Black Wattle Original Ale – A Guest Review by “Coops”
Being from Australia, I like to support Aussie brewers. It’s my patriotic and moral duty, especially when they construct a beer with high alcohol content (5.8%)! This particular bottle of Australian Black Wattle Original Ale from Barons Brewing Co has celebratory stickers claiming a vote of ‘Best in the World’! By whose yard stick? The 2008 J D Wetherspoon International Real Ale Festival.
My purchase was not swayed by these prestigious reviews of the bottle’s content. Instead, the wife and I were taken aback at the packaging’s assertion that every bottle contains the ‘Flavour of Australia’. Being True-Blue Aussies, we were curious and worried since neither of us had thought to define Australia’s taste before!
So we bought a six pack, hoping it wasn’t full of bull-dust and dead blow-flies.
Black Wattle Original Ale is brewed using a blend of Australian and European malts. (In my opinion this immediately dilutes claims of a purely Australian heritage.)
Several tasters I Googled spruik of “a rich flavour base of caramel with a hint of chocolate”. Maybe I was missing the taste buds to detect these nuances, but it is a full-bodied beer with vague aromas along these lines.
“The smooth malt flavours are lightly hopped and then infused with roasted Wattle Seed, bringing a unique and authentic Australian flavour to this fine red ale.” Hops are not prevalent, I’ll give them that. It is smooth, pleasant to drink and quite red in colour.
Then there were some ravings about food matching characteristics.
Yeah, it would be good to drink it with dinner. Or by itself. Or with some salty snacks.
I enjoyed it, but to me the ‘Taste of Australia’ remains elusive. Forced to think about it, I imagine a concoction of BBQ’s, creek water, insect spray and dusty flies.
However, I wouldn’t want to drink anything brewed from those ingredients!
Three and a half stars.