Half Acre / Perennial Two Tugs - Half Acre Beer Company

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a St. Feuillien goblet.

A: Pours a shade of deep chestnut, just shy of pitch black. Immediately, one finger of khaki colored cream forms on top and displays excellent retention. A bubbly skim leaves a surplus of lace stuck to the inside of the glass.

S: Dark fruit (raisins, plums, figs), dark chocolate, black cherry, Whoppers candy, fudge, tiramisu, pan roasted nuts, roasty malt and a hint of anise.

T: See above with more emphasis on the dark chocolate/fudge flavors as well something akin to rum raisin bread pudding. Frigging delicious!

M: Creamy and full with just the right amount of hop/alcohol spiciness. A lingering bitterness spreads itself over my tongue during the long finish.

O: What an excellent beer. Not marketed as a "holiday beer", but that's exactly the feeling I got while enjoying it. The spirit of collaboration is alive and well between these two breweries. Hopefully it's the first and not the last...

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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A: Pours a very dark brown color with a thin khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin collar leaving behind some sticky lace.

S: Light roastiness with a touch of chocolate. Some grainy malt as well.

T: Milk chocolate, some restrained hop bitterness, a little bit of roast and some mild sweet vanilla. Very good.

M: Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Medium carbonation with a very smooth and sweet finish.

O: Great flavor profile and highly drinkable. I would drink this all the time. Great beer from two great breweries!

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Half Acre / Perennial Two Tugs from Half Acre Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.