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:
311
Reviews:
105
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.14%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
44
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 311 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of sweemzander
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Some tan froth and lace.

(S)- A nice mellow roasted grain and subtle spice. Bits of cocoa and raisin.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice combo of cocoa, raisin, subtle spice, and roasted grain.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Good balanced roasted bits and smooth but rich malts.

(D)- A nice stout for sure. Balanced and easy drinking. Well done.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black and brown. Head was minimal, less than a quarter of an inch. Good lace. Good retention.
Aroma of roast, chocolate malt, rye was subdued.

Taste was hoppy and rye like for the bready spice melding with toffee and caramel. This is hoppy even though there is a substantial malt bill.

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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 Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mltobin
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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 CheapBeerBuzz
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Two fingers of dark tan head after the pour. Beneath the head is a straight black color . The foam leaves a little lacing after each sip. A layer of foam lasts for almost all 22 ounces.

Roasty malts, charred chocolate nibs, coffee, cream, and a little spice from the rye I believe make up this stouts nose.

Roasty, nutty, and spicey flavors hits the palate upfront. A creamy and oily palate seems to enhance a super charred bitterness. The finish has lots of chocolate and coffee with some of that rye spiciness. The middle just put me off a little.

Smooth and tasty beer that is borderline sessionable just because of the abv.%. Glad I bought this beer and would reccomend it to any stout aficionado.

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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 egrace84
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out about equal parts black and brown. Light brown head, .33" in depth. Average lacing in terms of stickiness. Head retention was around average as well.

Mellow aroma, chocolate malt, roast were the preminent aromas, I was searching for rye, but it just wasn't within my sensory perception abilities at that point. Perhaps the tinge of herbal greenness witin the aroma is what the rye lends, but it wasn't at all clear to me what was giving off said aroma.

The taste and mouthfeel in fact corroborate the claim of rye. It comes across as both hops and rye malt, not really spicy I'd say because of the greater percentage of barley, and sheer amount of it to make a stout of this heft, but nonetheless, perceptible beyond its lacking aroma. Caramel and tofffee intrusions, we're starting to get slightly complex here. Rye, herbs, roast, caramel, toffee, spice. . . mouthfeel finished dry, not spicy or thick. Smoother than most rye beers. Not too heavy on the chocolate all the way through, even as it warmed. Slightly bitter, slightly ashy, even citrusy at times. Definitely complex, but not for the sake of being so.

Solid effort.

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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you to Pellinore1 for hooking this up in the N00B BIF 3

a - opened the bottle and filled my surly darkness tulip. classic silky stout pour with a generous mocha white head that hung out to party. lacing was semi-sticky and the beer has a nice glossy look to it.

s - no surprises here, roasted malts...a bit of a porter like sting. touch of burnt chocolates.

t - roasted malts with a tingle of porter.

m - something about this beer keeps screaming porter to me and i think it is the mouth. there is a watery tingle to it just like a porter. i tend to like my stouts a bit thicker and richer, but not bad.

o - overall a good beer, but in the land of stouts, this one is not special...except in the way that it is porter-like.

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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 claspada
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle says 6.5% ABV. 2011 vintage (called the brewery to confirm based on the name thank you list on the label; anyway...
Aromas initially start with dark roasted malts with a substantial earthy quality, maybe from the hops, maybe from the rye, the taste will probably be an indicator once I sample. As it warms you get more dark chocolate.
The taste is initially bitter dark chocolate with some coffee undertones. Soon after you are greeted with the aggressive hops in this beer. It's not bitter per say but the earthy hops which must have been used in this brew are much higher than your average American stout where the chocolate malts are supposed to shine. I cannot really detect the rye although it's presence is appreciated/noted with the dry finish. As it warms you can detect the rye characteristics more, not sure I would know if was rye if I was tasting this blind but the fact that I know I can comment on the spicy dry flavors.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with spot on carbonation. You are left with a continuous stickiness following each gulp/sip because of the higher IBU level. Overall I really enjoyed this beer, which is saying a lot because I usually hate dark malty beers which are highly hopped. This rye stout is quite interesting and worth a try if you can find it, definitely recommended for the unique and quality flavors that this brew offers.

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Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

22oz bomber, split and served in a shaker pint

appearance: dark mahogany body, thick foamy chocolate head, creamy lace

smell: roasted malt, rye, chocolate, coffee, light leafy hops

taste: really nice stout - the rye provides some nice spicy notes. Chocolate, coffee and roasted malts carry the way. The hops are present but quite mellow - this one has some age so i can't say what it was like fresh, but i really like what it is now

mouthfeel: creamy medium body, some spice from the rye, some bitterness from the hops

drinkability: strong

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Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of xnicknj
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of scottfrie
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this one Jay!

A: Pours near black with a finger or two of light brown foam that slowly faded into a fuzzy film and collar. Tiny spots of lace were left.
S: Very smoky with strong notes of rye and earthy hops.
T: Huge and predominate flavors of rye. This is definitely a rye lovers beer. Spicy, earthy and grainy all around with hints of chocolate, vanilla, caramel as an afterthought. Hops are bitter, earthy and herbal. The rye by far dominates.
M: Frothy carbonation, medium-full body, full mouthfeel, foamy and airy.
O: Super spicy. For what it is it’s awesome, but you gotta love rye. Thanks again jbck109.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Jerry's. My expectations are low, as there have been very few HA beers I've liked (other than Daisy Cutter which is my go to beer).

A - Black beer with some reddish tones on the edges. There is a half finger of dirty-white or grayish head on it. Actually a tone of fat rings of lacing left that looked pretty good while I drank it.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of rye which sets this one a part slightly from other stouts. Not bad.

T - Chocolate and some bitter roast with a bit of spicy rye characteristic. The spice is not strong enough to be hot, but adds some interesting flavors to this. This is pretty solid.

M - Creamy, full bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Surpringly, this is a pretty solid beer, not sure I would seek it out, but it's not bad drinking.

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Baumé from Half Acre Beer Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 311 ratings.
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