Chocolate Camaro - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 21
Gots: 19 | 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 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 jrallen34
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Homer Half Acre love on this one...Thanks to Chris for coming over early Saturday. Drank from a Matilda tulip...Pours black with medium to dark brown on the fringes. Really good carbonation especially from an already opened growler, retention and lacing are really nice...The aroma is really sweet chocolate syrup, roast, some great creaminess. Some bitter coffee. Too sweet, but otherwise easy to smell, ok...The taste is not doing it for me. Sweet bitter cream, over burnt malt, off balanced lactose sugar that just seems added in. The burnt/roast makes for a harsh finish and feel...Despite not loving this still pretty easy to drink.

About an average milk stout. Can't recommend this.

Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice looking black beer with a decent sized white head that dissipated with some small stick on the sides.

S - Bitter and lightly sweetened chocolate, small amount of lactose, some muted, but presented roasted notes. Smells like about what you would expect from a chocolate milk stout, although not as chocolate forward as I would have guessed.

T - This actually reminds me a lot of Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout. Dark chocolate, roast, burnt malts, milk, lactose sugar, and a little bit of bittering coffee. It's not bad, it's not great, but milk stouts are a hard style to blow anyone away with.

M - Heavier side of medium bodied, this one is a little too carbonated for me, which detracts a little. Would have liked less on that, making it feel smoother and creamier.

D - This is a solid milk stout. I can drink this easily enough and don't mind polishing off my growler with friends. Having said that, it's not good enough that I would go out of my way to get it, would only drink it if it were easily available.

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 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 MrDriscoll
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler Friday afternoon..

A - Nice dark pour with lighter brown fringes around the foam. Nice lacing all the way down the glass.

A - Really nice aroma after the pour. Nice roasted malt, chocolate and sublte coffee scents.

T - Took a nice big quaff and picked up nice semi-sweet chocolate flavors as well as just a little bit of bitter coffee vs. bitter hoppiness. Not as "milky" as I would have expected from a milk stout but that doesn't take away from the overall taste.

M / F - Nice carbination considering it was a growler pour. Not to heavy and slight creaminess, but again not as milky as I would have expected not only in flavor but in the mouthfeel as well. Finished quite clean and crisp.

D - Very drinkable...had a little movie marathon Friday night and went through a lot more than I had expected to..not to mention more than seemed. Didn't leave me very full and went down very easy.

Photo of cadaugherty
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into New Belgium globe glass-

Appearance- pours a nice black with about 1 finger of toffee head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma- Roast malt, bakers chocolate, lactose sweetness. Maybe a bit of burnt coffee in there.

Taste- Heavy on the roasted malt, nice sweetness, the chocolate is not super present. just a hint of bitterness on the finish.

Mouth- Heavy carbonation, not really mouth coating. Overall not bad but just lighter than I want a stout to be.

Drink- Very drinkable.

Overall the chocolate and lactose are a nice touch but the feel is a bit light and the roasted malt is a touch strong.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jdiddy for the opportunity to try this bitchin' camaro

Super dark brown in color with a dark tan head. Head falls to a thin blanket. Some lacing.

Smells roasty, some chocolate, some lactose sweetness.

Taste follows the nose though with a lot more bitter sweet chocolate in the middle and at the end. some coffee notes and a dry, slightly bitter ending. Fairly sweet overall.

Body is medium, the carbonation is nice and fairly mellow though the growler has been open for a bit of time.

Pretty drinkable brew though the combo of the sweetness and roasty dry aftertaste might be tough after a bit.

Photo of Khazadum
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lets see how this ranks for a milk stout. Since its growler only, I made sure to pick one up this afternoon and sample in my favorite snifter.

A- Customary finger of chocolate brown froth. Low retention time leads to a clear middle and thick creamy collar. Nice carbonation in the almost inky darkness. There is crimson hues with the right lighting, giving it a change from the average milk stout. Some mild lacing gives it a decent vision.

S- Very burnt grain forward, minor roasted character. Nice sweetness to the edges from the lactose sugars. Bit of bittering that reminds me of black coffee, but I'm assured they don't use anything like coffee so the hops perhaps. For a milk stout, I'd expect something sweeter on the nose here.

T- First hits are similar to the nose. Nice burnt character, but a higher proportion of roast. Doesn't become acrid or nauseating. Middle is the lactose sugars coming forth, recognizable, but only able to stay for a five minute chat. The finish is mildly chocolate, cocoa powder style, and bit of burnt grain.

M- Thin, clean, slick, and crisp carbonation in the beginning. Low lingering potential, and standard operating procedure for sweet stout. Definitely some unusual stickiness coming out on the lips and cracks of my mouth.

D- Even though its nothing amazing, it is easily drinkable. No complaints on the smooth nature, the less-than-exciting flavors, the moderate aroma. It is easy for me to drink glass after glass of it, and I actually like it a lot. I wish there was stronger aspects of it, though.

Photo of fear025
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler fill.

Aroma:Roasted malts with some of the sour dark roasted malts smell. There's a little bit of caramel and coffee.

Appearance:Black with espresso colored head.

Taste:Dark malts on the foretaste. Chocolate, caramel, and vanilla flavors come through more on the midtaste. The aftertaste has the slightly sour dark roasted malt flavors.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, not particularly heavy. Ok carbonation.

Drinkability:This is an easy drinking chocolate stout, pleasant and sessionable.

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 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 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 MasterSki
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at Half Acre on Friday. Shared it at a friend's party the same night. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - This beer look fantastic. A few fingers of persistent mocha foam that leave behind nice fingers of lace, and a nearly black body that has a faint ruby glint at the fringes. Very evocative of chocolate.

S - Cocoa, roasted grains, a faint note of coffee. Aroma is somewhat understated and doesn't leap out of the glass. I wouldn't have guess this was a milk stout either.

T - I like the taste a fair bit more, as it has a little more substance to it. Tons of baker's chocolate, a hint of smoke, and a bitter espresso finish. Surprisingly low in saccharine qualities for the style, but a pleasant change of pace from the Hershey's-esque milk stouts.

M - This was a little over-carbonated, and seemed to fizzy for the style. Chewy, medium body, and a very sticky and slightly gritty finish.

D - I had a few pours of this - it went down pretty easily throughout the evening and I never got fatigued by it. I wouldn't rush out to get it again, but it's probably my favorite dark offering by Half Acre. I DO highly recommend the truffles made with this beer - great impulse purchase.

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 Vdubb86
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to my buddy taiyed for bringing this to the party

This beer pours a sexy gorgeous blackness with a thick dark tan foam. The smell is pretty vacant on the nose, but notes of char and burnt chocolate are pretty much the only strong notes to be taken into consideration. The taste is super roasty and reminds almost solely of a nice cup of coffee that I poured a bit of sugar and even a smaller portion of cream into. This beer is pretty tasty and I think it's pretty hard to pick up the lactose sweetness in it and it reminds more of a coffee stout than it does a milk stout. This was a little abrasive on the tongue, but not too overbearing, and there was just something that was left to be desired here. Overall a very good beer, but an okay milk stout.

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 yeahnatenelson
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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 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 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 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 emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Chocolate Camaro from Half Acre Beer Company
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