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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3.9/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From: Gift from JS, much thanks
Date: 12/2013 bottling
Big Hugs is a good, coffee-forward (though still a bit mellow) imperial stout that's only downside is a bit of overemphasis on its ethanol. The aromas and flavors are of cold-pressed coffee, light chocolate syrup, a satisfying background sweetness, and subtle roasted malt working well together. Overall, if this were available in my town, I'd purchase it again: it's not genre-defining, but good enough that I'd be happy to drink it whenever. As it's not, I don't think I'd go out of my way to seek it out, but accept it if it were ever another gift.
Pours a 1.5cm tall head of dark tan-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, yielding a sudsy, soapy appearance. Retention is a bit above average at about 1.5minutes, the head fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island of thin foam atop the body. Lacing is good, with a moderately dense matrix of dots clinging to the walls of the glass. Body is a dark brown to black color, with light . Carbonation visible only along the sides of the glass due to the opaque body, fairly numerous and active.
Aroma of smooth, mellow, roasted coffee from a cold press, a bit of chocolate syrup, and light ethanol.
Overall flavor is of mellow cold-extracted coffee with balanced backing sweetness from base malt, light chocolate syrup and burnt toast, and moderate ethanol. Front of palate tastes mellow coffee, ethanol, light cocoa, all balanced out by a mild sweetness underneath the rest. Mid-palate of mild coffee, chocolate syrup, balanced sweetness and vanilla, a bit of woodsy hop character, with fairly noticeable ethanol. Back of palate tastes anise and ethanol, modest sweetness from malt, cold extracted coffee, slight chocolate syrup and charred toast. Aftertaste of stale coffee, a bit of smooth milk chocolate, pleasant underlying sweetness, a bit of mild bitterness from roasted malt and hops along with sharpness from ethanol.
Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is slightly foamy (1/4) and mostly smooth (3/4), appropriate for a stout sipping beer. Ethanol felt as moderate burn on palate and back of throat, heat in nostrils. I've enjoyed beers that hide their ethanol better, but this is not that bad. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the walls of the glass.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2014 06:31:16 | More by falloutsnow
Big Hugs from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.