Originally Posted by northgagator
I never had a black ale. Is the color from roasting the grain?
Pretty much from the roasted malts. Depending on the hop vs malt balance, black ales (I prefer black ipa) can fall anywhere from tasting like a pure ipa to tasting like a porter. Swamp Head's Darkwater is one of my favorites. Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous is incredible and widely distributed if you'd like a try.