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Friday
May222015

FOUNDERS BREWING DARK PENANCE

Founders Brewing Dark Penance. Founders brew some of my favourite dark ales so when I heard about this beer I actively sought it out.

Since black IPA’s have been doing the rounds for a while now they decided to step it up a little. Dark Penance is an Imperial Black IPA, which is a burly 8.9% ABV and 100 IBU. Crystal malt was added for sweetness while Midnight Wheat malt creates its dark colour. On the hop front are Chinook and Centennial hops.

Very dark brown, light brown head with fine bubbles of hop oils. Sweet dark malt and citrus and pine hop aroma. Full body, low carbonation with a smooth and resinous mouthfeel. Starts with a strong citrus and pine hop flavour with a robust bitterness cutting through the malt.

The hop flavours and bitterness linger with a chocolate and roasted malt aftertaste. Despite the relatively high ABV there are no bittersweet or sickly characteristics. As it warms up it becomes less bitter and the malt and resinous mouthfeel becomes more prominent. This is a well balanced beer that has both great malt and hop flavour.

Fans of beers such as Ekim Brewing Co’s Hel Black IPA and Brewdog’s Libertine Black Ale should check this out.

 

9/10

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