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Tomten - Half Acre Beer Company

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81
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25 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
The staff here at Half Acre Beer Company was tasked with creating a beer that we’d all like to drink. Many different styles, names, and label concepts were pitched, but the one that stuck was Tomten. A fruity aroma atop a sweet 6.5% ABV amber base, Tomten suits an evening of staring at the stars over top a snow covered landscape, farm or city.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-04-2013)
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Really malty. Caramel, bready, nutty smells.

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Pours a burnt amber into my 3 Floyds Nonic. A nice three finger head with spotty lacing.

A subtle nose of roasted malts and earthy hops.

Taste has much more pronounced medium roasted malts and earthy hops. Crisp and clean with a touch of sweetness. Nice and rounded.

Mouthfeel has a light/medium carbonation and medium body. Crisp and clean.

This is a nice session winter ale that my brother and I crushed a growler ice fishing. Just as good out of the bottle several months later. Cheers Half Acre!

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Received this for free from the Half Acre store front, I think it was due to the Half Acre shirt I was wearing...awesome either way. Poured into snifter, pours a deep red/amber with minimal light passage, some cloudiness, coat of tan head with heavy lacing left behind. The nose starts with biscuity caramel character with some oaky dryness as well as mild herbal hop character. Taste features mild sweetness with more caramel notes. This is quickly countered by deep earthy hops which seem to actually clash with the malt profile. The aftertaste leaves a strange bitterness on the palate. Mouthfeel is moderate with mellow carbonation. Overall, this recipe isn't really working for me. Not offensive by any means, just not all that great.

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A: Clear amber in color. Forms a fizzy light tannish colored head that settles down fairly quickly. Very little lacing.

S: aroma is a mix of heavy caramel malt, cocoa, and spice. There is a bit of citrus zest in the mix as well.

T: Taste starts off with a blend of chocolate and caramel malts. Neither sweet nor dry, but rather malty. A little nondescript baking spice. A little citrus and fusel alcohol on the backend.

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Roasty aroma, bakers chocolate and vaguely nutty. Very dry and not at all sweet.

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Bottle from the source. Served in a plastic cup at the Ale Obsession script read-through.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar and a few specks of lace. Dark, slightly hazed-amber body.

S - Caramel and chocolate, with a dash of red fruit notes as well. It's got that stereotypical crystal malt vibe. Perhaps a touch of citrus zest hop. More cocoa and roast that you get from a typical amber, but it's appropriate for a winter ale.

T - The taste is quite similar. It's a sweet red ale, with hefty doses of caramel, red fruits, a bit of chocolate, and a moderate dose of hop bitterness to balance things out. Not a ton of hop flavor, and a fairly clean finish otherwise.

M - Smooth, medium body, pleasant moderate carbonation. Dry and crisp finish, and no alcohol. Style-appropriate, with nice heft for cold winter nights. Spot-on for the style.

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Tomten from Half Acre Beer Company
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