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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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Photo of vfalstad
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

vfalstad, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

rhoadsrage, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Christopher0331
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Christopher0331, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Gonzoillini, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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'.

emerge077, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jegross2, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of tfidler
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

tfidler, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of hansgruber
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

hansgruber, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of GbVDave
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

GbVDave, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of anticipation23
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

anticipation23, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of hermit990
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

hermit990, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of johunnic
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

johunnic, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Thorpe429, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of hopswap1
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

hopswap1, Dec 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

MaseFace, Feb 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Nachos4two, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

sweemzander, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TMoney2591, Dec 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

NeutroMan, Nov 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

fatboy91, Dec 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

MNPikey, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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!

cosmicevan, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

DrGonzoDDS, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

dedbeer, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

thewimperoo, Dec 17, 2012
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Hearths Ablaze from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.