NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2012 3/26/12-re-rate from Stout Fest. Had to try this one again and see what the deal was. Second time around, much improved. Much more malt driven with drying roast and less cloying milk sugar. The chocolate is a bit more subdued and less sweet overall. Much, much better this time around. 3.7.
5/26/11 -Draft at Fountainhead. Pours black with a tan head, pretty good looking beer. Nose expresses chocolate, hershey’s syrup. This is going to be sweet. No hop aromatics. Some light roast notes are present. On taste, sweet. Cloyingly so. The lactose overtakes the cocoa notes. It rides the tongue and wraps it up. I can’t get past the sweetness. Reminds me of Dark Horizon 3. Not my bag at all...2.4
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Homer Half Acre love on this one...Thanks to Chris for coming over early Saturday. Drank from a Matilda tulip...Pours black with medium to dark brown on the fringes. Really good carbonation especially from an already opened growler, retention and lacing are really nice...The aroma is really sweet chocolate syrup, roast, some great creaminess. Some bitter coffee. Too sweet, but otherwise easy to smell, ok...The taste is not doing it for me. Sweet bitter cream, over burnt malt, off balanced lactose sugar that just seems added in. The burnt/roast makes for a harsh finish and feel...Despite not loving this still pretty easy to drink.
About an average milk stout. Can’t recommend this.
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft at stout fest ’11. pours black with tan head. nose of chocolate. lots of it. dear goodness syrupy chocolate. flavors have that syrupy chocolate flavor, rye bread. doughy finish. med. body. just okay
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:Roasted malts with some of the sour dark roasted malts smell. There’s a little bit of caramel and coffee.
Appearance:Black with espresso colored head.
Taste:Dark malts on the foretaste. Chocolate, caramel, and vanilla flavors come through more on the midtaste. The aftertaste has the slightly sour dark roasted malt flavors.
Palate:Medium body, not particularly heavy. Ok carbonation.
Overall:This is an easy drinking chocolate stout, pleasant and sessionable.
hopscotch (10651) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler… Pours pitch black with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. The aroma is a carbonaceous, sweet marriage of coal and dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The flavor is a ribbon of sweet, creamy milk chocolate and bittersweet dark chocolate. Finishes with candied nuts, chocolate and light smoke. Kudos to pantanap for shipping the growler my way!
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler thanks to msante79. I’ve been extremely impressed with everything I’ve had from Half Acre so far so I’m excited to try this one. Pour is dark brown with a medium sized tan head. Milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla in the aroma. Sweet taste with milk chocolate, coffee, nuttiness, and some cream. Not overly sweet at all. Slightly bitter in finish. Fairly light mouthfeel.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler and served in Bells snifter: Deep brown and nearly opaque, some purple and tan highlights, frothy but small tan head with okay lacing. The aroma has notes of bakers chocolate, vanilla beans, burnt coffee, blackstrap molasses, prune, fig lactic acid, walnut and roast, some leathery and tobacco earthy yeast esters. The taste starts a tad sweet and syrupy but a nice dash of lactic acid and acidic fruit help balance before the hop and coffeeish bitterness comes about. Nutty and roasty throughout with an earthy component. Even a touch tannic and woody toward the end. The mouth feel is quite smooth and moderately carbonated, a but thinner than expected but that makes it quite easy to drink. Overall a very successful effort IMO. I am now enjoying glass #3, yummy.
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A beautiful beer, not extreme in any way, just beautifully crafted. Subtle aroma of roast malt and coffee, beautiful pitch black with a thick tan head out of the growler. Mellow tasting, like a perfect pot roast is mellow, with a hint of chocolate, very creamy but not viscous palate, slightly bitter, just a touch sweet. A total home run from the local boys. About to finsih the whole growler by myself in about three hours, have only ever finsihed a growler by myself once before (Half Acre Big Hugs, yum). So good. These guys can do porters and stouts like no one else in the region right now. They seem to shoot for great taste and balance instead of extremeness and gimmickrey. Though if they ever barrel-aged this stuff, all hell would break loose.
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
About half way through one of the growlers I picked up. Pours very dark brown with nice large dark tan head. Beautiful looking stout. Aromas of roasted malts and chocolate. Flavors of roasted malt and unsweetened chocolate. A bit of lactose, but not much. Finish dry and roasty. Mouthfeel is a thin. A little thicker body and we would have a real winner. Solid beer none-the-less.
chibeerlady (4) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fresh from the growler on its release date, this dark, thick stout was meant for happy drinking on a Chicago winter day. Great aroma with milk coffee and chocolate, full bodied and a little flat makes for easy drinking. Deep dark notes of chocolate and dark malts with no hops to speak of. A favorite of mine!