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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 Florida9
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost black - just a bit of light coming through the edges of the glass reveal this one to be a very dark brown brew. Creamy, thick dark tan head with good retention and lacing.

S: Roasted malts. Chocolate. and a bit of sweetness.

T: Roasted malt. Dark roasted malt bitterness. Then lots of rye, with the spicy pepper pungency on the back of the tongue. A little chocolate. Rye becomes even more prevalent as the beer warms.

M: Heavier side of medium. Dry. Appropriate carbonation. Rye spiciness.

D: A good beer. Complex enough to be interesting, but simple enough to be an easy drinker.

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Photo of MCain04
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, served into a 12 oz snifter.

A: Dark brown with a small, light tan head, quickly dissipates, good lacing though.

S: Rye malts and spicey, some piney hops.

T: Rye malts and piney, floral hops present throughout, not as roasty as I'd expect for a stout. Bitter finish, hint of dark chocolate.

M: Moderate carbonation, smooth body, very drinkable, slightly dry.

O: Very different, a light, dry stout with a different take. Not as complex as it could be, but certainly off the beaten path. Probably not a beer I'd frequent but definitely enjoyed.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black bodied stout with a small brownish head. Low retention but strong creamy lacing remains on the glass. Roasty bittersweet chocolate aroma, hint of rye, some hopping evident in the smell as well; I get bitter citrusy and floral notes wafting around under the more prominent and typical stout characteristics.

Complex flavors; good roastiness and dark chocolate flavor; spicy, vaguely mineral quality imparted by the rye; again notes of citrus hops lurk around the periphery; late emerging espresso flavor. Medium body, med-high carbonation that’s pretty lively for the style. Retains some smoothness in the mouthfeel nevertheless.

This is a pretty nice stout that hits some unusual notes with the rye and more prominent hops than you’d expect. Not the usual fare and a nice change-up from that. Definitely worth a flyer.

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Photo of Benish
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Very minimal brown head built up and which broke down quickly. No remaining foam at the surface and no lacings present along the glass.

Beer is jet black in color; absolutely dark; no light penetration.

Aroma is fantastic! Smelled kind of like cookies, maybe Oreo's. Also plenty of vanilla! This is probably the most impressive aspect of this beer. It just smells so rich. Makes me wonder what to expect upon first sip.

Taste-wise it's fantastic but the aroma is deceptive as I expected a touch of sweetness. But upon sipping it, it is actually more bitter. Tasted unsweetened chocolate; the kind of stuff you use for baking. Also some black coffee. I'm not sure how rye is supposed to stand out in a stout but possibly it contributes to the bitterness. The bitterness is not overpowering; it just lingers around in the mouth; it doesn't wreck your palate like a serious IPA can. Flavors overall are not that complex but it's still good.

This beer has a light to medium body. Nothing that sinks in your mouth like imperial stouts. It does have that nice creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic.

Overall this beer is pretty sessionable in my opinion. It clocks in at only 6.5% (stated on the bottle) so a bomber is easy to finish up myself. I like the flavors but I love smell!

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from 2010.

Pours opaque black with a half inch head of tan and a solid skim coat with webbed lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with bitter chocolate, Oreo shells, charcoal, nougat, and coffee gounds. A bit of smoke and crushed mint follow through.

Medium to full bodied with tacky, chewy mouthfeel. A bit thin for the style and lightly grainy.

Burnt malt, bakers chocolate, espresso, and charred bits start the palate. A hint of a menthol-peppercorn undercurrent seems oddly placed.

Finishes with lingering char, acrid malt, coffee, and shades of vapor-rub.

Decent enough stout but the mint/menthol thing is a bit weird. Slightly ashy and acrid with a mild grainy character from the Rye.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle purchased during my trip to DLD in April 2010.

Appearance: The pour into my Spiegelau tulip yields a solid two fingers of tan head crowning an opaque black beer. I was slightly worried about this beer as I’m not sure how the carbonation would fare after a year plus, but this has plenty of carbonation and then some. Very solid looking stout.

Smell: A nice roasted bitterness hits the nose right off the bat. I definitely pick up some spiciness from the rye malts, and some citrus and pine bitterness from the “handsome” amount of hops in this beer. Aside from those two, this beer smells like a stout should. The back-end has some chocolate and toffee sweetness, and the toasted grain bill can be evidenced as well.

Taste: This is exactly like the nose, with the exception of the hop bitterness being almost completely replaced by a residual vanilla and toffee sweetness that makes for a much more complex and pleasing flavor combination.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I was expecting, but it gives the sensation of a much fuller mouthfeel. I can’t tell if that’s on account of the rye or what, but this beer is definitely heavier than the 7% would suggest.

Drinkability: Normally, I’m not a huge fan of dry-hopped stouts, but something about the spiciness of the rye helps offset the bitterness of the hops and makes for a very pleasing balance in this beer. And, at 7%, this beer is a sipper, but it’s not a nurser, and I like it.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter

This beer pours a nice decent blackness topped by an off white foam that fades to lacing only. The smell is nice. I get aromatics of herbal hops and dark roast coffee. The espresso aroma smells almost of smoked coffee beans, it's rather nice. The flavor is a smoked woodsy malt flavor. There is a touch of grapefruit from the hops. Most of the flavor is drown out by the coffee with I know to be located in this beer. There is an acidic nature that comes along with the coffee that's a tad off-putting. The mouthfeel was pretty decent for an average stout. There is just something off about how all of the flavors work together and with the acidity. It's a pretty darn good beer, but I feel there is room for improvement.

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Photo of alexipa
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Almost completely opaque black with a thin tan head that dissipates almost instantly. I love the color but the head does not instill confidence in this one off the bat.

S: Hoooo yeah. Rye hits you straight away, followed by a nice creamy coffee/chocolate scent. Burnt malt and generic hops round it out. Complex and fantastic.

T: A strong burnt malt flavor along with a generic bitterness, followed by the rye and sweet chocolaty malts i was really looking for. There's way more bitterness then I wanted here, and it's not a peppery rye bite like I expected. I wish they would have let the rye shine through a bit more.

M: Excellent carbonation and a creamy medium to full body. Goes down real nice.

O: This is so nearly a good beer. Nailed the appearance, scent, even mouthfeel but the generic bitterness held it back. Next time I want a beer like this, I'll be reaching for Wookey Jack.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a opaque black body with a pig bubbly tan head that fades quickly. The only carbonation that can be seen is a few tiny bubbles that glide to the surface up the sides of the glass.

S- The smell of coffee roasted black malt shows through an otherwise clean aroma with some very light chemical cleaner notes in the finish.

T- This beer has a full spicy rye flavor that leads to a green hop quality in the finish. There is a soft dark roasted malt flavor that comes through a bit as the beer warms. The finish has a green hop bitterness that grows as the beer warms but there is also a full spicy rye flavor that is incorporated into the finish. The finish has a slight sweaty taste to the rye aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no fizz or alcohol noticed.

D- This beer has a nice big rye flavor but the stout itself is pretty soft and subtle. The finish is a bit tangy with a pretty large bitterness.

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Photo of DoppleJock
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.
2009/2010 edition.

A: Poured a dense, super-dark black/brown with 1-inch tan head. Lots of carbonation pitting. Really good lacing. Faint brown around the edges of the glass when held up to light.

S: Earthy, roasted malts with a fair amount of coffee.

T: Tastes like it smells but there is a minor bitter rye aftertaste. Wish it was a little more complex.

M: A little thin, but it definitely makes it more drinkable.

D: A good American stout, but I wish there were more rye smells/flavors present for a beer labeled as a "rye stout." Between Half Acre's two stouts, I prefer the bolder Big Hugs Imperial Stout over this one.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice near black pour with tan thick head that stays for some time! Lots of cling lace remains.

S - Smoky, toasty malts, cocoa, and some rye sharpness.

T - Flavors are not as deep as the smell implies, but still nice. Taste follow smell but in a lighter fashion. The rye almost gives it a sour note at finish, which I am not sure I care for.

M - Creamy, but has less dimension than anticipated. Good carb and coating.

D - This is not a session for me.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle that I brought back from Chicago.

appears jet black, opaque. nice 2 inch tan fluffy head that remains to the end. a lot of lacing.

aroma is a little hops and rye, not your typical stout.

as stated on the bottle, tastes hoppy for a stout. the rye taste is subtle, its more that you notice the lack of the normal roasty malt flavor. interesting, but good. balanced, not too strong in any direction.

lower carbonation, creamy head, smooth. easy to work through the big bottle quickly

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Photo of PieOhMy
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter.

A Pours runny black. Leaves about one finger of khaki head. Slight carbonation.

S Black licorice is heavy. Rye for sure. Subtle hints of caramel and cocoa. Dark fruit, plum and raisin.

T Right up front is rye. Coffee beans are very prominent as well. Extremely bitter and hoppy. Both the grainy rye and bitter coffee linger. Very potent are both of these flavors.

M Pretty thin for the style. Finishes rough, but in a good way. Dry. The bitterness and roasted coffee leave a tremendous aftertaste.

O Very enjoyable. Rye beers are so unique and this is a good example. The flavors, mostly roasted coffee and rye, mesh well. The aroma hinted at a little more than was there in the flavor. Powerful aftertaste. I like a good dry bitter stout (though this comes close to a Scotch ale) every now and then. Glad I had it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A superior stout from Chicago trip of 5 months back. Well features rye spicy characteristic, hops not overpowering and lending some citrus to the chocolate flavour , some ageing probably helping there. Very creamy thick, lasting head, thick chocolate. A nice drinker.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz bottle. Pours a deep, ruby black, with a moderate head that settles down to a light cocoa colored 3'4 inch layer of foam. Aroma is dominated by roasted coffee notes, but these are a bit restrained, and not as overpowering as found in other examples of the style. Coffee also predominates in taste, but there is also the subtlest evidence of some flowery/herbal presence in the background, which I find unusual for a stout, but welcome nonetheless. Mouthfeel is extremely well rounded, and not at all cloying or heavy. Overall, a very interesting take on the style, and in fact, it probably ranks among my favorite stouts.

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Photo of ejquin
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with thin white head that provides good lacing

A: Spicy anise with milk chocolate and espresso. Pumpernickel breadiness

T/M: Good mouthfeel, maybe slightly thin. Robust flavor, but with the mouthfeel comes off more like an imperial or baltic porter. Nicely spicy and hoppy with a good dose of bitterness.

D; above average

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, but does look a little thin and the head is whispy.

The rye aroma is strong and the peppery spice works with the charred malt and coffee.

Chocolate pops in the flavor. The roasted malt is heavy. Good piney and earthy hop addition. Rye in the finish.

A tad thin, good carbonation.

A very good beer, but would be better with a beefy body.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge head, way too big, extremely foamy. It's got nice thick lacing, and is black to the core, but the head is just HUGE.

S: Chocolatey, a touch of spice but overall the rye does not come through very strong at all. In fact nothing about this beers smell is strong. It's not bad, it's actually quite soft and smooth and...soothing. But it's not potent.

T: The rye comes through much stronger in the taste, sort of thinning it out a little. No rye spices, but it counteracts the sweetness that I think would be present if this was just a straight American Stout of 7% alcohol. Still, there isn't much intensity here. Which is a good thing. Complex without being a tongue lashing.

M: Smooth, almost creamy and thin at the same time though.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of Wkcyr4. Thanks Wendall.

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black in color. There's a khaki colored head of about an inch on top of the beer. Smell is roasted malts and an abundance of piney hops. Contrary to the masses, I particularly don't like my stouts to be this hoppy, but for what it is, it's enjoyable. Very smooth and easy drinking. There's a very high amount of bitterness in the mouthfeel. This is a very well done beer, without any flaws that I can see. Just a bit overly hopped for my personal tastes. Well done and the beer is gone in the blink of an eye. The rest of the beer becomes more balanced once it starts to warm up a bit. Solid offering.

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Photo of BacklitAvenger
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown on the pour but completely black in the glass even when it's only a third or half full. Dirty blonde head tops the thing off, fading quickly and leaving rather sparse spots of foam down the sides of the glass. Held to the light it is opaque with small mahogeny highlights at the bottom of my glass.

Smell - Roasted malt and fruity ester notes predominate. Coffee-ish tones come through as well.

Taste - Bittersweet chocolate and soft black malts to begin. Mid sip there's those fruity esters again, followed by a spicy/bready rye flavor. Sweetness comes through here and there, but the finish is dry and bitter, finishing with full-force roast bitterness and hop bitterness together. Good, but just not a standout.

Mouthfeel - Moderately thick, with a prickly carbonation. Carbonation is medium low but properly offsets the slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability - The bitter finish and the slick/thick mouthfeel consipre with the alcohol in the top/middle of the range for stouts makes this less than sessionable. Not a bad brew by any means, rather tasty in fact, and local, the brewery being about three blocks from my house. But this is not as thirst-quenching/inducing as some drier stouts.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of dark tan head after the pour. Beneath the head is a straight black color . The foam leaves a little lacing after each sip. A layer of foam lasts for almost all 22 ounces.

Roasty malts, charred chocolate nibs, coffee, cream, and a little spice from the rye I believe make up this stouts nose.

Roasty, nutty, and spicey flavors hits the palate upfront. A creamy and oily palate seems to enhance a super charred bitterness. The finish has lots of chocolate and coffee with some of that rye spiciness. The middle just put me off a little.

Smooth and tasty beer that is borderline sessionable just because of the abv.%. Glad I bought this beer and would reccomend it to any stout aficionado.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Lakeview Binny's. Thought I'd give it a go while marking for a course I'm teaching. Appropriately poured in a Half Acre pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of dark tan foam that dissipates to a thin cap and leaves patchy lacing behind. Body is a very, very, dark brown that has a slight hint of transparency at the fringes of the glass.

S - Dark chocolate, zesty rye malt, roasted malts, cake, and a touch of orange citrus hoppiness. Quite potent, and smells as complex as stouts that are much higher in ABV.

T - Yikes, this didn't translate from the aroma very well. Mostly bitterness, char, and earth - the sweet flavors don't seem to have carried over at all, and there's a hint of cardboard as well. As it warms things get a little sweeter, but not by much. Finishes bitter and roasty, but flavors lasting into the aftertaste.

M - Carbonation is pretty tingly with a touch of burn to it. Otherwise it's a smooth medium-light body that leaves behind light residual stickiness.

D - The bitterness and burnt, earthy, flavors get a little tiring, as does the carbonation. Otherwise the pleasant texture, low ABV, and aroma make this fairly appropriate for sessions.

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Photo of younger35
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew from my main man in Chi-Town Mr. Joe1510. Loves me a good Rye Stout and it's not a style you find too much. Drank from my New Glarus Drink Indigenous pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a pitch black with a nice creamy dark tan head that has some serious staying power. A beautiful cap and collar is maintained along with a ton of thick ringed lacing.
Smell- Nice chocolaty nose right from the start with a definite brownie batter thing going on. The rye doesn't smell overly powerful and I'm not 100% sure I'd guess it was in there if I didn't know otherwise. Definitely a bit of hops in here as well as I get that sort of resiny pine bite.
Taste- Wow, very intense stout that sort of surprises me right from the get go. The hop bite is intense as hell with a super dank resiny bitterness. The rye I didn't necessarily get in the nose, is no stranger here. It's sharp and spicy and like the hops, pretty intense. I would definitely describe the beer as more of a dark IPA with some rye rather than a Rye Stout. The roast is definitely there but no chocolate or coffee really shows. The finish is hoppy, spicy and fairly bitter.
Mouthfeel- Super duper creaminess with a light carbonation. Not really that big of a body though as I'd describe it more as medium.
Drinkability- Not bad but a little too hoppy for the style. You don't really expect this kind of bitterness in a stout. The rye might be a bit more enjoyable as well if the hops were toned down ever so slightly. Still though, this is very drinkable and I'm digging it. Thank much Joseph!

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A dark, but comfortably opaque black color, with a 2 cm thick coffee color head. Not really much retention or any lacing.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate malt, roasted aromas. A touch of dry rye malt as well, but no real hops here.

Taste: I like the slight rye kick. It starts with a bit of coffee and chocolate flavors, with that rye dryness stepping in and completely changing the dynamic of the flavor. Some herbal hops add some depth and complexity, and the finish is slightly bitter, but it also reminds me of how it started - coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: The added rye really drys out the feel, creating a less sticky and easier on the mouth feel. Smooth, with medium carbonation and a fuller than medium body.

Drinkability: I liked the rye addition, but the flavor just did not blow me away. It seems like this falls in the zone of stouts that are not full enough to rock my world but not quite small enough to be easy drinkers.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from early 2010 into a snifter; shared at a tasting.

A: Black body with reddish highlights; decent layer of fine tan bubbles that settle into a ring. Ok.

S: Big, husky, sweet + spicy aroma. Creme-brulee style toastedness + some serious rye spice. I kind of dig it.

T: Sweet caramel up front, followed by the rye husk and spice. A little roasty, but not as much as I'd expect from a stout. Salty and dry on the finish. Interesting, but not that great.

M: A little on the thin side for a stout, but nicely filled with fine, understated carbonation.

O: This definitely wasn't my favorite beer of the night, but it was pretty darn good. I've been liking rye beers more and more lately, and this one doesn't disappoint when it comes to the spiciness and earthy intensity of a serious rye brew. Even after a year this one is a bit harsh, though, and I can't imagine that more time would really help a 7% stout; I won't be looking for more when I'm back in Chicago later this month, but I wouldn't turn it down if someone offered it to me.


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