beernbourbon (1592) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 1, 2011
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. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
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 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2011
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 (189) - Darien, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2011
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 (10274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2011
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
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
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. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Poured into a mug. Big thanks to Khazadum for this. A brown ale at 12%, move over DFH!
5.0 A: Clear light to medium brown color. Two and a half fingers of tan, surprisingly creamy (with a frothy component as well) head. Above average retention, which at 12%, is impressive and a thick ring of lacing. Really beautiful.
4.0 S: Dry roasted nuts is the dominant aroma. Formitable toastiness next with a touch of toffee, a lesser touch of coffee. Caramel and chocolate come out as it warms up. Absolutely no signs of alcohol.
3.5 T: The alcohol not found in the nose is certainly found in the taste. It’s not overly boozy for 12%, just surprisingly so given its lack of presence in the aroma. Toffee is strongest flavor, followed by caramel, coffee, nuts, and chocolate. Not bad, just not as good as the nose.
5.0 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Super creamy and wonderful. A bit of warming booze on finsih. Very nice here.
4.0 D: It’s a good beer, but suffers a bit from the booziness in the taste. I think this might need some aging for it to be really good. The mouthfeel is awesome, as is the appearance. A lot of good qualities in this beer, just a little too hot for my liking. P.S. I don’t know if it’s the booze or the beer, but this gets better as you drink it!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-30-2010 04:22:40
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a hazed deep brown body and a quick to fade head. Aromas of alcohol, a huge brown sugar note, bitter, sweet, raisins, and cedar. Flavors of alcohol, bitter and ashy, caramel and very boozy. Lively mouthfeel for such a big beer. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2011
(22oz bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, raisins, toffee, and chocolate. Flavor of caramel, roasted malt, raisins, burnt grain, chocolate, nuts, toffee, raisins, and grass.