Vampira Benthic
Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #375
Ranked #2,923
4.44 | pDev: 4.28%
Yesterday at 12:45 PM
Nov 23, 2021
Notes: Bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with coconut and coffee aged 10 - 22 months.

Hand-toasted coconut, Dark Matter Varios coffee

Blend of EH Taylor, Buffalo Trace, 4 Roses, and Weller barrels.
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4.54 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Yesterday at 12:45 PM
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4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like rich and roasty coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, toasted coconut, charred oak, bourbon, spice, and some light heat.

This is a more in your face of Benthic it seems. The barrel character itself seems a big stronger than it usually is with this beer. Perhaps the specific coffee used melds with the barrel in a more harmonious way. There's more coffee than coconut, but both are there, with additional nice notes of vanilla, brown sugar, char, and lots of spicy oak.

This is thick and creamy, with a pretty solid drinkability for the style. It's got a little bit of boozy heat, but it helps give the beer some character.

This is definitely one of my favorite takes in this great series.

Apr 21, 2022
4.35 by imperialking from Illinois on Mar 29, 2022
4.71 by xdtfx from Illinois on Mar 01, 2022
4.41 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin on Feb 13, 2022
4.6 by dexterk1 from Illinois on Feb 03, 2022
4.25 by brn9000 from Illinois on Jan 14, 2022
4.71 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jan 06, 2022
4.46 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Dec 18, 2021
4.29 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Dec 11, 2021
4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Nov 29, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by kevanb from Illinois

12oz can, dated 10.19.2021, poured into a Half Acre "occult" snifter glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, super thick and viscous with a tall head, dark caramel in color, fluffy, yet taught bubbles, dense and packed with great retention and nice webbed lacing. The aroma is very good, tons of barrel, char, oak, toasted coconut, bitter dark chocolate, brown sugar, dark grains and hot spirit. The flavors are great, dark chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, tons of toasted coconut with a big barrel character. Bursts of bourbon spirit, hot and spicy, cinnamon, charred wood, earthiness, vanilla and pleasant stone fruits. The mouthfeel is good, heavy and thick, coating and creamy with a warm and mildly dry finish.

Verdict: A very nice barrel aged stout from Half Acre. This essentially reads like an amped version of Benthic without any added tricks or significant deviations. That being said, I think I prefer the finesse (if a huge BA stout can indeed have finesse) of the regular Benthic. While bigger and more aggressive, it's a little less complex and dynamic.

Nov 26, 2021
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4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Canned 10/19/21; drank 11/22/21 @ the Yarchives.

Midnight black appearance.

An even pour yielded a big tan head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Rich coconut, medium roast coffee bean & chocolate syrup notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Chocolate syrup, coconut syrup & coconut flavors.

It's bold, but a little too sweet & doesn't have a ton of barrel or depth. An enjoyable, if simple, pastry stout.

Nov 23, 2021
Vampira Benthic from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 13 ratings