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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 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 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 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 MasterSki
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

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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 jrallen34
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 cadaugherty
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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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 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 kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

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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 JackieTH
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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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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Photo of Vdubb86
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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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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Chocolate Camaro from Half Acre Beer Company
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