Black Walnut Dunkel - Perennial Artisan Ales
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3.43/5 rDev -10.9%
Taken from my beer journal dated 6/13/12
Appearance: 750mL bottle poured into standard pint. Colour is a nice walnut-brown with a large two-finger head that fades to a puffy layer on top with minimal lacing. No visible carbonation but it certainly is audible!
Smell: Faint aromas of sweet malts, bready yeast, and walnuts.
Taste: Well-balanced flavours of sweet, nutty malts, spicy yeast, and a warming boozy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body is thick, silky, and alive with plenty of carbonation. Finishes with a lingering stickiness.
Overall: A solid brew. In general, it is a pretty sweet beer but not in a cloying way. It is nicely balanced and interesting enough for me to want to finish the bottle.
01-16-2013 04:26:30 | More by EkimGram
4.08/5 rDev +6%
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.
11-21-2012 01:14:36 | More by pudgecat
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
09-20-2012 23:45:53 | More by brewcrew76
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
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
08-17-2012 22:37:10 | More by rudzud
4.23/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
08-11-2012 03:07:26 | More by chanokokoro
4.08/5 rDev +6%
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.
08-07-2012 02:33:32 | More by socon67
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
08-06-2012 21:07:55 | More by jmarsh123
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
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
07-17-2012 21:11:51 | More by GregSVT
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
07-13-2012 05:35:24 | More by homebrew311
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
Black Walnut Dunkel from Perennial Artisan Ales
86 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.