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
Ranking:
#6,001
Reviews:
338
Ratings:
2,547
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
145
Gots:
730
Trade:
8
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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.

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Photo of atone315
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Goofster
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jet812
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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1/5  rDev -75.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Dankdrank
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DanJ1979
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.14/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Dark Penance from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 2,547 ratings