Baumé - Half Acre Beer Company

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 298
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 4.33%
Wants: 48
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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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 brownbeer
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of boothbeer
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark Brown, almost black. Light tan head-Very thick with good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Something missing here. Some coffee notes and roasty malts, but kind of a weird aroma.

T: Lots of rye and burnt roasted malt flavors. Some bitterness comes through as well. Really love the roasty finish on this. The flavor of this beer makes up for flaws in the aroma.

M: Decent body, but a little too carbonated.

D: I enjoyed this beer. Very roasty. The smell wasnt great, but the relatively low ABV makes this a drinkable stout. If you like rye flavors in beer, this is a must try! (582 characters)

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. (1,191 characters)

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. (1,031 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of vacax
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a wonderful extra from Peesie, thank you good sir..
melting the wax off with delicate precision..
marveling at the description..
anticipating..
dark brown nectar beguiles my tongue, daring me to identify all the flavors within. the body billows, rye snapping like the wind to the sails, hops anchoring themselves into the crevices. the roastiness a blanket encapsulating; sharks in the water..
an absolute treat and a reminder of why beers are brewed. they are to be fun to make and fun to drink, to share with friends. i will remember the rye and the hops with the next stout i brew. thank you half acre, and thank you, joe (624 characters)

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (906 characters)

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. (968 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of jogadubwise
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours very dark brown, almost black. Two fingers of fluffy, dry looking tan head that sticks to the glass nicely. Looks like a cola in the glass. Can't wait to taste this.

Smell: Toasted malt and a lot of coffee, with some sweetness coming in the background.

Taste: Black coffee, malt. The finish screams RYE. Very dry at the end, but not unpleasantly.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I expected. Could do with some added body, to be honest.

Drinkability: Can't imagine having more than one of these, though the 22oz bomber will disappear no problem. (559 characters)

Photo of DoppleJock
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

02/08/2010
22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.
2009/2010 edition.

A: Poured a dense, super-dark black/brown with 1-inch tan head. Lots of carbonation pitting. Really good lacing. Faint brown around the edges of the glass when held up to light.

S: Earthy, roasted malts with a fair amount of coffee.

T: Tastes like it smells but there is a minor bitter rye aftertaste. Wish it was a little more complex.

M: A little thin, but it definitely makes it more drinkable.

D: A good American stout, but I wish there were more rye smells/flavors present for a beer labeled as a "rye stout." Between Half Acre's two stouts, I prefer the bolder Big Hugs Imperial Stout over this one. (680 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (519 characters)

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. (310 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of Dotcubed
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this in back in early May '09 at the Sam's by the Goose Island pub. The way it was marketed off to the side on a barrel suggested to me that is was a special purchase that they wanted to sell. I was a bit worried since it could have been an item they wanted to get rid of.

Pours out a nice molasses brown. Warmed up a bit from the cold fridge temp. Nice sticky foam, off white. Smells like a brown ale, spicy and yeasty.

Tastes burnt, lightly sweet. Bitterness. Lots of bitterness, in a burnt sugar kind of thing. Not entirely pleasant, the flavor reminds me of burnt rye toast and not the scrape-able kind.
Very much like heavily roasted spent coffee grounds.

Medium body, light carbonation. Filling. Good one, but not something to buy a six pack of. (764 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of BacklitAvenger
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown on the pour but completely black in the glass even when it's only a third or half full. Dirty blonde head tops the thing off, fading quickly and leaving rather sparse spots of foam down the sides of the glass. Held to the light it is opaque with small mahogeny highlights at the bottom of my glass.

Smell - Roasted malt and fruity ester notes predominate. Coffee-ish tones come through as well.

Taste - Bittersweet chocolate and soft black malts to begin. Mid sip there's those fruity esters again, followed by a spicy/bready rye flavor. Sweetness comes through here and there, but the finish is dry and bitter, finishing with full-force roast bitterness and hop bitterness together. Good, but just not a standout.

Mouthfeel - Moderately thick, with a prickly carbonation. Carbonation is medium low but properly offsets the slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability - The bitter finish and the slick/thick mouthfeel consipre with the alcohol in the top/middle of the range for stouts makes this less than sessionable. Not a bad brew by any means, rather tasty in fact, and local, the brewery being about three blocks from my house. But this is not as thirst-quenching/inducing as some drier stouts. (1,215 characters)

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. (999 characters)

Photo of Maction
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, a very dark brown, almost opaque black color. A centimeter of khaki-colored head appeared, and left random lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Initallially, earthy cocoa and coffee. But more sniffings brought floral hops, and fresh linen.

T: Very interesting battle between dry chocolate and coffee from the rye stout, and floral and citrus from the hops. This beer has a very long finish, which seems to flip between to malts and hops several times.

M: Surprisingly light feel, but not foamy or sparkling. It felt more like ale from an engine.

D: Between the lighter mouthfeel and interesting finish, I could easily see myself putting down a couple of pints of this in an evening. (716 characters)

Photo of robbyc1
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of ejquin
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with thin white head that provides good lacing

A: Spicy anise with milk chocolate and espresso. Pumpernickel breadiness

T/M: Good mouthfeel, maybe slightly thin. Robust flavor, but with the mouthfeel comes off more like an imperial or baltic porter. Nicely spicy and hoppy with a good dose of bitterness.

D; above average (334 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (677 characters)

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!! (930 characters)

Baumé from Half Acre Beer Company
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