Baumé - Half Acre Beer Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 264 | Reviews: 97 | Display Reviews Only:
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
12-16-2011 03:55:15 | More by BrewerB
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
05-02-2010 01:52:55 | More by billab914
4.24/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
03-24-2013 19:55:57 | More by mecummins
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
07-16-2011 05:03:10 | More by azdback
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
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!
05-03-2011 02:37:54 | More by SFLpunk
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
05-13-2009 15:32:01 | More by Maction
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
05-25-2014 19:28:11 | More by smcolw
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
07-02-2011 02:32:45 | More by brewcrew76
4.18/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
11-24-2010 19:00:32 | More by liamt07
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
03-12-2010 03:33:15 | More by bluemoonswoon
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
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
04-12-2012 04:22:04 | More by pschul4
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
Got my Great Lakes flip top growler filled at the Half Acre Beer Co. on Tuesday 3/8/2011, drunk on 3/10/2011. The brew was served in American pint glasses and enjoyed with my lady friend. First pour is after growler warmed up for 25 minutes in room temperature environment. All subsequent pours got warmer as the growler was left out of the fridge, but recapped each time. This review is from my notes.
A- Pours a mostly dark brown, not quite black. The light that does penetrate shows mahogany highlights around the edges. The carbonation in this fill is right on target, even after three days (gotta love the flip top). I get a nice 2 finger, tan, foamy head that recedes rather quick, but doesn't disappear. A thin 2cm cap remains. All six glasses pour the same.
S- Initial chocolate, followed by roasted malts and coffee, finishes with a bit of that spicy rye kick. Over all the smell of this beer is very well rounded and pleasing to the nose.
T- The taste is very similar to the smell, starting with chocolate up front (also the strongest character), then mostly espresso with some more roasted malt. The rye I do get comes at the end with a somewhat spicy character. What rye is noticeable definitely works, but I would actually like a bit more.
M- Smooth, creamy, medium/full body, with some rough edges from the rye ending. Right on for style.
This is a tasty beer, not terribly complex, but highly drinkable. It's very well made and well balanced, a must try for any fan of Half Acre or American Stouts.
Pairing Notes: This brew was acquired for the intention of a nice little beer dinner with the lady. Only one course and a dessert, we didn't go crazy. For dinner I made a Jambalaya with Zataran's Jambalaya mix and some quality Polish Kielbasa. The semi-spicy character of the seasonings along the smoked sausage brought out much of the roasted gran in the beer. Again, this resulted in chocolate and coffee flavors, the rye being mostly absorbed (Note: the beer was initially reviewed before eating any food for a pure beer flavor judgment). I highly suggest pairing this beer with a fairly spicy food - Mexican, Cajun, BBQ, etc., but not too spicy, just enough to play with. The dessert was the real prize match, though. I picked up two slices of Sour Cherry Pie from Erwin Cafe (on Halstead), along with what appeared to be homemade vanilla ice cream. The ice cream didn't wow me, but the cherry pie, world class on its own, made the beer taste just like a great Italian espresso. Pair this brew with fruit desserts, maybe a fruit tart or your own favorite cherry pie, and be in for delicious treat.
03-11-2011 20:16:30 | More by CMB2012
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
Pours into a 24 oz. Spaten glass with two fingers of sticky lace, and a cratered lunar surface. The dimples sink in, and after a few minutes there's a good skim still left, with a fresh coating on the interior of the glass. It was black with a crimson glint showing in the meniscus when backlit. Dry roast aroma, fairly subtle.
Dry bready pumpernickel and bakers chocolate, spicy with hops or rye elements. Lots of roastiness. If you like dark unsweetened chocolate, the 90% cacao stuff, this stout is definitely one for you. The hops linger in the dry aftertaste, adding a leafy element to the residual chocolate and roast. The body is medium, just short of full, which is an asset. A bomber is the perfect size to get acquainted with this Rye Stout, and definitely not while double-fisting with another beer, duh. Definitely impressed by this, glad to see Half Acre flexing their creative muscles...make this year round guys!!
04-22-2009 23:49:07 | More by emerge077
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
Split a 22oz bomber; poured into a tulip pint.
A: Pours a near black with some red hues and a latte head.
S: Chocolate and roast hit you first, but a strong, but subtle sourness following.
T: The tang from the rye is present and accounted for. Chocolate is there also, but the finish is all bitter hops...very dynamic!
D: Alcohol is well-hidden, mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and the modest ABV makes finishing a bomber of this an easy task.
Overall: A very subtly delicious offering from Half-Acre. This beer is part English RIS, part rye beer and all delicious. Like they suggest on their site, "Specialty Brew. Get it when you see it."
03-18-2011 04:48:23 | More by JohnnyChicago
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
04-24-2011 02:56:09 | More by EricCioe
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
22oz bomber poured into Chimay chalice.
A: pours pitch black with ever so slight passage when held to the light. Nice creamy looking dense head with good retention.
S: very nice on the nose with hints of chocolate, a bit of rye, a huge earthy hop character. Very interesting nose, reminds me slightly of Old Rasputin. I wish the rye came through a bit stronger, but nevertheless.. very nice smell.
T: the front of the palate has the chocolate and roasted malt characteristics which then turn into the hops. The finish is all hops, both spicy and earthy with a touch of heat on the end.
MF: medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat silky on the mouthfeel
D:another solid offering in the line up of Half Acre beers. I enjoyed this one much more than the Big Hugs as I found the flavors to be bolder and more complex. Too bad this is such a limited release.
03-03-2010 03:28:35 | More by homebrew311
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
Bottle poured into pint glass
Appearance: soft white head that dissipates into lacing on top of a coal black brew.
Scent: Crispy rye, coffee, chocolate and earth tones.
Taste: Thick crisp rye, chocolate flavors with an earthy hops profile. Ends with a cream character, a little dry and a lurking bitterness.
Overall, this is a great stout. Nothing much to improve on; with some aging, this might be winner.
04-02-2011 01:03:14 | More by wmtxbb
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
I just picked this up from the brewery. And man, did this have a nice aroma. It was robust rustic. There were some earthy tones, like fresh soil mixed with coffee grounds.
The taste had a wrought iron nature to it. It had a dry roasted characteristic throughout. For the most part the flavor followed the aroma. The hops certainly came through and lent a nice bitterness. For me the rye was lingering in the background as support.
D: I couldn't drink this all night. This was a sipping brew. A bomber was all I needed; anything more and I would have grown tired of it.
Overall: Was it hopped? - Yes. Was there a rye aspect? - Yes. Was it stout? - Yep. This was a beer worth trying. To me the rye took a supportive role. The stout aspect took center stage while the hops acted like the rug that tied everything together.
03-22-2011 23:38:22 | More by LacquerHead
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
A-Pours a midnight black with three fingers of light brown head.
S-Big notes of chocolate with a hint of roast with some vanilla and a hint of earthy hops.
T-Dark chocolate with some herbal hops finishes dry and a little roasty.
M-Pretty creamy without being too thick, moderately carbonated and a little crisp.
D-A really easy drinking and solid stout. The "handsomely hopped" billing didn't really come through for me, nor did the rye, but nevertheless a very delicious beer.
01-05-2011 05:13:29 | More by samie85
Baumé from Half Acre Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.