Orin
Half Acre Beer Company

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Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #45
ABV:
13.9%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,824
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 8.43%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
74
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Half Acre Beer Company
 
Illinois, United States
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90
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Notes: 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.
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4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On-draught @ Torst in Brooklyn for a wallet-destroying $13 per 8oz pour. Ouch.

13.70% ABV. Brown ale that spent a pregnancy in Heaven Hill barrels.

Aroma announces beautiful bourbon notes of tobacco, chewy leather, vanilla, and oak, bending this towards an old ale profile in superb form. The marriage of vanilla to a chewy malty sweet core is glorious - at least aromatically - promising a beer that showcases heaven hill bourbon barrel character vividly without letting it eclipse the robust base beer. And the kicker? There's no trace of that 13.70% ABV whatsoever. Colour me excited to give this a shake. Aromatic intensity is above average.

Texture is chewy yet soft bordering on silky, accenting the tobacco flavour in good form but not quite delving as deep into the leathery feel and flavour promised by the aroma as I'd like.

Vanilla emerges semivividly from the bourbon, followed by scattershot notes of reticent white oak and leather. Heaven Hill is once again affirmed as one of the most suitable bourbon barrels for use in complementing beer via aging, and with nine months logged, Half Acre hasn't skimped on committing to their bourbon of choice.

I'd like more flavour from the base, to be honest. There's a robust enough brown malt core with subsidiary notes of chewy caramel, molasses, and vanilla bean (I'd probably go out on a limb in a blind tasting and say {wrongly} this was aged on vanilla beans given how expressive and full the vanilla flavour is), but it wants for more complexity to run at the same pace as the Heaven Hill barrel flavour.

The bourbon doesn't eclipse the base in presence but it does in quality. For an imperial brown ale, this is lacking in terms of English malt-derived notes like toffee, biscuit, and Caramel as well as classic nuttiness...one can imagine this souped up beautifully with hazelnuts or chestnuts (if not amplified by chestnut barrel aging, ripping a page out of the classic Lambic production book).

Sweetness is just right for the style. There's no overt hop or yeast presence.

Carbonation is near perfect. Flavour duration is above average, with the vanilla lingering subtly in the aftertaste.

OVERALL: With a perfect choice of bourbon barrel and an adequate aging period therein, Half Acre has elevated this brown ale well above the typical quality of its American-brewed sistren. Easily the finest expression of a brown ale I've tried in recent memory (and likely all of 2016), but there remains tweaking to be done if this is to rise to true world class status - particularly with respect to traditional brown ale flavours and conventions. So many imperial brown ales aged in bourbon barrels are merely shills with imperial stout envy, but this one is a committed true to style brew with lofty ambitions.

Pair with marshmallows (preferably toasted) or roasted cashews.

B (3.35) / GOOD

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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a bomber on April 28, 2019. An imperial ale aged 8 months in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels. You can expect bass vibrations of caramelized Mary Janes, toffee, honey and Brazil nuts all wrapped in a skin suit of high caliber brown liquor.

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Photo of admonster00
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Sparky44
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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 vfgccp
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

SAVOR D.C. 2017

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Photo of spark3148857
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of larryarms847
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Egotist
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, poured into a Half Acre Holiday Snifter. Enjoyed on 11.19.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice burgundy brown color, thick and deep and very opaque with garnet hues and a bone colored head, about a finger high that has good retention and lace. The aroma is nice, tons of rich grains, strong oak and charred barrel, light bourbon and toffee, raisin, coconut, brown sugar and caramel are very present with a touch of darker stone fruits. The flavors are very nice as well, hard to classify the base beer, but it reads like a nice strong brown ale, or a barleywine, lots of caramel and brown sugar, plenty of charred oak and bourbon, coconut and vanilla come out well with some rich toffee and nougat that linger well, very rich and decadent and great barrel character. The mouthfeel is nice, medium body with active carbonation supports the flavors well yet it remains smooth and coats very well with a warming finish.

Verdict: A nice barrel aged beer from Half Acre, hard to classify but to me, this reads like a barleywine or maybe an imperial brown ale. I suppose a Strong Ale is an adequate designation, but either way, this beer is really nice. Lots of rich grain, smooth and sweet barrel character with nice brown sugar and caramel nuances. Definitely an enjoyable treat.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
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 stortore
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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 coz
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puftdank
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheStoutHound
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Casey3236
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khargro2
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: murky brown with off white head
S: Raisin, caramel, bourbon, dates, vanilla, chocolate
T: Raisin, brown sugar, bourbon, toffee, dates, charred oak, grape, vanilla, cocoa, caramel
M: medium, typical brown ale but light for the abv
O: nice balance of sweet malt, bourbon, charred oak and alcohol. Excellent example of barrel aging

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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orin from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 74 ratings