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What does dark beer taste like?

  1. Sep 15, 2018 #1
    What does dark brown beer or maybe even black beer taste like? Not really a fan of beer as I only drink to get wasted and I prefer something sweet like a vodka cruiser that comes in fruity flavors. I have tasted light beers, you know the yellow colored ones but haven't tasted the darker selection. What does it taste like and why is darker in color than regular beers?
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  3. Sep 15, 2018 #2
    Maintain close proximity to at least a ..somewhat usable toilet.
  4. Sep 15, 2018 #3
    And why is that my friend?
  5. Sep 15, 2018 #4


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    There are many types. Some taste like chocolate, some like coffee, etc. Why not go to a brewpub and try a flight(a bunch of 2-3 oz. samples) of a variety of beers? Everyone's tastes are different, and describing a taste doesn't do it justice. Maybe you'll find you like some.
  6. Sep 15, 2018 #5
    Dark beers have a wide variety of tastes, aromas, and body. As for color it can come from roasting the grain see https://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-12/beersci-how-beer-gets-its-color

    Why ask, try them. There is no accounting for taste. Go to craft brewhouse and buy a sampler usually four to six three or four ounce classes of their various brews. Dark beers tend to have more flavor. I personally prefer hoppy IPA ales and dark beers with distinct flavors and even rauchbeir quite the opposite of light beers so commonly advertised these days.
  7. Sep 15, 2018 #6

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    Dark beers are made from the same grains other beers are made from - wheat, rice, etc. with barley malt. Roasting imparts flavor and color, due to caramelization of simple carbohydrates. This is one way to make a brown beer. Black beers, like porter and stout, often have coffee and/or pure cacao (chocolate) added. And any "legal" food color additive, even stuff like green food coloring on St Patrick's Day (March 17) in the US may be used.

    @gleem 's IPA has a high bitterness (IBU) from hops (as isohumulones). You can see IBU values for beers posted on the wall in some stores. Brown beers often have a very high IBU from hops, black beers are usually just as bitter from both hops and the bitterant coloring agents.

    Apparently gleem's favorite started out as an attempt to cover up or prevent "rotten beer":

    I interviewed at Coors Brewing years ago. They were a large beer brewing company in the US. Part of the interview process was determining if I was a beer taster or not. I was a beer taster. I hate beer. Most beer tasters hate the stuff. They extract samples of each batch of beer. Then they sell only batches of beer that can pass an organoleptic test for a range of flavors including bitterness.

    Here is a possible explanation of why beer "tasters" hate beer:
  8. Sep 16, 2018 #7
    So what beer do they sell, the one the taster likes or the one that he doesn't.

    Years before craft breweries the only way I could get dark beer in the US was Lowenbrau on draught at certain restaurants or once a year in the spring when some breweries made bock beer. Then I found that Millers routinely made a dark beer but sold only by the keg. Not a problem just got an old refrig. drilled a hole in the door for a spigot and one in the side for the CO2 bottle and it was good for five physics grad students for a month.

    Now I will always go out of my way for a good pint of Bitters

    from http://allaboutbeer.com/article/bitter-ale/
  9. Sep 16, 2018 #8


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    Don't listen to the fancy-shmancy beer sommeliers and their elaborate lies. Dark beer tastes like liquid bread. Sometimes they add some herbs and spices to it, but it's still bread. Dark, tough bread. The kind you'd eat hunter's stew with.
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    @gleem the beer that passes the taste test. Guess I wan't clear.
  12. Sep 16, 2018 #11
    Yes but what are you tasting for? I was always under the impression that the taster liked or appreciated their product. Are you judging consistency?
  13. Sep 17, 2018 #12

    Finally something I can speak about with some authority.

    Ditch the Vodka , Dark beers are great, just avoid anything that has the word “Imperial” or “dessert” in it.

    Until you get broken in that is.

    Good cities to look for this stuff? Vermont, Brussels and Manchester.
  14. Sep 17, 2018 #13


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    It's hard to explain what something tastes like. As others have suggested, why don't you see for yourself?

    From the "I only drink to get wasted" remark I conclude that you are either very young or a budding alcoholic.

    I assume you mean "light-colored" beers such as lagers and pilseners and some ales. "Light" beer (AKA "Lite" beer) is typically beer with fewer calories (and less alcohol content).

    Here in the US, IPAs (India Pale Ales) are very popular, not to say trendy, but I have no idea why this is. They are made with extra hops, which makes them bitter. My understanding is that they were brewed this way to be able to survive the long voyage from England to India without going bad. Personally I like stout, a very dark beer, and Scotch Ale, which to me tastes similar. Porter looks similar to stout, but I like the taste of stout (or Scotch Ale) much better, as the porter tastes somewhat bitter to me.
  15. Sep 17, 2018 #14


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    Dark beers taste much like non-dark beers; darker, better,richer, and like said, maybe a little roastier because of the caramelization from the roasted barleys used. Now-days, you can find them anywhere that beer and ale are sold: grocery store, liquor store, pub, bar.
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