Black Wattle Superior Wattle Seed Ale (5.8% ABV bottle)- Herbed/Spiced Beer- Barons Brewing Company, AUS
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. As for myself I don’t envision the need for another of these for a while.