On & On: Part 2
Half Acre Beer Company

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From:
Half Acre Beer Company
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
English Barleywine
Ranked #13
ABV:
13.7%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,010
Avg:
4.51 | pDev: 3.77%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
14
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 13, 2022
Added:
Sep 18, 2021
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  2
SCORE
96
World-Class
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Notes: Barrel Aged Rye Barleywine in collaboration with Revolution Brewing. A blend of Willett Rye and Willett Bourbon barrels aged 15 months time.

It pours a dark velvet burgundy. First impression is copious, hulking mass. VISCOSITY. In it, a cocktail of brown sugars, dark fruits, caramelization, golden mallow, torched desserts, dried wood and an enveloping nature that makes you feel like Temple Grandin had a hand in designing the beer.
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Rated: 4.74 by NappyB from Illinois

Nov 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Bum4ever from California

Aug 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Ajlvt from Washington

Aug 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.52 by Jimmeekrek from Wisconsin

Jun 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.28 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

May 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.67 by StoutSnob40 from California

Apr 09, 2022
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Thanks for this FBarber! I love the can art.

Right out the gate I get lots of charred caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Decadently sweet. As it warms some dark fruit and subtle tobacco emerge. The barrel notes are substantial but a bit mellowed by time. The rye notes are really nice, getting much stronger as this warms.

So glad I got try this, almost on par with VSOR.
Mar 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.68 by stmoorea from Illinois

Feb 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.33 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Feb 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Pouring quite syrupy, it slowly builds a tan head of moderate height consisting of fine bubbles before quickly yet stealthily dying off to nothing but an unevenly sparse ring. The copper brown body might seem opaque but is actually stunningly clear when illuminated.

The nose perfumes the air all around the glass with delectably seductive salted caramel brownies. Coming in closer reveals deeper #life qualities like butterscotch and spiced dates accented by hints of smoked maple.

The viscous yet medium body--due to a lightly cutting, crisp yet soft carbonation--delivers to the palate a richly complex English barleywine that has a warm embrace of molasses and Reisen with wonderful ribbons of bourbon caramelization before coming to a lightly tingly, numbing finish.

If I had realized that I had a competitor to Rye BA Gratitude in my house, I'd have done a side by side, and subsequently bought a case of this.

An undeniable masterpiece.
Jan 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

Dec 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.79 by Chilmer from Iowa

Dec 05, 2021
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Received from @fbarber in the NBS BIF # 14. Canned on 8/30/2021. Poured into a snifter. It pours a deep mahogany with cola hues. The effoevescent, light mocha colored head fizzled away quickly. Its smell is great! Roasted malt, cola, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, plum, oak, and a whiff of tobacco smoke. There is also the aroma of the rye barrel. The taste is sensational and features everything I'd want in an English Barleywine: chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, fig, black cherry, earthy peat, and unmistakable rye whiskey. Its mouth feel is thick and creamy with lite/moderate carbonation. It's warming yet not boozy and the 13.7% ABV doesn't distract. Overall, Part 2 is simply delightful. It's a perfect sipper on a damp, rainy, cool autumn evening. I'm very happy to have had the chance to savor it.
Nov 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.38 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Oct 22, 2021
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Reviewed by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
16oz tallboy poured into Revolution Deep Woods VSOJ glass.

canned on date of 8/30/21. The artwork on this can is incredible.

Appearance: This one pours incredibly thick. dark brown to black bodied beer with medium brown head. Head is thick and creamy with tons of small bubbles. As you pour the beer the head building up is delayed, but it seems to keep stacking onto itself and getting taller. No lacing. really good head retention. Definite booze legs.

Smell: caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, dry wood, earthy barrel, rye. Very dessert like nose.

Taste: The beer starts off with a sweet splash of caramel, maple, vanilla, toffee, molasses, and brown sugar. Some earthy oak and moderately charred / smoky barrel. It tastes like liquid smoke. Midway through it transitions into an absolute rye bomb. Finish is fairly dry from the rye and you can even taste the dryness of the rye. The rye really cuts through the sweetness and richness of this beer; it even goes a step farther than balancing out the sweetness and tries really hard to completely overtake the sweetness of this barleywine.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with lower carbonation levels. This body is sticky, thick, and rather viscous. Little bit of booze as well; the spiciness and drying qualities of the rye help to amplify the booze note a smidge. Very dry finish. Despite the high levels of rye this still remains drinkable which is quite a feat.

Overall: I really love rye and this is pushing my limits of what is enjoyable. If there was just a little bit more sweetness then I think that level of rye would be merited. If this had more sweetness I would have enjoyed this just as much as VSOR which these two beers are fairly comparable, but VSOR is thicker, sweeter, and smoother. Thus making VSOR the superior beer. The texture of this beer is really well done to be so thick and so dry with minimal booze bite while still knowing its presence is there; yet I can still say this beer is a "drinkable barleywine" it hard to wrap your mind around, but it's pretty legit.
Oct 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.55 by brewskis from Indiana

Oct 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.46 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Oct 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Oct 13, 2021
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
This one pours nearly black/dark brown color, with a small white head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like rich rye spice, caramel, Rolos, cedar, oak, brown sugar, plum, dried cherry, and burnt whipped cream.

This is really excellent - the addition of rye helps a spicy and cedar-like dimension to an already superior barrel aged barleywine. There's sticky maple and brown sugar, with some dried fruit, a hint of smoky vanilla, barrel char, chocolate, caramel candy, and toffee. All the notes are very harmonious and come together in a fantastic barrel aged barleywine.

This is sticky, thick, and not too boozy ,with a nice drinkability for the style.

Both iterations of this collab were truly wonderful beers.
Oct 12, 2021
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Reviewed by BigIronH from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours beautiful opaque caramel with 2 fingers of tan foam and good retention eventually reducing to a a ring leaving heavy lacing. Aroma of burnt sugar, dark fruit, raisin, and molasses, light barrel. Taste follows suit exactly. Barrel is a delicious undertone. Feel is silky smooth and very full, would drink again. Thanks [email protected]
Oct 10, 2021
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned 8/30/21; drank 9/23/21 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dark brown appearance.

An even pour yielded a nice khaki head; decent lace.

Caramel, oak, chocolate & whiskey heat notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Caramel, cream & chocolate flavors up front; oak & whiskey heat notes on the finish.

Robust & tasty, if a bit sticky on the way down. I'd have another!!
Sep 24, 2021
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours like maple syrup or molasses, looks black in the glass with a ruby highlight when backlit. Lasting tan foam for a few minutes, audibly crackles as it fades to a thin patchy skim.

Initial aroma of autolysed yeast that fades quickly and becomes sweet. Molasses, raisins, prunes, raisin cake, slightly doughy.

Tastes very rich and dark fruit forward, raisins, figs, and prunes, molasses and chocolate covered raisin. Some leather and toffee. Viscous and chewy, mild woody bitterness in the aftertaste. Some barrel character in the finish that lingers. Carb is low to medium, full bodied and massive, slight stickiness and moderate barrel heat.

Overall this is a rich and satisfying English Barleywine, lots of depth and barrel complexity. A nice sipper for a cool Fall evening.
Sep 22, 2021
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Canned 8/30/21
Consumed 9/19/21

I gave the first round of On & On brewed by Rev a perfect 5. Although I'm sure I score my beers high on average, I've never given a perfect 5 until then, so I had high expectations for this guy and spend $40 on 4 cans. Like the last round, the can art is super beautiful. Love the psychedelics artwork with the mushroom man. So Rev is usually the barleywine king while HA kills the BA stouts. How does the HA collab version come out as a barleywine? I'm loving it, but it's not quite world class as some of Rev's have been. I love the super thick mouthfeel and look. You know the abv is high but it's hidden well on the nose and on the tongue. sure I can taste the booze, but it's a wonderful balance for me. Importantly it's not too sweet. I don't get as much complexity as I do off of the world class VSOJ's and the like, but it's still wonderful. The fig like sweetness lasts on the tongue forever. I'm curious how this will age but expect to drink all 3 cans relatively quickly nevertheless. A worthy pickup and hope they do this every year now.
Sep 19, 2021
On & On: Part 2 from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 23 ratings