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Black Walnut Dunkel - Perennial Artisan Ales

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88
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43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 210
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 5.05%
Wants: 28
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sean9689 on 11-28-2011

Dunkel Weiss brewed with 250 pounds of Missouri Black Walnuts.
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Photo of cvm4
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark red mahogany body with a fizzy khaki head.

S - Roasted malts, slight sweetness and I'm picking up some walnuts as well.

T - Dark fruits, walnuts, earthiness, vanilla, molasses and the ending has a tartness to it.

M - Light bodied, not a thick beer, medium carbonation. Has somewhat wet/dry finish.

O - Nice seasonal... Should have came out when the leaves are falling on the trees. (404 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
1.97/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Brown and murky. Thin collar after a small head settles.

Smell - Oh dear. Smells like paint and walnuts. A bit of acidity.

Taste - Very nutty. The paint aroma now comes off as a chemical mushroom flavor. It's kinda gross.

Mouthfeel - There's a very slight tartness that accompanies the weird off flavors. Medium body.

Overall - Bad. No one else thinks this is bad, but it's bad. (435 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/13

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 (734 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev 0%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.04/5  rDev +2%
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 (989 characters)

Photo of vfalstad
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,873 characters)

Photo of tito42
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +26.3%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, almost cola like brown with haze, moderate tan tinted head. Scent brings lots of caramel with some notes of roasted nuts and grain, some dark fruit also present. Scent is quite bold with sweet malt the star and an adequate amount of roast, some earthy and grassy hops - strengthens at the end of the sip. Medium bodied, light in carbonation. Another decent beer from Perennial. (383 characters)

Photo of EkimGram
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (711 characters)

Photo of pudgecat
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +1%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,169 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (618 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (841 characters)

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Black Walnut Dunkel from Perennial Artisan Ales
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