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Crystal Norde | Half Acre Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the realm of darkness, from the landscape of dreams, Crystal Norde is the baltic porter for your fortress of solitude. We channeled some mystic sorcery with this beer, with the proof being in the porter. Roasted up then lagered out for the long haul, this 7% palace of porter hits all the right notes.

Added by MasterSki on 01-29-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
41
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
18.91%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown in color, but also fairly translucent. Forms a smallish sized dark tan colored head that falls fairly quickly. There is little lacing.

S: Roasted malts, baking chocolate, some very light notes of burnt coffee, and some grapefruit citrus hops.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma. Lots of roasted malts, baking chocolate, cocoa. Finishes with a mix of grapefruit pith and acidic black coffee.

M: Medium bodied, chalky, mildly acidic (but not sour) and unpleasantly dry on the back end. Moderate bitterness.

O: A nice beer, a bit on the hoppy side for the style, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, the acidic-dryness on the back end was quite annoying.

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4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark body, reddish orange glint in the meniscus of the glass, steady crown of unbroken lace around the edges. Soft veil of skim across the top, long lasting.

Chocolatey sweet aroma, some light dried fruit and ashy roast malt.

Bitter dry roast, bakers chocolate, lightly ashy in the finish. Extremely supple and smooth, full bodied with a long lasting bitter chocolate aftertaste, and some light coffee and roast malt. Pretty seamless, glad I got a chance to try this, hopefully it enters the regular rotation in the cooler months.

Makes me want to throw on some Vinterriket and tackle a growler while the snow piles up outside... Next year!

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4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32oz howler into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Pours jet-black with the slightest suggestion of cola-brown at the edges. 1/2 a finger of bubbly, khaki colored foam spreads out on top briefly before melting away. Lace was drooping, ropey, and sparse.

S: Fresh pine needles and hearty malt roast. Hints of dark chocolate, espresso, and brown sugar.

T: See above. A nice tussle between the piney hops and blackened malt.

M: Quite prickly and astringent. Dry ashy finish sticks to everything before leaving my tongue suprisingly clean and refreshed.

O: This was a nice surprise for a winter beer in Chicago. Dark and foreboding yet suprisingly light on its' feet. Another HA beer worthy of making a return appearance.

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Crystal Norde from Half Acre Beer Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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