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East Hartford Brewing Group’s
Ten Penny Reserve Limited Availability

{You better reserve yours today!}

You may think I got paid to write this review (due to all the praises I am about to give this beer), but I assure you that this is not the case. I found it a privilege to drink a Ten Penny Reserve, and now I feel the same about reviewing it. Why?

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Stock photo from East Hartford Brewing Group's website.

Brewery’s Description

The brewery has this brief description on their site:
“Reserve is a rich and hearty scotch ale that will keep you warm all winter long! The deep blue label is a call back to the original blue bottles, while the gold represents the luxurious liquid within.  This beer is truly for THE CONNOISSEUR!”
 

Here come the praises.

Ten Penny Reserve is one of the finest beers I have ever tasted.  That must make me a connoisseur.  This beer is dangerously delicious.  With a 9.1% ABV, this deep, dark, malty ale can sneak up on you.  And once you’ve had one, you’re going to want two or three. (Or four!)

What is a Scotch Ale?

 

Let’s talk about what a scotch ale is for a moment.
Scotch ales originated in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, somewhere in the 1800s.  They are sometimes referred to as “Wee Heavy,” which should not be confused with Scottish ales.  Scotch ales carry a higher ABV ranging somewhere between 6% -10%, whereas the Scottish ales are 5% and lower.

Generally speaking, Scotch Ales go through a longer boil in the kettle, allowing the wort to caramelize. This process results in a dark brown, full-bodied ale, bursting with flavor and a higher alcohol content. Though the intense caramel flavors from the long boil tend to dominate over noticeable bitterness, sometimes you may experience a slight bitterness.

 

Sniff & Sip

When it comes to East Hartford Brewing Group’s Scotch ale, bitterness is not a problem.  Therefore, allow me to describe what I experienced during my Sniff & Sip.

When drawing in the scent of this ale, you get the malt.  A sweet caramel aroma makes your mouth water.  You might even think of cola but more profound and robust while taking it in.  The first sip was glorious!   I mean that truly.  I had three more cans in the refrigerator, and I was trying to think of a way to hide them from my wife.  The flavor isn’t a Guinness.  There are some notes of toffee but without the dryness of Guinness.  A refreshing caramel, roasted grain flavor that is heaven to the “beer connoisseur.”  I cannot say enough about how good this beer is, yet I cannot find the right words to describe it.  My first sip left me with my jaw on the ground and speechless.  It is honestly that good.

Overall Rating

Hat’s off to you East Hartford Brewing Group.  I am not worthy.  You have created an ale that my dearly departed, saintly Irish mother would have loved.  Please keep making this brew because I will keep buying.  I have to give Ten Penny Reserve 5 mugs.  Without a doubt in my mind, this beer deserves it.  Well done.

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Ten Penny Reserve

East Hartford Brewing

Scotch Ale

9.1%

No IBU Listed

4.12 (Untappd)

Only 64

Bud's Overall Rating:  5 mugs

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