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Crystal Norde - Half Acre Beer Company

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Crystal Norde
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very good

35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 6.95%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-29-2013

From the realm of darkness, from the landscape of dreams, Crystal Norde is the baltic porter for your fortress of solitude. We channeled some mystic sorcery with this beer, with the proof being in the porter. Roasted up then lagered out for the long haul, this 7% palace of porter hits all the right notes.
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 5
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this both from growler and on-tap at Half Acre's taproom. Draft was a tad better.

A - Light tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and a few specks of lace. Very dark brown body.

S - Sweet and lightly fruity in true Baltic Porter fashion. Notes of smoke, roasted malts, dark breads, and cocoa powder fill things out. A bit charry and carbonic, but only slightly.

T - The taste is similar, but with more emphasis on the roast, char, and semi-sweet chocolate, with less of the fruitiness and dark bread flavors. Gets increasingly sweet as it warms up and thankfully avoids the astringency I get from a lot of Half Acre's dark beers.

M - Medium body, chewy and smooth texture, with lower carbonation, and perhaps a hint of alcohol warmth. Spot on for the style.

D - Solid beer that I enjoyed a fair bit - definitely one of Half Acre's best dark offerings in my humble opinion. The draft sample had a bit more chocolate and a bit less ash, so I'm rating based on that sample. I usually grab a 5oz of this every time I'm in the Tap Room - hopefully they make it again.

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Dark body, reddish orange glint in the meniscus of the glass, steady crown of unbroken lace around the edges. Soft veil of skim across the top, long lasting.

Chocolatey sweet aroma, some light dried fruit and ashy roast malt.

Bitter dry roast, bakers chocolate, lightly ashy in the finish. Extremely supple and smooth, full bodied with a long lasting bitter chocolate aftertaste, and some light coffee and roast malt. Pretty seamless, glad I got a chance to try this, hopefully it enters the regular rotation in the cooler months.

Makes me want to throw on some Vinterriket and tackle a growler while the snow piles up outside... Next year!

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Crystal Norde from Half Acre Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.