Black Wattle Superior Wattle Seed Ale | Barons Brewing Company

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Black Wattle Superior Wattle Seed AleBlack Wattle Superior Wattle Seed Ale

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Barons Brewing Company

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by vancurly on 08-03-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Stew41
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite novel in that it includes wattle seed in the mix. Thin poorly formed head. Pours darker than I might have expected, a nice reddish, maroon brown. Sweetish nose, tough to pick a defining flavour, just generic style malts. Pleasant enough to taste; more non-descript malts coming through, a hint of sweetness and just a faint herbal, slightly hoppy edge. Unmemorable, even a fraction bland, but totally inoffensive. As it warmed up the beer developed a distinctly English dark ale / porter note…done well. Worth sampling.

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Photo of deadbody
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Interesting beer. Pours a dark amber with a good head leaving good lacing. Smell is a bit off, interesting, not unpleasant. Taste is decent. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Overall, not something I'd buy again, but not bad. Pretty much the definition of average.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color was a bit darker than I thought. It looked almost like a red ale. The aroma of this one kind of turns me off, not sure why it just didn't smell that appealing to me. The first sip is bitter which happens to fade very quickly into the aftertaste of the Wattle Seeds. The aftertaste is the best part of this brew, I don't taste chocolate so much as to tasting the caramel. I'd like to try this one again one day.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a quick stop at their incredibly inept website, I venture on to their beer hoping the ineptitude doesn't reach into the brewhouse. Poured from a 330 ml. bottle into a pint glass, the Black Wattle pours a nearly clear light to medium brown in color. A light carbonation yields a thin cap the scatters quickly, keeping only a surface ring.

Light aromas of hops and yeast mix with dry bakers chocolate and some roasted malts. Roast notes are more forward in the taste department, along with some chocolate again, and finishing with a nutty character. Bit of clove spice accompanies.

Offers a decent feel given the limited complexity of flavors and a carbonation more spritzy than the pour had envisioned. More spice notes with warming keep things interesting and make this an easy drinking light bodied brew. More of a cross between a light Brown Ale with a hint of Winter Warmer spice in there.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dull copper in color, with a thin, white head that fades, leaving some very thin patches and a thick, creamy ring around the perimeter. Decent lacing.
Smell is bready malts with a slightly toasted aspect. Subtle notes of caramel and brown sugar.
Taste is caramel malts with some faintly sweet, creamy notes, all of which carries to a toasty finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Medium-light body.
Drinkability is very good. Pleasantly tasty beer.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a reddish brown with a thin light tan head that drops quickly to barely a wisp. Effervescent brew with some lacing.

Aromas of hazelnuts, cocoa, and coffee (all three from the wattle/acacia seeds) dominate. Not sure what the underlying base beer is, not picking up on any hop or malt aromas. The wattle seed aroma, though not overpowering, does seem to mask anything from the malt, hops and yeast.

First sip is of a thinned out coffee/cocoa stout. No flavors of hops, some caramel malt, but the coffee, light cocoa and hazelnuts are dominate in the flavor as well. A slight bite from the carbonic acid. The hazelnut carries over into the finish, which fades rather quickly, leaving a hint of a chocolate and hazelnut candy bar.

Mouthfeel is light, not watery, with a bit of a prickle from the carbonation.

Very drinkable, interesting flavor combination. Could drink a number of these in a sitting and not tire of flavor. However, it does leave you a little bloated from the carbonation. Leaves you a little full feeling.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle served in pint glass

A - clear mahogany with scant off-white head that soon fades to a ring.

S - toasted malt and light hops. Not sure I can detect the smell of wattle seed but then I don't know what aroma this has.

M - smooth; medium body; low carbonation

T - toasted grain dominates, with a detectable hop presence and a nearly even sweet/balance. Rich, but not bold flavor. Moderate duration of finish.

A distinct, but not markedly different ale best suited to those who like a predominate toasted grain flavor. Detracting from my rating: a slight burnt quality.

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Photo of PubliusII
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Brown, Caramel Pour with a half-finger head and decent visible carbonation. The head is disappears after a minute and the lace is also wanting of quality, gripping the sides of the glass in a spotty pattern.
Smell- Sweet aromas of caramel and malt. Some faint scents of chocolate waft up on the tail-end of the other scents.
Taste- Roasted grains and caramel. This homogenously balanced taste is given a sharp, almost sour taste by what I assume is the waffle seeds.
Mouth-feel- It has a decent feel. As you swill it around, you become aware of the impressive carbonation. It is not a very clean feel, as it leaves a smooth, filmy feel on your tongue.
Drinkability- This beer provided a mediocre experience. The taste is interesting, but that is really the only redeeming quality. The rest of this drink appeared weak and the lack of any head left the beer without a very impressive smell to warm up the taste buds.

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Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this brew is a reddish-brown. The head pours up high initially, quickly fading and leaving just a slight foam with light lacing left in thin spots.
The aroma is moderately strong with a caramel malts backbone supported by light sweet notes and an unusual yeast strain, along with something like a cross between poppy and sesame.
That poppy/sesame carries over to the flavor, with the strong malt backbone making for a pretty tasty brew complimented by notes of caramel and toffee and just a touch of chocolate. This is pretty nicely balanced and works despite a very light,mild hops presence. I think for this beer there's just enough bitterness to make it work and let the malts shine. Wattle seed is pretty interesting as well and makes for a sort of nuttiness (maybe hazelnut?) along with the flavors mentioned already.
This one's got a medium body with a lively carbonation making for a pleasantly smooth mouthfeel.
Quite drinkable and pretty tasty, I'd easily have another.

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Photo of maddux91
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this last night from a bottle, poured into a tulip glass. Slightly disappointed that the place I was in chose to serve in a glass which was too big.

A - Poured a nice brown colour, turning red colour when looked. Amber! Thats the word I was looking for. Decent amount of head, quickly fading.

S - Very pungent. Thats about all I remember from the tasting, but I do remember it being strong and quite appealing.

T - Strange. Notes of hazelnut, chocolate, and mocha. It had some other notes which I could not quite distinguish.

M - Pleasing. Smooth, velvety. Flavour does stay in your mouth for a while, but that is not a negative at all. Does leave you a little bit of that feeling when you haven't brushed your teeth for a bit of time, furry?

D - I say that one is enough for a night. It is a good change of pace, although I wouldn't recommend this to be an introduction to the micro-brew world for people who like tasteless crap like Corona and Millers.

Overall, I would say that you need to try this beer at least once. Make your own mind up, I still think it leaves a bit to be desired, still its a good, original beer.

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Photo of Daniell
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: black-red, ruby red when held up to light. lacing is quite nice. 4

S: caramel coated nuts. Yoghurt yeast. Chocolatey, bit of coffee there too. There's also some tropical fruits at the back of the nose. 4

T: smoky, I also get something nutty in there, perhaps macadamia nuts. This reminds me a lot of a porter. I also get a sweet yoghurt candy sort of taste, like German beers I've had.

M: Perhaps it's lacking a bit of carbonation and feels a bit thin. 3.5

D: This one has strong drinkability. 4

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Photo of matjack85
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've only tried a half dozen Australian beers before and none with wattle seed in it, so when I saw this single 12oz brown bottle in the discount bin at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.49, I snatched it up.

The beer poured a slightly hazed reddish/bronze color which gave off a light lavender hue when held to the light. Even with a hard pour I could only coax a 1½ finger off-white head out of it that only lasted about a minute before fading to just a thin rim, but it did leave some nice lacing on the glass.

The smell was mild chocolate and nuts with a slight floral aroma. Very nice.

The taste was a mix of hazelnut flavor, chocolate, and toffee with a lighter touch of herbal hops for balance. No bitterness at all. I liked the flavor of this, only wish it were even stronger.

Medium body with fairly high carbonation to keep it crisp and refreshing.

The 5.8% abv is not even noticeable so they are really easy to down. Unfortunately I only bought one.

*Note: I never heard of wattle seed before so I looked it up. It turns out they are the edible seeds from Australian acacia trees and give off the aroma and flavors of chocolate, hazelnut, and mocha. I didn't notice any mocha flavor in the beer but that explains why it has the chocolate and hazelnut notes.

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Photo of brentk56
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear auburn-tinged amber color with a modest head that doesn't leave much lace

Smell: Toasted marshmallows, dusted chocolate and a little milk coffee, underneath; smells nice but I can tell this is going to be too sweet for me

Taste: Toasted marshmallows, up front front, with an interesting caramel apple character that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the dusted chocolate and milk coffee adds yet another sweet dimension, though there is a bit of graininess in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An interesting range of different but sweet flavors; not really my thing but worth a try

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Photo of FlyingWombat
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a chilled 330ml bottle into a pot glass, giving a good medium sized head, which reduced quickly with a nice amount of lacing. Transparant red-brown colour, maybe a little too brown, but still visually pleasing and consistant.

S - Strong aroma of toffee, caramel and malt with hints of hazelnut and honey.

T - Very good taste with a mix of malty and spice flavours to discover and enjoy, as well as honey and hops. Tastes quite "natural", but possibly lacks a tiny bit of balance.

M - Medium-to-high carbination, medium bodied but quite light in the mouth. Has a bit of a "sticky" finish, but that wasn't a bad thing.

D - Not quite sessional, but definitely drinkable (much more so from a glass than a bottle). I put away several during the night, but eventfully found an "end point" and was done.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Transparent red, 1 finger of head which reduced.

Smell - Unusual odour, mostly created by the black wattle. Not much in the way of typical beer scents, but quite pleasant nonetheless.

Taste - Mostly sweet malts, with a touch of strawberry like fruits provided by the hops and black wattle. Inoffensive, but not many flaws either.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium, a little sticky.

Drinkability - Would make a good session drink.

Overall - Another quality beer from Barons.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was picked up at a little bodega that had a few random microbrews and imports. This was certainly a pleasant surprise.

This is basically a very good Nut Brown Ale, despite the Herbed/Spiced classification.

A - The beer pours with a slight haze; it is a rich, deep bronze hue with a quickly subsiding head.

S - The smell is deliciously subtle. Aromas of Nutella (hazelnut butter), honey, pecan praline, and clean German malt.

T - The taste is dominated by impressions of hazelnut and pecan praline. It pretty much delivers on all of the aromatics. A clean, light hop rounds out the full and pristine finish.

M - While it is nice and creamy, it could use sharper carbonation.

D - I love this, and everyone who has tried it at my behest has as well.

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Photo of biggred1
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tawny with dirty blonde highlights and a slight eggshell head that leaves scraps of lace behind. Toasted malt, hazelnut and tea are all detectable in the nose. Cocoa and hazelnut flavors I assume can be attributed to the wattleseed,this is followed with a mild floral hop quality that balances nicely. Medium light bodied with mild carbonation. A different beer, and sometimes that's not a bad thing, as is the case here. Unique.

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Photo of bensamra
4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Subtle floral aroma with heavier hints of nuts and chocolate (or caramel) results in a quite complex aroma but very rich and appealing. Dark copper colour with a fluffy creamy head, that fortunately had good longevity. Flavour is a nice thick and strong nutty and chocolate taste with a light hoppy aftertaste that is very remarkable. This beer is worth looking for

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Photo of juju7
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with very little head but is a nice vibrant copper colour. The nose is instantly unique. Caramel, nuts, a tiny touch of chocolate and a slightly herbal character which I'm going to attribute to the wattle seed. Part of it is very familiar but it has it's own character which is pretty cool. On the palate it's very smooth with a touch of roasted sweetness(?)and quite mild bitterness. Not cloying but it sticks to the roof of your mouth a little. A good tidy finish. This is a good beer and while it might not change your world it is another point on the board for contract made beers.

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Photo of Offa
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but it's a pretty tasty ale with a somewhat porter-like character, a bit sweet but very enjoyable.

Deep red brown, it has a medium,c reamy tan head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving a little thin lace.

The aroma is malty, toasty grain, plants/vegetation, wet earth, prunes, flour and dough.

The taste is toasty grain with light earthiness, and a consistent light carameliness throughut, hint of pruine, light herbal spiciness, faint leafy chocolate hints. It is lightly sweet throughout with a light, zesty spiciness. It is almost a bit watery but not quite. Smooth and pleasant, it has little cmplexity but enough to keep things interesting.

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Photo of JimmyK77
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wattle seed? I don't know what wattle seeds are, and I'm guessing other BA's don't either. You can read a description on Wikipedia:

Short story - wattle seeds should contribute chocolate, coffee, and hazelnut flavors.

My wattle seed beer poured a medium brown. The aroma was subtle and reminded me of malt and slight spiciness. Flavors of malt, toffee, and mild (to the point of being hard to identify) spices blended with slight roastiness and a little sweetness. Roastiness could come from wattle seed I suppose, but the label also says they use roasted barley. The mouthfeel was a little thick, almost syrupy. Hops provide almost balanced bitterness, a little more would have helped, and no flavor or aroma. This beer was OK - drinkable, but not great. Also, I'm not convinced that I could taste the wattleseed, which is why many BA's would buy this beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery red with a small dissipating head.
Aroma is similar to that of a dark ale, with toasted grains and a certain creamy nutty note, but it's too faint. Nice though.
Similar dark malt flavours, with lingering nutty notes, a slight peppery hint and a mild earthy bitter finish.
Good creamy carbonation, but slightly too high.
Interesting, but needs to be bolder!

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Photo of VicCherikoff
1.75/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Wattleseed beer is better made using the extract added to a light flavored beer eg witbier. This way the chocolate, coffee, hazelnut of true Wattleseed comes through after the hops and malt of the beer, cleansing the palate and complementing the flavors of the beer. Baron's beer is more like a porter and none of the moreish taste of Wattleseed comes through.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, reddish-brown throughout. Nice fluffy 1" head, tan and creamy. Very good retention but little lace.
Smell Smell is malt, hint of smoke, spices & cider vinegar (a good thing to me).
Taste is nicely balanced with malt, peat, a hop note and some spice.
Light-ish bodied but with a smooth finish and a mellow malt/hop aftertaste. Some effervescence early on the tip of the tongue. Quite good, could drink several, either with most food or alone.

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Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have to say I have never heard of wattle seed or acacia seed so this was all new to me.Poured a deep amber/bronze with a thin creamy white head that doesnt last long,aromas are very light,mainly chocolate with a tinge of nut.A mix of chocolate and mild nuttiness on the palate with a bit of a earthy dryness in the finish.The mouthfeel was nice with some creaminss but the beer was a little run of the mill,eh ok but not anything to seek out I dont think.

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Black Wattle Superior Wattle Seed Ale from Barons Brewing Company
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