We brewed a 10 gallon, All Grain Kit of the Irish Red Ale from Northern Brewer yesterday and it came out almost black. It's supposed to have an SRM color of 10 or so, but it looks like it's well over 20-25.
We also killed our efficiency...97.75 percent! That's the highest we've ever been.
I thought maybe I calculated incorrectly, but I ran the numbers two more times and they both agreed. Didn't think that high of an efficiency was even possible?
Could that be a contributor to the dark color? We've done this one in the past and I don't recall it ever being so dark. It almost looks like a stout!
Perhaps NB didn't measure the grains properly?