Penn Dark | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Penn DarkPenn Dark

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

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

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

On-Tap @ the Brazen Head in the Bklyn Zoo. Dark brown with almost black/ruby highlights. Head is off-white and small, but lacing is decent. Aromas are all wheaty, yeasty, and clove-ridden with some banana fruit in the bready mixture as well. Taste is very weizen like with some more roasty dunkel malts in the mix as well, this is what a real dunkel lager/weisse should ride like. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, and faboo. Drinkability is killer. Kick-ass stuff, fo shizzle.

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4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Penn Dark is a very refreshing very drinkable Lager that can be enjoyed just as much in any season of the year.
It is a dark brown with red overtones. It has a compact off white head.
The nose is reminiscent of dark bready malts and nutty nuances. Barely any hop aromas if any are present.
This beer tastes to me a lot like a tradional bock. Its very nutty crisp and pretty refreshing. It had a really smooth aftertaste and is really enjoyable in any situation.

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

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4.44/5  rDev +15%

a good beer to drink after a long day at Hidden Valley, where a few friends and I would drink the ski-in bar clean out of stock days after there shipment came in. similar to the sam adams black lager, but much more viscus. smooth drinking, and an almost porter-like taste (not quite that thick). delicious on tap or out of the bottle a must try if your ever in my home town.

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4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle says "Celebrating 20 years". Back label references a Norse legend of drinking for eternity and gives a short description of "roasted barley malt and Hallertau hops."

Pours a dark chocolate color with a loose 1/2 inch tan head. Shows dark mahogany when backlit and head evens to a steady collar.

Smells sweetly malty and-as promised- roasted. Not much in the nose for me, but it is enticingly sweet.

Wow. Sweet, heavy malts with bready, yeasty playing second fiddle. Other flavors that jump in to balance this out are roasty, barely bitter and nearly-there faint dark chocolate.

Penn Dark is of course dark and it's smooth but not heavy or thick. Nice carbonation that leaves little brief bubbles. The dryish finish makes this one a bit too easy to drink.

Great beer! With all the recent talk of sessionable brews, I would raise this as an example every time. It's sweet without ever approaching cloying and it's not at all heavy. Easy to drink and is both satisfyingly tasty and not quite enough to ever really quench my thirst. I want more from the first sip. Actually I'm kicking myself for not getting a sixer. Scratch that--I'm going to get s sixer now. And I'm never going to be without this beer again.

The bottle says "If you were going to spend eternity drinking one beer, this would be the one." I heartily agree.

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4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brown body with chestnutty highlights, good clarity, no mudy river here. Rocky light beige head rose above the rim. A damn fine good looking beer.

Appealing nose has roasty coffee/chocolate elements (though to a far lighter degree than a porter/stout) and blends in some noble hop hay and a bit of biscuit.

Taste kicks off with some roasty/toasty coffee above, and way down below there seems to a sub-basement with a bit of dark chocolate. Not huge like a stout or porter, but nicely done. Good earthy tones gently rise before a crisp snap and a smooth finish. Pleasat memory lingers on without overpowering.

Mouthfeel is just right - more than a helles, less than a porter.

Drinkability is... damn fine.

Really a neglected beer in a neglected style. They got it right here.

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