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Dark ale - style guidelines
« on: January 31, 2016, 08:44:00 PM »
English Dark Mild Ale
The quintessential British session beer, like its name suggests, a Mild is known for its low level of hops character. Alcohol content is traditionally very low. Grainy to toasty malts might be present, but expect some body from the high dextrins produced in brewing. Low carbonation with a near still, bubbly head. Colors can range from gold to dark brown. Traditionally a draft beer made popular in London and the Midlands of England.


Belgian Dark Ale
Belgian Darks offer a massive range of characters. Colors play within the amber to light brown to deep garnet hues, with thick, rocky heads of great retention. Aromas can be anywhere from traces of yeast, spiced, malty, floral and even slightly intoxicating. Flavors from dry and spiced, to sweet and malty. Most have a low level of bitterness.


Belgian Strong Dark Ale
On the same path as the Belgian Dark Ale but obviously higher in alcohol with more of an all around character. The alcohol character can be deceivingly hidden or can be very bold and in your face. Look for lots of complexity within a delicate palate. Hop and malt character can vary, most are fruity and may have mild dark malt flavors. Phenols will range from minimal to high and most will be light on the hops. All in all most are spicy and alcoholic.


American Black Ale (Black IPA)
Also referred to as a Black IPA (India Pale Ale) or Cascadian Dark Ale, ales of this style range from dark brown to pitch black and showcase malty and light to moderate roasty notes and are often quite hoppy generally with the use of American hops. Alcohol can range from average to high depending on if the brewery is going for a "dobule / imperial" version.


Black & Tan
This applies to blended beers, where you will blend a dark ale with a light ale or lager. It's by no means a traditional style of beer, but rather brewers capitalizing on the concept practiced at bars where the beers are physically layered.
« Last Edit: January 31, 2016, 08:45:32 PM by DamoNinja »
Fermenting:
17 BIPA

Bottle aging:
Oaked sour ale '16
Coffee stout '15
Oaked apple cider '15
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Keg 1: Golden ale
Keg 2: Not-17 BIPA
Keg 3: Not-17 BIPA
Keg 4: Mongrel //
Keg 5: EMPTY :(

Mini keg 1: Golden ale
Mini keg 2: Empty!
Mini keg 3: Damo's BIPA

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