cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2010
22 oz. bottle via trade with Tooch4321 - Pours a hazy brown color with a one finger thick light tan head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is doughy malt. Flavor is toasted caramel malt and a hint of mint. The 12% alcohol isn’t too over bearing. Malt lingers a bit in the finish. Medium body. A nice beer. Thanks Adam. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 On draft @ twisted spoke. Pours a dark brown red with a beige head. Red fruit citrus and caramel malts in the aroma. Sweet malts caramels, red fruits, with bitter licorice, pine and alcohol. A little sweet in the finish. I’m surprised this is labeled as a porter. As a porter it’s odd as an american strong or even winter warmer... nice. lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Smells of alcohol and malt. Looks lovely. Deep dark brown with lingering tan head. It’s like a dark barleywine. Perfect for a cold winter evening. I wasn’t expecting so much alcohol, it’s not hidden very well. Definitely a sipper and it’s good, but they shouldn’t call it a "brown ale". It’s got the strength of a barleywine. brokensail (16609) - Dublin, 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 don’t 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 Acre’s stuff. Frank (4220) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2010
I wrote a real review and the server hiccuped and I lost it. Life goes on but I don’t 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 it’s own good. It’s major fault is that the alcohol and heavy ale yeast fruitiness is a bit distracting. It’s other major flaw is you don’t get to drink much of it because it’s too strong. I think they could brew a beer that tastes about the same at maybe eight percent alcohol and it’d be better.
wedgie9 (2702) - 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. 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. TheEpeeist (3709) - 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 i’ve made the Top 50 Raters of Big Beers list. 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! 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.