Sunday, March 8, 2015
I absolutely love Founder's Dark Penance Black IPA, it's one of the very best black IPAs I've had. It pours dark brown, the head is average. The aroma is more complex than I expected, and really unique. Lots of candy notes, apples and pineapple and lemon, and a hearty cocoa background, mingled with grassy, floral hops. The taste is even better. This thing has more flavor on the back end than many other beers I love. It opens with that fruity sweetness, then moves along to a rich, dense malt. On the swallow there is a blast of bitter hops, and then, on the exhale, one last hint of roasted malt; something like caramel and coffee. Wookey Jack and Sublimely Self Righteous need to make room on the top shelf. This isn't a nominal effort by Founders to throw a black IPA onto the market. This is one of their best beers, and I think it's the best Founders IPA I've tasted. This one is new to me, and it's just a beautiful beer.