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Baumé - Half Acre Beer Company

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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 Treebs
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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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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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 larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown, near black, with a noticeable dark red hue in direct light and a solid finger of light brown foam.

Tons of chocolate & roasted coffee, with a fair amount of earthy hops, and rye spiciness.

Flavor melds with the aroma perfectly. Bitter/semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and the rye adds an interesting spicy characteristic.

Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, bitter, spiced, prickly hops and rye.

Overall, not as solid as I was hoping for, but a darn good brew and interesting until the end. The rye becomes much more pronounced as this warms up, which can be a good/or bad thing, depending on your taste.

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Photo of kevanb
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into a Half Acre holiday snifter.

Pours a nice deep cola brown, almost black in color, a thin brown head head appears, almost a finger high which recedes quickly leaving a bit of film atop the beer and some light sticky lace. The aroma is very light, toasted dark barley, a bit of roasted coffee and light bittersweet chocolate with a touch of prickly rye that lingers behind. The beer is much more impactful on the tongue, lots of spicy rye, bitter dark chocolate with a nice amount of dark malted grain that lingers behind. The body is surprisingly full and lively, prickly on the tongue that coats the mouth fairly well. The finish is a touch too abrasive from the carbonation and very dry.

Verdict: A nice easy stout from Half Acre, it's not in your face, but it doesn't hide anything either, very sessionable and enjoyable as a nightcap. After having this and Hearths Ablaze, I am really beginning to enjoy their lighter American Stouts.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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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 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 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 azdback
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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

22oz bomber poured into a 50cl mug.

A; A very pretty looking beer to be sure. Steep black with a thick and pillowy, coco brown head that stands two inches high and slowly works its way down into a half inch cap.

S: Loads of rye spice, bits of dry, dark chocolate with touches of citrusy hops. Sings of a well constructed beer certainly.

T/MF: Good amounts of spicy rye, deep roasted malts and coffee and like previous reviewers have mentioned there is also a healthy hop presence in this beer that gives it a little extra dryness and a bit of citrus fruitiness as well. Finish is long, clings to the back of the tongue and imparts deeper, mellower notes of the initial rye spice and baker's chocolate bitterness.

D: It's been a while since I've had a stout and I like what I'm getting out of this one. An good sipper, interesting flavor profiles and goes down easily. Sad to see the end of this bottle.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking black beer with a creamy khaki colored head. The aroma has a slight rye spice, smoke, and chalky bitter chocolate. Warm and inviting. Also, a trace of hoppy pine. The taste is roasty chocolate, hints of rye, with a smoky finish. Heavy medium to full bodied, a very satisfying brew.

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Photo of vacax
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a plentiful, bubbly head. Aroma is spicy with rye, estery yeast notes, lightly malty. Tastes estery like Belgian yeast, prickly hops, ashy, full bitterness. Finish has bitter chocolate and cookie. Feels prickly and overcarbonated, body seems light. I seem to be in the minority here, but I didn't care for this experience much.

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Photo of EricCioe
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.82/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of MCain04
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, served into a 12 oz snifter.

A: Dark brown with a small, light tan head, quickly dissipates, good lacing though.

S: Rye malts and spicey, some piney hops.

T: Rye malts and piney, floral hops present throughout, not as roasty as I'd expect for a stout. Bitter finish, hint of dark chocolate.

M: Moderate carbonation, smooth body, very drinkable, slightly dry.

O: Very different, a light, dry stout with a different take. Not as complex as it could be, but certainly off the beaten path. Probably not a beer I'd frequent but definitely enjoyed.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of pschul4
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is flagged as a chocolate rye stout. The rye notes definitely play a big part here and provide a spiciness and savory aspect to what could have been a very dessert forward, chocolate stout. The body is medium - full, pleasantly coating the mouth. I'm getting pumpernickel rye bread here - almost like rye toast with a sliver of chocolate spread on it, washed down with a pot of diner grade coffee. I've had this in hand for a good few months but still get a liberal dosing of the hops in here that provide another level of complexity here. Overall it seems to me like this sits between a stout and a brown ale. As it warms plenty more toffee notes and a little nuttiness comes in. To be honest, I care not too much for the labeling but more on the quality of the beer and this for me is a hit! I'm beginning to get a taste for rye beers, and this is one that uses that base very interestingly indeed.

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Photo of Benish
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Very minimal brown head built up and which broke down quickly. No remaining foam at the surface and no lacings present along the glass.

Beer is jet black in color; absolutely dark; no light penetration.

Aroma is fantastic! Smelled kind of like cookies, maybe Oreo's. Also plenty of vanilla! This is probably the most impressive aspect of this beer. It just smells so rich. Makes me wonder what to expect upon first sip.

Taste-wise it's fantastic but the aroma is deceptive as I expected a touch of sweetness. But upon sipping it, it is actually more bitter. Tasted unsweetened chocolate; the kind of stuff you use for baking. Also some black coffee. I'm not sure how rye is supposed to stand out in a stout but possibly it contributes to the bitterness. The bitterness is not overpowering; it just lingers around in the mouth; it doesn't wreck your palate like a serious IPA can. Flavors overall are not that complex but it's still good.

This beer has a light to medium body. Nothing that sinks in your mouth like imperial stouts. It does have that nice creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic.

Overall this beer is pretty sessionable in my opinion. It clocks in at only 6.5% (stated on the bottle) so a bomber is easy to finish up myself. I like the flavors but I love smell!

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Photo of robbyc1
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice spicy stout, not too heavy, very drinkable.

Deep dark look with fabulous thick head and lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell and taste have the chocolate malts and spiciness from the rye here. Hints of coffee and cocoa, very satisfying. A quaffer for sure, the rye gives it a nice drinkability, medium body, well done at this abv, and I will continue to seek out this brewers beers.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of dlello2
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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