Marty Stouffer's Wild America | Half Acre Beer Company

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Marty Stouffer's Wild AmericaMarty Stouffer's Wild America

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Cascade and Falconer's Flight hops.

Added by emerge077 on 02-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 107
Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh, the things you find in the back of your cellar….

A: A light bit of gushing upon opening the bottle. Very dark brownish-caramel in color. Slightly hazy. Forms a large, beige colored head. Good retention as it slowly drops to a thick surface coating and a large ring around the edge. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is stale hops, caramel and cardboard.

T: Taste is similar. Starts off with a moderate sweetness. Caramel malts with a touch of roasted malts. Some dried citrus rind and a bit of pine resin. Cardboard.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Abrasive and bitter. Moderate carbonation. Dry.

O: Well I do say there was no reason for me to have held on to this beer for this long. It has clearly oxidized and not in a good way. Oh well, it's not reprehensible at this point, but it likely used to be a lot better than its current self.

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Photo of davey101
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a Founders 15th glass. Cool label and idea! Pours a clear burnt red color with a fingers worth of stubborn white foam. Really sticks around and clings to the glass. Excellent retention. Smells like a faded hoppy American barleywine. Resinous pine and some light citrus, toffee and caramel, a touch of booze and some brown sugar sweetness. Taste is similar to the nose with plenty of toffee, brown sugar, and piney hops. Bitterness is low and the alcohol is noticeable but pleasant. This is tasting really damn good right now, but I can only imagine age hurting this beer. Mouth feel is full and creamy. Overall this is a really solid beer. Really hits on everything that I would want out of the style with a bit of age on it.

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Photo of rawfish
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep hazelnut brown into a snifter glass. Moderate carbonation, half finger of head with average retention and some nice rings of lacing on the glass.

Herbal and earthy hops with a bit of citrus zest and pine resin. Fruity undertones and a solid toffee, brown sugar and stale bread. No alcohol sensed.

Deep breads and toffee a slight nuttiness that transitions smoothly to pine and resin hops with a citrus and lemon zest accompaniment. Slightly bitter on the finish but with so very little alcohol.

Full and tasty adequate carbonation. Alcohol is very well masked, generous malt.

Flavorwise this isn't going to blow you away with it's complexities the malt leaves very little to get excited about, but the hop profile is interesting crossing pine, citrus and herbs and is highlighted well. Alcohol is very well hidden, probably better fresh.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1419th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Taster
22 oz

Chicago Bottleshare

App- It's a very weird orange color with a big hazy color with a yellow highlight. Not sort of speak a head but a tiny amount of bubbles.

Smell- I can assume fresh with the falconers flight hops this was bright and citrusy. Those have faded and are really mellow and replaced by a thick malt base.

Taste- Malty to a point and then a small amount of hops come in for a second layer of flavor and give a little boost. Not the best BW I've had but was pretty tasty.

Mouth- A full medium body with a medium carbonation. Thick on the tounge and leaves a residual malty pine flavor.

Drink- A decent beer but one I fear was best fresh. Probably wouldn't want to trade for a bottle.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy deep amberish color with good carbonation and a dirty cap.

S: Pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted grains, lots of toasted grains

T: A nice hop bitterness with pine needles and big graininess. Caramel, toffee and some light citrus. Taste alot like Moyland Old Blarney as far as the hop bite and overall feel. Sweet but not to sticky

M: Body and carbonation are good

O: Average in taste profile but the nose and appearance were pretty nice

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 1/10/12

Deep, rustic copper hue; at times it has a nearly crimson sheen. Ample one and a half finger head, especially for the abv. The head recedes slowly to a pack of bubbles amid a thin skim. Decent lace remains even before taking a drink.

Smells like a standard-fare hoppy/malty American Barleywine. Dry piney hops with traces of citrus peel and zest (think orange and lemon), toasty caramel, dried out spiced bread, brown sugar, mild fruit overtones and hints of earthiness. No alcohol to be found.

It tastes just about the same, only with appreciable alcohol and a harsher dryness. Man this critter is dry. The hoppiness seems to have parity with the malts, though both offer flavors that are on the generic side of things. Orange pith obscured by a hefty pine bitterness. Lots of toasted bread with some caramel backing it up.

Medium-full body with appropriately weighted carbonation. A bit gritty on the latter half. Finishes dry, of course.

I've got no qualms with drinkability, but it's far too average for the price of entry. I'm happy to have tried it, but I'd rather go for Bigfoot or some such.

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Photo of Spider889
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by schwaeh. Very cool share at the last big tasting.

A - Dark caramel/oak colors going on in this beer with a short off-white head.

S - Smells herbal and earthy, more like an English Barleywine imo. very vegetal and herbal. Spice notes and some toasted malt rounding things out on the back end.

T - Very bitter up front (here's the American side of things). Dry and earthy.

M/O - Dry finish. Ultimately not all that impressive. I think the label art was the best part!

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

59th Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. Thanks to bspringer for sharing this treat.

A: Deep tan. Single (off-white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Sweet caramel with a hint of vanilla, pepper, and dark fruit.

T: All over the place here, but I continued to pick up a sweet, sweet mess. Some hops, malt, and bitterness, but overly sweet.

M: Medium bodied with carbonation being the same.

O: Interesting beer for sure; however, I cannot say that I am a huge fan. Too sweet and all over the place for me and my palate was just confused. Maybe it’ll get better with age, but I’m not sold on it.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

a - Pours a medium reddish brown color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, booze, wheat, citrus hops, oranges, and light spice. An interesting mix of hops and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, fruity malts, citrus hops, toffee, alcohol. Taste has more booze and fruit than the nose; again, an interesting mix.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a decent, interesting hoppy barleywine. Hops and caramel mix pretty nicely. Worth trying.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a pinkish-amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of pine and resin notes from the hops, as well as some nice toffee and caramel malt. There is also a touch of alcohol in the aroma.

The flavor is similar. The toffee forms the backbone of the beer, but the pine and resinous hops stand out. Even with quite a bit of hop flavor, the bitterness is pretty low. The alcohol is noticeable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dug for the chance to try this.

A: Caramel colored with about a finger of tan head. Good amount of lacing around all edges of the glass.

S: Big time hops. Pine and citrus with caramel, toffee and slight alcohol.

T: Follows the nose for the most part. Hops bitterness and malt sweetness compete well for top billing. Pine, citrus, caramel malts, toffee and just a slight bit of booze.

M: Full and sticky with some warming.

O: This is a tasty beer that I would really like to try again in a couple of years when the hops fully fade.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into snifter - thanks to beerecorder

Pours a hazed burnt auburn color with some brighter reddish hues. Beige head fades into a well retained film, leaving patchy lacing on the glass.

Piny hops in the nose with citrus and grapefruit. Some sweetness with darker fruit, raisin and cherry. Boozy warmth and caramel malts.

Spike of bitter hops up front with pine resin and plenty of citrus character. Grapefruit and orange give way to some dark fruit with cherry skin and raisin. Thick malt backbone with bready notes, caramel, and slight syrupyness. Sweet and boozy in the finish with another dash of hops.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky, chewy, and full on the tongue. A nice barleywine that sips smoothly and sits well on the palate...I nearly finished the whole bottle myself.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this and for Jeff for sending me one.

A: The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a rather tall off-white head.

S: Decently hoppy on the aroma with some grass, citrus peel, and a somewhat mild pine. There is a nice bit of caramel, toffee, and toasted bread maltiness as well. The aroma also has a very perfumey quality to it.

T: The hop profile on the palate is quite floral and perfumey, but also has some solid pine flavor to it. As expected, plenty of malt character in the form of toffee, caramel, and toasted bread. A somewhat mild hop bitterness.

M: The body and carbonation are both medium.

O: Sort of in between the malty and hoppy side of barleywines. Good, but would prefer it to be more of one or the other.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from GBVDave so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours hazy, deep amber color with a one finger of foamy khaki colored head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is sweet toffee and caramel, definite boozy presence but not too overpowering, a bit of oaked vanilla creeps in.

T: Taste starts not as sweet as I would have anticipated - and this is a good thing. Nice toffee notes mixed with a bit of nuttiness. Booziness is present, but it's crisp and slightly muted by the caramel malt presence. A rather strong grapefruit hop flavoring comes in and rides out the finish.

M: Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, crisp with a sticky finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, well hidden kick (even with the slight boozy flavoring), nice representation of style. I really liked the higher carbonation in this beer. Barleywines are not a favorite style of mine, but the flavors were crisp, well balanced and again, the carbonation made this far more drinkable.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GCurlow for this surprise bottle.
6oz Pour->Smokestack Tulip
A ~ Pours a Marooned-Brown with cream colored head. Very fine carbonation that really just makes me wanna get down to business and drink this thing.

S ~ A whole lotta malt! Dark bread, Wood Shavings, & murky hop resins with hints of black peppercorns & mild tobacco.

T ~ Malted barley lends caramel, wheat-bread, Rye whiskey & black pepper. There are hints of bitter chocolate & pomander within the malt that were peculiar for a Barleywine, but incorporated fluidly no less. There is a ton of Piney Resins & lemon pulp bitterness on the finish.

M ~ There is heat on the throat, but the carbonation is very tight & smooth, carrying the beer through very well. Finish is dry & hoppy, with the malt-driven body still singing through strong.

D ~ This was executed very well! Great Carb & Good balance of a variety of malts & a ton of bitter hops. Would LOVE to revisit this. . .would pair great with a Hangar Steak.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to both BlessedBeBeer & mnbearsfan for making this dream (well, maybe not a dream...but a want for sure) a reality...

a - opened the bottle and filled my southampton ris snifter. deep chestnut reddish dark mahogany body with a thin classic off-white head that vanished surprisingly quickly leaving a thin skin on the surface of the brew. the beer was rich in color and semi-transparent with pretty slippery lacing that eventually came home to the top of the beer.

s - oh joy. as a big fan of english barleys i was very pleased to find the malts overpowering the smell. there is a definite hop presence, but some american barleys are almost IIPAs. nice toffee sweetness and a strong crisp vodka-like booziness. nuts...almost oaky vanilla.

t - at first my pallette was confused...slammed with malts, hops, bitterness, sweetness. starts as strong sweet toffee caramel with an oaky vibe...then turns to bittery hops and leaves an alcohol tingle.

m - dry bitter finish. assault on the palette.

o - this beer is like an exotic looking girl. you see her and there is something about her, but you just can't tell if it is that she is super hot or if she is oddly ugly...but there is something about her. there is something about this beer...i imagine that if the bitter finish fades a bit, this could be a rockin barleywine hitting everything i like about a barleywine.

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Photo of oline73
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a mildly cloudy dark reddish amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head. Decent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with dark fruit and some bitter hops.

Taste: Not very sweet at all. The citrus peel hop bitterness is a bit too dominant if you ask me. I would have liked the malt to come through a bit more. The finish contains some warm alcohol, but it is mostly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: I really with there had been a bit more going on in the flavor. The hops just killed everything else. I would have liked more balance.

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Photo of cetherid
2.71/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

poured into a tulip


Beer pours a dark coppery color. About a fingers worth of off-white head that goes down to a thin film. A little lacing around the glass but not much.


Smells like an old IPA/DIPA. Sweet malts like caramel and honey aromas with faint smells of hops. Alcohol is fairly noticeable. If I dig deep I get some notes of raisin but that's about the only fruitiness I get. For a barleywine, I'm not really liking this.


Again, a malty DIPA. A pretty big malt bomb. A little bit of hop bitterness is present as well as a slight toffee presence but tastes like a dusty two year old bottle of 90 min IPA you'd find hidden on the shelf at your local liquor store would taste like. I like my barleywines fruiter with a little more hops. This is pretty lackluster.


Medium to full bodied with decent carbonation. Coats the mouth decent, definitely all that sweet malt.


Not impressed at all. Just taste like an aged DIPA. I remember going to the release for this and trying a sample on tap. I remember how hoppy it tasted like a regular IPA/DIPA. I think I'd rather have it fresh than it is now. Will probably turn into a bottle of honey with more age.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to RateBeer's very own HOPSHUNTER for sharing this barleywine I haven’t even heard of, very cool. The bomber pours brilliant deep dark copper with off white head. The aroma has some apple and dark fruity esters followed by earthiness, pine and spicy hops. The taste is bold with rich pine hops that roll toward earthy hops and spicy hops. To midway and into the finish additional notes of malts and roasted malts join in and help take this into the after taste. Solid American Style Barleywine.

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Photo of sidetracked
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby orange-red with a thin off-white head that lingers around the edges.

Smell is piney hops, a little citrus and grapefruit, bready and caramel malts, and a little alcohol. Very IPA-like.

Piney hop bitterness upfront. Bready malt middle. Citrus and piney hops come back in at the finish, mixing with some caramel sweetness.

Medium to full bodied, slightly syrupy, light carbonation. Little alcohol heat at the finish.

Good fresh piney hop bitterness. A little more like a malty double or imperial IPA. Very enjoyable and easy to drink.


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Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by stawn, thanks! Snifter.

A: Transparent reddish amber with a big off-white head.

S: Caramel and bread with a little pine and grapefruit. A little fusel is evident. Not much sweetness. The caramel is nice.

T: Lots of caramel and bread with a smooth moderate bitterness. A nice balance of malt and hops, with the balance tilting slightly on favor of the hops which are reminiscent of grapefruit and pine. There's a little alcohol in the bitter caramel finish.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and smooth with a little warming.

Overall: A nice American Barleywine. Not high on drinkability but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dan – much obliged!

Pours a slightly hazy honey-brown color with a tan head leaving decent lacing.

Smells of somewhat grainy caramel malts with good amounts of light toffee. Also present are solid amounts of pine hops with lighter amounts of citrus.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly dry caramel malt flavors up front with pine and deep citrus hops joining in midway. Near the end the flavors sweeten with hints of butterscotch and toffee. The ending is moderately bitter. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall there was nothing wrong with this beer but nothing stood out as that great either and the flavors didn't meld together terribly well. A solid beer that’s worth a shot.

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Photo of Preismj
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: thick and cloudy. the color and cloudiness isn't the most appealing. Great lacing on this after the half inch creamy head falls.

s:sweetness here with caramel and grape skin. super sweet malt in this. touches of citrus and earthy tones.

t: bready and a touch of sourness. funkyness is mild but there. Almost like a blue cheese flavor in here. Not getting any of the sweetness from the nose that I expected, though the malt taste hangs in the form of barley and oat...almost a taste of hay in here. Hints of citrus.

m: thicker than expected, mild carbonation. This coats the palette well enough. good and sticky. Hop bitterness as well.

o: not the best barley wine I've had, but not the worst. Interesting taste in this but wish I had more sweetness and a little less sour funk to it. Very bready and malty...more than I usually enjoy.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, courtesy of a DLD in-person trade, into a tasting glass. Thanks to the trader (whose name I've forgotten, sadly). Shared at a tasting.

A: Bright reddish-amber body under an inch of creamy tan foam. Strong retention and layers of lace. Gorgeous Barleywine.

S: Is this a malty DIPA or a hoppy Barleywine? Tons of citrus hops + caramel malt. Resin + toffee. Wonderful.

T: Creamy vanilla, sharp citrus hops, smooth caramel, and fruity booze. Simple and tasty.

M: Fairly light, bubbly body. Lively and enjoyable.

O: This was a really tasty brew, and it hid its double-digit booze better than many similar Barleywines I've had. I wish I had another bottle to cellar, but I'm glad I drank this relatively fresh - the hop presence was terrific. By far the best experience I've had with Falconer's Flight.


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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this bottle from fear025 in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks, Jay!

Poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy deep copper with a thin light tan head that drops fairly quickly to a wisp of foam. Minimal lacing.

Aromas of pine and citrus hops, with a dark fruit/malt backbone. Dark fruit aromas of prunes and raisins.

Flavors of pine, citrus, tangerine, some grapefruit, thin malty backbone, with caramel and raisin. Finish is medium with bitter citrus peal lingering.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a barley wine, mouthcoating bitterness, not too harsh, and a good level of light carbonation.

Overall a very tasty brew. A little light in the body for my taste, but otherwise a very fine beer. Worth seeking out.

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