Big Hugs - Half Acre Beer Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
3.8/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip. Big thanks to Alewatcher for throwing this in as an extra in his 'Rare Bourbon County LIF', thanks Jeff!
This is the label with a 'King Kong' Cat stomping a castle and Japanese-influenced font. 10.00% ABV
A - Pours a flat black in color, and slowly but gradually develops a frothy, tan head. Coming in at about 2-fingers, the head is almost packed completely dense with bubbles so it almost resembles an inverted black and tan (though with a different shade of tan). The head retention is pretty good, lasting for several minutes, and as it fades it leaves intricate lacing.
S - This smells of roasted malts, a good amount of coffee grounds, and slight alcohol. There are notes of hop as well. Sniffs of chocolate ink their way out of the malts, but for the most part this is a robust nose focused on roast and coffee. Overall fairly sweet and enjoyable.
T - At first this beer is a pretty heavy hitter, bringing a big rush of espresso and chocolate, but it quickly drops the roast for more chocolate sweetness. Given the nose, I was expecting a lot more coffee and am kind of let down that there isn't more here. Near the end some citrusy hops add their own twist to the flavor, while a rather fusel alcohol finish is a bit off-putting.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with above-average carbonation for the style. This is definitely a full-bodied beer and it will take a while to finish. Normally this amount of carbonation would be a hindrance for the style, but with the relatively hoppy finish, I feel it goes well.
D - Drinkability is moderate. Honestly I was expecting a bit more from this beer in terms of coffee influence, because as of now, it's faint and short-lived. Probably not the best idea to follow Kate the Great with this, but it's still a solid beer if you like a more sweet, hoppy stout.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2011 03:20:08 | More by nhindian
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3.88/5 rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Black. Nice khaki head. Leggy. Medium collar.
Smell - Deep roasted malts. Like coffee and dark chocolate. Some licorice.
Taste - Dark chocolate. Licorice. Roasty. Bitter coffee finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium heavy, but very drinkable. Medium carbonation.
Overall - Simple, but well made and drinkable for an imperial stout.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2014 15:57:21 | More by Alieniloquium
Big Hugs from Half Acre Beer Company
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