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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 1noa
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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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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Photo of claspada
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle says 6.5% ABV. 2011 vintage (called the brewery to confirm based on the name thank you list on the label; anyway...
Aromas initially start with dark roasted malts with a substantial earthy quality, maybe from the hops, maybe from the rye, the taste will probably be an indicator once I sample. As it warms you get more dark chocolate.
The taste is initially bitter dark chocolate with some coffee undertones. Soon after you are greeted with the aggressive hops in this beer. It's not bitter per say but the earthy hops which must have been used in this brew are much higher than your average American stout where the chocolate malts are supposed to shine. I cannot really detect the rye although it's presence is appreciated/noted with the dry finish. As it warms you can detect the rye characteristics more, not sure I would know if was rye if I was tasting this blind but the fact that I know I can comment on the spicy dry flavors.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with spot on carbonation. You are left with a continuous stickiness following each gulp/sip because of the higher IBU level. Overall I really enjoyed this beer, which is saying a lot because I usually hate dark malty beers which are highly hopped. This rye stout is quite interesting and worth a try if you can find it, definitely recommended for the unique and quality flavors that this brew offers.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy light brown head with average retention and a moderate amount of lacing.

4.0 S: The rye makes this one unique and fairly interesting. Roasted barley, big hit of coffee, earthy spicy rye, and a fairly strong citrusy hop kick. Underneath all that there are some chocolatety and nutty notes.

3.5 T: The taste is a bit of a letdown after the nose. This isn't bad by any means, but it seems a bit unbalanced. The rye and hops dominate the stout flavors. If the stout was a bit more robust, this could be a helluva beer. Anyway, moderate bitterness, earthy rye, citrusy hops. The stout offers coffee and nuts foremost, with chocolate and caramel in the background.

3.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Carbonation is a little high for my liking. Not particularly creamy.

3.5 D: Not bad and I love the rye flavor, but the rest of the beer is a bit lacking. I'm not a big fan of stouts with noticeable hop components either.

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Photo of wmtxbb
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 LacquerHead
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Jerry's. My expectations are low, as there have been very few HA beers I've liked (other than Daisy Cutter which is my go to beer).

A - Black beer with some reddish tones on the edges. There is a half finger of dirty-white or grayish head on it. Actually a tone of fat rings of lacing left that looked pretty good while I drank it.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of rye which sets this one a part slightly from other stouts. Not bad.

T - Chocolate and some bitter roast with a bit of spicy rye characteristic. The spice is not strong enough to be hot, but adds some interesting flavors to this. This is pretty solid.

M - Creamy, full bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Surpringly, this is a pretty solid beer, not sure I would seek it out, but it's not bad drinking.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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."

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Lexington Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

So now I know basically where hydrometers and whatnot come from. Thanks, Half Acre. This bit of edutainment pours a thick dark black-brown topped by finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises chocolate, roasted malts, cedar, pine, greens, and flowers. The taste holds notes of dark chocolate, light red grapes, black pepper, roasted malts, generic wood (kind of a pressed fiberboard character), greens, and the white part of an orange peel. The body is a hefty-feeling medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a nice stout, but I don't think the hops, rye, and roast contingents really get along all that well. Interestingly, though, this stuff goes down pretty easily.

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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 CMB2012
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 Jayli
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from GBVDave so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a deep dark, thick opaque brown with some light mahogany hues around the bottom edges. A one finger of light brown, foamy head stands on top. Head recedes quickly and leaves minimal spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is strong bitter chocolate notes mingled with a prominent rye presence. Roasted notes with hints of lighter milk chocolate are also present.

T: Taste starts big and bitter chocolate with a heavy focus on the rye spice. Roasted malts really begin to fill out the middle and mingle in with the sharp rye spicing. Roast finally wins out and really captures the finish with softer milk chocolate and cocoa notes hanging in the after taste.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, thick, creamy body with a chewy, sticky finish.

D: Goes down relatively easy, tasty, somewhat filling, mild kick, and an interesting take on the style. At time the rye character was a bit much, but the roastiness and chocolate help this beer out.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #4

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter.

As it exits the bottle, it looks like a viscous black and I think i'm going to be in trouble very soon. It creates a solid two finger head that left as quickly as it came. In the glass, the beer's an opaque dark dark brown. Thick lace has its way of hanging out for a while.

The aroma that hits me first is a bitter chocolate, followed by some roasted nuts and maybe a little vanilla. No hops here, just some great roasted malt in the nose. I'm thinking a robust porter before diving in.

Taste is a rich sweetness of something like burnt caramel with nuts. Hard to describe that flavor. Then there is a deep bitterness from roasted malt with typical chocolate and coffee, however, there is a rather astringent finish that sort of detracts from this unique flavor. It's insanely roasty, but there's also a strange sweetness that makes me wonder if there's a little lactose there at all. As I drink more, I'm wondering if the astringency is due to some age on oak. Starting to remind me of a baby oak aged yeti.

Carbonation is a bit sharp from this full-bodied brew. Definitely some residual feeling on the cheek as it goes. Also seems a bit hot from the alcohol, even though this doesn't seem like a high gravity brew.

Overall, this is one of the roastiest beers I've ever had. If there's no coffee in here, I'd be incredibly impressed with the flavor they packed in. However, the bitterness is almost overpowering and takes it slightly out of balance. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy this beer, but I'm afraid there's just something just a tad off about it and my rating has to reflect that.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage

Appearance -- Pours a rich dark brown with a slim cap of sudsy khaki head that eventually collapses into a fine haze and a dirty ring. pinpoint lacing all over. Looks good.

Smell -- Cocoa, roast malt, coffee beans, rye spiciness, and an abundance of aromatic hops: citrus, floral, and mildly herbal.

Taste -- Cocoa, faint coffee, roasted malt, rye spice, and citrusy/floral hops. Malt sweetness is moderate evoking holiday chocolate oranges, however the malt sweetness becomes a bit sticky as the beer warms. Finish is minty hops and cocoa.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with moderate, almost fluffy carbonation. Very pleasant.

Drinkability -- Overall, quite nice. It's a pleasant diversion from the typical stout. The spiciness of the rye lent some depth to the cocoa and the aromatic hopping was a nice touch, though the malt sweetness seemed to become cloying as the beer warmed up.

Notes: While this really doesn't have any impact on the beer, I really enjoy the label design.

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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 BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brownish black, solid 1 finger head, beautiful lacing

S: roasted nuts, malt/rye, hint of bitter chocolate, mild coffee

T: malt and cocoa up front, hint of roasted nuts + rye, firm bitter finish

M: medium body, smooth/creamy, slight chewy, mild tongue prick

D: This is a nice and different stout. It's a dry stout/milk/brown/rye. Worth giving it a try. The 7% ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of samie85
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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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 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 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 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 zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a two-finger, thick, tan head of foam. It had some nice retention and left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, rye and sweet chocolate. There was a mild espresso-like aroma, too.

T - The rye malt is very apparent in the flavor with chocolate and coffee backing it up. Good and roasty overall.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

D - This is a pretty nice stout. So far I've really liked from Half Acre.

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