Half Acre Beer Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #186
Ranked #784
4.39 | pDev: 7.29%
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
Notes: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout brewed with coffee and toasted coconut, a remedy coaxed from the deepest caverns; it's char bound in the systematic sweetness and density only found in the colossal beers of our time.
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 10/5/20; consumed on 3/27/21

Pours a jet-black body capped with a finger and a half of rich, pale mocha foam; solid head retention leaves a creamy half-finger of cap, a large, silky collar, and broad walls of webby lacing draping down the sides of the glass.

Aroma features an inherent nutty characteristic at the core of this one, a foundational aspect from which creamy coconut, raw bakers chocolate, underlying hazelnut, and a dusting of fresh peanut is built; nougat over the middle into charry malt on the back end of the bouquet eventually cedes to a formidable bourbon barrel presence, which in turn contributes vanilla and an interspersed caramel to the close.

Taste brings a hefty bourbon presence countered with coconut cream and evolving to charry chocolate toward the mid-palate; toasted vanilla and coffee flow into a silky roast profile on the back end, a burly booze in tow, while defined oak barrel offers residual lingering of both raw spirit and malt profile saturated in cooly adjuncted heat.

Mouthfeel shows a medium-full body along with a soft, passive carbonation; sleek textures course across the palate with slickness and light char fully synchronized past the mid-palate; an oily back end, inky, slightly sticky, and now sporting a vaguer char, phases into a boozy prickle and a fulfilling warmth past the finish.

Boozy bourbon and an established, roasty malt profile unencumbered by a silky, nutty sweetness flowing through, and while a substantial alcohol bite challenges the finer points of the flavor profile at times, the adjuncts are imbued with such finesse that a harmony in the profile is largely preserved.

Mar 28, 2021
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stark black with a level espresso tan head condensing slowly to a sparse film and curled ring.

The nose is immediately filled with bourbon, but in an approachable way, like syrup with hints of maple, gooey coconut pie and a well-distributed toasted oak.

The coffee comes out more in taste, via luscious mocha ribbons with coconut whip, but again the bourbon has a powerhouse presence. It delivers a nice barrel char that's somewhat peppery and nougaty, and even contributes a touch of peanut, while still well-balanced, and not too spicy or hot at all.

Benthic 2020 has a medium-full, round even thick feel, deftly avoiding any gloppiness via its fine, thin carbonation, finishing paper dry with a warming exhale of hazelnut wafer.

This past year's is the best I've ever had.

Mar 08, 2021
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a a thick looking pitch black. 2 finger tan head. Head retention is amazing for the ABV, and there's some nice lacing on the glass.
The nose has caramel, coffee, toffee, chocolate and coconut on the nose. Very beautiful aroma.
Taste - Caramel and coffee hints up front. Back side has the coconut, chocolate, toffee.
Thick and very full bodied. Smooth feeling. Very little "burn" from the 14% ABV.
Amazing stout and I do recommend it.

Feb 27, 2021
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bret27 from California

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can courtesy of skochdopotato.
2020 version.
Thick black appearance. Thick brn head.
Smells of coconut, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, barrel.
Tastes like molasses, vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate, strong.
Thick. (Benthick)
Overall: very solid imperial adjunct stout.

Feb 17, 2021
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RVABeerFan777 from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely wanted the adjuncts to be a bit more prominent in this beer. I really enjoyed the base and the barrel, but wanted the coconut to come through a bit more clearly. Overall enjoyed, but don't know if I understand the hype.

Jan 12, 2021
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wally_world from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Coconut nose leads the way to more coffee as the beer warms.

This beer is thick, but not overly so. Coconut and coffee are prominent throughout with barrel underneath. Carbonation is a solid level, as well.

A bit heavier barrel, and this beer would be way up there. This beer ranks a bit higher than 2019 for me.

Dec 26, 2020
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a teku glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Super thick body coming off an almost black body resembling crude oil. Very dark tan head rising about one quarter off the body settling quick after one sip.

Smell: Deep molasses, you think I took brown sugar and caramelized it in a pan. Potent aroma it not the strongest but super desirable to the nostrils.

Taste: Phenomenal complex brown sugar with deep coffee and light whiskey feel. Molasses overdose which I am not one to complain. I am in list with the complexity of this brew.

Mouth: Thick body and crazy sticky finish, soft carbonation with an even better semi sweet but heavy molasses finish.

Overall: One of the best beers I have had in 2020. Pricey at least for me which I paid 25 for the bottle but granted you will remember it for a lifetime. Always in a glass....Salud!

Nov 06, 2020
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ruby-tinted, near black with a half finger of dark mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly into a wisp and thick crown. No real lacing to speak of.

Relatively restrained aroma with light whisky, almond, chocolate and cherry. Even lighter hint of coffee, too.

Lots of coconut in the taste. Some coffee and chocolate. A touch of cola. Fairly strong alcohol burn.

Thick, smooth mouthfeel that’s not at all oily — doesn’t coat the mouth nearly as much as most imperial stouts. Pretty unique.

Coconut is not my thing, so others may appreciate this more. I had a hard time picking out much depth behind it and the strong alcohol.

Nov 06, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into a snifter. Canned 10/18/19, had 1/17/20.

Pours a thick looking dark brown, opaque, with a short head and some spotty cling. Aromas of bourbon, coffee, roasted malt, coconut, chocolate, cocoa, raisins, fudge, vanilla. The flavor is similar- bourbon, chocolate, malt, coconut, cocoa, less coffee than the aroma, oak, vanilla. Smooth, a terrific full body, well carbonated.

Excellent. The coffee and coconut show well, and there’s a lot of chocolate, too. Strong barrels as well. This will definitely be on the buy list every year.

Apr 06, 2020
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EMH73 from New York

4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a massive mocha head that was pretty well retained and left spotty lacing. Smells and tastes of bourbon. Dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and oak. Additional flavors of figs, caramel, licorice and a hint of lactose sweetness. Only negative to the flavor is a slightly metallic taste on the finish. Full bodied, creamy mouth, light carbonation and a dry finish.

Feb 15, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night with a sliver of caramel colored head. Some lacing & head retention, viscous as hell

S: Bourbon, chocolate, faint toasty coconut & a little figgyness

T: Follows the nose, some vanilla & coffee notes as well front. Coconut, chocolate & a little coffee comes to the fore as this warms, plus vanilla, & just a kiss of Bourbon. Finishes chocolatey with coconut,a little booze & barrel dryness

MF: Chewy, low carbonation

Upper echelon example of a Bourbon Barrel Aged Imp Stout, the ABV is so stealth

Jan 20, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16oz can, date stamped 10/18/19A. 2019, 14% ABV. Pitch black stout is capped by a two-tone brown head that holds great retention and leaves thick, sticky lacing on the glass as it fades. Rich, boozy aroma of bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee, roast, and toasted coconut. Big & bold flavors that meld excellently on the palate: dark cocoa, toasted coconut, roasted barley, boozy bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, oak, vanilla, and perhaps lactose. Very full and creamy body, booze is present making it a definite sipper, but it's not hot; sweeter peppery finish overall with coconut and dark chocolate lingering. This was nothing short of phenomenal! Glad to find and try a rare treat.

Jan 20, 2020
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a two pack of these 16 oz. cans when they arrived just across the border a couple weeks ago. Nice can art. Looks like Sword of Shannara meets Woodstock meets Stranger Things. Quite a time span.

Black. Mocha head. Nose of bourbon, black licorice, minor coconut.

Benthic puts the thic in thick. The definition of a pastry stout, this coats the mouth with thicc, malty goodness. The coconut is much stronger than in the nose, along with a half-shot of bourbon, cold smooth alcohol, toasted cocoa, with a touch of char right on the end. A sixteen ounce serving is the correct answer.

Oh, the coconut makes me happy. The alcohol makes me happy. This beer makes me a happy guy, & that makes this an excellent brew.

Dec 31, 2019
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a motor oil brown. Nice, creamy, mocha head.
Strong bourbon and oak smell. Black licorice, caramel, vanilla, almond, slight coffee and coconut also on nose.
Bourbon oak and licorice hits the younger first. Lots of bourbon maple syrup. Good imperial hop. Slight get fudge. Coconut not really rectangle, but smooths our edges. Marshmallow present. A sweet one.
Thick mouthfeel.
A wonderful treat!!

Dec 22, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5oz sample at the Balmoral location. Maybe a bit generous for a 5oz pour.

Black with a medium brown head. Smell is stout candy. Roast and sweet. Taste is boozy, very sweet, lots of coffee and anise, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick. Overall, good.

Dec 02, 2019
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Killer integration of barrel, coconut and coffee! Thick mouthfeel, big fudge, brownie, balanced bourbon, German chocolate cake, godiva, roasty malt.

2018 version

Aug 17, 2019
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vikingpillager from Illinois

1.54/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Opened a 2018 regular Benthic this past week and it was 100% infected. Sour, horrible, drain pour. I was excited because when I drank one fresh after release it was great. Have notified Half Acre, no response.

Jun 05, 2019
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer poured a silky black color with a dark mocha colored head.

Smell - The nose was booze for miles with hints of chocolate.

Taste - Initially, I thought the profile was harsh with alcohol burn. It seemed as though this were aged in rum. The undercurrent was milk chocolate and light coconut. There was a burn toward the back, which overwhelmed the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Despite the alcohol burn, the beer was fairly smooth.

Overall - I am not sure that I would seek this beer again unless it had some more time on it.

May 19, 2019
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black bodied beer with thin head. This beer pours thick!

Smell: Lots of bourbon, chocolate, and coconut with a hint of coffee.

Taste: Nice rich and sweet stout. Bourbon and milk chocolates are the big flavors of this beer. Supporting cast includes char, oak, leather, tobacco & vanilla. Its light on the coffee though.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied oily stout. Low and adequate carbonation. You don't sense the abv while drinking this barrel aged stout.

Overall: This tastes like a coconut & coffee BCBS varient (original BCBS in the 22oz bomber format). This is easily half acres best beer I have tried.

Dec 16, 2018
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Undated 22 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a very dark brown - inky black in the glass. Modest and brief tan head. Initial impression is thick, sweet chocolate, coffee, and oak, gradually yielding to bourbon and molasses. Noticeable alcohol warming. Carbonation is very light. Mouthfeel is smooth and almost oily. Finish is strong on molasses and booze.
I've had numerous IPAs from Half Acre, and they've all been pretty good. Benthic is well outside of the typical HA offering, though. This is an excellent Imperial Stout. I hope that HA will continue to experiment in this arena.

Dec 16, 2018
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Greywulfken from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown pour produces a black body in an over-sized snifter... Despite a center pour, produced next-to-nothing by way of head... Rich aromas of chocolate, bourbon, molasses, vanilla and coffee on the nose... Flavors follow in like kind, sweet with chocolaty coffee and sticky molasses, accentuated by vanilla, sweet bourbon, and hints of chewy coconut... Very rich and sweet, little to no bitterness; full-bodied and a little sticky; otherwise soft and smooth... A real decadent treat...

Dec 03, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Released 11/16/18; drank 11/30/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small dark tan head; frothy lace.

Cream, light roast coffee bean & dark chocolate notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Light roast coffee bean flavors & mild coconut flavors up front; milk chocolate & faint oak notes on the finish. No booze heat.

A dangerously drinkable, balanced imperial stout. Not a life-changer, but a welcome brew any day of the week.

Dec 01, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Green Session. Aroma has lots of cocoa nibs, dark chocolate and sweet malt. Taste is sweet and malty with dark chocolate flakes and bitter cacao finish.

Jun 23, 2018
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

crazy high abv. alcohol is there. coconut sweet and in smell and taste. coconut right.Thanks Mazeroski. Unfortunately a filling beer that taste great.

Mar 22, 2018
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So smooth, and just enough coconut to make it distinct. It is worth the hype and I could imagine overnight lines similar to Bourbon County Stout eventually for this beer.

Nov 24, 2017
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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 174 ratings