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Big Hugs - Half Acre Beer Company

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422 Ratings

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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.87%

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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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

More of a stout than an IS. Fairly fresh. Big licorice. Coffee and a little acidic. Rather ordinary RIS.Thanks Liam. 10% is not apparent over the coffee and roast. Assertive carbonation. Maybe more interesting in a year. Bold flavour but just did not get it tonight.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 04:37:27 | More by Sammy
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3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice cocoa and coffee flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 00:42:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
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South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to death to try this one, came packed to me with Daisy Cutter but I just got around to cracking this one last night. Served chill and in a 6oz snifter glass, this one was consumed on 01/12/2010.
Very big pour here as a dark as night liquid emerged from the bottle almost effortlessly. Nice tan head rose up and capped the top of it reaching a height of close to an inch, even in the small glass, before knocking back down to earth and leaving behind tons of thick, chocolate lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Really just very well done. Aroma starts out with a ton of coffee, really just dominating the aroma until it hit room temperature. At this point, bitter dark chocolate, touches of fruit and a nice hop note start to come out. Really struck me a bit odd at first, but I warmed up to it as the night went on. I think it needed just a kick more of a sweet nature to really put it over the top. The first sip hit with a nice kick to it. Rich dark, roasted malts, touches of bitter chocolate and a nice and smooth, almost prune like note all came together very nicely. Nice hop notes dropping in and out of it as well, really thickened up the flavor and gave it great depth. Leather and licorice snapping back as it warms now with a nice, smooth, and semi dry finish that really just did me in.
Overall a very solid and very drinkable RIS. I really like what they did with the hosp here and it gave it a flavor that tended to lean towards the Darkness like profile, but with a kick of bitter coffee notes thrown in. Really nicely done and something I would have no trouble at all with trying again any day.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 16:40:17 | More by mikesgroove
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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to imperialking for this beer. It's got an awesome cat on the label, so this one is definitely for me!

A: The pour is just about black with a tan head on top.

S: The nose has plenty of coffee and roasted malt with a slight smokiness to it and some dark, bitter chocolate.

T: Like the aroma, there is plenty of rich coffee along with the roasted malt. The smokiness here is very mild and perhaps is more of an earthy flavor and plays well with the chocolate.

M: The body is full and the carbonation gives the beer a very smooth feel on the tongue.

D: I was surprised by easy this beer is to drink. Another good offering from Half Acre.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 23:40:36 | More by womencantsail
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3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by mdfb79 at a recent tasting. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pour yields a dark brew with an off-white head that sticks around for a bit before falling into a cap and a thin collar. Nose brings forward mostly roast with a touch of coffee and chocolate in the background. The flavor is pretty similar to the nose in that they're really both on the light side with just a splash of coffee. Body is medium--though light for the style--with moderate carbonation and a smoothness without much booze. Nothing too complex or earth shattering, but pleasantly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 12:20:09 | More by Thorpe429
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Buffalo Bills/Coors Light shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing his growler!

It's the most adorable bringer of devastation I have ever seen. I think. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a nice finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, coffee, molasses, and a touch of dark chocolate. The taste doesn't want to deviate too far therefrom, though the coffee is stepped up a notch and the chocolate is a bit richer. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, if ya like yourself some coffee stout, look not much further than right here, mister! Very nice.

Serving type: growler

12-10-2010 06:11:17 | More by TMoney2591
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3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up a while back, probably at the Half Acre storefront. I've had this a few times both from bottles and on-tap. Served in a pint glass.

A - Finger of tan foam that dissipates to a thick ring and some light haze, leaving behind patchy lacework. Black body with a glint of brown at the fringes.

S - Coffee grounds, roasted malts, dark fruits. The coffee popped more when this was fresh, but it's still fairly present. A touch astringent.

T - Taste is quite a bit sweeter, with plenty of dark fruits. Slight burnt malt quality. The finish is lightly bitter and roasty.

M - Somewhat harsh carbonation. Medium body, with a sticky finish. Alcohol is well-hidden.

D - I was fine with my 8oz or so, and I could have had some more. Looking forward to a new batch, as well as the barrel-aged version.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 20:15:22 | More by MasterSki
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Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from bassmantin, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass. I’ve had it stored for almost two years.

A: The beer is a very deep dark brown color, with a thin head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains black coffee, dark fruit, bourbon, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong bitter-sweet toasted coffee bean flavor, followed by background flavors of dark fruit, bourbon and chocolate. The roasted malt character is very hearty and there’s a very mild but complementary hops presence that creates a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp it’s also a bit syrupy but somehow it seems to work nicely in this beer, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, slightly filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice stronger coffee-flavored beer that appears to have aged quite well.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 04:51:42 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black stouty body, arcing mocha lacing all around, ringing the glass. A solid skim spreads across the surface, receding from about a finger of initial foam. In the light there's a glint at the rim of burnt ruby mahogany.

Aroma is a little estery with a nice and warm note of mellow, rich coffee. Roasted malts and coffee candy.

The flavor is similarly estery, in the end it's more like a big coffee porter. Bitterness is moderate and coffee derived. Some unsweetened dark chocolate may also be responsible to a lesser degree. Lingering roasty malt aftertaste. Fairly rich but light bodied and dry in the finish. Not palate-destroying or syrupy like so many other American RIS'. Some dark fruit inklings that never really express fully. Easy drinking, a growler would almost be a better option if you're sharing. Nice stuff...

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 03:32:15 | More by emerge077
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Dan, thanks buddy.

Beer is black with a thin off white head that has some retention, minimal lacing, apparent moderate to low carbonation.

Lots of roast and some sweetness, perhaps milk chocolate in the nose. Smells good.

Beer is thinner than expected, sweet up front with some chocolate in the midpalate and some coffee on the finish, overall a decent beer, nothing too special though.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 23:27:13 | More by drabmuh
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/05/11 notes. Brought to a local tasting. 2010 vintage.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and light coffee. I enjoyed the smell a lot, but was expecting a lot more coffee.

t - Tastes of coffee grinds, roasted malts, chocolate, sweet dark fruits, and vanilla. More coffee than the smell, but still not a lot.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I liked this stout, though I didn't think there wasd a lot of coffee to it. Opening a 2009 vintage in a few weeks so interested to see how that compares.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 23:42:41 | More by mdfb79
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown-black pour with a thin wispy layer of bubbles for a head; minimal lacing. Aroma was roast-driven, notes of coffee, dark malts, maybe some unsweetened cocoa. More of the same in the taste, toast & roast, dark bread, slightly bitter coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, fleshed out with some dark dried fruit essence, subtle earthy hop notes also detectable. Body was somewhere between medium and full, moderate carbonation, and a bit of harshness from the alcohol, but nothing really detrimental. Good brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 23:02:07 | More by Rifugium
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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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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a 1.5 finger beige head that has decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Deep roasty aroma with hints of coffee/espresso bean, silky chocolate malt, molasses, caramel, toffee and hazelnut. I'm also picking up some slight lactic cream, burnt toast and subtle hops.

Roasted medium bodied that's on the fuller end of the spectrum with some luscious chocolate malt, sugar, molasses, deep roasted coffee bean and oatmeal. Slightly acrid with some burnt toast but overall it's well balanced and the ABV is excellently masked making this very quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 08:45:37 | More by corby112
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3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 2/23/11. Bomber split with wishuwerebeer.

Poured into a sniffer, this brew appears black in color with a thin film of dark brown head that dissolves quickly leaving only a thin ring around the wall of the glassware. Faint spotty lacing appears when sips are taken. A swirl revives the cap to a finger's strength.

The aroma is roasty with a scent of dark fruits and light fusel alcohol that tingles the nose. Light indications of coffee are roasty and earthy and very well integrated into the smell of this brew without being dominating. A light citrus aspect developes as the brew warms. A herbal, earthy hop aroma is revealed when swirled.

The taste is roasty with burnt to charred character of the grain. Dry grainy residue clings inside the mouth that is lightly musty. Citrus hops and coffee notes are exaggerated by the warming fusel touch of alcohol. Some dark skinned fruit flavors linger inside the mouth with indications of licorice.

This is a medium bodied brew to full in the feel with a light level of carbonation. The abv is pretty apparent in this brew yet easy drinking and well incorporated. Well rounded overall, nice and roasty but with a touch too much citrus and fusel alcohol to make this one outstanding. Still pretty good and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 14:26:29 | More by stakem
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. I believe this is the 2010 edition.

Pours black, with 2 ½ fingers of rich mocha head. This retains with a thick 1/2 finger that drenches the sides of the glass with a sticky latticework of creamy lacing. The aroma smells of ripe earthy hops, roasted coffee, cocoa, some darker fruit, and a touch of spicy alcohol.

The taste is more ripe citrus, leafy bitterness, and crunchy coffee flavor up front, which then gives way to a wave of bittersweet chocolate, tangy caramel, and dark fruit character that, separates itself out from those citric hops. The finish is dry and bitter with some lingering brunt tones. The mouthfeel is full bodied and sharp on the tongue with a firm creaminess that fills out the mouth. This has a light underlying alcohol presence, with a warm spiciness that lingers in the finish as well but is overall pretty smooth and drinkable for the size.

This was a pretty darn nice take on an Imperial Stout, with a nice range of flavors and a bit yet still accessible body on it and I was especially pleased to find that this wore it’s ABV on its sleeve just a bit. This is another solid beer from Half Acre. Worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 17:01:02 | More by Kegatron
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Memphis taproom during PBW.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, as I pick up coffee, milk chocolate and vanilla. Given the aroma profile, I was bit surprised by what I picked up on the palate. The beer delivered flavors of dark chocolate, licorice and espresso, all wrapped in a moderately sweet package. However, the licorice seemed to dry this beer our very nicely on the long finish, with the dark chocolate coming on strong as well. There was also a hint of tobacco and leather on the palate that I thought was intriguing. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with lots of chocolate, coffee and licoriceo on the long finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and I really got no sense of the 9.5% abv. in this beer.

A nice enought RIS, but I can't really say it was anything extraordinary either.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2012 20:27:30 | More by johnmichaelsen
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into an Imperial Pint. 9.5% ABV, 2009.

Big Hugs to Beerwolf77 for sharing Big Hugs!

A - Big Hugs pours out totally black into the glass with a low cascading. A bit dense dark tan head pops up and hangs on for a good while but fades later to leave lace all over.

S - Very coffee rich nose that truly smells like cold but fresh-brewed coffee. Iced coffee to be exact. Lots of roasted malts behind with a bold aroma and some mocha. An absolute delight to smell.

T - Tons of coffee flavor is all over the place with a well-balanced roasty bitterness with a light chocolate and cream background. A mild sweetness lingers in the background. Bold and dark, Big Hugs could hug me ANY time.

M - Robust and full-bodied, it's bold and huge flavor lends well to he near-syrupy texture that goes down smooth. Low carbonation helps with the rich texture too.

D - This is one of the most drinkable RIS coffee stouts I've ever had. It would substitute well for a typical cup of joe any day, any morning.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 23:36:00 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap into a snifter.

The beer is black with a medium tan head, not a ton of retention or lacing.

The aroma is all roasted coffee, same thing with the taste. It is a little too much bitter coffee for my liking to be great.

The feel is ok, decent drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 21:37:28 | More by jrallen34
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3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased in Chicago about 2 months ago. Cool label with a Godzilla fat kittie, a little katakana thrown in to make it look a little more Japanese.

The beer is dark brown to the edge of being black, opaque but it seems a murky brown when held to the light, really thick creamy tan head. The aroma is sweet malts and chocolate, lots of chocolate. On tasting the chocolate comes through strong but you can taste the coffee too for sure. Roasted malts in the after-taste. The body is on the thin side for a double stout, not bad but it doesn't match the big flavors too well.

This is a good stout, no doubt about it, but I'm not sure if it's special enough to stand out from the competition. The field is simply so filled with strong stouts.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 01:10:22 | More by TurdFurgison
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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
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to SeaBass. This is one I have been meaning to trade for.

A: Pours a nice rich dark black hue. Nice tan head with okay retention. Some nice spotty lace as well.

S: Aromas of deep roasted malt, bitter coffee, milky chocolate.

T: Sweet and roasty. Lots of milk chocolate, cream, and rich roasted malt. The coffee is bold but play real well off the sweetness while adding a blast of bitterness. more sweet than bitter but tasty for sure.

M: Creamy for sure. Sweet, and rich good.

D: Very good. My second Half Acre brew and I have to say that I like what they are doing.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 22:00:42 | More by tpd975
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Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Half Acre brew courtesy of 2BDChicago (thanks Rich!). 22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Pours two shades shy of black with a loose, quarter inch, tan-colored head that dissipates into a frothy skim. Nose implies artificial sweetener, dark malts and a roasty char - all and all, somewhat subdued. Taste expresses roasted dark malts, chalky cocoa and a faint coffee grounds presence. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a slight acidity and a carbonation level that falls just short of lively. Overall, a decent easy drinking American Double with a well-hidden abv, but nothing really stands out for me on this one. That said, the label art was really great.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 14:22:41 | More by Jwale73
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3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Just to start off with, what a goofy looking bottle, although, not really in a bad way, just funny. Very dark, basically black, looks fairly viscous, small tan head, not sure how high it would have rose had a server not poured it.

T - Big coffee notes, slightly roasted bitter cocoa smell to it. It's really a huge dark roasted coffee smell that is present more than anyhthing else.

T - Tons of coffee flavor on this one, slightly smokey mixes in with a bitter chocolate taste. Very rich, with some small earthy tones.

M - Solid, full bodied, dry finish.

D - Tastes good, but so much coffee, could only do one.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 23:25:40 | More by AgentZero
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Big Hugs from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.