In this beer blog, we are going to get into Dark Penance Imperial Black IPA from Founders Brewery. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Michigan craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to Founders. Let us get into this Black IPA.
It has a jet black color with a semi on tan color head. The smell has a burn chocolate to coffee and citrus notes. The taste has a a creamy chocolate citrus notes with a dry hoppy to roasted chocolate aftertaste. It is a sipping beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.foundersbrewing.com):
A heavy malt foundation includes Crystal malt for sweetness and just enough Midnight Wheat malt to push the color to black. The bitterness is huge, but balanced by malt sweetness and alcohol burn. The hop flavors and aromas range from citrus to floral to pine thanks to a delicious blend of hand-selected Chinook and Centennial hops.
- ABV: 8.9%
- IBUs: 100
- Availability: Oct – Dec
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Closing, I enjoyed this beer very much. I just wished it was everyday six-pack brew. They did a great job on this brew. I love the creamy chocolate citrus notes. It is in your face but smooth unlike most black IPA. It is like they used stout base to make this Black IPA. Most craft breweries use a porter base to make their Black IPA. There is a nice balance to this beer, however, it is still a sipping beer. The aroma and color are spot on to the beer style. This makes you want to try the beer and enjoy it. I realize the cost but I wish they made more of this beer. I am not a fan of the price but I wanted to try it. I am glad that I did. This is their best beer that they make. It is a shame that it is not everyday beer. I highly recommend you go out on a beer hunt for it. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser