Black Walnut Dunkel - Perennial Artisan Ales
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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
4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
04-28-2013 16:40:23 | More by LambicPentameter
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
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
4.08/5 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
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
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
06-02-2013 01:42:30 | More by JayQue
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
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
05-31-2013 03:31:56 | More by wordemupg
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
02-07-2014 01:38:26 | More by ThePorterSorter
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
03-19-2014 01:02:07 | More by cjgiant
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
Black Walnut Dunkel from Perennial Artisan Ales
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