Dark Penance | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by ThatsThatDude on 07-01-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,534
Reviews:
337
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
729
For Trade:
8
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Photo of SailIntoTheStout
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcotom
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!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of fisherbray
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of red_5_sooner
3.02/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mwvman
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thomseye
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsuarez1982
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dankacheese
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Greenstone
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasatch
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.

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Photo of TerryMills
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..

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Photo of Timc32
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of AleSan
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DOCRW
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timtac
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of token_23223
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355 ml bottle Beautiful Beers, Bury St Edmunds,- Pours jet black with a large creamy foam head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - large resin hit on the nose, some fruit notes citrus - grapefruit. Taste - starts with resin notes on the front, light citrus background, roasted malts, finishing with a long dry bitter finish which really lingers. Great resin fronted serious bitter black imperial IPA.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

14-month-old bottle poured in a goblet.
Look - super deep dark brown with a one-finger khaki head, medium retention, nice lacing.
Smell - strong notes of roasted malts, then pine resin, some bitter coffee and citrus.
Taste - mostly follows the nose with the addition of boozy notes. The roasted malt character blends really well with notes of pine resin and it finishes with a sweeter citrus punch.
Feel - good carbonation, chewy mouthfeel, sticky finish.
Overall, a great example of the style in that it blends complex malty characteristics with crisp hop aromas and flavors. The body is also impressive, especially considering this bottle is over a year old. I'd like to age this a few years to see where it goes.

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Photo of Commandophile
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PprBurke
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 911CROFT
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle into a Spiegleau IPA glass. Paid £4.15 for a single.

Pours an opaque, very dark brown, almost black body, that when held to the light allows some ruby tinges to be observed near the edges of the glass. Incredibly fine carbonation is visible below a dense, two-finger in height, light tan coloured head that slowly reduces to a thin cap, leaving behind thick bands of sticky lace.

The simple but bold and commanding nose leads predominantly with a combination of pine, grapefruit pith, and dark roasted grains. Modest sweetness is faintly perceptible underneath with notes of black liquorice and burnt sugars, while hints of char become evident towards the back end. Taste follows almost exactly. Resinous pine and grapefruit pith lead the hop forward structure in roughly equal parts. Underneath, dark roasted malts and semi-sweet toasted grains form a flavourful but light malt backbone, managing to capture a slightly charred profile whilst avoiding intensely smoky and ashy characteristics. Mid-palate, hop bitterness lightens briefly, revealing traces of bittersweet burnt sugars and liquorice before pine and grapefruit quickly re-emerge. In the mouth, a medium body and modest amount of fine carbonation give an initially soft, smooth and creamy texture. Hop presence peaks shortly after the swallow. Resinous pine and oily grapefruit peels provide an assertive and astringent bite, considerably drying the palate in conjunction with lingering roast and traces of caramel to form a well-rounded bitter finish.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Big and bold, simple but well crafted, it makes no excuses for being a straight-up 100 IBU monster. Complexity is perhaps a little lacking, but the simple roasted backbone provides enough sweetness to soften bitterness, maintain interest and create balance, without overshadowing the hop profiles integral to any IPA. Recommended.

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Dark Penance from Founders Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,534 ratings.
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