Vanilla Benthic
Half Acre Beer Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #195
Ranked #1,238
4.54 | pDev: 5.29%
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
Vanilla BenthicVanilla Benthic
Notes: The Benthic base beer conditioned on Madagascar vanilla beans and an additional helping of house-toasted coconut. German chocolate cake, rich vanilla and marshmallow fluff.

2020 13.7% abv
2019 13.9% abv
2018 14.0% abv
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 42 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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FBarber from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thick, viscous, pitch black. Aroma is roasted malts, light barrel notes and vanilla. Taste has notes of vanilla, coconut, cinnamon, light barrel and chocolate notes. Overall a very nice barrel aged adjunct stout.

Nov 26, 2021
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mschrei from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Interesting beer, but I feel like it’s maybe just too much of some characteristics and thus not well balanced. An 8 ounce mini bottle pour of the 2019 vintage from The open Bottle. Very smoky and oaky, more than anything. Standard stout appearance. Smell is oaky and dark fruit forward. Taste is very big on vanilla, coconut, and barrel. Thick and syrupy, maybe too much. Booziness helps the feel a little. I’ve never had Benthic before. I honestly have to say I’m kind of disappointed.

Nov 25, 2021
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DeadWax from Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2020 Vintage. Rave worthy- one of the best vanilla BA stouts and best Benthics I’ve had.

Pours deep black with slight tan head that disappears quickly. Slight lacing left behind.

Robust vanilla, coconut and bourbon on the nose. Flavors give wave of lush vanilla building on the coconut yet remaining distinct, with light char and slight roast from the coffee providing depth. Great barrel, thick feel and well balanced, without being overly sweet thanks to the coffee remaining in the mix without overshadowing any of the other flavors.

Xtra Dubl was slightly more preferred but not by much. It’s hard to make a super drinkable ba pastry stout yet Half Acre has at least three of them this year. Fantastic!

Jan 02, 2021
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stortore from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into a snifter. Canned 10/21/19, had 3/14/19.

Pours near black and opaque, with a quarter inch foamy head and some spotty cling. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, coconut, malt, some caramel and cocoa, light bourbon, light char. The bourbon steps to the front in the flavor, followed by vanilla, medium roast malt, chocolate, some coconut, caramel, light oak, a little coffee. Smooth, a great full body, appropriately carbonated.

Just delicious, with terrific aromas and flavors. The vanilla is the standout and is complimentary to the base stout, although it does seem to hide some of the coconut. Hope I’m lucky enough to get this anytime they make it.

Apr 10, 2020
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing variant of one of my favorite barrel aged stouts. The vanilla is very forward which is what I love. There’s still lots of coconut, but vanilla is the strongest variant. It’s very full bodied and smooth. It could maybe use a bit more barrel as I love the barrel forward stouts the best. Worth the hype if you can find and you love vanilla stouts.

Feb 16, 2020
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ktr5010 from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really great beer. 16 oz can. Pours black. Little bit of mocha head. Smells incredible like vanilla, chocolate and coconut. Great mouthfeel that is smooth. Solid thickness. Taste is chocolate, coconut and vanilla superbly integrated. Not a ton of barrel.

Dec 22, 2019
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kevanb from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, dated 10.21.19, poured into a Half Acre "occult" snifter glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick with a motor oil consistency and a thin finger of khaki head that recedes quickly yielding no lacing. The aroma is lovely, bursting with dark chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla bean, charred oak, toffee forward bourbon with a nice layer of toasted coconut, rich grains and light stone fruits. The flavors echo the nose, huge vanilla rush at the onset, marshmallow with dark chocolate, brownie batter, fudge, just oozing with chocolate, lightly toasted coconut comes out with the barrel, smooth and welcoming bourbon, brown sugar and toffee and rich grains. The mouthfeel is great, thick and coating, silky smooth with a nice heavy body and an effortless finish.

Verdict: A very nice take on Benthic. The vanilla really shines in this iteration and somewhat dominates the coconut, which is relegated to more of a supporting layer, while in the base Benthic the coffee and coconut offer a nice interplay. For those that love vanilla and pastry stouts in general, this will be a hit.

Dec 04, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/21/19; drank 11/27/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big dark tan head; strong, frothy lace.

Coconut, vanilla & chocolate syrup notes in the nose.

Creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Coconut, chocolate syrup & vanilla flavors; faint booze heat emerged as this warmed.

Sweet as hell, but this wasn't cloying and for someone who likes this profile, it's a winner.

Wish I had about 10 more cans...

Nov 28, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Every Benthic beer I have had has completely blown me away. Definitely a vanilla bomb, but has the complexity to elevate it. Pitch black with a faint brown ring. Smell is full of vanilla with supporting bourbon, dark chocolate fudge, coffee, and coconut. Taste kicks in slight almond and toffee, but otherwise the same stars of the show, melds together like a dream. Feel is thick, viscous, cooler, super smooth and hides the booze in a terrifying way. The wife liked it

Nov 22, 2019
Vanilla Benthic from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 42 ratings