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Chocolate Camaro - Half Acre Beer Company

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88
very good

205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 21
Gots: 20 | FT: 3
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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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 jdhende
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of bertram
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of stbo101
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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!

Photo of KDawg
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of ILLEGALSMILEs
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of RTrain12
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Deeeeezzzzznuts
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of vespahulb
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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 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 TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of nkersten
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Chocolate Camaro from Half Acre Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.