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Baumé | Half Acre Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Big, but not huge, this American Chocolate Rye Stout fires off a lot of coffee and chocolate notes. Balances well, but rides high on hop character at 60 IBU's while the Rye finishes it dry.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
314
pDev:
9.14%
 
 
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46
Gots:
44
Trade:
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Ratings: 314 |  Reviews: 105
Reviews by NorthSideSean:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking black beer with a creamy khaki colored head. The aroma has a slight rye spice, smoke, and chalky bitter chocolate. Warm and inviting. Also, a trace of hoppy pine. The taste is roasty chocolate, hints of rye, with a smoky finish. Heavy medium to full bodied, a very satisfying brew.

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Photo of Gambyt20
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into Chimay chalice.

A: pours pitch black with ever so slight passage when held to the light. Nice creamy looking dense head with good retention.

S: very nice on the nose with hints of chocolate, a bit of rye, a huge earthy hop character. Very interesting nose, reminds me slightly of Old Rasputin. I wish the rye came through a bit stronger, but nevertheless.. very nice smell.

T: the front of the palate has the chocolate and roasted malt characteristics which then turn into the hops. The finish is all hops, both spicy and earthy with a touch of heat on the end.

MF: medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat silky on the mouthfeel

D:another solid offering in the line up of Half Acre beers. I enjoyed this one much more than the Big Hugs as I found the flavors to be bolder and more complex. Too bad this is such a limited release.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to imperialking for sending one of these my way. I hadn't heard of this one but it sure sounded interesting!

A: The pour is a very nice looking dark brown/black with a tan head perched on top.

S: The nose is very interesting with plenty of roasted malt, of course, but the rye malt really adds a little something else. A nice spiciness which goes along well with the citrus and floral hops.

T: The flavor is something else. Initially this beer is all about the roast, just like any stout. The rye and hops really take over after that, however. A very noticeable hop presence which gives the beer a mild citrus flavor along with some floral and earthy notes and a bitter finish.

M: The body is medium with a very lively and tingly carbonation.

D: This was a really interesting beer, nothing else I've had is really similar. I love trying beers that fit that description, but many times they aren't all that great. This one was not in that category, however.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of vacax
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a plentiful, bubbly head. Aroma is spicy with rye, estery yeast notes, lightly malty. Tastes estery like Belgian yeast, prickly hops, ashy, full bitterness. Finish has bitter chocolate and cookie. Feels prickly and overcarbonated, body seems light. I seem to be in the minority here, but I didn't care for this experience much.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of RohoMech
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of jimmygord
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, but does look a little thin and the head is whispy.

The rye aroma is strong and the peppery spice works with the charred malt and coffee.

Chocolate pops in the flavor. The roasted malt is heavy. Good piney and earthy hop addition. Rye in the finish.

A tad thin, good carbonation.

A very good beer, but would be better with a beefy body.

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Photo of superdoopersauce
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of RJUGA03
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Sheffield's in lakeview. I really would be doing this beer a disadvantage to truly rate it because I had a FFF brian brau in the other hand. It was a very good stout and would enjoy another. It was extremely untypical with it's hoppy characteristics. Because of my aforementioned opposing beer I will refrain from calling it too simple.

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Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Maction
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, a very dark brown, almost opaque black color. A centimeter of khaki-colored head appeared, and left random lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Initallially, earthy cocoa and coffee. But more sniffings brought floral hops, and fresh linen.

T: Very interesting battle between dry chocolate and coffee from the rye stout, and floral and citrus from the hops. This beer has a very long finish, which seems to flip between to malts and hops several times.

M: Surprisingly light feel, but not foamy or sparkling. It felt more like ale from an engine.

D: Between the lighter mouthfeel and interesting finish, I could easily see myself putting down a couple of pints of this in an evening.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Bilco
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A dark, but comfortably opaque black color, with a 2 cm thick coffee color head. Not really much retention or any lacing.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate malt, roasted aromas. A touch of dry rye malt as well, but no real hops here.

Taste: I like the slight rye kick. It starts with a bit of coffee and chocolate flavors, with that rye dryness stepping in and completely changing the dynamic of the flavor. Some herbal hops add some depth and complexity, and the finish is slightly bitter, but it also reminds me of how it started - coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: The added rye really drys out the feel, creating a less sticky and easier on the mouth feel. Smooth, with medium carbonation and a fuller than medium body.

Drinkability: I liked the rye addition, but the flavor just did not blow me away. It seems like this falls in the zone of stouts that are not full enough to rock my world but not quite small enough to be easy drinkers.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of CMB2012
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got my Great Lakes flip top growler filled at the Half Acre Beer Co. on Tuesday 3/8/2011, drunk on 3/10/2011. The brew was served in American pint glasses and enjoyed with my lady friend. First pour is after growler warmed up for 25 minutes in room temperature environment. All subsequent pours got warmer as the growler was left out of the fridge, but recapped each time. This review is from my notes.

A- Pours a mostly dark brown, not quite black. The light that does penetrate shows mahogany highlights around the edges. The carbonation in this fill is right on target, even after three days (gotta love the flip top). I get a nice 2 finger, tan, foamy head that recedes rather quick, but doesn't disappear. A thin 2cm cap remains. All six glasses pour the same.

S- Initial chocolate, followed by roasted malts and coffee, finishes with a bit of that spicy rye kick. Over all the smell of this beer is very well rounded and pleasing to the nose.

T- The taste is very similar to the smell, starting with chocolate up front (also the strongest character), then mostly espresso with some more roasted malt. The rye I do get comes at the end with a somewhat spicy character. What rye is noticeable definitely works, but I would actually like a bit more.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium/full body, with some rough edges from the rye ending. Right on for style.

This is a tasty beer, not terribly complex, but highly drinkable. It's very well made and well balanced, a must try for any fan of Half Acre or American Stouts.

Pairing Notes: This brew was acquired for the intention of a nice little beer dinner with the lady. Only one course and a dessert, we didn't go crazy. For dinner I made a Jambalaya with Zataran's Jambalaya mix and some quality Polish Kielbasa. The semi-spicy character of the seasonings along the smoked sausage brought out much of the roasted gran in the beer. Again, this resulted in chocolate and coffee flavors, the rye being mostly absorbed (Note: the beer was initially reviewed before eating any food for a pure beer flavor judgment). I highly suggest pairing this beer with a fairly spicy food - Mexican, Cajun, BBQ, etc., but not too spicy, just enough to play with. The dessert was the real prize match, though. I picked up two slices of Sour Cherry Pie from Erwin Cafe (on Halstead), along with what appeared to be homemade vanilla ice cream. The ice cream didn't wow me, but the cherry pie, world class on its own, made the beer taste just like a great Italian espresso. Pair this brew with fruit desserts, maybe a fruit tart or your own favorite cherry pie, and be in for delicious treat.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Olympic tavern. 6oz sample from the half acre beer flight.

Appearance: black body with off white cap of head.

Smell: milk chocolate and rye. Light roast malt. Pretty simple, but really nice.

Taste: Milk chocolate and lightly spiced rye. Hint of roasty malt, but this is a sweeter stout. The roast character is mild as is the rye, but you know the rye is present.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low to moderate carbonation level. pretty drinkable stout. Not boozy at all. Just slightly thin mouthfeel.

Overall: I like this one better than Big Hugs. This might just be my favorite stout from Half Acre. Nothing fancy, but a really nice chocolaty rye stout.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle that I brought back from Chicago.

appears jet black, opaque. nice 2 inch tan fluffy head that remains to the end. a lot of lacing.

aroma is a little hops and rye, not your typical stout.

as stated on the bottle, tastes hoppy for a stout. the rye taste is subtle, its more that you notice the lack of the normal roasty malt flavor. interesting, but good. balanced, not too strong in any direction.

lower carbonation, creamy head, smooth. easy to work through the big bottle quickly

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brownish black, solid 1 finger head, beautiful lacing

S: roasted nuts, malt/rye, hint of bitter chocolate, mild coffee

T: malt and cocoa up front, hint of roasted nuts + rye, firm bitter finish

M: medium body, smooth/creamy, slight chewy, mild tongue prick

D: This is a nice and different stout. It's a dry stout/milk/brown/rye. Worth giving it a try. The 7% ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of antoines15
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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Baumé from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 314 ratings