Chocolate Camaro | Half Acre Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Coco richness and lactose silk surround roasty notes to offer this stout a firm stance.

Added by AgentZero on 01-21-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
258
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
8.86%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.79/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On-draught:

Low C / AVERAGE

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in the glass with a finger or two of sticky tan foam that laces nicely. Surface has a semi glossy sheen like whipped meringue. Retention is good, the foam lasts for the entire glass.

Aroma is light, dry cocoa and roast barley with a nice coffee presence.

Firmly bitter with a silky body, unsweetened bakers chocolate and light roast coffee are the dominant flavors. Dry bitter aftertaste full of earthy roast. Light bodied and very easy drinking. Style wise this comes across more of a straightforward stout, no presence of typical lactose attributes like sweetness/creaminess/milkiness. Enjoyable and a welcome new addition to the Half Acre repertoire.

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

64 oz growler into a couple of pint glasses. Big thanks go to my Half Acre hook-up goodstrongbeer for procuring this one for me.

Pours a straight black in the glass, with a finger of smooth milk chocolate colored head. This retains with a creamy richness on the edges (which looks a bit more burnt and angry here) that drenches the sides with thick foamy swathes of lacing and brown oils. The aroma has a well done and quite flavorful roasted coffee presence, but it isn't too overly assertive, as it melds well with a formidable smelling combo of bitter chocolate and creamy lactose. Spicy and earthy hop character runs along the back of the nose, adding some extra gritty complexity to the proceedings.

The taste, thanks to that mix of chocolate and cream, almost has a beer milkshake thing going on with it in the flavor profile. Bittersweet chocolate and lactic sugars give this a sticky sweetness up front that is well balanced by a fairly sturdy wave of spicy citric bitterness. Roasted coffee notes come out across the back and lingers in the finish with some earthy bitter dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a tiny bit fuller, and is well carbonated with a lively feeling prickly sharpness. This is layered on top of some thicker underlying chewiness, which is where a lot of that rich sweetness of the profile dwells. I wasn't expecting a whole lot of alcohol presence out of this at only 6% but it's always appreciated when it stays strictly to some light heft in the body.

This was another good Half Acre offering. Lots of full flavors (that hop profile really did lot in keeping this balanced, crisp, and interesting) and a good drinkibility really helped made this quite tasty and satisfying. This is definitely a solid one to have around for those seeking a chocolate beer fix during the usual Valentines Day hype.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mdfb79
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown. Taste is light coffee and hershey milk chocolate syrup. Medium body and low carbonation, Guinness-like mouthfeel.
Overall good but a bit light in the nose and taste.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this growler during the boil!

It seems like a chocolate car would fair about as well as SNL's classic Adobe. But maybe it's just me. The namesake brew pours a sleek obsidian topped by a finger of light brown foam. The nose comprises dark chocolate, roasted malts, light molasses, very light vanilla, and a light sense of vague wood. The taste drudges up these very fresh memories for a second remembrance, though the wood has dropped out, and the dark chocolate has grown closer to the bitter end of the chocolate-y spectrum. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a very nice bit o' stout, though I was sorta hoping for some more chocolate character. Oh well, it still tastes pretty damn good to me.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of ZEB89
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Black body. Big off-white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Lots of lactose. Chocolate. Coffee. Mostly lactose.

Taste - Tastes better, but still a lot of lactose. Milk chocolate. Lactose sweetness. A little roasty.

Mouthfeel - Thicker than expected. Well carbonated.

Overall - Absurd lactose. Not a characteristic I enjoy.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerOps
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of MasterSki
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at Half Acre on Friday. Shared it at a friend's party the same night. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - This beer look fantastic. A few fingers of persistent mocha foam that leave behind nice fingers of lace, and a nearly black body that has a faint ruby glint at the fringes. Very evocative of chocolate.

S - Cocoa, roasted grains, a faint note of coffee. Aroma is somewhat understated and doesn't leap out of the glass. I wouldn't have guess this was a milk stout either.

T - I like the taste a fair bit more, as it has a little more substance to it. Tons of baker's chocolate, a hint of smoke, and a bitter espresso finish. Surprisingly low in saccharine qualities for the style, but a pleasant change of pace from the Hershey's-esque milk stouts.

M - This was a little over-carbonated, and seemed to fizzy for the style. Chewy, medium body, and a very sticky and slightly gritty finish.

D - I had a few pours of this - it went down pretty easily throughout the evening and I never got fatigued by it. I wouldn't rush out to get it again, but it's probably my favorite dark offering by Half Acre. I DO highly recommend the truffles made with this beer - great impulse purchase.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on February 5, 2016. Look is dark brown with a thick tan head and sticky lacing.

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

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

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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