Lead Feather Black Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
halfacrebeer.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We’ve finalized a new Black Ale for Half Acre.

We can all sit on sun drenched patios and freely spill speed beer down our throats till paid transportation takes us home. You want to squirrel away a couple x-tra pales and head to yoga? No problem, Namaste.

But, there are times when fleshy black beer is the only thing that offers the necessary weight. Visiting your uncle’s machine shop to thread some pipe before hitting a dirt track sprint car race….? You might want to digest some Lead Feather Black Ale.

The might of big malts and rival hop use give Lead Feather capital dark properties. 6% ABV gives you time, but not at the expense of content.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 07-21-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
281
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
8.23%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
60
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 281 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of Beerasaurus
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of degueulasse
2.87/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This very dark beer looks almost black in the glass. I didn't smell much, but it tastes somewhat nutty, a bit like almonds. Overall its a rather unremarkable beer with a mouthfeel that doesn't separate it from the rest, but it is pleasant enough.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of frasergrove
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Egotist
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Executive Summary: OK.
Looks unexciting. Smells roasty malty, with some hops lingering in the background. Tastes produced start sweet-ish, but then a drying sensation takes over and never goes away. Feel suffers from the same although carbonation is right.
Overall, this is my 6th in a young style without too much to emulate or compete against. Considering that, my suggestion is less hops in the recipe. But considering the norm of the American market, Half Acre hit this about right.

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Photo of MidwestBA
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of T-34-85
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kuges
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drawbackwards
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kinggimp
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour opaque, black in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is cocoa, cola, vanilla, and light piney hops. Sweet, medium-heavy bodied, with moderate carbonation. Makes for a light and tasty American black ale. Goes down way to easy. I will get this again.

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Photo of paresis
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CreightonSM
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BellsFan
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sweemzander
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WellRested518
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is perplexing, but in the best way. In an age where beer is moving from "extreme" to nuanced and refined, this beer shows both aggression and subtlety. Personally, I would pin it as exactly what it is- a black ale. At first glance I thought hoppy porter/ export stout, but as I contemplated what was in front of me I realized that there was more to be spoken of than generic terminology.

A-Midnight black with a khaki one finger head that dissipates slowly.

S- Upon pouring the can I didn't get that same abrupt citrus & pine that many others did, but I was awarded with mildly acidic chocolate covered coffee beans, a slight note of alcohol, and complex malt. As time moved on citrus and pine also asserted themselves, but always as a complimentary note backed by snickerdoodles.

P- For me, the strangest and most rewarding part of this brew. The palate was not only backed by the complexity of the aforementioned hop and malt characteristics, but by a slightly thin dark chocolate body that weened into west-coast hop bitterness.

Very cool, very different than a lot of stuff out there. The body screams "drink me!", as the palate is bombarded with complexity. This beer doesn't just say "hoppy & roasty" to me... there's more going on under the surface.

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Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ri0
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

POured 16oz can into a snifter. Very dark brown with a 2 finger khaki head. Retention is magnificent, with thin cap that remains. Leaves behind large swaths of lacing. Roasty malts, some grain, earthy and floral hops. Mild scents of light roasted coffee and tobacco. Flavor is roasted malt, some coffee and tobacco, with earthy hops. Carbonation is ideal, medium bodied, with a richer quality and a slight astringency. A really solid black ale that isn't all hopped up.

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Photo of lemmy187
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stanale
2.69/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jhavs
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into fluted snifter.

Pours near black and near opaque. A hint of light shines through if you hold it up to the light. Tan head is foamy, and bubbles itself out forming floating islands and thin collar. Hints of lacing cling to the glass. Appears thin for color.

Roasted malts, bittersweet cocoa and subtle dark fruits in the aroma.

Roasted and toasted dark malts push past a layer of bitter cocoa and earthy hops. Hint of dark fruits like fig or dried plum. Light sweetness molds the flavor into a pleasant balance.

Moderate carbonation and a tad light on the palate. Seems slightly watery based on expectations and appearance.

A tasty brew. Layers of refined flavors. Balanced and enjoyable throughout. Nice balance of hops to coincide with the dark roasty flavor of the malt.

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Lead Feather Black Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 281 ratings.
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