1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Penn Dark - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Penn DarkPenn Dark

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

385 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 385
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 34
Gots: 15 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Penn Dark Alström Bros
Ratings: 385 | Reviews: 252 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of akorsak


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The lager is a deep brown color with a thick head on the initial pour.

S: The beer has a roasted aroma that betrays hints of chocolatey malts.

T: The beer has a nice roasted malt flavor. The malts are chocolatey and full of flavor. The hops add a bittering component and not much else, allowing the darker malts to show off.

M: The chocolately malts are very good, giving the palate a soothing taste.

D: Very drinkable, an excellent dunkel lager from Penn.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 23:01:25 | More by akorsak
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, some sort of feshness dating, but just having the first letters of the months along one side of the label doesnt do much for me.( bottled on? best before?, what year are we talking about???, c'mon brewers out there we can give better info w/o that much trouble) Alright my ranting is done, this one pours dark honey amber, a tad murky, with an off white/tan head and it leaves nice fine and well scattered lacing. Nose is toffee and brown sugar. this is a tasty sweet malty brew. Notes of vanilla, toffee, some nuttyness and sweet malts. Clean finish, free of esters and phenolics, minimal hop notes detected. I'm not really a huge lager drinker, but this clearly is a quality product and a worthwhile sessioner

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 13:12:58 | More by Billolick
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a dense but clear walnut brown body with a slight amber red hint to it in the light. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles and a perfectly smooth creamy light tan head that last and last.

S- This beer has a smooth but soft green hop note with a soft biscuit malt note in the background.

T- This beer has a smooth dry pale malt with lightly toasted malt flavor. There are some pot caramel note and the dry biscuit flavor comes through with a finish of bitterness that might be from hops or from dark malt it is hard to tell.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light dry finish.

D- This beer has very soft flavors and some dark malt notes but not much depth to them.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 22:47:20 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of stakem


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a slightly tanned head. Little bit of lace along the glassware. Nice roasted grain and malt aroma that is a little bread-like with a slight hop character in the tail end of the nose. Taste is lightly roasted grain and slightly nutty malt character. Light bodied, moderately carb level and a crisp finish. This is really one drinkable beer. 4% labels it as a good sessionable candidate but I could picture myself drinking quite a few too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 00:58:54 | More by stakem
Photo of Zorro


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pilsner glass this is a clear dark brown lager with a smallish tan head.

The smell is sweetish with a noticeable coffee aroma. Chocolate and berry scents are also present but are much less than the coffee.

The taste begins sweet and full of patent malt robustness. Fair amount of chocolate and roast in the taste I like it.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Pretty easy to drink I can see buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 01:34:52 | More by Zorro
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thinnish head and hardly any lace. Dark root beer color. Malts are up front and hops are hardly noticable but there is a very slightly hoppy finish. This lager is a smooth, medium bodied beer. Very drinkable and nice to get a good dunkel brewed in the US.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2003 17:52:52 | More by jdhilt
Photo of woodychandler


3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This arrived with a big, deep-tan head above a dark brown colored beer, like cola, with ruby highlights. The nose had a slightly sweetish aspect. The mouthfeel was thin, but approaching medium, not out-and-out watery. I perceived notes of licorice and chocolate in the mouth and on the tongue. The finish was lingering with a semi-sweet chocolaty aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2007 22:01:41 | More by woodychandler
Photo of orangesol


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-11-2013 03:39:17 | More by orangesol
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Drop Off Service in New York, NY

A: Pours a very dark reddish brown with light hints of dark amber when held up to the light. The beer has a thin beige head that reduces to a ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Overall a pretty light smelling beer with hints of roasted malts, smoke, and a little caramel sweetness.

T: A malty sweetness that is not unlike flavored pancake syrups (not real maple) with lots of caramel notes and some hints of nuts. There are also some roasted malts and a very light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Really easy to drink and very refreshing on a beautiful spring day here in NYC. Definitely an easy drinking session beer and one I would certainly get again. Very true to the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2012 14:06:11 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Georgiabeer


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium brown with a head that pours a couple of fingers high and then sticks around as a swirly cap. Richly malty, but dry with aromas of bitter chocolate, baked bread, and a little minerality. Taste is quite pleasant, but a little light. More of that bitter chocolate, but it is slight and way in the background. Slightly spicy grain, restrained earthy hops, and some more baked bread flavors round it out. Smooth, relatively light and an anjoyable drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 16:55:17 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Wasatch


3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Alkey for the brew.

Pours a clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, small fizzy tannish head which quickly dissappears, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet slightly roasted malts, slight hops, toffee/caramel. The taste is malty, slightly bitter, nice touch of toffee/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty dunkel lager, glad to have a chance to try it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 00:02:29 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ejimhof


2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

04-10-2012 00:45:26 | More by ejimhof
Photo of Stinkypuss


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap twice in the past week at two seperate parties.

A. Poured into a plastic cup from a 1/4 keg. Dark brown lager with a slight khaki head and a nice exhibition of lacing.

S. Slight roasted malt and malted milk balls.

T. A very flavorful lager. Once again a sweet malty taste with some Hallertau hops there to add a earthy bitter note.

M. Full bodied lager here, a bit creamy and smooth.

D. Very good as well. Possibly my favorite micro lager.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2008 15:49:36 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of BillRoth


4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-29-2013 01:08:16 | More by BillRoth
Photo of rab53


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-11-2013 02:51:21 | More by rab53
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dusty dark brown hue with a 1/4 inche tan lacey head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell was upfront sweet caramel with a decent toasted grain element.

The taste began mildly sweet but soon morphed into a toasted grain and coffee flavor. A nice multigrain bread finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit on th thin side and dry.

Overall a very drinkable dark lager. From the nose, I was expecting a sticky sweet mess, but instead was pleasantly suprised by the toasted dryness.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 01:44:37 | More by plaid75
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Dan for bringing this case up. Pours a clear dark amber/brown, medium tan head forms, nice lacing, decent retention. Smell is sweet, some roast, little floral, grains. Taste is dry and roasty, chocolate through the middle, caramel finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with lower carbonation, very smooth and satisfying. Great session lager, I feel like I could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 00:29:53 | More by Viggo
Photo of Bighuge


4.58/5  rDev +18%
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
Photo of DrJay


3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, chestnut colour with a nice reddish brown hue, topped by beige foam. Head retention was alright and lacing was on the sticky side. Quite nice looking. Aromas were of sweet malts, caramel, and a hint of roast, with a pleasant nutty character. Low bitterness, definitely on the sweet side, with a mild grainy/roasty quality. Bitterness became a little stronger in the finish. Lightish bodied with moderate carbonation and a little residual sugar left behind by the yeast. Not bad at all, but a little too sweet for my palate without having a full, malty character to back it up.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 21:06:39 | More by DrJay
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at a Pirates game after a string of Yuenglings. I paired it with mint chocolate chip ice cream due to my being a glutton.

It was dark copper colored with a thin tan head. Clear plastic stadium cup. The aroma was a little malty and the the flavor was pretty balanced malt/hops. Not bad, and the atmosphere helped (Pirates game + nice buzz from 2 hours of Yuengling).

I brought a bottle home also, I'll re-review if I disagree with the on-tap review.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2006 00:55:13 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of dmorgan310


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-08-2014 02:51:59 | More by dmorgan310
Photo of harpus


4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-28-2014 04:19:40 | More by harpus
Photo of Dogbrick


3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark brown color with a medium thin beige head with decent retention. Stringy lacing. Roasted malt and nuts in the nose. Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel. Roasted malt and caramel flavors, along with lightly floral hops. The finish is mildly nutty and sweet and does not last long. Decent overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 19:44:53 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, small roast, caramel, and small faint lager like notes. In the taste, coffee, caramel sweetness, and faint hints of lager. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry hint of caramel in the aftertaste. Nice roasty flavors with lager notes under all of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 19:57:46 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of AgentZero


3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark just like it says. Cola looking brew that peaks red at the edges. Small, decent head that receded quickly.

S - Lacking in the nose department surprisingly. Crystal malts with toffee and caramel hints, light caramel presense.

T - What you would expect, but this is not a bad thing. Coffee and toffee with malts and a hint of roasted bitterness taste. Solid tasting beer.

M - Bit thinner than you would expect from the look of this beer, which seems to give it a bit of a slippery feel. Not unpleasant though.

D - Pretty solid beer that is easy to drink. It's not a great beer, but it's definately not a bad one.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 03:21:16 | More by AgentZero
Penn Dark from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.