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.

Added by emerge077 on 03-20-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
313
Reviews:
105
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.14%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
44
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 313 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of vasinger
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Matthew1788
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of vande
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is black with an inch of beige cap. The aroma brings big dark roast, chocolate, light spice, a touch of hops. The flavor offers a big roasted malt and chocolate bill with hints of coffee and smoke. Rye character emerges mid to late palate and really adds a nice touch. Medium to full bodied and smooth. A delicious beer. I'd have this again.

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Photo of The22Lou
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of pirmannt1
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of jdcooper88
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very rich coffee and spicy rye flavor, deep roast, creamy body in a relatively low ABV package. Totally satisfying, not the least bit thin or watery. Would work nicely with a light barrel treatment ... or as a hearty breakfast beer.

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Photo of poster83nutbag
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of mecummins
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- poured a dark rich solid brown color. 2 1/2 finger dark tan head with wonderful lacing creeping up the sides of the glass. Settles to a thick film for most of the drink.

S- the rye malts dominate this aroma. Under it is a lightly bitter notes of milk chocolate and espresso. There is a peppery quality and maybe a hint if earth.

T- again, the rye dominates the taste. The chewy, slightly peppery flavor of rye hits you first and lingers. A bit of the milk choloate creeps through. I could detect a roasted grain note. I didn't get any coffee flavor at all. There's an almost smokey note there as well. Very mild hops on the tail, but the rye flavor really over takes any subtle nuances.

M- the mouthfeel was creamier & smoother than expected. Not a whole lot if carbonation. The finish was moderate & dry.

O- a nicely done rye stout (if you don't like the flavor it scent if rye, why drink a rye stout after all?). I would have like a bit more layering of flavors, but overall a very solid beer.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to MarkFy for the hookup on this beer. I reached out to BA to get some Half Acre goodness and Mark responded in a big way. Cheers, sir!

Pouring into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. It's a dark brown/black with a 1-2 finger medium tan dimpled foam. Good retention and lacing.

Delicously inviting caraway seed with dark chocolate and a smoky molasses. Cracked black pepper spiciness cropping up as the beer gets some breathing room.

Dark, hearty bread maltiness. More of that rye-spicy flavor making an appearance here. Earthy hop, moderate to moderate-high bitterness clings firmly on and doesn't let go easily, lingering on into a medium, dry finish. Charcoal smokiness on the back-end and a brief brown sugar in the middle.

Medium-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Digging the dark malt flavors combined with a peppery/rye bread spice. Firm bitterness helps balance the brew while lending a drinkability that keeps me back for another sip. The type of beer I'd love to have easier access to and another impressive offering from a brewery that keeps churning out winners.

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Photo of billab914
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured nearly black in color with a big tan, bubbly and creamy head. The head faded but left some big thick creamy lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The rye definitely stands out in the aroma, and I love the spicy flavor that it gives it. Besides the rye there are some citrus hoppy flavors coming through as well as some roasted chocolaty flavors. Very rye forward aroma though.

The taste is also very rye focused. The rye comes through as soon as the beer hits my mouth with a sharp spiciness and finishes with a long lasting rye flavor. There is a little chocolate and roasted flavor as well as a hoppy citrusness coming through but they all take a backseat to the rye.

Mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied and carbonation is moderate to low. Drinkability is very good, I love rye flavors in beer and this showcased that excellently. I loved the way the rye blended so nicely with the chocolate and roasted stout flavors. Anyone that likes rye should drink this beer.

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Photo of crossovert
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber.

It pours a dense black (in my new duvel art glass so it is kind of hard to tell *exactly* what is going on). The head is large, foamy, and tan and leaves some very nice lacing.

Immediately the smell on this one is noticeable. For a 7% stout it is pretty fragrant. It has some solid clean dark barley malt scents, rye, some cocoa and caramel, and some slightly herbal hops. It is a really pleasant mix.

The flavor is also full flavored. It is definitely a hoppy stout, and as long as you pass the % threshold I think stouts can work well with hops. I'm glad I'm having this one fresh, the rye is really noticeable, I am not like a rye fan or anything but this one leaves a noticeable impression, not as good as a roggenbier but pretty damn interesting for a stout. Roasty and bitter malt flavors along with cocoa follow it up with some nice hop notes on the back end, even a subtle pine and fruit note.

This is a really smooth but complex brew, probably the best I have had from this brewery.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with ruby highlights and tan spotty lacing.

S - Roasty with spicy rye, hints of chocolate and coffee, slightly nutty with some herbal hops.

T - Nice touch of rye spice to start, roasty malts but not as strong as aroma, very light coffee rounded out with some citrus and herbal hops.

M - Medium body with low carbonation creating what seems like a light stout.

D - Nicely balanced and very easy drinking for 7%. Very tasty.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled February 2014; drank 5/4/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/black hue.

Tan head; thick lace.

Bakers chocolate, oats & cream in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Mild chocolate, oak & creamy oats in the flavor. Tasty, if unexceptional.

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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 lloydboss
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of azdback
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Deep, dark brown. I don't quite want to call this black. Highlights are a golden brown. Head is a beautiful three finger, light brown, frothy monster. The lace is sticky already but I'll let you know what the glass looks like at the end. It does stick pretty well. Some patchy rings and leopard spots.

Smell is of chocolate and coffee, maybe call it chocoffee?

Taste is dark roasted coffee. Some tart cherries come through. Not so much chocolate comes with the taste. There are some smokey flavors also. I'm not getting the rye flavors, but I'm okay with that because this is quite wonderful.

Mouth is what an American Stout should be. In fact I think this one is more on line with an Imperial, but just a tad watery to call it that. Rich and smooth to the end. A smidge of alcohol warm on the throat. Great beer.

Overall I really enjoyed my first Half Acre offering. I don't believe this was brewed or designed to blow my socks off or to be the next great "want", but what it was, was really really good. Thanks to injuredreserve for this extra.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to John for bringing this back from Chicago for me! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a dark brown/black with sudsy tan head that leaves lots of lacing and spotting.

Nose is super woody and roasty. Like an oak barrel filled with coffee grounds. Some smokiness comes out, and something like fresh milk.

Palate is nice and dry, like an American attempt at an irish dry stout. Carbonation is low, but adds a creamy feel to an otherwise angular stout. Not cloying or thick, but medium-bodied and roasty in flavor. I can almost get the rye, but it's hiding behind the coffee flavors and hop bitterness. Finish is pleasantly bitter and moderately long.

Notes: An all together delightful stout. When I was in Chicago, a guy at the beer store I went to talked me out of getting this bottle. I agree with his assessment that it is in no way extreme, but I think he undersold it's merits and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a solid, non-extreme stout!

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Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Conservative, beige head. Still, it leaves great sticky ring lace. Deep brown color where light passes only at the very edges of the glass.

Fresh smelling, deeply toasted malt aroma. Not quite creamy, but it's certainly smooth.

Dry, burnt toast flavor up front. Good bittering hop balance. Not much dark chocolate or coffee but this is still very flavorful. Reminds me of nearly burnt toast. Rather full busy for the style but the bubbles balance it out well.

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Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of AJacob81, way back. No BBD. 22oz into a pint glass.

Pours black, hints to dark chestnut brown at the edges. Billowing tan head; lofty, creamy and dense. Smells of mild cold coffee and chocolate with a touch of caramel sweetness. Thick and heavy in many respects. Rye and big dark/milk chocolate are here first, with some bitter coffee and roastiness. Coffee-like bitterness, dry and lengthy finish. Good full mouthfeel, chewy and really drinkable for it's density. Quite nice overall.

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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 pschul4
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up on a whim just to support my local HA

A- Pours a quite dark brown with a huuuge tan head that is still receding over 60 seconds later

S- Definitely pick up some rye spiciness along with some nice roast chocolate

T- Rye spice and chocolate big in the taste. Its a very unique flavor for and honestly I kind of like it

M- Nice and smooth with a decent viscosity. Take note other stout brewers!

O- Never had anyhting like this. That being said I would like to try more rye chocolate stouts

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Baumé from Half Acre Beer Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 313 ratings.
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