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Hearths Ablaze - Half Acre Beer Company

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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 MNPikey
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
Photo of dlello2
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Half Acre. Liked it enough to pick up a bomber.

A - Pours relatively thick. A nice, nearly black color. Good half finger of head, settles to a thin tan surface layer. 4.25

S - Nice. Nothing too crazy, but decent coffee and dry cocoa powder. 4.25

T - Super roasty. Taste is more akin to a robust porter with tons of roasty flavor. Good amount of chocolate and burnt toast. Really up my alley. 4.5

M - Good carbonation, medium body. Right on for the style. 4.5

O - This is a great beer--underrated in my opinion. Oh well, more for me. 4.25

dlello2, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of 312HopBomb
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!!!

312HopBomb, Dec 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Christopher0331, Oct 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

tfidler, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

johunnic, Jan 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

NeutroMan, Nov 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

briiguy, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

DMB, Dec 29, 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 scruffwhor
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with some garnet highlights. Good head after the pour with a somewhat strong, mild brown foam.

Great roasty and hints of smoky malt aromas. Great dark coffee and chocolate with dark rye bread crust and some creamy milk notes as well. Smells satisfying and relaxing for a colder day.

Palate feels a little thin, but there's still some creaminess to the flavor and feel after each sip. Add that creamy flavor to some chocolate and you have a satisfying stout come round Winter time.

scruffwhor, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Gonzoillini, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jegross2, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Thorpe429, Dec 31, 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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Mat_Rampson, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

bwarren82, Feb 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

sbxx, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

sidetracked, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

thinwhiteduke, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

adamant1912, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of bperry65
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served very cold from bottle (left in freezer too long before drinking).

Solid tasting beer, but nothing extraordinary. The taste is fairly typical for a stout, with nothing unpleasant, and it is very easy to drink. I'd say its worth getting if you find it on tap at a bar, but not really worth the cost of a bomber.

bperry65, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of kevanb
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into a Half Acre holiday snifter.

It pours a nice jet black color, very opaque, touches of cola brown when struck by the light. A finger high, compact, tan head rises from the glass but recedes quickly leaving some trace film and some soapy lacing. Nice roast on the nose, light coffee and toasted grain, a bit of dark chocolate and licorice and some lingering sweetness. The flavors are similar, roasted coffee, licorice with dark chocolate, a bit of molasses and toasted grain, finishes a bit weakly. Despite the finish, the flavors are very well integrated and balanced. The body is okay, a bit thin and carbonated for my liking, but still adequately smooth with a bit of a fizzy finish.

Verdict: A very pleasant American Stout from Half Acre. Amply robust and rich while being quaffable, they hit the mark with a simple stout for the winter months.

kevanb, Mar 08, 2013
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Hearths Ablaze from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.