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Half Acre / Perennial Two Tugs - Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre / Perennial Two Tugs
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89
very good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
We recently invited Phil Wymore, former Half Acre brewer and current mastermind behind Perennial Artisan Ales out of St. Louis, to the brewery for a collaborative brew sesh. The outcome is Two Tugs, a brawny 8% brown ale that unites two corners of Illinois. The aroma presents elements of molasses, toffee, and dark cherry, adds elements of licorice, hazelnut and chocolate to the taste, and finishes strong and warm with stone fruit on top of more sweet chocolate. Related to Thunder & Son in style and spirit, but more of a smaller cousin than a twin brother.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-30-2012)
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Appearance is dark brown and very thick, which I was surprised poured only a one finger head.

Wafts of chocolate, malt, slight bourbon? Appealing nonetheless.

Very chocolaty and on the back end, I'm still getting hints of bourbon, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is thick as it poured, a lush and very sweet palate pleaser.

Overall a damn good beer, but the chocolate does get to be overbearing halfway through the bottle, would pick up again.

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a:very dark brown. about a finger and a half tan head which subsides to a small cap fairly quickly

s: slight roastiness. hints of chocolate. grainy malts.

t: milk chocolate accentuated with very slight hops. roasted malts.

m: creamy. medium body. medium carbonation seems just right. bit sticky on the finish

o: This is a solid beer. I'm not usually a big fan of this style but this one is very easy to drink. I know this is a one-off but I don't think I could drink more than one serving of this as I could see myself might getting tired of it for some reason. But that one time drinking it was great. Glad I had a chance to try this.

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Half Acre / Perennial Two Tugs from Half Acre Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.