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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.16/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 (ABV 10.5 - 11%). 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.
2009 vintage: 10.0% abv
2010 vintage: 10.5 abv


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PumpkinBurger (46) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2012
dark copper pour with foamy beige head. decent amount of caramel sweetness in the aroma which you def taste at first touch of the tongue, even some brown sugar, molasses... you then get some roasted flavors and some of the sweetness def stays. even with the higher abv you donít feel like itís that strong as the dominant sweetness and roasted grain flavors hide any alcoholic taste... nice body but not super heavy feeling either... def an enjoyable drink.


2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jredmond (5219) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Draft at pony bar HK with Brendan. Pours a clear amber body with light white lacing. Aroma is strong sweet metallic notes - penny anyone? Mouthfeel is thin with notes of dry alcohol, metallic haracter and some weird medicinal notes. No thanks. Avoid at all costs.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rocbyter (1886) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Sharp robust sour aroma with a slight burn. Light amber color with a large white airy head that disappears quickly. Mellow malt beginning with a moderate bitter and sour finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10483) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle with cousins on the Vineyard, MA. Pours clear copper-brown with a fine, beige foam head. Mild caramel nose, plenty of toasty sugar. Big sweet flavor, loads of toffee, toasted sugar, brown sugar, rich bread. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, nicely rounded and smooth caramel and toffee, only very mild alcohol presence, lasting sugary malts. Very smooth beer.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle/500ml/Swing-top - Pours a dark brownish amber in color with a very small off-white head that fades quickly to a thin rim around the top of the beer. Aroma is sticky sweet with mostly brown sugar, but sugar to be sure. Flavor is WAY sweet and, again the brown sugar. A very unusual/odd flavor in the finish that is not, honestly, all that pleasant. Almost a dry astringency that feels like it steals all of the flavor at the end. Lingering sticky sweetness. I really did not like this and, from the fancy bottle, I definitely expected MUCH more...

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2011
on tap @GABF-pours cloudy copper with a tan head. Aroma is medium malt-odd roast. Taste is medium malt-odd roast, dark fruit, earthy hops.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7820) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
On tap at GABF. Pours with a lightly hazed deep copper hued body (orange highlights) with a small tan head. Aromas are malty, nutty, brown sugar, clean, alcohol. Some toffee. Flavors are of dark fruits, malty, nutty, light chocolate and a hint of smoke. Well hidden ABV. Medium to full bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Thanks to Scott for sharing this bottle. Pours out a moderate amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is of sweet sugary almost sticky buns, and some caramel. Taste is sweet malts, sugary syrup, light caramel, some earthy notes.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 11/10/2008 Fruit and hop aromas. Mid brown coloured a little rich on the palate strong in alcohol and sweet. A little dryness and bitterness in a crisp malt finish.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Mini-swingtop (dark blue bottle) from Amity, Hamden, CT. Unfortunately, this beer wasnít nearly the measure of the regular brew. I never know how these lilí swingtops will age, or even if thatís a relevant consideration. But at any rate, something must be responsible for this weak brew. Thin orange-ish pour, with basically no carbonation to speak of. Tart green apple nose with the mildest of malt underpinnings. Watery body, and a rank infected flavor overall. Blech.


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