Dark Penance
Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Black IPA
4.04 | pDev: 9.9%
Oct 18, 2021
Jul 01, 2014
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Notes: A heavy malt foundation includes Crystal malt for sweetness and just enough Midnight Wheat malt to push the color to black. The bitterness is huge, but balanced by malt sweetness and alcohol burn. The hop flavors and aromas range from citrus to floral to pine thanks to a delicious blend of hand-selected Chinook and Centennial hops.

100 IBUs
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Rated: 4.13 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 18, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
355 ml bottle, will soon be available at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8.9%. Black colour, dark brown in the highlights. Moderate to low creamy beige head. Aroma of piney American hops, the roasty notes are fairly subdued. Distinctly hoppy flavour, piney and grapefruity hops galore, dry roasty notes and bittering hops in the finish.
Apr 16, 2021
Rated: 4 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 18, 2020
Rated: 4.12 by Insomniac from Canada (ON)

Jun 10, 2020
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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours dark black with a khaki head. Smell is roasted malts and piney hops. Taste has a huge malt presence coupled with bitter hops,some floral and citrus noted ,mout feel full bodied.
May 24, 2020
Rated: 4 by wvsabbath from West Virginia

Sep 12, 2019
Rated: 3.63 by Mr_Beer_Belly from Illinois

Jul 08, 2019
Rated: 4.56 by Jussei from Ohio

Jun 22, 2019
Rated: 4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 04, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Mar 20, 2019
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Reviewed by BIABrewer from Indiana

4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
An intensely hopped and richly flavored black IPA. a sharp hop bitterness is balanced by an evident malty sweetness. Aroma is mostly of pine and grapefruit with faint hint of citrus. The mouthfeel is thick but not syrupy and seems needed to provide further balance to the powerful hop presence. I absolutely love the way this beer came together.
Oct 17, 2018
Rated: 3.6 by atone315 from Wisconsin

Apr 16, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by Goofster from Sweden

Feb 23, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Rostie from Michigan

Feb 09, 2018
Rated: 4 by jet812 from Indiana

Jan 13, 2018
Rated: 1 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 01, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by Dankdrank from Tennessee

Dec 28, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Dec 17, 2017
Rated: 4 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Dec 07, 2017
Rated: 4.31 by DanJ1979 from Michigan

Dec 02, 2017
Rated: 4.15 by southsidejoe8089 from Illinois

Nov 28, 2017
Rated: 3.14 by Helixoon from Michigan

Nov 21, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by cmukid87 from Michigan

Oct 25, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by SailIntoTheStout from Michigan

Aug 20, 2017
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a Glencairn glass. Deep, dark blackish brown in color, like a dark-roast coffee. Thick, cushiony tan head that left some nice sticky lacing. Although this sample was old, it still retained a lot of the intensely bitter hop character. The strong malt backbone contributes sweetness, with notes of burnt coffee, prune, and licorice. Silky mouthfeel, with lots of lingering licorice and pine-resin bitterness on the finish. Well done!
Jul 26, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The appearance was a black color with barely any head. Lacing was messy thing and all over the place. The smell started off with roasty coffee to bitter piney dark leafy fresh damp coffee bitterness. It fared quite nice as an American Black Ale underneath my nose with a resounding floral resin. The taste was mainly roasty with a nice underscore of bitter. Pine empowers the roasty coffee to blend yet slyly allows a slight spicy almost rye presence to come about. A nice sweet to spicy aftertaste bleeds into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a great sipping feel about it. Carbonation runs slyly underneath to accommodate a good sharpness in the bitterness. Overall, imperial black ale, yup, definitely works for me, I’d have again.
Jun 25, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by fisherbray from Florida

Jun 19, 2017
Rated: 3.02 by red_5_sooner from Oklahoma

Jun 17, 2017
Rated: 4 by mwvman from Indiana

May 31, 2017
Rated: 3.95 by thomseye from Michigan

May 11, 2017
Rated: 4.03 by rsuarez1982 from Texas

Apr 25, 2017
Rated: 3.41 by Dankacheese from Illinois

Apr 03, 2017
Rated: 3.8 by Greenstone from Michigan

Apr 03, 2017
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bought On-line
12 oz. Bottle

Poured into a glass a very very nice black color, with some awesome carbonation, there is a very nice one-finger plus thick, creamy, off-white head, with some very nice thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is very hoppy, with some citrus/pine. The taste is also very nice, hoppy, citrusy/piney. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a very nice bitter/dry finish. Overall a very nice brew.
Apr 02, 2017
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Reviewed by TerryMills from Tennessee

4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours jet black with a nice frothy cream head..

Very good strong malty taste and a silky smooth mouthfeel , you don't get the hops till the very end and they bring out some fruity flavors and a very slight bitterness.

This could easily move into my list of favorite ipas, only bought a single but I will be going back for more..
Mar 04, 2017
Rated: 3.42 by Timc32 from Michigan

Mar 02, 2017
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled 9/14/15; drank 11/1/15 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge tan head; a curtain of frothy lace.

Wheat, orange citrus & roasted coffee bean notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Milk chocolate & orange citrus flavors up front; a dry, coffee accented finish. No booze heat. An above average black IPA.
Feb 24, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by AleSan from Italy

Feb 11, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by DOCRW from Washington

Jan 28, 2017
Rated: 3.76 by Timtac from New Jersey

Jan 18, 2017
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