1. Vienna is one of my all time favorite malts.
2. I would assume the decoction mash made them a little darker. But, now I have something new to research to be certain
3. BJCP, or at least some judges, can at times be a little petty with their grading. When I judge a beer, and color is the only thing off, I don't mark down. The reason being is that I've had the pleasure of living in Europe and have seen very wide color ranges on the same style...and many of them would be marked low based on BJCP guidelines for color.
Yet, they invented the freakin style.
Never underestimate the ability of douchebags to tell Europeans how to brew their own beer.
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