Black Wattle Superior Wattle Seed AleJuly 1, 2007
Available: NY, NV, FL, CA
You’re always learning: wattle is not the timber used in medieval English house building but an Australian flowering shrub, used to flavor the beer. It is 5.8% ABV, with a rich copper-red color and a fluffy, creamy head. The beer has a nutty and biscuity aroma with a pronounced herbal note from the seeds and powerful hop resins. Chewy malt, tart hops and spices fill the mouth while the long, bittersweet finish has big hop notes that balance herbs and malt, with a delicate chocolate note.
- Roger Protz
This is a slow talking head — cool — dark amber color with mellow aromatics, hints of faint tartness and good balance, but only faint revelations regarding its wattle seed secrets. Perhaps it is the hints of faint tartness that broadcast the wattle seeds presence. Overall, the character is quite pleasing and altogether well managed. Quite enjoyable as the rich treat that it actually represents.
- Fred Eckhardt
I have no idea what a wattle seed is, but it sure works well in this beer. Black Wattle is quite complex for a lighter-style ale. A foundation of caramel, molasses and cocoa powder is complemented by subtler notes of fig, roasted nuts and chocolate-covered espresso bean. An extremely flavorful, drinkable beer with a silky smooth texture.
- John Hansell
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style.
John Hansell is an equal-opportunity drinker. He writes about beer, wine and spirits. He is the creator, publisher & editor of Malt Advocate, a magazine for the whisky enthusiast.
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