I have an IPA that I brew that I put 3 ounces of chocolate malt in it for a little different flavor. The first time I brewed this, it was fantastic. I have tweaked the recipe and brewed it several times since. The 3 oz of choclate malt hasn't changed. However none of the batches after the first was at dark or chocolaty as the first time.
I drank a bottle the other day from last November ( the first go round). The hop flavor had given way to the malt profile ( expected). The chocolate flavor had turned quite roasty. I don't recall it being that roasty before.
Now I am wondering if the first time the grain bill had 3 oz of roasted barley instead of chocolate malt . I know I ordered chocolate, but that last bottle tasted so roasty and not chocolate.
How would chocolate malt taste with about a year of age on it? Would the chocolate flavor give way to a more roasty taste? Did the hbs put more than 3 oz in that first go around? I don't know, but would like some opinions.
recipe can be found here