Marty Stouffer's Wild America - Half Acre Beer Company

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Marty Stouffer's Wild AmericaMarty Stouffer's Wild America

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 20
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Cascade and Falconer's Flight hops.
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Photo of weatherdog
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quick and dirty review, will expand later. Growler poured into a snifter

Pour is the standard copper barleywine with a minimal bone colored head. Retention and lacing is minimal.

Aroma of bitterness, orange cascade seemingly hoppiness and some sweet caramel malts.

Taste is similar but bitterness just seems over the top. Malt flavor is a bit low for a beer like this. Body is too thin to support the bitterness. Overall it's like a huge hoped up Imperial amber. We'll see how it ages but for an American Barleywine I'm far from impressed.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a pinkish-amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of pine and resin notes from the hops, as well as some nice toffee and caramel malt. There is also a touch of alcohol in the aroma.

The flavor is similar. The toffee forms the backbone of the beer, but the pine and resinous hops stand out. Even with quite a bit of hop flavor, the bitterness is pretty low. The alcohol is noticeable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dan – much obliged!

Pours a slightly hazy honey-brown color with a tan head leaving decent lacing.

Smells of somewhat grainy caramel malts with good amounts of light toffee. Also present are solid amounts of pine hops with lighter amounts of citrus.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly dry caramel malt flavors up front with pine and deep citrus hops joining in midway. Near the end the flavors sweeten with hints of butterscotch and toffee. The ending is moderately bitter. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall there was nothing wrong with this beer but nothing stood out as that great either and the flavors didn't meld together terribly well. A solid beer that’s worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep caramel colored body with a thick yellowish white head that sticks to the glass a bit with each sip.

S- The full pine hops aroma takes on a nice earthy quality with some soft malt sweetness that comes through as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a big piney hops flavor that has some caramel malt sweetness supporting it and a crisp finish with a nice hop bitterness that lingers for a bit.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a nice soft alcohol heat that supports the hops in the finish.

O- This is a nice American barleywine with full hops that are supported by a nice malt backbone. It would be interesting to see this beer change with age but it is tasty fresh.

Photo of 1noa
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received bottles from Half Acre Brewery after sampling out of the tap. Pours a smooth caramel deep mocha color. Pours to a light head, after which you can smell the hops in the aroma. Out of the bottle it seems less boozy than the sample out of the tap. Sweet and smooth on the back of the palate upon tasting. Enjoy now or after cellared for a period. I know i will do both. Definitely an enjoyable barleywine.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy orange with a tall off-white head from an aggressive pour. There's spotty lacing as the head dies down.

The hops are pungent and grassy with some resinous pine. No doubt about it, they dominate the malt. The malt does have the defining caramel sweetness and a dash of wood, but they're submissive to the hops.

I hesitate to score the taste as high as I have because it's not "true to style," but this is so damn tastey I can't help myself. It borders a DIPA. Tons of grass, herb, and pine. Low sweetness, which sits well for me with this hop profile. It even finishes on the dry side.

Crisp, yet thick. It makes my mouth pucker. It's a palate destroyer. I'm definitely not tasting anything else tonight.

Well done, Half Acre. Like I said before, this is not a true to style barleywine and walks a thin line between that and DIPA, but either way this is a top notch beer.

Photo of trappistlover
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(I brought this to Dak’s Memorial Day tasting. Courtesy of jcnd9803!). Pours a hazy apricot-orange color with a tan head. Aroma has dank hops and is quite perfumey. Taste is sweet with some noticeable bitterness. Thin bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish. I would have prefered a little more sweetness in this barleywine to counteract the bitterness

Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hoppy barleywine!?! The world has officially turned upside down and my brain is running out my left ear. <_< I hope you can see this because I'm doing it as hard as I can...

Deep saturated ruby when backlit, otherwise a ruddy russet tone. Capped with three fingers width of sturdy foam, it laces in spindly arcs down the glass. Retention is fantastic, considering the abv is in the double digits.

Earthy sweet tropical mango hits the nose first, enveloping the olfactory senses. A light fruitiness dances around a rich malt derived sweetness. Trace hints of alcohol, but well integrated... not for lightweights. Blurring lines defining Barleywine and Double IPA, combining the best of both worlds. Resiny pine and lush hoppiness alternates with the rich malt complexity of a Barleywine.

Flavor has a looming presence of malt complexity: dry woodiness, caramel, hardtack, rye spiciness. Equally boisterous and heavy handed with the hops, deeply earthy with orange peel, mango, spruce, and pine resin. The fresh and green hop bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste.

Medium bodied, feels more like a Double IPA in heft, it finishes dry and not sweet in the least. Alcohol stages a sneak attack, it's pretty drinkable, though probably best shared. Nowhere near the syrupy sweet alcoholic Barleywines of the English tradition (which I also adore), Wild America sits squarely in the American Barleywine category. A creative, extreme, and style-pioneering beer from Half Acre.

Photo of Preismj
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: thick and cloudy. the color and cloudiness isn't the most appealing. Great lacing on this after the half inch creamy head falls.

s:sweetness here with caramel and grape skin. super sweet malt in this. touches of citrus and earthy tones.

t: bready and a touch of sourness. funkyness is mild but there. Almost like a blue cheese flavor in here. Not getting any of the sweetness from the nose that I expected, though the malt taste hangs in the form of barley and oat...almost a taste of hay in here. Hints of citrus.

m: thicker than expected, mild carbonation. This coats the palette well enough. good and sticky. Hop bitterness as well.

o: not the best barley wine I've had, but not the worst. Interesting taste in this but wish I had more sweetness and a little less sour funk to it. Very bready and malty...more than I usually enjoy.

Photo of jcnd9803
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Into a snifter with a very dark red body. The head forms nicely and stays around. A very nice coat of lace coating the glass.

S- Signature Half Acre hops, which I love! Citrus, pine and floral with a caramel backing. Also a bit of dark fruit in there as well.

T- A lot of hops once again. I know it's being docked some points for this, but given most Half Acre stuff, I assumed this would be there (which is why I wanted it). I do also detect a decent caramel, bread and dark fruit backdrop that supports a blast of earthy hops. This looks like it will age nicely as well.

M- Very creamy and substantial.

O- I've been dying to try a barleywine from these guys and this is exactly what I was hoping for from them. Out of the gate it blurs the line of a DIPA, while also showing the malt heft of something that will mature into a different beer that is equally as good. I dig this stuff.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this bottle from fear025 in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks, Jay!

Poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy deep copper with a thin light tan head that drops fairly quickly to a wisp of foam. Minimal lacing.

Aromas of pine and citrus hops, with a dark fruit/malt backbone. Dark fruit aromas of prunes and raisins.

Flavors of pine, citrus, tangerine, some grapefruit, thin malty backbone, with caramel and raisin. Finish is medium with bitter citrus peal lingering.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a barley wine, mouthcoating bitterness, not too harsh, and a good level of light carbonation.

Overall a very tasty brew. A little light in the body for my taste, but otherwise a very fine beer. Worth seeking out.

Photo of oline73
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a mildly cloudy dark reddish amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head. Decent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with dark fruit and some bitter hops.

Taste: Not very sweet at all. The citrus peel hop bitterness is a bit too dominant if you ask me. I would have liked the malt to come through a bit more. The finish contains some warm alcohol, but it is mostly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: I really with there had been a bit more going on in the flavor. The hops just killed everything else. I would have liked more balance.

Photo of titosupertramp
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dug for the chance to try this.

A: Caramel colored with about a finger of tan head. Good amount of lacing around all edges of the glass.

S: Big time hops. Pine and citrus with caramel, toffee and slight alcohol.

T: Follows the nose for the most part. Hops bitterness and malt sweetness compete well for top billing. Pine, citrus, caramel malts, toffee and just a slight bit of booze.

M: Full and sticky with some warming.

O: This is a tasty beer that I would really like to try again in a couple of years when the hops fully fade.

Photo of GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a nice looking rusty-amber color that gets capped with one finger of light-khaki colored foam. The head quickly settles down to a splotchy skim with thick collar. Lace is relatively plentiful and of the drooping rope variety.

S: Killer nose with a blend of apricot, peach, mango, and pineapple with fresh caramel and some pine sap. While it warms, some red apple, dried flowers, and a slight whiff of solvent alcohol present themselves.

T: Just a shade less vibrant than the nose. The tropical fruit vibe of the beginning of the nose gets dialed down a bit but the obvious presence of piney hops and alcohol gets cranked up to 11.

M: Not too sweet like some barleywines can be. Satisfying fullness in the beginning leads into a one-two punch of spicy hops and prickly alcohol. Finishes dry and with a bit of tongue stripping astringency.

O: Excellent! Hopefully they've seen fit to throw some of this into a barrel fit for ageing...

Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I shared this bottle with the guys at Brugge in Indianapolis. It poured a muddied orangish brown with a light white lacing around the glass. It smelled of citrusy hops and sweet caramel malts. The hops were superb! It tasted of light citrusy hops and had a distinct malt finish. I really appreciated how hoppy it was. It had really good flavor and wasn't a generic blend of malt like a lot of barleywines. It also drank exceptionally well for a fresh barleywine. It had nice body, good complexity, and drank smoothly. Overall this was a very good barleywine fresh. It was good enough to make me think about drinking my other bottle sooner rather than later. And I forgot to mention, the label is awesome! I used to watch Marty Stouffer's Wild America all the time when I was growing up in the early 90's. Hats off to Half Acre for their creativity!

Photo of AgentZero
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler thanks to spycow, who was so amped for this brew he used his special gold-lined, ruby-encrusted growler to fetch the beer in.

A - Dark copper color with a decent sized off-white head that left some trace lacing on the sides.

S - So much hops for a barleywine. Grass, citrus, little bit tropical. There is a malt backbone in here that is buried by the hops. Mostly brown sugar/caramel on the backbone.

T - Well, it's not a barleywine, it's a DIPA. Tons of hops, particularly grass and citrus, completely obliterate anything resembling barleywine in this one. There is some caramel and brown sugar on the backbone, but it's more like a malty DIPA than a hoppy BW.

M - Good carbonation, kind of syrupy and sugary.

O - I guess the brewers can call this beer what they want, but this doesn't taste like a barleywine at all. It tastes and drinks like a DIPA. So completely ignoring style in this review, I think this is a better than average DIPA. Perhaps it will be more like a barleywine in a year or so when the hops start to die, who knows what it will be like then.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 1/10/12

Deep, rustic copper hue; at times it has a nearly crimson sheen. Ample one and a half finger head, especially for the abv. The head recedes slowly to a pack of bubbles amid a thin skim. Decent lace remains even before taking a drink.

Smells like a standard-fare hoppy/malty American Barleywine. Dry piney hops with traces of citrus peel and zest (think orange and lemon), toasty caramel, dried out spiced bread, brown sugar, mild fruit overtones and hints of earthiness. No alcohol to be found.

It tastes just about the same, only with appreciable alcohol and a harsher dryness. Man this critter is dry. The hoppiness seems to have parity with the malts, though both offer flavors that are on the generic side of things. Orange pith obscured by a hefty pine bitterness. Lots of toasted bread with some caramel backing it up.

Medium-full body with appropriately weighted carbonation. A bit gritty on the latter half. Finishes dry, of course.

I've got no qualms with drinkability, but it's far too average for the price of entry. I'm happy to have tried it, but I'd rather go for Bigfoot or some such.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Three Floyds tulip pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

Just to make everything so ridiculously enjoyable and appropriate, this was consumed whilst imbibing some of "Marty Stouffer's Wild America" on DVD. Yes. The namesake beer pours a lightly cloudy sunrise russet-garnet topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises leek, greens, light pine, mild ruby red grapefruit, and some dark toffee hanging throughout the back. The taste holds notes of greens, mint, light menthol-ish-ness, toffee, and bay leaves. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice hoppy b-wine, though I'm not sure I really like the hop choices made here (meaning they don't seem to meld well with the malt base). Enjoyable beyond that, though.

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this and for Jeff for sending me one.

A: The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a rather tall off-white head.

S: Decently hoppy on the aroma with some grass, citrus peel, and a somewhat mild pine. There is a nice bit of caramel, toffee, and toasted bread maltiness as well. The aroma also has a very perfumey quality to it.

T: The hop profile on the palate is quite floral and perfumey, but also has some solid pine flavor to it. As expected, plenty of malt character in the form of toffee, caramel, and toasted bread. A somewhat mild hop bitterness.

M: The body and carbonation are both medium.

O: Sort of in between the malty and hoppy side of barleywines. Good, but would prefer it to be more of one or the other.

Photo of Spider889
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by schwaeh. Very cool share at the last big tasting.

A - Dark caramel/oak colors going on in this beer with a short off-white head.

S - Smells herbal and earthy, more like an English Barleywine imo. very vegetal and herbal. Spice notes and some toasted malt rounding things out on the back end.

T - Very bitter up front (here's the American side of things). Dry and earthy.

M/O - Dry finish. Ultimately not all that impressive. I think the label art was the best part!

Photo of davey101
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a Founders 15th glass. Cool label and idea! Pours a clear burnt red color with a fingers worth of stubborn white foam. Really sticks around and clings to the glass. Excellent retention. Smells like a faded hoppy American barleywine. Resinous pine and some light citrus, toffee and caramel, a touch of booze and some brown sugar sweetness. Taste is similar to the nose with plenty of toffee, brown sugar, and piney hops. Bitterness is low and the alcohol is noticeable but pleasant. This is tasting really damn good right now, but I can only imagine age hurting this beer. Mouth feel is full and creamy. Overall this is a really solid beer. Really hits on everything that I would want out of the style with a bit of age on it.

Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1419th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Taster
22 oz

Chicago Bottleshare

App- It's a very weird orange color with a big hazy color with a yellow highlight. Not sort of speak a head but a tiny amount of bubbles.

Smell- I can assume fresh with the falconers flight hops this was bright and citrusy. Those have faded and are really mellow and replaced by a thick malt base.

Taste- Malty to a point and then a small amount of hops come in for a second layer of flavor and give a little boost. Not the best BW I've had but was pretty tasty.

Mouth- A full medium body with a medium carbonation. Thick on the tounge and leaves a residual malty pine flavor.

Drink- A decent beer but one I fear was best fresh. Probably wouldn't want to trade for a bottle.

Photo of EricCioe
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a nice slightly hazy ruby with a one finger vanilla bean head that dies down to a ring leaving some nice lace on the way. On the nose there is a gigantic hop presence, pine resin and apricot mostly, with some definite caramel malt underneath it. But by underneath, I mean buried underneath, at least until it warms up some. This barleywine is as hop-forward as I've had. In the mouth the caramel malt provides a lush basis for the bitterness that hangs on. As it warms, more of a big malt backbone comes out, with a dryness that resembles oak and a bit of alcohol, too, perhaps a bit too loud. I have no problem with alcohol in a 10% brew but it seems slightly disconnected from the rest of the beer here. The body is medium wide, with a nice, long finish, quite dry as the caramel malt recedes before the hops do.

Overall, I like this beer a good deal. As barleywines go I usually prefer the sweeter English style, but this is a great example of a very hoppy American. The only fault I can find is that the alcohol isn't as well integrated as it could be. Still, this is worth looking for in my mind.

Photo of Khazadum
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Good amount of carbonation, amber body. Good lacing, pretty good retention and head formation.

S- Holy hell. The hops coming off of this are so aggressive. Its an explosion of aroma. Vegetable, earthen, a bit garlic but the garlic is transient. Grassy is the next phase. Following that the middle is fruity caramel. Back end of sharp citrus without the sweetness and light caramel drizzle. If there is one thing you get out of this, it is that the main player is the hops, and they smack the shit out of your nostrils.

T- Opens up very aggressive. The hops are all over the palate and fight off the other flavors. Instantly bitter, funky onion hop, middle of alcoholic orange. Strong citrus that is at least 24 hours infused with ethanol. Finish is bitter, not pine, but bitter. Falcon hops doing that? Ethanolic all throughout it I realize as it warms a bit.

M- Aggressive as shit. This beer is hugely alcoholic, hugely hopped, and low on the sweetness. It really doesn't balance out. I swear I've had better DIPAs for barleywines. Very, very unfortunate for me. Carbonation is on spot at least. The alcohol is hot and biting. The hops are stabbing and pervasive. The sweetness is.. lacking. Sticky, and not even full bodied. It has a medium body, at the most. I was feeling way more inebriated than normal after four to five ounces of this 10%. It has to, HAS to be more than 10%.

I'm really, really disappointed. I've never had a Half Acre beer I couldn't fall in love with. Even the beers others dislike, I have found a soft spot for. This... maybe in 12 months I'll like it.

Photo of chocosushi
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GCurlow for this surprise bottle.
6oz Pour->Smokestack Tulip
A ~ Pours a Marooned-Brown with cream colored head. Very fine carbonation that really just makes me wanna get down to business and drink this thing.

S ~ A whole lotta malt! Dark bread, Wood Shavings, & murky hop resins with hints of black peppercorns & mild tobacco.

T ~ Malted barley lends caramel, wheat-bread, Rye whiskey & black pepper. There are hints of bitter chocolate & pomander within the malt that were peculiar for a Barleywine, but incorporated fluidly no less. There is a ton of Piney Resins & lemon pulp bitterness on the finish.

M ~ There is heat on the throat, but the carbonation is very tight & smooth, carrying the beer through very well. Finish is dry & hoppy, with the malt-driven body still singing through strong.

D ~ This was executed very well! Great Carb & Good balance of a variety of malts & a ton of bitter hops. Would LOVE to revisit this. . .would pair great with a Hangar Steak.

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Marty Stouffer's Wild America from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.