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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

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105
Ratings:
310
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
15.74%
 
 
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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 zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a two-finger, thick, tan head of foam. It had some nice retention and left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, rye and sweet chocolate. There was a mild espresso-like aroma, too.

T - The rye malt is very apparent in the flavor with chocolate and coffee backing it up. Good and roasty overall.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

D - This is a pretty nice stout. So far I've really liked from Half Acre.

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Photo of younger35
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew from my main man in Chi-Town Mr. Joe1510. Loves me a good Rye Stout and it's not a style you find too much. Drank from my New Glarus Drink Indigenous pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a pitch black with a nice creamy dark tan head that has some serious staying power. A beautiful cap and collar is maintained along with a ton of thick ringed lacing.
Smell- Nice chocolaty nose right from the start with a definite brownie batter thing going on. The rye doesn't smell overly powerful and I'm not 100% sure I'd guess it was in there if I didn't know otherwise. Definitely a bit of hops in here as well as I get that sort of resiny pine bite.
Taste- Wow, very intense stout that sort of surprises me right from the get go. The hop bite is intense as hell with a super dank resiny bitterness. The rye I didn't necessarily get in the nose, is no stranger here. It's sharp and spicy and like the hops, pretty intense. I would definitely describe the beer as more of a dark IPA with some rye rather than a Rye Stout. The roast is definitely there but no chocolate or coffee really shows. The finish is hoppy, spicy and fairly bitter.
Mouthfeel- Super duper creaminess with a light carbonation. Not really that big of a body though as I'd describe it more as medium.
Drinkability- Not bad but a little too hoppy for the style. You don't really expect this kind of bitterness in a stout. The rye might be a bit more enjoyable as well if the hops were toned down ever so slightly. Still though, this is very drinkable and I'm digging it. Thank much Joseph!

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Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Half Acre and an interesting looking one thanks to imperialking.

A: A huge thick frothy 2+ finger dark head rises up and fades semi slowly leaving a nice lacing, over a very dark almost murky thick brown colored beer, just the slightest light gets through to keep it from being black.

N: I could smell it on the pour with nice roasted malts, some chocolate malt, creamy chocolate milk, lots of coffee, even hints of bakers chocolate, I think a hint of oatmeal. Nice and creamy just from the smell.

T: Starts with lots of roasted malts again, as well as the coffee that comes with it. Some more chocolate, but a lot less than the nose. Some bitter bakers and dark chocolate, with slight creamy oatmeal. Semi sweet but not too sweet. Bitterness comes through quite a bit, some earthy hops, but quite a bit from the charred earthy malt flavors. Very late on the taste I'm starting to get some spicy rye flavors.

M: Medium to heavier body, rich and creamy but no syrupy, and good carbonation.

F: Finishes still pretty bitter, but not quite overwhelming, just on the cusp of it. The bitterness seems to come more from the earthy charred malts still, but some from earthy spicy hops. Again the rye comes through, with a spicy quality and definite rye taste, but it's mostly buried in the stout flavors and bitterness. Speaking of which, more stout flavors. Creamy and rich, with dark malts, roasty malts, a little coffee still. Tasty and smooth, perhaps just a little too bitter. I'm also just starting to get a briny and minerality taste, probably from all the roasted malts and perhaps even the rye.

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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 Florida9
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost black - just a bit of light coming through the edges of the glass reveal this one to be a very dark brown brew. Creamy, thick dark tan head with good retention and lacing.

S: Roasted malts. Chocolate. and a bit of sweetness.

T: Roasted malt. Dark roasted malt bitterness. Then lots of rye, with the spicy pepper pungency on the back of the tongue. A little chocolate. Rye becomes even more prevalent as the beer warms.

M: Heavier side of medium. Dry. Appropriate carbonation. Rye spiciness.

D: A good beer. Complex enough to be interesting, but simple enough to be an easy drinker.

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Photo of boothbeer
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark Brown, almost black. Light tan head-Very thick with good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Something missing here. Some coffee notes and roasty malts, but kind of a weird aroma.

T: Lots of rye and burnt roasted malt flavors. Some bitterness comes through as well. Really love the roasty finish on this. The flavor of this beer makes up for flaws in the aroma.

M: Decent body, but a little too carbonated.

D: I enjoyed this beer. Very roasty. The smell wasnt great, but the relatively low ABV makes this a drinkable stout. If you like rye flavors in beer, this is a must try!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Lakeview Binny's. Thought I'd give it a go while marking for a course I'm teaching. Appropriately poured in a Half Acre pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of dark tan foam that dissipates to a thin cap and leaves patchy lacing behind. Body is a very, very, dark brown that has a slight hint of transparency at the fringes of the glass.

S - Dark chocolate, zesty rye malt, roasted malts, cake, and a touch of orange citrus hoppiness. Quite potent, and smells as complex as stouts that are much higher in ABV.

T - Yikes, this didn't translate from the aroma very well. Mostly bitterness, char, and earth - the sweet flavors don't seem to have carried over at all, and there's a hint of cardboard as well. As it warms things get a little sweeter, but not by much. Finishes bitter and roasty, but flavors lasting into the aftertaste.

M - Carbonation is pretty tingly with a touch of burn to it. Otherwise it's a smooth medium-light body that leaves behind light residual stickiness.

D - The bitterness and burnt, earthy, flavors get a little tiring, as does the carbonation. Otherwise the pleasant texture, low ABV, and aroma make this fairly appropriate for sessions.

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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 srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice near black pour with tan thick head that stays for some time! Lots of cling lace remains.

S - Smoky, toasty malts, cocoa, and some rye sharpness.

T - Flavors are not as deep as the smell implies, but still nice. Taste follow smell but in a lighter fashion. The rye almost gives it a sour note at finish, which I am not sure I care for.

M - Creamy, but has less dimension than anticipated. Good carb and coating.

D - This is not a session for me.

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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 olympuszymurgus
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a wonderful extra from Peesie, thank you good sir..
melting the wax off with delicate precision..
marveling at the description..
anticipating..
dark brown nectar beguiles my tongue, daring me to identify all the flavors within. the body billows, rye snapping like the wind to the sails, hops anchoring themselves into the crevices. the roastiness a blanket encapsulating; sharks in the water..
an absolute treat and a reminder of why beers are brewed. they are to be fun to make and fun to drink, to share with friends. i will remember the rye and the hops with the next stout i brew. thank you half acre, and thank you, joe

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

22oz bomber poured into a 50cl mug.

A; A very pretty looking beer to be sure. Steep black with a thick and pillowy, coco brown head that stands two inches high and slowly works its way down into a half inch cap.

S: Loads of rye spice, bits of dry, dark chocolate with touches of citrusy hops. Sings of a well constructed beer certainly.

T/MF: Good amounts of spicy rye, deep roasted malts and coffee and like previous reviewers have mentioned there is also a healthy hop presence in this beer that gives it a little extra dryness and a bit of citrus fruitiness as well. Finish is long, clings to the back of the tongue and imparts deeper, mellower notes of the initial rye spice and baker's chocolate bitterness.

D: It's been a while since I've had a stout and I like what I'm getting out of this one. An good sipper, interesting flavor profiles and goes down easily. Sad to see the end of this bottle.

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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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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 jogadubwise
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours very dark brown, almost black. Two fingers of fluffy, dry looking tan head that sticks to the glass nicely. Looks like a cola in the glass. Can't wait to taste this.

Smell: Toasted malt and a lot of coffee, with some sweetness coming in the background.

Taste: Black coffee, malt. The finish screams RYE. Very dry at the end, but not unpleasantly.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I expected. Could do with some added body, to be honest.

Drinkability: Can't imagine having more than one of these, though the 22oz bomber will disappear no problem.

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Photo of DoppleJock
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

02/08/2010
22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.
2009/2010 edition.

A: Poured a dense, super-dark black/brown with 1-inch tan head. Lots of carbonation pitting. Really good lacing. Faint brown around the edges of the glass when held up to light.

S: Earthy, roasted malts with a fair amount of coffee.

T: Tastes like it smells but there is a minor bitter rye aftertaste. Wish it was a little more complex.

M: A little thin, but it definitely makes it more drinkable.

D: A good American stout, but I wish there were more rye smells/flavors present for a beer labeled as a "rye stout." Between Half Acre's two stouts, I prefer the bolder Big Hugs Imperial Stout over this one.

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Photo of koopa
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade.

Appearance: Dark brown/black body with 2 finger dirty khaki crown that shows lots of retention and lace.

Smell: Faint does of coffee and roast malt. Bready malt and minor spice note from the yeast. NIce bbq'd meat quality.

Taste: Coffee note and bitterness up front leading to a mild roasted malt profile and a slightly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Too thin.

Driknkability: Thin mouthfeel and low abv makes this one fairly drinkable for the style. But the flavor profile is lackluster.

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Photo of drpimento
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not bad, not great. Got this bottle a few months ago at Sam's in Chicago. Poured with a medium head and a little lace. Color is very dark mahoganey. Aroma is roasty, malty, dark ripe fruit, hoppy. flavor's about the same. Bit of a boozy finish. Noting special. Body's ok, decent carbonation. finishi is ok too.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a dark, dark black with a dark khaki head. The head retains for ages, is very creamy, and left a bunch of sticky lace coating the glass.

S: Aromas of spicy rye, bitter bakers chocolate, cocoa nibs, toasted pumpernickel bread, and lemony/herbal hops.

T: Big whack of spicy, spicy rye followed bye earthy and herbal hops. Bitter dark chocolate and lemon in the finish.

M: Dry, spicy, and peppery. Lips and tongue got quite tingly during the finish.

D: Very nice. Our first experience with anything brewed in their brand new brewwery.

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Photo of Dotcubed
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this in back in early May '09 at the Sam's by the Goose Island pub. The way it was marketed off to the side on a barrel suggested to me that is was a special purchase that they wanted to sell. I was a bit worried since it could have been an item they wanted to get rid of.

Pours out a nice molasses brown. Warmed up a bit from the cold fridge temp. Nice sticky foam, off white. Smells like a brown ale, spicy and yeasty.

Tastes burnt, lightly sweet. Bitterness. Lots of bitterness, in a burnt sugar kind of thing. Not entirely pleasant, the flavor reminds me of burnt rye toast and not the scrape-able kind.
Very much like heavily roasted spent coffee grounds.

Medium body, light carbonation. Filling. Good one, but not something to buy a six pack of.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a small off white head.

Scent of dark fruits, sugars, roasted malts, rye, and hops. Not radically different for the style, but a nice divergence from the norm.

Taste of rye, bread, caramel, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, hops and some dark fruit. Nice complexity and balance, I could drink this on a regular basis.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

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Photo of BacklitAvenger
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown on the pour but completely black in the glass even when it's only a third or half full. Dirty blonde head tops the thing off, fading quickly and leaving rather sparse spots of foam down the sides of the glass. Held to the light it is opaque with small mahogeny highlights at the bottom of my glass.

Smell - Roasted malt and fruity ester notes predominate. Coffee-ish tones come through as well.

Taste - Bittersweet chocolate and soft black malts to begin. Mid sip there's those fruity esters again, followed by a spicy/bready rye flavor. Sweetness comes through here and there, but the finish is dry and bitter, finishing with full-force roast bitterness and hop bitterness together. Good, but just not a standout.

Mouthfeel - Moderately thick, with a prickly carbonation. Carbonation is medium low but properly offsets the slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability - The bitter finish and the slick/thick mouthfeel consipre with the alcohol in the top/middle of the range for stouts makes this less than sessionable. Not a bad brew by any means, rather tasty in fact, and local, the brewery being about three blocks from my house. But this is not as thirst-quenching/inducing as some drier stouts.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a opaque black body with a pig bubbly tan head that fades quickly. The only carbonation that can be seen is a few tiny bubbles that glide to the surface up the sides of the glass.

S- The smell of coffee roasted black malt shows through an otherwise clean aroma with some very light chemical cleaner notes in the finish.

T- This beer has a full spicy rye flavor that leads to a green hop quality in the finish. There is a soft dark roasted malt flavor that comes through a bit as the beer warms. The finish has a green hop bitterness that grows as the beer warms but there is also a full spicy rye flavor that is incorporated into the finish. The finish has a slight sweaty taste to the rye aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no fizz or alcohol noticed.

D- This beer has a nice big rye flavor but the stout itself is pretty soft and subtle. The finish is a bit tangy with a pretty large bitterness.

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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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Baumé from Half Acre Beer Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 310 ratings.
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