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Big Hugs - Half Acre Beer Company

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478 Ratings

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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 266
Gots: 116 | FT: 5
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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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

green94, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of jeffthecheff
2.78/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

jeffthecheff, Mar 28, 2010
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Mikeluzzjr, Mar 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

areich6, Dec 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

CelticAleMan, Feb 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Rempo, Feb 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

quilty, Mar 04, 2012
3/5  rDev -27.9%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Ineedabeerhere, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Spider889
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Spider889, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of BigBigPickle
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

BigBigPickle, Jan 12, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

scottfrie, Oct 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

DerekQXQX, Feb 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Etan, Apr 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Anonymous1, Aug 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

schwaeh, Jan 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Boston_Steve, Mar 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Orchids, Dec 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

nucmedmario, Jan 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

stbo101, Dec 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

schris, May 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

todisht, Mar 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

shuajw, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

rhoadsrage, Mar 12, 2010
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Big Hugs from Half Acre Beer Company
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