Penn Dark | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
483 Ratings
Penn DarkPenn Dark
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
Ratings:
483
Reviews:
265
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.18%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
61
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 483 |  Reviews: 265
Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of corzocl
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Drop Off Service in New York, NY

A: Pours a very dark reddish brown with light hints of dark amber when held up to the light. The beer has a thin beige head that reduces to a ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Overall a pretty light smelling beer with hints of roasted malts, smoke, and a little caramel sweetness.

T: A malty sweetness that is not unlike flavored pancake syrups (not real maple) with lots of caramel notes and some hints of nuts. There are also some roasted malts and a very light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Really easy to drink and very refreshing on a beautiful spring day here in NYC. Definitely an easy drinking session beer and one I would certainly get again. Very true to the style.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Drop Off Service, New York, NY

A: The beer is extremely dark brownish amber in color. It poured with a thin creamy off white head that died down but left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of dark malts in the nose along with some syrupy sweetness.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and has flavors of dark malts along with hints of malty sweetness, nuts, roasted malts and syrup. There is a very slight amount of sweetness but the underlying hops prevent this from being cloying.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable and sessionable, especially given all of the malty flavors. I could easily drink this beer all night long.

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Photo of pogoowner
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TallNerdGuy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of rydev24
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of ONUMello
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Dark brown with a 1.5 finger head that lingers
S: Toasted nuts and roasted malts. Caramel. Smooth and pleasant.
T: The flavors are light but nice, with toasted nuts/roasted malts come through here as well.
M: Somewhat thinner than I expected; light and smooth
O: A bit lighter than I personally enjoy, but it seems that's typical of the style. I can't say I've had a lot of experience with Munich Dunkels; I will have to search out more to do a comparison.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.57/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an A-B flute on 2/3/12

Pretty dark beer; it's a medium shade of ruby and brown with some rusty highlights. One and a half finger head drops quickly to a much thinner but even layer. Some lace, but not much.

Aromas of ground dark grains, bitter cocoa with a hint of roast and dried bread. Overtones of raisin sweetness and reduced dark fruit sugars. A fine layer of yeast lingers underneath. The raisin and fruit translate to the palate but whereas it was sweet in the nose it takes more of a tangy bent, clashing with nippy roasted grain notes. The finish has a musty earthiness and a wash of stale, bitter coffee. Thin body with over-reaching carbonation. The finish also has an unpleasant coating feel.

Penn Dark just isn't doing it for me. Maybe a sub-par bottle? Old bottle? I dunno, but I have a hard time believing this is as the beer was intended. I'll pass.

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Photo of jtd335
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of slimntubbs
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of hunkler
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pint draught.

Appearance - Light tan head that last for the first 5 minutes. Lacing throughout every taste. Dark mahogany, almost black with dark purplish-red hues.

Smell - Clean. no off scent. Slight nutty and toasty smells.

Taste - Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Light like a lager. Not over carbed but well-balanced carbinated.

overall - Superb for a dunkle. Sweet nose with some nutty/chocolaty tones. Malty with some hop bitterness for balance. Very drinkable and not heavy.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark brown beer with a thin, foamy head. Aromas of toasted chocolate and coffee. Malted chocolate and mild coffee flavor with hints of caramel. The caramel becomes more pronounced as the lager warms. This is a really enjoyable example of a dark lager; it's almost a dessert.

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Photo of jaredtuk
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of docrates
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DerekP
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown with amber hues. A finger of head slowly recedes wo a thin ring.

S: Lots of dark fruits with a hint of caramel. Slight vinegar smell that I am used to getting with sweeter lagers.

T: The slight vinegar aroma I got is much stronger in the flavor. There is also a metallic flavor that I find distracting. Behind all of this, I get prunes and breadiness that is quite pleasant.

M: Medium to thin bodied with good carbonation.

O: There are some off flavors that I find distracting. Behind all of this, there is a good balance between dark fruits and breadiness.

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Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of JulianBaughman
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of StretchZep
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Penn Brewery restaurant.

A - Pours a very dark brown almost black with a half inch of mocha colored head. Very similar to the black IPA.

S - Light roasted malts, touch of bread, maybe a bit of raisin, and a good bit of almonds.

T - Transitions pretty well maybe not as much nut or fruit flavors but a good bit of roast and bread with a touch of buttery flavor which leans more toward lager.

M - Light to medium I found it very easy to drink.

Overall the best beer I had of the night. It was light, good flavor, and went well with my meal. If ever there again I could see myself ordering a couple.

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Photo of mccarltone
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12/18/11 notes. Shared by namnn08; thanks Nate. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of off white and moderate carbonation evident. No real head retention or lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of nuts, bready malts, toasted malts, burnt malts, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes of bready malts, rye, toasted malts, burnt malts, light roasted malts, light spice, and nuts. A tiny bit spicey, a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. A touch undercarbonated.

o - Overall a pretty decent Dunkel. Nothing mind belowing but a nice malty nose and pretty easy to drink. A little spice in the taste. Would try it again.

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Penn Dark from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 483 ratings.
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