Black Walnut Dunkel - Perennial Artisan Ales
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3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at AndrewK’s tasting.
Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. Taste is the same with some mild nutty flavors and a slight tartness. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a better smell than taste in my opinion. The walnuts used in this one are pretty subtle too.
06-26-2012 00:54:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.96/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
07-28-2013 23:13:43 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
02-21-2014 06:22:25 | More by BEERchitect
4.08/5 rDev +6%
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.
04-16-2012 01:33:34 | More by zeff80
3.59/5 rDev -6.8%
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
08-14-2013 03:30:38 | More by russpowell
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
08-18-2012 01:01:32 | More by jlindros
4.36/5 rDev +13.2%
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!
03-05-2014 17:29:19 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
08-05-2012 22:10:54 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
06-03-2013 21:03:18 | More by mdfb79
Black Walnut Dunkel from Perennial Artisan Ales
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