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:
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Ratings: 313 |  Reviews: 105
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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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy light brown head with average retention and a moderate amount of lacing.

4.0 S: The rye makes this one unique and fairly interesting. Roasted barley, big hit of coffee, earthy spicy rye, and a fairly strong citrusy hop kick. Underneath all that there are some chocolatety and nutty notes.

3.5 T: The taste is a bit of a letdown after the nose. This isn't bad by any means, but it seems a bit unbalanced. The rye and hops dominate the stout flavors. If the stout was a bit more robust, this could be a helluva beer. Anyway, moderate bitterness, earthy rye, citrusy hops. The stout offers coffee and nuts foremost, with chocolate and caramel in the background.

3.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Carbonation is a little high for my liking. Not particularly creamy.

3.5 D: Not bad and I love the rye flavor, but the rest of the beer is a bit lacking. I'm not a big fan of stouts with noticeable hop components either.

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Photo of jsh420
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark brown almost black with a 2 finger tan head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of milk chocolate roasted malts

taste - reminds me of 3F Black Sun Stout and other irish dry stouts - pretty hoppy (floral) then the dry ashy bitter chocolate malt

mouthfeel is a medium/light body with plenty of carbonation - very dry finish

overall - a crazy drinkable dry stout - drinking this made me think of other stouts that are as good that are made year round since this is a one time wonder - glad i got to sip on this one

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Photo of woosterbill
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from early 2010 into a snifter; shared at a tasting.

A: Black body with reddish highlights; decent layer of fine tan bubbles that settle into a ring. Ok.

S: Big, husky, sweet + spicy aroma. Creme-brulee style toastedness + some serious rye spice. I kind of dig it.

T: Sweet caramel up front, followed by the rye husk and spice. A little roasty, but not as much as I'd expect from a stout. Salty and dry on the finish. Interesting, but not that great.

M: A little on the thin side for a stout, but nicely filled with fine, understated carbonation.

O: This definitely wasn't my favorite beer of the night, but it was pretty darn good. I've been liking rye beers more and more lately, and this one doesn't disappoint when it comes to the spiciness and earthy intensity of a serious rye brew. Even after a year this one is a bit harsh, though, and I can't imagine that more time would really help a 7% stout; I won't be looking for more when I'm back in Chicago later this month, but I wouldn't turn it down if someone offered it to me.

Cheers!

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Photo of Holland
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dexterk1
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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 BeerBucks
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ystazi
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Sean9689
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Fountainhead for the Half Acre/Perennial Event.

A - Pours black, light tan head, wisps.

S - Rye up front, dark chocolate, dry roast notes, and hops. Pretty straight-forward and that's exactly what I was expecting.

T - More of the same...lots of rye, roast, toasted, malts, and dark chocolate bitterness. Alcohol is there for 7%, but this beer is very fresh so I can't knock it too hard for that. Perhaps a little too much rye and hops for me, which fatigues my palate a bit.

M - Medium to full body, rich, creamy, good carbonation, dry roasted finish.

O - A nice stout, but not something I could drink a lot of. The rye and hops are just a bit too much for me (even though I love both), and I think I'd rather have a porter or brown then go back to this when I'm in the mood for something dark. Decent.

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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 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 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 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 Herky21
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Bilco
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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 thewimperoo
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of kidzord
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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

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