I ended up going with 10B. It was really a guess and I hope it is just more of a guide to the judges. You really would not want a strong hop bitterness or aromma with this beer. I tasted some hop bitterness and was afraid the mild classification would get the style classification points reduced. I really just guess though.....
I have not had a bottle yet. My only samples have been from racking. It did have a great toasty smell and also hit you with the tart fruit flavor right away. Aslong as I hit the carbonation ok i expect this to be very good.
The only change I made was to sub out th ebittering hops to 1oz Ahtanum 5.2%AA. I mashed at 153* in the hopes to give it some more body. I racked the beer onto 3.1lbs blackberry puree for 14days at 67deg. There was some additional fermentation, but only slightly.
It was entered in the 2012 NHC. I am sending it to the Philadelphia location for judging. I am brewing on a very simple system.....no pumps....nothing special. Just me, my cooler, pot, and a burner. I do not expect to be a winner, but I hope to hit 35pts. That would mean I did something right!
I will get back to you after my first taste.