Baumé - Half Acre Beer Company

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298 Ratings
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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 48
Gots: 42 | 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 drpimento
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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

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.

Cheers!

Photo of scottfrie
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this one Jay!

A: Pours near black with a finger or two of light brown foam that slowly faded into a fuzzy film and collar. Tiny spots of lace were left.
S: Very smoky with strong notes of rye and earthy hops.
T: Huge and predominate flavors of rye. This is definitely a rye lovers beer. Spicy, earthy and grainy all around with hints of chocolate, vanilla, caramel as an afterthought. Hops are bitter, earthy and herbal. The rye by far dominates.
M: Frothy carbonation, medium-full body, full mouthfeel, foamy and airy.
O: Super spicy. For what it is it’s awesome, but you gotta love rye. Thanks again jbck109.

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.

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.

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

Photo of Sean9689
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Fountainhead for the Half Acre/Perennial Event.

A - Pours black, light tan head, wisps.

S - Rye up front, dark chocolate, dry roast notes, and hops. Pretty straight-forward and that's exactly what I was expecting.

T - More of the same...lots of rye, roast, toasted, malts, and dark chocolate bitterness. Alcohol is there for 7%, but this beer is very fresh so I can't knock it too hard for that. Perhaps a little too much rye and hops for me, which fatigues my palate a bit.

M - Medium to full body, rich, creamy, good carbonation, dry roasted finish.

O - A nice stout, but not something I could drink a lot of. The rye and hops are just a bit too much for me (even though I love both), and I think I'd rather have a porter or brown then go back to this when I'm in the mood for something dark. Decent.

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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into Chimay chalice.

A: pours pitch black with ever so slight passage when held to the light. Nice creamy looking dense head with good retention.

S: very nice on the nose with hints of chocolate, a bit of rye, a huge earthy hop character. Very interesting nose, reminds me slightly of Old Rasputin. I wish the rye came through a bit stronger, but nevertheless.. very nice smell.

T: the front of the palate has the chocolate and roasted malt characteristics which then turn into the hops. The finish is all hops, both spicy and earthy with a touch of heat on the end.

MF: medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat silky on the mouthfeel

D:another solid offering in the line up of Half Acre beers. I enjoyed this one much more than the Big Hugs as I found the flavors to be bolder and more complex. Too bad this is such a limited release.

Photo of koopa
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade.

Appearance: Dark brown/black body with 2 finger dirty khaki crown that shows lots of retention and lace.

Smell: Faint does of coffee and roast malt. Bready malt and minor spice note from the yeast. NIce bbq'd meat quality.

Taste: Coffee note and bitterness up front leading to a mild roasted malt profile and a slightly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Too thin.

Driknkability: Thin mouthfeel and low abv makes this one fairly drinkable for the style. But the flavor profile is lackluster.

Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a dark, dark black with a dark khaki head. The head retains for ages, is very creamy, and left a bunch of sticky lace coating the glass.

S: Aromas of spicy rye, bitter bakers chocolate, cocoa nibs, toasted pumpernickel bread, and lemony/herbal hops.

T: Big whack of spicy, spicy rye followed bye earthy and herbal hops. Bitter dark chocolate and lemon in the finish.

M: Dry, spicy, and peppery. Lips and tongue got quite tingly during the finish.

D: Very nice. Our first experience with anything brewed in their brand new brewwery.

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.

Photo of jegross2
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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.

Photo of crossovert
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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.

Photo of joe1510
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
$7.99
Half Acre Store

Baume chugs from the bottle the color of coffee and creates a cascade effect as it settles. Filling the glass it's chalkboard black with no hope of a peek through the body. The beige head instantly becomes silky and grows to a finger in height and never settles. Velvet foam coats the glass until the last gulp. This is a really great looking beer.

The nose is rich and full of depth. Coffee is first to leap from the glass and is quickly met with unsweetened chocolate shavings. A handful of overripe, macerated dark berries show up in the middle. An undercurrent of spicy rye compliments the chocolate and coffee. A good dose of hops wrap it up with solid pine and faint citrus.

Spicy rye, again, has it's fingerprints all over this beer but what's really unique is the abrupt pine character. Coffee with a pinch of sugar hits the tongue first then segues into unsweetened chocolate and a moderate roast. The final third is big, commanding pine notes, a touch of grapefruit, and roasty grains. Like I mentioned earlier, Baum is a very unique offering.

There's a moderate weight to the body with carbonation active enough to make for a quick moving beer. With all that said, and me nitpicking, I would prefer either a little heavier body or softer carbonation. The roast lingers as does a hop bitterness growing to moderate in intensity.

Baume has always been a highly enjoyable beer in my eyes and one I pick up multiple times each year. There's great depth, especially with the spicy rye, and a bold hopping. Good looks, great flavors, and high drinkability wraps up this 7% stout. Here's to Half Acre!

Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. Half Acre's first bomber release.

A: Handsome-looking stout - blackish body with a nice, dense chocolate-colored head.

S: Coffee beans and slightly citric old hoppiness, roasted grain.

T: Some lingering hoppy bitterness and dry rye grain, mild chocolate and coffee, roast, a bit of citrus.

M: Thick-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty enjoyable stout - the rye and hops are a bit bracing, even after the aging, but I think it works with the beer.

Photo of paco1029384756
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a small off white head.

Scent of dark fruits, sugars, roasted malts, rye, and hops. Not radically different for the style, but a nice divergence from the norm.

Taste of rye, bread, caramel, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, hops and some dark fruit. Nice complexity and balance, I could drink this on a regular basis.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

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.

Baumé from Half Acre Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.