I had the exact same thing happen. Brewer's Best Imperial Blonde Ale happens to be the very first batch of beer I've ever attempted, my first homebrew, and I'm perplexed as to why my blonde turned out black. I didn't expect much from my first batch ever, but I figured I screwed something really up to get the entire wrong color. I'm so glad you posted this. My beer should turn out the same as yours, not perfect but not terrible either. I followed all the directions. I was worried that maybe I leached tannins during the steeping process, maybe I oxidized/had a bad seal during the primary (I didn't have much bubbling with the diving-bell airlock I was using on batch 1), or that I messed up something during the move from primary to secondary after waiting just one full week. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one with this problem on this product and that maybe the ingredients had something to do with it.