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Hearths Ablaze - Half Acre Beer Company

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 7.79%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

DrGonzoDDS, Jan 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

spycow, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of bperry65
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.

bperry65, Jan 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

johunnic, Jan 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

imperialking, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +10.4%

DMB, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Half Acre. Served in a 5oz taster glass.

A - Tan foam with a thin cap, thicker collar, and a few specks of lace. Dark brown body with some ruby-brown glints to it.

S - Molasses-heavy, with dark breads, baker's chocolate, a touch of caramel, and a bit of roast that comes out as the beer warms up.

T - The taste is definitely on the liquid dark and toasty bread side of things, with fairly low roast and sweetness. Some baker's chocolate, anise, and a hint of molasses.

M - Very chewy, with good heft for only 6.5%. Fairly dry and roasty texture even if it didn't manifest that much in the flavor. No alcohol presence and moderate carbonation.

D - Solid beer, but nothing super crazy. I could have used a bit more chocolate and roast, but this is a pretty solid straight-up stout.

MasterSki, Dec 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Dechutes snifter.

A: Pours a dark black color with dark brown highlights around the edges. A tan head recedes to a thin cap and collar of foam. Sticky, soapy lace is left down the glass.

S: Roasty and sweet up front. There are some light dark fruits and some bitter backer chocolate.

T: More dark and roasty than the nose would suggest. Sweet, creamy malts. Bitter bakers chocolate with just a faint hint of coffee.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry on the finish. Easily drinkable.

O: Not going to knock your socks off with flavor, but it's a really easy drinking stout (almost porter-like). I'd recommend if lower ABV stouts tickle your fancy.

Treebs, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

fatboy91, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

brbrocc, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

thinwhiteduke, Dec 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ChicagoNick, Dec 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Scrumtralecent, Dec 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

thewimperoo, Dec 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

hopswap1, Dec 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

PopnLoads, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Some blotches and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- dark chocolate, maple syrup, roast, and coffee

T- roasted malt, some ash, dark chocolate and bitter coffee.

M- medium body and carbonation. Easy drink with slight acidity.

O- good stout with big roast and chocolate notes.

kawilliams81, Dec 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

vfalstad, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of GbVDave
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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
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Hearths Ablaze from Half Acre Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.