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Chocolate Camaro - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 212
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 3.79%
Wants: 21
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by Florida9:
Photo of Florida9
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,076 characters)

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for bringing this one over the other night. Poured into NB globe, beer is black with some dark brown hues at the edges with a mocha head that fades to a collar. Smell is malty and sweet at first, slight hop aroma, lots and lots of bitter chocolate, slightly syrupy. Taste is bitter dark roasted malts, some coffee, bitter dark chocolate, very sweet and sugary, bitter finish. Medium bodied with a light to medium carbonation, coating mouthfeel. I actually really enjoyed this beer. It is sweet and very chocolatey, very easy to drink. Much better then some of the other milk stouts out there. (608 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a growler after work this evening. It was nice running into ol' emerge077 in the tasting room as well.

A careful pour from the growler into a nonic pint glass yields a black liquid with chestnut highlights when held to the light. There's an impressive creamy two fingers of mocha brown head that screams roasty stout. The head slowly gives way to a thin layer of foam and spotty sheets of lacing.

The first thing I get in the nose is fruity esters followed by a wave of burnt malt, medium roast coffee and faint cocoa powder. There's also a tiny hint of coconut water. I can dig it.

The taste follows with some slight bitter, not astringent roasted malts, esters, burnt marshmallows, baker's and dark chocolate. There's a touch of sticky sweetness in the finish that stays on the lips, but it isn't cloying. It works with the bitter roast quite well. The more I drink the more I like the balance between the sweet lactose and bitter malt bill. I can really dig it. It almost reminds me of a Dark Horse stout only not as lush.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a mellow level of carbonation that leads to a creamy, almost silky feeling while still being lively enough to help propel the flavors.

Overall, I really like this beer more than I thought I would. I dig a good milk stout every now and again and this is doing the trick. The 6% isn't too hefty to tackle on a frigid night like this. I wish I had filled another growler, actually. I'll have no problem finishing the rest of this one tonight with Mrs. Beertooth.

A great cold weather beer. (1,572 characters)

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3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz growler into a couple of pint glasses. Big thanks go to my Half Acre hook-up goodstrongbeer for procuring this one for me.

Pours a straight black in the glass, with a finger of smooth milk chocolate colored head. This retains with a creamy richness on the edges (which looks a bit more burnt and angry here) that drenches the sides with thick foamy swathes of lacing and brown oils. The aroma has a well done and quite flavorful roasted coffee presence, but it isn't too overly assertive, as it melds well with a formidable smelling combo of bitter chocolate and creamy lactose. Spicy and earthy hop character runs along the back of the nose, adding some extra gritty complexity to the proceedings.

The taste, thanks to that mix of chocolate and cream, almost has a beer milkshake thing going on with it in the flavor profile. Bittersweet chocolate and lactic sugars give this a sticky sweetness up front that is well balanced by a fairly sturdy wave of spicy citric bitterness. Roasted coffee notes come out across the back and lingers in the finish with some earthy bitter dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a tiny bit fuller, and is well carbonated with a lively feeling prickly sharpness. This is layered on top of some thicker underlying chewiness, which is where a lot of that rich sweetness of the profile dwells. I wasn't expecting a whole lot of alcohol presence out of this at only 6% but it's always appreciated when it stays strictly to some light heft in the body.

This was another good Half Acre offering. Lots of full flavors (that hop profile really did lot in keeping this balanced, crisp, and interesting) and a good drinkibility really helped made this quite tasty and satisfying. This is definitely a solid one to have around for those seeking a chocolate beer fix during the usual Valentines Day hype. (1,846 characters)

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4.12/5  rDev +4%
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. (909 characters)

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4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (475 characters)

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Chocolate Camaro from Half Acre Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.