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Chub Step | Half Acre Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A beer for the shifting seasons. Days are shorter, skin is hidden and black beers are here. Like fur between your legs, this roasty, silk charmer is your ticket to seasonal embrace.

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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by adamgnoth:
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3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - deep reddish brown, two finger khaki head leaves some nice lacing
S - chocolate, roasted grains, vanilla
T - follows the nose, nicely balanced hop bitterness
F - moderately high carbonation, rich yet highly drinkable
O - balance is the most impressive thing about this beer, would gladly pound a 4-pack if it were offered

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Photo of Fubudu187
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drstalker
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Redsunsx01x
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beagleyx2
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber to mug, the appearance was a fairly dark brown color close to black with a sturdy finger’s worth of white foamy head that died off at a mild pace. Light stringy lace. The aroma had some roastiness with a little bit of malted milk chocolate and a little bit of nuts. The flavor copied the aroma pretty nice and bled into the aftertaste and finish as directed. The palate was about medium bodied with a fair sessionable sort of smooth feel along my tongue. Some carbonation was felt but not distracting. ABV felt fine. Overall, pretty nicely done porter that I could have again.

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Photo of Scottsbeer
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft served in a tulip glass.

Black with sticky tan foam. Billowing head, slow to deflate. Lasting chunky foam, lacing all around. Looks very nice in the glass, with the halo of intricate lacing.

Aroma is mellow and roasty, some coffee, fairly simple and straightforward.

Flavor is similarly straightforward, light roastiness, some light coffee grounds and unsweetened chocolate. Very smooth feel with a light bitterness. Light bodied, it disappeared pretty quickly. Overall very sessionable, and that's the point. Perfect light porter tailor made for the colder weather.

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Photo of psmith161
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64oz growler into a pint glass.

A: Pours totally black with just the slightest hint of rust at the bottom of the glass. Capping this off is a thick and pillowy, 3 finger layer of khaki colored foam on top. Retention was very good and a nice collection of different lace patterns were left to decorate the inside of the glass.

S: Pretty simple, this one. Loads of roast and burnt/unsweetened chocolate. Picked up a trace of toasted oats, as well.

T: Exactly as above with the lone addition being a hint of dark roast coffee.

M: Thin and bitter. Tons of astrigent roastiness to dry out the mouth. Spicy, peppery, and pretty much right on for the style.

O: Seems like a pretty traditional take on a pretty traditional style. To me the bitterness is coming from the roast, not the hop additions. This is a clean and true example of the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for picking this up at Half Acre. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - Two fingers of tan foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and spotty lace. Very dark brown opaque body. Quite attractive.

S - Big chocolate flavor, with plenty of dark milled grains, yeasty bread, nuts, brownies, and perhaps molasses? Very potent and enjoyable aroma.

T - Some light chocolate and bread notes, and a surprisingly empty finish. Minimal roast bitterness. Not bad, but just kind of dull and understated compared to the aroma.

M - Medium bodied, with lower carbonation, and a dry gritty texture that reminds me of cocoa powder a bit. No alcohol presence - doesn't seem like a very big beer. Guessing 6-7%?

D - A solid porter with no major flaws, but not much to separate itself from numerous other options. If the taste were able to capture the potency of the aroma this would be a real winner. On the other hand, this is better than many of Half Acre's other dark beers and doesn't have the chalky astringency of Baumé or Sticky Fat. I preferred S.S. Simon Short by a small margin.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/4/16

A: Deep, dark brown with some medium brown clarity around the edges - pours with a medium size, light brown head that fades to a wispy cap - maintains a small collar and leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Roasty, with some chocolate malts and roasted grain - dark chocolate with some semisweet chocolate, cocoa, and Tootsie rolls - some caramel and a hint of molasses - some nuttiness and a hint of dark fruit

T: Roasty malts with some nice depth - lightly burnt malts, chocolate malts, caramel malts - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, hints of cocoa - dark caramel, hints of toffee and molasses - light sweetness but mostly dry

M: Medium body, smooth, medium carbonation, dry finish

O: This must be what those kids are listening to these days

This is a 2015 bottle that I unintentionally aged for a year. It's aged very well considering the low ABV. This has some nice roast and chocolate with some nice caramel. I would pick this up again given the opportunity.

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Photo of mrquartetman
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of kell50
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vespahulb
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up as a post-thanksgiving sipper. It poured midnight black with an outer silhouette of dark brown.

In the nose, a hefty whiff of milk chocolate, earthy dank coffee and roasty dark malts. In the mouth, the nose carried through. Beautiful silky chocolate, bitter coffee and almost a chicory-like flavor. The carbonation was just right. As it warmed, it really started to sing and the chocolate aromas became prevalent.

Another great offering from HA. This one was easy drinking and a delicious dark drinker.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Chub Step from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 147 ratings