Barrel Aged Big Hugs | Half Acre Beer Company

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4.23/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
halfacrebeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by jaydoc on 12-27-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,955
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
46
pDev:
4.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
15
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of stortore
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had 12/30/17.

Pours opaque and near black, with a quickly dissipating half inch head and some filmy lacing. Aromas of coffee, cocoa, lightly roasted malt, bourbon, caramel, raisins, chocolate. The taste offers more bourbon than the nose, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, oak, some vanilla and caramel. Smooth, creamy, a good but lighter body for the style, well carbonated.

Great flavor and aroma. Very enjoyable. The coffee is prominent, the barrel aging is flavorful but not overwhelming. It’s a touch light bodied, but it’s not a negative. Well worth an annual purchase.

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Photo of vikingpillager
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow I wasn't a huge fan of regular big hugs but this barrel aged version is amazing!!! So rich and smooth but not too boozy at 12%. Great deep orange foam color, not thin in the mouth at all, and very well-balanced flavors of vanilla, chocolate and coffee!!!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

vintage 2017; pink wax.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jamison85
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Released 12/3/17; drank 1/30/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small dark tan head; strong, frothy lace.

Dark roast coffee bean, bourbon, oak & cream notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Cream & dark roast coffee flavors up front; chocolate syrup & mild oak notes on the finish.

Mild bourbon notes emerged as this warmed.

Creamy & easy to drink for a 12% stout; not too shabby.

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Photo of miniditka77
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Black, not too thick, barely any head, just a little fizz
S: pleasant, mostly coffee/chocolate with a hint of bourbon, but not very strong smelling
T: very nice, again coffee/chocolate and bourbony oak and brown sugar. Not a complex beer, but the flavor it does have is very good. The bourbon is there, but there is no burn.
F: the best part about this beer. It goes down incredibly easy for a big BBA stout. Not very thick, which sometimes can be a flaw, but here I think it just makes it more drinkable.
O: pretty good beer. Not as strong as some BBA stouts, but very pleasant to drink. Tasty and very drinkable. I didn't love regular Big Hugs, so I'm surprised that I liked this one so much. I'll be buying some next year.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1/8/18: 22 Oz Bottle purchased 12/3 on release day, 12% ABV Barrel Aged Big Hugs with Coffee, multiple pours into a 12 oz snifter. Let this sit for 15 minutes before drinking. Pitch black pour, darker brown lacing. Very strong bourbon aroma, chocolate and coffee also in the mix. Bourbon predominate taste, coffee light. Strong beer, nice kick. Very thin texture, somewhat surprising, watery and smooth going down. Overall very good offering.

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Photo of epyon396
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaphog
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChicagoNick
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of A_Rad
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of coz
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eppie82
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft in mini-snifter at Art of Beer in Highwood, IL.

Appearance is deep-dark brown with little foam head upon pour. Foam continued to be present on edge of glass as beer was drank. Surprisingly not much on the nose. Did not get much barrel and only faint amount of coffee. Quite similar to regular Big Hugs. Taste had coffee and some chocolate, and very small amount of barrel presence. End was smooth but quite thin for a 12% abv BA IS.

Overall, not a bad BA IS but I did expect more. Would get on draft again but would not seek out or trade for.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dactrius
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BeerMongers the other day.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, there's no doubt whatsoever that this beer has been aged in bourbon barrels. The bourbon aroma is huge and completely drowns out pretty much everything else in the aroma profile. However, I am picking up some noticeable dark chocolate, light vanilla and coffee as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but I'd like a bit more of the base beer flavor. There's something a bit lacking on the mid palate, and the mouthfeel was a tad thin (surprising in a 12% abv. beer). Once again, there's certainly plenty of bourbon on the palate, along with some pleasant flavors of dark chocolate, light vanilla and some coffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied otherwise, with a fairly long finish. Alcohol is fairly well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell it's up there a bit.

A nice enough beer, but certainly not in the top echelon of BA impy stouts I've had over the years. It actually reminds me very much of the BA impy stout I had a few months back from Everybody's Brewing.

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Barrel Aged Big Hugs from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 46 ratings