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Barrel Aged Big Hugs - Half Acre Beer Company

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Reviews: 3
Hads: 7
Avg: 3.14
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-10-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Coffee Stout using Dark Matter Coffee aged in a Heaven Hill bourbon barrel for 10 months.
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Reviews: 3 | Hads: 7
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Photo of GbVDave
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at FoBAB.

A: Served dark black with a thin wafer of cola brown head on top. Some whisps of lace were left behind for good measure.

S: Deeply roasty malt with (too) subdued aromas of espresso, chocolate, brown sugar, and damp/woody barrel. Suprisingly lacking in the bourbon dept.

T: See above with much more emphasis on sodden oak. Hint of berry-like tartness, too.

M: Full and sticky. Coated very nicely.

D: A decent effort, but I think they got kind of a dud barrel. Pretty wood forward with bourbon presence as an afterthought. Keep experimenting guys...

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Photo of cadaugherty
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of MasterSki
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at FoBAB. Described as a "Imperial Coffee Stout using Dark Matter Coffee, aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for 10 months".

A - Looks nearly identical to regular Big Hugs. "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 - Very woody and earthy, with some dark roast espresso. Not much sweetness to attenuate the astringency. Not much overt bourbon or typical barrel flavors either (vanilla, coconut, butterscotch) either.

T - Initially starts with dark roast and espresso, then displays some tart cherry notes, before finishes very tannic and woody. Again, very low on bourbon flavor.

S - Smooth medium body, medium carbonation. Like the BA Baumé, this has a better texture the the bottled base beer in that it doesn't have the harsh, burning carbonation.

T - This was better than Barrel Aged Baumé, but it still wasn't very good. While I'm sure the Baumé was infected, I'm not 100% sure this beer was. There was a tart note that could indicate early stage lactobacillus. I'm also confused about the lack of overt bourbon/whiskey character in either beer. Were the barrels rinsed?

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Photo of jrallen34
3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at FoBAB, just now finally getting to this, shows you right there how much I enjoyed it...Black with a light tan head, not much retention...The aroma is wood, some coffee, not much going on, surprised this is barrel aged...The taste brings out more coffee to start, roasted, with some more wood.

This is boring and seems a waste of wood as you can't tell it was even in the barrel.

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Photo of imperialking
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Barrel Aged Big Hugs from Half Acre Beer Company
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