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Chub Step - Half Acre Beer Company

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very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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!

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Chub Step from Half Acre Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.