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Big Hugs - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

466 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 269
Gots: 119 | 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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Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -4.1%

t0rin0, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.1%

djrn2, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

zestar, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.1%

acurtis, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Texasfan549, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

kjkinsey, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

spycow, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of emerge077
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...

emerge077, Jan 09, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

SocalKicks, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Jason, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
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.

Kegatron, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
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.

drabmuh, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
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.

Rifugium, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind BIF Beer #8

Finally a stout. We had to let it warm up a considerable amount of time.

The faint coffee smell did not surface until after it warmed a bit. Initially it just smelled like roasty chocolate goodness.

Thick black appearance. Minimal white head.

Good smooth chocolatey taste. Nice mouthfeel.

Guess: Big Black Voodoo Daddy

Reveal: Cool. I had this on draft but don't really remember it.

mendvicdog, Mar 18, 2013
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Big Hugs from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.