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Hearths Ablaze - Half Acre Beer Company

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86
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.05%
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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MNPikey

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +29.9%

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

New York

4.39/5  rDev +14%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 04:14:34 | More by cosmicevan
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dlello2

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +14%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 01:58:58 | More by dlello2
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312HopBomb

Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
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!!!

Serving type: growler

12-26-2013 00:05:50 | More by 312HopBomb
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Christopher0331

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

10-13-2013 00:06:08 | More by briiguy
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DMB

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

12-29-2012 19:05:00 | More by DMB
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 00:52:12 | More by scruffwhor
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-08-2013 04:23:03 | More by Gonzoillini
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jegross2

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-15-2013 00:36:45 | More by jegross2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-18-2014 08:39:08 | More by dedbeer
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Mat_Rampson

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-17-2013 05:20:10 | More by Mat_Rampson
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bwarren82

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-09-2013 18:58:33 | More by bwarren82
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sbxx

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-01-2014 19:24:32 | More by sbxx
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sidetracked

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-08-2013 23:02:03 | More by sidetracked
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-23-2012 23:51:59 | More by thinwhiteduke
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adamant1912

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-29-2013 19:41:12 | More by adamant1912
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bperry65

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 05:09:16 | More by bperry65
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kevanb

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 02:15:18 | More by kevanb
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Hearths Ablaze from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.