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Old 04-05-2010, 05:56 PM   #1
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Default Imperial Stout - how dark is too dark?

I am brewing up an impy stout that is projected 57 SRM or so..lots of roasted barley and special B. 1.100 or so OG aniticipated with 80 or so IBU. I know the style guidelines say 40 SRM as the max.....I am hoping I didn't make this hog to dark.

Does anybody have any experience with beers approaching 60 SRM?

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Old 04-05-2010, 06:02 PM   #2
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Most likely it will just take longer to balance out. You'll be aging it for a while so I don't see any problems and it might be the best beer you've ever made.

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I did a partial that beersmith estimated at 62srm. Mine will be aging until christmas.

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I am hoping this brew will be in great shape by next xmas, I suppose that gives me at least 6 months for secondary to smooth out. I bet it will be great, but who knows.

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It will be great - with age. Drank a couple similar to that, and they were pretty terrible the first month, but 6-12months they became great..

Edit: LOL this thread came up on a search, and I responded without thinking and didn't realize I was resurrecting an old thread. Oh well.. I wonder how it came out (?)

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Old 09-07-2011, 01:09 PM   #6
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It will be great - with age. Drank a couple similar to that, and they were pretty terrible the first month, but 6-12months they became great..

Edit: LOL this thread came up on a search, and I responded without thinking and didn't realize I was resurrecting an old thread. Oh well.. I wonder how it came out (?)
The beer is awesome. I only have a handfull of bottles left that made it this long, but after 18 months they are sublime.
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Old 09-07-2011, 01:35 PM   #7
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I brewed an imperial stout that was 91 SRM. Now at over a year old, it is freakin' amazing!

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I don't think there is anything that could be regarded as "too dark" regarding the style. Its obviously possible to use way too much roasted malt and end up with an acrid, burned tasting, tannic, and astringent undrinkable beer though. I suppose if you are really blasting the SRM up there, by default, sans some special techniques or ingredients, you could be making to rough of a beer to drink if its an unruly color. Just let it age.

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It is only too dark when its absence of light sucks in all the surrounding light and you are not able to see the beer to drink it.

I have a RIM that is easily in the 70s and is now about 18 months. Same as other's - it is getting good.

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The beer is awesome. I only have a handfull of bottles left that made it this long, but after 18 months they are sublime.
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