Thunder And Son Brown Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
halfacrebeer.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Big, bold, brown, beer. A real hoss great for winter warming and time in your cellar.

Added by emerge077 on 11-13-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
78
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.52%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
15
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

neat that the brewery had three brown ales going, but i think this was my least favorite of them. its a little too sweet for me, and while the other two had a great depth of dark grain, this one seems light, too heavy on the caramel for the style, and not quite fermented out as much as maybe it should be. one was enough, but the beer had a cool flavor with some uncommon nuance. i got a woody birch syrup sweetness most of the way through it, and in the absence of the dark roasty grain base, i taste much more of the medium toast cereals in here. the booze is a little bit exposed too, i drinks more like a sweet barleywine than a brown ale honestly, i dont even taste much chocolate malt in this. that said, i like the beer for what it is, and need to be a little better about enjoying a beer as nothing more than a beer, instead of looking for and highlighting all the ways that it isnt true to style, or that its flawed, or that dont meet my expectations. the more i consider this, the more i get a sweet toasted coconut flavor in the finish with the warming alcohol, and thats pretty cool. still not a beer i could drink a whole lot of, but one i appreciated a lot more at last sip than i did on the first sip. evolution baby!

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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -28%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive Brown Ale, both in malts and hops. And at 12% abv., the alcohol flavor and feel doesn't let the malt, nor the hops steal the show.

This massive American Brown Ale pours with a viscous pour that builds a light brown dense, creamy head that eventually falters under because of the gravity and alcohol of the beer. No apparent lacing, this beer behaves much more like an Imperial Stout, aside from the deep brown color, rather than black.

Aromas of bitter chocolates, heavy toast, and barley malt strike the nose first; then with a rebuttal from citrus and grassy hops. Alcohol scent mixes with cherry-like esters and medicinal phenolics for a somewhat confused closure to the aroma.

Flavors definately favor the malts- robust with burnt chocolate, cocoa, toffee, and charred toast flavors, the beer's sweetness carries it from inital sips through the mid palate where the alcohols and hop bitterness take over. Increased alcohol flavor gains precidence as the malty sweetness subsides and hop flavor/bitterness contributes layers of grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and a resiny flavor that seems of pine. At this high of alcohol, the stressed yeast gives some cough syrup-like cherry flavors along with a medicinal phenolic note that provides as much a distraction as it does bennefits.

Thick, malty, and robust creaminess fills the mouth at the onset and then turns silky/velvety over the somewhat fatty mid palate. But the malts waiver heading into the finish with a warming, even hot alcoholic numbing along with a sharp hop bite that's something more than just bitterness. Finishes very warm, still sweet, and with a yeasty/hoppy bite in the cheeks and throat.

An all-in-all pleasant, but over the top Brown Ale. While the flaws are noticable, they are subtle to moderate. Besides, the forerunning malt flavors and full body are so bright, the flaws seem minor in comparison. You'll enjoy this beer if you like sturdy Brown Ales, the body of Imperial Stouts, and with a little burn in the finish.

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Chimay goblet. This bottle was purchased in December of 2010.

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown with just a hint of off white head that goes away pretty quickly.

Smell: Sweet and malty, go figure. Some dark fruit and carmel. There is a slight alcohol warmth as well. Nice but not overly exciting.

Taste: Sweet, but not as sweet as I would have expected. Some dark fruit notes along with a hint of brown sugar. The finish has a very slight bitterness to it. The age must have calmed this one down a bit, because the booze is there, but not overpowering at all.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick and syrupy with tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was pretty darn good. Not overly boozy or sweet. I'd have another, but I'd leave it in the cellar for a year and a half.

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Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joe for splitting this brewery-fresh bomber.

Deep mahoghany color that glints scarlet in the light, sharp clarity also. Long lasting tan foam, creamy texture, a drippy ring of lacing along the opposite side.

Heavenly fruity hop nose, cantaloupe and tangerine citrus. Estery yeast notes, with the slightest hint of toasty malt underneath.

Balanced sweet and bitter elements, a really nice hop profile. Extra fruity with a huge malty body. Rich toffee flavors, yet its light bodied. The fruity hop notes of cantaloupe and citrus are really pleasant, aging this would only mute those flavors. Drink fresh to experience the full spectrum of hops being showcased...

Another creative coup by Half Acre.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to AgentZero for this one. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a reddish-amber color with some brown tinting. Huge tan head that sticks around for awhile and leaves plenty of lacing. The nose brings some caramel, toffee, light fruits, and a bit of a metallic component in the finish. The taste brings the metallic notes further to the front, nearly overwhelming the sweet caramel malt of the underlying brew. Pretty hefty alcohol character as well. Feel is slightly metallic and has quite a bit of alcohol along with plenty of residual sweetness. Overall, a bit of a mess and the first Half Acre beer I didn't really care for.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of billab914
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a very dark brown, close to black color with a thin, spotty head scattered across the top of the beer. It looked pretty close to an imperial stout actually.

The aroma shows a lot of roasty and bitter-sweet chocolate flavors to it for the style. I get a pretty big sweetness to it as well with caramel, brown sugar and some dark fruits coming through. Pretty nice and interesting aroma, it almost feels like a mix of a brown ale and an Imp stout.

The taste starts out with more of the sweeter, caramel, toffee and dark fruit flavors to it. Midway things start to get a little more roasty and bitter with some dark chocolate flavors to it that last through the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer, it definitely wasn't your standard brown ale though. As I said before it reminded me a little of a mix of a brown and imperial stout. Pretty tasty beer to sip on though this evening.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to open this one up last night and I will admit it kicked my but! Served cold and into a pint glass this was consumed on 12/20.

The pour was a deep, dark brown with a huge head of creamy tan lacing that really started to shine as it built up. Aroma is heavy, lots of caramel, brown sugar, hints of bourbon? Hmm. Vanilla and cocoa coming through now, really just very, very well done. Creamy and smooth with a deceptive ABV, this came across amazing IMO.

Overall a really good offering that was a pleasure to enjoy, would do it again any day

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Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 11/27/11 notes. Thanks to the Chicago Group in the Group BIF for sending this one our way. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted notes, alcohol, light chocolate, nuts, and toasted malts. Definitely some nice chocolate and caramel here, but the alcohol is there as well.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, alcohol, nuts, roasted malts, light chocolate, and toasted malts. Not as much chocolate as the nose and more alcohol and nuts. A step down due to the strong alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

o - Overall a decent brown ale, but you can definitely taste the alcohol and tell this one is 12%. Alcohol is present in the nose and even moreso in the taste, taking a bit away from the plesant caramel and chocolate. Worth checking out but probably wouldn't seek it out again as it is a bit too much for me and tough to drink.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this one.

A: The pour is a chestnut sort of color with some reddish hints and a dense off-white head.

S: The nose starts off with sweet caramel malts and honey. A nice nuttiness and toasted malt aroma. However, this quickly fades into some rather off-putting aromas of booze and rubber.

T: I don't really even feel like I got the chance to enjoy the flavor. Sure, there is some good sweet malt flavor, dark fruits, chocolate, and nuttiness, but the booze, rubber, and even chlorine are there all the way.

M: The body is medium to full with a lot of alcohol warmth and a medium carbonation.

D: Reading the other reviews, I have to wonder what went wrong. I certainly did not have the same experience, unfortunately, because I tend to enjoy Half Acre's stuff.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing his bottle!

Is his son named Lightning? Regardless, this brew pours a dark very deep ruby topped by a finger of ecru-cream foam. The nose comprises ginger, flowers, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a light vein o' molasses. The taste holds more of the same, with the addition of figs, orange, light red grapes, brown sugar, and some dark greens bleeding through in the very, very back. The body is a stolid medium, with a light carbonation and a light-ish syrupy feel. Overall, a fine brew, a bit harsh this fresh, and definitely something that oughta be quite lovely with a little bit o' age on it.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of MasterSki
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at the brewery. I also drank this right when it came out from a growler. Served in a wine glass.

A - A hard pour yields a quarter-finger of tan foam that settles to a thin partial cap and leaves minimal lace. Even though the foam volume is low, the retention is quite good. Transparent dark ruby-brown body.

S - Chocolate, brown sugar, light apple skin, cinnamon, nuts, toasted malts, and reasonably well-hidden alcohol. Pretty much what you'd expect from an Imperial Brown Ale.

T - Taste is a little less pleasant - there is still plenty of booze present. Mostly roasted barley malt, notes of vanilla and chocolate, and some residual hop bitterness in the finish (or perhaps that's alcohol - hard to know).

M - Grainy medium-full body, light carbonation tingle. Some definite warmth, but not as hot as it was upon release. Fairly sticky finish.

D - I'm glad this beer isn't cloying and boozy - it's merely boozy. The alcohol has mellowed out a bit, particularly in the aroma. I don't see this improving much with additional age. If you dig high-gravity brown ales this may be of interested, but it's not a very easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark chocolate brown with reddish brown highlights that had a half finger of head and left good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was really appealing consisting of some sweet chocolatey malts, roastiness, caramel, fruit that I can't quite put my finger on, and hints of smokey nutty caramel notes. The fruits in the aroma seemed to be raisin plum like alongside the dominating roasty chocolate flavor but did have caramel, smokey, toffee, and nutty accents with a touch of booze on the backend that was nice and subtle. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a roasty, smokey, sweet, slight boozy, but silky creamy finish. It drank really good and was very tasty glad I had the opportunity to try this one. Good lookin out Drew.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pawola22 for sending this bottle to me.

The beer pours a brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate with some alcohol and caramel notes. Smells like an alcoholic brown ale.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt. There are also some toffee notes in the flavor. When drinking you can tell that the beer is 12 percent ABV.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of jrallen34
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at On Photon...Dark brown with a good light tan but creamy head. Really good retention and lacing, looks great...Aroma is sweet candy with accents of nuts, lightly roasted, good...The taste is not successful, black licorice, bitter alcohol finish, medicinal, missing roast. Just not enjoyable to drink. A truly disappointing Half Acre, fortunately few and far between.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

An imperial brown, interesting.

A - A rich brown color with a light, tan head that dissipated rather quickly and left some spots on the sides.

S - A very malty (crystal?) brew. Touches of chocolate, big caramel, presence of roast. There is a little bit of a quad-like smell in this one, maybe coming from some hints of dark fruit.

M - Slightly hot, a very rich taste. Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel all some to be present in equal parts and balance each other nicely. It is sweet, but doesn't suffer from the sweet/hot problem that a lot of higher ABV beers can have. Brown sugar and molasses seem to be the source of the sweetness, and a hint of the dark fruits again gives it a slight quad-like feel.

M - Full bodied, quite thick, a little chewy, carbonation makes a nice appearance.

D - It's a sipper for me, it is a little hot, quite thick, a bit sweet, great beer, but I can't get it down fast enough to try and session it (thankfully).

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Thunder And Son Brown Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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