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Black Walnut Dunkel - Perennial Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
86
very good

206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 28
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sean9689 on 11-28-2011

Dunkel Weiss brewed with 250 pounds of Missouri Black Walnuts.
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Ratings: 206 | Reviews: 43
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Photo of pudgecat
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of a 750 mL bottle.

A- Amber brown color, thin head.

S- Nutty and smoky

T - Suprisingly well balanced, smooth, right amount of nut flavor not overpowering.

M - Smooth and light.

O- I was surprised by the light feel and flavor. I was expecting something chewey given appearance and smell.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of toffee and walnuts, two notes that really go well together in this case. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of sweet toffee and brown sugar notes, with some walnuts and chocolate also thrown in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very well done and very enjoyable.

Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As a huge fan of both the dunkelweiss style and walnuts I was excited to find a bottle of this at Capone's in Norristown. It was worth every penny.

Appearance: Near black, unfiltered with the expected dunkelweiss head.

Smell: Aroma of roasted walnuts, caramel and expresso.

Taste: Black walnuts, caramel, subtle fuit sweetness and coffee.

As a lover of the dunkelweiss style, I routinely keep a keg of Franziskaner dunkel in my beer cooler and many bottles of Ayinger Ur-weisse in my fridge. This is the first American craft version of dunkelweiss which rivals the Bavarian originals and even surpasses them in quality. A must try if you can find it and like the style. If only BWD was more readily available.

Photo of vfalstad
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Appearance: the color of a dark honey amber, like old crystallized honey. Very appealing

Smell: toasted walnuts, caramel and light molasses

Taste: it's beautifully smooth, sweet, and wonderfully balanced. It tastes of roasted walnuts (roasting brings out the sweetness and natural oils in walnuts, enhancing the flavors), sweet banana, light molasses or brown sugar and malty.

Mouth feel : smooth and tingles the tongue

Side notes: it's better than the banana walnut bread I made this morning. My first intro to dunkelweizen and it won't be my last.

Photo of socon67
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown pour. Minimal brown foam and zero lacing. Slight carbonation.

S - Smells of black licorice and molasses. Very inviting smell. Smell of walnuts is only evident as the beer warmed. Even then, it was faint.

T - Taste is sugary sweet. Brown sugar, cinnamon, and licorice flavors. Taste of smoked almonds linders. Has a minor spicy bite at the end.

M - Very drinkable and complex beer. Feels much lighter than the style or the ABV.

O - Liked this one alot. One of the most flavorful Dunkels I've had in a long time. Would have again.

Photo of Alieniloquium
1.97/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Brown and murky. Thin collar after a small head settles.

Smell - Oh dear. Smells like paint and walnuts. A bit of acidity.

Taste - Very nutty. The paint aroma now comes off as a chemical mushroom flavor. It's kinda gross.

Mouthfeel - There's a very slight tartness that accompanies the weird off flavors. Medium body.

Overall - Bad. No one else thinks this is bad, but it's bad.

Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/13

Pours a super-effervescent brown/chestnut with 3 fingers+ of tan head. Faint traces of lacing & head retention

S: Nuttty. brown bread & a faint whiff of sourness

T: Figs, brown bread & a bit of pear & walnut up front. Dryness, faint hints of sourness, tartness & a bit of choke cherry, plus pear & apricot & more brown bread as this warms. Finishes fruity, with figgy sweetness & a touch of brown bread & dryness & some walnut

MF: Medium bodied with lively carbonation

Seems a bit off for the style, drinkable enough, but flawed. I will have to keep an eye on freshness dates with this brewery from here on, this 6 month old beer has not held up me thinks... I liked Piney River's take on this better by quite a bit

Photo of n2185
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with three fingers of light tan head that recedes into a dense cap with no lacing.

S: Sweet aromas dominate at first--light fruits, bananas, and bubblegum mostly. Some darker aromas bring up the finish, with notes of nuts, cocoa, and roasted malts.

T: The flavor is also a bit sweet at first, with flavors of dates, bubblegum, and some dark fruits. Some nutty and roasty flavors follow with a bready finish.

M: Medium-light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is pretty drinkable, though is also slightly watery.

O: An alright beer, overall, with some interesting flavors and aromas. Unfortunately they don't mesh very well, but it's still a drinkable beer.

Photo of fourstringer
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a capped 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No identifiable date.

A: Dark, wine-brown body with nice clarity. 1 finger of coarse, tan head. Below average retention. Scant lacing.

S: Rather sweet, raisin, dried cherry, grapes. Hint of musty funk. Lemon juice. Not quite what I was expecting, but I'm into it.

T: Sweet dried fruit hits immediately, followed by a noticeable amount of tartness and roasted, nutty malt. As the beer warms the sour element diminishes slightly and the malt is pushed more to the forefront. Semi-dry finish with lingering citric acid, chocolate, dark roast. Alcohol presence is consistent with 6.6% ABV.

M: Mouth-filling, high carbonation with a medium body. Unexpectedly effervescent, which I can't quite tell if I dig or not.

O: This one took me a bit by surprise. More in oud bruin or flanders red territory than a dunkel or dunkelweizen, but with a greater roasted malt presence and uncharacteristically high carbonation. This is presumably last year's release, so perhaps almost a year in the bottle has put a twist on this one. Regardless, nice depth of flavor. Good stuff and a bonus score bump for uniqueness.

Prost!

Photo of KriekKrazzed
4.61/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml acquired in travel through NY State on clearance. My first Perennial beer. Awesome story behind these guys. A brewery to be watched for sure.

Roasted, nuttiness, caramel malty sweetness. Not as strong of a traditional flavor of a Dunkel. It was a little thinner but easy to drink. The Walnuts worked very well. A tasty and inviting treat. Easy to drink. Not one dimensional but not too complex ether. Just enough to figure it out by the end of the bottle. I hope to get this one again!

Photo of jmarsh123
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewba for the nice extra!

Pours deep brown with a small tuft of beige head that clings a bit to the side of the glass.

Big nutty aroma along with a lot of malty sweetness and some banana.

Flavor is a tad disappointing after the aroma. Typical dunkel flavors here. Some chocolate malt, wheat and banana. Maybe a bit of nuttiness, but probably wouldn't pick out that flavor if I tasted this blind.

Medium to light bodied with ample carbonation.

A well done dunkelweizen although I wish the flavor were nuttier. Not a style I have often so it was nice for a change up even if it isn't anything innovative.

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and very dark red in color (black when viewed from afar) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of walnuts are present in the nose along with notes of brown and nutty malts and yeast.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of sweet and nutty malts along with hints of yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't taste like your average dunklweizen and seems a little reminiscent of a brown ale with its flavors of nutty malts. It is definitely very interesting.

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up because it was on clearance at Riverside Liquors in Frederick. I figured it was interesting enough to be worth a try. Good looking beer but had a weird fizz when poured, almost like a soda instead of a beer. Fizzy head also dissipated quickly, had me a little worried. But the smell was excellent, very interesting, The taste was also interesting, and very good, but not awesome. But feels a little light, and again, kinda fizzy. Overall while not a bad beer by any stretch, being interesting is the best thing it has going for it. While I enjoyed it I will not be swinging back by to grab any more of these despite the good price.

Photo of rfgetz
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, almost cola like brown with haze, moderate tan tinted head. Scent brings lots of caramel with some notes of roasted nuts and grain, some dark fruit also present. Scent is quite bold with sweet malt the star and an adequate amount of roast, some earthy and grassy hops - strengthens at the end of the sip. Medium bodied, light in carbonation. Another decent beer from Perennial.

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lukahn (Reddit) for really interesting beer. Share with rudzud.

Big fizzy creamy almost 2 finger head fades fairly quickly at first then slows and maintains, nice lacing, murky heavy looking super dark molasses color.

Nose a fruity dunkel, lots of fruity lager and esters, lots of dark brownish malts, molasses, biscuit, wheat, caramelized wheat, syrupy sweet, light earthy nutty, toffee galore, caramelized creme brulee, hint of cocoa, quite nutty as it warms almost peanut butter like.

Taste starts light syrupy and fairly sweet, lots of caramel, toffee, and molasses but not too thick and syrupy, little biscuit, some light fruity esters and apple and lager fruits, light wheat darker caramelized wheat. Some cocoa and light booze. Nuts come out more add it warns again, this time a bit more like walnuts. Finish ads a bit of booze and bitterness, light sweetness and syrupy mouth coating, bit of nuts and lots more caramel and toffee lingering.

Mouth is med to rich bodied, good carb, little syrupy and hint of booze

Overall interesting, fairly tasty, wish it had a bit more of the walnuts, but otherwise fairly tasty and well done, and quite unique.

Photo of sweemzander
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a deep burnt sienna brown color. Some tan froth.

(S)- A nice richness meets and underlying nutty profile. Some subtle vanilla-like sweetness.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell. A nice nuttiness meets an underlying subtle vanilla sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level meets a smooth yet mildly sweet nuttiness overall.

(O)- An interesting take on the style. The walnuts really kind of take over the overall profile of the beer and adds that extra layer to the dunkel. Just a shame that I would like to see the beer's base come through more which would help this remind me closer to a dunkel than it is; more brown ale-like to me.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing from notes after enjoying on tap at Bier Station as a leftover of a mini Perennial tap takeover. Served in a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a translucent dark brown color with ruddy chestnut highlights where the light refracts through the liquid. Atop the body sits a beige two finger head that is frothy and fine, consisting predominantly of microbubbles that give it a sort of whipped appearance, but with less body. Retention is very good, with a half finger or so of thickness hanging around even after I begin to drink it down. healthy rings of lace affix to the side of the glass showing where the liquid levels were previously.

Smell - A subtle blend of malty sweetness, with some dark bread and toasted grain coming through as well as pleasant notes of light caramel. However, what sets this beer apart is the wonderful nuttiness that pokes through after the initial wafting of aromas, earthy and very complementary to the sweeter initial tones that present themselves.

Taste - Many of the same profiles are present in the taste, with the walnut being a little more dominant than previously noted. Flanking the earthiness comes a parade of sweet grain and toasted bread as well as characteristics of whole grain cereal, like Museli. The weizen yeast is also present here where I did not pick it up with the aroma, imparting faint esters of banana and clove. Not overpowering, but just a little bit strange--I'd rather get the full force of those delicious walnuts and wish it was a tad cleaner.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a semi-sweet finish with low bitterness.

Overall, a very tasty and inventive take on the German dunkelweizen. Certainly not traditional, but plenty good enough to be worth a go, even for German beer purists. I'd say Perennial's first foray into German styles is a pretty good success.

Photo of chanokokoro
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into weizen glasses.

Pours a dark brown with a two finger beige head. No visible lacing. A pleasing aroma with notes of banana, cocoa, subtle spice, and earthiness. Opens with subtle toffee and cocoa joined by nutty banana bread, and finishes smooth with mild earthiness. Lighter-side of medium bodied. The level of carbonation is perfect, pleasant, but not in a way that disrupts the silky, smooth mouthfeel. The black walnuts really add a new dimension to an excellent dunkelweizen base. Another excellent brew from Perennial. They have yet to disappoint.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a deep, vibrant, amber-nut brown coloring with a tall, frothy, dense, bubbly, off-white head. Aromas of rich sweetness, roasted nut highlights, toffee, and earthy notes. Flavors of roast and tangy sweet forward, with toffee notes, roasted nutty highlights, cream highlights, and some chocolate notes. Pretty layered on the palate. Lighter bodied, but smooth, providing a crisp finish to a beer that is almost velvety and light in mouth. The aftertaste is more of the tangy sweet, with caramel and toffee blending together. Very flavorful and tasty beer.

Photo of JayQue
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, refreshing and fairly light beer. Poured into an Aventinus Weizen glass. Murky brown color with a medium size light tan head. Ruby highlights when held to a light, decent head retention and some lacing.

Aroma is good, bready malts, brown sugar, hefe style yeast and a little banana. There is also a hint of floral hops.

Flavor is similar but not quite as prominent. The walnuts add an earth musty aspect to the flavor...the hefeweizen type aspects are less pronounced. Sweetness, malts and the walnuts are the most prominent flavors. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. A hint of bitterness and floral hops at the end but mostly a nice bready, sweet, fairly well carbonated brew.

Good one, very drinkable and flavorful without a high abv.

Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of a Dunkelweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, slight alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of sourness, and a hint of wheat. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend.

Photo of cvm4
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark red mahogany body with a fizzy khaki head.

S - Roasted malts, slight sweetness and I'm picking up some walnuts as well.

T - Dark fruits, walnuts, earthiness, vanilla, molasses and the ending has a tartness to it.

M - Light bodied, not a thick beer, medium carbonation. Has somewhat wet/dry finish.

O - Nice seasonal... Should have came out when the leaves are falling on the trees.

Photo of dar482
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a copper dark brown.

The aroma has roasted malt, but also a lot of fruit.

The flavor has the roasted malt of a dunkel, but more light with caramel and light brown sugar. I get more fruit in here than nuts. There's a pop of bright apple, which then complements the nuttiness really well.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation. The sweet gentle malt is wonderful on the finish.

A wonderful dunkel. More on the light side with the fruit and nuttiness instead of the deep roast of the traditional German ones. Very drinkable.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Who says that "extreme" has to start with high-alcohol, exotic ingredient, or shock factor? Sometimes the beauty of an highly creative taste in beer is as easy as a classic and proven style and with a simple and common addition: Dunkel and walnut. Enough said.

As the dark German-style beer pours, it does so with a sturdy brown appearance. A glimpse of crimson in one light, then a garnet low light in the next, its brazen, bronzen hues carry a stately and masculine appearance. As a frothy head emerges, it carries with it ivory hues and endures the session with ease; all the while gracing the sidewalls with intricate lace.

Its aromas open with an understated simplicity but the scents build patiently and deliberately as it warms- starting with an off-caramel, toasted grain scent that reminded me of bran. But a toasted scent emerges, then chocolate, then nuttiness, then the high tar of walnut in its roasted regalness. Though an herbal tea and tobacco note comes forth, the stage is set...

Its malty-nutty taste is sweet and bready early- toast, bread crust and bread all make their way into the early maple flavor. Then there's the natural toasty, nutty and chocolaty flavors that round out the bolder side of the aisle. And then the taste kicks into hyper-drive as its walnut oils saturate a bit deeper with those dark, bitter and earthy richnesses.

Its body is considerably light and effortless, expecially when the bolder side of aroma and taste carries so much gravity. But the beer is quite moderate in its weight on the palate, offering solid complexity but drinking so, so smooth. Dangerously flirting with watering in the middle, the ale finishes minty, earthy, nutty, and dare I say- crisp?

And that's the beauty in these classic styles- they carry so much variety in taste even though the beer may be lighter in alcohol and body than we're used to- but that's its charm. That's its intrigue, and that's its curiosity. Perennial Ales takes full advantage of true German Dunkel flavor but with their own American-ized surprise.

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 1839 Taphouse - Columbia, MO

A - Poured a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of walnut, caramel, some cracked wheat and banana.

T - It had a strong nutty flavor with some sweet caramel and wheat flavors. Nice bitterness to add needed balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This was surprisingly good. I was apprehensive about black walnuts in a dunkel, but it was really good.

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Black Walnut Dunkel from Perennial Artisan Ales
86 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.