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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Big, bold, brown, beer. A real hoss great for winter warming and time in your cellar.

A specialty brew. Grab it when you see it. 12% ABV.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Smells of alcohol and malt. Looks lovely. Deep dark brown with lingering tan head. Itís like a dark barleywine. Perfect for a cold winter evening. I wasnít expecting so much alcohol, itís not hidden very well. Definitely a sipper and itís good, but they shouldnít call it a "brown ale". Itís got the strength of a barleywine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (11821) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
A: The pour is a chestnut sort of color with some reddish hints and a dense off-white head. S: The nose starts off with sweet caramel malts and honey. A nice nuttiness and toasted malt aroma. However, this quickly fades into some rather off-putting aromas of booze and rubber. T: I donít really even feel like I got the chance to enjoy the flavor. Sure, there is some good sweet malt flavor, dark fruits, chocolate, and nuttiness, but the booze, rubber, and even chlorine are there all the way. M: The body is medium to full with a lot of alcohol warmth and a medium carbonation. D: Reading the other reviews, I have to wonder what went wrong. I certainly did not have the same experience, unfortunately, because I tend to enjoy Half Acreís stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (3097) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2010
I wrote a real review and the server hiccuped and I lost it. Life goes on but I donít much feel like retyping it so here is the abridged version. This is a good brown ale w/ wonderful texture that is a bit too strong for itís own good. Itís major fault is that the alcohol and heavy ale yeast fruitiness is a bit distracting. Itís other major flaw is you donít get to drink much of it because itís too strong. I think they could brew a beer that tastes about the same at maybe eight percent alcohol and itíd be better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wedgie9 (2234) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Tasted on draft at Fountainhead. Pours an almost black brown color with a thick tan head that leaves spotty lace. The nose is chocolate malt with some roasted notes, light yeast, some banana, and a strong alcohol burn. The flavor is sweet banana with chocolate malt, some very light hoppiness, and a very strong alcohol burn. THe body is full with lively carbonation and a long bitter and highly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2010
22 oz bottle: Extremely dark mahogany...with tinted ruby and gold edges-extremely thick...Sweet, malty and strongly alcoholic aroma...bits of rye bread, honey and toffee. Some darker cereal aromas open the doors candi malts and bubblegum. Sticky palate with thick, creamy carbonation. Fruity flavours with serious raisin notes and undertones of peat moss, bitter chocolate and toffee. If this really is 12%...it is extremely well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3414) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2010
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with beige foam. Nose is brown sugar, hay, molasses and prune. Medium to full body with a sharp, alcohol tang. Taste is chocolate, burnt sugar, pine sap and coffee grounds. Cool, just realized iíve made the Top 50 Raters of Big Beers list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
22oz bottle. Aroma is boozy maple, java later, smells syrupy. Alcohol esters at play, grape prevelant. Shockng lack of booze in flavor contrasts nose; mixed cocoa/joe note clings and leaves boozy tiretracks, strong notes of roast extended to nil, trailing off. Appearance is swirling oil slick foam traces, fudge pour lightened at edges with mere ring in time. A beer that pushes the definitions of style and the type of high ABV stuff that moves half acre into territory usually only populated with more elite breweries. In this case, a beer whos intent i respect more than i enjoy its outcome. Still far from failure, but glad i didnt get a growler!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2010
22oz bomber. Pours a darl brown with a thin white head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, some thin notes of dark fruit and a little booze. Medium bodied mouthfeel coffe malt and bittersweet chocolate. The finish is a warming with a some hotness to it. Almost a hint of bourbon bite in the boozy finish. Really drinkable at the high abv. Nice for a chilly night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Translucent deep brown, tan head. Aroma of brown malt, cola and molassas. Taste is a total malt bomb with chocolate, light roast, and a maple syrup and warming alcohol finish. Chewy and syrupy palate. Drinkable for such a massive beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5964) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Sampled at the brewery and a full bomber to get the full feel (Chicago, IL). Pours a dark brown near opaque hue, dark with notes of black, some coffee, frothy light brown head sits atop moderate sized, laces well sticks around pretty well. Aromas are a whole bunch of brown malts, coffee cake, bakers chocolate, coffee with cream, biscuits and toffee, touches of anise and light spice. Molasses, sweeter with some decent roasty toasty malts on top, sweet cocoa, caramel, and vanilla beans. Rich. Initial is fuller bodied, warming and roasty toast, toffee and caramel, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and cream. A plethora of brown malts, some nuttiness, earthy, touches of Licorice Allsorts. Vanilla and caramel, decent bitterness and some nice warming alcohol. A thicker brown malt bomb with a decent complexity of malts for the bitter cold months. Roasty and toasty with prevailing sweetness and toffee, breads and chocolate beneath. Fairly large, fairly bitter and roasty, that earthy brown malt that gives a nice play of flavors, not too much sweetness, investing in toast and bakers chocolate, with caramel and toffee playing second fiddle. Tasty, bigger, but still quite drinkable.

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