Dark Penance starts with a heavy malt foundation of crystal malt for sweetness and just enough Midnight Wheat to push the color to black. The bitterness is huge (100 IBUs huge), but balanced by the malt sweetness and alcohol burn. The hop flavors and aromas range from citrus to floral to pine—most everything that hops can be—thanks to a delicious blend of hand-selected Chinook and Centennial hops. The Imperial Black IPA is 8.9% ABV.
The darkness of Imperial Black IPAs is represented on the label via the black hops; the raven, which symbolizes the shadow shelf, or the dark side of the psyche; and the mysterious, contemplative old woman. The intricacy of the label reflects the complexity and thought-provoking nature of the beer, a throwback to Imperial style.
Dark Penance Imperial Black IPA is the newest addition to Founders’ world-class IPA lineup (which includes All Day IPA, Centennial IPA, Red’s Rye IPA, Devil Dancer and Double Trouble). Dark Penance is now available at retail through year-end 2014 both on draft and in 12 oz. bottles with a suggested retail price of $11.99 per 4-pack.