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Penn Dark - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

389 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 34
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Munich and various roasted malts give it a very malty, rich flavor with a hint of burnt flavor. 100% imported Hallertau hops, moderate bitterness and aroma.

(Beer added by: SheepNutz on 08-27-2001)
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timjim1327

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +29.2%

07-24-2013 03:33:54 | More by timjim1327
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jsed85

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.2%

06-21-2014 02:20:29 | More by jsed85
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vwbus7

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +29.2%

06-26-2014 03:05:40 | More by vwbus7
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hunkler

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pint draught.

Appearance - Light tan head that last for the first 5 minutes. Lacing throughout every taste. Dark mahogany, almost black with dark purplish-red hues.

Smell - Clean. no off scent. Slight nutty and toasty smells.

Taste - Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Light like a lager. Not over carbed but well-balanced carbinated.

overall - Superb for a dunkle. Sweet nose with some nutty/chocolaty tones. Malty with some hop bitterness for balance. Very drinkable and not heavy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 00:47:30 | More by hunkler
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chewyboy

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

yes, I would agree more with Swillinbrew than dungeldauf. I had some of this last night and it was my first experience with munich dunkels and an experience that I enjoyed very much. Because of my lack of knowledge on dunkels I cannot describe or compare and contrast this beer, however I will note the soft, silky, cream like mouthfeel and its delicious dark, deep red appearance.

Brewed 10 minutes away and for 24 a case, along with their other beers, I feel very content with purchasing more.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2005 14:24:28 | More by chewyboy
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BaerBeer

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I decided to buy a few beers that I already had, but I seen this Penn Dark and decided to give it a try. I was pretty blown away by the superb taste of this beer.

Poured the 12oz bottle into a glass:

A- A nice dark brown color with a tint of amber. Has a chocolaty type look to it. Decent head, with a light lacing that stays for a while

S- Hints of dark wheat bread, slight chocolate aroma, kind of a tobacco smell with a hint of musty-yeasty aroma as well

T- Great, great taste. Sort of a salt cured beefy taste with a few hints of chocolate; sharp yet slightly bitter taste that is very smooth. I would compare the taste to new castle brown mixed with Sierra Nevada Porter.

M- Very pleasant on the palate; Smooth as hell, not very tangy which is a plus in my mind. Kind of a bubbly feel to it, but also pretty sturdy

D- Super drinkable. I think I could drink a full 6 pack of this because of it's smoothness. For some reason, it fells like I am drinking a light meal- very fulfilling.

Overall, an excellent beer. I felt like I stumbled upon gold with this one, and I would definitely buy this one again and again. I think I found a new favorite :)

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 12:01:04 | More by BaerBeer
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javahead71

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

07-01-2012 18:36:07 | More by javahead71
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corzocl

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

03-25-2012 17:05:20 | More by corzocl
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say that in the past, I have boughten a whole case of this stuff and believe me that case was worth it. Each one of those beers were fully enjoyed by all, so now it's time to return to this old favorite and break it down. Appears a very dark nearly opaque with hints of ruby piercing through around the edges when held up to the light. Paired with a tan moccha head, which is binding to the rim of the forming even annular rings of lace as the glass empties. The aroma has some semi-faint fruit tones wrapped in a mild milk chocolate bringing creamy malt to the forefront. Also some of the darker roasted malts are also doing their part allowing a toasted nut scent to dance in the air. The taste leaves me with that creamy milk chocolate sweetness around my lips, along with the trickled chocolate and mild coffee tones comes a crisp smooth lager-like characteristic making this one amazingly smooth. The mouthfeel is full of those creamy sensations down the palate of this fairly heavy bodied beer. Drinkability I would love to find this on tap just to see if it gets any frothier than it already is, and I would like to experiment with mixing this with some Lindemann's Framboise.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2003 06:31:01 | More by WVbeergeek
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squish059

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

tried this bottled beverage not expecting much...i was pleasantly surprised. a nice colored drink with a medium head. the smell is outstanding, a roasted dark chocolate smell that is very appealing. the taste was amazing like drinking roasted almonds dipped in dark chocolate. a nice feeling on the tongue and lips. similar to Bass but with much more flavor. I was definately be drinking this treat again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 23:34:38 | More by squish059
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stingo

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At first, this brew reminded me very much of Yuengling's Lager, but as I tasted it it differentiated itself quite nicely. Nice malt flavors up front with a smooth buttery finish (without the bite the Yuengling has). A great drinking brew that I will have to try to find locally.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2002 10:46:35 | More by stingo
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Deep brown hue, the same as a brown ale, but maybe not quite as dark as a Schwarzbier.

Nutty roastiness with a light creaminess that's always characteristic of the style. A bit of butterscotch in the background.

Very very smooth malts, which give a good amount of creaminess and roastiness along with a strong nutty flavor. Full bodied.

Quite the enjoyable Dunkel Lager. Smooth, creamy, roasty. Everything that needs to be there is there. Good job by the PBC.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 23:23:36 | More by BeerSox
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a clear dark ruby red. Thin light brown head leaves some sparse lace. Nice nose of toaste malt, burnt caramel, toffee and licorice. Really nice. The taste follows through in a big way. Nice caramel and burnt malt tones. Bitter roasted notes. Great flavor. One of the best tasting dunkels I've had the pleasure of consuming. Mouthfeel is appropriately smooth, creamy, silky. Body is about medium. Very good beer.

I'm sold on Penn. Nice brewery there.

Thanks for the Penn samples marc77.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 05:11:56 | More by Bighuge
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smerkinb

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle says "Celebrating 20 years". Back label references a Norse legend of drinking for eternity and gives a short description of "roasted barley malt and Hallertau hops."

Pours a dark chocolate color with a loose 1/2 inch tan head. Shows dark mahogany when backlit and head evens to a steady collar.

Smells sweetly malty and-as promised- roasted. Not much in the nose for me, but it is enticingly sweet.

Wow. Sweet, heavy malts with bready, yeasty playing second fiddle. Other flavors that jump in to balance this out are roasty, barely bitter and nearly-there faint dark chocolate.

Penn Dark is of course dark and it's smooth but not heavy or thick. Nice carbonation that leaves little brief bubbles. The dryish finish makes this one a bit too easy to drink.

Great beer! With all the recent talk of sessionable brews, I would raise this as an example every time. It's sweet without ever approaching cloying and it's not at all heavy. Easy to drink and is both satisfyingly tasty and not quite enough to ever really quench my thirst. I want more from the first sip. Actually I'm kicking myself for not getting a sixer. Scratch that--I'm going to get s sixer now. And I'm never going to be without this beer again.

The bottle says "If you were going to spend eternity drinking one beer, this would be the one." I heartily agree.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 23:16:40 | More by smerkinb
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Freshness dated February) — Appearance: Pours a rich chestnut color with amber hues; the head is creamy and tan in color, holds decent then fades to a nice thin layer of creamy foam. On the nose the aroma of roasted malts, dark toasted bread, and hints of caramel and orange peels. On the palate the flavors consisted of dark toasted bread, graininess, mellow hop bitterness, sweet caramel, bready…the mouthfeel is fairly smooth. What a great brew!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2003 15:47:14 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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Saxboy10

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-28-2014 00:43:20 | More by Saxboy10
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Cgscub

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-18-2014 00:34:45 | More by Cgscub
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db12

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-14-2013 23:49:27 | More by db12
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jcs101

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-14-2013 03:11:19 | More by jcs101
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-08-2012 17:53:54 | More by kevgod
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rypkr

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-03-2014 23:31:05 | More by rypkr
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ryker47

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-31-2013 01:25:26 | More by ryker47
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SchmitzBeerFarm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-13-2014 04:51:50 | More by SchmitzBeerFarm
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tdean12

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

09-16-2013 09:55:25 | More by tdean12
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BenderRodriguez

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-29-2013 22:11:06 | More by BenderRodriguez
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Penn Dark from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.