Orin | Half Acre Beer Company

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4.07/5
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55 Ratings
OrinOrin
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Orin was brewed to pound on the ceiling of lush character and opulence.

Its recipe was an opportunity to introduce the richest raw materials without the confusion of elements you’d find in black beers of similar scale.

An original gravity of 25º Plato begins its cellar course to a terminal 7º Plato. Its total size and depth is amplified by 9 months in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels.

The sum is a 13.7% molasses colored ale that’s gigantic in impact and experience.

Look for it around the end of the year.

Added by emerge077 on 10-30-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,950
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
55
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
8
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of LumbraRecords
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As soon as I smelled it at Half Acre, I was so excited to try it. I waited like 10 seconds to calm down to taste it with controlled feelings. As soon as I drank it, the chocolate/barrel flavors just kept coming at me. I was waiting for a bitter aftertaste, but it was like I finished eating a chocolate hard candy and no bitter after taste. Can't wait to get more.

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Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scottsbeer
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Warren2621
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RollDamnTide
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dlijoi
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of lochef81
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Gold Session. Murky brown color with beige head. Aroma is sweet, sugary, earthy and a bit herbal with some toffee notes. Taste is balanced, bittersweet with some herbal candy notes and woody/earthy finish.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2017 edition, had 4/28/18.

Pours a cloudy, dark amber, with a half inch quickly dissipating head and light, spotty cling. Aromas of bourbon, malt, figs, caramel, raisins, chocolate, some vanilla and cocoa, a little oak, light dates. The taste mostly follows along- bourbon, caramel, oak, figs, lighter malt than the nose, some chocolate and vanilla, light raisins and molasses. Smooth, a good medium body, well carbonated.

Very enjoyable. The barrels are excellent and it’s a pretty well balanced beer, even with the lighter malt profile. The high ABV is well hidden. Great aroma. Worth a purchase.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark reddish brown, kind of mahogany, but a little murky in a appearance.

Rich deep fruit notes, vanilla, molasses, some bourbon.

Nice barrel character with strong notes of caramel, molasses, vanilla, and bourbon.

Full-bodied, low carbonation, chewy.

Overall, an interesting brew and one worth enjoying!

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Photo of Tony210
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark amber, not much light gets through. Minimal foamy head. Great aroma of brown sugar, molasses, bourbon barrel, vanilla. Rich and creamy, tons of brown sugar and molasses dominate the palate. Some sticky toffee and vanilla come through, excellent bourbon barrel presence. Pretty viscous for an ale. ABV is hidden very well. Overall, an excellent BZA ale, but not worth the $25 / bomber.

3/16/18
Bomber
4.5 rating

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Photo of REVZEB
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jamison85
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter; 2017 vintage bottling, listed at 12%. Pours hazy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, brown bread, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and biscuit; with light notes of chocolate, cocoa, nuts, leather, tobacco, pepper, char, smoke, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, brown bread, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and biscuit; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, nuts, leather, tobacco, pepper, char, smoke, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, brown bread, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, light chocolate/leather and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly-moderate increasing dryness from bourbon/oak spiciness, fairly clean finishing. Light-medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a smooth, creamy/silky/tannic, and slightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly warming alcohol for 12%, with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged american strong ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Definitely a unique brew, imperial brown ale on style character. Surprisingly light on body for the ABV. Great well rounded dark/bready malt complexity, with outstanding Heaven Hill barrel integration. Never boozy or harsh on barrel tannins. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Released 10/27/17; drank 12/26/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dark brown/orange rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice khaki head; strong lace.

Oak, tobacco, dark cherry & bourbon heat notes on the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Oak, cream & dry tobacco flavors up front; strong bourbon heat & mild dark cherry notes on the finish.

You're basically licking a freshly dumped bourbon barrel; almost all the more subtle notes are destroyed by that flavor. Permanent pass for me.

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Photo of Shafaegalo
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color. It poured with a short beige head that quickly settled down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along with hints of brown sugar.
T: The taste follows the smell, having lots of flavors of bourbon and notes of brown sugary sweetness.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is warmth from the alcohol.
O: This beer drinks nothing like 12% abv and does a very good job at hiding its alcohol—all I get is the bourbon flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Casey3236
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LloydDobler
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into large snifter

Murky brown color, like gross water from a rusty faucet. Tan head bubbles like a pot of heavy cream and slowly lowers to nothing. Nose is brown sugar sweet with raisins. Taste is follows the nose with muddles prunes and molasses. This reminds me a lot of the first time I had BCBBW, but the flavors are more muted. Alcohol is very present as this warms up. Slick feel with good carbonation.

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Photo of lloydboss
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed November 2017

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sparky44
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Orin from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 55 ratings