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Baumé | Half Acre Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by emerge077 on 03-20-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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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

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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!!

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

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

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Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very rich coffee and spicy rye flavor, deep roast, creamy body in a relatively low ABV package. Totally satisfying, not the least bit thin or watery. Would work nicely with a light barrel treatment ... or as a hearty breakfast beer.

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Photo of billab914
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is black with an inch of beige cap. The aroma brings big dark roast, chocolate, light spice, a touch of hops. The flavor offers a big roasted malt and chocolate bill with hints of coffee and smoke. Rye character emerges mid to late palate and really adds a nice touch. Medium to full bodied and smooth. A delicious beer. I'd have this again.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Alieniloquium
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Flat and black. Slightly transparent at the edge.

Smell - Hoppy. Grapefruit. Spicy rye. Roasted malt.

Taste - Grapefruit hops. Very bitter. Coffee and grassy bitterness. Rye spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Medium body. Very bitterness.

Overall - Just doesn't do it for me. Barely a stout.

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Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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 tobelerone
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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 rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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 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.

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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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out about equal parts black and brown. Light brown head, .33" in depth. Average lacing in terms of stickiness. Head retention was around average as well.

Mellow aroma, chocolate malt, roast were the preminent aromas, I was searching for rye, but it just wasn't within my sensory perception abilities at that point. Perhaps the tinge of herbal greenness witin the aroma is what the rye lends, but it wasn't at all clear to me what was giving off said aroma.

The taste and mouthfeel in fact corroborate the claim of rye. It comes across as both hops and rye malt, not really spicy I'd say because of the greater percentage of barley, and sheer amount of it to make a stout of this heft, but nonetheless, perceptible beyond its lacking aroma. Caramel and tofffee intrusions, we're starting to get slightly complex here. Rye, herbs, roast, caramel, toffee, spice. . . mouthfeel finished dry, not spicy or thick. Smoother than most rye beers. Not too heavy on the chocolate all the way through, even as it warmed. Slightly bitter, slightly ashy, even citrusy at times. Definitely complex, but not for the sake of being so.

Solid effort.

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Photo of claspada
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Olympic tavern. 6oz sample from the half acre beer flight.

Appearance: black body with off white cap of head.

Smell: milk chocolate and rye. Light roast malt. Pretty simple, but really nice.

Taste: Milk chocolate and lightly spiced rye. Hint of roasty malt, but this is a sweeter stout. The roast character is mild as is the rye, but you know the rye is present.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low to moderate carbonation level. pretty drinkable stout. Not boozy at all. Just slightly thin mouthfeel.

Overall: I like this one better than Big Hugs. This might just be my favorite stout from Half Acre. Nothing fancy, but a really nice chocolaty rye stout.

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Photo of drpimento
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not bad, not great. Got this bottle a few months ago at Sam's in Chicago. Poured with a medium head and a little lace. Color is very dark mahoganey. Aroma is roasty, malty, dark ripe fruit, hoppy. flavor's about the same. Bit of a boozy finish. Noting special. Body's ok, decent carbonation. finishi is ok too.

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Baumé from Half Acre Beer Company
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