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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

(send 'em beer!)
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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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 03:33:15 | More by bluemoonswoon
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 05:11:45 | More by Vdubb86
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jegross2

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 03:51:44 | More by jegross2
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kevanb

Illinois

3.74/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 03:02:28 | More by kevanb
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vacax

California

3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 02:24:30 | More by vacax
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 02:18:22 | More by brownbeer
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 23:50:45 | More by mdwalsh
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azdback

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 05:03:10 | More by azdback
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robbyc1

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2009 15:19:02 | More by robbyc1
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BrewerB

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 03:55:15 | More by BrewerB
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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."

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 04:48:23 | More by JohnnyChicago
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EricCioe

Montana

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 02:56:09 | More by EricCioe
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KDawg

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from growler into a pint glass. Pours a dark chocolate color with a frothy and foamy head

very pungent and balanced aromas of belgian chocolate, roasted malts and coffee grounds. Good depth, but lacking some complexity

Full bodied and very smooth. Not too complex with notes of belgian chocolate and roasted malts and a touch of coffee on the back end.

This is a quality stout. Well balanced and while not extremely complex, it hits the notes really well and is really enjoyable

Serving type: growler

03-05-2012 00:48:40 | More by KDawg
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olympuszymurgus

California

4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 19:23:45 | More by olympuszymurgus
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 00:59:28 | More by ChrisPro
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MCain04

Illinois

3.96/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 02:19:26 | More by MCain04
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sidetracked

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a foamy, dense, medium brown head. Head lingers nicely and creates good lacing.

Slightly bitter smell. Roasty, chocolatey malts, dark rye, bready malt.

Taste upfront is bitter unsweetened chocolate, cocoa powder, roasted malts, and a light sweetness. A roasty cocoa bitterness follows through to the finish. Bitter finish of rye malt and semi-sweet chocolate.

Medium body and creamy with light to medium carbonation.

Fairly bitter overall with a nice roastyness and smooth body. Rye adds some interestingness. Enjoyable.

4/26/2011

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 22:51:33 | More by sidetracked
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pschul4

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 04:22:04 | More by pschul4
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Dotcubed

Arkansas

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 05:18:01 | More by Dotcubed
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SerialHiker

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black…mocha colored head formed about a finger width thick and remains, tight and a touch thinner…the brew settles, losing a bit of life after about 15 minutes…overall though, an inviting brew...(4/5)

Smell: Tons of milk chocolate emanating from my glass…roasted malts, oatmeal and a touch of peppery rye round things out…I do get a little citrus hops coolness , but this is a malt driven vehicle for sure…again, very inviting…(4/5)

Taste: Burnt, creamy, roasted malts coat my tongue in awesomeness right off the bat…chocolate, oatmeal, coffee and a noticeable peppery rye bite show themselves in the middle phase and linger throughout…there’s not an overly noticeable hops presence, though that certainly isn’t a knock…this thing is rich and flavorful, very much a classic American stout…(4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with very light carbonation for a stout I’d say…mildly chewy and robust with malts, it’s smooth on the palate and finishes somewhat crisply…a hint of lemony citrus hops shows in the after taste…(3/5)

Overall: This beer is fantastic…I’ve been digging the rye ales and this continues the trend…very much a rich, traditional stout, the rye adds a peppery bite that separates this from others and makes it rather memorable…I can see why Half Acres’ serious followers favorite this one…it is really good…Baume’s mouthfeel leaves a bit to be desired, there really is no carbonation and with all that wonderful flavor, that’s a disappointment…other than that, this is a fantastic brew that is worthy of searching out…stop by their beer store and pick a couple up, one won’t be enough…(4/5)

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Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 02:05:21 | More by SerialHiker
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LacquerHead

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just picked this up from the brewery. And man, did this have a nice aroma. It was robust rustic. There were some earthy tones, like fresh soil mixed with coffee grounds.

The taste had a wrought iron nature to it. It had a dry roasted characteristic throughout. For the most part the flavor followed the aroma. The hops certainly came through and lent a nice bitterness. For me the rye was lingering in the background as support.

D: I couldn't drink this all night. This was a sipping brew. A bomber was all I needed; anything more and I would have grown tired of it.

Overall: Was it hopped? - Yes. Was there a rye aspect? - Yes. Was it stout? - Yep. This was a beer worth trying. To me the rye took a supportive role. The stout aspect took center stage while the hops acted like the rug that tied everything together.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 23:38:22 | More by LacquerHead
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ejquin

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 22:42:26 | More by ejquin
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wmtxbb

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: soft white head that dissipates into lacing on top of a coal black brew.

Scent: Crispy rye, coffee, chocolate and earth tones.

Taste: Thick crisp rye, chocolate flavors with an earthy hops profile. Ends with a cream character, a little dry and a lurking bitterness.

Overall, this is a great stout. Nothing much to improve on; with some aging, this might be winner.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 01:03:14 | More by wmtxbb
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Jaycase

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 03:13:47 | More by Jaycase
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COBeerBuff

Kansas

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle purchased during my trip to DLD in April 2010.

Appearance: The pour into my Spiegelau tulip yields a solid two fingers of tan head crowning an opaque black beer. I was slightly worried about this beer as I’m not sure how the carbonation would fare after a year plus, but this has plenty of carbonation and then some. Very solid looking stout.

Smell: A nice roasted bitterness hits the nose right off the bat. I definitely pick up some spiciness from the rye malts, and some citrus and pine bitterness from the “handsome” amount of hops in this beer. Aside from those two, this beer smells like a stout should. The back-end has some chocolate and toffee sweetness, and the toasted grain bill can be evidenced as well.

Taste: This is exactly like the nose, with the exception of the hop bitterness being almost completely replaced by a residual vanilla and toffee sweetness that makes for a much more complex and pleasing flavor combination.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I was expecting, but it gives the sensation of a much fuller mouthfeel. I can’t tell if that’s on account of the rye or what, but this beer is definitely heavier than the 7% would suggest.

Drinkability: Normally, I’m not a huge fan of dry-hopped stouts, but something about the spiciness of the rye helps offset the bitterness of the hops and makes for a very pleasing balance in this beer. And, at 7%, this beer is a sipper, but it’s not a nurser, and I like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 00:48:48 | More by COBeerBuff
Baumé from Half Acre Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.