Benthic
Half Acre Beer Company

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #201
ABV:
12.8%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,047
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 7.57%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
141
From:
Half Acre Beer Company
 
Illinois, United States
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SCORE
95
World-Class
Notes: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout brewed with coffee and toasted coconut, a remedy coaxed from the deepest caverns; it's char bound in the systematic sweetness and density only found in the colossal beers of our time.
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 141 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by RollDamnTide:
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4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beagleyx2
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraftFan5
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of brn9000
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't get as much coconut as others, it fades quickly so open as fresh as possible. I got more chocolatey, coffee roast and a touch of bourbon in the moderate body. Nothing outrageous.

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Photo of Mikexw
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maximum12
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a two pack of these 16 oz. cans when they arrived just across the border a couple weeks ago. Nice can art. Looks like Sword of Shannara meets Woodstock meets Stranger Things. Quite a time span.

Black. Mocha head. Nose of bourbon, black licorice, minor coconut.

Benthic puts the thic in thick. The definition of a pastry stout, this coats the mouth with thicc, malty goodness. The coconut is much stronger than in the nose, along with a half-shot of bourbon, cold smooth alcohol, toasted cocoa, with a touch of char right on the end. A sixteen ounce serving is the correct answer.

Oh, the coconut makes me happy. The alcohol makes me happy. This beer makes me a happy guy, & that makes this an excellent brew.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a motor oil brown. Nice, creamy, mocha head.
Strong bourbon and oak smell. Black licorice, caramel, vanilla, almond, slight coffee and coconut also on nose.
Bourbon oak and licorice hits the younger first. Lots of bourbon maple syrup. Good imperial hop. Slight get fudge. Coconut not really rectangle, but smooths our edges. Marshmallow present. A sweet one.
Thick mouthfeel.
A wonderful treat!!

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Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OompaMentor
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wakefest 2019

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

crazy high abv. alcohol is there. coconut sweet and in smell and taste. decent.got coconut right.Thanks Mazeroski. Unfortunately a filling beer that taste great.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yeah, it's alright.
Black with tan foam, little to no lacing or lasting coverage.
Aroma is roasty with plenty of charred brownie and light bourbon sweetness.
Tastes like charred chocolate brownie crust, toasted almonds, oaky vanilla, vague coconut.
Feels boozy and slightly thin with a harsh astringency and low carbonation.

For all the hype this gets, it doesn't hold a candle to the firkin of Big Hugs at DOTLA a couple years ago with Dark Matter coffee, toasted coconut, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and toasted oak.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hunahpu’s Day 2018

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at EBF Saturday
Dark black with a thin beige head. Big roast and chocolate with a firm alcohol presence. Light caramel and brown sugar with earthy hops to counter.

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Photo of mattycasey
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snaotheus
4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2019-12-01
5oz sample at the Balmoral location. Maybe a bit generous for a 5oz pour.

Black with a medium brown head. Smell is stout candy. Roast and sweet. Taste is boozy, very sweet, lots of coffee and anise, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick. Overall, good.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreenMind
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CPAles
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stortore
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spycow
3.77/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Benthic from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 141 ratings