A dark beer? How awful. How heavy. How bitter. How fattening. How strong. Dark beer is so thick, you could withstand a spoon upright in a glass of it! Yuck. Most Americans most beer consumers worldwide, prefer light coloured lagers. For many beer consumers, you’ll find only two types of beer light and dark and never the twain will meet in their gustatory encounters. Yes, beers are accurately classified as ales and lagers. You know exactly what else? Dark beers are not all heavy, bitter, fattening and robust.

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So why are some beers dark? In the meanest illustrations, the brewer has added a little food color or dark sugar. Most often and in the best cases, dark beers get their colour from dark malts. Are all dark beers hefty beasts of burden? No. Some can be, but others aren’t. Take Guinness, for example, most likely the most popular dark beer of all. The Guinness Foreign Extra Stout produced in Kenya is truly a heavy beer. There’s plenty of hefty mouthfeel to this beer, the cause is that this big beer contains an entire mess of unfermented sugars which were not turned into alcohol by yeast.

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Draft Guinness, and on the flip side, the one served in pubs from Dublin to San Francisco, California and beyond, is not a hefty beer. Its deceptively creamy feel comes from the utilization of nitrogen to distribute the beer. This is one beer which could be quaffed pint after pint as a session beer and rather refreshingly thus, despite the fact that it’s a dark beer. Dark beers will also be no heavier on the abdomen than light beers. Some light coloured beers, like the fantastic golden Duvel from Belgium, are remarkable for their full body in the mouth and filling nature in the stomach.

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