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Big Hugs - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

461 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 268
Gots: 120 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 12-10-2009)
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mrw1zard

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

07-16-2013 19:28:54 | More by mrw1zard
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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weatherdog

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%

Growler provided by Richard and shared among friends, poured into a Cigar City snifter.

It pours big, black and thick with a smaller mocha colored head.

The aroma is filled with a deep roasted fresh coffee with a backend of bitter chocolate

The taste follows up with the huge roasted coffee flavor, it borders on burnt though which is distracting. An alcohol is pretty noticeable at the end as well.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side which really help the beer from becoming too sweet. Drinkability is also pretty good with the only exception being the alcohol finish.

01-11-2011 00:26:05 | More by weatherdog
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ajkiser12

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

01-18-2013 19:26:02 | More by ajkiser12
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date though we are most certain this one will cellar well.

LOOK: Black as black can be, sticky tan froth all over

SMELL: Espresso, charcoal, nougat, burnt currants

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, charred palate, shot of espresso, dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, black currants, herbal hop, very warming alcohol, bittersweet charred finish

So anyway ... we are beer lovers, and we love to drink, we think about how cute they are, and how their labels, and caps, and we just love them. We just want them in a basket, with a bowtie, on a rainbow and in our bed to roll around. But we can't hug every beer.

03-08-2012 07:08:02 | More by BeerAdvocate
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%

Thanks to emerge for grabbing me this one. Pours an extremely dark brown that borders on black with a thin light tan head on top. Aromas are solid with dark roasted malts alongside a bright fresh brewed coffee, akin to sniffing some fresh ground beans.

First sip brings smooth dark malts up against a wall of rich coffee flavor. Hints of chocolate intertwine with a nice roast. Flows down with a touch of creaminess and lingering java aftertaste. Not nearly as viscous as I expected.

Mouthfeel is smooth with good carbonation..body is more along the lines of a regular stout to me than an "imperial" stout but I'm not complaining. Overall, a tasty coffee stout from a great new local brewery. Being this is my first bottle Half Acre beer I've tried, I am looking forward to more.

05-01-2010 01:36:15 | More by orbitalr0x
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Todd

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-08-2012 15:59:34 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-08-2012 07:15:04 | More by Jason
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of coffee and chocolate with a lot of roasted malts. A very nice smelling Imperial Stout.

The flavor is more of the same. The chocolate and coffee really compliment the roasted malt notes well. There is also a nice cream and oats component to the flavor which I really enjoy.

Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice Imperial Stout.

10-31-2011 02:15:56 | More by Mora2000
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Mugenlude

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-24-2014 17:31:27 | More by Mugenlude
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-28-2012 03:47:29 | More by bpfrush
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ehammond1


3.76/5  rDev -9.8%

Bottle (2010)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, crushedvol!

(Aged for 3 years)

Nearly black, but truly a very dark brown and ruby. Small dark brown head. Irregular spots of stick left down the glass. Pretty stout.

Not a hugely expressive aroma. Will adjust this as I let the beer warm throughout the review, if necessary. Roast and a touch of coffee. Just a bit of chocolate-covered dark fruit as well. In fact, as the beer warms, lots of oxidation character emerges. It's not distracting, but it's not ideal, either.

The flavor follows the aroma, with chocolate-covered dark fruits and a bit of roasted coffee character emerging nicely. Moderate bitterness. Very drinkable, and the alcohol is exceptionally well hidden.

Near full in body with low carbonation.

Excellent. This aged nicely.

05-17-2013 01:21:41 | More by ehammond1
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

07-30-2013 11:22:20 | More by Cynic-ale
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rudylaw

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

Picked up a growler on release day 12/18/09. Served in my Boulevard Smokestack chalice.

Pours a deathly black with a whispy light brown head that quickly subsides into a thin rim.

This sucker smells like freshly brewed coffee! Immediately, I'm reminded of the beauty that is Founders Breakfast Stout. Fresh ground coffee beans, dark bakers chocolate and the slightest hints of marshmallow and whipped cream.

Tastes like a coffee stout. In fact, this is much better described as such, rather than a straightforward imperial. Screw it, this IS a coffee stout. Now, the taste is much more complex than the smell. Sure, the coffee grounds and chocolate are here, but I'm also picking up dark fruit. Plums... the farmers market kind, some heavy cream, toffee and roasted malt. There's also a slight bit of hops here on the finish.

At 9.5%, this is amazingly drinkable. It's too thin for an RIS (this is where FBS separates itself), but as a coffee stout, it's darn solid. I know there are to be other takes on Big Hugs and I can't wait to see where it goes, or how it translates to the bottle.

12-20-2009 18:34:43 | More by rudylaw
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Rosethoj

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

12-20-2013 02:36:35 | More by Rosethoj
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vfalstad

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-16-2012 18:33:39 | More by vfalstad
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HopAttack3

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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tugg407

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-19-2013 06:07:07 | More by tugg407
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thick head that fades to a thick tan ring and last for a bit. It is too dense to see any sign of carbonation.
S- This beer has a dark roasted coffee aroma followed by a tootsie roll note and a nougat hint that becomes more mocha as the beer warms.
T- This beer has a big dark coffee flavor with a spicy cream finish. There are some roasted dark malt notes underneath and a nougat note that finishes with a slight tartness that grows as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noted and a chewy texture for the first few sips.
D- This beer is a bit one dimensional with the coffee, although pleasant, dominating the flavor and little support from the stout. It is very smooth and easy to drink for an imperial stout.

03-12-2010 20:04:13 | More by rhoadsrage
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SolarMikey

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-24-2011 03:25:20 | More by SolarMikey
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-22-2012 13:48:04 | More by acurtis
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

02-04-2014 02:34:46 | More by DerekQXQX
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roostor07

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-07-2013 15:20:48 | More by roostor07
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JoeBoxer522

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%

Wow! What a phenomenal brew! Got this from the Big Hugs release in late December of 2011 and cracked open the growler the next day.

A: Darker than dark, very inky black pour with a deep tan foamy head.

S: Roasty, a hint of coffee, a deep sweet smelling stout. Already getting a contact high.

T: A little more bitter than I expected, but incredibly smooth. You can tell the alcohol is there, but not quite as overbearing as other Imperial Stouts I've tried. Velvety smooth texture and a lingering bitter-sweetness. Overall excellent.

M: Velvety smooth, surprisingly sticky given it's not super sweet. Definitely lingers in your mouth well after it's gone.

Overall a fantastic brew. As a side note, I had 3 Snifters worth of the growler and I got a unique wonderful buzz that lasted through the night and into the morning, without any real hangover. Quality stuff :)

12-20-2011 20:08:10 | More by JoeBoxer522
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nkersten

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

2010 Winter Batch poured into NB globe. Pours pitch black with a two finger tan head that settles into a collar and nice lacing for the high abv. Smell is bitter but fresh coffee, some alcohol, chocolate malts and caramel. Taste follows smell, lots of fresh brewed coffee, chocolate, bitter hops, very balanced sweet malt and bitter coffee and hops. A bit of alcohol in the finish. Heavy but silky body with a light carbonation, slightly coating. An excellent coffee stout, very drinkable and balanced.

12-23-2010 03:22:55 | More by nkersten
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Big Hugs from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.