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: Herb and Spice 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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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 151
Reviews by Imbiber:
Photo of Imbiber
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle best before 4/08. This interesting beer pours a chestnut colour, and has a malty, bready aroma. Carbonation levels are quite low which I like.

Taste is profoundly malty, very slick on the palate with a little sweetness at first. But this malty burst converts itself to an unusual bitterness at the finish, which lingers on the tongue. This beer is a very pleasant innovation.

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Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of badturtle
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"This here's the wattle, the emblem of our land! You can stick it in a bottle, you can hold it in your hand!"

-- Eric Idle

Amen! It seems Baron's has done one and allowed me to do the other.

I suspect Monty Python inspired this beer as a search of the BA database turns up no other wattle beers. I bought it mainly as a novelty. Having never had a wattle beer, nor even thought of the possibility of using wattle seed as a beer ingredient, I though it was at least worth a try.

I poured this beer into a SA Lager glass. The etching did nothing to help head retention, which the bottle promised would be good on its own. Aside from a few bubbles around the side, there was no head to speak of. The color was a dark copper with a red tinge.

It smelled of carmel and barnyard smells. I don't mean the unpleasant smells of cow feces and sheep offal. I mean the pleasantness of fresh cut hay.

The taste is similar to the smell with the carmel taking the lead. There seems to be a hint of cocoa. There is an earthy hint which seems to be the taste equivalent of the barnyard smell. There is a flavor that seems slightly reminiscent of diviner's sage. The wheat is noticeable and pairs well with the barley malt. There is little hint of hops. It seems the brewer may have intended the wattle to take the place of the hops, but as I can't discern the wattle from the grains (I've never had wattle before. I'm an American. We can't even get Vegemite.), I can't be sure.

At first, the carbonation was almost too strong. After a few minutes, it wasn't too bad. The overall mouthfeel is a little light. It is similar to Guinness. The taste tricks you into thinking you are drinking something thick and creamy, but the liquid is actually so light that you think you have water in your mouth.

Overall, it is a decent beer. I could drink another right now. It has definite sessionability. This is a beer for when you want the strong flavor, but not the high alcohol of a high gravity beer. I hope the local store I bought it at continues to maintain a stock.

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Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$10 a sixpack at the Schnuck's grocery chain in Evansville, Indiana. Hmmm...kinda steep. Black Wattle pours a clear dark copper body with a healthy beige head that retains well and leaves some respectable lacing on the glass. Aroma is subdued. Chocolate nuttiness and not much else. Medium body has a lively carbonation. Taste opens with a sweet milk chocolate maltiness that prevails to the end. Seems to be a touch of wheat malt here as well. Some hints of dark roasty malt bitterness try to tame the malt sweetness with mixed results. Hardly any hops presence. There is a noticeable nuttiness, must be the wattle seeds, but I confess my ignorance at all things wattle. This is not bad. I would call it a decent brown ale of some kind but the price is not going to entice me to buy any more at this price.

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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 stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a crystal clear but dense body that shines a warm brown in the light. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface where a light tan thick head is that last much of the beer.

S- The smell of light roasted malt has a note of darker roasted malt but they are both very smooth. Thee is a slight earthy note in the finish that is not really hops nor grain bitterness.

T- This beer has a good caramel malt flavor with a light dry toasted malt and nutty flavor to it. There is a very light bitterness in the finish and the taste of green hops hint increases as the beer warms but it is still light.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight watery texture but the tight little fizz adds some body to the dry finish.

D- This beer is a very nice bock. It has nice smooth flavor with some good toasted notes and would make a good session beer. I don't know what wattle seeds taste like so I can tell of they add anything to the flavor.

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Photo of Nibbley
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown but very clear in the light with a light tan head that fads pretty quickly.
Taste is unlike any other beer I've tried.
Has a nice nutty brown ale taste with a backround taste of(honestly) fresh mown hay.
I really enjoyed this one and hope you get a chance to try it.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz bottle with no best of date on the bottle. The beer looks very clear and has a nice rich brown leather color. The head is a good 1/4 inch above the brew and thins out after a few minutes.

Smell is sweet and has a simple fruitiness to it. There is also very nice toffee, malts and a little caramel.

The fruitiness compliments the malts and creates lovely flavor. There is a big initial malt flavor that transitions into a light fruit sweetness and ends with a nuttiness kind of like sunflower seeds. The aftertaste is mildly dry and sweet almost a little coconut-ish and leaves you wanting another sip.

A very tasty beverage that has a fine mild carbonation that works well with all the flavors. This beer isn't as complex as others but it has some distinct layers that all work. I dig this brew.

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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 dacrza1
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unique taste or superfluous curiosity? I thank brother Jer for the gift case for Christmas--as asked for, this is something I had not come across in NJ... a darker malty brown semi-transparent body with a simmering off-white head that resembles iced tea in its presence... first nasal impressions are perfumy, with soft esthers as unale-like as could be... in fact, the "wattle" in the scent is as unique in a beer as I have had! Medium to full-bodied ale that has a nice body, substantial but not heavy, drinkable but not watery... malts well in the mouth and presents some hints of sweeter sugar--no hop in this (is that supplanted by the wattle?)... quite a sessionable brew that requires a bit of concentration in its enjoyment... of the four selections in its case, Barons Wattleseed scores major points for being crisp without sacrificing body and having balance in its smooth flavor... again, thanks, brother Jer!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Barons- Wattle Seed Ale

A- Amber brown with a small fizzy head.
S- Very sweet, sugary sweet grape candy.
T- Light caramel malt with a sweet grape flavoring and huge honey infusion. Although Wattle seeds are supposed to hava a hazelnut-like flavor nothing detected here.
M- Very sweet throughout with an even sweeter honey-like finish.

Overall- Wasn't bad but just not for me. Too sweet. Worth a try though.

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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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Photo of pmcadamis
2.23/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - This one is a clear amber-purple ale with a thin white head with purple highlights. The head is gone within seconds leaving a thin collar behind. No real lace is left on the glass. I would score this one lower, but I do like the brownish-purple hue.

S - I don't really smell much here. Some amber ale malt notes are there, and I can smell a bit of grape hard candy.

T - Again, hard purple candy and a lot of sweetish candy malt. There are some tootsie roll-like artificial chocolate candy elements too. I have no idea what wattle seeds are, but they must taste like grape tootsie roll pops.

M - Light bodied with creamy carbonation and a neutral finish. Lasting tootsie roll notes make up the aftertaste.

D - Pretty boring. There's really nothing here to like. It's mildly malty with a complete lack of hops and a weird artificial hard candy flavor that isn't particularly enjoyable. Pass.

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Photo of scott
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Amber colored with very nice clarity and a minimal head, although lots of passive carbonation keeps on giving.
Subdued roasted nut nose.
A somewhat traditional brown ale flavored offering with a fruity/spruce back-end delivery. This is very easy to drink and would pair nicely with almost food due to its inherent neutrality.
Clean, refreshing and delicious. Recommended.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The aroma is a lot of sweet malt and caramel and just a touch of raisins. The taste like the aroma features sweet malt and caramel, is slightly toasted and nutty and is pretty smooth and drinkable. Overall, this is an interesting brew that I would not mind drinking again. It is pretty similar to an English Brown with that smooth maltiness. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let me just say I had my suspicions about this beer so I waited until I could get a single, glad of that...

Pours an effervescent caramel with a pinky of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Much jammyness & not much else

T: Slight fruittyness, leafy hops & dry caramel up front. White grapes & a hint of blueberry are there as this warms along with dryness & more leafy hops. Finishes with a touch of red delicious apples & more leafy hops

MF: Light/medium bodied, low carbonation & okay balance

Drinks so-so, this one did not excite me at all

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Photo of HalfFull
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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Photo of bashiba
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep crystal clear copper with a nice thick pillowy tan head, good lacing and retention, looks great.

Has a big sweet malty nose with some spicyness.

Taste has a nice toasted malt flavor with some good mineral flavors and a decent bit of hops evening it out.

Mouthfeel is light and finishes very dry.

I was really caught off guard by this one, having no idea what a wattle seed is or what it taste like. Easy to drink and flavorful for a lighter ale.

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Photo of 3leggeddub
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours crystal clear brown with ruby notes with a moderate off-white head. Sort of looks like a cross between a brown and an amber. Not anything special in the nose. Generally 'beery' with unidentifiable grains, vaguely herbal, and some sweetness. At first sip there's malty sweetness with a touch of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery with a fair amount of carbonation. It made me think of a generic brown ale. Lurking in there is an herbal taste that is too vague to really put a finger on. I'm guessing that would be the wattle.

Overall Black Wattle is kind of different, but generally unremarkable. Sort of a cross between Newcastle and JW Dundee's Honey Brown. If that sounds appealing or you just want to say you've had an Australian beer other than Foster's have a go at Wattle Seed Ale.

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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 beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a beautiful, clear, bright cranberry-amber with a thin light beige head. Visible carbonation was light.

S: a nice roasted nuttiness, floury wheat, with lightly roasted dried sun flowery seeds (which im guessing is from the wattle seeds).

T: a nice roasted nature to it, with lightly toasted sun flower seeds. There was a fresh wheat grain backing with lightly roasted coffee and sweet caramel on the finish. It was the wattle seeds that truly stood out flavor wise keeping this beer intriguing.

M: very smooth, light in texture and finished off the tongue with some light toasted sun flower seeds.

D: Interesting blend of roasted barley and wattle seeds keep things interesting. A unique flavor and something definitely worthy seeking out if looking for something truly different.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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 bluejacket74
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before 8/2/08. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark copper/brown color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both below average. Aroma is very sweet, it smells like roasted malt, grain/bread, toasted nuts (I assume that's from the wattle seed) and caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also an earthy/herbal taste noticable too. However, as the beer warms a strange slightly bitter metallic taste comes out. Not much hops from what I can tell, but that's not a bad thing in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's a little bit creamy. Drinkability is good, carbonation is decent and it's easy to drink. Overall I think it's a decent beer. Very interesting, it's definitely worth a try and I would drink this again in the future.

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Black Wattle Superior Wattle Seed Ale from Barons Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 165 ratings