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Vanilla Baumé - Half Acre Beer Company

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Vanilla Baumé
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-04-2012)
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

06-21-2014 18:07:26 | More by harripat
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

03-07-2014 17:02:09 | More by lccrunchy


4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-22-2014 22:17:59 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

Reviewing the Vanilla Baume from Half Acre Brewing Company out of Chicago, Illinois.

Score: 92

Firkin Friday release! Served in a pint glass and enjoyed on 02/21/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown chocolate bar color that is "muddy" and mostly opaque. Served with a thin layer of khaki head that slowly settles to a ring around the glass. Average lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Vanilla cupcakes, milk chocolate and marshmallows! There is a nice light roastiness and a hint of coffee grounds present too. Mild spice/grain. Lots of vanilla and chocolate present in the nose, with everything in an enticing balance with each other. 4.5/5

Taste: The taste is a lot more malt/grain flavor forward than the nose, and the chocolate and vanilla notes are substantially dialed down relative to aroma as well. This brew has a nice, but not overpowering, rye spice sharpness and mild hop flavor towards the finish with a good bitterness. The vanilla character on the palate is very muted. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and residual bakers chocolate flavor. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium/medium-light bodied, minimal carbonation. Surprisingly creamy and velvety smooth mouthfeel for a thinner bodied beer. I like the bitterness, which greatly adds to this brew's drinkability in my opinion. Most vanilla beers tend to be quite sweet -- layering in a filling way and becoming difficult to drink past the 12 oz mark. 4.25/5

Overall: Smells fantastic, tastes good, and has a great mouthfeel despite being a firkin beer with a thinner body. With a little tweaking to get the quality of the taste to approach the quality of the nose, Half Acre would have a true home run with this one. Nonetheless enjoyed thoroughly, and I ordered a second glass when finished.

Cost: $5 for a 13 oz pint.

02-22-2014 17:15:19 | More by jegross2
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-22-2014 04:21:30 | More by dedbeer
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

01-11-2013 21:35:40 | More by spycow
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

11-26-2012 16:22:06 | More by AgentZero
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-08-2012 01:22:55 | More by vitters03
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3.83/5  rDev -10.1%

On cask at Night of the Living Ales. Poured into tasting glass.

A - Pours black, light mocha head, thin collar, wisps on top.

S - Vanilla and Baume...crazy huh? I'm not really a fan of regular Baume, so the vanilla defiantly helped improve upon the base beer.

T - Again, pretty straight forward here. Vanilla, chocolate, rye. I don't really think the vanilla is integrated very well, just basically tasting like Baume with a whole bunch of vanilla dumped in there. Not very complex, but hey, I like vanilla so whatever.

M - Medium body, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - This won 1st Place at NotLA, but IMO, it wasn't even in my top 3. Overall, it's a decent beer and the vanilla is nice, but I wasn't going crazy over it like everyone else was (apparently).

03-05-2012 17:42:47 | More by Sean9689
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

03-05-2012 13:51:54 | More by redblacks75
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-05-2012 01:39:41 | More by EseLocoSS
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Firkin at Night of the Living Ales. Thanks to whoever pointed out that this was a special version and not just regular Baumé. Served in the supplied taster glass.

A - Thin tan foam settles to a thin collar and a few wisps. Very dark brown body with a transparent glint to it.

S - Massive vanilla bean aroma, with some caramel and light roast in the periphery, and then more vanilla. Not particularly subtle or complex, but quite enjoyable.

T - Taste isn't quite as nice. There's more chocolate and a moderate amount of roast bitterness in the finish, but thankfully it avoids the charry astringency I get from regular Baumé. Still plenty of vanilla too.

M - Smooth texture, low carbonation, chewy, creamy medium body, and no alcohol presence.

D - This was a pleasant surprise, and I enjoyed it significantly more than all the other Baumé variants I've had in the past. Hopefully Half Acre makes this again periodically. I had a few glasses of this one throughout the evening, and even though it wasn't my favorite I can understand how it won "Best in Show".

03-04-2012 23:44:44 | More by MasterSki
Vanilla Baumé from Half Acre Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.