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Baumé - Half Acre Beer Company

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271 Ratings
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 47
Gots: 43 | 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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, rye, and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with rye and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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

Photo of womencantsail
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to imperialking for sending one of these my way. I hadn't heard of this one but it sure sounded interesting!

A: The pour is a very nice looking dark brown/black with a tan head perched on top.

S: The nose is very interesting with plenty of roasted malt, of course, but the rye malt really adds a little something else. A nice spiciness which goes along well with the citrus and floral hops.

T: The flavor is something else. Initially this beer is all about the roast, just like any stout. The rye and hops really take over after that, however. A very noticeable hop presence which gives the beer a mild citrus flavor along with some floral and earthy notes and a bitter finish.

M: The body is medium with a very lively and tingly carbonation.

D: This was a really interesting beer, nothing else I've had is really similar. I love trying beers that fit that description, but many times they aren't all that great. This one was not in that category, however.

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Half Acre and an interesting looking one thanks to imperialking.

A: A huge thick frothy 2+ finger dark head rises up and fades semi slowly leaving a nice lacing, over a very dark almost murky thick brown colored beer, just the slightest light gets through to keep it from being black.

N: I could smell it on the pour with nice roasted malts, some chocolate malt, creamy chocolate milk, lots of coffee, even hints of bakers chocolate, I think a hint of oatmeal. Nice and creamy just from the smell.

T: Starts with lots of roasted malts again, as well as the coffee that comes with it. Some more chocolate, but a lot less than the nose. Some bitter bakers and dark chocolate, with slight creamy oatmeal. Semi sweet but not too sweet. Bitterness comes through quite a bit, some earthy hops, but quite a bit from the charred earthy malt flavors. Very late on the taste I'm starting to get some spicy rye flavors.

M: Medium to heavier body, rich and creamy but no syrupy, and good carbonation.

F: Finishes still pretty bitter, but not quite overwhelming, just on the cusp of it. The bitterness seems to come more from the earthy charred malts still, but some from earthy spicy hops. Again the rye comes through, with a spicy quality and definite rye taste, but it's mostly buried in the stout flavors and bitterness. Speaking of which, more stout flavors. Creamy and rich, with dark malts, roasty malts, a little coffee still. Tasty and smooth, perhaps just a little too bitter. I'm also just starting to get a briny and minerality taste, probably from all the roasted malts and perhaps even the rye.

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

I enjoyed this chilled in a stout glass from the bomber

The color is black opaque with thick light tan head cream head. The smell has a slight cocoa-puff type sweet odor with mild malt roast and

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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Baumé from Half Acre Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.