Why are some beers dark? They obtain their color from dark malts, becoming darker when the barley is kilned for a longer period of time, to varying degrees of color ranging from pale gold all the way up to roasty, pitch black. That malted barley gives beer, not only its color, but also the richer, deeper flavors (from the roasted grain) dark beers are known for.
There are various myths about dark beers - they are heavier then lighter colored beers; they have more calories; they contain greater alcohol content. In fact, all these statements are false. Depending on the style and brewer, some dark beers are heavier, with more alcohol and calories, while other dark beers are lighter in both feel and calories, and with lower alcohol content. In other words, there is now set rule for all dark beers.
As a rule, dark beers are also no heavier on the stomach than light beers. Our gut feels that a beer is heavy for two basic reasons: it was brewed with high levels of unfermented sugars; or the brewer uses high levels carbon dioxide. The more gas bubbles there are in a beer, the more full we'll feel after drinking. And neither of these two issues has anything to do with a beer's color. So with that in mind, test some of Kahn's great dark beers in the following sub-categories and find what is to your liking.