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Big Hugs - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

483 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.63%
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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

bpfrush, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Jaycase
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: black as night. thick, creamy tan head. sticky lacing

s: dark chocolate and coffee with chocolate being the much more predominant aroma.

t: Roasted malts up front with nice blend of coffee and chocolate through the finish.

m: Smooth, thick and creamy. Finishes slightly dry.

o: Very enjoyable stout. Incredibly drinkable. Solid all around, no glaring negatives. Seek this one out stout lovers. I know I will again.

Jaycase, Jan 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

glaketek, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of nucmedmario
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

nucmedmario, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of EricCioe
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at a tasting last night. Thanks to rwnewhouse for bringing this.

This pours black, though it doesn't seem to suck in all the light around it like other stouts can. On the nose, even a year later, there is still a good deal of coffee, with bitter chocolate and bitter roasted malt. In the mouth those three different types of bitterness dominate, but there is also a slightly citric flavor in the long finish. The coffee has probably faded quite a bit, but it's still present and doesn't taste stale or anything. The body is surprisingly medium, something I also ran into with their Wild America barleywine.

Overall, this is a pretty nice coffee stout, though I would have liked to have tried it a little fresher. That might have helped the pungency of the beer, but it probably wouldn't help the weirdly average body.

EricCioe, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of tasteegood
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had the pleasure of having this beer on tap, bottle, and in growler...yay!!!

Anyway on this occasion, I will look back to my wonderous experience on the day of its December release in 2011.

Serving type: Growler-split amongst 3 people in 2Hopleaf tulip glasses and 1 Bell's tulip glass.

S- Robust coffee, hints of chocolate....ah Dark Matter Coffee!!!
A-Black, black, black. W a thin brown lacing that coated the side of the glass as you drink.
T- Robust black Coffee (maybe a darker roast) w/ a pinch of azucar
M- LIght carbonation, coffee definitely stays on your buds for a bit.
O-Fantastic buy. One of my favorite ovarall and possibly my favorite seasonals from Half Acre. I will hodl on to my last 22 oz until my last breathe.

tasteegood, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of dgugliuzza
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into an oversized snifter

Pours black with a quick settling dark tan head. Some lacing remains along the sides of the glass. Carbonation appears low to moderate.

Great aroma of dark roasted malts and coffee. Some bitter cacao mixes in as well. Baker's chocolate immediately comes to mind. Sweet malt balances out the bitter, roasted coffee.

Sweet roasted malt combines with fresh coffee beans and baker's semi-sweet chocolate. This is certainly a coffee forward RIS but the other flavors can stand alone. Bold with just the right roastiness and sweetness required for an excellent and balanced RIS.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, but creaminess reigns the palate. Moderate and appropriate carbonation for the style. Very smooth and quaffable.

An excellent offering by Half Acre. The best beer they make imo. The flavors are rich, bold and delicious. This would be a world class stout if it were more chewy and viscous. Enjoy this one fresh to get the full bodied coffee flavor.

dgugliuzza, Jan 19, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 1pt. 6 Fluid oz. bottle of this w/ CurtisMcArthur and other BA friends in Nashville, TN. Poured from the Snow Scened Bottle w/ a "Devilish" looking Cat Squeezing Santa and a Ice Monster while an elf is running past the North Pole Sign into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Does not have a freshness date on the bottle but must be new b/c this label is much different than the one on BA.

Aroma- Had a very entertaining aroma. As I poured the beer into my glass, it smelled as if you were walking into a coffee shop with blended coffees for sale. Tons of roastiness and malt came across too. Cool!

Appearance- Poured a .5 finger head that died fairly quick. Had an extreme dark brown body. Left dark brown suds behind.

Flavor- A very deep and roasty brew was present at the beginning and then shorty changed into a coffee stout like brew. Not as complexed as I would like but the deepness and rich flavor of coffee contributed positively. Had a light-medium bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Bodied, VERY smooth and light alcohol warming.

Overall Impression- I would literally buy this beer again just for the picture on the label! Awesome! This came off more like a coffee stout for me. I wouldn't throw it into the 2X or Russian Imperial Stout category because of its lighter bodied character and wasn't too complexed. Recommend but for a different style.

DCon, Jan 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Shadteks, Jan 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

imperialking, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Ultraman9000, Jan 16, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with a sandy colored, rocky, sticky head; lots of lacing left on glass

S - roast, black coffee, dark chocolate, slight solvent alcohol

T - bittersweet chocolate and well roasted coffee up front with an almost bourbony alcohol bite further along; has a bittering finish (hops?)

M - beautiful, rich texture on a thick body; short, pleasant, bitter linger

D - somewhat unique for a coffee stout - dry, very roasty, and bittersweet; very nice taste and mouthfeel; i would drink this year-round if available

cwguy5, Jan 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

DavidEddie, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

buffs9, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

broodog, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of jdhende
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 22 oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

A: Pours a motor oil black with a a soft brown colored head. Really a great looking beer.

S: Got a huge waft of the dark matter coffee with a hint of chocolate. Very coffee forward smell.

T: It opens up with a dominant coffee flavor and finishes nicely with tastes of dark chocolate and roasted malt.

M: Surprisingly smooth. Medium bodied with a nice lingering taste of coffee. If you are a big coffee fan like myself you will very much enjoy this one.

O: Another nice offering from Half Acre. Very coffee forward and overall a very solid stout offering. I'm excited to be a Chicago resident and be around as Half Acre grows as Brewery.

jdhende, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

LC86, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

sliks96, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

schwaeh, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of TheHopfather
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Big Hugs
From bottle to snifter

A- dark brown to black w/ a one finger tan head that does not dissipate little to no light shines through.

S- Coffee and cream at first. hints of vanilla and the familiar roastiness of a Russian Imperial Stout soon follow. I also find a very faint butterscotch aroma. Hopefully the taste follows suit because the aroma of this one is magnificent.

T- Strong coffee, but not too strong. Roasty, yet at the same time a pleasing mellowness to it. Vanilla and cream in the back end. The tastes blend very well with each other.

M- Medium body. I'd like a little more for my tastes.

D- very drinkable for a 10% stout. I do not see this one lasting long.

O- I really enjoyed this bottle. The flavors all mesh very well and are what I want in a coffee stout. I will be looking for more bottles of this one in the future.

TheHopfather, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

adamk1978, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half Acre
Big Hugs '11
Victory snifter

A: Pours basically a pitch black color.  Two fingers of tan head.  Lots of sticky lacing are left on the glass. Some alcohol feet are there.  Tight tiny bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass.

S: Lots of roasted malt notes.  There is a good amount of dark roast coffee, but its not as much as I have read about. Some dark fruit notes as well behind it all.

T: Lots of roasted notes.  Not as much coffee as I was expecting. Maybe my palate was just beat up after an Xmas day of drinking stouts.

M: Medium to full.  Nice roasty mouth coat.

O: I like this one, but it wasn't a mind blowing RIS by any means. I like the coffee forward stouts, but I wanted even more coffee on this one.

inlimbo77, Dec 31, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at Half Acre on Dec. 18, 2011 and shared with family a week later on Christmas day. Served in my lovely new HA-branded snifter/tulip.

A - Dark chocolate/black in color, topped with 2 fingers of creamy, latte-colored foam that leaves behind a decent amount of lacing as it recedes.

S - Freshly roasted house blend, and not much else. It's a lovely coffee aroma, but a bit one-dimensional. As it warms, some basic stout roastiness, mild hop aroma, and some cocoa shows up as well.

T - Great, bitter coffee stout. The coffee is spot on, and is supported nicely by dark bread and bittersweet chocolate notes from the malt bill, and just the right kick of spicy, earthy hops to provide a well-rounded flavor profile. Slight warming brings out a subtly sweeter hot cocoa taste and some boozy warmth. Really quite fantastic and much more complex than what the nose seemed to offer.

M - Full-bodied, nicely carbonated, finishes rather dry for a big stout. I'd like to just sip at it, but it keeps disappearing from my glass.

O - My first time in the kitten's embrace, certainly won't be my last. Highly recommended.

AJacob81, Dec 26, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip.

A- black with 2" creamy brown head. Some lacing that resides quickly.

S- bitter dark chocolate and a ton of chocolate.

T- roasted malts and huge coffee flavor. Some bitter chocolate at finish.

M- medium to full body. Smooth and creamy.

O- I'd you like coffee you will love this beer! Definite improvement from last year, little thin last year.

kawilliams81, Dec 26, 2011
Big Hugs from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.