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Black Walnut Dunkel - Perennial Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
86
very good

195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 24
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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jroberts8811, Apr 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

VeganUndead, Mar 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

TriageStat, Mar 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

RyanTheLion13, Mar 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Tafyob41, Mar 22, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

cjgiant, Mar 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

threedaggers, Mar 13, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +13.5%

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!

StonedTrippin, Mar 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ToddHolder, Mar 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

smartassboiler, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Dilbert65, Feb 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

nmann08, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Feb 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ahermsen, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

BEERchitect, Feb 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jaymo18, Feb 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Zraly, Feb 08, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

ThePorterSorter, Feb 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jkball01, Feb 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

TheBeerAlmanac, Feb 03, 2014
Black Walnut Dunkel from Perennial Artisan Ales
86 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.