Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Rating #37. Dense, hazy dark brown pour with a beige head. Hops was the first thing that hit me in the nose, but then it changed into a sweet dark caramel malt aroma that was pretty rich and very inviting. Flavor was a lot of dark caramel, sweet with some brown sugar as well and finishing with some faded hops. Pretty nice stuff (1702)
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to AgentZero for this one. Served in a SAVOR snifter.
Pours a reddish-amber color with some brown tinting. Huge tan head that sticks around for awhile and leaves plenty of lacing. The nose brings some caramel, toffee, light fruits, and a bit of a metallic component in the finish. The taste brings the metallic notes further to the front, nearly overwhelming the sweet caramel malt of the underlying brew. Pretty hefty alcohol character as well. Feel is slightly metallic and has quite a bit of alcohol along with plenty of residual sweetness. Overall, a bit of a mess and the first Half Acre beer I didn’t really care for.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-01-2011
Mora2000 (5527) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Pawola22 for sending this bottle to me.
The beer pours a brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate with some alcohol and caramel notes. Smells like an alcoholic brown ale.
The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt. There are also some toffee notes in the flavor. When drinking you can tell that the beer is 12 percent ABV.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
beernbourbon (1284) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pour is deep rich-looking brown with a smallish light brown head that dissipates to a thin ring of foam. The room is full of dark fruits after the pour. Further aroma profile includes rich caramel malt, more deep dark fruit, light spice, notable alcohol burn, and faint oxidation. Flavor is also loaded with caramel malt, notable alcohol, light dark fruit, and a faint spice. Solid, but a lot of alcohol that interferes with the flavor profile a bit. This tastes like it is so close to being incredible, but it’s just not quite there yet.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at On Photon...Dark brown with a good light tan but creamy head. Really good retention and lacing, looks great...Aroma is sweet candy with accents of nuts, lightly roasted, good...The taste is not successful, black licorice, bitter alcohol finish, medicinal, missing roast. Just not enjoyable to drink. A truly disappointing Half Acre, fortunately few and far between.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from Pawola22 , nice muddy chestnut brown with toasted tan foam, aroma has some alcohol, roast nuts, cocoa, malt, flavor is nice smooth brown ale, leathery molasses and chocolate, slight heat on the finish
bhiner41 (180) - La Grange, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The smell is slightly boozy but very sweet. Almost a no existance of a head, just a tan ring. I did not notice before but the cap on almost all Half Acre beers seems to come off very easily. Color is a nearly black dark brown, kind of like root beer. Big, big flavor and a significant alcohol burn on the finish...nice warming beer. Slight nutty flavor, hint of hops heavy malt after taste, then the tingle and burn. Excellent beer, one of my favorites from half acre who always seems to impress.
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from nbondi- thanks again, Nick! Pours a deep, dark, hazy chocolate brown color with a small tan head that settles into a ring and leaves a little lace. Aroma of roasted caramel malts, nuts, chocolate, plums, toast, and some grape-like oxidation just starting to set in- I noticed the cap on this came off ridiculously easy so that might be the culprit. Flavor of sweet caramel malts, roasted malts, nuts, dark fruits, chocoate, oak, port wine, and a good deal of alcohol. Medium-full bodied with a warming mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Interesting beer and there’s enough in the flavor to make it worth trying.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye.
Mahogany color with a quickly disappearing head. Boozy aroma, toasted malt. Flavor has a slight nuttiness -ABV is quite apparent.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a deep and dark brown with ruby-black hues. Finger-width, creamy and frothy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma has a nice array of brown malts with caramel, toffee cookies, brown sugar, and some bitter cocoas. Dark fruits and raisin, roast, toasty nuts, a good amount of floral hops, and some vanilla. Flavor is sweeter, somewhat syrupy brown malts up front. Molasses, caramel cookies, toffee, and brown sugar with some roast and bitter cocoas. Rich raisin flavor with some licorice, toasty nuts, vanilla, and a few more floral fruits. Fairly well hopped with more of a spiciness towards the back end. Alcohol is present in the finish, but not distracting. Provides a nice warmth. Dries with a bit of a residual sweetness from the plethora of brown malts and cocoa along with a spicy, somewhat grassy and earthy, medium bitterness with some roasts present as well. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full, smooth, somewhat chewy and syrupy body with a very soft, creamy, moderately lively carbonation. Overall, a big, but well made beer. Lots of brown maltiness with a solid cocoa that provides a somewhat sweeter flavor, but is balanced nicely with a spicy earth-grass and roast. Alcohol is present, but never distracts and the body remains fairly easy drinking and pleasant for such a robust beer. Solid.