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Baumé - Half Acre Beer Company

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very good

102 Reviews
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Reviews: 102
Hads: 302
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 46
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-20-2009

Big, but not huge, this American Chocolate Rye Stout fires off a lot of coffee and chocolate notes. Balances well, but rides high on hop character at 60 IBU's while the Rye finishes it dry.
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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a wonderful extra from Peesie, thank you good sir..
melting the wax off with delicate precision..
marveling at the description..
dark brown nectar beguiles my tongue, daring me to identify all the flavors within. the body billows, rye snapping like the wind to the sails, hops anchoring themselves into the crevices. the roastiness a blanket encapsulating; sharks in the water..
an absolute treat and a reminder of why beers are brewed. they are to be fun to make and fun to drink, to share with friends. i will remember the rye and the hops with the next stout i brew. thank you half acre, and thank you, joe

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Photo of tomgetz
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass from bomber bottle purchased at brewery.

A: deep, dark black with two fingers of tan head that fades quickly.

S: smells of a stout with a hint of hops.

T: on first taste, this seems like a classic stout. However, the bitterness of the rye really comes through.

M: great dense feel.

O: unique stout that is worthy of a try.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance; Pours a chocolate brown color with ruby highlights with a big tan head that leaves behind some shards of lace

Smell: Pumpernickel rye bread, shaved chocolate and pith

Taste: Starts out roasty, with the pumpernickel rye character that gets spicy from the rye malt and the hops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate flavor adds another dimension, but this is still a rather hoppy stout through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation, but a considerable prickly character

Overall: Very impressed by this brew; while it has strongly contrasting flavors, it packs a wallop of flavor at a fairly reasonable ABV

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Photo of curtiswvu
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good Rye Stout. For me it is low enought in ABV to even session (I rarely ever dip below 6%).

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A. Nice mohagany brown with a black middle that you can not see through. Wonderful rye brown head of about two fingers, with great big bubbles.

T. Delcious, biscut cookies, coffee grounds, the rye shines in a great way at the finish. Man this would make a wonderful holiday time stout. Just enough bitter on the finish to make it rock.

M. Perfect full body, everything I want in a stout. Alcohol is well hid.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is flagged as a chocolate rye stout. The rye notes definitely play a big part here and provide a spiciness and savory aspect to what could have been a very dessert forward, chocolate stout. The body is medium - full, pleasantly coating the mouth. I'm getting pumpernickel rye bread here - almost like rye toast with a sliver of chocolate spread on it, washed down with a pot of diner grade coffee. I've had this in hand for a good few months but still get a liberal dosing of the hops in here that provide another level of complexity here. Overall it seems to me like this sits between a stout and a brown ale. As it warms plenty more toffee notes and a little nuttiness comes in. To be honest, I care not too much for the labeling but more on the quality of the beer and this for me is a hit! I'm beginning to get a taste for rye beers, and this is one that uses that base very interestingly indeed.

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Photo of dlello2
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with slivers of red around the edges.

S - Chocolate. Nice smell not too intense.

T - First it's smooth and nondescript, then comes the chocolate on the middle of the tongue, then coffee, then lingering coffee/cocoa bean bitterness. The 7% alcohol never shows up. Chocolate hangs out on the back of my tongue and on the edges of my mouth. The rye is kind of escaping me, maybe some in the aftertaste.

O - This was a good beer. I'm happy to have tried it. I wouldn't necessarily seek it out again, but would be happy if it crossed my path.

Edit: It did cross my path. 2012 version, a few months old, out of the bottle: Much more rye heavy. Awesome bittersweet cocoa roastiness throughout. Similar to Everett by HF (I know... strange comparison) in it's lingering, delicious aftertaste. A great improvement over last year for me.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a dark, dark black with a dark khaki head. The head retains for ages, is very creamy, and left a bunch of sticky lace coating the glass.

S: Aromas of spicy rye, bitter bakers chocolate, cocoa nibs, toasted pumpernickel bread, and lemony/herbal hops.

T: Big whack of spicy, spicy rye followed bye earthy and herbal hops. Bitter dark chocolate and lemon in the finish.

M: Dry, spicy, and peppery. Lips and tongue got quite tingly during the finish.

D: Very nice. Our first experience with anything brewed in their brand new brewwery.

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Photo of jsh420
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark brown almost black with a 2 finger tan head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of milk chocolate roasted malts

taste - reminds me of 3F Black Sun Stout and other irish dry stouts - pretty hoppy (floral) then the dry ashy bitter chocolate malt

mouthfeel is a medium/light body with plenty of carbonation - very dry finish

overall - a crazy drinkable dry stout - drinking this made me think of other stouts that are as good that are made year round since this is a one time wonder - glad i got to sip on this one

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Photo of areich6
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with about two centimeters of head. Leaves a bit of lacing as the head recedes.

S: Faint roasty malts and a slight bit of hoppiness. Nothing really sticks out with the smell. Pretty standard for a stout.

T: Excellent representation of a plain American Stout. Greaty roasty characteristics coupled with a bit of coffee and a small amount of noticable hoppy bitterness. The Rye is very noticable and adds a unique quality to this beer.

M: Very smooth, drinkable, and creamy. Very pleasant going down the throat.

O: This a fine American Stout. As far as regular non whatever barrel aged stouts go, this is one of the better stouts I've had.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, split and served in a shaker pint

appearance: dark mahogany body, thick foamy chocolate head, creamy lace

smell: roasted malt, rye, chocolate, coffee, light leafy hops

taste: really nice stout - the rye provides some nice spicy notes. Chocolate, coffee and roasted malts carry the way. The hops are present but quite mellow - this one has some age so i can't say what it was like fresh, but i really like what it is now

mouthfeel: creamy medium body, some spice from the rye, some bitterness from the hops

drinkability: strong

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is black with an inch of beige cap. The aroma brings big dark roast, chocolate, light spice, a touch of hops. The flavor offers a big roasted malt and chocolate bill with hints of coffee and smoke. Rye character emerges mid to late palate and really adds a nice touch. Medium to full bodied and smooth. A delicious beer. I'd have this again.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very rich coffee and spicy rye flavor, deep roast, creamy body in a relatively low ABV package. Totally satisfying, not the least bit thin or watery. Would work nicely with a light barrel treatment ... or as a hearty breakfast beer.

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Photo of mecummins
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- poured a dark rich solid brown color. 2 1/2 finger dark tan head with wonderful lacing creeping up the sides of the glass. Settles to a thick film for most of the drink.

S- the rye malts dominate this aroma. Under it is a lightly bitter notes of milk chocolate and espresso. There is a peppery quality and maybe a hint if earth.

T- again, the rye dominates the taste. The chewy, slightly peppery flavor of rye hits you first and lingers. A bit of the milk choloate creeps through. I could detect a roasted grain note. I didn't get any coffee flavor at all. There's an almost smokey note there as well. Very mild hops on the tail, but the rye flavor really over takes any subtle nuances.

M- the mouthfeel was creamier & smoother than expected. Not a whole lot if carbonation. The finish was moderate & dry.

O- a nicely done rye stout (if you don't like the flavor it scent if rye, why drink a rye stout after all?). I would have like a bit more layering of flavors, but overall a very solid beer.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to MarkFy for the hookup on this beer. I reached out to BA to get some Half Acre goodness and Mark responded in a big way. Cheers, sir!

Pouring into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. It's a dark brown/black with a 1-2 finger medium tan dimpled foam. Good retention and lacing.

Delicously inviting caraway seed with dark chocolate and a smoky molasses. Cracked black pepper spiciness cropping up as the beer gets some breathing room.

Dark, hearty bread maltiness. More of that rye-spicy flavor making an appearance here. Earthy hop, moderate to moderate-high bitterness clings firmly on and doesn't let go easily, lingering on into a medium, dry finish. Charcoal smokiness on the back-end and a brief brown sugar in the middle.

Medium-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Digging the dark malt flavors combined with a peppery/rye bread spice. Firm bitterness helps balance the brew while lending a drinkability that keeps me back for another sip. The type of beer I'd love to have easier access to and another impressive offering from a brewery that keeps churning out winners.

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Photo of billab914
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured nearly black in color with a big tan, bubbly and creamy head. The head faded but left some big thick creamy lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The rye definitely stands out in the aroma, and I love the spicy flavor that it gives it. Besides the rye there are some citrus hoppy flavors coming through as well as some roasted chocolaty flavors. Very rye forward aroma though.

The taste is also very rye focused. The rye comes through as soon as the beer hits my mouth with a sharp spiciness and finishes with a long lasting rye flavor. There is a little chocolate and roasted flavor as well as a hoppy citrusness coming through but they all take a backseat to the rye.

Mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied and carbonation is moderate to low. Drinkability is very good, I love rye flavors in beer and this showcased that excellently. I loved the way the rye blended so nicely with the chocolate and roasted stout flavors. Anyone that likes rye should drink this beer.

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Photo of crossovert
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber.

It pours a dense black (in my new duvel art glass so it is kind of hard to tell *exactly* what is going on). The head is large, foamy, and tan and leaves some very nice lacing.

Immediately the smell on this one is noticeable. For a 7% stout it is pretty fragrant. It has some solid clean dark barley malt scents, rye, some cocoa and caramel, and some slightly herbal hops. It is a really pleasant mix.

The flavor is also full flavored. It is definitely a hoppy stout, and as long as you pass the % threshold I think stouts can work well with hops. I'm glad I'm having this one fresh, the rye is really noticeable, I am not like a rye fan or anything but this one leaves a noticeable impression, not as good as a roggenbier but pretty damn interesting for a stout. Roasty and bitter malt flavors along with cocoa follow it up with some nice hop notes on the back end, even a subtle pine and fruit note.

This is a really smooth but complex brew, probably the best I have had from this brewery.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with ruby highlights and tan spotty lacing.

S - Roasty with spicy rye, hints of chocolate and coffee, slightly nutty with some herbal hops.

T - Nice touch of rye spice to start, roasty malts but not as strong as aroma, very light coffee rounded out with some citrus and herbal hops.

M - Medium body with low carbonation creating what seems like a light stout.

D - Nicely balanced and very easy drinking for 7%. Very tasty.

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Photo of azdback
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Deep, dark brown. I don't quite want to call this black. Highlights are a golden brown. Head is a beautiful three finger, light brown, frothy monster. The lace is sticky already but I'll let you know what the glass looks like at the end. It does stick pretty well. Some patchy rings and leopard spots.

Smell is of chocolate and coffee, maybe call it chocoffee?

Taste is dark roasted coffee. Some tart cherries come through. Not so much chocolate comes with the taste. There are some smokey flavors also. I'm not getting the rye flavors, but I'm okay with that because this is quite wonderful.

Mouth is what an American Stout should be. In fact I think this one is more on line with an Imperial, but just a tad watery to call it that. Rich and smooth to the end. A smidge of alcohol warm on the throat. Great beer.

Overall I really enjoyed my first Half Acre offering. I don't believe this was brewed or designed to blow my socks off or to be the next great "want", but what it was, was really really good. Thanks to injuredreserve for this extra.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to John for bringing this back from Chicago for me! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a dark brown/black with sudsy tan head that leaves lots of lacing and spotting.

Nose is super woody and roasty. Like an oak barrel filled with coffee grounds. Some smokiness comes out, and something like fresh milk.

Palate is nice and dry, like an American attempt at an irish dry stout. Carbonation is low, but adds a creamy feel to an otherwise angular stout. Not cloying or thick, but medium-bodied and roasty in flavor. I can almost get the rye, but it's hiding behind the coffee flavors and hop bitterness. Finish is pleasantly bitter and moderately long.

Notes: An all together delightful stout. When I was in Chicago, a guy at the beer store I went to talked me out of getting this bottle. I agree with his assessment that it is in no way extreme, but I think he undersold it's merits and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a solid, non-extreme stout!

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Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Conservative, beige head. Still, it leaves great sticky ring lace. Deep brown color where light passes only at the very edges of the glass.

Fresh smelling, deeply toasted malt aroma. Not quite creamy, but it's certainly smooth.

Dry, burnt toast flavor up front. Good bittering hop balance. Not much dark chocolate or coffee but this is still very flavorful. Reminds me of nearly burnt toast. Rather full busy for the style but the bubbles balance it out well.

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Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of AJacob81, way back. No BBD. 22oz into a pint glass.

Pours black, hints to dark chestnut brown at the edges. Billowing tan head; lofty, creamy and dense. Smells of mild cold coffee and chocolate with a touch of caramel sweetness. Thick and heavy in many respects. Rye and big dark/milk chocolate are here first, with some bitter coffee and roastiness. Coffee-like bitterness, dry and lengthy finish. Good full mouthfeel, chewy and really drinkable for it's density. Quite nice overall.

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Photo of Maction
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, a very dark brown, almost opaque black color. A centimeter of khaki-colored head appeared, and left random lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Initallially, earthy cocoa and coffee. But more sniffings brought floral hops, and fresh linen.

T: Very interesting battle between dry chocolate and coffee from the rye stout, and floral and citrus from the hops. This beer has a very long finish, which seems to flip between to malts and hops several times.

M: Surprisingly light feel, but not foamy or sparkling. It felt more like ale from an engine.

D: Between the lighter mouthfeel and interesting finish, I could easily see myself putting down a couple of pints of this in an evening.

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Photo of pschul4
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up on a whim just to support my local HA

A- Pours a quite dark brown with a huuuge tan head that is still receding over 60 seconds later

S- Definitely pick up some rye spiciness along with some nice roast chocolate

T- Rye spice and chocolate big in the taste. Its a very unique flavor for and honestly I kind of like it

M- Nice and smooth with a decent viscosity. Take note other stout brewers!

O- Never had anyhting like this. That being said I would like to try more rye chocolate stouts

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a 50cl mug.

A; A very pretty looking beer to be sure. Steep black with a thick and pillowy, coco brown head that stands two inches high and slowly works its way down into a half inch cap.

S: Loads of rye spice, bits of dry, dark chocolate with touches of citrusy hops. Sings of a well constructed beer certainly.

T/MF: Good amounts of spicy rye, deep roasted malts and coffee and like previous reviewers have mentioned there is also a healthy hop presence in this beer that gives it a little extra dryness and a bit of citrus fruitiness as well. Finish is long, clings to the back of the tongue and imparts deeper, mellower notes of the initial rye spice and baker's chocolate bitterness.

D: It's been a while since I've had a stout and I like what I'm getting out of this one. An good sipper, interesting flavor profiles and goes down easily. Sad to see the end of this bottle.

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Photo of EricCioe
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours an opaque brown with a dry looking two finger sandy head that leaves good lace. On the nose there is a great combination of chocolate malt and spicy rye with toasted grain underneath. In the mouth there is the combination of roasted malts with slightly bitter coffee-like notes mixing with the rye. It seems simple when you spell it out but it's a really great taste and an especially great aroma. This would probably be a good beer without the rye but the spiciness adds quite a bit of interest for me. The finish is long with the chocolate and espresso aromas fading away leaving a nice spicy rye to hang out for a spell. Overall I like this beer a good deal, and it has me wondering why rye stouts aren't as common as, say, oatmeal stouts. This is definitely a beer I'll be looking for again and a style I'll keep my eye out for. Half Acre has a really great and unique stout on their hands here, and I hope it becomes a regular in their lineup.

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Baumé from Half Acre Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.