Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Deep copper-amber. Medium body; moderate carbonation. Rich and sweet caramel flavor. Malts also carried notes of toast and rye-like grains. Lesser notes of chocolate and coffee. Herbal, flowery hops were mellow yet pleasant. Like others, I’ve never heard of wattle seed before ... but I think I like it. BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Pours an amber shade of garnet with a small ring of white foam. The nose has a textbook English strong ale aroma. Nutty roasted caramel, almonds, toffee and just the slightest hint of chocolate. The taste is somewhat unique with the wattle seeds giving its own brand of roasted nuttiness. This is very smooth, with some figgy fruitiness, toffee sweetness and just the right amount of minerality in the water. Well done, unique and interesting. Dacrza (1034) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2009
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! Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 I have had this a couple of times but never seemed to have been in a position to take notes. So with try number 3 I can now rate this. My sample must have been a bit of an exception to some as it presented beautifully in the glass with a good creamy head. Like a number of others I wasn’t sure what the wattleseed would impart but upon sampling both the nose and taste, I immediately thought that there must be some wattleseed in the UK, especially lurking around the Theakston brewery. This is a Peculier beer indeed, with a definite note of molasses and toffee balanced well by a good hoppy background. Little nose is imparted by the hops but the malty aroma and good solid mouthfeel marks this as an experiment that has done well. I think this is a solid performer that is better than a great number of Aussie beers. Slipstream (2702) - USA - OCT 1, 2007
This looks like Coca Cola in the glass. Nice yeasty aroma and pleasantly robust flavor. I’m not sure what wattle seeds taste like, or if it is good idea to eat them, but this brew tastes a bit like a dunkel or a schwarzbier - roasted grains, caramel, smooth, with a hint of herbs, and a mild aftertaste. Very nice.
ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a small, fizzy off-white head.
Smell: Light aroma akin to an herbal tea with an earthy, roasted nuttiness.
Taste: Altogether earthy, nutty flavor with a very subtle caramel sweetness. Finishes crisp.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Fine carbonation.
Drinkability: Wattle they think of next? dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2007
This beer pours a deep mahogany with a thin white head leaving no lacing down the sides. The aromas are coffee, malt and spices. The flavors emulate this. It is a little fry which is kinda surprising I guess. Plenty of lively carbonation though. I really liked this beer. It is different. Cheers! enenalan (21) - Linden, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2008
What in God’s name was that?!? Kinda reminded me of those Italian pinyon nut cookies at Christmas. This beer was so rich, I even had a hard time finishing it. Pour was a deep amber with a medium head. Aroma was, well, wattle seed which is somewhere between hay and honey. Very distinctive. Flavor was, again, wattle seed...sort of a combination between tea, carmel, and butter. Again, think pinyon cookies. The beer was good. Would I drink it again, yes. But very, very strange stuff... Maverick34 (3303) - New York, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Bottled (of course). I rather liked this. Pours a reddish darkish shade w/smallish head. Aroma is some chox & malts, and somethng else - Wattle? Who knows what wattle smells like outside of Oz? Not me. Taste I guess is similar but faintly herby? SOme very mild hops. Not too thick, not much aftertaste. Enjoyable. cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Dark chestnut color with a medium sized white cap and lots of spotty lacing, the color is rather intriguing. Pleasant, abundant aroma of sugary raisins and sweet breads with fresh flowers and a hint of milk. Smooth on the palate with a nice filling body. Lightly sweet and has a great rolling creamy finish. This treat reminds me of a bock beer in many regards. Blended flavor of dark sugary fruits, and buttered bread. Nice floral taste coupled by some sweet spices. Unique flavor that is also familiar, over all it’s a touch too sweet for my liking. Still comes off as a nice beer in itself.