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Hearths Ablaze - Half Acre Beer Company

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86
very good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Clocking in at a pleasant 6.5% ABV, Hearths Ablaze is a stout brewed to be enjoyed while basking in the warmth of your fireplace. Hoisted up by roasted-chocolate aroma, jet black in color, silky smooth in taste and feel, this is a straight-forward stout built for wintertime accompaniment.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-11-2012)
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Reviews by 312HopBomb:
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312HopBomb

Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +13%

This stout is not black but rather a deep dark garnet hue held against bright light. Slight head with some nice lacing.

One sniff reveals sweet chocolate and some coffee with aromatic roasted malt.

The taste is smooth, creamy and velvety. A nice dark chocolate flavor with some coffee and slight roast with none of the bitter roast of some stouts. Just the right amount of malty sweetness that finishes with a slight earthy hop bitterness.

This has a light body for a stout which makes for a drinkable beer. Light carbonation with fine bubbles for a smooth texture.

I really appreciate this stout. Full of flavor without being heavy. Tastes more choco forward than last year's version which is good! Cheers and Merry Christmas to the staff at HA!!!

12-26-2013 00:05:50 | More by 312HopBomb
More User Reviews:
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vfalstad

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-16-2012 18:34:01 | More by vfalstad
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a jet black body and a rigorous pour only produces a bubbly mesh of light tan for a short bit. There are a few microbubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The slightly sweet dry roasted malt has a dark chocolate nougat note and a finish with just a touch of soy sauce but it is very pleasant.

T- The roasted black malt is slightly dry and fresh with a black roasted graham flavor in there and a dark roasted cola flavor in the finish. A touch of sweetness compliments the gentle roasted barley flavor that lingers.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a nice tight fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a nice tasty stout with some dry stout character and some milk stout character. It also has many subtle layers of flavor that leave me wanting another sip.

04-23-2013 16:44:09 | More by rhoadsrage
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Christopher0331

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

10-03-2013 15:19:44 | More by Christopher0331
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-08-2013 04:23:03 | More by Gonzoillini
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emerge077

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

32 oz. growler, poured into a pint glass.

Thin layer of creamy tan foam, a collar forms around the edges, irregular arcs of lace adhere to the glass as well.

Initial aroma had a note of peanut butter, later becoming roasty with a little bit of blackened malt.

Dry and bitter with a smooth feel, though a bit of a CO2 bite at first. It mellows out nicely as it warms. Nutty aftertaste with a bit of coffee bitterness and unsweetened chocolate. Light bodied, drinks more like a porter almost. Pleasant and drinkable, tasty and suited well to cooler weather when hearths are indeed ablazin'.

12-17-2012 02:42:17 | More by emerge077
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jegross2

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

10-15-2013 00:36:45 | More by jegross2
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tfidler

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-13-2013 04:42:06 | More by tfidler
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hansgruber

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-25-2013 05:49:45 | More by hansgruber
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Special thanks the HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to the dood for making the trip with me!

A: Pours an appropriately dark, inky black-brown. Two fingers of creamy, light khaki colored foam spings up on top before slowly settling down to a full skim that left a bunch of lace behind.

S: A slight aroma of toasted marshmallow when first poured. This is followed by some dark chocolate, cocoa, and lots of roasted malt. Healthy roast in the smell.

T: See above. The roastiness of the smell get balanced here by more chocolate & cocoa. Pretty standard yet solid.

M: A tad thin when first poured. This chilled for about 4 hours in our beer fridge before we shared the bottle and it was around 52-54 degrees. Perfect temp for me for a stout. I let mine sit for about 20 minutes and it thickened slightly, but still remained a bit on the thin side of the stout spectrum.

O: We liked this and dug the balance between chocolate and roast. I was, however, slightly off-put by the thinness I perceived in my pour. We have another bottle and will re-evaluate at a later date.

12-16-2012 16:40:45 | More by GbVDave
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anticipation23

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-25-2013 23:50:43 | More by anticipation23
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hermit990

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

08-06-2013 02:30:31 | More by hermit990
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johunnic

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-02-2013 17:18:10 | More by johunnic
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-31-2013 14:34:22 | More by Thorpe429
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hopswap1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-17-2012 14:50:26 | More by hopswap1
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MaseFace

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-10-2013 00:45:28 | More by MaseFace
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Nachos4two

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-16-2013 00:40:11 | More by Nachos4two
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-13-2013 03:58:15 | More by sweemzander
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

Served in a snifter at the tap room.

Finishing things up here with a beer I though I missed out on by not investing in a gift basket. Nice. This stuff pours a dark garnet-tinged black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises toasted biscuit, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a decent sense of cinnamon. The taste brings in more of the same, though a general sense of toasted sourdough pervades, providing a mild bit of bready sourness that detracts a bit, but not enough to make me unhappy in any tangible manner. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice stout, nothing to get excited about, but a more-than-tasty beverage for those cold winter nights in the City.

12-31-2012 18:38:13 | More by TMoney2591
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NeutroMan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-12-2013 02:29:35 | More by NeutroMan
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fatboy91

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-28-2012 06:34:41 | More by fatboy91
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MNPikey

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +30.2%

06-09-2013 03:38:55 | More by MNPikey
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cosmicevan

New York

4.39/5  rDev +14.3%

bottle picked up in chicago suburbs when i was there not all that long ago. enjoyed from my half acre snifter.

a - poured a bold, yet watery black. shined like silk. thin to no head leaving small bubble pools and a ring on the surface of the beer.

s - nice cocoa smell...some big coffee roast. bittery bakers chocolate. some nuttiness.

t - big roast. some coffee crossed with chocolate. great stout to warm up with next to a fire. very VERY solid.

m - medium bodied, great feel. bold and roasty.

o - overall, a really nice big robust american stout. great roast, nice chocolate and coffee. i'm surprised the ratings aren't better for this. for an american stout, this puppy kills!

02-16-2013 04:14:34 | More by cosmicevan
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DrGonzoDDS

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-13-2013 03:53:00 | More by DrGonzoDDS
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dedbeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-18-2014 08:39:08 | More by dedbeer
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Hearths Ablaze from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.