Thunder And Son Brown Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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86
very good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 15
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Big, bold, brown, beer. A real hoss great for winter warming and time in your cellar.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 11-13-2010)
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 11/27/11 notes. Thanks to the Chicago Group in the Group BIF for sending this one our way. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted notes, alcohol, light chocolate, nuts, and toasted malts. Definitely some nice chocolate and caramel here, but the alcohol is there as well.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, alcohol, nuts, roasted malts, light chocolate, and toasted malts. Not as much chocolate as the nose and more alcohol and nuts. A step down due to the strong alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

o - Overall a decent brown ale, but you can definitely taste the alcohol and tell this one is 12%. Alcohol is present in the nose and even moreso in the taste, taking a bit away from the plesant caramel and chocolate. Worth checking out but probably wouldn't seek it out again as it is a bit too much for me and tough to drink.

Photo of geoffsm12
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of AleWatcher
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

pours a light amber brown with a nice toffee colored head.

Hefty dose of chocolate malt on the nose is matched by a healthy boozy note. Very nice, but boozy. It settles down after a few sips and the booziness is hardly noticeable (until it warms up).

I normally don't like brown ales too much, but this is interesting and tasty.
Chocolate and caramel malts play back and forth with some sweetness up front, blending a hint of coffee in as well.

Feel is solid, but the finish is a bit sticky and oily.

They call it a brown ale, the site calls it a strong ale... I call it decent. It was fun to try.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of wifehatesthebike
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark cola like appearance with a thin creamy head that settles into a wisp of off white film. Bottle only let off a slight fizz when opened, perhaps was not capped tightly.

S: Smells scary. Malt, nuttiness and obvious alcohol fumes, even after sitting for 9 months in my basement.

T: Taste mimics the smell. Nice smooth initial mouthfeel, roasty middle, then the alcohol creeps up.

M: Smooth and satisfying. Good stuff here.

O: A great beer except the alcohol is quite strong and overbearing. Not sure a brown ale needs to be 12% to be honest, 9%-ish might have yielded a better overall result.

Photo of Wadsey
2.2/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thunder and Son

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

A: Pours a very dark, but clear amber. Sorry, not brown.  A creamy, dense yet huge head erupts during pour and leaves very nice Brussels lacing. Does not appear to be very bubbly. 

S: Smells like a slightly aged American Barleywine: caramel, dark dried fruit, fading hops and so forth. In addition, I note powdered chocolate and brown sugar.  Alcohol punches at nose and is expressed as solvent and vodka. 

T: Malty sweetness touches palate first, followed quickly by caramel and raisins.  Powdered chocolate and alcohol play more significant roles in taste. The alcohol is distracting, but then again the beer tastes like it was thinned out by the use of table sugar as a fermentable. So body is not substantial enough to hide gigantic abv. Medium bitterness. Harsh alcohol permeates finish. 

M: Medium body and light carbonation. Thin, watery mouthfeel and very, very warming. 

O: I think Half Acre should stick to pale ales, IPAs and others of that ilk. Thunder & Son is a boozy mess. I do not recommend. 

Photo of errantnight
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So since I've been drinking basically every Half Acre beer under the sun thanks to the incomparable GBVDave, figured it's about time to start reviewing them! Alas... it's with one that wasn't my favorite (but I appreciate the beer no less, Dave!).

This pours promising, a deep dusty brown with a nice finger cap of head. The nose is a touch hot, and fruity esters slip in around a touch of burnt toast to almost give hints of a barleywine.

I had a hard time scoring this one... on the one hand, it's not offensive. Its primary flaw is the booze. At 12% I want something a bit more chewy, with some lingering complexities, to linger over and sip. This has the straightforward mid-palate chocolate sweetness and short roast finish of a nice brown ale, but with some dark fruit and a long warm finish in the chest. In other words, I'd have no trouble putting down a bomber, on the other hand, I can't help but feel that there's a version of this beer that's either half (or less) the alcohol that's better.

Photo of MasterSki
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at the brewery. I also drank this right when it came out from a growler. Served in a wine glass.

A - A hard pour yields a quarter-finger of tan foam that settles to a thin partial cap and leaves minimal lace. Even though the foam volume is low, the retention is quite good. Transparent dark ruby-brown body.

S - Chocolate, brown sugar, light apple skin, cinnamon, nuts, toasted malts, and reasonably well-hidden alcohol. Pretty much what you'd expect from an Imperial Brown Ale.

T - Taste is a little less pleasant - there is still plenty of booze present. Mostly roasted barley malt, notes of vanilla and chocolate, and some residual hop bitterness in the finish (or perhaps that's alcohol - hard to know).

M - Grainy medium-full body, light carbonation tingle. Some definite warmth, but not as hot as it was upon release. Fairly sticky finish.

D - I'm glad this beer isn't cloying and boozy - it's merely boozy. The alcohol has mellowed out a bit, particularly in the aroma. I don't see this improving much with additional age. If you dig high-gravity brown ales this may be of interested, but it's not a very easy-drinking beer.

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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this right after the initial release, then last night. It has gotten much more even with some time in the cellar, much less hot than fresh.

poured a deep brown with about a half inch of tan head which faded quickly with very little lacing.

Smells pretty good with the toasted malt up front, carmel maybe. The smell of alcohol which was very prevalent initially has faded significantly, seems much less than advertised now.

With this cooling down a bit, the hints of chocolate, coffee, molasses; mat comes through much more and made it a whole lot more enjoyable. Could get tricked into drinking almost the whole bottle without knowing it is 12%.

Creamy, smooth and a light carbonation make it pretty solid.

Overall much better than it used to be and makes me want to go out and try to find one more bottle to have in another 6 months to see what it transforms into.

Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a very dark brown, close to black color with a thin, spotty head scattered across the top of the beer. It looked pretty close to an imperial stout actually.

The aroma shows a lot of roasty and bitter-sweet chocolate flavors to it for the style. I get a pretty big sweetness to it as well with caramel, brown sugar and some dark fruits coming through. Pretty nice and interesting aroma, it almost feels like a mix of a brown ale and an Imp stout.

The taste starts out with more of the sweeter, caramel, toffee and dark fruit flavors to it. Midway things start to get a little more roasty and bitter with some dark chocolate flavors to it that last through the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer, it definitely wasn't your standard brown ale though. As I said before it reminded me a little of a mix of a brown and imperial stout. Pretty tasty beer to sip on though this evening.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pawola22 for sending this bottle to me.

The beer pours a brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate with some alcohol and caramel notes. Smells like an alcoholic brown ale.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt. There are also some toffee notes in the flavor. When drinking you can tell that the beer is 12 percent ABV.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of 7ways
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Damn near black with a pretty minimal head, but I guess that's no surprise.

Carries the aroma of a nutty barleywine. Layered dark fruity malt and raisins. Very substantial, I dig it.

Is this what Palo santo tastes like without the wood?
Starts off great: juicy malt, light chocolate and nutty ovewrtones, a little licorice and molasses. But the finish really leaves room for improvement. It all falls away quickly and leaves what feels like a residue of lima beans, alcohol, and detergent on the tongue. It's actually pretty mild, but noticible.

Bully mouthfeel. That's right. Bully.

This would be a stunning beer if they cleaned it up a bit.

Photo of ChrisPro
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #4

Blind Beer #9 from Khazadum

22 oz. bottle shared on Friday with a couple buddies during some March Madness. Go Bucks!

The underlined word "thunder" on the blind wrapping gave a hint as well as the recent Half Acre brews I had, which is why I decided to share 3 ways.

The first whiff as I opened the cap made me think english barleywine with a huge malt bill.

Pours an opaue brown with a solid 3 finger head that cratered my glass. Some lacing as we drank.

Nose was incredibly complex! We got big caramel and molasses notes as well as some roasted nut and dark coffee. No hops anywhere.

Taste was just amazing. The best way to describe is this: Take a fresh baked biscuit from the oven, top with butter, a huge dollop of dark caramel and a dab of molasses. Then, after you take a bit, take a sip of espresso. That's what Thunder and Sons tastes like.

Very full bodied and light carbonation, despite the monster head. Quite appropriate for the style. Had some interesting butter feeling, but also as it warmed, I picked up a dryness that almost tastes like licking wood, though I don't think this is oak aged at all.

The beer was way more drinkable than I expected. I had purchased a Thunder and Sons when it first came out, but the early reviews all said it was too hot. That no longer holds true. The beer is drinking fantastically well right now and felty like 8% tops. Went down way too easily.

Reveal: Half Acre Thunder and Son

Thunder And Son Brown Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.