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Baumé - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

241 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%


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

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-20-2009)
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 17:30:42 | More by sweemzander
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Florida9

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 00:29:29 | More by Florida9
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 19:00:32 | More by liamt07
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claspada

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 23:50:08 | More by claspada
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 15:02:24 | More by Sean9689
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 01:27:30 | More by Jayli
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crossovert

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 03:44:23 | More by crossovert
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 22:07:01 | More by brewandbbq
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 02:32:45 | More by brewcrew76
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joe1510

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 02:15:24 | More by joe1510
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-19-2011 17:45:40 | More by BeerLover99
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 03:54:39 | More by tobelerone
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koopa

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 22:24:33 | More by koopa
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jsh420

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 03:33:02 | More by jsh420
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Treebs

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 01:25:07 | More by Treebs
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 21:27:22 | More by FtownThrowDown
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younger35

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 21:01:39 | More by younger35
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 00:58:37 | More by paco1029384756
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 04:54:50 | More by KickInTheChalice
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-11-2012 20:56:34 | More by kawilliams81
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 02:37:54 | More by SFLpunk
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 03:35:48 | More by jmdrpi
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Etan

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 01:52:36 | More by Etan
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samie85

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 05:13:29 | More by samie85
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 03:50:13 | More by yeahnatenelson
Baumé from Half Acre Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.