected at all.

Smell - Nutty caramel smell with hints of toasted malt and a very slight citrus note. It has what I would consider more of a sweet smell for a beer this heavy.

Taste - Has a strong caramel taste with malty undertones, along with a hint of toffee and a very slight alcohol finish. As with any heavy beer, the taste changes dramatically with temperature. The nut and toffee tones take over more as the glass sits on the table.

Mouthfeel - This brew goes down really smooth with a very slight bite at the end. Aftertaste is really subtle and doesn't linger as it does with other thick beers. Not much carbonation at all and the feel holds as you make your way through the bottle.

Drinkability - Very exceptional and almost too easy to drink leaving you wanting more. It's a mellow experience suitable for sipping, and you should considering the price. The bottle is designed to keep the flavor in and retains what little carbonation this beer has for a while.

This is one of my new favorite beers but the price is a little daunting for what it is. I'd gladly exchange the nicely-done bottle for a price break and more bottle options.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy, red/brown in color, minimal head, some sediment

Smell: toasted malt, and earth

Taste: toasted malt, earth, toffee, and some alcohol

Mouthfeel: mostly sweet with some bittering alcohol in the middle, light body for the style, low carbonation, very smooth

Drinkability: A very solid and earthy Scotch ale. I love the maltiness. I will definately pick this up again the next time I am in Connecticut.

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Photo of Thads324
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer from a pint swing top...

A : a slightly hazy amber color with a good
solid white head, disipates quickly

S : a whiff of caramel and a very minimal
amount of citrus hop. There is a hint of
whiskey also.

T : a sweet caramel flavor with a hop
flavor, without bitterness. It's very smooth
with some alcohol present.

M : real smooth, short though.

D : despite the high alcohol it's really
drinkable, although it seems like it wants
to be sipped.

Overall a pretty good beer. Not quaffable but
its smooth and slightly warming... Pricey but solid

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swing top opened with a nice pop. Upon pour a dark amber/copper color was topped with a two-finger thick, off-white head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving little to none lacing.

The aroma is of heavy caramel and maltiness with toffee sweetness and a hint of dark fruit meandering in the background.

The caramel theme continues with the first taste, and lingers with toffee sweetness. This unpasteurized brew has a medium to full, creamy, sticky soda feel.

A very nice beer that doesn't let the high ABV% hinder taste.

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Photo of michaelgulden
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Picked this up in a swing-top pint from Cooper's Corner in Florence, MA. I liked the Ten Penny Ale (via growler) so I thought I would try the Reserve.

A: Poured thick and pretty, with a one-finger head. Copper color with amber on the edge.

S: Big caramel up front and butterscotch, like Werther's Original candy. I also get some fruit, like black cherry.

T: More butterscotch and malty sweetness. A slight trace of alcohol, as well, but less than the 9% would indicate. The smell made me think the flavor would be bigger, but I'm left wanting more.

M: Only major weakness of the beer. Rather lifeless on the palate, but the carbonation is nice.

D: Drinkable, but not necessarily a good thing considering the price. I'm not disappointed, but I won't be shelling out $10 for it again anytime soon.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint swing-top bottle that I've been cellaring since last winter into a Bruery tulip.

A: Dark, dark brown like the color of it's bottle and almost as dark as a stout (but the white head is the big giveaway). A ring of foam sits around the top of the beer the whole way through.

S: Surprisingly funky. When I opened the bottle and smelled "horse blanket" (as you guys like to call it) I was actually excited that this beer was similar to a sour. I also get notes of cherries.

T: Average. After taking a few good inhales of this beer I thought the taste would follow. It was very underwhelming comparatively - a little sour, a little woody, and has a sour cherry finish.

M: Pretty nice. Foamy "large bubble" carbonation that lasts inside your mouth. Has a dry finish.

D: Meh. After taking a few sips I thought I could drink the whole bottle easily but it's a little filling because of it's creaminess.

Overall, an okay beer. It has great components separately but they don't mesh together (i.e. the nose and the appearance do not mirror the taste) and is unlike any other Wee Heavy I've had.

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Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll really have to come back to review this again, after reading the desription on the website, I know this is a contaminated one, but with the soured funky taste I really enjoyed it.

I'm a fan of the regular ten penny ale, a decent growler to pick up. Now their "reserve" suddenly showed up in the little snap down topped pint bottle. I hope it doesn't disappoint.

A: Top pops off with a nice thwop, and I can see a bunch of yeast sediment on the sides, so it must have continued to ferment in the bottle. Pours into my Chouffe tulip (thanks to Ineedabeerhere) with a light creamy looking head that just covers the top of the beer. Its super dark color with touches of light finding its way through the maze, and leaving little hints of yeast sediment on the bottom of the glass.

N: Hmm, it's somewhat sweet on the nose, almost like a soda. A little bit of funk, fruity yeast aromas. I wonder if it's supposed to be like that, or if it's contaminated. I wouldn't necessarily assume their reserve would be fruity and funky, but it could be. Some hints of dark malts and sugar almost. I get slight cherry and slight Belgian yeast aromas. Pretty nice actually, if that is what it's supposed to smell like.

T: Starts tangy but somewhat creamy. It's got a nice tangy sweet sour cherry flavor. Hints of vanilla and perhaps oak. A little high on the acidity as well. The sour fruits stay pretty strong throughout the sip even as I hold it in my mouth. It's very succulent and juicy, almost like having delicious juice that was fermented. Some light funky yeast flavors also come through, but are light and pleasant. It also carries some dark malt flavors, with hints of syrup and heavy malt feels. I can see why they say keep refrigerated.

M: Lower carbonation than I wanted, slightly creamy and medium body.

F: A little dry on the finish, but mostly more fruit lingering. The sour cherry flavor seems to stick to the tongue for a few minutes after the sip is gone, which is not bad by any means. There's also a slight chalkiness with some roasted flavors that come through shortly after the swallow, but seems to not stay long as it gvies way back to the great fruit.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a four finger cream head that fades slowly but leaves no lace. Cloudy dark brown color. Sour apple nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor fortunately much better than nose - sweet, burnt caramel, higher ABV is hidden. Clean finish. I think I'll get one for 10-10-10 at 10% ABV it should mellow well. $8.25 for a flip top 1 pint bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Not much head at all and it fades fast. Earthy brown-red tones and fairly clear, this beer smells amazingly sweet with some dried fruit notes. It reminds me of toasted cinnamon raisin bread. The taste is not at all what I expect given the smell! It comes off as earthy with a very fine carbonation that initially prevents me from detecting much else. Otherwise, a slight roast, spice and undertones of vegetable are detected. It doesn't taste as sweet as it smells by far, but the bitterness is mellow.

As it warms, the earthy flavor takes on a little more sweetness. The beer feels medium-bodied, but remains light enough to be drinkable over sip-able. This is my first Olde Burnside offering and they have my attention.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Montpelier, VT. Comes in a sweet swing top bottle, looks classy.

Poured this into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. The color is a dark brown with a nice tan head that quickly disappears into nothing. With the absence of what was a nice looking head, this beer looks kind of bland, average. However, the aroma of this beer is amazing. Caramel cream and sugary cinnamon, mixed with the smell of aged wood and dry bread. Smells so good.

The flavor is a mixture of whiskey malts and biscuit, aged with wood. There are some hops lingering in the background and a slightly sugary alcohol laced finish. The mouthfeel is warm with prickly carbonation, otherwise smooth. This is probably my favorite scotch ale to date, even though I've only had a handful.

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Ten Penny Ale Reserve from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.
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