In the latest exchange of the Brew Dudes Homebrew Swap, Exchange #48, we’re treated to a glimpse into the world of malt appreciation. Dave, a fellow homebrewer, contributes to this beer adventure by sending a package with Dark Munich malt from Riverbend Malt House. Alongside this specialty malt, he shares a 5.1% ABV experimental dark lager, brewed with 93% dark Munich. Check out what we thought of the malt and the beer in this video.

Dark Munich Malt

Well, when you buy too much of something, brew as many beers as you can with that ingredient. That’s what Dave did. He bought too much Dark Munich malt by mistake, but he turned this misfortune around.

The Dark Munich malt itself has a rich, malty sweetness reminiscent of molasses and dark wheat bread. Tasting the grain, we found hints of brown bread, raisin, and fig-like flavors.

As for the beer, here are our tasting notes:

Appearance: The beer displayed a deep copper color with red notes on the edges, almost bordering on brown.

Aroma: The aroma is full of fruity bread-like notes, reminiscent dark wheat bread. There were also hints of molasses.

Flavor: The flavor profile mirrored the aroma and the maltiness is well-balanced by a subtle bitterness from the hops on the back end.

Mouthfeel: The beer had a satisfying richness without being cloying, providing a smooth and pleasant drinking experience.

Overall Impression: We think this beer is impressive, showcasing the depth and complexity that the dark Munich malt contributed. With its sessionable ABV, we think we would be able to have a few pints of this one.

Jar of Destiny Implications

With two malty lagers chosen for the Jar of Destiny ninth pick, this malt would play nice in both of them. Stay tuned as at least one of the beer will have this Dark Munich Malt in its grain bill!