Sweet Darkness
Founders Brewing Company

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American IPA
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4.37 | pDev: 4.12%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro tap @ Founders

This comes to my deck table looking rather dark with brown highlights and a fluffy head.

I get some citrus in the nose, which is expected being part IPA, but more bready qualities than floral or pine. Of course, I'm also getting hints of cocoa and vanilla.

Chocolate milk, though, is what I taste right off the bat. Hints of that citrus but this is more of a candy drink. Caramel, nesquik and brown sugar.

This is an extremely smooth beer. Glides down with ease! This was truly a unique and interesting beer that I'm glad I got to try while in GR.

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Photo of Viggo
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz glass on nitro tap at the brewpub. As stated, black IPA in bourbon barrels.

Pours a clear dark orange, almost reddish brown in the middle, thick and tight tan head forms, drops a ton of lace sheets on the glass, great retention. Smell is nice, caramel and pine, grapefruit, biscuits, floral, very malty, light vanilla and wood with a touch of roast, didn't get much bourbon in the nose but the vanilla character is great. Taste is lots of grapefruit and floral up front, caramel and brown sugar sweetness, vanilla and oak, quite woody, bourbon, light pine, big bitterness in the finish, real nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, nitro smooth, this is really good stuff. The barrels take all the rough edges off, this is a smooth drinking black IPA!

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Photo of grub
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sampled on nitro tap at founders june 12/09. described as a "black ipa aged in bourbon barrels".

pours deep red-brown - fairly dark at its widest and turning more red through the thinner part of the glass. a beautiful cascade that manages to go the entire way from the top to the bottom of the glass - guinness, eat your heart out. a thick super dense creamy pale brown head forms and seems like it will last forever. each sip leaves a huge swath of lace down the glass.

aroma is great. grapefruit and tangerine. pine. bit of orange. light alcohol. white bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. some dark fruit too.

taste is great. dark and milk chocolate. light alcohol. pine and grapefruit. orange and tangerine. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. light caramel sweetness. medium bitterness level. bit of dark fruit. after a while, the chocolate and caramel character starts to overtake the hops.

mouthfeel is great. medium-large body. silky smooth well integrated medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is great. good balance. neat mix of ipa and a dark beer. the nitro seems to work pretty well too.

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Sweet Darkness from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 4 ratings