hivemind (691) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ Northwoods Inn in Lake Placid w Paul, Jess, Christian. Pours black with small white-ish head. Smell is a little sweet, a little funky in a bad way. Major notes of cocoa/vanilla, skunkiness, and bark/wood. Thin palate, smooth, drinkable. There is a bit of a roasty character. Medium carbonation. Not very good.
thorongil2 (912) - , Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) clear dark bown colour with a small brown head; aromas of roast, stewed fruit; light, crisp clean flavour
Chad9976 (1016) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $2.99 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque, murky brown/black body. Initially poured to a gigantic head. Thereís sediment on bottom of the bottle so Iím assuming itís bottle conditioned? Doesnít appear to be infected otherwise, though. The tan, soda-like foamy head dissipated almost completely and left no lacing.
Smell: Roasted malt plus peat scent, though not an aromatic beer per se.
Taste: I was nervous about drinking Olde Burnside Dirty Penny Ale when I saw how it poured. However, it smelled fine and tasted fine (wellÖ for the most part). I donít think this is an infected bottle, but if it is itís not that bad. The beer is a black and tan mixture of a Scottish Ale and a "California-style stout" (whatever that is). Basically, itís an interesting pub-style beer. I think "interesting" the most apropos descriptor since this isnít a bad beer, but itís far from a great one.
Iíve never had a black and tan of Scottish and stout, and considering its low gravity itís impressive it works as well as it does. That being said, there does seem to be some astringency and tannins present that impart a sharp, dry bitterness and a somewhat phenolic character. This tastes like a homebrew and not a professional-grade beer. Still, the flavors are pretty decent and I enjoy the sweetness and the interesting use of flavor combinations. I could see this beer being good to excellent when fresh on tap, but a mystery bottle doesnít do it justice (note to the brewery: please date your bottles).
Drinkability: At only 5% ABV, I think Olde Burnside Dirty Penny Ale is intended to be a deliberately sessionable beer. The body is thin but fizzy, though it finishes clean. Itís no trouble to get down, but something about the mouthfeel just seems off to me.
dredmond (169) - Long Island, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
drank 2 oz sample at Belmont park beer fest, significantly different than ten penny, cloudy, definitely tastes dirty
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Dan269605 (135) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with tan head, earthy burnt malt aroma. The taste is toasted grain, nothing special, but not bad either.
nimbleprop (3845) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle pours a cola brown with some white head. Nose of brown malt, cracker, brown bread. Flavor is malty, lightly toasted bread, brown sugar. Clean, dry finish. Standard.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2013
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
murky sepia, large bubbled wispy cream head. Pear and plum nose, very jammy. Cola flavor with light cherry, bit of grape through end. Super sweet, no balance, sticky finish that sticks all over.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle, thanks Adam. Small beige head atop clear dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some bread, light peat. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel/bread, light peat. Light-medium body, light stickiness.
radagast83 (3738) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle.poured a dark amber. aroma is sweet malts. Slight sour notes. Flavor is pretty good. Thin, nicely balanced hops. Not too sweet or bitter.
BeerandBlues2 (8443) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy off-white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is toast and cookie malt, dates, spicy and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with earthy hops and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Travlr (9809) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle coirtesy of Adam of Somalia, thank you sir! Deep dark maroon color, beige head. Aroma of chocolate biscuit dough. Taste is coffee grounds.