|Chocolate Kölsch||5.20 %||21|
Although there are many beers that taste like chocolate, most of them do not use cocoa-based ingredients, instead acquiring their flavor from Chocolate Malt. Chocolate Malt is malted Barley that has been roasted at high temperature until the grains reach their namesake color. This process drives off many of the grains' aromatics and malt flavors leaving a only a nutty, toasted chocolate flavor. Because Chocolate Malt is not kilned completely black, it lacks those darker varieties' trademark roasty, coffee-like bitterness. Clandestine's 'ChocoMalt' is a variation of our classic-leaning 'Kölsch I Could'. Instead of brewing the pale-colored original, we added a combination of dark malts to the mash bill. The addition of these dark grains have produced new color, flavors, and aromas in our formerly restrained Kölsch, resulting in a distinct chocolate character layered on to the crisp, malty backbone of our primary expression. Despite all the changes, ChocoMalt remains Kölsch-like: a great beer for a hot summer day.