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The Chairman - Half Acre Beer Company

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The ChairmanThe Chairman

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very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GbVDave on 11-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The Chairman is in celebration of Lumpen Magazine's 20th anniversary.

We opted to brew an Imperial Red Ale; a mostly balanced, ominous, reigning force easing you into cooperation. In honor of their creativity, three different labels were designed for this beer. Each one takes its own slant towards the spirit of Lumpen and its Boring Theoretical Party. The Chairman will be available at our brewery store and at Maria's Packaged Goods in Bridgeport. To Lumpen!
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Photo of lnashsig
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brought back to Houston from Chicago from my sister as a Christmas gift! Very welcome and appreciated new bottle that I have never heard of. Poured from bottle into Half Acre tulip glass. Pours a cloudy dark amber color, an off-white head, nice lacing. Smell- a cocoa aroma, some malty breadiness, and a little bit of a plastic scent. Not a huge detractor but its there. I don't get any citrus flavors here, it's all a darker, maltier aroma. Taste- some bitterness on the first taste that is followed by some saccharine sweetness. It definitely tastes a bit artificial. Some roastiness from the malt in the backbone, but other than that, this beer is not too complex. The ABV is def there, it's a little boozy. The hops presence is all there in the form of a bitter ending to this beer. It's not a great beer, not a horrible one. I would pass on it in the future though.

Photo of KDawg
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bomber into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber color with a good 2' head

well balanced aromas of malts, caramel, toffee, and copper aromas.

medium/full bodied with a smooth feel. Very nice caramel, toffee, and malty flavors, but lacking a slight bit of body

an extremely good imperial red ale. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but not too much

Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of brydog22
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying this on tap at Maria's I decided to get a bottle to go.
Here's to Lumpen, a great local magazine chock full of politics, arts, and culture. Has it really been 20 years? That's really impressive!

Nicely saturated deep ruddy copper hue, sticky and creamy head of foam that lasts for the duration of the glass. Drippy arcs of lacing hang inside the glass.

Spruce tips and cantaloupe, some brown sugar and toffee sweetness. Some light toasted multigrain bread with honey.

Definitely a fall/winter sipper here. Lots of specialty malt, caramel toffee, nutty breadiness, with some resinous herbaceous hops lurking around the edges, lending a moderate bitterness from pine and orange peel. Dry bitter aftertaste of pine needles and toasted malts. Smooth feel, burly heft, sticky on the lips. It's a big beer, and admittedly this isn't my favorite style, but it's nuanced enough to keep things interesting. Finishing the bomber wasn't a problem, just take your time with it.

Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Florida9
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brownish red in color. Clear. Forms a large yellow-light tan colored head with good retention, but only leaves a light bit of lacing.

S: Toffee and alcohol. The alcohol is really quite pronounced in the aroma.

T: Loads of lightly sweet toffee, a little vanilla, and malty fruits. Caramel malts. Mild to moderate pine bitterness before the fusel alcohol takes over.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation and mild to moderate bitterness.

O: A decent beer, but far from a great one and I'd definitely choose Ginger Twin over this one. However, drinkability was good for a night with a little bit of a chill in the air.

Photo of HosP
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dunt for this beer. Poured 22oz bottle into snifter.

A- Pours a dark shade of amber. Off white head, about a finger high with small amounts of lace left.

S- Sweet caramel malt aroma comes through the most. Maybe a bit of citrus in the middle maybe. At the end get a bit of toasted/burnt aroma.

T- Lots of malty flavors in this. Caramel malts give off lots of sweetness. Some fruit, citrus hop flavor really tries to come through, but the malts don't allow much. Still a bit of burnt flavor at the end.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. A bit dry.

O- If you like lots of malty flavor this is for you. First Imperial red ale, and not my favorite style. Ok to drink just not my preference. Still thank you for the try Ryan, always love to try Half Acre.

Photo of ashleylake
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of geoffsm12
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of MasterSki
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Half Acre - love the 'collect 'em all' label art. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - A finger of white foam settles to wisps and a thin collar, leaving behind no lacework. Transparent dark red body.

S - Plenty of red fruits, toffee, crystal malt, a hint of milk chocolate, and spicy alcohol esters. There's an initial note of American citrus hops, but it dissipates quite quickly.

T - Taste is very similar, with loads of caramel malts, milk chocolate, red fruits, and a lightly toasted finish. Alcohol is better-hidden here.

M - Medium body, with a toasted grain texture and dry finish. Some light alcohol warmth, but nothing excessive for 9.5%. Carbonation is pleasant but restrained.

D - Yep - it's exactly what you'd expect from an Imperial Red Ale. If the alcohol were hidden a bit better it'd be an enjoyable beer, but as it stands it's merely acceptable. I'd stick with the Ginger Twin recipe in the future.

Photo of BrewerB
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Markfry hooked me up with this beer in what I hope to be the first of many trades. An awesome variety of Half Acre brews were included with this being the main initiator to make a deal. Thanks again, Mark for such an awesome box!

Pouring into my SF Beer Week 2011 tulip. It's a slightly hazy, amber color with touches of orange glow. Foam formed a 1-2 finger very light tan and is already leaving sticky lacing along the glass as I intake the aroma.

Toasty maltiness percolates up first with its trusty caramel scented accomplice. Candied orange peel hops noted as well. Alcohol is noticeable but not unpleasant.

More caramel malts coming through in the flavor along with a hearty, dark toasted bread. Subtle chocolate. Tangerine-like fruit signals the hop presence as does a dank/musty quality which is more noticeable as the beer warms.

Roughly medium bodied but feels thicker on the tongue that you might expect. Moderate level of carbonation.

All in all, I'm enjoying the chance to sample this beer but certainly had higher hopes. Somewhat off-kilter for a big red ale, would like to see more layered flavors here and a less noticeable boozy presence.

Photo of AgentZero
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Nice looking beer, a bit of a lighter brown with a beige head that left some decent stick on the sides.

S - Very malty. There's a bit of citrus and fruit that seem to weight it down more than needed. Smells fairly sweet.

T - Kind of bores me. It's a bit of a malt bomb with some fruit notes. Needs some more balancing characteristics as the sweetness and malts taste too heavy. Could stand some more hops. I find it kind of boring.

M - Smooth, malty, too much body, probably heavier side of medium.

O - Maybe Reds just aren't meant to be imperialized, whatever the case, don't really like this take on it. Average beer.

Photo of rtepiak
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

as much a this style has to offer all that bases are hit with a nice warm belly feeling. The toasted malt i could see being a bit troublesome with the abv and could have a booziness. Pour is red and mildly lacy. Nose of citrus hop. No alcohol noted here. Palate is rather savory dry. Hint of toasted malt, and chocolate. A lingering bitter note that clings to the toasty. Great for cheese.

Photo of Nachojon
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Great fluffy head, almost a beige brown color. Great lacing. Hazy reddish brown in light, mahogany wood at rest. Very nice looking beer.

S- Malt, hops and some apple. Fragrant beer, some cranberry sour as well.

T- Seems like it should be more complex. Pleasantly smooth but just not a lot going on, malt, not too strong in the hops and almost no aftertaste. The more I drink it the less I like it.

M- Not that much going on. Not overly carbonated, very little mouthfeel. Smooth and malty and gone...

O- I guess a little disappointed in this one, Half Acre doesn't make BAD beer, this is a good one, just not great.

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of davidbowers13
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of TacoHugs
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a rich, deep amber color with a creamy/pillowy plop of off-white foam on top. Retention was just ok with the head quickly melting down to a thin collar that left a suprising amount of lace.

S: Pan sauteed peaches, orange zest, and a healthy amount of toasty caramel malt. Light, field fresh strawberries on the nose as well.

T: Just as above with slightly more of a toasted flavor to the maltiness.

M: Rich and creamy with a healthy amount of spicy alcohol and hops. Dry during the middle and finish with a suggestion of a berry-like tang.

O: We liked this. It's not really a go to style for us and frankly it got a little tiring towards the end with the (relatively) high ABV, but the creamy balance of the mouthfeel really saved this from being too one note.

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The Chairman from Half Acre Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.