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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Old Burnside Dirty Penny Review

Man, I look tired in these photos!

Beer: Old Burnside's - Dirty Penny

Some words from Old Burnside: Our popular “Dirty Penny Ale” (5.7% ABV) 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!)

Style: Black & Tan

Style Description from our friends at BeerAdvocate.com: This applies to pre-blended packaged beers, where a brewery will blend a dark ale with a light ale or lager. It's by no means a traditional style of beer, but rather brewers capitalizing on the concept practiced at bars where the beers are physically layered.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-7.0%

(In this case, the Dirty Penny comes in at 5% abv)

How was it served? From a growler
Glass: Standard pint glass
Location of tasting: My kitchen whilst the New England Boiled Dinner cooked
Reviewer: Bryon

1. Appearance - Dark, almost black. No light would even dare to pass through this beer. Although, a hint of red amber could seen on the edges of the shallows when the glass was tipped and the bottom was reached. Low Carbonation, but a generous head, 1 to 1.5 fingers worth, comprised of small light brown bubbles.

2. Smell - A slight hint of roasted malts, but that's all my stuffy nose could detect, worse than normal... (A note on smell - I have a very limited sense of smell, even without a cold, it comes and goes, so my opinions on beer smells should be taken with a grain of salt...)

3. Taste - Roasted malts, roasted biscuity, coffee flavors with a hoppy start and a slightly sweet finish. Anyone have any chocolate? Hints of lickerish or molasses? A good flavor sweet and bitter, but slightly sour as the hoppy flavors give way to the sweetness. Reminded of a tasty muffin, at times. A mere spoonful of cinnamon and nutmeg away from being a great holiday ale.

4. Mouthfeel - Sticks to the tongue, but goes down smoothly.

5. Drinkability - Over all it goes down easy, a good drink but makes me wonder how their stout would be alone. It's not bad, but I prefer a pint of 10 Penny instead. It was a good alternative to the standard Irish Stout, and went well enough with my boiled dinner. (Kickin St Patty's Scottish style!)

Drinkability Scale from 1- 10: A solid 7. (Would I have another? Sure I would, but it has a strong flavor, better for smaller "doses". Consider it a treat, or an alternative to your standard Black & Tan, if that's your thing. Stick to the 10 Penny if you plan on doing a session.

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