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 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 sidetracked
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (552 characters)

Photo of zrbeer1579
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with half finger creamy mocha head.

Aroma: Roasted, burnt, and chocolate malts. A tiny touch of hops.

Taste: Roasted, burnt, dark chocolate malts. Little rye and a tiny hint of its spiciness. Little pine and floral. Some caramel as well.

Mouthfeel: Unfortunately a bit lacking. It is a little thin. Some malts and hops bitterness. Carbonation fits. Smooth. Roasted dark chocolate aftertaste.

Overall: I like the flavors, but it could use some more rye. Wish it was thicker, too. I would have this again. (527 characters)

Photo of alexipa
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Almost completely opaque black with a thin tan head that dissipates almost instantly. I love the color but the head does not instill confidence in this one off the bat.

S: Hoooo yeah. Rye hits you straight away, followed by a nice creamy coffee/chocolate scent. Burnt malt and generic hops round it out. Complex and fantastic.

T: A strong burnt malt flavor along with a generic bitterness, followed by the rye and sweet chocolaty malts i was really looking for. There's way more bitterness then I wanted here, and it's not a peppery rye bite like I expected. I wish they would have let the rye shine through a bit more.

M: Excellent carbonation and a creamy medium to full body. Goes down real nice.

O: This is so nearly a good beer. Nailed the appearance, scent, even mouthfeel but the generic bitterness held it back. Next time I want a beer like this, I'll be reaching for Wookey Jack. (895 characters)

Photo of PieOhMy
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter.

A Pours runny black. Leaves about one finger of khaki head. Slight carbonation.

S Black licorice is heavy. Rye for sure. Subtle hints of caramel and cocoa. Dark fruit, plum and raisin.

T Right up front is rye. Coffee beans are very prominent as well. Extremely bitter and hoppy. Both the grainy rye and bitter coffee linger. Very potent are both of these flavors.

M Pretty thin for the style. Finishes rough, but in a good way. Dry. The bitterness and roasted coffee leave a tremendous aftertaste.

O Very enjoyable. Rye beers are so unique and this is a good example. The flavors, mostly roasted coffee and rye, mesh well. The aroma hinted at a little more than was there in the flavor. Powerful aftertaste. I like a good dry bitter stout (though this comes close to a Scotch ale) every now and then. Glad I had it. (841 characters)

Photo of 1noa
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours rich and dark out of the bottle to little head, settling on a nice caramel lace. The smokey aroma blends nicely with a hint of coffee. This stout drinks very smooth and is balanced across the palate. Cellar if you like, but definitely drink now. (296 characters)

Photo of areich6
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with about two centimeters of head. Leaves a bit of lacing as the head recedes.

S: Faint roasty malts and a slight bit of hoppiness. Nothing really sticks out with the smell. Pretty standard for a stout.

T: Excellent representation of a plain American Stout. Greaty roasty characteristics coupled with a bit of coffee and a small amount of noticable hoppy bitterness. The Rye is very noticable and adds a unique quality to this beer.

M: Very smooth, drinkable, and creamy. Very pleasant going down the throat.

O: This a fine American Stout. As far as regular non whatever barrel aged stouts go, this is one of the better stouts I've had. (672 characters)

Photo of LacquerHead
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (823 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 ARoman
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap, poured into a shaker. The beer is a dark, almost opaque, brown-black topped by a soft, creamy, light brown head that has abundant retention and lacing. The aroma is a strong burnt toast and rye bread (burnt rye bread?) note with a light chocolate undertone. It's a medium / medium-high bitter with a supporting, medium-light sweetness. The texture is somewhere between oily and syrupy with a soft, creamy carbonation. The body is full of roasted rye and dark chocolate notes that linger through the finish and leaves a spicy rye aftertaste (much rye!). (560 characters)

Photo of SerialHiker
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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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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 wmtxbb
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of COBeerBuff
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,468 characters)

Photo of mecummins
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- poured a dark rich solid brown color. 2 1/2 finger dark tan head with wonderful lacing creeping up the sides of the glass. Settles to a thick film for most of the drink.

S- the rye malts dominate this aroma. Under it is a lightly bitter notes of milk chocolate and espresso. There is a peppery quality and maybe a hint if earth.

T- again, the rye dominates the taste. The chewy, slightly peppery flavor of rye hits you first and lingers. A bit of the milk choloate creeps through. I could detect a roasted grain note. I didn't get any coffee flavor at all. There's an almost smokey note there as well. Very mild hops on the tail, but the rye flavor really over takes any subtle nuances.

M- the mouthfeel was creamier & smoother than expected. Not a whole lot if carbonation. The finish was moderate & dry.

O- a nicely done rye stout (if you don't like the flavor it scent if rye, why drink a rye stout after all?). I would have like a bit more layering of flavors, but overall a very solid beer. (1,002 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 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 bristol2120
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz bottle. Pours a deep, ruby black, with a moderate head that settles down to a light cocoa colored 3'4 inch layer of foam. Aroma is dominated by roasted coffee notes, but these are a bit restrained, and not as overpowering as found in other examples of the style. Coffee also predominates in taste, but there is also the subtlest evidence of some flowery/herbal presence in the background, which I find unusual for a stout, but welcome nonetheless. Mouthfeel is extremely well rounded, and not at all cloying or heavy. Overall, a very interesting take on the style, and in fact, it probably ranks among my favorite stouts. (641 characters)

Photo of CMB2012
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got my Great Lakes flip top growler filled at the Half Acre Beer Co. on Tuesday 3/8/2011, drunk on 3/10/2011. The brew was served in American pint glasses and enjoyed with my lady friend. First pour is after growler warmed up for 25 minutes in room temperature environment. All subsequent pours got warmer as the growler was left out of the fridge, but recapped each time. This review is from my notes.

A- Pours a mostly dark brown, not quite black. The light that does penetrate shows mahogany highlights around the edges. The carbonation in this fill is right on target, even after three days (gotta love the flip top). I get a nice 2 finger, tan, foamy head that recedes rather quick, but doesn't disappear. A thin 2cm cap remains. All six glasses pour the same.

S- Initial chocolate, followed by roasted malts and coffee, finishes with a bit of that spicy rye kick. Over all the smell of this beer is very well rounded and pleasing to the nose.

T- The taste is very similar to the smell, starting with chocolate up front (also the strongest character), then mostly espresso with some more roasted malt. The rye I do get comes at the end with a somewhat spicy character. What rye is noticeable definitely works, but I would actually like a bit more.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium/full body, with some rough edges from the rye ending. Right on for style.

This is a tasty beer, not terribly complex, but highly drinkable. It's very well made and well balanced, a must try for any fan of Half Acre or American Stouts.

Pairing Notes: This brew was acquired for the intention of a nice little beer dinner with the lady. Only one course and a dessert, we didn't go crazy. For dinner I made a Jambalaya with Zataran's Jambalaya mix and some quality Polish Kielbasa. The semi-spicy character of the seasonings along the smoked sausage brought out much of the roasted gran in the beer. Again, this resulted in chocolate and coffee flavors, the rye being mostly absorbed (Note: the beer was initially reviewed before eating any food for a pure beer flavor judgment). I highly suggest pairing this beer with a fairly spicy food - Mexican, Cajun, BBQ, etc., but not too spicy, just enough to play with. The dessert was the real prize match, though. I picked up two slices of Sour Cherry Pie from Erwin Cafe (on Halstead), along with what appeared to be homemade vanilla ice cream. The ice cream didn't wow me, but the cherry pie, world class on its own, made the beer taste just like a great Italian espresso. Pair this brew with fruit desserts, maybe a fruit tart or your own favorite cherry pie, and be in for delicious treat. (2,621 characters)

Photo of RJUGA03
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Sheffield's in lakeview. I really would be doing this beer a disadvantage to truly rate it because I had a FFF brian brau in the other hand. It was a very good stout and would enjoy another. It was extremely untypical with it's hoppy characteristics. Because of my aforementioned opposing beer I will refrain from calling it too simple. (357 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 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 Hamsteroceros
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into SN tulip.

A- Poured nice and black with a dark crema-colored head. So far, so good.

S- Your standard stout aromas are there: coffee, a little chocolate, roasted malt, slightly bready. I expected more rye character, though. The hops did little for me nose-wise as well.

T- Basically tastes like an odd stout. It is almost as if the rye takes it one direction and the hops are pulling in another. I find myself hoping that the next sip will be better but it just isn't happening.

M- Kinda thin, IMO. There is a nice bit of bite at the end of each sip, though. There just isn't any creaminess or richness to it. It drinks more like a runny porter.

O- "Dry-hopped rye stout?" I said(!) "Sign me up!" I came to this beer with no hyped-up expectations; only curiosity and a love of each individual component that Half Acre brought together in this beer. The flavors just didn't work together for me, unfortunately. Perhaps I'll try it again down the road. (979 characters)

Photo of curtiswvu
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good Rye Stout. For me it is low enought in ABV to even session (I rarely ever dip below 6%).

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A. Nice mohagany brown with a black middle that you can not see through. Wonderful rye brown head of about two fingers, with great big bubbles.

T. Delcious, biscut cookies, coffee grounds, the rye shines in a great way at the finish. Man this would make a wonderful holiday time stout. Just enough bitter on the finish to make it rock.

M. Perfect full body, everything I want in a stout. Alcohol is well hid. (562 characters)

Photo of tomgetz
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass from bomber bottle purchased at brewery.

A: deep, dark black with two fingers of tan head that fades quickly.

S: smells of a stout with a hint of hops.

T: on first taste, this seems like a classic stout. However, the bitterness of the rye really comes through.

M: great dense feel.

O: unique stout that is worthy of a try. (351 characters)

Baumé from Half Acre Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.