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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Black Wattle Superior Wattle Seed AleBlack Wattle Superior Wattle Seed Ale

Brewed by:
Barons Brewing Company

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by vancurly on 08-03-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of Stew41
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
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 -6.7%
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 -18.6%
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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3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
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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3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +14.4%
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 +2.8%
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 +4.7%
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 +6.9%
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 +5.3%
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 +9.7%
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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Black Wattle Superior Wattle Seed Ale from Barons Brewing Company
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