Hearths Ablaze - Half Acre Beer Company
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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
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
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
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
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
Hearths Ablaze from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.