Dark Penance by Founders Brewing

Date: October 23, 2014
Style: Black IPA
Beer #: 636

Dark Penance by Founders Brewing

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Dark Penance by Founders Brewing

Inevitably, you’ve seen the image below or one like it. It’s an optical illusion where you eventually can discern two different images contained in the same image. In the image below, you first may see a young woman with her head turned so far to the right that you cannot pick up any facial features other than the tip of her petite nose and long eyelashes. With a little more studying you should see the profile of a large-nosed old woman with beady eyes. What was the necklace of the young woman becomes the mouth of the old woman and the young woman’s white space jawline profile becomes a the nose of the old woman. If you still have trouble – the ear of the young woman become the eyes of the older woman.

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In looking at the label of Founders Dark Penance, I’m convinced that there is another image contained within the artwork of the old woman on the label. I don’t know, the black nose and weird strokes on the face and hair lead me to think there is something else there. I even photographed it normally and upside down to see an alternate image jumps out – but I can’t find anything. If you do – let me know.

Dark Penance by Founders Brewing

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Dark Penance

Had an advance scouting report on Dark Penance via a 16 ounce growler of this last week. Has a really nice balance of citrus/lemon and roasted flavors. I use Stone’s Sublimely Self-Righteous as a benchmark for all black IPA and Dark Penance is nice but comes up a little short by comparison. 88 points.

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3 thoughts on “Dark Penance by Founders Brewing

  1. I’ve been wondering the same about the image of the old woman, so I googled the question and found yours.

    Unlike the famous optical illusion example you use, I think there are smaller images within the Dark Penance woman, and she is the sum of the parts.

    (note: I am sober at this writing) On her forehead/top of her head, I see a large, brooding, evil looking fish head … lips at her hairline, nostrils and eyes as you move up and toward the middle/top of her head.

    I see more evil faces – on her ear, on the intersection of her neck and back jawline (beneath her ear), on the back of her neck.

    I could be reaching here – but we are talking about Dark Penance. She could be riddled with dark spirits from a lifetime of sin/wrong-doing.

    What think thee?

  2. I think you are right in that there are a number of images within the single image. I also agree that these images may be a collection of her sins or spirits that haunt her past.

    I see an eye and and eyebrow on her forehead just below her hairline. A skull at her jawline. A crazy-haired kid looking downward into her collar. I’m convinced there is something in the nose and chin – but I can’t make it out. I see a Pikachu looking character behind the black band in her hair (or just on the back end of the evil looking fish).

    Regardless, it’s brilliant.

  3. Agreed. Very cool art.
    Speaking of brilliant, your site is now my reference. I love it. Thanks for all the work and organization. Of course, the tastings must have been difficult and painful as well 😉

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