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Chocolate Camaro - Half Acre Beer Company

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42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 215
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 19.95%
Wants: 21
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of 312HopBomb
5/5  rDev +26.3%
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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Photo of CotterEU
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into a thick stemmed Dogfish Head snifter.

A: Pours a rich deep black that shows off a slight crimson at the edges when the glass is tilted to the light. One creamy finger of dark tan foam spreads out on top and hangs around for most of the glass. Lacing is a bit light with some delicate webbing.

S: Excellent roasty nose right off the bat. As it warms, out jumps aromas of bakers chocolate, burnt malt, caramelized brown sugar, sweet dark raisins, medium roast coffee, and a touch of fruit.

T: Smoky, burnt malt mixes it up with dark chocolate covered cherries, char, fudge brownies, bruised plums, bitter dark chocolate, campfire smoke, and sweet chocolate cake icing.

M: Starts off pretty roasty and spicy. Around the end of the beginning, the lactose comes on and breaks off some of the dryness and ushers in a sweet creaminess that sticks around until the very end of the finish when it turns a little dry again.

D: This was exceedingly easy to drink. This is one of those styles that I don't drink nearly enough of. Then something like this comes around a reminds me to broaden my horizons a little. Excellent job guys!

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Photo of beertooth
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.

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Photo of Tobe
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of vespahulb
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm normally not a huge fan of the sweet stouts, but this one changed my mind. Upon first whiff, a huge explosion of espresso, dark chocolate, a bit of smoke or burnt log aroma.

In the mouth, it's liquid fudge. Chocolatey, sweet, but still quite dry. Don't get me wrong, though, this beer is gulpable. A really enjoyable stout; one that you could stand to have a couple of.

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Photo of Purp1eOne
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of larryarms847
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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
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.

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.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of nkersten
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this growler during the boil!

It seems like a chocolate car would fair about as well as SNL's classic Adobe. But maybe it's just me. The namesake brew pours a sleek obsidian topped by a finger of light brown foam. The nose comprises dark chocolate, roasted malts, light molasses, very light vanilla, and a light sense of vague wood. The taste drudges up these very fresh memories for a second remembrance, though the wood has dropped out, and the dark chocolate has grown closer to the bitter end of the chocolate-y spectrum. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a very nice bit o' stout, though I was sorta hoping for some more chocolate character. Oh well, it still tastes pretty damn good to me.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in the glass with a finger or two of sticky tan foam that laces nicely. Surface has a semi glossy sheen like whipped meringue. Retention is good, the foam lasts for the entire glass.

Aroma is light, dry cocoa and roast barley with a nice coffee presence.

Firmly bitter with a silky body, unsweetened bakers chocolate and light roast coffee are the dominant flavors. Dry bitter aftertaste full of earthy roast. Light bodied and very easy drinking. Style wise this comes across more of a straightforward stout, no presence of typical lactose attributes like sweetness/creaminess/milkiness. Enjoyable and a welcome new addition to the Half Acre repertoire.

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Photo of KDawg
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from growler into a half acre tulip. Pours a nice dark chocolate color with a nice roasty head

very well balanced and aromatic with notes of dark chocolate, cacao nibs, roasted coffee beans and malts.

Full bodied with a real nice and smooth feel. Very drinkable with flavors of coffee beans, roasted malts and dark chocolate

Though it slightly lacks in the middle, this is a great stout at 5%. Brings real good depth and flavor while being at a lower abv.

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Photo of DannyMac614
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

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Photo of Chaney
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of robbyc1
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours an inky black with two fingers of stiff chocolate brown head.

Smell -- Roast malt, cafe latte, gentle lactose sweetness. Some cocoa presence, though pretty muted.

Taste -- Much like the aroma. Malt is nicely roasted, mellow. Modicum of dark fruit. Not much cocoa nib influence, at least not jumping out - to its benefit? Lactose sweetness is gentle, nowhere near saccharine. Overall very mellow. Lingering flavor of coffee with cream.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full body, gentler carb. Perfect for RIS, but a little undercarbed for its style.

D 4 Another solid beer from Half Acre. Well-crafted, rich, but mellow and drinkable. My only quip would be that it is a bit wanting for more cocoa nib character, however this might have been what was keeping the beer from being cloying like so many other chocolate-flavored stouts and milk stouts. Needless to say, the growler was soon emptied.

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Chocolate Camaro from Half Acre Beer Company
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