Posted May 28, 2013 by Crafted Pours in Blog Posts

Malt Monsters – Craft Beers Low on Hops but Big on Malty Flavors

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Rich and Malty Beers

Malt is one of the primary ingredients in beer, mostly in the form of malted barley, but also including wheat, rye and other grains. Malts provide texture and body to beer, and are responsible for sweet, toasty, and roasty flavors. Hops get a lot of the glory in the craft beer world, with their enticing aromas and bitter flavoring characteristics, but malty beers can be special too. Our list below highlights beers where malt takes a front seat and hops move to the back.

Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale (8.5%, 40 IBUs)

A Scottish Style Strong ale which highlights rich caramel, toffee, and dark fruit flavors. Not completely void of hops, but they play a secondary role in this malty beer. View Ratings

AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale (10%)

A Scottish Wee Heavy which pours a deep mahogany color. Full-bodied with notes of rich, sweet malt and smoke. View Ratings

Base Camp Brewing Acclimator Doppelbock (7.6%, 30 IBUs)

A malty and dark German lager. Full-bodied with bready and toasted malt notes. Malty sweet finish with very moderate hop bitterness. View Ratings

Pelican Pub & Brewery Mother of All Storms (14%, 40 IBUs)

A very strong English Style Barleywine. Sweet malty flavors are front and center with just enough hop bitterness to keep it from being to cloying. View Ratings

Burnside Brewing Ivil Krushu Baltic Porter (7.8%, 23 IBUs)

A crisp and clean Porter which is cold-aged and low in hops. Notes of rich dark malts. View Ratings

The Lost Abbey Judgement Day (10.5%)

A Belgian Style Quadrupel with rich and malty flavors of caramel dark fruit, figs, and banana. View Ratings

Block 15 Nebula Naked Oatmeal Stout (6.8%, 18 IBUs)

Rich and creamy with a roasted malt profile. Very low in hop flavor and bitterness. View Ratings

 Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout (5.8%, 14 IBUs)

A very approachable creamy Oatmeal Stout, with rich roasted malt flavors. Very low in hop bitterness. View Ratings

Avery Brewing Samael’s Oak Aged Ale (15-17%, 41 IBUs)

A high alcohol Strong Ale brewed with five malts and aged in oak. View Ratings

Cigar City Brewing Maduro Brown Ale (5.5%, 25 IBUs)

A mild malt forward Enlgish Style Brown Ale. Notes of toffee and caramel malts. Sweet finish. View Ratings

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel Equinoxe du Printemps (9.1%)

A maple flavored Scotch Ale brewed in Canada. Rich, malty, and sweet flavors. Low in hop bitterness. View Ratings

Foothills Brewing Gruffmeister Maibock (8.0%, 30 IBUs)

A German Style Bock beer with sweet malt and honey flavors. View Ratings

Full Sail Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (9.6%, 40 IBUs)

Rich, roasty and malty with notes of bourbon and vanilla. Full-bodied with moderate hop bitterness. View Ratings

Flying Dog Horn Dog Barleywine (10.2%, 45 IBUs)

A sweet malty Barleywine with rich caramel, fig, and dark fruit flavors. View Ratings