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Black Walnut Dunkel - Perennial Artisan Ales

Black Walnut DunkelBlack Walnut Dunkel

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BA SCORE
87
very good

174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%


Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dunkel Weiss brewed with 250 pounds of Missouri Black Walnuts.

(Beer added by: Sean9689 on 11-28-2011)
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 17:36:59 | More by wattoclone
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vfalstad

Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2013 22:44:03 | More by vfalstad
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tito42

Missouri

4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL champagne bottle to a tulip glass. Bottled 2/2013.

A: Murky copper, active carbonation, copper-toned and foamy head.

S: Malt, wheat, granny smith apple, bubblegum, coriander, walnuts.

T: Malt and apple backbone with wheat, walnuts, banana, and plum.

M: Medium-bodied with slightly hoppy finish and bite from the carbonation that leaves a nice warmth but doesn't linger in an unwelcome manner.

O: A very fresh and flavorful seasonal offering from a new brewery (to me). I'll definitely be picking up more of their offerings, if I can find them.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 03:24:23 | More by tito42
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dar482

New York

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2013 01:50:02 | More by dar482
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i have always wanted nut browns to be more nutty, to actually taste like nuts, and a dark lager is just a fabulous format to finally find a beer that tastes like real nuts. a hazy dark brown beer with a short inch of tan head without a lot of retention. the beer appears quite thick for a lager, and there is some yeast sediment present. it smells amazing, like fresh roasted walnuts, or fresh baked dark chocolate walnut cookies, as it has a nice dark german grain complex in there too, and a hint of bakers chocolate from the roast. the walnuts are by far the dominant flavor, adding an earthy and semisweet protein complex, that has notes of vanilla and tree bark, as well as a general sweetness akin to fresh maple sap before its boiled down into syrup. its perfect for spring, sturdy enough for cold weather no doubt, but jovial enough to remind us all that we have almost made it through winter. how to describe the flavor of a walnut? thats very tough if youve never had a walnut personally, but i think this beer showcases that unique flavor brilliantly, while still being a really cool beer underneath. the lager yeast is bready and adds to that cookie feel, while the finish is pretty clean for its vanilla sugar sweetness throughout. fuller medium body and a smooth texture. maybe a little undercarbonated, but i like the way this sits in my mouth and stomach, extremely satisfying. a memorable brew, perennial is on a roll!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 17:29:19 | More by StonedTrippin
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft sample given to me by Phil and served at a beer dinner they were having later that night. Not sure if this one will make the tap list, but I sure hope so. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a dark brown color, light brown/cream head, thin collar.

S - Sweet caramel malts, burnt sugars, walnuts, toasted bread. The sweetness and walnuts work wonderfully together and create an excellent nose.

T - More of the same here...caramel, sweet malts, walnuts, toasted bread. Again, the sweetness, malts, and walnuts make a spot-on combo. Really excellent.

M - Light body, good carbonation, sweet malty finish.

O - A wonderful Dunkel that was probably my favorite of the day at the brewery. The walnuts are at a perfect level in this beer and they really help balance the sweetness. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 19:49:42 | More by Sean9689
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 03:07:26 | More by chanokokoro
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GregSVT

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a light brown with a light tan head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing.

S: The nose is amazing on this one. Big notes of chocolate, cocoa powder, nuts, and sweet malt.

T: The taste is nice as well although I expected a bit more after the nose. I get all the same things from the nose but they are not as pronounced. The nutty element is a touch bigger in the taste than the nose though.

M: The feel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

O: I was impressed by this one and would love to have it again. Recommended if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 21:11:51 | More by GregSVT
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zeff80

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2012 01:33:34 | More by zeff80
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socon67

New York

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 02:33:32 | More by socon67
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pudgecat

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 01:14:36 | More by pudgecat
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JayQue

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 01:42:30 | More by JayQue
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 30/5/13, cheers MasterSki and Sean9689 for sending the bottle

A looks like cola in color with enough clarity to almost see the other side under the large and loose beige head, one thick ring followed by lots of random patches

S smells like chocolate chip banana bread with walnuts and caramel, that's about all I get but that's more then enough to please

T earthy herbal notes and the walnuts more noticeable and the banana breads toned down, tastes pretty solid but the nose had a little something over it, some raisin as it warmed

M lighter side of medium, a little airy at first and it flattens out rather quickly, long nutty banana bread finish

O interesting version of a dunkel, no real complaints other then a a few extra bubbles in the mouth, nose was the highlight and reminded me of Grandmas baking in a good way

I'd drink this again but I feel it would be better suited for that evening when the leaves first start to fall off the trees

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 03:31:56 | More by wordemupg
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark brown with a wispy off-white head that fades quickly and has some perimeter stickiness. The nose is walnut banana bread, but is more banana than walnut. The taste is bready sweetness upfront followed by a slightly bitter walnut skin and alcohol. The beer feels medium bodied with rich, nutty, malty sweetness, and a lingering bite that doesn't seem to sit heavy on the palate. This beer is quite drinkable and has a distinct and subtle walnut presence. I think this beer is definitely worth the bottle/growler price and I plan on getting more next week.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2014 01:38:26 | More by ThePorterSorter
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy dirty/muddy brown with minimal head and lacing; maybe a notch up as I am not sure it might hit style right
S: definitely get the banana witbier notes, but thereus a nuttiness that might disguise itself as earthy
T: banana, pepper, and other standard flavors. Then in the back, walnut quite distinctively counters the front tastes. The finish surprisingly brings some banana back in (along with its sweetness) but the walnut holds on as well
M: oily nuttiness that epitomizes the walnut essence of the beer to me, reminding me most specifically if the feel from the walnut skins after a few nuts have been consumed
O: rated on the fact I think it hits the style and the novelty of recipe. Have had this before and enjoyed it, this taste confirmed my like of the beer and the rating follows.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2014 01:02:07 | More by cjgiant
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 22:10:54 | More by Mora2000
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 01:01:32 | More by jlindros
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown with ruby highlights, khaki head and plenty of foam on the sides of the glass.

S - Nutty (not sure I would have picked out walnut), sweet malts, light banana, fruity as it warms, light cocoa.

T - More dark fruits in flavor, sweet fruity bubblegum, banana, nutty, toasted bread with light cocoa.

M - Very smooth and creamy. Maybe a little thin and watery but it works really well.

D - Enjoyed all the Perennial beers i have tried so far. Interesting twist on the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 23:45:53 | More by brewcrew76
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/01/13 notes. Had an 8 oz. pour of this on tap at Tørst in Brooklyn, NY.

a - Pours a reddish dark brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of walnuts, sweet vanilla, cream, fruit, roasted malts, nuts, and earthy notes.

t - Tastes of walnuts, peanuts, roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, toasted malts, earthy notes, musty, and light sweet vanilla. Again, tson of nuts to it, as ot be expected.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and creamy, and easy to drink. Nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this sounded interesting and thought it worked really well. As you'd expect, there is a ton of walnut in the nose and taste, mixing nicely with the roasted and toasted malts. Worth checking out, would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2013 21:03:18 | More by mdfb79
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 06:22:25 | More by BEERchitect
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at bainbridge barrel house

Deep almost cola brown colored pour, thin white head and mild retention. Spotty lacing streaks the glass while drinking.

Toasted walnuts, caramel sweetness and toasted grains in the nose. Hints of sweetness and warmth with a continuing notion of chestnuts on an open fire.

Extremely nutty up front, toasted, roasted and broasted hints. Meaty walnuts, bread crust and caramel. Fuller backbone, decently sweet and slightly warm in the finish.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, creamy and smooth on the tongue. How do you effectively prevent boring people with a traditional style - evidently you walnut the crap out of it. I was into this but I could see some not enjoying it quite as much.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2013 22:32:58 | More by xnicknj
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a rich light brown color with nice mahogany notes and some slight orange on the edges. there is a nice frothy 1.5 inch light tan head that forms.

The nose is sooo sweet. Tons of caramel malt with some mild chocolate notes in there as well. There is definitely some walnut notes in there with a nice mix between the malt notes.

Flavor starts off with some nice bready notes and some toasty malt. Very delicious bread and grain. There is then some nice weizen notes of banana and a slight caramel sweetness that works well with the grain notes. There is also a slight bitter hop finish that kind-off balances everything else off.

Overall a pretty good refreshing and delicious dark brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 21:04:01 | More by JoEBoBpr
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see another up and coming brewery available in Chicago. Poured into Goose Island wine glass. Appearance is somewhat murky and brown, minimal head upon pour with no retention. The nose features familiar notes of dunkelweizen, plenty of orange and coriander. The walnut comes through in subtle waves as it warms in the glass. Hints at molasses and brown sugar present as well. The taste is similar to the nose. Somewhat sweet up front with lots of ripe fruits and some spice. The walnut provides a delicate nutty finish, but definitely hangs in the background. The mouthfeel is thin with medium to high carbonation. Overall, this is a unique twist on the style. It seems that brews that add nuts are hit in mis as far as the nut presence is concerned. The walnut is evident, but it did take some time to discover. Overall, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 05:35:24 | More by homebrew311
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metter98

New York

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 23:13:43 | More by metter98
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JLindros for sharing this beer.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a kinda clear dense hazelnut brown hue with a nice one finger mocha that left big lacing and a thick blanket.

S - Aromas of nice malty toffee caramel sweetness tons of caramel with nice background of roasted nuts. Nuts are nice and faint to start with lots of almonds (I know its walnuts though). Super inviting.

T - Lots of chocolate on this with more strong caramel, malts, ans toffee. Great toasty and roasty nuts come this out as it warms. Tasty enough but a little sweet.

M - Mouthfeel is good, not bad. Carbonation keeps it from being too heavy or syrupy.

O - Overall this was a cool beer glad I got to try it. Nice nuttiness. Quite nice and tasty, rather unique.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 22:37:10 | More by rudzud
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Black Walnut Dunkel from Perennial Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.