S.S. Simon Short | Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"The S.S. Simon Short is a porter with some base earthiness that shouts out to the Fuggles and Goldings we used to hop the beer."

Added by GbVDave on 11-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler into a couple of pint glasses. Many thanks to goodstrongbeer for the hook up with this.

Pours a clear dark ruby, topped with 2 big fingers of rich and foamy mocha colored head. This shrinks down pretty readily but still holds tight with a creamy ¼ finger that skims the top and leaves back some good looking foamy swathes of lacing. The aroma is a pleasant dry roasted coffee presence to it. Some green citrus and malty sweet notes of chocolate and caramel add some tang to the background. This is all wrapped up in a gentle floral feel.

The taste is once again dry and roasty feeling with a fairly aggressive hop presence to it of fresh biting citrus flavors. This is well balanced across the back by some cocoa and toffee character but isn't coming off as overly sweet thanks to all roast and hops that are present, as this finishes earthy and bitter with a final lingering smack of burnt toast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp crispness that matches right up with the assertive hop profile and lends this some refreshing qualities. Some underlying chewiness holds most of the sweetness from the profile.
There is some light chalkiness present at first in the body as well but it seems to smooth out fairly quickly.

Half Acre impresses me again with this hoppy American Porter, which while aggressive at times on the palate, still stayed extremely well balanced and approachable the whole way though. I'm glad I had a growler of this one, as just one glass wasn't enough.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with a sandy colored head.

Smells heavily of dark chocolate, brownie, and deeply roasted coffee.

The taste is a dry chocolate and a hint of hops. It finishes dry and bitter coffee.

Carbonation is moderate and prickley for the style, but the body is spot on.

Flavorful and a modest abv make this a fun one to drink. There is nothing revolutionary or over the top to this porter, but it does everything just right. Another very respectable brew from a very good brewery.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into an imperial pint.

A: Pours with a typical porter thinness. Dark cola brown/black with hints of ruby at the edges. Creamy, two finger layer of light khaki colored head that retained for a bit but didn't leave much lace behind. My second pour netted me three full fingers of meringue-like foam that hung around for ages

S: Deeply roasted malt with some chocolate, a hint of espresso, and a bit of citrus. As it warmed some subtle notes of piney hops came out to play (a similar yet subdued cousin of Sticky Fat?)

T: Impressive roasty malt flavors. Spicy, darkened malt that rides in with some floral hops, chocolate, smoke, and a bit of citrus.

M: The pour looked a little thin but, to me, the mouthfeel felt anything but. Not milkshake thick by any stretch of the imagination but an excellent fullness that worked well with the bitterness from the roasty malt and hops. Finishes dry and spicy with a touch of smoke.

D: A fantastic drinking porter. They managed to nail the look and feel of a traditional porter yet added a twist that, to me, says Half Acre. This needs to be canned!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing his growler during our bottling session!

I shall abbreviate it here on BA SSSS. (*shudder* Snakes...) It pours a dark ruby-brown topped by over a finger of desert tan foam. The nose comprises coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. It's simple, but very effective. The taste holds these notes, along with some smoky toffee and an unfortunate chalky flavor in the finish. The body is a hefty-ish medium, with a moderately active carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid porter, but the chalky aftertaste and the overly abundant carbonation hinder this from achieving any real greatness.

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Photo of Deeeeezzzzznuts
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Vdubb86
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a mug

This beer pours a darker brown color with reddish twinges surfaced by a finger of beige foam. The aroma I pick up immediately is a coffee roast and a hit of weaker hops. The roasty flavor really comes through even stronger on the taste. There are also strong caramel and toffee notes to go along as well. The mouthfeel starts out rather nice, but ends a tad too dry for my liking. This is still an really good beer, but it's not my favorite from HA.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this one today. Served in a mini-pint glass from FoBAB.

A - Pours with a finger of light tan foam that settles to a solid cap and thicker collar, leaving behind some nice lace patterns. Transparent dark brown that is slightly lighter at the fringes.

S - Roasted grains, very earthy, some light cocoa and floral hop character, as well as a touch of smoke. Nice solid porter aroma.

T - Taste is more harsh and astringent, with significantly less sweetness. It gets a touch sweeter as it warms lending a bitter dark chocolate to otherwise charred and earth malt character, along with some lightly herbal hops.

M - Zesty carbonation, with a body that is a slightly chalky medium-light. Finishes fairly dry and lightly smoked.

D - This is really easy to drink, but ultimately somewhat forgettable. Was this the seconding runnings of something else (the new Big Hugs pre-coffee perhaps)? Three of us killed a growler no problem, and I probably could have done it on my own with relative ease.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler provided by Alex...Pours a dark brown that is semi transparent and much lighter in in the light. A light tan head that is gone quickly, but nice lacing...The aroma is roasted, smoke, earth, a touch of sweetness...The taste is pretty good, an almost session porter to me. Super easy to drink, the taste is more earth, and roast with dark chocolate, the smoke is gone. We crushed this growler pretty fast. While not amazing its a flavorful easy drinker.

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S.S. Simon Short from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 11 ratings