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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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 53
Reviews by funkyaudio:
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of weatherdog
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quick and dirty review, will expand later. Growler poured into a snifter

Pour is the standard copper barleywine with a minimal bone colored head. Retention and lacing is minimal.

Aroma of bitterness, orange cascade seemingly hoppiness and some sweet caramel malts.

Taste is similar but bitterness just seems over the top. Malt flavor is a bit low for a beer like this. Body is too thin to support the bitterness. Overall it's like a huge hoped up Imperial amber. We'll see how it ages but for an American Barleywine I'm far from impressed.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep caramel colored body with a thick yellowish white head that sticks to the glass a bit with each sip.

S- The full pine hops aroma takes on a nice earthy quality with some soft malt sweetness that comes through as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a big piney hops flavor that has some caramel malt sweetness supporting it and a crisp finish with a nice hop bitterness that lingers for a bit.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a nice soft alcohol heat that supports the hops in the finish.

O- This is a nice American barleywine with full hops that are supported by a nice malt backbone. It would be interesting to see this beer change with age but it is tasty fresh.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of 1noa
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received bottles from Half Acre Brewery after sampling out of the tap. Pours a smooth caramel deep mocha color. Pours to a light head, after which you can smell the hops in the aroma. Out of the bottle it seems less boozy than the sample out of the tap. Sweet and smooth on the back of the palate upon tasting. Enjoy now or after cellared for a period. I know i will do both. Definitely an enjoyable barleywine.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy orange with a tall off-white head from an aggressive pour. There's spotty lacing as the head dies down.

The hops are pungent and grassy with some resinous pine. No doubt about it, they dominate the malt. The malt does have the defining caramel sweetness and a dash of wood, but they're submissive to the hops.

I hesitate to score the taste as high as I have because it's not "true to style," but this is so damn tastey I can't help myself. It borders a DIPA. Tons of grass, herb, and pine. Low sweetness, which sits well for me with this hop profile. It even finishes on the dry side.

Crisp, yet thick. It makes my mouth pucker. It's a palate destroyer. I'm definitely not tasting anything else tonight.

Well done, Half Acre. Like I said before, this is not a true to style barleywine and walks a thin line between that and DIPA, but either way this is a top notch beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of trappistlover
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(I brought this to Dak’s Memorial Day tasting. Courtesy of jcnd9803!). Pours a hazy apricot-orange color with a tan head. Aroma has dank hops and is quite perfumey. Taste is sweet with some noticeable bitterness. Thin bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish. I would have prefered a little more sweetness in this barleywine to counteract the bitterness

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Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hoppy barleywine!?! The world has officially turned upside down and my brain is running out my left ear. <_< I hope you can see this because I'm doing it as hard as I can...

Deep saturated ruby when backlit, otherwise a ruddy russet tone. Capped with three fingers width of sturdy foam, it laces in spindly arcs down the glass. Retention is fantastic, considering the abv is in the double digits.

Earthy sweet tropical mango hits the nose first, enveloping the olfactory senses. A light fruitiness dances around a rich malt derived sweetness. Trace hints of alcohol, but well integrated... not for lightweights. Blurring lines defining Barleywine and Double IPA, combining the best of both worlds. Resiny pine and lush hoppiness alternates with the rich malt complexity of a Barleywine.

Flavor has a looming presence of malt complexity: dry woodiness, caramel, hardtack, rye spiciness. Equally boisterous and heavy handed with the hops, deeply earthy with orange peel, mango, spruce, and pine resin. The fresh and green hop bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste.

Medium bodied, feels more like a Double IPA in heft, it finishes dry and not sweet in the least. Alcohol stages a sneak attack, it's pretty drinkable, though probably best shared. Nowhere near the syrupy sweet alcoholic Barleywines of the English tradition (which I also adore), Wild America sits squarely in the American Barleywine category. A creative, extreme, and style-pioneering beer from Half Acre.

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Preismj
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jcnd9803
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Into a snifter with a very dark red body. The head forms nicely and stays around. A very nice coat of lace coating the glass.

S- Signature Half Acre hops, which I love! Citrus, pine and floral with a caramel backing. Also a bit of dark fruit in there as well.

T- A lot of hops once again. I know it's being docked some points for this, but given most Half Acre stuff, I assumed this would be there (which is why I wanted it). I do also detect a decent caramel, bread and dark fruit backdrop that supports a blast of earthy hops. This looks like it will age nicely as well.

M- Very creamy and substantial.

O- I've been dying to try a barleywine from these guys and this is exactly what I was hoping for from them. Out of the gate it blurs the line of a DIPA, while also showing the malt heft of something that will mature into a different beer that is equally as good. I dig this stuff.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of oline73
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Marty Stouffer's Wild America from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 107 ratings