Black Walnut Ale
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Black Walnut AleBlack Walnut Ale
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Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #400
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
85
Ranked #29,123
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 9.84%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
28
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Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
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85
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Black Walnut AleBlack Walnut Ale
Notes: Black Walnut Ale features walnuts from Hammons Black Walnuts in Stockton, Missouri. 880 pounds of crushed walnuts are incorporated in the mash tun alongside a malt bill of our two-row base pale malt, caramel malts and a small, yet impactful percentage of beechwood-smoked malt. A touch of sea salt, also added during mashing, makes the black walnut character pop just a bit before giving way to a subtle malty sweetness balanced by a bittering addition of Hallertau Blanc hops at the beginning of the boil.

22 IBU
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 28
Photo of Harrison8
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a foggy ruby-brown with a finger of khaki head. Head retention is fair. Aroma is walnut, tree nuts, and biscuit and toasted malts. Flavor profile is fleshy walnut over biscuit, earth, and toasted malts. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a crisp, sharp fizziness to it. Overall, walnuts are apparent, and are layered over earthy, toasted malts.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy amber, with an average head and virtually no lace.

Aroma: Malty. A little sweet. Subtle hint of walnut.

Taste: Malty again, with more sweetness and a slightly bitter finish with a light walnut aftertaste. Subtle but not a bad beer. Solid if a bit unmemorable.

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Photo of dcotom
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A black walnut ale? What could possibly go wrong? If you happen to like black walnuts - and I love them - then nothing at all. Appearance is quite attractive. Pours a hazy copper color, with a one-finger off-white head that settles rapidly into a thin ring. Loads of tiny bubbles stream constantly from the bottom of the glass (in this case, a pokal). As expected, big aromas and flavors of black walnuts. The great thing is that they are the aromas and flavors of freshly-shelled walnuts, without any artificial character at all. These aromas and flavors sit nicely atop a slightly sweet caramel malt base, with a hint of fruity tartness and a touch of bitterness on the tongue. The finish is on the dry side, with a little tartness clinging to the soft palate. This makes for a fantastic pairing with aged cheeses. I could also envision this paired with barbecue or pulled pork. This is worthy of a full-time spot in the Boulevard lineup.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Date on bottle is 02MAR2018.
Pours to a respectable permanent head that laces and clear amber color. Aroma is very mild. What I can discern is clean caramelized malts and a bit of smoked nuts. Flavor is also very light and clean. According to the commercial description on the Boulevard website it was mashed in with crushed walnuts, pale 2 row and caramel malts and a tiny bit of beechwood smoked malt and a dash of sea salt. What comes out in the brite tank is a very clean and subtly smoky/ nutty brew. Mouthfeel is slightly astringent (but not problematic) and low on the CO2 scale (but again, respectable). Overall a subtle easy drinking nut beer.

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Photo of Anayalator
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: gold caramel color with white head with poor lacing and poor head retention.
Smells: nuttyand somewhat fruity like peaches. Little to no hoppy profile.
Tastes: like peaches and nutty hints just like the smell but little to no hops slightly malty.
Feels: sweet and slightly bitter. No carbonation.

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Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of fast-falling cream colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Greassyness, faint sour notes

T: Dryness, a a touch of tobacco, orange rind & slight astringency up front. Pears, white grape & leafy hops as this warms, a little nutty sweetness & a hint of butterscotch & a little pine. Finishes with pine & orange peel & a little dryness

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation

Drinks alright, but not really getting the featured ingredient, they need go drink a case of Piney River's Black Walnut beer...

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Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, herbal notes, floral, hint of citrus hops, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, herbal notes, floral, hint of citrus hops, strong earthiness (nut?), and slight yeast. Overall, good blend, interesting earthy/nutty flavor, and good body.

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Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a clear, amber color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled a little nutty. Not much else but caramel. Sweet toasted caramel with a nutty kick.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Boulevard, on to the beer:

Black Walnut Ale actually isn't black, but more of a slightly toasted orange with a short, creamy head above. It was anyone's guess what this black walnut ale would be like, so I was on my own what to expect. The vague fruitness and vague nuttiness offers a few hints to what is otherwise a lightly flavored beer. There's vague smoke to taste, like a lightened rauchbier, and a soft nutty note. It's certainly different, but for this one, I would rather send it back to the drawing board.

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Black Walnut Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 28 ratings