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Big Hugs - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

459 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 263
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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green94


2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

12-31-2012 21:37:48 | More by green94
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

2.78/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a black color with some red hue towards the top. Light brown head forms at first and then dies down to a weak, diamond shaped lace in the middle.

The aroma is not very nice. It's incredibly boozy. Even though its strong and intense, it still manages to be bland. There are some dark, plummy, fruit aromas in there but it's not very good. A bit of solvent, nail polish remover aromas are in there as well.

The taste is not as boozy as the aroma. It drinks like your typical imperial stout with some coffee in the finish. There was a gooey, ash type of sharp roast in there that is too acrid for my tastes. There is a bit of dark, chocolaty sweetness as well as licorice flavors.

Mouthfeel is thick and coating with a still, undercarbonated feeling. Not as full feeling as some of the better imperial stouts but its still good.

I wasn't a big fan of this beer, and even when it was split three ways we ended up dumping some. The aroma hurts the drinkability and it doesn't taste like a well made imperial stout. Maybe it was rushed.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 15:48:41 | More by jeffthecheff
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -28.1%

03-30-2014 18:17:41 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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areich6

Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.1%

12-20-2011 08:29:47 | More by areich6
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CelticAleMan

California

3/5  rDev -28.1%

02-18-2012 18:38:33 | More by CelticAleMan
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Rempo

Indiana

3/5  rDev -28.1%

02-21-2013 22:58:32 | More by Rempo
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quilty

Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.1%

03-04-2012 09:09:27 | More by quilty
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.1%

11-28-2011 07:18:50 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks for sending this one, Dave! Had it on 3.26, from notes.

Pours deep deep black abyss, oily with small tan foam, dotted lace not too much retention.

Big booze in the aroma, day old coffee grounds, a little acrid with pure ethanol. Chocolate is there too but the booze dominates. Wow, well the taste is much less boozy surprisingly. Much more integrated, still pretty robust and some more appealing chocolatey notes and coffee bean flavor. A little oily on the mouthfeel accentuates the booziness felt on the palate. We split a bomber between 3 people and there was still one third of the bottle left.. nobody wanted to finish it. Maybe some time would do it justice.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 22:32:10 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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Spider889

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another beer from the first Central Ohio Beer Tasting. I can't remember whose this was atm, I want to say schwaeh...

Black as night, had a decent cap of mocha head.

Toasty malt flavor, lots of char and bitterness. At this point I was just finding out that this was a coffee beer. Really? Coffee beers are some of my favorite, but I wasn't getting a shred of coffee in the aroma here.

The coffee in the flavor is also nearly nonexistent imo, but it's there if you try to find it. Dark and syrupy. This ale is full of biting green hops that provide a grassiness I am growing to dislike in a stout (think IST).

Not a bad stout, but as a coffee beer this is a fail.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 09:34:10 | More by Spider889
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BigBigPickle

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a bomber at the Half Acre facility on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago - what a great looking place. The loading door was open and it smelled divine. Looked cool too - I will be booking a tour soon.

A: Pours jet black, cola with a toasty brown head - marvelous looking beer in the glass. The head has okay staying power and there is great lacing on the glass.

S: HEAVY malt and coffee grounds with a sweet, slightly nutty smell.

T: Bitter at first, sweet, too sweet and fruity. Some coffee, but I have to be honest - way too thin and sweet fruit for a big beer like this. I really think it missed the mark.

M: Just okay - thin body with residual coffee and hop bitterness creating a decent mouth feel.

D: Eh. I would like to try it again to be certain of this review, but not at $10.99 per bomber. I drink a lot of stouts and this one missed the mark for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 15:24:38 | More by BigBigPickle
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scottfrie

California

3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage. 10% ABV. Thanks to the generous BA who hooked it up a while ago.

A: Pours black with a finger of very dark brown head that faded into a thin collar leaving almost no lace.
S: Rich notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, a splash of coffee, and light alcohol vapor.
T: The dark chocolate dominates but there is a good amount of ‘roasted’ flavors to the brew. The coffee may be a bit faded by now but it shows up nicely in the finish and aftertaste. I get a kind of bitter nuttiness overall as well as a touch of dark fruit. Vanilla is in the aftertaste.
M: Super smooth mouthfeel, no trace of alcohol, low carbonation and a thick body. It could be a touch thicker, especially towards the finish.
O: Not the boldest of the imperial stouts but enjoyable none the less. I hardy get any coffee at all though. Is there supposed to be coffee? The bottle leads me to believe there should be.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 01:06:39 | More by scottfrie
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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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Etan

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

04-28-2013 04:29:37 | More by Etan
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Anonymous1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

08-24-2013 03:59:44 | More by Anonymous1
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schwaeh

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-05-2012 01:26:41 | More by schwaeh
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

04-24-2012 04:07:10 | More by ygtbsm94
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Boston_Steve

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

03-22-2014 17:31:18 | More by Boston_Steve
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Orchids

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-21-2011 07:18:30 | More by Orchids
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nucmedmario

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-27-2012 03:34:45 | More by nucmedmario
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stbo101

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-18-2011 23:23:16 | More by stbo101
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schris

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

05-21-2014 00:30:43 | More by schris
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todisht

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

03-01-2012 02:26:34 | More by todisht
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shuajw

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

11-14-2011 15:09:31 | More by shuajw
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 20:04:13 | More by rhoadsrage
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Big Hugs from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.