Category 55: American Black Ale

Color:
Very dark to black
Clarity:
Opaque
Perceived Malt Aroma and Flavor:
Low to medium-low caramel malt and dark roasted malt aromas and flavors are present. Astringency and burnt character of roast malt should be absent.
Perceived Hop Aroma and Flavor:
Medium-high to high, with fruity, citrusy, piney, floral, herbal or other aromas derived from hops of all origins.
Fermentation Characteristics:
Fruity esters are low to medium. Diacetyl should not be present.
Body:
Medium
Additional Notes:
Black ales that do not meet the specifications for American-Style Black Ale may possibly be categorized as Experimental India Pale Ale.
Alcohol by Volume:
6.30%–7.60%
IBU:
40-70
SRM Color:
35+