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Chocolate Camaro - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 22
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AgentZero on 01-21-2011

Coco richness and lactose silk surround roasty notes to offer this stout a firm stance.
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Ratings: 212 | Reviews: 43
Photo of Stevedore
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body, one finger mocha head that fades quickly. Not much retention. No lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, bitter, sweet lactose, cocoa. Not too complicated. Flavour is dark roast malt, a bit bitter with the cocoa and dark chocolate, fair amount of sweet lactose, mildly roasted beans. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft, good carbonation, easy to drink. Overall, a fairly average milk stout that doesn't have much in way of defects, but it doesn't truly impress me either.

Photo of larryarms847
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black wit a light khaki finger of thick and sticky foam.

So much chocolate malt and roast, some light vanilla and earthy woody notes as well.

Chocolate malt, Hershey's chocolate, and more chocolate. Vanilla flavor is much more pronounced, creamy rich espresso.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, silky smooth and creamy.

Overall, the aroma could use some oomph, but the flavor stands out much more as well as the creamy mouthfeel make up a few points.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Black body. Big off-white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Lots of lactose. Chocolate. Coffee. Mostly lactose.

Taste - Tastes better, but still a lot of lactose. Milk chocolate. Lactose sweetness. A little roasty.

Mouthfeel - Thicker than expected. Well carbonated.

Overall - Absurd lactose. Not a characteristic I enjoy.

Photo of rpmetzler
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Kind of an odd taste...definitely chocolatey, not bad...but not something I'd drunk repeatedly

Photo of CotterEU
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Rating based on the nitro version. The regular is only a small step down. So good and creamy. Super dark and roast character. Pairs amazing with coffee.

Photo of DannyMac614
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is truly chocolately that finishes with a creamy backbone to counter balances and let's it just slide down. Thoroughly enjoyed this beer on a cold day after dinner! In the words of half acre, "it's the adult chocolate milk." God bless half acre!

Photo of PHBoiler
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark black pour with a thin brown head. Great, rich chocolate aroma with some roasty notes on the nose. Slight coffee taste with the roast and a light but rich chocolate flavor. Very drinkable. Shared with a non BA friend who thought the same and said he should start trying dark beers again as he very much enjoyed this beer. The low ABV and thin viscosity also help with the enjoyment of the beer. It could be a hair thicker for my taste, but overall a very tasty milk stout.

Photo of Purp1eOne
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown almost black with a slight milk chocolaty head.

S - The strong smell of coffee and bitterness stands out with a hint of alcohol.

T - The overbearing flavor of bitter coffee hits first with this stout followed by some smooth dark chocolate.

M - Good body that is carbonated just right for a nice creamy stout.

O - This is a decent stout that has a nice complex of flavors but to me this is more of a coffee stout than a chocolate stout.

Photo of JackieTH
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Opaque brown black pour with a fleeting khaki head and traces of lace. Smells nutty, roasty, lightly chocolate, lactose and a trace of coffee. Taste is lactose and lightly roasted malt. Bitterness of bakers chocolate but not a lot of chocolate flavor. Not sweet. A hint of dried dark fruit. A whiff of coffee. Mouthfeel is too thin, carbonation is fairly strong. Dry mildly bitter finish, lactose presence. Overall this one smells decent, but not much chocolate to taste, and it's too watery.

Photo of AndyP612
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into snifter.

A- Dark brown with small tan head.

S- Roasted malt forward with slight lactose scent present as well. Smells quite smoky.

T- Palate follows the nose to a T. Very little bit of milk is added to a straight smoked, almost burnt malt taste. Slightly bland. Almost too light. Really not detecting much chocolate or sweetness from the cacao and it's disappointing.

M- Very light mouthfeel but the smoke stays with you. I think one could drink several of these, however, I am not sure that's what I am looking for when I am craving a stout.

O- Honestly, kind of a let down from Half Acre. I guess not everything can be of Daisy Cutter's stature but I can't but help but look for more! I find myself looking for more flavor profiles and layers but the smoke kind of kills everything that may have been. Cheers.

Photo of homebrew311
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into snifter. Appearance is an opaque deep brown with tan head. Nice retention and a thick lacing left behind. The nose is heavy on cacao nibs and has nits of roasted malt. A touch of cream comes in towards the end. Taste is creamy up front with dry roasted malts and notes of cacao as the flavor progresses. The lactose sugar adds a nice balance to this roast forward stout. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with a moderate to high level of carbonation. Overall, tasty sweet stout with heavy roast and a bit of dryness.

Photo of Brewasaurus
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown, one finger head that is very light

S: Roasted malts, coffee, lactose. Doesn't really smell that great, to be honest.

T: Roasted coffee, hints of some sort of nut. Despite being brewed with chocolate, I only really notice the bitterness of it, not a particularly strong flavor.

M: NIce thick body, smooth in the mouth and going down. Ends a bit dry.

O: Very good beer. I was surprised by the amount of coffee flavor, but in a good way. Very smooth, nice amount of sweetness, and for the style, it's really quite good.

Photo of robwestcott
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ppohio for this one. Poured cold from the bottle a deep cola black with a short lasting foamy tan head to an against the grain dimpled pint mug.

Aroma of cocoa powder and roasted malts.

Light bodied, medium carbonation, big roasty cocoa, super drinkable.

Great chocolate stout.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to augustg for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, opaque, with a one-finger brown head, and no visible carbonation.

S: Heavily roasted malts, creamy lactose, coffee, leather, and just hints of dark fruit. Smells bitter overall, but not in a bad way.

T: Roasty bitter coffee, milky, some hazelnut, hints of baker's unsweet cacao in the mouth - gives the beer a mouth-drying bitter aspect. Seems a bit nutty as well.

M: Thick body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation for style, alcohol more noticeable than expected for such a low ABV but doesn't detract.

O: This was a quality beer. More roasty and bitter than most of the other examples of style, but I think it works here in context. I wouldn't hesitate to drink another.

Photo of Florida9
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, though appears black in the glass. Forms a minimal dark tan head that quickly reduces to nothing but a ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing.

S: Very nice. Chocolate forward. Some deeply roasted malts, brown bread, and a touch of molasses. But really, the chocolate is the dominant smell.

T: Taste is likewise dominated by the chocolate flavor. It's certainly a milk-chocolate type flavor, not as strong, complex, or "dark" as the good stuff. But considering this is a milk-stout, I guess the milk chocolate reference is to be expected. Mild to moderate sweetness. Some weak coffee notes and a little earthy, woody on the finish. Finish is quick.

M: Medium bodied, but would have appreciated a bit more "chew" on this. Mild to moderate sweetness. Low bitterness, though there does seem to be a hint of tannic astringency, possibly from the cocoa nibs. Medium carbonation.

O: Glad they finally put this one in bottles as I've been wanting to try this beer for the last two years, but was unwilling to commit to an entire growler. A nice beer.

Photo of Chaney
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Churchkey during the Craft Beer Conference 2013.

A: Poured out pretty much black as night, with somewhat of a thick consistency, yet still fairly light looking overall. Slight head, but nothing too foamy.

S: Definitely hints of cocoa and some toasted grains. That's about it.

T: Ha! This brew resembles Coca-Cola more than any I've ever tasted. My wife and I both sample this at the same time and said that exact same thing! Yep, Coke is it (80s pun intended) along with some subtle hints of cocoa.

M: Grainy, almost the same texture I get when I sample many Black IPA. Still, that was a nice, memorable characteristic, along with the smooth cocoa finish which was fun.

O: I see a collaboration with the a carbonated beverage company in Half Acre's future. At the very least, I'd love for them to brew a root beer sometime.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On nitro-tap in the tasting room.

Nice cascading carbonation from the nitro pour. The only downside was waiting a few minutes for it to set.

The smell is faint hints of milk chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt.

The chocolate has a light bakers chocolate bitterness to it. There's a mild sweetness from the lactose. The roast is almost a woody smoke, but faint.

The mouthfeel on nitro knocks it out of the park. I imagine this is smooth from the bottle and nitro compounds that. It's amazingly smooth, soft, and velvety.

I'm looking forward to trying this out of the bottle.

Edit:
Tried out of the bottle. It's still a fantastic and extremely drinkable milk stout but the mouthfeel is a bit less smooth, for obvious reasons. It has the same flavors but the sweetness tastes a little more like artificial sweetener than I remembered it being on nitro. Out of a bottle I give this 4s across the board.

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Devil's Den in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Complex malt aroma with a nice balance of sweet and roasted notes.  Hints of sweet and dark chocolate, oatmeal, coffee bean and toffee along with lactic sugar/cream.  Smells like a chocolate milk shake.

Slightly chewy medium body with a nice balance of sweet and roasted chocolate malt along with earthy, bitter hops and lactic sugar.  Really chocolate-y with hints of caramel, toffee and nut.  Some roasted dark malt notes and hops contribute bitterness.  Hits of oatmeal, coffee and toast but the silky chocolate and lactic sugar notes dominate making this beer silky smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of Tobe
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black with a tan head that dissipated fast. In its defense I was outside in the rain enjoying this during Philly Beer Week. so I can forgive the head.

The aroma offers a ton of milk chocolate. The flavor is the same, deep milk chocolate notes with a bit of carbonation and a very soft mouthfeel. Very drinkable, an easy drinker, but also a great desert beer. Wonderful finish and a great intro to a new brewery that I have never previously tried.

This was definitely one of the top two beers I tried at that evenings event. I am now organizing a trip to Chicago so I can visit the brewery and indulge in some more.

Photo of rmcnealy
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a growler filled at the brewery.

Poured a dark, non-translucent brown that appeared to be totally filtered. Produced a thin light mocha head that faded to a mere ring around the glass. Smells are of roast, sweetened coffee, dark chocolate and caramel. Tastes mirror that with a definite milk/cream taste. A sweetened coffee taste is highly present. After I had a piece of chocolate, the tastes seemed more woodsy and roasty. The mouthfeel is decent but it seems too crisp for me. Needs a bit more body, perhaps. It leaves a mere milky aftertaste. Overall, a solid brew. Another good offering from Half Acre.

Cheers!

Photo of WankelEngine
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a mug

A: Pours opaque black with a touch of dark brown. There is a foamy tan head of two fingers with decent retention. Layered curtains of lacing.

S: The aroma is deep and malty. Chocolate and roasted malts are key. There are some notes of toffee and brown sugar sweetness as well.

T: Bittersweet chocolate is the first flavor I detect, followed closely by a light brewed coffee. Toffee and faint vanilla give the flavor some good depth. Finishes clean with some mild lingering chocolate bitterness.

M: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied for a stout. Pretty damn enjoyable. Medium-light carbonation.

O: Good chocolate notes with a sweet backbone and creamy mouthfeel. Tasty and drinkable.

Photo of robbyc1
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black, tan head, disappates fast, looks like a Stout. Nose is subdude, not alot of malt, but lots of milk chocolate. The flavor is the same, deep milk chocolate notes with a bit of carbonation and a very soft mouthfeel. No big Stout backbone, don't need it. Very drinkable, at the brewery they said the ABV was closer to 4%, I believe that is true, hard to tell. This is an easy drinker, but also a great desert beer, have it closer to 60 degrees if you really want to get all the flavor. A sessionable stout, yes please, keep it coming.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Growler into Jester King pint.

A- Pours a dark black with a 1 finger light tan head. Some small blotches of lacing.

S- Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee.

T- Chocolate right upfront with roasted malts quickly behind. Some coffee and very faint hop bitterness.

M- Light body, medium carbonation. Very easy drinking with some creaminess from the lactose.

O- Very good flavor and easy to drink. One of the better milk stout's that I have had.

Photo of Jaycase
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: very dark brown, almost black. mocha colored head.

s: creamy, dark chocolate. bit of espresso and roasted malts

t: sweet milk chocolate. roasted malts and a finish of coffee bitterness

m: medium body. creamy and smooth. a bit dry

o: incredibly easy to drink. good flavor but I wish there was just a bit more of a chocolate presence in the taste. A solid stout to try, however.

Photo of 312HopBomb
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, dark brown almost black. No light shines through. Three finger head overflows the pint glass. Mocha colored foam. Slowly settles leaves great lacing. Aroma of cocoa, coffee and dark malts. Taste is sweet milk chocolate and chocolate malts...wonderful. Mouthfeel is like velvet. Creamy and smooth with fine carbonation.

A great session beer this is an awesome chocolate milk stout, one of my favorite styles. This is by far the best of Half Acre's many departures from their world-class hoppy beers. Don't get me wrong, I like Baume Rye stout and Chub Step porter but this blows them away. Again, I am partial to sweet stouts. Reminds me of Mackeson Triple Stout back in the 80's. A grand slam from my friends at Half Acre...cheers!

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Chocolate Camaro from Half Acre Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.