Penn Dark | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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3.86/5
Very Good
490 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
pennbrew.com

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by SheepNutz on 08-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,096
Reviews:
268
Ratings:
490
pDev:
12.18%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
61
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 490 |  Reviews: 268
Photo of XsoldoutX
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2 12oz bottles into a tall pint glass. NO freshness dating

very dark clear amber body, small but persistent cream colored head. fair amount of carbonation. minimal lacing.

a peculiar floral soapy aroma

has a brown ale feel and look to it. hops are quite muted, malt is dominant, an okay taste.

mouth is below medium but not thin. tingly from the carbonation. finish is malty.

overall, an okay beer. not a style i actively seek out, but a decent enough drink.

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Photo of madelf66
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Redrover
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the Penn Dark lager in tap at the 10 Penny in downtown Pittsburgh.

The beer is mahogany with a sticky beige head.

It has a nose of lightly toasted malts and red apple.

The taste is slightly sweet with a whisper of toasted grains, some toffee and it finishes with a bit of spice.

The mouth is solidly medium.

The beer is an old school dark lager and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from my parents.
This was poured into a lager glass.
The appearance was a semi-dark brown with closed bookend amber hues along the side. Finger and a half's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Touch of lace.
The aroma had a blend of light cocoa powder to dark bready/slight toffee tones. Slight earthiness amplified the nose.
The flavor was moderately clean sweet to earthy spiced to bready/lager-like smoothness. Keen cocoa powder to earthy aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, seemed to sit just a touch under for me. Carbonation was fine, non-distracting and clean. ABV felt fine, seemed to be as projected by the brewer.
Overall, I looked at this as a Munich Dunkel Lager and expected nothing more, in turn this came out very well.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rymish
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a narrow glass: color is dark brown, amber edges, head is light tan with fine bubbles, head lingers as a thin top.

Smell is a pleasant blend of munich malt and light roast and hint of chocolate like malt, light toffee notes.

Taste is moderate munich malt, then touch of toffee like flavor and toasted malt, no graininess just well crafted and solid malt flavors - hops are noticeable in the finish with a light earthy grassy note.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, crisp and a little sharp on the tongue - this particular bottle might be past prime.

Overall the aroma and flavor are very good and create a flavor beer, well done dunkel qualities and drinkability.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only real hit was the small head and faint aroma. Overall, the balance was very good between the malts, bitter grains and hops. Pretty impressed; not many US brewers seem to be able to get dark lagers this good. Definitely look for this again.

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Photo of glass_house
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmaskell33
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours to a deep brown color.

Overall : The aroma is malty sweet with hints of molasses and brown sugar. The taste is a touch of sweet malt, a touch of roast, a touch of chocolate. This is a very smooth beer, very clean. It finishes with more good malt character up front, then is balanced out again with a mild hop bitterness. This beer is excellent!!

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Photo of bf7
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JayKay412
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Uniobrew31
2.61/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AngryDutchman
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 6-beer variety 12-pack.

Dark with a lovely ruby tone from roast grains. No overwhelming aroma for me. The taste is terrific with just the right sweetness and biscuity quality that transitions into a sugar cookie /toll house dough aftertaste. Vanilla where it belongs :). Probably the best aftertaste I've experienced, which means the Perle hops are spot on perfect. Feels great on the tongue with an understated carbonation that I prefer. This is for me an absolutely perfectly executed German-style beer and one I'll be getting again

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Photo of JDW4195
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours brown with little head into a pint glass, can see reddish amber tints when held up to the light. Smells mostly Iike roasted malt. Initial taste instantly reminds me of guinness, only smoother. Flavor has hints of caramel, cola, roasted malt and a little coffee. As with most dark beers, i enjoy more as they warm up. Overall, I think that this is a good solid drinkable brew

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - mahogany body with a small amount of beige head

Smell - caramel, whole grain bread, toasted nuts

Taste - caramel, toasted nuts, tea, whole grain bread

Mouthfeel - medium body, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront from the caramel, easy drinking

Overall - this is a rock solid beer and an excellent version of a Munich Dunkel. Recommended for fans of this style. Highly enjoyable

Price Point - $2.25/12 oz single

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Penn Dark from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 490 ratings
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