Baumé - Half Acre Beer Company

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 298
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 4.33%
Wants: 48
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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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 sweemzander
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Some tan froth and lace.

(S)- A nice mellow roasted grain and subtle spice. Bits of cocoa and raisin.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice combo of cocoa, raisin, subtle spice, and roasted grain.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Good balanced roasted bits and smooth but rich malts.

(D)- A nice stout for sure. Balanced and easy drinking. Well done. (456 characters)

Photo of Jaycase
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. 8.2 degrees Baumé

a: black as night. thick tan colored head.

s: roasty malts. chocolate.

t: chocolate. roasted malts. some coffee on the tail end. a rye spiciness accents the flavor

m: smooth and creamy. medium body. finishes a tad dry

o: decent stout. not on the same level as Big Hugs in my opinion but that is an imperial stout of course. rye adds a nice accent, not dominant in any way. Not sure I'd seek this out again but glad I had a chance to try it. (479 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served in a DFH signature glass. 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a thick dark black with a one finger khaki colored head forming on the pour. The head recedes to a thin film and ring. Splotchy sheets of lace are left on the glass.

S: Big notes of chocolate and rye bread are very present up front. Some dark fruits and green leaf hops are present on the finish.

T: Rye bread spiciness and the bready malt flavors that accompany show themselves up front. The chocolate malts and general roasted flavors shine in the mid palate. The finish is mild hop bitterness.

M: Medium to heavier bodied with a medium carbonation level and semi dry roasty finish.

O: I liked the flavors the rye incorporated. It didn't dominate the chocolate flavors of the stout and it really balanced everything out. (796 characters)

Photo of areich6
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of pschul4
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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 (501 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Baume from Half Acre Brewing Company.
Score: 91

Bottle is from the 03/02/12 release. Served in a Founders tulip glass and enjoyed on 03/10/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a thin highlight strip of brown at the top of the glass. One finger of creamy milk chocolate colored head at pour settles into a lighter, khaki colored ring around the glass. Excellent lacing, superior retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Intense notes of chocolate malt, barley and rye. Milk chocolate, "dry" hops, and a light amount of toffee and caramel. 4/5

Taste: Creamy milk chocolate and rye spice throughout. Cocoa/raw chocolate, light mocha and hops on the midpalate. The beer has a "spiciness" to the flavor from the rye that grows on the palate as the beer layers and warms. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice amount (medium) carbonation that makes the spice flavors of the beer pop on the palate. Creamy mouthfeel. Bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A superior beer to Big Hugs. This is easily the best Half Acre stout that I have had to date.

Recommendation: Seek this beer out.

Pairings: Vanilla ice cream.

Cost: $7.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle. (1,178 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into a Jester King pint.

A- Pours a nice black with a 2" mocha head. Small trails and bubbles of lacing.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate, citrus.

T- Chocolate and roasted malts, slight nuttiness, nice citrus hop bitterness. Some spiciness from the rye but very noticeable.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Fairly creamy with a airy feel.

O- Very good regular stout. Like the citrus hop aroma and taste. Will buy this one yearly. (448 characters)

Photo of KDawg
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from growler into a pint glass. Pours a dark chocolate color with a frothy and foamy head

very pungent and balanced aromas of belgian chocolate, roasted malts and coffee grounds. Good depth, but lacking some complexity

Full bodied and very smooth. Not too complex with notes of belgian chocolate and roasted malts and a touch of coffee on the back end.

This is a quality stout. Well balanced and while not extremely complex, it hits the notes really well and is really enjoyable (489 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (1,117 characters)

Photo of dlello2
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (840 characters)

Photo of azdback
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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 (655 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a foamy, dense, medium brown head. Head lingers nicely and creates good lacing.

Slightly bitter smell. Roasty, chocolatey malts, dark rye, bready malt.

Taste upfront is bitter unsweetened chocolate, cocoa powder, roasted malts, and a light sweetness. A roasty cocoa bitterness follows through to the finish. Bitter finish of rye malt and semi-sweet chocolate.

Medium body and creamy with light to medium carbonation.

Fairly bitter overall with a nice roastyness and smooth body. Rye adds some interestingness. Enjoyable.

4/26/2011 (552 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/04/11 notes. Shared by nimbleprop; thanks Mac. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

s - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, rye, spice, and light chocolate. Mostly a roasted nose, but that rye/spice does come through a bit, which is nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, rye, chocolate, light spice, bread. Follows the nose closely.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Decently smooth to drink.

o - Overall a nice stout. Roasted characteristics dominate, but the rye isn't lost in the nose or taste. Would like to try again sometime. (654 characters)

Photo of Hamsteroceros
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into SN tulip.

A- Poured nice and black with a dark crema-colored head. So far, so good.

S- Your standard stout aromas are there: coffee, a little chocolate, roasted malt, slightly bready. I expected more rye character, though. The hops did little for me nose-wise as well.

T- Basically tastes like an odd stout. It is almost as if the rye takes it one direction and the hops are pulling in another. I find myself hoping that the next sip will be better but it just isn't happening.

M- Kinda thin, IMO. There is a nice bit of bite at the end of each sip, though. There just isn't any creaminess or richness to it. It drinks more like a runny porter.

O- "Dry-hopped rye stout?" I said(!) "Sign me up!" I came to this beer with no hyped-up expectations; only curiosity and a love of each individual component that Half Acre brought together in this beer. The flavors just didn't work together for me, unfortunately. Perhaps I'll try it again down the road. (979 characters)

Photo of COBeerBuff
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,468 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you to Pellinore1 for hooking this up in the N00B BIF 3

a - opened the bottle and filled my surly darkness tulip. classic silky stout pour with a generous mocha white head that hung out to party. lacing was semi-sticky and the beer has a nice glossy look to it.

s - no surprises here, roasted malts...a bit of a porter like sting. touch of burnt chocolates.

t - roasted malts with a tingle of porter.

m - something about this beer keeps screaming porter to me and i think it is the mouth. there is a watery tingle to it just like a porter. i tend to like my stouts a bit thicker and richer, but not bad.

o - overall a good beer, but in the land of stouts, this one is not special...except in the way that it is porter-like. (734 characters)

Photo of curtiswvu
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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! (989 characters)

Photo of mdwalsh
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of EricCioe
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (959 characters)

Photo of 1noa
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours rich and dark out of the bottle to little head, settling on a nice caramel lace. The smokey aroma blends nicely with a hint of coffee. This stout drinks very smooth and is balanced across the palate. Cellar if you like, but definitely drink now. (296 characters)

Baumé from Half Acre Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.