Guajillo Baumé | Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 09-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Might as well get in on this too...
Upstairs at Hopleaf. 10 oz. pour into a tapered Hopleaf taster glass.

Black body with a chestnut edge, light tan foam. Thicker sheets of lacing look nice. Retention is good too. The aroma is fairly mild, roasty more than anything, blackened toast and tobacco. Guajillo is subdued, don't really pick up any heat whatsoever in the nose or flavor. Some savory elements with a slight earthy fruitiness that wasn't in the regular version of Baumé, that could be attributed to the peppers. Overall more roast and dry bakers chocolate shine through. Very smooth and somewhat mellow, medium bodied and easily drinkable.

Hope they do this again with a fresh batch, i'd definitely give it a second try.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 10oz mini imperial pint shaped taster glass at Hopleaf 9/29/10.

A: Served a dark, cola-brown/black color. My glasses came with a creamy, 1/2 finger layer of foam on someone plopped a tan colored Nilla Wafer on top of the beer. Retention was good with a fair amount of lace left stuck to the glass.

S: Much like the standard Baume. Roasty grains, flourless chocolate cake, a bit spicy. Perhaps this version was a little subdued compared to regular Baume (due to its' age? Not exactly sure how old it was...) but I felt the slack was taken up by the slightly smoky and fruity aromas of the addition of the Guajillo peppers. A suggestion of heat that sent a pleasant tingle up my nostrils.

T: Pretty much lock step with the smell with slightly more emphasis on the pepper. Nice bit of earthy and spicy pepper that fills in for the hoppiness of the base beer that, sadly, was pretty much non-existant here. Fortunately, there's a bunch of stuff going on here. Chocolate, spicy rye, smoky peppers, and roasted malt.

M: Slick and with a stickiness that plastered the spicy bitterness of the pepper all over the inside of my mouth. This coupled with the spiciness of the rye and the dry bakers chocolate made for a pretty earthy and prickly mouthfeel.

D: All in all, I really liked this beer. I've really took a shine to Texas Ranger from Mikkeller and was looking for another pepper beer to sink my teeth into. Hopefully this isn't a one and done brew. I'd love to taste this again, fresh from the taps at Half Acre!

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Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I regret that I have not had the regular Baumé, as it would have been nice to compare the two. Got this one at Hopleaf's Half Acre summer cleanout.

A - A nice thick looking beer, very black, ruby highlights in the light. Fairly good tan head on it with a bit of lacing.

S - Roasty smell with some touches of spice and a bit of chocolate. The pepper is buried in there, but it starts to emerge as the beer warms up.

T - I like this, it's not blowing my socks off, but I can drink it and be happy. Roasted malts with a bit of bitterness in there, I couldn't taste the pepper at first, but it starts to make its presense nicely felt as I continued to drink. It's hot, but it fades and doesn't produce a lot of heat.

M - Medium bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation. May be a touch too much.

D - I'd drink this again if it were available, it's solid, but not a world beater.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed at the Hopleaf. What a great time, but in the future... buy all your beer you want before they run out! This shit went faster than you could say quesadilla walking with Priscilla out in Manilla.

A- Decent, creamy head that left minor lacing around. A very long lasting cap and skin were enjoyable to view throughout the night. Mocha and ruby tones everywhere. Inky darkness of the liquid.

S- Faint vanilla, campfire logs and coals, hops, and a bit of chili? Is that really in there? Not strong anywhere.

T- Strong smoke here. Burning oak generates similar flavors on the inhale. Very hopped up finish. Very little vanilla. Burnt cardboard and here is some chili.

M- Very thin, watery, and undercarbonated. It was a let down in terms of a stout.

D- Never again, but only because there are better examples of this style. If the mouthfeel was improved this would be fantastic. I think it would help in terms of flavors and maybe in aroma. Now awful, but not great. Worth ticking, though.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of MasterSki
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Hopleaf for the Half Acre summer clean-out event. One 1/6th barrel keg of Baumé was aged on guajillo peppers. Served in a 10oz taster glass

A - Served with a finger of dark tan foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves behind solid lacing. Body is a very dark brown with hints of red transparency when held to the light. Looks almost identical to regular Baumé.

S - Roasted grain, cake, dark chocolate, a touch of rye, and some peppery spice. The hop character that graced the base beer is gone due to age. There's actually some heat present as the beer warms, akin to catching a whiff of some intense curry or hot sauce. It's fairly well-integrated but it gets a touch unpleasant by the end of the glass.

T - This tastes almost identical to regular Baumé at first blush. Charred malt and intense earthy bitterness that lingers. The chili peppers don't help, as they impart a peppery finish. Reminds me a little of the "off" bottle of Rurik that we had a nerd's place.

M - Feel is pretty similar to regular Baumé - moderate-high carbonation. As the bubbles dissipate it's a medium-light body with some residual stickiness to it.

D - This suffers from the same flaws the base beer does - not enough sweetness to taste and a host of palate-fatiguing flavors (bitterness, char, pepper). I slowly worked through 10oz and wasn't overly upset that the keg had blown before I could get a refill.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hop Leaf, 10oz tasting glass, 1/16 keg...A dark brown pour with a light tan head, not much of note...A totally dead aroma which is surprising, where are the chilis? As the beer warms a little chili comes through, not enough to temper my disappointment...The taste is ok, pretty bland, light malt to start with a little chili on the finish. Again not strong enough to give me what I was hoping for.

I would like to have the Baume to compare to this, but this is nothing special, a waste of chili's really. Don't bother if another keg pops up.

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Guajillo Baumé from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 8 ratings