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Chub Step - Half Acre Beer Company

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88
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.64%


Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
The shift is upon us. Days are shorter, skin is hidden and black beers are here. Our first toss into the winter stew is Chub Step Porter. Like fur between your legs, this roasty, silk charmer is your ticket to seasonal embrace.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-19-2011)
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magictacosinus

California

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served at the January tasting at the Taproom. I brought this bottle. Thanks, Todd! Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours as any standard porter should - dark in color, with minimal brownish streaks when held against the light, with a minor tanned head that coats the top of the glass about one finger high. Leaves behind a little bit of lacing, and doesn't look too bad for an average beer within its style.

Nicely balanced roasted aromas reach the nose, resembling everything I'd expect in an American porter, with a little bit more at the finish. Roasted coffee beans, cacao nibs, maybe some powered cocoa... A little bit of caramel and toffee lingers underneath. Can't find too many dark fruits, but there is an undeniable sweet presence from the barley grains, as well as the slightly extra kick of alcohol. Not much else, but nothing problematic - it's tolerable in its simplicity.

The flavor is a bit more to my liking - while it's a run-of-the-mill American porter in several respects, it's highly enjoyable and super easy to drink. Notes of roasted coffee and chocolate hit the nose, with a roasted grainy flavor being most predominant at the finish. Some caramel, toffee, and brief notes of raisins and prunes, as well as a toasted biscuit flavor that is refreshing and gentle on the palate. Finishes a little bit more on the roasted side, with the coffee profile being the most everlasting. Carbonation is good, and while it feels medium-bodied, the extra alcohol accentuates the sweetness while never overpowering the refreshing, crisp nature of the beer. Definitely one of more memorable American porters I've had to date.

Presentable, simple - definitely a breath of fresh air when pitted against all of the barleywines we had to wade through that night. I'm always very excited when a US brewery attempts to brew a simple, straightforward take on a style and somehow succeed. Take note, domestic brewers - as exciting as your imperial chili pepper porter may be, sometimes there is elegance and grace that's found in the old school styles of beer. I would happily have this again!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 02:13:53 | More by magictacosinus
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paumase

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hints of chocolate and coffee on the nose and palate, with a rich and creamy finish. Really nice porter that poured beautifully and was enhanced by the nitro pour at the brewery. Tried the non nitro version as well which was good but not as good at the nitro version which was great.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-23-2013 01:04:48 | More by paumase
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MCain04

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown body with a cream colored thick head with great retention and some lacing.

Smell is roasty malts with some chocolate notes, coffee, and tobacco

Taste is similar with heavy roast character, bitter malts, coffee, some dark chocolate, bitter roasty aftertaste lingers.

Moutfeel is crisp and medium bodied, heavy on the tongue with a very dry finish.

Overall a really nice robust porter which is heavy, dry, and bitter, a real enjoyable beer that was even nicer on nitro at the brewpub.

Serving type: growler

11-09-2013 18:10:04 | More by MCain04
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MaximalC

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours seal brown with ruby highlights and a thin khaki head that is soon gone. Aroma smells almost exclusively of fresh roasted coffee. The taste has an acrid flavor that matches the aroma--roasted malt, burnt to a crisp, and little else. The body is smooth, if a little thin, and the carbonation is very mild. The whole affair comes off as something akin to cold, black coffee with some alcohol. Nothing to write home about here.

Serving type: growler

11-22-2012 02:02:02 | More by MaximalC
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Treebs

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Piece, served in an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a solid black body with browned edges. A thin khaki head forms on the pour and leaves some nice splotchy and sticky lace on the way down.

S: Pretty straightforward. Some coffee notes with a roasted malt body and a little chocolate.

T: Coffee upfront with a nice roasted malt body and some slight oatmeal like flavors as well. Obviously some chocolate in there as well with an every so subtle hoppy finish.

M: Medium bodied, slightly thin, but this just increases the drinkability. Right amout of carbonation with a slighty drying finish that keeps you coming back for more.

O: Overall a very good and highly drinkable porter for the winter months. Not complex by any means, but simplicity is key for this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2011 17:29:59 | More by Treebs
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a New Belgium globe at the Schaumburg Whole Foods.

Nice to see some tap-only Half Acre fare making its way to the 'Burbs. This stuff pours a straight onyx topped by about two fingers of tan foam. The nose comprises chocolate powder, roasted malts, and light coffee. It's hard to come across a more straightforward porter smell than this. The taste brings in more of the same, though the coffee and roasted malts come off a tad more bitter, more acidic, but not by too much. There's also a bit of greenery tossed in for good measure. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a very nice porter. 'Nuff said.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 21:57:07 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft served in a tulip glass.

Black with sticky tan foam. Billowing head, slow to deflate. Lasting chunky foam, lacing all around. Looks very nice in the glass, with the halo of intricate lacing.

Aroma is mellow and roasty, some coffee, fairly simple and straightforward.

Flavor is similarly straightforward, light roastiness, some light coffee grounds and unsweetened chocolate. Very smooth feel with a light bitterness. Light bodied, it disappeared pretty quickly. Overall very sessionable, and that's the point. Perfect light porter tailor made for the colder weather.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 06:16:05 | More by emerge077
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vespahulb

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up as a post-thanksgiving sipper. It poured midnight black with an outer silhouette of dark brown.

In the nose, a hefty whiff of milk chocolate, earthy dank coffee and roasty dark malts. In the mouth, the nose carried through. Beautiful silky chocolate, bitter coffee and almost a chicory-like flavor. The carbonation was just right. As it warmed, it really started to sing and the chocolate aromas became prevalent.

Another great offering from HA. This one was easy drinking and a delicious dark drinker.

Serving type: growler

11-30-2011 21:50:03 | More by vespahulb
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64oz growler into a pint glass.

A: Pours totally black with just the slightest hint of rust at the bottom of the glass. Capping this off is a thick and pillowy, 3 finger layer of khaki colored foam on top. Retention was very good and a nice collection of different lace patterns were left to decorate the inside of the glass.

S: Pretty simple, this one. Loads of roast and burnt/unsweetened chocolate. Picked up a trace of toasted oats, as well.

T: Exactly as above with the lone addition being a hint of dark roast coffee.

M: Thin and bitter. Tons of astrigent roastiness to dry out the mouth. Spicy, peppery, and pretty much right on for the style.

O: Seems like a pretty traditional take on a pretty traditional style. To me the bitterness is coming from the roast, not the hop additions. This is a clean and true example of the style.

Serving type: growler

11-20-2011 17:19:42 | More by GbVDave
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for picking this up at Half Acre. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - Two fingers of tan foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and spotty lace. Very dark brown opaque body. Quite attractive.

S - Big chocolate flavor, with plenty of dark milled grains, yeasty bread, nuts, brownies, and perhaps molasses? Very potent and enjoyable aroma.

T - Some light chocolate and bread notes, and a surprisingly empty finish. Minimal roast bitterness. Not bad, but just kind of dull and understated compared to the aroma.

M - Medium bodied, with lower carbonation, and a dry gritty texture that reminds me of cocoa powder a bit. No alcohol presence - doesn't seem like a very big beer. Guessing 6-7%?

D - A solid porter with no major flaws, but not much to separate itself from numerous other options. If the taste were able to capture the potency of the aroma this would be a real winner. On the other hand, this is better than many of Half Acre's other dark beers and doesn't have the chalky astringency of Baumé or Sticky Fat. I preferred S.S. Simon Short by a small margin.

Serving type: growler

11-19-2011 18:38:32 | More by MasterSki
Chub Step from Half Acre Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.