Hearths Ablaze - Half Acre Beer Company
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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
3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
12-29-2012 05:53:11 | More by MasterSki
3.75/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
12-28-2012 18:41:46 | More by Treebs
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
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
12-17-2012 02:41:43 | More by kawilliams81
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
Hearths Ablaze from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.